Allergic Reaction - Rash

Esther - posted on 06/08/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son seems to be having an allergic reaction to something. We're not sure what, but the best we can come up with is laundry detergent (we used a different detergent for one particular load of laundry). He now has a rash all over his tummy and back (nowhere else). It started late yesterday and I gave him some Zyrtec before bed but it doesn't seem to have made any difference. He does not seem particularly bothered by it, but does anyone have any tips on what I can do to help clear it up? Do I need to take him to the pediatrician or is that not necessary?

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Esther - posted on 06/08/2009

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He hasn't had anything unusual to eat. We took him to the pool yesterday and he was clear going in, but had the rash coming out. He's been in the pool many times before though so I'm not sure it was anything in the pool that caused it. However, we normally still wash all his clothes with the Dreft for babies detergent, but after the last pool visit my husband tossed his swim clothes in with ours and washed it with our regular detergent. So that's the only thing we can come up with. He was wearing a long sleeve rash guard shirt, but the rash is not on his arms. Today he's also a little cranky & clingy, so maybe he does have a virus, but no fever. We also sat in the sun for about 15 mins or so after we came out of the pool (and I managed to get a pretty bad sunburn in that time) so I guess the heat is a possibility too. Fortunately he has no apparent itchiness. Can't quite figure it out.

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It could be a food allergy. Has he eaten anything new the past few days? My friend's son gets rashes from sun exposure and heat. She calls it prickly heat. I would take him to the pediatrician if it doesn't go away in a few days or if it gets worse. You could also call and talk to the advice nurse. Some viruses may also cause rashes.

Lisa - posted on 06/08/2009

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My daughter has very sensitive skin to anything with fragrance in it, including laundry detergent, fabric softener, insect repellant, and shampoos/soaps. I've never had to take her into the Dr., her rash goes away in a day or two. Hydrocortisone cream may help, but use sparingly.

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