Baby has red,dry, rash ...

Ashley - posted on 01/11/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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My son (7 months) has a red, dry, scaley looking rash all over her back and its spreding to his stomach and his limbs. Anyone have any ideas as what it could be? or any suggestions on what to do while I wait for a Doctors appt?



Seems like he might be a little irritated... but not too much and no fever.

We haven't switched his detergent since he was born... and he hasn't really ate anything new.



**It's been slowing speading over the course of a month....

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User - posted on 09/20/2012

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My son had a rash on his belly which is now spreading to his back! Thought it was a strawberry allergy first as he seemed to develope it when we weaned him which was at 4 months! He is now 6 months and its getting worse but doc said its just a dry skin condition and has prescribed aqueous cream and that doesn't seem to be doing the trick! I still think its some sort of allergy!

Letitia - posted on 07/17/2012

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My 14 Month daughter has a rash on het forearm red dots that you can not feel but see clearly any advise??

Louise - posted on 01/14/2010

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eczema!! well thats what it sounds like to me, my son has it. He got it when he was about 5months, a little patch on his arm, then spread all over his body, he started to get very irritated by it and scratch it, i took him to the doctors and they gave him eperderm cream, it worked brilliantly, within 2days it had pretty much cleared up but i still use the eperderm cream everyday, even now and dont leave him in water for to long! But if you havent been to the doc's yet, try E45 cream xxx

Lemeicia - posted on 01/11/2010

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it could be allergic reaction to diaper cream. i know myself had to switch brands from destin to balmex bc my baby has sensitive skin. also i notice @ my baby daycare they would be changing diapers and i noticed every baby had this red rash. even though they have gloves on and each child has their own cream when were not around they may not be changing the gloves so when they clean one the next one come on the table and they have on the same golve and wipe the cream with the dirty glove.

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Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2010

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My son also recently had the same problem. It started as a small spot on his back and then spread all over his back on his legs his butt and the back of his arms. The Dr. Said he has eczema. Neither me or my husband has it, he was tested for allergies and he has none, and I use fragrance free EVERYTHING on him! We switched to aveeno baby. I would suggest getting an appt with his dr or it will get worse. My son can now only stay in the tub for five minutes at a time an he has to use a steroid lotion daily and be lotioned down twice a day. He has had it for three months now and is almost one.

Amber - posted on 01/12/2010

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If it's been getting worse over a month, and it's in his lower regions, it could actually be a yeast infection ( yes, males CAN get them) or thrush.

Ecema is possible, but you would then notice it in other areas. If it's in the lower regions, and under arms it could just a rash from overheating and sweating. First things first, Make sure his clothing is always washed in ecofriendly detergent ( could be allergic to something) ( use an acutal natural detergent -Arm and Hammer is the best)
and dress him lightly and in cotton.

Do not use anything ( ointments and creams) until he is seen by your doc, if you use a cream when you should be using a powder, you could end up making it worse.

To keep the area dry and moisture free, use non-bleached corn starch. Sprinkle it in his diaper ( never on him) at each change.

Maureen - posted on 01/12/2010

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I would just rub him down with baby lotion every night after bath time.
I do that with my son a lot, it seems to help.
Good luck!

Amber - posted on 01/11/2010

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I agree with a lot of the other ladies, It could be eczema. My son's gets worse during the winter. His dermatologist told us to change to "free&clear" detergents and try not to use dryer sheets. Also use Aveeno baby wash or anything that doesn't have color and perfumes (fragrances) added because it dries out their skin. (Johnson&Johnson is actually bad for their skin because it has both in it!) Same with lotions, find ones that don't have fragrance added.

Kris - posted on 01/11/2010

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sounds like eczema, my daughter has seasonal eczema. we swear by original sprouts scrumptous creme. it clears up all symptoms, and it is so gentle i can even use it on her face.

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Sounds like eczema. Have you tried Eucerin cream? It's expensive, but works very well. Most doctors recommend it. I would still have the doctor look at though just to make sure it isn't anything else.

Riviera - posted on 01/11/2010

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my son had that and it got pretty bad. my doc said it would go away and to try cortizone 10..i did and nothing happened..your doc might prescribe you a low steriod cream which did help for mine but didnt last very long i was always reapplying it. i tried experimenting and put him on enfamil prosobee soy milk formula and his rash cleared right up! although it did make him constipated so i put a little karo syrup in his bottle
hope this helps!

Lemeicia - posted on 01/11/2010

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oh yeah my baby has mild eczema and allergies to egg product you can't use lotion's with parfume nor soap which will irritate the skin nor those products with steriods and most the dr give to you will include it so just keep an eye open. the aveeno works great for me and keep them moist bc when the kid skin dries out they scratch and irritates the area so i lotioned my son twice a day.

Carrie - posted on 01/11/2010

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It could possibly be eczema. My older child developed it on the top of his hands and it started to spread. I recommend using Eucerin or Cetaphil, both which are lotions with no alcohol in them. They are a bit more expensive than regular lotions, but are the most comfortable for baby.

Andrea - posted on 01/11/2010

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It could be eczema. Those are areas that my son gets his rashes. 3 things I can't live without is Aveeno baby wash, Aveeno baby lotion, and Baby Soft laundry detergent. Most baby products have parfum in them and that can irritate their skin. You can try those things until you see the doctor. My son had to go on hydrocortizone cream when we first saw the pediatrician about it.

Teresa - posted on 01/11/2010

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does it look like patches of dry skin?? Is it spreading fast?? Its possible it is eczema, but if it is spreading fast your babe may be reacting to something. Is he bundled up to much?? Does it look like a heat rash?? Does he have a temperature?? Diarhhea or vomiting? I would take him to get checked asap if you think it is more of a reaction. Babes can get sick fast and you shouldn't wait. On the other hand if you think it is more eczema or heat rash looking, then that could probably wait. Rashes could mean a number of things. Be safe, get him checked. Has he been in any hot tubs??

Ashley - posted on 01/11/2010

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Try an oatmeal bath or it could be an allergic reaction to something he ate r something in your detergent!

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