Toddler with a chronic rash and sudden screams of pain

Heather - posted on 04/20/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Hello, I'm a mother of a 21 month old little girl. My DD got a strange rash on her legs when she was 7 months old. It has been there ever since. It gets worse with heat and illness but never actually goes away. Doctors have brushed it off as eczema but to looks and acts nothing like it. It is small red bumps and not flakey or dry at all. Just recently my DH and I have noticed she will start screaming like she is in pain and sometimes will hold an arm funny for a minute or so, but she will be doing normal activities when this happens and has done nothing to hurt herself. In a few minutes she will be back to normal. Has anyone heard of this happening could the 2 be related?

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Deanna - posted on 04/23/2012

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That does sound like eczema. It is different for every person. One thing that I found works is chamomile tea. You make a cup, let the bag and water cool. The water can go on a cloth and used as a compress. Make sure to leave it on for 15 min. The bag can be used in small areas. Eczema can be very painful, especially if there is certainly types of clothing on it. Some are very painful. Also, when putting her clothes on, a barrier cream works wonders. An oatmeal bath can soothe the itching and pain.
Good luck!!

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Melisa - posted on 04/22/2012

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Sorry, I don't have an answer, but some suggestions instead. First, if you think the doctor is wrong about it being eczema don't be afraid to express your concern to the doctor and ask them to look into it more. Some doctors don't like that, but a good doctor is open minded enough to take the patient/parents' concerns seriously and act upon them. If that doesn't work, you can get a second opinion.
Just as a personal experience on eczema, though, my son developed a bumpy rash on his cheeks when he was just a few months old and the doctors said it was eczema & told me to put hydrocorizone cream on it. I followed their council and the rash didn't improve at all. I expressed my concern that the treatment wasn't working and I wasn't convinced it was eczema, but 3 different doctors at 3 different clinics insisted that it was eczema. Then, about 3-4 months ago, it just suddenly disappeared on its own. He's 2 now. So, whether it really was eczema or not it did go away with no apparent lingering problems.
Another thought I had on your situation is could it possibly be an allergy? Did you change laundry soap or bath soap when she was around 7 months old? My DS got a rash on his body when we tried to use a different bubble bath than usual. We switched back to his old soap and the rash was gone in a couple days. If you think it could be an allergy, but not sure what to, you could ask your doctor about the possibility of having her tested for allergies.
As far as the pain goes, I'm not there so I can't really say what it is of course, but Bethany's reply about growing pains makes a lot of sense. I remember growing pains and they are miserable. Its pretty common for kids, especially those too young to be able to grasp what's going on, to get pretty upset by the pains.
Good luck & I hope it gets better soon!

Bethany - posted on 04/21/2012

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its a bit weird! my son who is 26mths old is experiencing growing pains because he is in the 97th % in weight and 75% in height but very normal for him he will be doing anything and drop to the ground crying for a min or so then kiss it better, arm or leg or what ever, himself and keep on going so that could be her pains but the rash no idea sorry hope you get it sorted soon

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