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Mouth Area Break Out

Hello,
I have actually posted my concerns about this already but I figured I'd try again as I still have not found a cure. My daughter has been randomly breaking out around her mouth. It almost looks like acne and it comes and goes. It never really disappears but it fades in intensity sometimes. I do not think it is allergies because I have tried pulling certain things from her diet and it didn't get better. I even pulled dairy for approximately one week. Needless to say, nothing made a difference and I immediately put her back on milk and dairy. I use Aveeno bath wash and cream that has no scent to it. I also use Aquaphor several times a day on the affected area. Her skin is extremely sensitive so I have to be careful what I use on her. NOTHING WORKS!!! I think it bothers me more. She doesn't even notice anything. I did get an appointment with a pediatric dermatologist, but not until August 18. Has anyone ever experienced this with their child? Any suggestions?
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If she has really sensitive skin or skin allergies to chemicals and soaps you may have to get chemical free soaps and lotions. Aveeno is good for dry skin but it still has chemicals in it. You may want to try using California baby soaps or berts bees. You will especially want to get a dish soap that is chemical free. They carry seventh generation at target and it works really well. My daughter has skin allergies and gets the same thing around her mouth and on her skin. If I am careful about soaps and detergents it gets much better. Good luck!

is she using a pacifier? I would guess that to be the culprit, as it happens with my daughter as well. good luck.

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what has her regular doc said?

also what about putting vaseling or aquaphor cream on the pacifier - any parts that touch her skin. (thats what my daughter had)

or
perhaps:
Skin Conditions: Perioral Dermatitis

Perioral dermatitis is a facial rash that causes bumps to develop around the mouth. In rare cases, a similar rash may appear around the eyes, nose, or forehead.

The condition is most commonly seen in young women (90% of cases), but it can affect men as well.

What Causes Perioral Dermatitis?

The exact cause of perioral dermatitis is not known. However, it may appear after topical steroid creams are applied to the face to treat other conditions.

What Are the Symptoms of Perioral Dermatitis?

Perioral dermatitis results in bumps around the skin of the mouth, and a rash may appear around the eyes, nose and forehead.

The condition usually is characterized by an uncomfortable burning sensation around the mouth.

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or check out
http://firstaid.webmd.com/skin_rashes_in_children_treatme...

Having to wait over a month for an appointment with a pediatric dermatologist would be frustrating, especially if the appearance of this rash fades at times. I would try one of the following if I were in your shoes, provided insurance would cover it: 1) try get get in with another pediatrician for a second opinion (if yours has already run out of ideas), 2) take her to see an adult dermatologist (mine will see both adults and children), 3) take her to see an children's allergist (one the pediatricians in my group actually has a specialty in allergies).

I am a person who has had seasonal allergies all my life and who frequently gets seasonal skin irritation, mostly in the form of eczema. What you are describing sounds like it could benefit from some steroid cream, but I would never apply it unless you do so under the advice of a doctor, especially on someone so young, as she would need a low dose.

Good luck.

V., My daughter has the exact same problem! She's been dealing with it since she was 3 months old and nothing seemed to make it better. I used Aquaphor a lot in the beginning ut it didn't really work for us either. However, I have finally found a combination that does work. When it flares up I use Cortizone OINTMENT (not cream) and the redness usually goes away quickly. When it's not inflamed I keep it at bay w/ Mustela's Hypoallergenic Daily Hygiene product called: Stelatopia No Rinse Cleansing Water. Actually I use this on her when it's red too (before I put on the Cortizone). After every feeding (food or bottle) I wash her mouth/cheeks with this after she's done. It's very gentle and keeps the breakouts at bay. I found the product at Great Beginnings in Gaithersburg...but it's also available from wwww.1800diapers.com. I'm sure others carry it as well. I hope this works for you.

My second daughter had acne quite bad when she was an infant. I know yours is 1, so maybe not related at all. But my daughters was so intense that her face looked so red. Is it possible it is just that infant acne many children get? It eventually went away for my daughter. I suppose if yours is the same, it would just take time.
K.

I started taking tumeric(the spice) suppliments to combat breakout with regards to MRSA It is a natural antioxident and blood purifier. My husband found this info online when researching remedies for boils/breakouts. I was AMAZED at the results-stopped the oncoming breakout in its tracks. It might be worth a bit of research or conversation w/ your pediatrician. Tumeric is used in indian food, like salt & pepper in american food. good luck.

My daughter has the same thing and we figured out that it is the pacifier - she takes it at night and our conclusion is that the pacifier keeps the drool on her skin causing breakouts. We typically use Aquaphor and on rare occasion - hydrocortizone if it's really bad (as recommended by the pediatrician).

I have noticed that in the winter, the skin around her mouth is chapped - conclusion - same thing. We can't get her off the pacifier at night because once we take it away, she is biting the inside of her cheeks and tongue causing them to bleed. She has oral stimulation issues and needs something to soothe her.

Hi, V. - Are you brushing her teeth? If so, perhaps something in the tootthpaste is causing the problem. Melaleuca's products are fabulous for anyone with sensitive skin, or you could try a natural toothpaste like Tom's of Maine. Good luck! N. B.

I bet it could be Perioral Dermatitis. My oldest daughter was diagnosed with this when she was 10 years old. The rash would appear and disappear. It drove my husband and I nuts. The only way to stop the rash is creating a 100% natural diet. We have been doing this for over 15 years. I can offer you some free organic products to try and see if it helps.

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is she using a pacifier? I would guess that to be the culprit, as it happens with my daughter as well. good luck.

Even at this young age it is very possible that she has herpes of the mouth, she could have gotten it any number of ways including taking a sip from someones drink that has it, even if they aren't showing any symptoms.

It's worth checking out anyway. There are medications for it, but I doubt any of them are approved for her age.

Good luck.

My nine year old had the same issue when she was about 4 or 5. She would break out around the outer edges of her mouth and it would sometimes swell. I tried everything (kinda like you have) and nothing worked. Until one night i went into her room for something after she had gone to bed. She had a habit of constantly licking her lips!!! It caused the area around the mouth to remain saturated and it made her mouth and lips breakout and swell. She no longer has the habit (i guess she grew out of it) but once i noticed it, i began putting vaseline on and around her lips to keep the skin protected. it worked and the bumps began to grdually fade away. She still has a faint line thouh around her mouth though from doing it so long. Not sure if this is what is going on with your daughter, but it may help... Good luck though!!!

If she has really sensitive skin or skin allergies to chemicals and soaps you may have to get chemical free soaps and lotions. Aveeno is good for dry skin but it still has chemicals in it. You may want to try using California baby soaps or berts bees. You will especially want to get a dish soap that is chemical free. They carry seventh generation at target and it works really well. My daughter has skin allergies and gets the same thing around her mouth and on her skin. If I am careful about soaps and detergents it gets much better. Good luck!

My child will get very red bumpy patches arond her lips occasionally. It seems to be related to having colds - a stuffy nose makes her drool at night and this irritates the skin.

This doesn't sound like your problem exactly, but what I do is use Burt's Bees balms and lotions on her lips and the surrounding skin. Works after a couple of days to clear up the irritation. In your case, this may not get at the source of the problem but might help with her comfort and the redness.

Does it get more intense when she chews on stuff? This happens to my son everytime he chews on anything for more than a few minutes. I think it's sensitivity from his saliva since it doesn't matter what he's chewing on. It goes away after an hour or so after he stops. Try keeping her mouth area dry and see if that helps.

My 9 yr old daughter had this "rash" thing not only around her mouth but on her chin & cheek area. It looked almost like herpies or impedigo(?). Her ped suggested cortisone steriod cream. she too is sensitive on her skin. It seemed to go away or fad with cool baths, showed more with warm-hot baths and mine like yours, it didn't bother her. It eventually went away on it's own but not until many months of this....It went away before I used the cream.

My 22 month old gets the same thing. His pedi told us to just keep applying lotions/vaseline. That usually makes it calm down and go away for awhile, but it is annoying.

My niece gets this from her pacifier. Is she using a pacifier?

V.,
When you pull dairy out of the diet or any food, it is recommended that you do that for a month. A week is too short a time for the body to recoop. This issue can be resolved from the inside out. I can recommend a holistic pediatrician as well as a naturpath.
I'd suggest using items that have less chemicals than Aveeno.
Please feel free to contact me directly,if you would like more details.
L.

Hi there. I was wondering if your daughter still takes a pacifier? We are working on getting my son off his, but when he had it ALL the time he would break out around the mouth. I think it was a combination from the saliva and the plasitc always there covering that part of his mouth. As we lessened the "binky" usage the breakouts seemed to improve and now I rarely notice it. So that is just a thought.
But if she doesn't take one and allergies don't seem to be the answer then I am not sure either. :) Sometimes kids just breakout! My daughter does a lot but it's closer to her eyes rather than the mouth. It's red for a day or two then goes away. If your daughter doesn't seem to be in any discomfort then I wouldn't sweat it. :D
--K.

Does your daughter use a pacifier?
Our daughter would get rashes at her mouth area from pacifiers no matter how many times I boiled them or bought different brands.
If she doesn't use pacifiers I'd try to wait to see what the dermatologist has to say.
Does she suck her thumb? Perhaps she just has super sensitive skin and any skin on skin moisture contact irritates her. I know our daughter had this problem. So with her we took the paci away at 10 months with no problems and she isn't a thumb sucker but just as soon as we discontinued the paci, all gone with the rash!
HTH
H.

I've had this problem before...in my case it was a sensitivity to all citrus(juices especially) or any product eaten or used with citric acid...which is in everything! But in my case if the citric continued in the diet, the rash/bumps intensified or moved down to the throat area...kind of a spreading effect.
The other posts mentioned simple pacifier rash...if that doesn't go away, you might want to consider a food allergy. If your daughter is on solids or drinking juices there are other allergens besides dairy.
Good luck,
Blessings,
L.

Does she use a pacifier?

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