9 month old, has what looks to be bug bites..but at same time seems to be spreading.

Jane - posted on 09/07/2009 ( 35 moms have responded )

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First started on her back 2-3 days ago, then spread to her head and a little on her arms. She is acting fine, happy ole self. Does anyone know how to tell the difference between chicken pox and bug bites? (This is over Labor Day weekend, tried calling the ped. no call back yet. Took her to the pharmacist, they were no help). Thanks

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Jennifer - posted on 09/10/2009

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my son has little red bumps on hands, legs, arms and face. they almost look like start of chicken pox, but i think it might actually be mosquitos! they are BAD right now and sneeking inside.

Diane - posted on 09/07/2009

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Chicken pox usual starts with a little red bump then gets a blister on the top and they really itch. The only bug bite that would be similar would be ant bites but they wouldnt spread. Hope this helps. Hope she feels better soon :)

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chicken pox will usually break out and multiply in areas where there is warmth ex: groin underarms around diaper area etc she will probably start to run a fever but bug bites dont usually spread unless its chiggers

Lisa - posted on 09/07/2009

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My daughter just had something like this with the same exact symptoms.... It definetly looked like chicken pox or bug bites but much to my surprise the ped said it was a baterial rash and required antibiotics ... and dont forget to give yogurt with live cultures while treating so they dont get a secondary rash (yeast infection). I believe she may have picked it up at Great Adventure!! They have alot of climb through activities which Im sure after 100's of kiddies are in daily harbor some kinda bateria. I have three children and when my sixteen year old had a simular rash it was coxsackie virus ... which there is nothing to do but let it run it's course... although he was extremely cranky for 5 days which is a common symptom and usually is a springtime illness. Wish u luck on getting an Appt tomarrow or u may want to consider going to the ER if it's spreading quickly the sooner they get antibiotics if needed the better. Also they didn't seem to itch her either which I thought it was weird cause chix pox and bug bites itch. But @ nine months its probably hard to determine how bothersome they are.

Amanda - posted on 09/07/2009

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Chicken pox will switch to blisters within 24 hours of a spot showing up. Do you have animals? We had this same issue about 5 days ago, I have been through chicken pox with 2 children already and still mistook bug bites for chicken pox. Needless to say I forgot that fall time is flea time.

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Heather - posted on 09/10/2009

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My 4 mth old baby boy had bumps last week and I thought nothing of it because there were only maybe 7 or 8 and he had no other symptoms. It lessened over time but then a couple days later I checked my 3,5, & 7 yr old girls & I discovered they had it too! I thought maybe Hand, foot, & mouth but the dr. was not at all concerned and said it was probably Molluscum. (a pox virus) There were no complaints at all, they acted normal. Weird... He said it would go away on its own.

Mary - posted on 09/09/2009

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could be bed bugs they leave a nasty little mark and would tend to spread like that also if you have a cat it could cause that.The cat thing happened to my son at first it looked like bites then it covered him in a couple of days.

Kimberly - posted on 09/09/2009

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there is a pox virus called Molluscum...maybe that? Small red or flesh colored bumps with a white core. Contagious, but not harmful. The treatment is to leave it alone....do not pop them, the core is what is contagious. They do not cause any other symptoms, just look icky. It can take a long time for it to go away. You can find information on internet and compare to your baby's bumps. My son hs this and it bothers me more than him...he doesn't even know anything is wrong!

User - posted on 09/08/2009

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I have had experience with three things...allergic reaction to detergent (yes it can get on her head if you washed her sheets and pillow cases with the new detergent.

The other, is roseola. The bumps usually start on the body and then spread to the extremities. Did she have a very high fever a few days to a week ago?

Third, is hives. Is she currently on any medication? My daughter broke out in hives once in reaction to an antibiotic she was on.

Ryann - posted on 09/08/2009

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my daughter has the same thing right now. its on her head her back and her chest it's not raised and it doesnt bother her. The doctor said it was a viral infection and would go away in a couple days.

Krista - posted on 09/08/2009

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Quoting Christel :

The same thing happened to my daughter last year around the new year. She came to me saying I have bites on my skin I looked at them and said you were holding the cat yesterday must be flea bites. So couple days went by they were in her hair and I said you "YOU GOT CHICKEN POX" how can this be you got the shot. So every child in the family got it they were all vaccinated when they were young. It does not matter they canstill get it. Your child could have anything or nothing until the doctors look at it and take tests our opinoin do not mater. every thing going to ok dont worry to much.


Being vaccinated does NOT mean that you can't get it.

Betty - posted on 09/07/2009

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It sounds like a normal rash to me. Just take her to a doctor to get some stuff to put on it and find out what caused it.

Christel - posted on 09/07/2009

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The same thing happened to my daughter last year around the new year. She came to me saying I have bites on my skin I looked at them and said you were holding the cat yesterday must be flea bites. So couple days went by they were in her hair and I said you "YOU GOT CHICKEN POX" how can this be you got the shot. So every child in the family got it they were all vaccinated when they were young. It does not matter they canstill get it. Your child could have anything or nothing until the doctors look at it and take tests our opinoin do not mater. every thing going to ok dont worry to much.

Jill - posted on 09/07/2009

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My 13 year old son had what I thought were bug bites. Took 3 days until they were spreading enough and went to Pediatrician, only to find out that they were in fact Chicken Pox. And he did receive the Vaccination for it, that is why I was hesitant about them being Pox.

Alicia - posted on 09/07/2009

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My 17 month old daughter has what sounds like the same thing the doctors call it hydosis dirmatosis( I know I did not spell that right, sorry). Anyways it is over active glans and pores. It could be the same thing. They are little red bumps and are not dry and it is mostly on the arms and legs however my daughter also has it on her back and face and even behind her ears. We just have to use very mild skin soaps and lundry soaps as well. I hope I was able to help at all. just remember has long as she is still playing and happy then it does not bother and she is not in pain.



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could be an allergic reaction to something.... you should go to the doctor to have it checked out... hope your kid is better

Nancy - posted on 09/07/2009

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Usually chicken pox starts in warm areas like side, underarms, and inner thighs..they also get a blister or white looking head on them. My daughter has a sensitivity to bug bites. If she gets bit by a couple of gnats she will get similar bumps on other parts of her body. Good luck at the Doctors tomorrow :)

Krista - posted on 09/07/2009

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Quoting Kim:

This is exactly what my son's looked like.


Often, the fever doesn't go hand in hand with it because it generally happens a few days before the rash.  It could be slight or very high.

Krista - posted on 09/07/2009

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Has she had a fever in the past few days? It might be roseola. It starts out as a fever and turns into a rash that's not raised a few days later. Starts on the back and chest and moves onto the rest of the body. The rash itself will last 3-7 days and is highly contagious.

Linda - posted on 09/07/2009

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if it is chicken poxes they should start like a blaster, with water in them and they start in arm pits any place it is the hot parts of the body.may even run a temp.

Kim - posted on 09/07/2009

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My son (16 months) started the same thing on Thursday. His looked like terrible razer burn from head to toe, but the spots were flat, and not upraised at all. He did not seem to be bothered at all. No fever, not cranky, nothing. Just an ugly rash. His doctor said it was some sort of viral infection that should go away on its own after a couple of days. The rash came and went for 2 days and has been gone now since Saturday night. His little friend had the same thing. If it's not gone in 48 hours you should bring her to see the doc. Good luck!

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My daughter had chicken pox about 9 months. She only had a few spots on her chest, back and arms. There were no other symptoms and the spots cleared up in a week or so. They didn't seem to itch or bother her in any way. Maybe your little one is getting this over with early too..

Diane - posted on 09/07/2009

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Chicken pox usually begins with a fever, though it may go un-noticed, and a runny nose, followed by clusters of red bumps that quickly develop into blisters that rupture and become crusty sores. These usually appear along the facial hairline, then onto the chest, belly, and back and can spread from head to toe including the inside of the mouth. Some children will be covered alot although others will have just a few. Do not give aspirin. I have 4 children and have noticed the younger they are when they get them the less sores and problem it is for them.

Jane - posted on 09/07/2009

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mostly on her back and more on one side. yikes!! shingles!! can't wait till dr opens tomorrow

Karen - posted on 09/07/2009

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Is is on just one side of her body? If so, then it could be shingles. My son had shingles when he was only 9 months old, so it is possible for an infant to get that instead of chicken pox. I'd take her to the doctor first thing tomorrow morning.

Jane - posted on 09/07/2009

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Yes, I did change laundry det. The pharmacist asked me this, too. Guess I better go buy something different!! If it was from detergent though, could the rash still get on top of her head? hmm

Molly - posted on 09/07/2009

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did you by chance change soaps, like baby soap, laundry soap, etc? It could could be heat rash. Either way call your Dr.

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