blotchy red spots and dry skin

Josephine - posted on 05/18/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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my daughter is currently a week and 3 days old, i gave just gave her first bath today since her umbilical cord stump came off yesterday, i noticed there are a few blotchy red spots on her chest and around her neck area, also there are a few on her face (corner of her left eye and below her left eye, also above her brows)...her skin seems like its dry (somewhat peeling) is that all normal? i'm a new mom so i'm kinda freaked out..it doesn't seem like allergies, she is feeding off of breastmilk, i cannot think of what it could be, i'm using johnson & johnsons bath soap (head to toe), i used baby lotion after her bath, i used very little of it as well...someone help?

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Natalie - posted on 05/19/2009

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Quoting Sam:



Quoting Natalie:




Quoting Natalie:

hi

personally i would stop using any products on your daughter's skin, people think johnson and johnson products are lovely and natural cause they have been around for so long, but they are actually quite harsh for a newborns skin, i was told to wash my daughter in plain water for the first month and i did ( i did use and organic shampoo but only becuase she had soooo much hair i had too) and least then you can elminte products, because maybe your daughter is allergic to one of the products ?

good luck, hope it all clears up







wow i just re-read that...hope i don't sound up my own arse ! it's just my sister in laws little one has very sensitive skin to products and get's heat reash a lot etc 









you dont sound up your own arse lol my son also reacted to jhonsons and other 'top products' i found aqueous crean very usefull it cleared up in a few days





ha ha ....thanks !

Sam - posted on 05/19/2009

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Quoting Natalie:



Quoting Natalie:

hi

personally i would stop using any products on your daughter's skin, people think johnson and johnson products are lovely and natural cause they have been around for so long, but they are actually quite harsh for a newborns skin, i was told to wash my daughter in plain water for the first month and i did ( i did use and organic shampoo but only becuase she had soooo much hair i had too) and least then you can elminte products, because maybe your daughter is allergic to one of the products ?

good luck, hope it all clears up





wow i just re-read that...hope i don't sound up my own arse ! it's just my sister in laws little one has very sensitive skin to products and get's heat reash a lot etc 





you dont sound up your own arse lol my son also reacted to jhonsons and other 'top products' i found aqueous crean very usefull it cleared up in a few days

Nichole - posted on 05/18/2009

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it might be as simple as excema. My daughter has it bad. Try using aveno instead of J&J. They tend to dry the skin out even worse. If it is (or might be) excema DO NOT USE scented lotion or baby oil...only makes it worse

Tina - posted on 05/18/2009

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My daughter had the same problem and I didn't know what to do until I talked to her pediatrician and some friends. They all said the same thing. Most babies get little red bumps all over that look kinds like a rash or little pimples. It is perfectly normal and natural and they will come and go for the first month at least, maybe a little longer. And they were right. It didn't hurt her or bother and then they just went away. She also had dry and flaky skin and after I bathed her I would use johnson's baby lotion and it was fine. She started getting cradle cap, flaking and peeling scalp, and I bought some cradle cap shampoo from babies r us and it didn't seem to work until a stranger heard me talking about it to a friend and suggested not to use that. He told me his baby did the same thing and so they stopped using the hair and body soap on the hair. He used regular kid shampoo, tear safe, on the hair and the hair body only on the body. I don't know why, but it worked like a charm. Every now and then she will get a flakiness on her face but just keep it clean and use a little lotion and she is fine.



This may or may not help. She may actually be allergic to the products, but don't be afraid to discuss these types of things with your pediatrician. They don't mind giving you suggestions either. At least they shouldn't if they are a good Dr.!! Hope this might help you. Good Luck!

Natalie - posted on 05/18/2009

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Quoting Natalie:

hi

personally i would stop using any products on your daughter's skin, people think johnson and johnson products are lovely and natural cause they have been around for so long, but they are actually quite harsh for a newborns skin, i was told to wash my daughter in plain water for the first month and i did ( i did use and organic shampoo but only becuase she had soooo much hair i had too) and least then you can elminte products, because maybe your daughter is allergic to one of the products ?

good luck, hope it all clears up


wow i just re-read that...hope i don't sound up my own arse ! it's just my sister in laws little one has very sensitive skin to products and get's heat reash a lot etc 

Josephine - posted on 05/18/2009

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hi! thanks for your help! i will try using your method...maybe this will work...

Natalie - posted on 05/18/2009

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also dry skin wise, i use 'simple oil gel' on my daughter and it really locks in the moisture, i would totally recommend it

Natalie - posted on 05/18/2009

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hi

personally i would stop using any products on your daughter's skin, people think johnson and johnson products are lovely and natural cause they have been around for so long, but they are actually quite harsh for a newborns skin, i was told to wash my daughter in plain water for the first month and i did ( i did use and organic shampoo but only becuase she had soooo much hair i had too) and least then you can elminte products, because maybe your daughter is allergic to one of the products ?

good luck, hope it all clears up

Josephine - posted on 05/18/2009

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Thanks Mandy! The ones on her face went away, but she still has some on her chest...i'll see if those go away within a few days, if not i will contact her dr., i believe they are some form of heat rashes or just skin irritation since you mentioned she is getting used to the new environment...thanks for your help!:)

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The blotches could be related to a heat rash but if they aren't going away and you are concerned you can always ask your doctor :). As for skin peeling my daughter peeled for about a month and a half after she was born and still at 4 months has dry skin patches. It's their skin getting used to their new environment since they aren't in a warm liquid environment anymore :). We used and still use occassionally Vaseline. It works wonders and clears dry skin up in about a day or 2 :)

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The blotches could be related to a heat rash but if they aren't going away and you are concerned you can always ask your doctor :). As for skin peeling my daughter peeled for about a month and a half after she was born and still at 4 months has dry skin patches. It's their skin getting used to their new environment since they aren't in a warm liquid environment anymore :). We used and still use occassionally Vaseline. It works wonders and clears dry skin up in about a day or 2 :)

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