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My 6 Week Old Baby Has Little Bumps All Over

My 6 week old baby started having little pimple looking bumps last weeek, but now it's all over her - her face, eyelids, neck, stomach, back, legs, etc. It's got worst this weekend. Last week we saw a doctor and he thought it was ezcema. Today we will be seeing our doctor again since the bumps are spreading. When my baby's skin gets little irriated, the bumps turn red and look like she has a ton of mosqutio bites on her. Afte we liotion her down and let her body air dry....usually the redness goes away and it's back to the little bumps all over her...It's not baby acne because we saw that stage already and these bumps are all over literally.

Our baby does not have a fever, but you can sometimes tell her faces is itching her.

It's very sad to see this on my baby especially when baby's are suppose to have the smoothest and nicest skin......

Has anyone experienced this?

What can I do next?

So What Happened?™

We saw our pediatrician yesterday and she is almost certain that my baby does not have eczema and it is not from an allergic reaction. She thinks it a severe case of baby acne. She told us that acne is usually from chest up, but in our case, it is all over. She said it can be due to a lot of reasons even something with hormones. She said around 10-12 weeks of age, the acne should start to clear up. She said acne usually gets bad before getting better. So let's hope this is the bad part and getting better part is soon.

We use Dreft and Aveeno Baby Calming bath wash. We also use Cerave moisturizer that our pediatrician recommended. The acne or whatever it is, doesn't really bother my baby and it doesn't make her itch. Other than this, she is pretty normal with the poops, eating, sleeping, etc. I am just hoping in 4-6 weeks, things will start to iimprove.

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Our son had allergies to foods at an early age. I know your baby is young and is not eating regular foods , so may be allergic to the environment/soaps/ cats/dogs etc. and another thought to consider is if breastfeeding, can be allergic to something in the milk. We went a very long time with a very unhappy and fussy baby until the doctor finally stop just saying "its just eczema" and sent us to a real allergist and did blood work and skin test. I doubt that your son is allergic like ours at such a young age but these are things to keep in your memory so that you don't have to go as long as we did to find an answer.

I would get a referral to a dermetologist, as you have already seen pediatricians have varying experience and well honestly often dont know what they are talking about. A rash all over the body that way usually means a food or environmental allergy. Please ask to see a specialist and do your own research. Pediatricians have so little time they often rush to a diagnosis without really asking all the questions and finding out what is going on. You will find this out for yourself as your little one grows. Best of luck to you and your little one!

A.
Mom to 5

My son had a similar issue. It was eczema, and it was a result of a milk allergy that he unfortunatetly still has at 18 months. The pediatrician says he will outgrow it but I don't think it looks likely. He was given milk-based similac in the hospital (he had some complications and was in the nursery instead of with me) and he had the rash constantly in varying degrees of severity until about 4 months. I was breastfeeding but I had to go out and didn't have a bottle of my milk ready, so I left the sitter with some of the similac from the hospital. Well, he had a true allergic reaction--itchy, red eyes, hives all over, swollen ears/face, etc. so I took him to urgent care. Luckily a dose of benadryl cleared it all up and once I eliminated dairy from my diet (and I mean ALL dairy, even if it was an ingredient in something I didn't eat it), he cleared right up. He stopped spitting up, too!! So I would definitely consider the allergy thing. I understand dairy is a pretty common one, so you could try either eliminating it from your diet (if breastfeeding) or switching to a non-dairy formula. Good luck!

If you're breast feeding, I'd guess it's a slight allergy to something you're eating. If not, maybe it's the formula.
Also could be the lotion you're using or the baby lotion. Try a detergent w/o any perfumes, etc...like All Free. We use Charlies Soap. It's dye free, allergen free, etc. for lotion, try California Baby or something that doesn't have a lot of perfumes.
I hope it gets better soon!!

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If you're breast feeding, I'd guess it's a slight allergy to something you're eating. If not, maybe it's the formula.
Also could be the lotion you're using or the baby lotion. Try a detergent w/o any perfumes, etc...like All Free. We use Charlies Soap. It's dye free, allergen free, etc. for lotion, try California Baby or something that doesn't have a lot of perfumes.
I hope it gets better soon!!

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