K.M. asks from Victoria, MN on May 13, 2008
Toddler with Red, Dry Patches
I noticed a small dry patch of skin on my 18 month old daughter about a 6 weeks ago. In the last two weeks, I have noticed many more of these dry patches. They are about the size of a quarter and some are red or they are red one day and then lighten up the next. She doesn't touch them so I am assuming they don't itch. They are on her arms, back, tummy, legs, and bottom. Any ideas of what it might be? I was thinking eczema, but everything I've read says that it really itches. She hasn't been itching at all.
So What Happened?™
Thank you everyone for all your responses! We went to the doctor last Friday and found out she has Group A Strep on her bottom which is most likely causing her skin irritations. Weird! Anyway, we figured it out and will continue to use the Eucerin lotion. Thanks so much!
S.C. answers from Milwaukee on May 14, 2008
i would have to say it sounds like eczema. my daughter got similar patches and they didn't seem to itch. they went away on their own and then came back and they did bother her. I would try using Aveeno Eczema Care lotion found at walgreens by the neosproin.
M.H. answers from Fargo on May 14, 2008
A.K. answers from Minneapolis on May 14, 2008
My sone who is 23 months has the same thing... I asked my dr and it is basically dry skin I found that aquifor works the best for it
B.K. answers from Minneapolis on May 14, 2008
I have 14 month old twins (one boy/one girl). Our son had something similar to what you're explaining and was told he had eczema. It doesnt always have to itch. The doctor told us to load him up with vaseline, which seemed to help in our situation. It comes and goes here and there but is manageable. Hope this helps.
H.R. answers from Rapid City on May 14, 2008
I have seasonal eczema and it never itches. It affects my arms and on occasion my face and legs. I would recommend treating her with natural methods for eczema... such as keeping dairy, sugar, eggs and nuts to a minimum, use hypoallergenic soaps/detergents/lotions with all natural ingredients (preferrably without milk/wheat ingredients), seek out healthy amounts of sun (for vitamin D production), and moisturize well and often.
T.S. answers from Fargo on May 18, 2008
Eczema doesn't always itch. My 3.5 yr old has it on about 80% of her face w/ several spots on the rest of her body. I don't like the idea of having to use a steroid, so the doc recommended I buy some "Vanicream". It comes in a tube or large tub and can be purchased at the pharmacy. For the tub, my cost was about $13.50. It is free from EVERYTHING and a nice rich cream. This product is the base used to mix meds into when you get a product such as a steroid in a "cream form" from the doc. We use the Vanicream about 3X/day and I am finally seeing some results after about 3 days.
I had tried other over the counter creams that she said burned her skin and hurt, as well as the Arbonne Baby Oil also burned. This vanicream is amazing...she hasn't complained once and she's even able to put it on herself sometimes!
Don't count out an allergy w/ these patches as they do go hand in hand most of the time. I also suffer from these patches around my middle and the cream is also working for me. Don't let baby be in the H2O too much and thoughourly (sp?) slather up esp after a bath!
D.J. answers from Duluth on May 14, 2008
Your daughter may have eczema, which isn't always itchy. My son developed eczema when he was younger, especially during the dry winter months. You can use hydro-cortisone, a steroid available from your doctor. Or you can go the more natural route and use a good lotion that does not contain mineral oil or petrolatum (which cannot be absorbed into the skin). The only skin care on the market I've found that is effective on eczema is Arbonne Baby Care (ABC), available online at Arbonne.com or through an independent consultant. My sister-in-law who is a pediatric nurse sees children with severe eczema all the time and the only thing she recommends that will actually help the skin is the Arbonne ABC products. Look for the mom-owned Arbonne business on Momasource.
D.G. answers from Minneapolis on May 14, 2008
Probably is eczema. Hopefully hers won't itch. Try some cortezone cream.
R.K. answers from Minneapolis on May 14, 2008
You have a lot of good advice already, but I thought I would add a little more... :) It does sound like eczema to me also. My daughter has it, and it didn't itch for her either. But the red patches got pretty bad for a while. Here is what our pediatrician told us to do:
1) For bath-time, use Cetaphil on her skin for baths (I even used in on her hair when she was a baby), and a non-fragrancy shampoo for hair. The Cetaphil is very gentle, fragrance free, and leaves her skin feeling soft.
2) Use a good, thick lotion like Eucerin or Aquaphor which is even better, especially during breakouts. For daily use, I use Aveeno daily moisturizing. It is fragrance free.
3) On the red spots and breakouts, use 1% hydrocortisone cream 3 times/day. The pediatrician assured us that it is perfectly fine to use it on babies to spot treat. It worked amazingly well to clear up our daughter's skin. As soon as she gets a little bit red behind her knees we put it on and it works great.
I would stick with fragrance free products - even some all natural ones have fragrance that kids' skin can be irritated by. Good luck!
C.B. answers from Des Moines on May 14, 2008
My boys have eczema but they don't get the itching side effect, it sounds like that is what this is but I would ask your doctor. P.S. Arbonne has great products that keep my boys eczema under control.
A.M. answers from Minneapolis on May 14, 2008
It does sound like she might have eczema. My daughter had it and didn't really itch that much either. I used Auquaphor and it works great.