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Weird Little Bumps All over Son's Body

I had my parents take my son to see his pediatrician today because for the past week or so he has been developing these little bumps on his belly, which has started to spread up on his chest, and onto his legs. It started mostly on his left side, but now it is on both. Instead of writing anything down my parents told me that the doctor seems to think it is his excyma. His skin doesn't feel dry, the bumps don't seem to be slowing him down or making him crabby, he has no sores in his mouth (so it kind of rules out hand foot & mouth disease) and they told me that the doctor prescribed some stronger cream for the excyma and wants to see him again in 2 weeks, because if it isn't excyma it could be "a really long word" This is why mommy's take off of work to take their children to the doctor. I learned my lesson... moving on :)... They have been taking care of him during the day, he hasn't been to day care since February. I'm stumped and I'm just wondering if anyone has run into this?

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Thank you for all of the advice! The doctor prescribed Triamcinolone 0.1% which is a topical corticosteroid. He hasn't been scratching his bumps at all, and luckily, they are not open sores. One of my friends had come over the other day and had exposed us all to strep throat, but that was well after the rash had already sprung up. I'm going to try switching all of the soaps that I use on him, and his clothes. Thank you all again for all of the great advice!

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Use different laundry detergent. My husband is very skin sensitive. He has to only wear cotton-no polyblends and I use tide free. anything else causes bumps all over upper body. I only use dove scent free too for bath soap

Hello. My son had the same bumps on his belly and back. It's his eczema. I found out that he is allergic to the laundry detergent I was using. so I switched back to Dreft for him. and also I been putting lotion with out any dyes and fragrance and It cleared it up quick. I was worried too but his Dr said he just has sensitive skin. Im hopeing he will out grow it. Hope this helps. good luck

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Both of my children have contact dermatise. AKA ezcema that you get when your body come in contact with something your allergic too. My sons gets red bumps on his stomach, legs and arms when he plays outside because the poor kid is allergic to the grass. If your child is allergic to something it could be making him break out, grass, pollen, food, animal dander. ETC. Best thing I have done for my kids is allergy medicine and to give them a bath whenever they come in contact with something they are allergic to. Make sure you keep his nails short to keep him from sctatching.

Also both my kids break out in ezcema when they are sick with any kind of bug. There immune system seems overract and attack their skin when they are fighting a virus or bacteria. Allergy medicine still seems to help with this.

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Hi J.,

I have had some white bumps on my daughter and I cant remember the word but the doctor told me to try putting head and shoulders on her for 10 minutes before bath and it seems to work.


Maybe it's hives, although they're usually itchy. Since it may be some kind of allergy I would probably try some benadryl before taking him back in. You could also call the nurse at your doctors office and ask for a little more explanation over the phone so you're clear on what the doctor thinks is going on. Good Luck!

Can't help with the rash...but got a similar lecture last week from my mom when I went to work even though my son had a fever of 102.6. I left him at home with my husband's aunt. My mother didn't realize that I was calling every 30 minutes to make her recheck it to verify it was going down, which it did, of course. No! She just called me a selfish mother for not thinking about him...didn't even bother to ask if I ever checked on him.....so, I know where you are coming from there!

I feel your pain! Aren't moms fun sometimes!

Good luck with the rash...I hope your little man gets better quick! Mine did.


My son had this happen on his legs.Can't remember the name but his ped told me to use a lotion over the counter called amylactin. It worked with in days the bumbs were gone. Good luck!


Hi J.. I just went through the same thing with my 5.5 month old son! I kept taking him to the Dr. because I didn't know if it was hives, exzema, rash, or something that I was ingesting that he might be allergic to. The Dr. wasn't super helpful either. He just told us to try Hydrocortizone cream on the bumpy areas. I finally switched over all his soaps and lotions to Arbonne's Baby Care line (I had been trying to use up other products that we had received as gifts). And, I switched our laundry detergent, stain remover, and dryer sheets to a non-toxic, chemical, fragrance and dye-free brand. Now, he has no more bumps or rashes! So, you might want to try something like that.
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My younger son, age 9 at the time, had this happen, with bumps on his forehead and then, over days, spreading down his temples. I told him that he should stop using the shampoo he had been using, but didn't actually remove it from the bathroom. After a trip to the doctor, and he admitted that he had continued using the new shampoo, we ascertained that it was indeed an allergy to the shampoo.

So, my suggestion to you is to think about any new cleaners that have come into your house (or that have been there but to which he had not been exposed previously). Shampoo, soap, laundry detergent, fabric softener, household cleaner (residue on a towel), lotions, creams, etc. can all cause this sort of bumpiness.

It may be Mollescum. My children had this
I would go to a dermetologist to confirm.
It is quite an ordeal to get rid of, but
it is not harmful at all for the child...
just looks bad.

Hi J. -

Do you have a sandbox? My oldest son used to get these "rashes" when he was little. The Dr's had no idea and then another mom told me he was allergic to "sand mites." He would get the bites when he played in the sand box and then it would spread all over his body.

Back in the day, I used the usual - Calamine lotion. But now I know better. Go to a local healthfood store and look for a skin cream or salve that has Calendula in it. Calendula has an affinity for the skin and heals sores/rashes very quickly. You can put the cream/salve directly on the "rash" and you can buy dried Calendula flowers/leaves and make a "tea" out of them. Then add the "tea" to his bath water.

Even if it's not sand mites, using the Calendula can only help.

Hope this helps.

M. M. Ernsberger
Certified Clinical Herbalist
Square-foot Gardening Specialist

My son has eczema also. He has had it since he was a newborn, he will be three next month. His eczema started with little red bumps and later developed into the dry itchy patches. If you don't think it's eczema, i would suggest taking him back to the dr. maybe your mother misunderstoond or get a second opinion. Has he had a fever at all? It may be roseola. it could also be an allergic reaction to something he has eaten or come into contact with. Has anything changed in his daily routine...new foods, soaps, detergents, lotions..etc. It may also just be something as simple as a heat rash now that the weather is warming up. One thing you can do is check out webmd and see if you can find any helpful info. there.

Use different laundry detergent. My husband is very skin sensitive. He has to only wear cotton-no polyblends and I use tide free. anything else causes bumps all over upper body. I only use dove scent free too for bath soap

Hello. My son had the same bumps on his belly and back. It's his eczema. I found out that he is allergic to the laundry detergent I was using. so I switched back to Dreft for him. and also I been putting lotion with out any dyes and fragrance and It cleared it up quick. I was worried too but his Dr said he just has sensitive skin. Im hopeing he will out grow it. Hope this helps. good luck

Hi J.,

My kids get bumbs on their skin too. I had a really hard time getting rid of them until I started using Arbonne's Baby line.
It is called ABC(Arbonne Baby Care) and what I like about it is that it is pH correct and botanically based. There are no fragrances in it and no mineral oil too.
Did you know that if you products say tear free, there is a numbing agent in the products to numb the child's eye from the chemicals?

This is something to think about...
I would love to send you a sample if you want

my sons both have exzema and they get covered in red bumps but don't look dry. Instead of putting any rash cream on them I use Cetaphil cream (just a good lotion cream that really gets the moisture to stay in). You can find it at Wal-Mart or Walgreens in the same area as Noxzema stuff. It has helped both my boys. When the red bumps show back up I just put extra cetaphil cream on. My sons doctor has even called a dermatologist and they reccomend cetaphil. It is worth a try.

My 2 year old has eczema sometimes also, so I know what that is like. The only other rashes that he has had are prickly heat and viral rash. Prickly heat is from getting too hot playing outside, but it usually disappears fairly quickly. Has your son had a cold recently? Mine has had a viral rash three times when/after he has had a cold. The cold is usually just a runny nose or congestion and doesn't seem to be all that horrible and then he will break out in a rash that spreads like you have described. It is just his way of fighting the cold virus. There is nothing to do but wait it out or put hydrocortison cream on him if it itches. My son had his for almost 3 weeks last month. The pediatrician diagnosed and a pediatric dermotologist nurse confirmed this.

Hey J., My younger daughter has had eczema for a couple of years and the best things I have found are keeping her well hydrated, and using Eucerin cream on the bumps. Stay away from any scented soap or shampoo. But if he only just got it all of a sudden I wonder if it might be something else? My daugter got a funny red bumpy rash a couple weeks ago, and it went away in 4 days. Good luck!

Hi J.,

Why type of laundry detergent do you use? If you use a store brand (Dreft, Tide, All, Gain, Cheer), then your family is wearing poison every day. Even if these detergents claim to be "free and clear", they still contain harmful toxins.

Half of my family had eczema until we switched our laundry detergent to an eco-friendly brand. A simple change that can have an amazing affect.

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Excyma and other skin rashes don't just appear because the boy or the skin are defective -- there is always a cause, either environmental or nutritional. I'd check everything and start ruling stuff out. Contact dermatitis could be from a change in laundry soap, type of clothing (synthetics), some chemical he may have touched etc. Rashes could be allergic in origin -- check for any changes in foods, drinks, snacks, even supplements. Soaps can cause this -- switch to sensitive skin baby products by Arbonne, which contain no animal products or hormones or synthetic chemicals. Have him checked by a chiropractor for neurologic involvement. Make sure he is having at least one soft b.m. every day.

I don't know who came up with "a really long word" -- if that was you, make your doc write it down and then Google it. If that was your doc, time to find another doc. Putting a stronger medicated, chemical cream on the boy isn't going to solve the problem. Make sure his food is pure, that he isn't eating anything he could be reacting to (start with nuts, bad oils, too much citrus, and go from there to anything else he might have introduced into his diet recently), and make sure the soaps you use on his clothes are free of dyes and fragrances, and you use the minimum amount -- and forget the dryer sheets.

Good luck!

I had the same kind of thing with my daughter, we never figured out what it was, I tried lotions, changing the detergent I wash her clothes in, changing soaps, all of that, finnally it was giving her Children's Bendadryl 2 or 3 times a day for a week that finnally got rid of it. Her bumps started on her leg and pretty soon were everywhere, not really on her face, but in her hairline and around her ears and neck too. I think it spread because she kept scratching at them. So, we tried to bath her everynight (seperate from the other kids so they wouldn't get it too), I washed her bed sheets every 2 days and gave her the benadryl and finnally it seemed the bumps kind of popped and started clearing up.

Be careful with the excyema cream, sometimes they have hormons in them. Read the directions carefully, some of those creams you aren't supposed to put on open sores, or let the kid go out in the sunlight. And, the DR's and/or pharmacists don't always tell you about all the side effects. Look the cream up on the internet and see what people are saying about it too. Good luck and Happy Mother's Day

Last month I went throught the same thing and I thought it was a heat rash or an alergic reaction ot sun screen. It got worse and I took my 20 month old daughter in to Urgent Care. Needless to say I was shocked when they told me that it was STREP HROAT! The rach was the only symptom. She acted fine, no fever, no cough nothing. Their is a new test they can perfrom in the office and it will give them results in 5 minutes. If your doctor didn't run this test, i would highly recommend requesting it.

Hi J.,

My daughter has a cse of moscolleum which look a little bit like warts but are not warts, it is a virus and alot of kids seem to be getting it. I notice it more. Her case is light but I have seen it much more pronounced. Doctors do not seem to worry about it but it is annoying and slightly unsightly.
If it is eczema check out my webesite for a non steroid cream.

Good luck,

My sister had rashes like that every spring of her little life until she was in college actually. It was treated as excyma. She used a special cream and it would be soothed. The interesting thing is that when she was an adult it was properly diagnosed and this funky fungus. She took a special oral med for it and it was gone forever. For as long as I could remember we called it Joey's spring disease because it only came out in the spring and by summer it would disappear.

my son has the same thing...i thought they were warts because they keep spreading...and i actually popped one and white pus like comes out of it...it seems like he keeps getting more and more...first it started on his back then to his arms, legs and starting to come on his neck...i took him to er 3 times and they have no idea what it is....if u know lwt me knoe please...

yes i have my son is five he have the same thing but he had it since 09 what can i do about it

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