Rashes and Sensitive Baby Skin

Updated on February 25, 2010
C.K. asks from Mulga, AL
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My 3 month old son has a red rash on his cheeks that he has had since about 1 month old and it comes and goes from day to day. It has only been on his cheeks until about two weeks ago and his legs broke out in a sort of scaly red rash. I was just wondering if anyone else's children had/has this and are there any creams or lotions you use to help lessen them? We use Aveeno natural baby lotion because the regular Johnson's baby lotion breaks his skin out. Are there any lotions or baby wash more mild than Aveeno? The rash doesn't seem to bother him... so I'm not too concerned, but it would be nice if I could find something that will help his seemingly sensitive skin.

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answers from Little Rock on

It sounds like ezcema. My son has it (but not a bad case). When he was around that age, the doctors told us to use cetaphil. It's expensive, but worth it. Wal-Mart carries a generic of it and it works just as well. My son is 3 and the aveeno is fine for him now. Aquophor is also a great product. We used it instead of desitin for diaper rash and for anything his skin broke out. As others have mentioned, laundry soap can also cause that type of rash. We used Dreft on his clothes until he was 2, then we switched to tide. I hope this helps!

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answers from Kansas City on

my son had the EXACT same thing. it started the same places too, cheeks and legs and then his back. we couldnt figure it out either. It turns out it was a reaction to quaternium-15. (which is formaldehyde. you are totally right with how johnsons makes him break out. they are some of the worst.) but it is also in laundry detergent, body washes, cleaning products, just all kinds of stuff. I started buying all of our stuff from an online whole-sale club that has all naturally based stuff. All i had to do was wash my son ONE time with their shampoo and body wash and the rash and scaly patches were totally gone and they never came back. its awesome. i cant imagine buying the stuff at the store again. the company is really cool too because they even offer an option to customer to let them work from home (which i also started doing and love). check out http://www.HealthySafeAndClean.com there is a lot of great information there and you can even fill out a request for more information, just make sure to include the details about your son. Or, if you would rather just talk to me send me along a message. i will e-mail you back with my phone number so we can talk one on one and you can ask all the questions you want. lol.

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answers from Mobile on

Arbonne baby products are what we use for these issues and have had great results.
Coconut Oil from the health food store is a wonderfully safe and delish product for skin as well.

Let us know what works for you.



answers from Decatur on

Aveeno has an ingredient called Laureth Sulfate that does cause irritation on some people's skin. Arbonne has a great baby line that is formulated from herbs in Switzerland. It has helped several people's baby and adults as well. You are also able to get your money back if it doesn't seem to work for you. CK out the website at www.sucessfromtheheart.myarbonne.com and click on products. Feel free to shoot me an email if you have any questions. Thanks, K.



answers from San Francisco on

There is a lot of good help already with soaps/lotions. It could be the laundry detergent you are using. I use All free and clear and it works great. If switching the soaps, lotions, and detergent doesn't clear it up quickly you should check with his doctor. My kids haven't gotten red legs but have gotten red cheeks due to the cold and wind. Aquaphor works great for this and many other uses like sore nose from a cold, diaper rash, etc.



answers from Little Rock on

sounds like he might have eczema. your dr. can prescribe certain topical creams to help it.



answers from San Francisco on

My daughter gets this on her cheeks- from the cold outside/ heat inside. I use Aquaphor on her cheeks going to bed and by morning she is totally clear. I also use this a a diaper ointment for her. I use Aveeno for her bath. You can get Aquaphor at any drug store- it is generally an very mild adult product but I have seen a new baby line coming out- think I got it at Baby's R us.



answers from Portland on

Almond oil or olive oil are completely natural, safe and GREAT for skin. Try them out, I used almond oil on my baby and he had absolutely no problem. :)
Good luck!



answers from Tuscaloosa on

My son has very sensiitive skin too. Our doctor recommended cetahpil lotion, which you can find at any drugstore. I was even able to save a little money and buy a store brand. Taking a bath every day can also make it worse, so you may want to cut back to 2-4 times per week. Make sure to have your pediatrician take a look too...if it's eczema it could be a sign of a food allergy (something in the formuly or something you are eating if you nurse).



answers from Lawton on

My daughter has sensitive skin. For dry skin we always use Aquafor. If it's more of a rash (she's allergic to some detergents) then we use Desitin.



answers from Little Rock on

C.,It could be something as simple as changing your laundry detergent that will help or make the rash go away.Good luck and God Bless,D. F.


answers from Dallas on

Hi C.,
You may want to check out Shaklee's baby and laundry products. The baby products are organic and the laundry products are nontoxic, both are safer than just about anything else you could find. Oprah has featured the cleaning products several times on her show.
You can find them at http:www.shaklee.net/healthforlife
Here's a website where you can check to see if a product is safe: http://www.ewg.org/
Hope your son is better soon.



answers from Tulsa on

Hello. You might want to have his doctor check into eczema. However, I LOVE California Baby Super Sensitive line of bath and lotion products. It's so gentle and they claim that eczema patients of all ages use it. I know you can get it online, but Target usually has it in store too (Walmart might, but can't remember). Go with the Super Sensitive one though. Hope it really helps. Best of luck.
~ J.



answers from Nashville on

I'm pretty sure what LeAnne is talking about is melaleuca. If so, I really like thier products and use them myself. My sister's son has eczema, which this sounds like, and I order a lotion for her from the site to send to her. The only bad thing is that you have to commit to a certain amount each month, and I have a hard time finding enough stuff to buy every month, because their stuff is concentrated and lasts forever. You could try the California Baby line, I have seen it at Target and at stores like Whole Foods. It is is even milder, I believe. Aveeno really isnt all that gentle and safe if you look at the chemicals. I use it for my face soaps and like it but if you look it up California Baby is much better. Check out this website to look at the ingredients of products: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/splash.php?URI=%2Findex.php I would also make a note to show it to your doctor at his next appointment. If it isn't bothering him I wouldn't worry about it too much, and you can actually make it worse by putting stuff on it. My nephew's pediatrician said for the most part to just leave his eczema alone, lotions and such can irritate it. (that's assuming it is eczema).



answers from Little Rock on

My 2 1/2 year old son started getting red rashes on his legs & bottom this winter. Appeared to look like eczema ( it runs on dad's side of the family). Anyway- it was a very mild case. I switched him to a hypoallergenic shampoo & dove hypoallergenic soap & began using a lotion that says hypoallergenic on it. It solved our problem. I had previously been using "sensitive skin" products thinking they were good for his skin. If you look on the back of those products you'll see that they are full of fragrances. Avoiding the fragrances & going w/ hypoallergenic products was the key to our problem. Good luck!!

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