Bumps on babies skin?

Dira - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My 7 month old has small bumps all over him.I first noticed them on him stomach,now there on his face, legs and a few on his back.You can feel them more then see them.Any opinion on what it may be?

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Stephanie - posted on 01/25/2010

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I have faced the same thing for 5 years with my daughter and 15 with my son. I have currently completed 2 years of of my Bach. degree in nursing and I am just now finding the answer. Dont count it as eczma yet. Eczema is usually classified as as inflammation of th skin. It is usually red and itchy.
There is also a condition known as chicken skin, goose bump skin or keratine bumps (medically know as Keratosis Pilaris). The body produces Keratine, a natural substance that help keeps the skin slightly water proof and keep skin healthy. Keratine is secreted and plugs the hair folicles or sweat glands. This produces hard and soft little white bumps They do not normally itch and although are sometimes red they usually are skin color or like whiteheads.
I do not endorse the following web sites but have just done a basic search for keratine bumps or Keratosis Pilaris and found websites that discuss the condition. I hope this gives you a start and you can decide what is best for you.
I do things a natural as possible and I have just chosen to buy a loofah and organic natural skin scrub. My 5yo daugher cleans her arms and legs and sometimes her stomach, if it is bumpy, twice a week and we are starting to notice a difference. A lot less bumps.

http://www.keratosis-pilaris.org/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keratosis_p...
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/keratos...
http://www.drdonnica.com/faqs/00009782.h...
http://skindisease.suite101.com/article....
http://www.ehow.com/how_4519799_rid-bump...

Kenyetta - posted on 01/25/2010

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Use hydrocodone 1% for your baby skin. My daughter's doctor told me about it and it worked in 3 days.

Crystal - posted on 01/24/2010

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My son gets these when his eczema flares up the pediatrician recommended 1% cortisone cream r oint. for baby’s relief and a non-scented lotion. We mix lotion and the cream and it works great! NO more bumps for us!! Also i kno a lot of babies tha get these if ur not using baby friendly detergence we use Dreft it’s a lil expensive but I haven’t found a better one, I'm open to suggestions tho!!

Kelsey - posted on 01/25/2010

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If it IS the Exzema, I wouldnt use the cortizone cream if I didnt have to. It has chemicals in it that just arent ideal to be putting on your babys skin, especially if it can somehow get in their mouth. The cortizone cream is just for the itching anyway, and Im sure your baby isnt itching himself yet. Although Im not a nurse, I did a little research when I had it, and I had read that exzema isnt just a red itchy dry rash, it is also a general term for very dry or irritated skin. Alot of babies I dealt with that had exzema, had no redness or itching, just tiny bumps and drier skin. Not trying to disrespect Stephanie's comment, but thats just what I heard. When someone has a simple dry skin rash, with no other symptoms, it is usually given the name exzema, its just a general name for a common and very broad skin condition.

Dira - posted on 01/25/2010

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Thanks everyone.My friend said she tought it was eczema too.He's gotten all new clothes but i pre-wash them in dreft before he wears them so i didnt think that was it.Im gonna call his doctor tomorrow,but it has just been worrying me this whole weekend because it just popped up out of nowhere and he hasn't been introduced to anything new lately.

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Kirsty - posted on 08/27/2012

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my son has the same thing...and the heat makes it flare up pretty bad! the doctor gave me some ointment not sure what its called begins with a d...but i stopped using that as my son is mixed race and i noticed it was bleaching his skin! then whilst he was in hospital the doctor recommended dermol 500...you can also use it as a soap aswell as a cream, but it works wonders and is fine on my sons skin! x

Julia - posted on 01/25/2010

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My almost 3 year old daughter has the same - the doctor called it "in the normal range of what skin does". She also has patches of exzema. We have the hydrocortizone, but only use it if it gets bad. We've been using evening primrose oil capsules - cutting them open and massaging in. Has been helping (the itch, not the bumps) and we have fun massaging after the bath. We use aqueous cream - plain, no scent and free on prescription (in NZ) for moisturiser and soap.

Megan - posted on 01/25/2010

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my son had excema really bad so i use the aveeno baby wash (no tear), and the lotion after ever bath. i started doing the baths every night because i found it kept the bumps away. hope you have some luck with it!

Kellyn - posted on 01/24/2010

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Dry skin or eczema, I agree. But take him to the doctor if you are worried or if it seems to bother him. Otherwise, I would recommend using Aveeno baby lotion on him every day after his bath. And, as suggested before, only use soap in the bath every other day or every third day. I started using the Johnson's baby lotion and Aveeno baby lotion on my daughter every night after her bath, and they went away within about a week. And we live in Colorado, so it's especially dry here.

Staci - posted on 01/24/2010

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did he wear new clothes ??? some clothes get sprayed with starch & it irritates babys skin or some rougher material towels???

Amy - posted on 01/24/2010

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i agree. My daughter has it. Sometime she breaks out bad and you just got to lotion them up really good everyday.They have stuff at walmart specially for exzema in the baby section but coco butter works just as good.

Kelsey - posted on 01/24/2010

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Sounds like egzema (sorry bad spelling). I had it after I had my daughter, and at the daycare I used to work at a few babies had it. Its quite common, and all you can really do is make sure to keep them moisturized. Use a baby egzema lotion, and use a very mild, fragrance free, dye free, soap. If you bathe him every day, use the soap every other. Sometimes it goes away, and sometimes its there for a lifetime. You might want to have your doctor look at it though to make sure it isnt something else, but its most likely egzema.

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