My son has has an ongoing rash on his face

Crystal - posted on 09/20/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )




For the past two months at least, he has had this ongoing rash. Everytime we go to the doctor we get told it's just baby rash and there is nothing we can do. At first I thought it was baby acne, but it seemed to get dry and crusty, so I figured it wasn't acne at all. Some days he gets scaly patches of yellow crusties on his face. This morning I woke up and his face looked scaly like cradle cap, on his cheeks, forehead and around his ears. From what I have been able to research online it seems to be seborrhea. Some days its not red, but is still dry. Some days it is very red and scaly. He also seems to flare up if he gets upset or if he gets too warm as well. When he cries I find it much worse afterwards. I am pretty sure it isn't a milk allergy becauce he has no other symptoms at all. He eats his bottles and rarely has gas or fussiness. He rarely, if ever, spits up after a feeding, and his bowel movements are regular.Right now he is sucking his hands a lot and drooling a lot because I think he may be starting to teethe. He has to be chewing on something at all times. I have heard that the excess drool can worsen things, so I am always trying to keep him dry. He's also a hands in his face kind of guy. He always likes to touch and rub his face, and when he sleeps I find he rubs it with his hands all the time. Anyone have this problem with their baby? My mother in law is always freaking out on me everytime she sees him. She seems to think I do not get him checked out, or that I do not try to remedy the problem, but I have been attempting anything I can think of. I used to bathe him every second day, then I tried every day. We are using aveeno baby soothing relief moisture cream for dry skin or eczema right now. It seems to help on some days. Others, not so much.


Gwen - posted on 09/20/2012




My daughter also had this. She also got crusty stuff around her ears. They call it baby acne and no one really knows why some babies get it and some don't. I was advised just to wipe gently with a damp cloth and not to use creams or lotions. Eventually it cleared up on its own.

Leyla - posted on 09/20/2012




I'm no doctor but t sounds like a mixture of eczema and teething. Eczema is fuelled by stress and the rubbing on the face seems to indicate that it's itchy for him. I would go back to the doctor and demand a second opinion, I would also book an appointment to test him for allergies to rule that out. Bottom line is you need to get to the root of the issue to see how you can reduce the rashes on his skin.

If the rash doesn't go by 4 months then it's far less likely that it is just a baby rash because I thought that baby rashes only occur because the skin is trying to get used to the outside environment and rid the toxins produced from the uterus.



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