Recurring rash on 7 month old face?

User - posted on 01/02/2009 ( 32 moms have responded )

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My son is seven months old and for three months now has been getting a severe rash on his left cheek. it starts as a irritated red rash then starts to have small blisters, weeps, then starts to heal. Ive been to the doctor four-five times and each time they tell me something different. Ive been told that it was a yeast rash, then empetigo, then yeast and empetigo. They gave me a cream for the empetigo, which works after a while but the rash still comes back! I was wondering if there were any other moms who experienced something similar? I thought it might be food allergy and stopped giving him gerber. I gave him formula milk, like always, then slowly started introducing the gerber and cereals again. It didnt help. Then I thought maybe it was a contact allergy and watched everything he touched on that side of his face. The only thing he touches is his play mat and my shirt when hes feeding. Im going to make an appointment with a dermatologist but in the meantime, do you have any ideas on what it might be?

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User - posted on 11/30/2011

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i just realized that i just recently changed his baby wash from Burt's Bees to Aveeno and he has been getting dry spots and a rash on his face ever since- i am going to stop using the wash and switch back to burt's bees- maybe this is the reason for the rash- it was that way with my first one also! so you could check and make sure your baby is not allergic to the baby wash you bathe him in.

Stephanie - posted on 01/02/2009

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gentle naturals makes a baby eczema cream it works really well, it stays on through the drooling. I use it for all 3 of my kids for any little rash. it clears it right up. its in the baby isle it has winnie the pooh on it its about $7 for the tube but it last a long time and you only need a pea size amount.

Sara - posted on 01/07/2009

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My daughter had the same exact thing under her nose. Our doctor said it was called Herpetic Whitlow, the same virus that causes cold sores, herpes, and chicken pox. It is a virul infection, not bacterial, so anti-biotics will not cure it. After a week of the medicine it is almost gone. Also, keeping it moist with ointments just makes it worse. Rubbing a cotton swab with alcohol on it a few times a day will dry it up. I tried everything thinking the alcohol would burn her skin, but it worked along with the liquid medication.

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Could it be eczema?  My son had it bad on his face and the backs of his legs starting when he was 3 months-old.  We switched to a scent-free soap (the doctor recommended Dove Sensitive) and used Aquaphor in place of his baby lotion.  The doctor also gave us Elidel, which is a non-steroid cream, but cortizone cream also works pretty well.  By the time he was a year old, it was pretty much over and done with.

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Natalie - posted on 12/28/2011

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I realize this is an old post but thought my info could help others reading it. My baby also had a very bad case of this- his face was all scabby and it looked painful. my dr said to keep it clean and dry and to use hydro cortisone ointment as the cream could burn, and a thin layer of Aquaphore. I found it minimally helpful, and became desperate. I started to use my face wash and lotion as it was organic and cleared my face up when i was pregnant and nothing else worked. It is called Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean™ Face Wash - Original Oily and Combination Skin. It has tea tree oil in it. as long as I wash/lotion his face once a day he stays clear. If I get lazy or forget I can tell he starts to break out again. Don't use the cleaning pads as they burn a bit. I also put just a little Aquaphore on as a protecting layer or on dry spots. This combination works like magic!

Christie - posted on 12/01/2011

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Its related to the cold sore, chicken pox virus family. Talk to your doc about keeping on hand some aclyvire. When the rash shows up, give him some of that, and it stops it immediately. Go untreated, and it will get ugly. The worst it got for my son, is the patch of blisters grew and covered his whole right cheek. If a child has the sniffles, or runny nose, chanced are the wipe there nose with there right hand, hence, onto the right cheek.

Christie - posted on 12/01/2011

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its related to a cold sore virus. The minute the rash starts, give him Aclyvir. You need a perscription for it. It has a long shelf life, so I keep it on hand. And when it starts to show up, give him this medicine, and it will wipe it out.

Christie - posted on 12/01/2011

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its related to a cold sore virus. The minute the rash starts, give him Aclyvir. You need a perscription for it. It has a long shelf life, so I keep it on hand. And when it starts to show up, give him this medicine, and it will wipe it out.

Melanie - posted on 01/21/2009

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Sounds like a herptic virus to me too. You definitely want to get a culture. I hope it is not, but if it is, there are possibilities for this virus to cross into other areas that could be much more problematic. Dermatologist and a Culture are important.

Melanie - posted on 01/09/2009

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Hi - I suggest you take your little one to a Dermatolist. Sounds like a bacterial infection combined with a fungal infection. A culture/skin scraping should be done to identify the organism (bacteria/fungus). Does your son scratch it? My first born had a horrible rash all over her at that age. Most babies born in fall/winter suffer with some type of skin condition - usually eczema. For my daughter, I treated her with an anti-dandruff shampoo (yes - all over her body), as I felt it was Seborrheic Dermatitis (similar to dandruff). Her skin cleared up very quickly; within four days. After this, I only used Cetaphil Cleanser, and lotion - daily. I hope this helps you a bit.

Sara - posted on 01/08/2009

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For some reason the name of the medicine did not come through. We used Acyclovir (I think that is how it is spelled) for a week and it is almost completely gone.

Yvonne - posted on 01/08/2009

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My 1st son had these red rashes all over his body and after many trips to doctors and many creams, I insisted on allergy testing. He was allergic to milk & egg and after 1 year of keeping these foods from him, he was retested and allergy free. He has been fine since.

Tamsyn - posted on 01/06/2009

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Does your sons bowls/puke smell sour or acidic? Bowls might be yellow and fairly loose?

Melissa - posted on 01/06/2009

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Quoting Annette:

It sounds like some kind of infection, does he scratch at it?



My son had the same issues when he was a baby.  The doctors kept prescribing different creams that would work after awhile but the rash always came back.  I was told by another mom to try using baby Aveno Lotion.  I tried it and it worked like a charm.  I have been useing the lotion twice a day (morning and night) since my son was 6 months old.  He is now 6 years old and I still use it and it is still working.  I hope you find it works for you too :)

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My girl has a little bit of eczema on her face which comes and goes. This is what I learnt from hours of googling / asking around.....

- Cut out all products that contain SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulphate). It is a chemical that manufacturers puts in products to make it froth (ie. body lotions, toothpaste etc). It serves no purpose and is harsh on sensitive skin.

- Put a barrier cream on the rash like paw paw cream or sorbelone cream with 10% glycerine, before your baby eats. This may stop food and milk coming in contact with the skin and prevent the rash from flaring up.

- Ask your doctor thorough questions about any cream which they prescribe. I used to get eczema on my face, and the doctor prescribed a cream which prevented the rash from appearing whilst I was using the cream, but it came back ten times worse when I stopped. Trouble was that I could only use it for six weeks, so it only prevented the problem for the short-term which is useless.

- A friend on mine had to stop eating eggs, dairy products and nuts because it transferred from the breast milk to the baby - causing the rash. She therefore had to wean and put baby onto soy formula as well.

Hope that helps. Best of luck.

Reena - posted on 01/03/2009

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That is what happened to my son when he first started showing signs of Eczema. I would get to a Dermatologist as soon as possible and it gets any worst. I didn't go see my Derm as soon as the signs started, I changed him to Soy thinking it was his Milk, then his brand of cereal, and nothing worked, at first it was fine then it started on his hands and arms as well and he would strach and make it bleed, I would have to put socks on his hands at all times. I so would HIGHLY suggestion on going to see a Dermatologist as soon as you can.!

Best of luck, let me know how it turns out or if you want more info!

Julie - posted on 01/02/2009

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Yes, my son got a similar rash when he was a baby. A rash sometimes appears on the face because of dehydration. Try giving your baby a bottle of water or 1/2 water,
1/2 pedialight. Try that and let me know what happens.

Lynnette - posted on 01/02/2009

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My son had something similiar and it was eczema and it was due to foods. It comes and goes and that is how that skin problem works. It is treatable.

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Could be chapped cheeks from the dry air/cold air etc.. I use Eucerin Aquaphor on my sons cheeks. Johnson and Johnson as well as Mustela also make a cheek stick you can use to apply to dry chapped places on the face. Aquaphor is available any Target or Pharmacy - Johnson & Johnson and the Mustela stick are both sold at Babies R Us,,you have to apply daily! :-) If you decide to go cortizone cream route without okay from your doctor - I would stick with the .05%. Good luck to you and your little "chap"

Nicole - posted on 01/02/2009

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It sounds like eczema to me, my son has had it since he was 2 months old. His pediatrician gave him prescription hydracortazone cream & it cleared up almost overnight!

Alyn - posted on 01/02/2009

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A friend of mine had a similar issue. For her it was the pacifier. Just a thought.

Erin - posted on 01/02/2009

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Is it possible that your son is allergic to milk? When my cousin was a baby she had a milk allergy and she'd get eczema on her face and tummy. She was switched to a soy formula and the eczema went away. She's now 13 and her milk allergy is pretty much gone.

Jo - posted on 01/02/2009

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Okay... so, I'm thinking this sounds like eczema, which my son had. It seemed to be something else at first because it would not go away, but he got it in several places. We use special soap for him now. (It's bar soap that you can get in the bath and body section of your local Wal-Mart) The soap doesn't actually contain any soap. And then we use Lubriderm body cream (the kind in the gold bottle). This has worked wonders. I haven't seen any more rashes since we started using these. *Also, about the soap, it's safe, but be careful about getting it too close to your babies eyes, because it burns a little, but if you do accidently get some in his eyes, just pour water over his head (the water will rinse the soap from his eyes and it won't hurt any more). I hope this helps you.

Ainsley - posted on 01/02/2009

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if he sleeps on his belly he could be resting his cheek on his spitup, try applying an added layer below his sheet when he sleeps so it can absorb the access saliva or spitup. It could be a teething rash. Is he teething? Sometimes comfrey or vitamin E or calendula oil can help, rub it in after he takes a bath when the skin is most absorbent. once you find one that works, they are mild enough to apply 2-3 times a day. YOu can also try the zinc creme like in diaper rash products- make sure it is all natural and don't let him go out in the sun in it- but as it works on the bottom for rashes both yease and bacterial it can also help topically on other parts of the body as well.

Lisa - posted on 01/02/2009

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My son is 13 months old and occasionally will have a wierd rash on his legs and bottom (not diaper rash though) and belly. It almost looked like acne or he had the chicken pox...my pediatrician gave me a cream called "fluticasone propionate" and it cleared up very quickly. It comes back in random places, but a little of the cream for a few days and it is gone..I would be careful to put something on your little guy's face without a doctor's approval though! :)

User - posted on 01/02/2009

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Thanks so much for all the replies. im going to try the soy based formula and see how it works out.

Surjit - posted on 01/02/2009

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My Daughter was 3 months old when her rash started and it took three months of back and forth to the dr's to find out that she had a milk allergy, i was nursing her at first so she was reacting to the milk i was taking then when i put her on formula same thing as soon as i switched to Soy based formula her rash cleared up. I always feel bad that it took so long i was told it was a heat rash to a yeast infection to reaction to fabric and all sorts.

Stephanie - posted on 01/02/2009

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it could be the formula, try switching to a soy based formula. my daughter was on milk based and was terrible constipated, and had a rash on her chin, we moved her to soy based, and she broke out in a rash on her chin and cheeks. we ended up putting her on a hypoallergenic formula.

Corey Anna - posted on 01/02/2009

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Ask your pediatrician to refer your son to a dermatologist. Skin rashes can range from bacterial, viral, fungal, congenital, parasitic, allergies and look very similar. Sometimes it's difficult for a general practitioner to diagnose recurring rashes. Specialist exist for a reason in the medical community. A dermatologist is trained to be able to tell what a variety of skin conditions are and see them on a regular basis.

Jan - posted on 01/02/2009

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Yes, when my daughter was a couple months old she had the same problem and finally when she was 4 months after seeing 3 or 4 different doctors at her pediatrians office they diagnosed her with eczema. Take him to a dermatologist for the best help. It worked wonders for my daughter. Now at 9 we are able to take care of it fairly easily.

Carol - posted on 01/02/2009

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It could be eczema. My daughter gets it off and on. Try a moisturizer mixed half and half with some cortizone cream. Straight cortizone is too strong. It acts up especially when the weather is cold and dry.

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