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Mystery Rash on 3 Month Old Forehead

Ok Ladies here goes: My 3 month old son has a strange rash on his forehead. It just appeared last evening. He has been fussing a LOT lately and we think it is due to teething (I know it's early but my oldest daughter got teeth at this age). We stripped him down to ajust a diaper last night and it seemed to fade a little but this morning it's back. The rash feels a little bumpy and warm but doesn't seem to really bother him. Any ideas about what it could be or how to take care of it without having to take him to the doctor? Thanks Guys!

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Ok, he hasn't had any shots isince his 2 month appointment so I don't think it's a delayed reaction to them. I haven't changed his detergent and he hasn't seemed to have a problem with the one we use on our clothes either. I honestly feel that it's heat related. He had a slight fever but I thought that was due to the teething. He now seems fine and has basically been wearing only a onesie for the last two days. I think I was just overheating him. Thank you all so much for your responses!

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Since he is so young, I would call the dr. He's too little to mess around with. It may be nothing, but there's no way to tell.

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It might be eczema. My daughter had that around the same time. Regular baby soap makes it worse so try Aveeno baby wash and lotion. That really helped my Dr. also recommended Cortaid for the patches that didn't go away.

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Hi V.,
I have a couple of questions for you to explore with your little one as part of this response.

1. Does you little guy have a fever?
2. Is he over dressed and getting too warm?

During the winter months it's tough to gauge temperature regulation for all of the people in the house. Sometimes too warm an environment can make a baby get a rash. Considering your explanation, it seems that you found your baby in the morning with the rash on his forhead, and when you took off his PJs (Babies cool down pretty quickly) the rash disappeared.

It's important to note some of the information we now know about SIDS Prevention. One important thing is not to over dress and over heat babies. Research has shown that overheating may be a factor in SIDS.

Hope this helps,
C. the Nurse

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My daughter had a similiar situation! She is 10 months old now, but when she was about 9 months, she cut her first two bottom teeth. While she was cutting them, she had this rash on her arms, legs, and cheeks. It was red, like a lot of little red dots, but she didn't itch it, it didn't seem to bother her either, then when I callerd the Pediatrician, they said as long as she doesn't have a fever, I didn't have to worry about it. They said it could have been an allergic reaction to something. I thought maybe this JOhnson's and Johnson's Naturals baby lotion sample I had gotten? Maybe this greens and multigrain food OI had given her? To this day, I still don't know what caused it, but it went away after about a week, and turned into flat, dry skin, which I still moiturize. But, throughout the teething process, it would come back and go away, mainly on her cheeks, and my husband and I thought it must just be the teething, something about it gives her this rash.

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Hi,
Well my doc always says, if when you touch the rash the redness goes away, its nothing to worry about. It may be an allergy. Touch it and see.
If it's big and really bumpy and the markings don't fade when you pass your finger on it, I would go see the doc.

good luck and keep me posted
J

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Yup, it could be heat rash- especially if it's also in the folds of his skin, or eczema, or the rash that comes with cradle cap sometimes (sebhoritic dermatitis, I think it's called), which also shows up behind their necks. If it went away already, great. If not, try washing his face every night before bed with a mild baby wash & see if that helps.

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Has his diet changed? Or better yet, has your diet changed if you are still breastfeeding? Sometimes when you change what you normally eat will affect your baby....Last night my daughter had a rash...looked like a sunburn, she also had a fever of 102. I called the nurses hotline at St. Jude Hospital here in Fullerton...They are really great! I would suggest calling the nurse line and getting some advice then, if they tell you to take him to your doc I would follow up....1-800-870-7537. Or call the hospital where you delievered at and see if they have a registered nurse that you can speak with. Good luck!

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Since he is so young, I would call the dr. He's too little to mess around with. It may be nothing, but there's no way to tell.

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Try Cetaphil lotion. As long as there isn't a fever, you should be ok with the Cetaphil.

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Hi V.

I have 2 kids..15 and 3...me personally I think you should take your son to the doctor. It could be anything..allergic reaction to something..and infection...always better to be safe than sorry...I'd get a professional's opinon

D.

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Rashes are really common in children when they are teething. I have also been told that it is also very common for kids to develop rashes when they are sick with normal things like colds and flu. I would just keep an eye on it and try to make sure that it doesn't get irritated. I used Dove soap to wash my son who has excema because there are no dyes or perfumes. You may want to do the same just for now. Watch his fever trends too if he is having any. It is most likely nothing, but just keep a journal in case it turns into something worse.

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My daughter got a crazy rash all over her body at age 8 months, for no apparent reason. First it was on her arms, then it ended up all over her body (legs, trunk, arms, neck and face). First day was bad, the 2nd day was worse but by the 3rd day it was nearly gone. The doctors said maybe an allergic reaction to a bug bite, but who knows? We gave her Benadryl, she fussed and was miserable for a couple days, and that was the end of it. Hopefully, your son will be all better in a few days!

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My son developed Eczema at 3 months of age. Of course you'll want you pediatridian to check it out, but if it does turm out to be Eczema I have a wonderful all natural lotion. It's great because the doctors will give you creams and lotions loaded with steroids to cure up the problem, but you don't want to use that all the time. Use those creams to get it under control and once you've done that use SHIKAI Borage Childrens Dry Skin Lotion morning and at night after a bath and it will never come back. You can find it online. Good luck

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It's probably what is called a 'milk rash'. This usually develops at about this age, and often covers the whole face. It kind of looks like acne. What it actually is is residual hormones from pre-birth coming out through the skin. We always said it sucks that it always seems to show up right around the age when you really want to start taking some professional pictures!! It usually goes away in a few months. If your terribly concerned, take him to the Dr.
C. A.

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There is an outbreak of the measles in San Diego. It starts on the head and moves down. You defintily need to get it checked. He hasn't had his Measles shot yet.

M.

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V.
Take him to the doctor. It could be a symptom of something worse.
God Bless YOu
D.

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It might be eczema. My daughter had that around the same time. Regular baby soap makes it worse so try Aveeno baby wash and lotion. That really helped my Dr. also recommended Cortaid for the patches that didn't go away.

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i'd definitely bring him to his doctor to be sure, but it might be cradle cap. my infant developed a bit of that on the top of her head and some near her eyebrows around 3 months of age. it mostly went away after about a month but still at 8 months she has a touch of it on the very top of her head.

it looks like light brown spots that are slightly raised and doesn't bother her at all.

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I would take him to the doc to check it out, but it may be a yeast infection. Typically, you can treat it with lotrimin and a regular diaper rash cream just on top, to make him more comfortable while the sypmtoms fade. Good luck!

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Has your son recently had any shots? Could be a reaction to one if he just got them. Keep an eye on him and find out what shots he has had if any so you know what he reacts to. Also rubella is common in kids did he have a fever my daughter had a really high fever for three days they couldn't find anything wrong with her then on third or fourth day she got a red rash all over and she was done. Have you changed detergents? Good luck rashes are one of the hardest to solve but if it doesn't bother him wait and see.

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could it be 5th's disease? very common..but he might need to go to the doc

Hi my 6 month old had that same rash when she was about 2-3 months. It was red and looked kind of like baby acne. I used aveno baby fragrence free body wash on her, and i also got this stuff called mustela moisture cream from babys r us. But i would suggest trying not the face with anything but water for a week. And dint put anything on it for a few days then put fragrance free on after. I did that to my baby and it went away. But my doctor said it is natural and it comes and goes.

from,
mom of 2

Hi V.!
I recommend Domesboro. It is a white powder that you mix into warm water and soaok wash cloths in. It will not sting or burn in anyway and will normally clear up non-infectious rashes. I don't remember the exact frequency but your pharmacist should be able to help you.
Sincerely,
R.

my 14-month old daughter had a similar skin bumpy rash on her face and body at times. i was told it was eczema and bought some eczema wash at babies-r-us. it was called gentle naturals / baby disney. they have some pretty expensive lotions and washes, but this one was affordable and worked for us. worth a try for you too - hope it helps. our pediatrician said it didn't bother our baby, but it broke my heart to see her all bumpy and red as i'm sure it does yours.

Hi V.
It sounds like it could be excema. That's how it started for my little one. It could also account for the fussiness. You could try applying a small aont of Aqaphor (available in drugstore) Doctors usually recommend a bit of cortizone if it gets out of hand.
I hope this helps
M.

Hi! Had the same here but ended up all over and found out she was allergic to the rabbela shot that the children are given and till this day can't take that in the mmr shot. God bless.

it could be baby acne. but it's a good idea to have a doctor check it out just to be sure.

A friend of mine told me that her pediatrician said that if you press on the rash and it turns white, it's less worrisome than if you press on it and it stays red. Just thought I'd share :)

I would call the doctor. You never want to mess around with rashes as they can be contagious or dangerous for the baby. I always see the doctor when I'm not sure about something. It's better to have her see my children and tell me that nothing is wrong with them than to not have them seen and have it be something serious.

Cradle cap maybe? Is it scaly? My baby had a rash and her doctor gave us a steroid cream, and it was gone overnight.

I always recommend a visit to ped. Especially when it could be an allergy. Food allergies, whether it is something you are transmitting through breast milk or from the formula. He may not show any signs of irritability with it now, but if you need to answer a ped., about how long it has been, you need to answer truthfully so that they have a better understanding. You don't want to go in appearing neglectful.

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