Baby breaking out...what is it?

Jodi - posted on 11/12/2009 ( 17 moms have responded )

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My sister is exclusively breastfeeding her 1 month old son. Within the last week or so he started getting baby acne...normal I know...but everytime he nurses, when he's done, his face is all red, blotchy and almost looks like hives! She has stopped using soap to wash her breasts, she rinses them with water to get all shampoo off, she uses dreft laundy soap, doesn't use lotion or perfume. What can it be??? Have any other mom's experienced this?

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Crystal - posted on 11/13/2009

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Do not use any type of soap on it. Soap will dry out the skin more. DO put breastmilk on the reddened areas. If they continue to get worse, then your baby has an allergy to something you have ingested. More often than not it is usually caused by dairy if this is the case. Eliminate items from your diet one at a time until this is no longer happening. However, 9 times out of 10 it is just regular baby acne which will continue to flare up until sometime around 8 weeks and then start to subside. All my kids have had it, and trust me, even though it looks bad it will go away. Baby acne is just from mom's hormones in the baby from prenatally, as well as the hormones he/she is getting from the breastmilk.
HTH!

Brandy - posted on 11/12/2009

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It's just heat rash. If he gets it while nursing and it goes away shortly after until the next feed, then it's just heat rash and it's just from being pressed up against mom's warm body. It doesn't bother them at all. If it was a milk allergy, he would have other problems as well like diarhea and vomiting. And the acne just means his pores are starting to open up and will go away on their own. Maybe once the acne goes away, his skin will be less sensitive and he will stop getting the heat rash. But even if he doesn't, there's no reason to treat it because it doesn't bother them.

Janice - posted on 11/16/2009

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Heat rash, it's pretty common. a light dusting of cornstach baby powder maybe twice a day and it will clear up in no time and they grow out of it after a while!!

Jamie - posted on 11/12/2009

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It's perfectly normal. It is a rash many breastfed babies get. Use soap on it. I know one girl who used dial, just reg. baby soap. It's just caused from the contact of skin to skin, it doesn't bother baby. Both my girls got this. There isn't much to do to prevent it, it last around 2-4 weeks just hold off on pictures!

Dusty - posted on 11/14/2009

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I think it's pretty normal. My baby got it. I breastfeed and don't use any perfumes or scented detergent. I think it freaks us out more than it does the baby. It will clear up. One thing that I read is that the baby's saliva can cause them to break out too. I just use a damp cloth to gently wipe her face. Seems to work. Her skin has been pretty clear.

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Lori - posted on 09/12/2013

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Jessica - this is an OLD post. Please in the future start your own so that your question does not get overlooked.

Eczema can be caused by food allergies. This can be from foods YOU are eating which pass through your breast milk, OR from foods he's eating now that he's old enough to be having solids. Since you said this started around the time he was 3 months old I'd say he's been reacting to something in your diet. The most common allergen in babies is Cow Milk, but it could also be from wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts, or tree nuts.... or something else entirely.

Maybe he's allergic to dreft???

Did the dr's treat for thrush? If it's not treated it will come again and again and again.

Jessica - posted on 09/10/2013

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My son has it on his face and one area of his arm it goes away and comes back it itches him so badly he scratches his face while he is sleeping till it bleeds it seeps a clear substance. They first thought it was thrash then baby exzima? I've tried everything other than eliminating breast milk completely. No soap or perfumed lotions only water baths. I don't wear Chapstick or perfume and I am using dreft laundry soap and this started when he was 3 months he is now 8 months old. Any thoughts? oh and sometimes has an odd warmth to it! Anyone please help....?

Katie - posted on 11/15/2009

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My son had that too when he was brand new, it went away when he was like two months. My doctor told me it was hormones in your Breastmilk, that make them breakout, but Dont worry, I know its a big pain but it will clear up soon. Good Luck hope this helps.

Rebecca - posted on 11/15/2009

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I had the same thing happen, and we went to the pediatrician and it was a mild case of cradle cap..that would get irritated more by my body heat..i would suggest seeing the doc..better safe than sorry.

Jodi - posted on 11/14/2009

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Thanks everyone for your replies! I have let her seen all of your suggestions and it sounds like she will be trying to put breastmilk on it and see if that helps, after that...she's going to look at her diet. Thanks again everyone!!

Rebecca - posted on 11/13/2009

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Both of my kids had this, it came around the 3 week mark and lasted till about 6 weeks or so. They both had it on their heads, face, neck, chest and shoulders. It was so bad! What I found that helped really well was breastmilk! You spray a bit on the spots and it really helps reduce the redness and irritation. But do not use soaps as it can really irritate and dry out the skin. Do not use any lotions as it can make skin oily. Just use water and you can put breastmilk on their as well. Unfortunately it is normal and most babys get it and it will go away almost as quickly as it came around 6 weeks of age.

Jamie - posted on 11/13/2009

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It starts around 4 weeks old and will last about 4 more. I forgoet what the lactation consultant at the hospital said she used when it happened to her boys was neutrogena something, had the word rain in it....

Chidimma - posted on 11/12/2009

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I'm going through this right now too. My baby is almost 5 weeks and it started from the hospital. its on his face and neck. I am racking my brain to find out if i'm causing it. sometime it kinda goes away then it return back.

Rebecca Anne - posted on 11/12/2009

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my little girl had the red rash aswell, she is now 9 weeks old and rash free.I did not change anything.

Anna - posted on 11/12/2009

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It's normal - I think the warmth from nursing just aggravates the acne. Babies' skin turns red really easily so it is probably not as bad as it looks. The acne should clear up when he's about 8 months old - it is just caused by his body clearing out all the maternal hormones he got before birth.

Patricia - posted on 11/12/2009

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To my knowledge breast milk is the best milk. Either the child could be experiencing an allergic reaction to the mom's perfumes, soaps or lotions or perhaps the child may have experienced a reaction to what is in the breast milk. The best thing to do is to consult with the child's pediatrician do an allergy test. I hope that was of some help

BethAnn - posted on 11/12/2009

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Oh my gosh! i am going through this right now and my LO is 7 weeks! I am trying to figure it out too...the rash/acne is on her upper chest and shoulders too and mainly on the sides of her face....sweat/heat rash? I am eliminating all perfumes and I have started using hypoallergenic everything for myself. I would appreciate the help too ladies!

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