itchy red rash on the face

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My son developed a red, dry, bumpy rash on his face the same day he had his first vaccination. I called the doctor's office but the nurse said it wouldn't have anything to do with the vaccination. he doesn't have a fever. We haven't recenlty switched his formula, we're still using the same laundry soap. Has anyone ever experienced this before? And if you did what caused it and how did you fix it?

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Regarding my previous post - Doctor suggested eczema. Funny that the exzema subsided after approximately 2 weeks and she has no sign of it anymore (back to gorgesous skin).

My girlfriend's little boy had the same thing from the vaccination, which lasted a month for him.

Claire - posted on 11/10/2009

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It could be eczema which is severely dry skin and it can cause red bumps. What we did is I started buying Keri lotion and then buy soap with out fragrance. It's best to get a doctor's oppinion.

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Well, our pediatrician told us right off the bat to only use unscented soaps and ultra gentle ones, such as cetaphil creamy cleanser and cetaphil's thick cream lotion. (I was using Burt's Bee's baby products, but the lotion may have caused a slight rash when he was very young). Also, my son had a fever one time with no other symptoms and they said it could be roseola. Roseola comes with fever and rash or either symptom alone, and simply goes away on its own after a couple of days. Hope that helps.

Barb - posted on 11/07/2009

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My little one slobbers a lot. Saliva can be irritating to the skin. One thing that I found that helps is putting Lansinoh on his cheeks. It repels mositure and since it is lanolin heals the rash. It is safe if it is ingested too, since it is actually used for sore nipples for breast feeding mothers.

Angela - posted on 11/06/2009

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I breastfed my son and he developed eczema whenever I ate nuts. This is led us on the path to learning that he has allergies to several kinds of nuts before we actually fed them to him. I'd say just continue to watch it. See if there are any commonalities in the times he develops this rash. Then go see the doctor and talk it over. If the rash becomes worse or troublesome to you - go on in and have him/her take a look. For relief - you can limit the use of soap, giving him a good soak-down, pat dry and apply lotion right after to lock in the moisture from the water. Our skin gets dried out from the evaporation of the water from the skin. We love Vanicream - doesn't sting as much as some and is very pure. We used it on our son from the age of 3 months. Feel free to contact me for more info.

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Yes! Doctor said it may or may not be from the vaccination. Coincidence that my daughter's face went instantly blotchy when the injections were taking place, then purple, then back to blotchy before subsiding.

Like you, she had no fevers, but the horrible red bumpy rash appeared on her face and neck and even on her chest for part of the time. It appeared to subside and reappear.

Another coincidence... my son has had the same kind of rash appear on the trunk of his body in the past which was a reaction to a virus he'd had. If you look into reactions, the first stage/level is this spray of a rash kind of thing, the next level (moderate reaction) is welts, with red angry looking areas and puffyness, and the next level is an anafelactic (sorry not checking spelling just now) reaction which is more serious.

Seeing that a lot of little ones seem to have the same reaction to this first vaccination, I'm pretty p*ssed that the Doctors are not more honest. I'm sure they don't want to give us reason to refuse the vaccinations. It is in their interest to ensure that more than 80% of the population get vaccinated to keep certain illnesses at bay. (The other 20% of the population get to rely on 'most' people being vaccinated. I'd like my daughter to join this 20% knowing she can't handle the fake crap they inject into you).

Almari - posted on 11/14/2009

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Rachael. Exactly the same happend 2 my daughter. I went to the chemist and they said that it was roseola and that it takes about a week and then gos away. I just put vasaline on it everytime it was dry (every hour or so) and in no time it was gone. they say its common for babies to get it after the first month. The other thing it could also be is ecsema - which they get from an allergic reaction, to something that ur eating if u breastfeed that is. oh ja, if its only on her face it is roseola, its nothing to worry about too much

Cristina - posted on 11/10/2009

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Hi there. My daughter is 13 months and she started getting this around the age of 6 months and it's been triggered by dry heat or cold. The pediatrician said it was eczema which she already had on her body but it looked completely different from what she had on her extremities which were red, pimply and raised. On her cheeks, it is red, dry and scaly. A doctor can prescribe a cream which works wonders or you can simply try a hypoallergenic cream with almond oil and apply it 2-3 times per day. Hope this helps!

Linda - posted on 11/08/2009

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A dry, bumpy rash sounds like eczema, or something similar. Children CAN develop allergies and sensitivities to things they are exposed to daily... I know it's not a popular belief with all the hype about "bad vaccines", but it's true. I have more allergies now, as an almost 40 yo adult than I did 10, 20, or 30 years ago. The same holds true for children. Sometimes harsh soaps, overwashing, lotions-even the mild infant lotions can be the cause. There has been a lot of medical research done on vaccinations. If you're worried about vaccines, read the medical journals and histories--not the journals of freaked out parents with autistic children. Autism is a disease that has raised its ugly head and then dissipated, long before vaccines were EVER around. Asperger's syndrome was "discovered" in 1936, the polio vaccination was created 1952, the measles vaccine in 1963, rubella in 1969, etc. I'll be thankful my children are vaccinated when these diseases make their comeback in the U.S.

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As far as vaccines go I don't hesitate to vaccinate my child. However if my first child became autistic and had other reactions due to vaccines. I would not vaccinate the rest of my children. That is why we vaccinate to protect those that don't. You have a right to refuse vaccinations. I know people whose babies died after vaccinations. When my son had a rash on his face two months after being born he tried to tell me it was baby acne. I am not a personal fan of military medicine because I know a lot of those doctors aren't credentialed to work on the outside, but cortisone cream cleared it right up as well as his nasty cradle cap. My husband has eczema pretty bad so I do believe we will be dealing with it in the future.

Amy-Dawn - posted on 11/07/2009

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it may be exzema because of the change in season .. my little girl has it too, there is a prescription that the dr gave me its called allocreme and it works wonderous!!! :)

Jovannah - posted on 11/07/2009

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if nothing has changed in formula water,food.soap anything out of the ordinary,it may just be the weather my 5 yr old is very sensetive to creams and lotions so i use cetaphil lotion and cleanser (sold at target,walmart, walgreens $8.99-14.99) my 14 mon old developed (which i never heard of) feet,mouth,hand virus which causes these little bumps on the cheeks, mouth, wrists of the hands and sides of the feet, my doc said its very common virus in small children so this might be something you may want to bring up to the doc,but really it may just be the weather, teething or if youre baby has a cold, try the cetaphil lotion it really works iuse it on my face too good luck

Jane - posted on 11/07/2009

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My daughter has the bumpy red rash on her face also. It is essentially dry skin/eczema .There is an over the counter product called, Prosacea that I put on her after her evening bath and that did the trick. We put it on nightly and we have not had a problem since.

Shannon - posted on 11/06/2009

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Could be something called fifth's disease. Sounds like what my daughter had. It just had to run it's course. If it starts to spread down the body that is probably what it is. Nothing to be alarmed about. Go online and read about it.

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My son aged 20mths just recently had the exact same thing, from out of nowhere appeared a red bumpy rash, mainly on his cheeks. He never had this before. When he got mad or grizzly the rash became even more noticable. At night was even worse waking him up scratching all over his head. I took him to the GP and he prescribed a histamine medicine and creams which has helped soooo much. We do have a family history of hayfever.

Cynthia - posted on 11/06/2009

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It could be a heat rash or sweat rash. Keep baby cool. use cotton baby clothes. Do not overwrap. Use cotton bed linen not acrylic or synthetic!!!!!!If you live in the tropics just a cotton vest and diapers. Give plenty fluids either breast or cool boiled water.Bathed daily

Kayshia - posted on 11/06/2009

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My son gets the same thing every year around this time! But he gets it all over his body ;( I believe its the weather change! I have tried many things and it doesnt seem to go away! I do use creams and lotions on it and it seems to help a little!

Katherine - posted on 11/06/2009

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My 6 month old son also has an itchy red rash on his face just like you describe. It has appeared since I have begun weaning. I've not had it checked out by a Dr but it is very similar to the rash that my daughter had on her arm at the same age and also as I began weaning her. Her rash was confirmed by a Dr to be eczema and I think that my son's rash is probably also eczema as it has developed at the same time in the same way as my daughter's. It is worth getting your son's checked by a Dr to confirm what it is but it sounds like it might be eczema and there are many creams and ways of washing that can help manage it. All the best.

Staci - posted on 11/06/2009

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I must say I take offense to persons that group ALL nurses and doctors into the same group. We are not trained to deny anything...things happen. I myself have had a rash reaction to the regular seasonal flu vaccine in the past. Never had one before that, haven't had one since. I do think it's possible for the facial rash to be from the vaccine, but weird that it's on the face only...after a day or so, mine started to spread. Like most allergic reactions, I took benadryl twice and away went the rash. If it doesn't go away with benadryl (ask doc before administration - not sure how old your son is), then it is possible that it could be a rash from something else or possibly even eczema which is prevalent this time of year.
As a nurse, I also recommend that if you don't like the answer you get from your doc's office, that you get a 2nd opinion. It never hurts and might help.
Good luck. Let us know what happens.

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You can use homeopathic vaccines for children like this. Their bodies obviously can't handle the toxins in the regular vaccinations. Not all children are the same and capable of handling these things. These are the children at high risk for the negative side effects of vaccines.....this is coming from a mom with a daughter on the autism spectrum....gluten/lactose intolerant, and much more.

Krystal - posted on 11/06/2009

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Hi Racheal, my son developed eczema right around the same time he had his first vaccines. He was 10 weeks old. Since having his 4 & 6mth needles it has gotten progressively worse. My chiro has pinpointed that its the formaldehyde in the vaccine that he is reacting to so we are currently working on ridding the toxins from his system. He has also become gluten, lactose and wheat intolerant from the vaccines. We have another 4 mths till his next ones so are hoping to get him stable by the time they come round. I mentioned this to my paed and she basiically laughed at me. Drs, Chiros & Naturapaths rarely see eye to eye. I'd suggest trying a chiro and ask him to put the viles over him to see whats happening. Good luck xx

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Yes, I've heard of this happening before. The body responds in all different kinds of ways to vaccines. I would suggest putting your son in an epsom salts and baking soda bath to try to help his body detoxify some of what he is having a hard time dealing with. 1 cup epsom salt and 1/4 cup baking soda. Vitamin C would also be helpful.

Ashleigh - posted on 11/05/2009

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My daughter developed a rash on her cheeks and we spoke to the pharmacy which advised us to stop using Johnson & Johnson bath stuff (we were using it every night). We switched to QV Eco for Kids wash and then the moisturiser and it cleared up in a few days. I do however think the first reason for the rash was heat since it's been extremely hot lately and she was starting to develope the rash again. I got on top of it by using the QV Eco for Kids Moisturiser and it keeps working! Highly recommended!

Abigayl - posted on 11/05/2009

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Put a mixture of Cortizone 10 and neosporin creams on it. It will cure any rash. I even used it on diaper rash & it cleared it in 2 days.But make sure it is neosporin cream not ointment.

Emily - posted on 11/05/2009

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I am a doctor, and speak from having had medical work experience in 3rd-world countries who don't have access to the wide vaccination programs that we have here. We have prevented many fatal and serious illnesses with our childhood vaccination program in Australia. They're not just there for the good of healthcare providers! The reason children here are so well protected from terrible illnesses like measles and rubella is because we have built up a 'herd immunity' over the years, which means that because most children are vaccinated, the illness is wiped out and can't infiltrate to get to those who can't be vaccinated (such as those kids with poor immune systems, chronic illnesses, cancer, etc). We must continue to vaccinate to maintain this herd immunity. I have a 7-month-old daughter and would not think twice about getting her vaccinated... and not just because I'm a doctor. I've seen too many horrible, permanently-damaging and fatal consequences to diseases that we've wiped out from Australia. The government would not be making them available if they were proven to cause long-term harm.

To me, the rash definitely sounds like eczema, which is a very common skin condition, quite prevalent amongst children and infants. It can be due to physical contact with an irritant, causing an allergic reaction, or it could be due to repetitive contact with something that changes the skin's preferred environment (ie. constant water/formula touching the area, sudden dry weather changes). If you have a family history of asthma, eczema, hay fever or other allergies, it's most likely to be eczema in your baby.

Rebecca - posted on 11/05/2009

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is he teething? my daughter has the same 'rash' on her face. we havent changed anything but my mother said when us 4 kids were teething we had a rash from the drool. she just cut her 1st tooth monday & this is when the 'rash' appeared.

Shari - posted on 11/05/2009

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I would say that the fact that the rash showed up on the day he had his first vaccination and that rashes including ezcema are reactions to an allergy or sensitivity to something it is a pretty good indication that his body did not react well to the vaccine. Also keep in mind that reactions usually become more severe with each exposure. There is really no reason to give vaccines to children under the age of 1 year or even 18 months and there are a lot of people choosing not to vaccinate at all. Babies who are nursing rather than bottle fed receive their immunity from their mothers so they don't need to be vaccinated during that time period for sure.

Doing some research is a really good idea, I would seriously consider delaying any further vaccinations and following a safer vaccination schedule should you choose to continue vaccinating at some point. A very informative website to look at is www.mercola.com, you can search safe vaccination schedule on his site (he is a Dr.) and his recommendations make a lot of sense. Hope this helps.

Amy - posted on 11/05/2009

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Speaking as a Health Care Provider- I think the response that we are out to "divert" blame is silly!! Your son's rash could be from ANYTHING!!! The question is- is it getting worse? Is he bothered by it? any shortness of breath or wheezes? These are the concerns....not being able to see something certainly makes it difficult to diagnose- but my suggestion would be to try some lotion- dry skin and change in the weather can certainly cause a rash.

Carol - posted on 11/05/2009

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If you're going to give him water, makes sure it's cooled boiled water. and by all means do your research about vaccines, but I've nursed very sick children who weren't given the MMR and as a mother I wouldn't want to see my child or any child go through what I've seen.

Farida - posted on 11/05/2009

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My recently got the H1N1 vapor and has the same thing on his face right now. The redness should go away on its own. But it does go away take him to the doctor. Check of allergies.

Bonnie - posted on 11/05/2009

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Regardless what caused it....It helps to flush out the system gently by drinking water.
My newborn daughter had a terrible rash all over her and at the emergency the doc said Please give her fresh water in a baby bottle. The rash was gone in 3 days.

Quyen - posted on 11/04/2009

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if you want to find our more about vaccines, go to the Australian Vaccination Network website (www.avn.org.au) or the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (www.icpa4kids.org or icpa4kids.com) or www.welladjustedbabies.com THey all have heaps of information that may help you make an informed decision, as well as let you know what reactions to look for if you decide to vaccinate....gives you some peace of mind if you know what to look for and what is normal :-)

Quyen - posted on 11/04/2009

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if nothing has changed in terms of your formula, detergent, bath /beauty products, then it can be a reaction to the vaccination. Keep an eye on it, dont put anything on it as yet until you know what it is. If it gets worse, go back to your doctor, if they insists its nothing without looking at him, get a second opinion. A simple test to see if its sinister is to place the base of a clear glass over the affected area and look at the rash. If the redness disappears, then you can stop worrying. If the redness remains...get it checked out. Hope that helps. Good luck

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ye i read up about his vaccines and the closest thing to a rash i could find was hives, but his rash doesn't really look like hives. but i guess if the cream i'm supposed to use doesn't work in a couple days i'll go and get a 3rd opinion

Maria - posted on 11/04/2009

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honestly, researched the vaccines he got, because most of the time, the nurses as bad as it is dont really pay attention to what your talking about, I found a paper about one my son got and it had so many side effects I dont know how they would remember them all.

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Thanks for all the advise. I was nervous about getting his vaccinations and am definitely reading up because I think some of the vaccinations are unneccesary. I ended up going to a walk in clinic to get a 2nd opinion and the guy took one look at him and said it's ezcema, which I had never really heard of before.

Ayrjia - posted on 11/04/2009

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Just because the nurse said iti wasn't due to the vaccine DOESN'T mean she is right. Doctors and nurses are trained to divert and not accept responsibility. We trust them because we have no one else to turn to.



Do your research when doing vaccines. if anything it will help you determine how and when to give them. It will also help you if you have a reaction again.

Kristen - posted on 11/04/2009

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never found that on my son, and if it was right after the vac. then you should talk tou your doctor again if it doesn't go away, there could be a cream to use. what i would do for now is put cool cloths over it , wash his face every now and then. maybe switch to a lilder soap or baby lotion, sometimed=s thats a factor. but go see a doctor to get that looked at.

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My reply is honey go green and you won't have to go through that I went through it with Angel and he was about a few months old and it came from the baby lotion I used to use but now I converted my entire home and he bathes with green baby bodywash that is gentle for his skin and no toxic ingredients that cause rashes.

Paula - posted on 11/04/2009

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Hi Rachael, your concern about vaccination is very valid. Make sure you keep a record of reactions and dates even if 6mths later. (read Mother Warrior by Jenni McCarthy to become informed) The information about vaccinations and our immune system are is buried but the steps you should try are:
1. go see a biomedical doctor in your area (shout if you need help finding one - they are not alternative they just test everything.)
2. Our first system that fights bad stuff happening to our bodies is our gut flora. When this isn't working it is our allergy system (hayfever, rashes, ezcema). Keep his sugar intake very low (nothing if possible until a while after recovery) as this feeds bad bacteria - that means fruit, carrots, pumpkin, and even carbohydrates like bread, potatoes, rice, etc turn into sugars and feed the bad bacteria.
3. Go to a Naturopath or Health food shop if you can't afford a biomedical doctor. Ask for a really good probiotic or try http://store.natren.com/Merchant2/mercha...
4. Create your own vaccination plan in future. They still contain 3 times the amount of allowable mercury because the vats are wiped out with thimerosal (a preservative containing the worst form of mercury). You don't have to do the MMR - ask for them to be separated - and NEVER have a vaccination when your little man is sick.
5. Educate yourself before it is too late and you have more work to do. My son has autism which is basically just a big list of symptoms. He is 7 and has depressive episodes and high anxiety. I have just started (2mths) on my path to recovery (getting his gut bacteria right) and already we can see good signs. Basically his gut bacteria imbalance (dysbiosis) causes many changes in his body and the fine chemical balance that allows him to function normally is out of kilter.
Happy to share more info. And by the way, I have some amazing evidence about the damage chlorine does to our good bacteria. It doesn't discriminate against killing good and bad bacteria in the water or our bodies. Get a good water filter and shower filter head.

Suzi - posted on 11/04/2009

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could it just be a milk rash from when they feed and get it everywhere? then when it dries it gives them spots? my litltle girl has a few spots on her cheeks and i think its that///

Ranjeeta - posted on 11/04/2009

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Even my son is getting them lil around his mouth.. I am thinking it could be due to wetness around his mouth. He goes to day care so i don't know how they wash his face after he is eating. Can anyowe know what can be done?

Thanks in advance.

Pamela - posted on 11/04/2009

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For years.....at least 40 or more, I have used Dr. Bronner's liquid soap (there are several choices). I used it for my children as well. Never any rashes, etc. It is a great soap. When I lived in Mxico and Thailand, I even had my friends send it to me because I refuse to use any other soap. It is fabulous. Never any problems.

Ethel - posted on 11/04/2009

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when u bath him dont use scented soap.try A-DERMA soap n lotion.my son started those rash the pharmacie sugested that product especially for a kid.tat product its made in france.hope tat would help.

Melisa - posted on 11/03/2009

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Well there is alot of reasons why this can happen, have you changed the soap you use to bath him, have you used any perfume and then touched him??? I haven't experienced this with my son but it sounds like an allergy to something. If it gets worse, just take him to the doctors and dont let it get too dry. Paw Paw ointment will help.

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