FOOD ALLERGY or SENSITIVE SKIN

Jenna - posted on 01/18/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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My son has started to get a rash on his checks after eating... he does not get upset in any way. The rash only upsets him late at night when he scratches himself to hard, and ends up waking himself up.

My question is.. is this a food allergy or does he just have sensitive skin, as he is only 6 months old and the food goes all over his checks. I think it might be the later as I am assuming that if it was a food allergy he would get really upset. If it is skin sensitivity is there anything that I can do to stop this from happening, as you can imagine it is very difficult to not get food on his cheeks. alternatively does anyone know of any foods that would not irritate his skin.

Any help would be really appreciated as it seems to be getting worse.

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Erin - posted on 01/20/2009

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My daugthers are now 2 and 3 and they still react to tomatoes and any other acidic foods.  Too much tomato sauce, oranges, apples, kiwi...it's a guaranteed bum rash. 

Amy - posted on 01/20/2009

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my daughter also used to get a terrible rash around her mouth. finally her doctor subscribed a 2% hydrocortisone product which did wonders. this doesn't have to be a subscription though, you can also buy generic brands of it over-the-counter at most pharmacies. we've been using it ever since for her sensitive skin anytime a rash breaks out, it really works! you just have to be cautious with the little babies skin, they recommended only applying it 2 times a day. Hope that helps!

Jenna - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hey Guys thanks for those tips, tried the vaseline this morning and I can already notice a difference, his face isnt any where near as red as it often is after a meal... THANKS

Kristell - posted on 01/18/2009

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putting vaseline on his face is not going to help,if he gets a rash its generally what we put in our mouths is what appears on our skin..you mite need to try organic foods which you can buy from your supermarket..it may also pay to get an allergy test done at the doctor,then you can find out what it is that maybe causing this...my son has mild eczema and dairy products dont agree with him,whenever he has any dairy,within hours he has spots under his chin...i also recommend neem soap which you can buy from your local trade aid store..its absolutely fantastic.its great for eczema,acne,sunburn,external thrush,rashes..its all natural oils and ingredients...now days we are feeding our children far too many artificial ingredients and using far too many chemicals. eg soaps,moisturisers,shampoos,soap powders etc..i hope this can be of some help..good luck with it

Jenny - posted on 01/18/2009

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my son is forever having reactions to food he comesout with rash raches all over his body which is how i know its a allergy if its just the cheeks and when he is eating then yeah i would agree its just the food irrating his skin there is a special cream you can get of your health visitor tellher whats happening i cant remember what its called my mates baby has to use it she is to sensitive aswel good luck

Jerilynn - posted on 01/18/2009

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yeah i think its just the food irritating his skin. my niece's face gets the same way after she eats tomatoes and so does my daughters when she eats ranch dressing.

Suzanne - posted on 01/18/2009

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With my children that typically happend when they ate tomato products, like spaghetti, so I put vaseline on their cheeks and chin before I fed them those foods. Also, if it happens you can try using some Desitin to clear it up quickly... I know that's for their bum but it also works on the other kind of cheeks!

Jodi - posted on 01/18/2009

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I have noticed the same thing with my daughter who is 2. She doesn;t get it all the time but a coulple times a week. It doesn't bother her and I have not been able to pin point what food we have eaten at those time to make her get the rash. I talk to the doctor and he said that she is just sensitive and unless it starts bothering her to just not worry about it. Good luck!

Evelyn - posted on 01/18/2009

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easy way to check... b4 giving food pop a coting of vaseline on the wee ones cheeks... instand food barier!!! it wipes off easily and if it is sensative skin it will do it the world of good! Try getting some oilatum for the wee ones baths... you can get it over the counter... from the dr and also on minor ailments... i put it in my wee ones bath and it keeps her skin nice and soft. drs usually give it for exzema or other sensitive skin problems. also when wiping the wee ones face after food use a face cloth with plain water... I used to use plain baby wipes but because you leave the skin damp it can irritate it, just wipe and pat dry!



Hope this helps... if you still think its food then try and only give one type of food for 2 days at a time so you can rule out certain foods the less you give them at the one time the easier it is to rule out what food it causing it!



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