C.S. asks from Wylie, TX on July 08, 2006
Rash on Baby's Face & Body
My baby has rash all over his body and face (side burn part). Looks red and dry.
The pediatrician only recommend vaseline and hydrocortizone 1%. But it comes and go. We use Cetaphyl, aveeno etc..nothing seems to work. Don't know what to do. I have to put on mittens on my baby's hand because he keeps scratching his face.
Any solution for me that you all know?
And I am thinking to change my pediatrician since all problem we have with the baby she always says it's normal asian baby gets that..every thing happen she always said it's normal for asian baby. (I am asian and my husband is american-caucasian).
So What Happened?™
I made an appointment with dr Mary blomquist in plano. She was nice, the nurses was very nice and helpful. She gave us zyrtec syrup and some steroid cream for my baby's body, hands and legs, while on the face area using hydrocortizone 1% and in addition to those we use aquaphor moisturizer for allover his body. This is the second day we use those and it is showing a little better. I'll keep you posted of the progress. And thank you so much for all your responses and help.
L. answers from Dallas on July 11, 2006
You may want to try Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. It doesn't sit on your skin like mineral oils do, and it's a natural anti-fungal. And if it doesn't help your little's rash, you can always cook with it! (EVCO is really healthy, check out www.mercola.com.)
The Kroger on 78 and Murphy in Sachse carries it in their "Natural Foods" section near the pharmacy.
R.T. answers from Dallas on July 10, 2006
C., I'm currently at home with my 3 kids, but was a nursery nurse for aout 3 years. I can't tell you what is causing your baby's rash, but I can assure you that it is not normal and that you have good reason to feel concerned. My advice to you would be to go to a different pediatrician. This rash could be eczema, an allergic reaction, or heat rash (although that goes away after a bath). The bottom line is that you and your baby shouldn't have to be miserable. I'm sure that another pedi. or a dermatologist could offer you a solution. Good luck, R. (We go to Pediatric Associates of Dallas, they're across the street from Presbyterian in Dallas and they're all good docs)
M.F. answers from Dallas on July 08, 2006
I'd definately find a new doctor. Your's sounds like a real idiot! Vaseline will keep the rash inside and not allow it to get out. There is a product called "Enhancer", that is put out by Pharmanex. It is all natural with the main ingredient being Aloe Vera. It is very soothing. Please do not think I am spamming you. I can help you get the enhancer, as you cannot go into any store and buy it. It is not an over the counter product.It is also very inexpensive. Let me know if you want more info.
J.Y. answers from Dallas on July 09, 2006
Has your doctor mentioned eczema? My daughter has this, we use perfume & dye free laundry detergent & fabric softner, a perfume & dye free baby wash, & Eledell(sp?) for flare ups. She really doesn't get any flare ups anymore since we have started using the perfume & dye free products, though. I hope this helps!
D.D. answers from Dallas on July 09, 2006
Definitely sounds like eczema. Switch your doctor. If he is breast fed keep a log of what you eat and eliminate foods to narrow down the allergen. If on formula switch to Soy or other formula as the other lady recommends.
My son had eczema and we used Aquaphor. That was the only thing that worked. Other ointments actually flared the area more. We also used All Free Clear laundry detergent. We used Elidel but there was a FDA release recently that said that Elidel should not be used since it causes cancer and is not recommended anymore. So I would stay away from it. Good luck.
T.C. answers from San Antonio on July 10, 2006
I am with everyone else sounds like excema. I am an Arbonne consultant and their baby line is made of all botanical products and has no fragerances or perfumes which you need to stay away from. I would love to send you a sample if you would like email me at ____@____.com, make sure your detergent is fragerance free.
M.H. answers from Dallas on July 09, 2006
I agree with the other moms. It sounds like you baby has eczema. He probably picked it up from your husbands skin. Alot of light skin people get that. My daughter has it as well and we use Arbonne skin products. They have a baby line. The lotion is great. They don't put any mineral oil in their products. Mineral oil will only make their skin get more dry. It puts a layer of film over their skin and the moistior can not seep into their skin. They did a test with a salteen cracker. They put one in water and one in mineral oil. The one in water got real soft and crumbled. The cracker in the oil got very hard and brittle. The oil would not seep into the cracker. The same as with lotions. If you would like more info about Arbonne products contact Jennifer Jones @ <____@____.com>
I hope this helps.
D.W. answers from Dallas on July 09, 2006
Just at a quick glance it does sound like eczema type rash. The problem w/ eczema is that it doesn't ever go away, it just gets betyter and flares. Typically eczema is treated with Vasoline to keep it well hydrated and the cortisone to decrease the inflammation.
Others have mentioned a milk allergy and that is a very valid thing to look into- again w/ eczema there is a lot of allergy component to it and can be kept at bay with less exposure to the allergen.
The blanket statment of "Normal for an Asian baby" doesn't sound right. MANY babies of all ethnic make ups get rashes.
If you are not comfortable w/ the advice your Pedi is giving youi I would change. You have to trust your Pedi- they are taking care of the most important person in the world to you!
Of course, I would recommend my Pedi's- I've worked there for 14 years :-)PLease e-mail me if you want more info- or they are listed here on Mamascource- North Dallas Pediatrics.