S.E. asks from Barstow, CA on November 07, 2008
Daughter Won't Stop Scratching
My daughter is 16 months. She keeps scratching her back, right below her neck. Yesterday we noticed that she must have been scratching it so much that it started to bleed because there were blood spots on her shirt. She scratches the same 2x4 rectangular area and we see her doing it sometimes during the day but I think she does it more so at night.
It is not spreading and when she hasn't been scratching it, it looks perfectly fine except for the scab's she's now created. Last night we put Neosporen on it and put a gauze over it so she couldn't scratch. I was surprised to see that it was still on in the morning.
She does not have eczema that I know of and this is the only area bothering her. I know most people suggest to go see a doctor but I'm just wondering if this has happened to anyone else's child before.
So What Happened?™
Thank you so much to everyone who responded! It never occured to me that it could have been her tags. Mama brain fart I guess. We have been clipping out her tags and for the clothing that has the labels printed on, we have been turning those inside out. The scratching has stopped and her irritated area is clearing up. I haven't found an easy way to remove the printed labels so if anyone has any tips for that, can you email them to me? Otherwise, I think I'm just going to sew little patches over them.
Thank you again!
E.D. answers from Los Angeles on November 10, 2008
Due to where she is scratching, the irritation may have to do with the tags in her clothing. I would keep it covered until it heals and remove all of the tags out of her clothes and see if that stops.
L.L. answers from Los Angeles on November 09, 2008
My daughter used to do this. I found out that the problem was a combination of her hair rubbing on the back of her neck and sweat. Also, she has really sensitive skin. I ended up putting Eucerin Calming Creme on and pretty soon she did better. I also put her hair up regularly, and switched to all products for sensitive skin.
Any clothing rubbing against the sore spot will always start the scratching, so I used to always put her in a onesie to prevent the rubbing.
H.T. answers from Los Angeles on November 09, 2008
Is it possible that it is from the tag of her shirt? Maybe cut all the tags out of a few shirts carefully along the seam and see if that helps?
M.S. answers from Los Angeles on November 07, 2008
Is she by any chance scratching where a tag is? I know Carters recalled some of their jammies that are "tagless", I guess it was irritating some kids skin by causing a chemical burn.
I just googled it - it wasn't actually a recall and the article that I am going to paste, says jammies manufactured Fall of 07 - however, a lady on the news said it happened to her child with jammies she got this summer.
Just a thought!
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R.T. answers from Los Angeles on November 08, 2008
Hi S., do you think it might be the tag on her clothes? Tags drive my granddaughter crazy!!!
J.H. answers from Honolulu on November 08, 2008
I think it might have something to do with the labels too. If you do cut the tags out - just for the sake of saving your sanity if you are keeping clothing in case of another little munchkin - you can always mark the size with a laundry pen. My first never bothered about tags but my second is a little more sensitive. I keep a pair of foldable scissors out of reach in his room along with a laundry pen so I can cut/mark things as they come up.
N.L. answers from Los Angeles on November 08, 2008
I had a similar experience, and it ended up being the new shampoo that I was using, and when it would run down my back it would irritate my skin. And I wash my hair at night, so it made it worse at night. You could try hydrocortizone, but very small amount, to see if that helps too. But, Carters did a recall of tagless shirts, and that sounds just like where the tag would be, so check out the Carters recall, it might be that too. Good Luck!
M.Z. answers from Reno on November 08, 2008
It could be the tag or your laundry detergent. My daughter gets itchy if we use anything with extra added fragrance. Another thing, I get recall notifications weekly and a couple weeks ago I got one saying Carter's was putting out a notice that some of it's clothes with the ironed on tags (tagless) had been causing irritation on some children. These are the ones on last years clothes, the labels is slightly raised. If you'd like more information I can forward you the e-mail. I save them all.
C.T. answers from Los Angeles on November 08, 2008
She must have a little irritation from some clothing or a tag on some clothing. I've even heard of tag less clothing causing problems. There may be some ingredient in the ink or whatever they use that is irritating to her skin.
I would go through her clothing and check out the tag area.
C.R. answers from Los Angeles on November 08, 2008
it could be the tags on her shirts are bothering her.. some of the tagless brands have been recalled because the stuff they us e to print the tag onto the shirts can cause blisters and make them red and itchy.... this could be what is going on.
S.W. answers from Los Angeles on November 08, 2008
It sounds like you have already gotten some great advice, but just so you know, kids have more sensitive skin than we do, so it's best to use non-toxic products in the home......
anything their skin touches, like clothes, sheets, all those things around the house that you wash, is better for them if you use non-toxic products.
Laundry products can be very harmful, and hence can cause severe skin reactions.
Even dishwasher detergent with toxic chemicals can damage the breathing air in your home.
All you need to do to keep your family safe is switch stores.
Most big names like Proctor and Gamble, Colgate Palmolive, and Johnson and Johnson are EVIL. They are brainwashing (or trying to) by telling us that they are safe companies and that they sell safe products. IT IS A LIE!
(and after this election, we know that there are a lot of lies put on TV!)
If you'd like to learn more about safer products for your family and switching to a RESPONSIBLE manufacturing company, let me know.