Molluscum Contagiosum

Merideth - posted on 01/24/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 2 year old son has been diagnosed with Molluscum Contagiosum -- I have NEVER heard of this before, and I was basically just handed a pamphlet at the doctor's office and sent on my way. At first I thought it was just a rash on his bottom, but then it showed up on his chest, and wouldn't go away. From what I have read, there is basically nothing I can do to heal the bumps besides wait for them to go away...which apparently can take up to 5 years! He has the bumps on his bottom, left side of his chest and under his armpit and down his side...they don't seem to cause him pain but I just feel so bad for him...We are using a product the doctor recommended called "Molluscum No-More", which is "all natural", but it is not working. Has anyone dealt with this before? Even though I've read there is basically nothing I can do, I'm just reaching out for any suggestions to get rid of these bumps on my baby...thank you :)

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Bhavana - posted on 03/27/2012

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I saw pictures of what molluscum contagiosum looks like on webMD. Sounds very similar to what my daughter had on her legs when she was 5-6 years old. The only thing that worked on her was cetafil in the jar. Sometimes it still develops on her legs but we try to use Cetafil on a regular basis for her. Try it it may or may not work.

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I like your husband's idea about putting salt in the bathtub. If he's really serious, I guess I'd suggest seasalt. lol. I still think you should go with the idea of the real ocean for your vacation!!! Good luck and have fun on your trip.
Renee

Merideth - posted on 02/04/2011

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Thanks for the tip...we are actually planning a trip later this month, and we were talking about going to the beach...I told my husband about the salt water and he said he might start adding salt to the bathwater a few times a week and see if it helps...it probably couldn't hurt right?!

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My daughter had molluscum contagiosum when she was 5 years old. It's actually only contagious before you know you have it. She got it from someone from her gymnastics calss. It took about a year for it to go away. We tried what was recommended by the dermatoligist, but it didn't work either. The only thing that actually did work unexpectedly is this: we took a family vacation on a cruise and went to the beach. The salt water from the ocean cleared up her skin within a matter of a few weeks! I wish I had more suggestions for you, but this was the only thing that worked. Let's look at this positively...you can tell your husband that you need to plan your next vacation to the ocean so that you can heal your son's skin!!!

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