my baby had red marks on both cheeks yest, what could it possibly be?

Debra - posted on 04/15/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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i did smear some insect-bite allergy ointment on them but there was no change, is it possible he was slapped across the cheek by the nanny, he is 1 year old,he screams when the lady comes in the mornings, could there be something wrong going on that i need to watch out for?

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if the marks are under the eyes and by the nose it can be redness due to a fever, has he had a fever at all lately, also if he cries when the nanny comes in you might want to invest in a nanny cam, How well do u know this nanny? does she have a babysitting licesnce did u do a backround check. I am very anal on who takes care of my daughter these days its hard to trust someone with ur baby

Erin - posted on 04/16/2010

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well, at this age your son might just be experiencing some separation anxiety but I'd make sure the nanny isnt' hurting him.
It could be slap cheek...otherwise known as fifth disease. A harmless virus that first shows up as a very red-cheeked baby as though slapped...a low-grade temp afterwards. You'll prolly wanna have him checked out but usually it's not serious and if you're keeping the temp under control w/baby motrin & tylenol he should be fine.

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Meghan - posted on 03/22/2011

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my son sometimes gets red cheeks if the air is dry, kind of like getting chapped lips. I put petroleum jelly on them and it usually clears up. But if it looks like he has been hit, that is a whole other situation and I would fire the nanny.

Kim - posted on 05/24/2010

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Sounds like Fifth disease to me..
our pediatrician just told us to be on the lookout for it with 14 month old and 3 year old!!! its that time of year

Amanda - posted on 04/22/2010

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My son gets the red cheeks too, but its usually when he's starting new teeth.

Rebecca - posted on 04/20/2010

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It's got to be Fifths Disease. The good news is that the virus is over once they have the red cheeks.

Mary - posted on 04/19/2010

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It could be eczema. My daughter has that. It makes both her cheeks red and kind of scaly. I got some prescription cream from her doctor called Cloderm to clear it up. But I think it was caused from an allergic reaction to something she ate.

Katherine - posted on 04/15/2010

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Umm if it looks like he was slapped that could be something else....take him to the doctor. And no, not the nanny.

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