How do I treat sensitive skin? My 15 month old has a rash from the heat, and bad reactions to mosquito bites?

Jackie - posted on 06/21/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son is 15 months and has extremely sensitive skin. When he gets a mosquito bite, it swells up like a balloon. Now the heat has arrived, he has a constant rash all over his body: looks like hives. Any suggestions on how I should treat these rashes and swelling?

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Lindsay - posted on 06/24/2011

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My daughter also 15 months and had skin irritations that we thought was a reaction to her bath time soap and/or laundry soap, our Dr thought she had eczema. After switching soaps and creams of all kinds and then medicated creams she still had the rash. I was talking to my grandmother about it and she suggested an oatmeal bath. Put 1-2 cups oatmeal (not instant) into at cloth,I used an old receiving blanket. Tie off and cook in boiling water for 5-6 min drop into child's bath working out all the starches by squeezing the bag. You can even rub right on the child. Worked like a charm for my daughter. Gotta love Grandmas!

Somer - posted on 06/21/2011

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Poor kiddo!
I am assuming this is heat rash and/or a contact rash from exposure to sunblocks, sunscreen and/or bug spray, but if it's not, my advice doesn't really apply. I hope I can help though!
One of the best investments I have made for my son (who is almost 2 and also has sensitive skin) is a rash guard. If you can find one with UVA/UVB protection built into it, you avoid having to use sunscreen and bug spray on that uber-sensitive (and oh so soft!) baby skin. I got my son's rash guard at Gymboree, however some of their line doesn't have the UVA/UVB protection built in, so double check the tag or ask someone! They also carry them at L.L. Bean and Babies R'Us, though I'm sure you can find them in many more places.
Also, if it's warm enough where you live, let him go to bed only in his diaper so that the rash has time to air out. I use unscented Aveeno cream wash for his bath and rinse him VERY well, but without scrubbing, then pat him dry and follow up with Aveeno hydrocortisone cream *instead of lotion* on the spots that have rash.
It takes a a few days to get completely get rid of it, but you should see results the first day. And the rash guard will help to keep the rash from coming back. :)
As for the mosquito bites, my son is luckily not very "bugged" by them, however my friend's son is and she swears by the California Baby bug spray for prevention (it is a bit pricey, but well worth it, she swears! & it's all natural & plant based!) and calamine lotion for treating the bites themselves. It helps dry out the bite, and soothes the itch! Best of luck to you, and enjoy the summer with that boy!!

Maria - posted on 06/21/2011

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My kids have the same problem with bug bites. We have a prescription cream. At the pharmacy they said it was similar to cortisone cream (the prescription one is just stronger).

For the rash, I would say if it doesn't go away when you keep him cooler, have his Dr. take a look...

Carin - posted on 06/21/2011

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Your little one could have heat rash. You could try light weight breathable clothing. Be sure he is bathed daiy. He may need lighter PJs or lighter blankets.
It could also be eczema. I have had it since childhood. Most of the time I show no signs, but it always flares up in the summer. Eczema may require prescription treatment.
Some people are just more sensitive to bug bites than others. Benadryl can usually fix that. If you want to try that you'll need to discuss dosing with his doctor. Some other rememdies are calamine lotion, oatmeal based cream and lotions, and aloe.
Good luck.

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Melissa - posted on 07/31/2011

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poor baby! I would say use all organic things, very affordable these days! The synthetic toxic chemicals in reg products can make things much worse...for the heat rash just keep applying lotion (organic: method, baby gancics, safety first all make great stuff) Call doctor about bug bite!

Melissa - posted on 07/29/2011

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My daugher had an awful rash from the heat that wouldnt go away so I went to the doctor to get Nystatin creme and it is really think so it is going away. In the summer it is the heat that is the issue.

Jennifer - posted on 07/11/2011

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My daughter has crazy skin issues. She easily gets a diaper rash which we have to fight tooth and nail to get rid of. If she gets diarhea, it's over. Since the summer began, she seems to always have a rash, we tried everthing, cortizone cream, different lotions, petroleum jelly (my doctor's answer to EVERYTHING)...the jelly seemed to work until the summer and no matter what we did it got worse and worse. We finally decided to try Gold Bond Anti-Itch lotion...it worked in 3 days. LOVE IT!

Mellissa - posted on 06/24/2011

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http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/#
This is a database of millions of products and the chemicals they include, it also has ratings of safety in a database where you can search products your are or might want to use. This may not address your current issues but if your baby has sensitive skin it can help avoid other problems. Best wishes.

Ashley - posted on 06/23/2011

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I had the rash problems with my son too. Little red bumps all over his chest belly neck and back. We got aveeno baby calming comfort and took his baths down to once every 3 days. It seems to work wonders! He hasn't had that rash in over 4 months now. P.S. I put the lotion on every night, but when he had the rash I'd put it on atleast 3 times a day. Eventually it faded away. I tried all the eczema lotions and they either didn't have a nice smell or no smell at all. Hope this helps!

Elizabeth - posted on 06/22/2011

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The heat rash is most likely caused by the Eczema which flares up because of all the harsh chemicals we use in our laundry detergents, soaps, lotions, baby wash & cleaning products believe it or not. I discovered this when my first daughter was born. Now I only use safe, non-toxic products that are biodegradeable and won't harm her skin. I buy these online from a wellness company. When she is exposed to bleach or any kind of chemical it flares up. I have to be so careful especially during the summertime. Convert your home to non-toxic products and it will go away! I no longer have to use the steriod cream the doc gave us....

Tasha - posted on 06/22/2011

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there is a special baby moisturiser you can get which is all natural an doesnt harm the child skin or dry it out i use it on both my girls all the time to keep the moisture in their skin it called buriti baby body butter or there is paw paw cream or oitment i swear by these products from my own personal experience.

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