What could cause red cheeks on my 3 month old's face?

Kristin - posted on 07/05/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old son has had red, dry cheeks for the last few days. At first I thought it might have just been a reaction to fabric softener that I used on my shirt but it hasn't gone away. I did put some baby sunscreen on him and I've also started him on rice cereal. Could either of those things cause his little cheeks to become red and dry?

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Evelyn - posted on 07/08/2010

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it could be exzema, my baby got it at 3 months, u could try 1% hdryocortizone cream....sorry cant spell to well...

Veronica - posted on 07/08/2010

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My daughter had the same problem and it was reactions to fabric softener and because she has fair skin, it still happens for no reason. My dr recommended Eucerin Cream because it wont harm their skin, has no scent, and is dermatologist approved. I swear by the stuff because my daughter is a red head and has VERY fair and sensitive skin and I've used the cream on her since she was a month old (she had such dry skin the first 3 months it would crack and bleed).

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Kerri - posted on 07/08/2010

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My kids got it from excess moisture - a form of eczema. I put some Bag Balm on their cheeks (and sometimes chins and nose) before they went down to bed and it would coat and protect from future moisture. Eventually it goes away - but then it'll come back again. It's a vicious cycle, sorry. ;-)

Marty - posted on 07/06/2010

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I'd definitely say teething or he may be warm. If he was sick, you'd know it.

Kristin - posted on 07/06/2010

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Thanks for all the tips- I'm going to avoid the sunscreen and going outside with him because it's in the 90s here. I didn't realize teething would do that...is that common?

Amanda - posted on 07/05/2010

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It could be a reaction to the sunscrean or the fabric softner, he could also be teething.

Melly - posted on 07/05/2010

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My son is the same. As soon as the weather turned cold (its winter here at the moment) it happened. He was born in summer and had beautiful skin. On the odd day we have a nice sunny warm winters day, his skin is perfect, then the next day when its cold again its back to the same. I had all different kinds of lotions and potions to put on him, all were recomended by either the doctor, the chemists, even the childrens hospital here (they made it worse, even breaking out once in blisters all over his poor little face). The only thing that worked/works for him is what my mum suggested and that was zinc and castor oil cream. Olive oil helped too. I now bath him in plain water with a few drops of olive oil and his skin all over his body is perfect.

Michelle - posted on 07/05/2010

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We had this promblem with our son the doctor recommended aloe vera ( the purriest) kind you can find.

Brandy - posted on 07/05/2010

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It could just be a bit of dry skin but I know that you aren't supposed to use even baby sunscreen on babies less than 6 months. Try putting baby lotion on him after his baths.

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