L.Y. asks from Easton, PA on February 06, 2009
Red Dots/blotches on Son's Face
My 4 year old son has had these two red blotches on his cheeks all winter. I thought at first it was just dry skin and have been putting Aquaphor lotion on it every day. Now, they don't seem dry at all but the red blotches are still there. I thought it was finally going away because it looked so much better lately but this morning he woke up with a fever and those blotches were bright red. Now, they look more like little clusters of dots, and since this morning, I have noticed a few more dots on other parts of his cheeks. They are really tiny and don't look like chicken pox or anything like that. They are not raised or itchy either. Does anyone know what this could be? I am going to bring him to the doctor soon but wanted some mom insight! Thanks!
C.H. answers from Allentown on February 07, 2009
google rashes and pics and compsre.
Fact he has a fever now, would take him to doc to be checked out just in case.
K.H. answers from Philadelphia on February 07, 2009
I would have him checked for "fifth's disease" or better know as "slapped cheek" its pretty common among young children. You can google it on web md, it will show you pictures. Good luck.
S.S. answers from Scranton on February 07, 2009
There are so many different skin conditions that I would NOT venture to guess what it is. I would suggest any lotion with oatmeal which is very soothing to the skin. You can also use a clean white sock, put oatmeal in it and run under water-you can use this in his bath or for a face wash. I wouldn't experiment with anything else until you have a doctor's diagnosis, since he might get more irritated marks. It can be anything from a strep infection (manifests itself with red nonraised rash) to eczema. Treatments are different for each skin condition. Please let us know what your doctor says.
J.B. answers from Philadelphia on February 07, 2009
Impetigo. Google "Photos of impetigo" to see if they look similar. It's highly contagious, btw.
N.P. answers from York on February 07, 2009
It sounds like eczema to me. Both of my children have those red splotches on the cheeks and little rashes. Ours is caused by allergies.
You can use lotramin lotion on it and after every bath to keep the moisture in the skin. Also if it is allergies you might want testing. One of the skin lotions has soy in it and if you have a soy allergy it will make it much worse.
D.P. answers from Pittsburgh on February 06, 2009
Does he have red dots/bumps on his thighs and backs of arms? My son was diagnosed with keritosis pilaris at about one. It is just a skin condition that you really can't do much for. They tend to outgrow it. But his cheeks still, at times, get like that and I always thought it was related to his k.p. Not sure.
Also, Fifth Disease is said to give the child a flushed, slapped-cheek look, followed by a "lacy rash" on the legs the next day, then 3 days later more rash on fingers, toes, trink & butt. I'd keep an eye out for that--kind of lasts for 3 weeks....
K.K. answers from Erie on February 06, 2009
glad to hear you are taking him to the dr. If it isn't dry skin could it be an allergy of some type??
Hope you get it figured out.