Mystery bumps, turn into monster boils

Esther - posted on 04/28/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My daughter, Allison, is 17 months old. She started sleeping in her own crib & room when she was almost 14 months old. Shortly after that she started getting bumps, tiny pimples that would manifest into boils. They are only on her legs, right near the diaper but not under the diaper. The 1st one got so bad that we had to take her to the dr to have it drained. The next day, we took her to the er, waited 5 hours for them to lance it, & pack it with packing tape (I don't recommend this to anyone) The day after that we took her back to her dr which referred us to Texas Children's Hospital where she was admitted & had surgery to put in a drain & put her on iv antibiotics. That was January. Since then, we've been battling these things & we don't have a clue where they are coming from. We visited the dr in March & had one drained. Thankfully, it went away quickly, but she still has a mark from it. But, now she has one on her tummy that we had to drain at home (!!!!) that is healing. One came up day before yesterday & it's growing fast. We took her to the dr yesterday because we are extremely concerned. The dr has no idea what it is. He asked if we have pets, but our dog doesn't have fleas. I check all the time. He's never had fleas. I saw spiders in her room, but we sprayed for them & she's still getting the bumps. Poor Alli is gonna have scars from all these things & she's not even 2 yet. Tonight, we found 2 more on her. So, total she has 2 big ones, 1 lil one & 1 that's healing up.
So, my question is.. has anyone had their child get these? She's been sleeping in her own bed since late December & has been getting them ever since. We are gonna change her diapers tomorrow. She's been wearing Pampers Cruisers. Do you think that could be it? It's not under her diaper, just on the tops on her thighs. Until the one on her tummy & tonight we found 2 on her butt. (We just started using the dry max ones on her this week, so it could be that.) Oh, and we only use hypoallergenic soap & lotion on her. I have itchy skin issues, so we know how to deal with that.
This is very scary. First, I know they hurt like heck, Second, she won't take the antibiotic.. we've tried everything..Third, she's so scarred up it's gonna be hard to get her to wear a bathing suit when she's older (Lil girls have such self-esteem issues to begin with)
Please, any ideas? We are desperate.
Oh, and Thanks for reading if you got this far.
~Starr

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Betty - posted on 05/07/2013

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Sounds a lot like staff infection. My baby has had 3 on her bottom. Its a natural bacteria found on our skin but can also cause bad boils. They have a nose cream to help it from spreading.

Megan - posted on 03/10/2013

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My daughter is getting the same thing I think I know Why.... she is 2 still on bottle because her dad and I split so I didn't want to take anything else from her. Well she will have her 3 year old brother go and refill her bottle lol so she wets her diapers at night bad. She just screams and fuses for it I thought hey it's not that big of a deal but the wetter here diaper the more it irritates here skin. It was starting to Peel her akin and then these bumps arrived. It got worse before it for better. I went n got aveno bath n soaked her in that. And let here run around in panties for a dew days and also stopped giving here the bottle. The bumps are healing now. But the trick is stay consistent change your babies diapers eveeytime they pee. N use aveeno cream it's almost gone. And I switched diapers my ex husband brought a huge pack of cheap diapers no. Name brand diapers are beat for sensitive skin. I didn't take mine to er. Because it was getting better n now I have it under control. Hope this helps

Skyla - posted on 08/11/2012

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My uncle has this problem with his neck area... My son had gotten a boil from somewhere out of the blue last month, it quickly turned to staph infection which caused him to get more and more and more. Finally he got the right antibiotics for this and it has cleared up. I also had the problem in high school after borrowing a pair of pants from a friend who had once had staph. I did not know at the time that its where it came from until I noticed I would only get another boil after wearing the pants again. Staph infection can last on an object for a VERY long time even after cleaning that could be the problem with the babies crib. I had eventually been told by my grandmother to take a bleach bath, I did and havent gotten another one since, though I do not think it would be a good idea to do that with an infant. Just a little insight. Im sure all of you mothers have gotten this under control by now but there could be someone else with this same problem somewhere.

Rebecca - posted on 04/20/2012

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OMG! We have a 22 mth old and when she was a little over a year I noticed she had what looked like an ant bite. As the days went by it became bigger and very sore. She would flench every time we would pick her up. When I took her to the doc it busted and started draining on its own, so he took a swab and said it was MRSA. A few days later her fever spiked and we had to admit her to the hospital and they gave her IV antibiotics and she had to have surgery also to lance and pack it. She was in the hospital about four days. Since then she has a break out every couple of mths and its just like you say, only around the diaper area but not in it. Never on her arms or lower legs. Its the weirdest thing and they told me several times that it was MRSA but I dont belive this is the correct diagnosis cause MRSA usually attacks open wounds and she had no wounds prior to these outbreaks nor do they look like the pics Ive seen online. I hate it cause I have to drain them everytime cause I know thats the only way they will heal and she cries so much. its so heartbreaking. Im going to take her to another doctor to get a second opinion.

Louise - posted on 04/29/2010

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I really have never heard of this before. It does seem to be localised to around her but and thigh area which makes me think maybe you are right and it is the nappies. I don't know where you live in the world but if it is in a warm place and you have access to a garden then take the nappy off and let her run round without any nappy on. This should allow her backside and thgh area to breath. The skin is a very strange organ, the next time you have to take her to the doctors ask them to take a scraping of the skin and a sample of the puss to analyse to see if she has any sort of microbotic mite on her skin. You may be surprised as some mites are so small that they can not be seen by the human eye. It is just a thought as any sort of mite would go for her thigh area as it is warm, dark and moist. Worth a try! Good luck

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Pamela - posted on 02/26/2014

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Be careful about the advice given on here. I understand these are all well meaning comments. Just be cautious as it could be quite harmful to an infant of small child!

Valerie - posted on 05/09/2013

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Wow thank you everyone i am an adult and have been going through this nightmere. the bumps start out as a pin prick then turn into small blisters, almost when the tiny blister burst it seems to tunnel deaper into the skin. Then it transforms itself into a boil that has to be drained. I have been to the ER and my DR and no body seems to know what it is.

Kim - posted on 09/30/2012

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I just found an article on a different website that said something about Hydradinitis Supparitava. Ask your doctor about it.

Terra - posted on 07/15/2012

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My daughter is allergic to mosquito bites. When she gets bit. Its a small bump-then as the next day comes around its huge and has many blisters at the center of it. You need to go to a skin specialist to check and test what your child could be allergic to.

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