Need More Information About Allergies// or Rash and Egsemas Around Mouth.

Updated on February 21, 2007
L.G. asks from Naperville, IL
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My baby about 11 month started get rash and dry sking around his mouth, nose, and cheeks. Our doctor said it is nothing to worry about, he gave some "Eucerin" ointment and said it will disapier, but it do not helped at all, that he said try "cortaid", but for that it even got worse. I asked if it can be allergies, but he said it is just because of his age, and when he will stop drilling and his teeth will grow, it will disapier... and it is really not alergies. Actually I even tried "claritin" and "benadril" and it does not help. I use moisturaser because some days it even hurt for him. I really need an advice maybe I can help him somehow. I have for him just ALL KIDS insurance, so we can't go just to any doctor.

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I just read so many advices in one mamasource members file, and I see that food is biggest problem. Now, when my baby is 14 month I give him any table food(I do not remember when I gave him baby food from store, it was really while ago).I tried do not give eggs and bought milk lactose free. But not tried go back to formula. Maybe there is something like formula for allergic toddlers? I really cant fid out on what food he can be allergic

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J.D.

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Hi there,

My son has allergies, as well. I would try aquaphor, and put it on his face at night. I would try to get him tested for certain allergies, because ecxima is caused by allergies. The weather is really drying this time of year, too. Stick with the aquaphor (you can get it at any drugstore), and wash with a mild soap, such as dove sensitive wash. NO perfumed soap. Another good soap is Aveeno baby wash. It is non stinging. Over the counter allergy medicine is good, but you can't use it consistantly. I would ask the doctor for zyrtec. Try eliminating some foods and see if that works, too. (milk, egg, dairy, wheat could be some triggers.)

Hope this helps. Good luck.

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L.P.

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I sell a product call Arbonne Baby Care. I tried it on my daughter and loved it so much I became a rep for the company. I can send you some samples so you can try it out if you'd like.

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R.P.

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My son had the same thing. He drooled so much that he got a dry red rash aroung his chin and mouth. when i took him to the doctor they told me the same thing. I did use Eucerin to act as a barrier against the wetness but it did not go away. It basically went away by itself after he was a little older and didn't drool as much. I basically just suck it out and tried to keep the area dry and moistened as much as possible. It's hard to do that but it did eventually disappear. I tried to take him off of "new" food that may have been the cause but that didn't have any affect. I hope this helps a little.

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L.C.

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I feel for you, because I have been there many times. One thing to remember if that not all prescriptions are good for your baby/self/family...it is a treacherous business sometimes. TRIAMCINOLINE is stronger and more effective than most. Rashes and disorders of the skin start with an autoimmune response, and usually a condition ripe for growth of that type of rash. Living in states with longer winters does predisposition us and our little ones to skin problems, so it is good to keep working on these skin issues as a regular regimen. High nitrates or other toxins in your water source can aggravate skin that is not well established in good conditions. Keeping the skin cool, dry and clean is very critical, but then, after it is such, an emollient layer to keep it from irritants and loss of nutrients is important also. Use distilled water to clean the baby's skin in that area for a while, make sure the diet of your child is very high in fresh green and leafy vegetables, orange fruits and vegetables like oranges, apricots, peaches, squashes, pumpkins, mangoes, papayas, and carrots. Water-soluble vitamin A is what you're looking for, it is easy on the immune and digestive systems, and keeps the skin in tip-top shape. Nonwater-soluble vitamin A can be found in fish, some meats like liver possibly, and is added to Vitamin D milk, because we get less sunlight than people in warmer states. So there's the next clue, make sure your baby is getting outside into direct sunlight no less than thirty minutes a day. If he's super-sensitive, as a few of my boys are, break the time up in halves. One suggestion. A lot of people are misdiagnosed, who actually have fungal rashes not exzema. This is treated by direct sunlight, dryish skin, yogurt or other acidophilus based supplements, and a simple antifungal cream that can be purchased for athletes foot at the Dollar Tree store for a BUCK!! Also, try simple A&D Ointment as a protective coating. Try eliminating the fungus, which loves moisture, then protecting against new outbreaks with A&D. Desitin is great because it has ZINC, another healthy immune and skin boosting element. Use it in his diaper area, even if he's potty trained, because of the white color! LOL It will get into his system and help with rashes anywhere!! Well, I'm so long winded, if you have any questions, just write me back! Love, L.

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K.

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Hi L. -

My son, who is allergic to dairy, eggs & nuts, also had eczema on his face from the time he was about 6 months old. His doctor kept telling me it was just dry skin and told me to use Eucerin also. When it didn't go away after two months, I took him to an allergist and found out he's allergic.

The eczema is a sign of possible allergies. Did you recently give him any new foods or cow's milk? If you did and then he developed the dry skin I would think it could be related to the new food. Maybe you could try to cut whatever that food is out and see if the eczema disappears.

I know how stressful it can be when your child has something wrong and you want to fix it. I don't know who your insurance company will let you see, but if you do want to talk to an allergist, my son sees Dr. Timothy Brown in Naperville. His number is ###-###-####. Good luck.

K.

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C.P.

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you are overly concerned. your doctor is correct on all counts. our son (22 months) has the same thing. it looks a lot worse than it is. try vasaline. we also use california baby sunblock stick for the face (spf 35 I think) which has lots of zinc oxide in it... this seems to actually help make the skin less dry and also clears it up a bit. the other stuff is more preventative. we use eucerin all over his body and it has made a big difference. also, don't use fabric softener. only use laundry detergent with no dyes or purfumes (we buy one called Seventh Generation sensitive care which works great--whole foods sells it) and be very careful about any products that touch your child's skin. aveeno makes a good bath wash for ecsema... it's not in the baby section... it's with the aveeno body lotions at target...basically any really cheap or scented is out. hope this helps. don't worry. when the weather gets warm again it will go away...

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A.R.

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My son suffers from ezcema behind his knees, sometimes on his face. His pediatrician prescribed him Fougera (Triamcinolene Acetonide Ointment 0.1%).

I use it whenever he gets the red marks in the skin

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A.R.

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Is it possible it is thrush?

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C.

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My 3-year old son has very dry/red skin around his mouth. My sister is a natureopath physician and told me that it is more than likely an allergy to eggs. She says that they make most vaccinations in eggs and that sometimes our bodies will develop a reaction to the egg (as well as build up the antibody to the disease for which we are being vaccinated), but that usually the allergy to eggs goes away with age. I have stopped feeding eggs to my son and it's gotten a lot better. My sister said it will take at least 3 weeks before you notice a difference. Take away eggs first and see what happens. Good luck!

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P.

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L.,
My baby is 6 months old and also have dry skin from drooling a lot and also because of this cold weather. I bought JOHNSON'S® SOOTHING NATURALS™ Soothe & Protect Balm. It is about $4 at Jewel or Target. It works really great. What it does is it protects baby's skin from the drying effects of his own drool and gives his skin time to heal. I hope this helps.

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L.L.

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Sounds like an allergy to something he is eating. Try tracking his foods for a few weeks and writing it all down. My son has asthma and eczema and he breaks out around his mouth from strawberries, watermelon, anything with acid such as a tomato based food.

It may even be eggs, wheat.......

Let me know how it goes but Nate likes the cetaphil lotion in a green tub, he says it is the only one that does not burn, he is six now.

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K.K.

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Aquaphor is the best!

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J.G.

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My daughter gets this when she's teething even now that she's 2 and doesn't really drool. Believe it or not the best thing to use, I've found is Lansinoh nipple cream. It's like tar and I only tried it because I was afraid that she would eat off the lotion. It's safe enough for them to nurse when it's been applied so you don't have to worry about it being on their mouth. You can find in anywhere usually by the nursing pads and bottles.

Eucerin does work great on her minor eczema on her legs and arms but the lansinoh works best on her mouth.
Good Luck!

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B.D.

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Hi L.,

I was wondering if you give your child vitamins and if so what kind? what kind of cleaning supplies do you use? I was wondering if you have tried any natural remadies? Please let me know these things happened to my friends child and they changed the brand of cleaning supplies and vitamins they used and the rash went away.
B.

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M.T.

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Try Aquaphor (by Eucerin). It is vaseline type. My son has bad eczema which got so bad we (doctors too) thought it was an allergy. We finally took him to an allergist and he was negative on everything we thought he was going to be allergic to. We got some meds for the eczema which helped. If it does not flare up really bad then we use Aquaphor all-over my son's body, every night! Good Luck.

J.

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My four year old has something that sounds similar. For him I think it has to do with the cold wheather and his recent cold. Last night I put Aquaphor on it and it seemed to help.

Regarding your loneliness, your community may have children's activities through the park district or YMCA. These are great opportunities to meet other mom's over time.

Good Luck,

J.

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A.S.

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Formula is most likely a culprit. At 14 months of age, does he still need it?

Have your read, "Is This Your Child?" by Doris Rapp, MD? If not, do so ASAP.

Amy

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J.R.

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I tried to send this message and I don't think it went through the first time so forgive me if you get two responses from me. I would suggest using an ointment called calendula. You can get it at any health food store. I've used it for years and it's very common for kids to get chapped cheeks and mouth this time of year and any time it's windy. I used the ointment on my girls for their cheeks and bottoms and it works great. My now fourteen year old used it last night for a chapped nose due to a cold--works wonders!

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J.L.

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My son had similar symptoms last winter and we got the ecesma under control. We still use Vanicream (Walgreens can order) at least 1x a day. We see a great dermatologist. I am not sure if she takes ALl kids but she is with Northwestern and has an office in Northbrook.

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T.K.

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My baby also has red, dry, scaly skin around the chin and cheeks. Please do not give your baby antihystamine (Benedryl or Claritin) at this age. He is too young. It most likely isn't eczema. It is most likely caused from teething. Some baby's get it and some don't. It's pretty normal for teething baby's. My doctor says not to put anything on it. If the redness and dryness hurts your baby, that is a different story. If it does not hurt your baby and it only bothers you, it will heal on it's own. Hope this helps.

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Y.

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I also use Triamcinolone cream. My doctor prescribes this for myself and my husband when we both got really bad dry skin and a rash(different times so not allergy related or due to a detergent). Have you begun using a new detergent or cleaning product? Fabric softener? Good Luck

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S.S.

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MY first son had fire engine red checks for the first 2 years of his life. They would clear up in the summer, and get worse when his asthma acted up. I tried it all - Vasoline, cortiad, even Elidel. I found what worked the absolute best on him was Neosporin. I put in on three times a day, and within weeks it was gone. His checks would be so bad at times, they would bleed. :(

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H.Q.

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My daughter has the same problem right now with her cheeks (they've basically said it's winter eczema). I use 2 products to help control it (although until the temperatures get warmer, it's going to be very hard to make it go away). The 2 products I use are Baby Magic Face Lotion and Mary Kay Oil-Free Hydrating Gel. I apply them 2-3 times a day. Good luck!

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M.W.

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Hi L.,
I shop at www.melaleuca.com. The Renew Intensive Skin Therapy lotion actually out performed Eucerin in a double blind clinical study. It also moisturizes my husband's chronic dry skin as well as cleared up the eczema my niece was born with. Like your baby, Eucerin didn't work for my niece when she was a baby either. But at age 13, her eczema is gone thanks to Renew lotion. A business partner of mine in Bolingbrook shops here also. She used Melaleuca's gold bar and the Renew lotion on her 5 month old baby. In one week, the eczema was gone.

If you'd like to try Renew let me know. I can assist in setting up your temporary account and you can purchase it at the same preferred customer [PC] price that I do. Also, there is a 100% money back guarantee. If you use the entire bottle and are not satisfied with the results, you can return the empty bottle and get your money back.

M.
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C.

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L., my younger daughter who is 20 months old has very bad skin. My husband has eczema and so do my kids. There are days when my daughter's skin on her face looks like it is on fire - extremely red. And then there are days when it is normal. Johnson's brand has a balm stick that you can buy. It is Johnson's Naturals. I bought my last one by the baby aisle at the Meijer store in Merrillville. Sometimes I use eucerin also. Just something that has no frangrance in it. My daughter screams when I put it on, but it helps in the long run. I know the redness on the face is very unattractive, but in time it should go away with a little "tlc". Good luck. :)

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J.P.

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Hi L.,

My son, who is breastfed, developed eczema this past December. It appeared in exactly the same pattern that you mentioned. My husband gets eczema it every winter as well. I am a licensed esthetician (skin care therapist), and while I understand that food allergies can aggravate certain skin conditions, I believe that eczema most often flares up during periods of extreme cold and dryness. I wanted to let you know that there is something new on the market that is great for eczema and other baby skin problems. It is made by a company called Mustela, and the product is called Stelatopia. It is a lotion you apply a few times a day to the baby's skin. Mustela also makes a stick (Hydrastick), and I apply this over the lotion. You can get both at Kingsway Pharmacy on Montgomery. Babies R' Us may also have it. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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