Very Bad Rash...

Updated on June 05, 2008
R.F. asks from Kansas City, MO
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Hello mommies out there, my son has been having a rash for the past 7 days, i've tried different ointments and letting him be w/o a diaper for a while. Is there something else that i'm missing, do i need to take him to a dr? I have also noticed that on his hands and feet his skin is peeling like if it were new skin, i didn't think that would happen at his age but maybe i'm wrong or maybe its something serious, could someone please give me some advise. Thank you all! I have also checked out the eczema and its not that at all its just skin peeling, no pain, no bleeding, nothing swollen nothing.

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H.N.

answers from St. Louis on

My son recently had hand, foot and mouth. It started with a slight fever and then an awful rash on his bottom. He got a few bumps on his hands and feet (not many), but then they peeled off as you described. If it is hand, foot and mouth there is nothing that can be done because it's a virus. I would call the ped. just to be safe.

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R.A.

answers from Wichita on

Usually if you have tried everything and the rash won't go away it could be a yeast infection and yes boys can get those too. The doctor usually prescribes a cream or something similar. Good Luck!

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T.D.

answers from Springfield on

Take him to the doctor! It's probably just a yeast infection, but we don't know that and the doctor will!

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A.

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I'd call your doctor in case it's the virus "hand, foot and mouth". Better safe than sorry. Good luck!

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H.L.

answers from St. Louis on

it could be a yeast infection. he could also have ezcema. When my son broke out with his ezcema it freeked me out. I didn't think babies could get it like he did. Luckily come cortizone worked for him and he has grown out of the worst part. Now he just has small patches. I would just make a quick call to the doc and get it checked out. Good Luck!

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J.R.

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im assuming you mean diaper rash? our little girl got those too when first in potty training stages....dr said its common, since they're getting more control, theyre going through fewer diapers and so wearing them longer. She suggested neosporin instead of diaper cream. I just let her run around naked for long parts of the day and she hasnt had one since. Otherwise, could be a yeast infection type rash? from the commercials ive seen they would need different meds and not respond to diaper cream. Dont know much about them.....as for his hands and feet, if its not bothering him, its probably not a big deal, but worth asking his ped. about

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C.M.

answers from Springfield on

Call the Dr. Especially if there are little bumps in the rash. It could be a yeast infection or even strep - both of these have happened to my son and the only symptom was a bad diaper rash. After trying a couple of other things first, our Dr finally gave me a "recipe" that included hydrocortizone cream and triple antibiotic cream mixed with a prescription nystatin powder to use instead of regular diaper ointment. It was VERY thick, looked like drywall spackling, but it worked like a miracle!

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J.M.

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HI R.,
I've never heard of skin peeling, and I'm not so sure that a rash lasting that long that nothing seems to be helping is a good thing. I would say that if it's been going on this long then I would take the child to see the dr. It might be nothing, but it could be something too. Either way it goes at least the dr. can give you something that'll help it. Good luck!

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A.O.

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I use hydrocortisone per the doctors suggestion on diaper rash. It goes right away! Don't use a lot. I've also used Oxistat which you need a script for. I'd contact the doctor if it persists.

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H.H.

answers from Kansas City on

Don't use baby wipes on him while he has the bad rash. Use bounty paper towels and water. Desitin Creamy seems to work better than some of the other rash creams out there and don't smear it on thick, use a thin layer. If the water and cream don't help he may have a yeast infection and need to go to the doctor. You can also use the creams that women use for yeast infections as this is what a doctor told me she used for her kids because it was cheaper than the prescription and is basically the same thing.
As far as skin peeling, not sure about that, you may need to ask your doctor.

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S.D.

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As a mom of 2 kid's I know it is hard when to decied to call the dr. I don't let thing's go 2-3 day's thats it for me,and for 7 day's without seeing a dr to make sure it's not serious is too long in my opinion.Call your dr he may have a yeast infection that isn't getting better with diaper rash creams

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D.W.

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Hi R.,
My little nephew had what is known as Kawasaki's disease. He had the same symptoms as you have described of your 2 year old. Please do not try to second guess something of this nature on this child. He probably has nothing seriously wrong, but take him to a dr. to get a professional diagnosis, especially since this has gone on for a period of one week. Have you recently shampooed the carpets in your home? Any new chemicals in the home? These were things the dr. asked when my nephew went to see him. He had a rash, and skin was peeling from hands and feet. He was misdiagnosed by the first dr., but was correctly diagnosed three days later, after he began to present with fever. Ultimately, he was hospitalized, and got fairly ill. He is now healthy, and is a happy guy. God bless you and this little one, whatever the diagnosis and treatment may be.

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K.S.

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Our ped recommended teabags - more effective than anything else we've tried for diaper rash. Place 2-4 teabags into the diaper at diaper change. When the baby pees, the teabags release tannins, which help in the healing. It might turn your baby's bottom brown temporarily.

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V.M.

answers from Wichita on

Hi Rebecca,

It could be nothing more then a bad diaper rash. I dealt with this many times with my boys, and have had some of the same issues with my grandbabies. Their parents tried various ointments, but I gave them some Arbonne diaper rash cream and it showed amazing results. It's all natural and has been both peditrician and dermatologist tested. I would be more then happy to send youa sample if you would like to try it. However, if you are concerned that it may be something else, by all means take him to the doctor. That way you know for sure and you have peace of mind. Best of luck to you.

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G.B.

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When in doubt - call the Pediatrician. G.

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J.B.

answers from St. Louis on

My daughter had a rash that wouldn't go away. I took her to the doctor after almost 2 weeks of trying different creams and stuff. She had a small staff infection (not the deadly kind). Doc gave me a prescription (my cost $75) and it worked awesome. I treat it like gold!!! My daughter also just got over hands,foot and mouth and it does not make the skin peel. Probably just extremely dry skin so use a good cream to moisturize. Hands,foot and mouth you get blisters.

M.P.

answers from St. Louis on

Hello R.,

My son had the same thing - it turned out to be eczema (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eczema) and has cleared tremedously since he was a little one. Now, his symptoms show as dry, peeling skin on his hands and bottom of his feet...that's it. Take him to the doctor and he'll prescribe a cream for the itch (if there is itching, we had none) and an intense cream for the peeling. Good luck!

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J.

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Kawasaki disease is an illness that involves the skin, mouth, and lymph nodes, and most often affects kids under age 5. The cause is unknown, but if the symptoms are recognized early, kids with Kawasaki disease can fully recover within a few days. Untreated, it can lead to serious complications that can affect the heart.

Kawasaki disease occurs in 19 out of every 100,000 kids in the United States. It is most common among children of Japanese and Korean descent, but can affect all ethnic groups.

Signs and Symptoms
Kawasaki disease can't be prevented, but usually has telltale symptoms and signs that appear in phases.

The first phase, which can last for up to 2 weeks, usually involves a persistent fever higher than 104° Fahrenheit (39° Celsius) and lasts for at least 5 days.

Other symptoms that typically develop include:

severe redness in the eyes
a rash on the stomach, chest, and genitals
red, dry, cracked lips
swollen tongue with a white coating and big red bumps
sore, irritated throat
swollen palms of the hands and soles of the feet with a purple-red color
swollen lymph nodes
During the second phase, which usually begins within 2 weeks of when the fever started, the skin on the hands and feet may begin to peel in large pieces. The child also may experience joint pain, diarrhea, vomiting, or abdominal pain. If your child shows any of these symptoms, call your doctor.

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R.Y.

answers from Wichita on

Yeast will do all of the things you described. Usually the Dr. will want to see the child for the original diagnosis. He may even require internal medication to treat it if it is what is also on his hands and feet. The diaper area rash can get very bad if not treated well. After the original diagnosis many of us "mommies" have used OTC yeast infection meds, the same that you would use for yourself. You really should have it looked at first to be sure that it is all related. Good luck

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J.L.

answers from Springfield on

My son got a bout of bad diaper rash once and nothing seemed to take care of it. My friend told me that she used baking powder on her daughter...and sure enough within 24 hours it looked 20 times better. If you son has peeling skin on his hands and feet though I would take him to the dr it could be Hand Foot Mouth, which is very common especially if he is in Daycare. (This is not to be confused with what is know as Mad Cow, as it is 2 totally different diseases) Hope this helps.

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B.G.

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My doctor prescribes a orange flavored cholesterol reducing powder mix, that I then mix with with 3oz. of euricin. It sounds kind of crazy, but it actually works! My son had a really bad rash, almost seeping blood, and I put this mixture on it, and in 30 minutes, I could tell that it was working. It is a little grainy, and your son may not enjoy it, but it does work. I will try and get the name of the powder mix.

S.L.

answers from Kansas City on

Hand foot and mouth disease came to mind. Did the peeling on the hands start with blisters?

Suzi

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M.B.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi R.,
My son also has a problem with skin/diaper rashes. I tried everything that was recommended and nothing worked, until I tried Renew lotion. This stuff is amazing! It has many different uses. Every since I started using it on my son his skin problems have subsided. If you want more info on this lotion and how to get it just e-mail me at [email protected]____.com and I will give you all the information. Thanks!

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R.C.

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My daughter had a rash on her hand that persisted for over a week. The skin was kind of dry and peeling. I thought it was eczema, which our older daughter had, but I kept trying different things and finally I quit using wipes on her hands. The rash was gone in a couple days.

Now we wipe either with a paper towel with plain water, or for bigger clean-ups we use a washcloth, also plain water. Same for her bottom. IT actually gets her much cleaner, easier. Rash hasn't come back.

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C.B.

answers from St. Louis on

It has been a very long time but if I recall correctly the peeling is a sign of healing after a strep infection which could have very easily been your "rash." Has your child had a fever or any "break" in behavior. Contacting a doctor depends upon your level of sensitivity. If your child still has a rash I would contact someone in the health field. There could be all sorts of reasons, food allergies, sensitivites to the detergent you use as well as strep infection. Good luck.
C. B.

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S.T.

answers from Wichita on

Sounds similar to what my little guy has right now - it's running through Wichita like crazy! Our doctor called it Hand-Foot-and-Mouth disease - look it up and see if it fits. The doctor said it was just viral, so nothing could be done for it other than giving ibuprofen if he's cranky. After 4 days now, it seems to be clearing up somewhat. Good luck!

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A.B.

answers from Kansas City on

I couldn't help you diagnose what's going on, but my advice is to let your little one soak in baking soda water for a while for some relief. That has helped us with both diaper rashes and prickly heat.

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A.P.

answers from St. Louis on

R.,
If your gut says your son needs a doctor, please call and have him seen. I assume the rash is in the diaper area since you mentioned letting him go without one. What I found with diaper rash is that it is caused by yeast, very similiar to what women experience. I suggest getting me over the counter yeast medication from the female section of the store and use it. I think just a light layer will help.

A.

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T.R.

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could be hand foot mouth disease...watch for sores on his mouth. ask dr for nystatin diaper cream for the rash, may be yeast related and if it is then a lot of creams are just "feeding" it. keep an eye on it but call your ped. good luck!

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K.M.

answers from Springfield on

It sounds like something you need to take him in to the doctor for. Any rash that lasts that long needs to be checked and the peeling hands area a sign of some infection, I just can't remember which one.

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C.B.

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Hi Rebecca,
It could possibly be strep. Sometimes the kiddos may not even present with a sore throat. You may want to get that checked out. I would call your doctor and make an appointment.

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