Rash

Rania - posted on 03/30/2010 ( 27 moms have responded )

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my daughter keeps getting a rash all over her body, it come and it goes, for 2 months now. I have taken her to the doctor 4 times and they finally referred me to a dermatologist, her apt is the end of April. They say it's hard to tell if she has any allergies because she is too young 16 1/2 months. I took away anything new that I have given her, but it still comes. Has anyone had to deal with anything similar?

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Amber - posted on 03/30/2010

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I would get a second opinion on the allergies. You can bring her to a specialist that can test for allergies. It seems that it would be something she is ingesting because it covers her body on and off again. How about switching your laundry detergent or dryer sheets?

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Christen - posted on 04/08/2010

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My youngest son had runny poop for 6 months and i took him to the doc several times and docs told me the same thing about the allergist and finally i went over hte doc and called the allergist and talked to the they can do a blood test on her since she is less then 2 my son is a big boy so they did the skin test on him and he was 18 months so i would call the allergist and talk to them b/c i did and come to find out it was not allergies that was his problem he had to go and see the g i doctor so thats my advice contact them but contact a pediatric allergist they deal with lil ones and not just everyone

Janice - posted on 04/08/2010

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it could be as simple as what your wash powder is or just infantile exma i use aloe vera products on erin now and if skin flares up i put aloe bee propilis on its a little expensive but works i actually sell the stuff now cos its that good look at my website it http://myflpbiz.com/aloeveraworcester, let m know

Lorenza - posted on 04/05/2010

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A speciality children hospital might be able to do the allergy test or try a natural path. It might not be a complete test, but something to start looking at. It will take time to get in. But don't give up.

another suggestions:
1) use smoothing oatmeal at bathtime. Rinse after soaking in the tub.
2) use a natural laundry deteragent. Wash her clothes seperately from yours.

Kathryn - posted on 04/04/2010

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My kids both had exzema and it would come and go specially when the weather changed. I use Aveeno baby body wash and lotion them up real good and it seems to work

Courtney - posted on 04/03/2010

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My daughter who will be 8 months here shortly has too been having this rash all over her body (Hands,Feet,Chest,Back,Buttocks) We haven't had her try anything new. I have too taken her to the Dr. several times.. The 1st time they thought it might of been Scarlet fever, so he prescribed some Ammoxicilllan (sp?) She had a 101.5 degree F temp at that time..since the day after she has had no temp the rash went away for a day or two Since it is the weekend our regular Dr office is closed so insted i took her to the ER because it looked like it had gotten worse her bottoms of her feeties where Bright red and looked as if they might b sore. They said there that they think she might have a scarletta rash, Some kinda Viral rash in which case it will go away, or some kind of allergic reaction so they prescribed us prednisolone.. Maybe you could bring up some of those possibilities with your doctor..I hope i helped and i wish you and your daughter the best of luck with getting her better.

Michelle - posted on 04/03/2010

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get them to check her for a yeast infection as I know that can cause little bumpy rashes on children

Julie - posted on 04/03/2010

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My 2 1/2 yo DD has always had skin issues. First it was milk but that seemed to get better. We tried soaps and lotions but it never totally went away. after my 2nd dd was born and had issues as well we tried an elimination diet to see what the allergies were. We found the first is allergic to eggs. Thd 2nd it appears is allergic to apples, corn and chocolate.
I would suggest eliminating things from her diet, and yours too if you are breastfeeding and then add them back one at a time.

Lasha - posted on 04/03/2010

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Corey - posted on 04/02/2010

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could it be heat rash? i know it was just winter but overdressing a child in the winter can cause it too. my little guy (14mo) is a HOT child. he couldn't wear sweaters or long sleeve shirts in the winter and come summer he's gonna be a diaper only most of the time baby just so he stays cool. good luck and i hope you get it figured out and it's not serious.

Shannon - posted on 04/02/2010

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A friend of mine was finding the same problem with her 2 YO and found it was an alergy to food dyes (like red). As long as she keeps that out of her diet, there is no rash.

Jessi - posted on 04/02/2010

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i don't think it will be hard for them to see the allergies. my daughter is allergic to dogs and cats and we found out when she was 13 months old. she has been on singulair ever since.

Amanda - posted on 04/02/2010

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it's hard to tell without a picture what kind of rash it is. both my kids suffer from eczema, and my daughter was younger than that and ended up with a full body allergic reaction. Sometimes it's the body going haywire over the weirdest thing. For my daughter it was the first symptom of an ear infection! She also got a similar rash when she got roseola. All you can do is hang in there, it's april now, so it's not too much longer before you see an allergist. they will do a more specific scratch test on her arm, with a few less allergens involved than what an older child or adult may get. it is somewhat informative, and gives you a place to start. you will have to retest in a couple of years, but the allergies/sensitivities change as children get older anyways. Have you considered seeing a naturopath? they have a very conclusive test of over 200 allergies/sensitivities. and it examines delayed reactions as well as immediate reactions. we had my son done at 14 months. they do a toe or finger prick to collect like 3 drops of blood. Send it off to a lab, and within 2 weeks we knew the results. Naturopaths are easier to get into, and covered by most employer health plans. Good luck

Camille - posted on 04/01/2010

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my daughter gets the same thing and her pediatrician just simply told ne that it was eczema. i use A&D ointment on any rash that she breaks out with and it works miracles! i don't know if doctors have ruled out that diagnonsis for you, but even so you sould try A&D. that stuff will heal anything:)

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My son had a terrible rash. It was little bumps that eventually spread all over his body and sometimes it would flare up in places. It was very painful and itchy in the flared up places and I couldn't even give him a bath without him screaming in pain. The doctors couldn't figure out what it was. They suggested the topical treatments to soothe the rash, (changing laundry detergets, lotion, etc) but the rash never went away. As soon as I thought it was going away, it would come back! This went on for a few years. We eventually found a Dr. willing to get to the cause of the problem and not just treat the rash itself and thorough some testing we found out he has several food intolerances. We also found out he has a condition called "Leaky Gut" (IAG) where his body is not processing food the way it should and that was eventually causing the rash. He is now taking a supplement and it has helped a LOT. No more painful baths!
This may be more info than you wanted but hope sharing it with you may help you in some way!
P.S. For my son, the only kind of topical treatment that helped soothe his rash flare ups is Vaseline. A Dr. recommended that for him and it helped a lot!

Heather - posted on 04/01/2010

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what does it look like? Is it on the surface or is it more in the skin and not raised to the touch. I had a rash that lingered right before I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis, and it looked like a web throughout my skin and didnt raise up.Just a suggestion

Karren - posted on 04/01/2010

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My son was the same and I couldnt figure out what was causing it. I was referred to a natural therapist which at the time I didnt realise was a Reiki Master. I didnt know anything about Reiki but she found the problem immediately. It was food alergies and she targetted the specfic foods immediately without major invasive tests. As Mums we dont want to see our kids being poked and prodded and at a young age they cant tell us what is wrong. I strongly recommend Reiki to find out the issue

Erica - posted on 04/01/2010

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I had the same problem with my son. He kept breaking out with a rash and I would take him into the doc and they would say it was eczema or just very dry skin. I finally got sick of hearing that and told my doctor that I wanted a referal to a allergy doctor that would do a scratch test. He ended up being allergic to soy, poultry, eggs and milk. Since this he has not had as many skin problems. He still sometimes gets itchy but I think it is because he has got ahold of something he should not be eating. I also think you should use All free and clear laundry soap. Hope this helps

Rania - posted on 04/01/2010

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Thanks for all your replies....I will try different lotions and baths for her.

Adrianna - posted on 04/01/2010

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yes we had to deal with this kinda issue with my son, when he was just over 2 we discovered he is allergic to polyster, so maybe look to what shes wearing that could be cause of her rash

Nicole - posted on 04/01/2010

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I had this issue for my first daughter's first year- my Dr didnt figure it out, I did, her issue was and is that she is allergic to a lot of lotions and soaps. When I stopped using all lotions and then only used johnson and johnson baby shampoo, once the current rash cleared (which took several weeks) she is fine. as a baby she would even get rash bumps if say an older lady at church who wears too much perfume would care for her. She is still sensitive now- as well as to sugar- very sensitive (bad dreams that make her cry and yell). Process of ellimination is best.

Lynn - posted on 04/01/2010

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I would suggest treating it as if it was eczema... Get Aveeno unscented baby wash. Go back to using Dreft on her clothes.. I would get some Cortizone Cream and Eucerine. Use the Cortizone once in the morning and then once at night and then the eucerine everytime you change her bottom. When using the cortizone do not use the eucerine together because you do nto want to dilute the cortizone. If it is eczema, you will notice a HUGE difference in the rash with one week. and if the rash goes away compeltely keep up on the eucerine but stop using the cortizone. My son is two now and I still do the eucerine... But I wash his clothes in regular detergent and I use regular johnsons baby bath now and he seems to only get a flair up maybe three times a year and when he does I go back to everything for abotu a week and it goes away. Good luck and keep us posted :)

Laura - posted on 03/31/2010

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My daughter is prone to eczema and occasionally has had to use cortisone cream to calm her skin down. I did have one doctor suggest allergy testing, but 2 others vehemently opposed it, they said it wasn't accurate in kids that young, and that in their opinion, a whole lot of kids who didn't need it were on restricted diets. Twice she did get a whole body rash, entire body covered with little pimples, it lasted a week or so and the doctor couldn't figure it out. They also told me that there is a big difference between a true allergy and a sensitivity to something, and if the child is not vomiting, having diarrhea, or covered in painful rash like hives, it's probably actually not that serious (as a mom I wasn't sure I agreed but I do see their point!).

I think the suggestions given here are great. Switching to completely fragrance and dye free detergents helped a great deal in my household, as did switching to Aveeno oatmeal bath. Another suggestion seems odd but worked... most times they tell you not to bathe the little ones for more than 10min, or too many times a week, or they can get dry skin. However, eczema loves water, so actually to help tame eczema, keep your child in the bath at least 10min, pat her dry instead of briskly rubbing her, and then I cover her nose to toes with Aquaphor lotion. It made all the difference and reduced the cortisone use to very rare occasions. Also, wash off their eyes, nose, mouth, hands and feet as soon as they come in from being outside, because they can get pollen on themselves which can cause a reaction.

The good news I can give you is that now, approaching the age of 3, we have almost no skin troubles anymore :-) so hang in there and let her immune system develop and hopefully you guys will outgrow it too!

Hope anything in here is helpful to you...

Delora - posted on 03/31/2010

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Take her to a specialist. My son was diagnosed with allergies way before he was 16 1/2 months. If you think that is what it is try that route. It could also be eczema that is triggered by something environmental. Either way an allergist or dermatologist could tell you.

Kelly - posted on 03/31/2010

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You should get a detergent that is free and clear of dyes and perfumes. These are the most irritating ingredients in soaps. What kind of body wash do you use? If it is heavily scented, that can irritate the skin as well. My daughter went through allergy testing at 17 or so months. It wasn't the easiest thing, but it can be done. She had a lot of allergies. I would call an allergist. Best of luck! Kelly

Stacey - posted on 03/31/2010

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It seems like eczema my daughter has it and it comes and goes and its all over and somethings make it worse and what we bath her in has a big roll in it we cant us the baby baths they make it really bad tide detergent makes it bad I had to switch to Sun which actually works great I love it but i still miss the smell of my tide lol but the derm should be able to tell you want it is we had to see one to confirm that's what my little girl has hope this helped take care and god bless

Rania - posted on 03/30/2010

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the last load of laundry I did for her I used Tide instead of Ivory Snow, so I have switched the detergent, but she has the rash all over her today. Unless she's wearing something that has not been washed with tide yet. I will keep an eye on that.

I have seen 3 different doctors regarding the rash and they all told me the same thing. They say at this age an allergy test will be too painful for her because it's too itchy and she doesn't know the difference yet.

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