H.J. asks from Henderson, NV on May 04, 2008
12 Month Old with Rash
My 12 month old son occasionally gets a rash on his legs and arms. We thought it was just a little eczema at first, but now it has spread to his back, neck, and belly. It doesn't bother him at all, but it freaks me out! They are oval shaped red splotches, the worst ones are in his knee pits and elbow pits. Any one know if this could have something to do with teething? It comes and goes, I've changed his bath soap and laundry detergents to "free" so it isn't a fragrance thing. Thanks!
M.B. answers from Los Angeles on May 05, 2008
Have you talked to you ped? My daughter has circular patches of redness on her legs too. The doctor told me it was a form of eczema. I can't remember the technical name for it, but he did say it was eczema that forms in a circle. Almost looks like ringworm (in the begining stages)He told me to use hydrcortizone 2 times a day. It comes and goes, I don't worry about it anymore now that I know it's nothing major. Oh, it doesn't bother my daughter either.
Hope this helps!
D.B. answers from Honolulu on May 05, 2008
A while back I saw an Internet warning passed by email about letting kids play with the "magic erase" sponges (these are used in the kithen, to remove marks from walls, etc.). There is a chemical on them that caused a serious rash all over a two year old who was enjoying helping his Mommy clean. That's probably not it, but just a thought.
T. answers from Las Vegas on May 05, 2008
C.H. answers from Los Angeles on May 05, 2008
Definitely see Pediatrician or Dematologist first. We had a similar issue, just a bit of cortizone did the trick when he was a baby. It came back bad on his forearms when he was 5-6 yrs old. Two Dr.'s and two dermatologists, and several products later I tried FreeDerm that I found online. It worked so well and quick for us. Everyone's skin/level of severity is different, but if nothing else seems to work give it a try.
E.L. answers from San Luis Obispo on May 05, 2008
Stop all soaps on your sons skin. This is a first. This may help- but it is definitely necessary. NO ANTIBACTERIAL SOAP at all. He will be okay. Just do this for a few days and see if this helps. Often the fragrance in soap can be extremely irritating to baby skin (and others). Also- soap takes all the oils off of skin...and someone who might naturally have less oil will rash.
Feed him bananas and avocadoes. These are good for natural oils in skin.
Call an allergy specialist (not a regular doctor) for a consultation. Look in your telephone book. Sometimes these things can be managed by telephone.
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S.F. answers from Las Vegas on May 04, 2008
My son had a similar rash. Deffinatly take him to see the doctor. Mikeys was a harmless viral rash and went away in about a week. But it could be a food allergy as well. Also Im sure you already know this but I forgot one time and he got a rash because of it. Always wash new cloths before he wears them. When Mikey had the rash my doctor recomended childrens benadryl if he was becoming uncomfortable. But check with your doctor first
C.K. answers from San Diego on May 05, 2008
My son would get rashes like that all the time (he's four now and still gets them occasionally). 1% hydrocortisone didn't do enough, so I received a prescription for desonide. It completely cleared up the rash and when I see just the earliest signs of a reappearance, I immediately reapply it, after a bath. I also use lotions/creams that are for sensitive skin after the application of desonide.
We haven't had a problem since then.
I use regular detergents and there doesn't seem to be an issue with them.
C.L. answers from Las Vegas on May 05, 2008
I would also be monitoring what you're feeding him, it could be an allergic reaction to some food. Also, it's great to hear you have switched out your soap & detergent. I would ask you to take a look at this video and consider that some of your household cleaners and bath-n-body products may contain toxic chemicals that may be affecting your family. I'd be happy to send you additional information via e-mail if you're interested.
D.Z. answers from San Diego on May 05, 2008
my son has had a rash since he was two weeks old. he is nine years old now. he was diagnosed with eczema at two weeks. it was just on his cheeks. by the time he was two it was on his cheeks, chin, and elbows. now he has a rash covering his whole body. he gets it really bad on his elbow bends, knee bends, and on his tummy. we have special non soap cleanser for his showers and then prescription lotion as well.
M.S. answers from San Diego on May 05, 2008
You might want to take him in to his pediatrician. You just don't want to miss somthing potentially serious. My son had a peanut allergy and presented like you say your son is.
J.C. answers from Los Angeles on May 05, 2008
Not sure what's causing the rash, but for relief of the rash symptoms use pure cornstarch. Not sure if you know, but it's in the baking aisle. I used to live by it ... still do. It will relieve the irritation. If there's redness at all then there is irritation. I used to keep a little in a small tupperware, and a cotton ball inside ready to work.