Does your child have (or has had) a skin problem like eczema, ongoing diaper rash, hives or something similar? We're looking for moms to share their stories for an upcoming health story on common rashes.
Please reply if you have an experience to share!
I have two boys, 4 and 7, who were both born with eczema. Sometimes, their lesions made it look as if their ears were about to peel off. Other times, they would rub and scratch reflexively in their cribs and I'd have to take a dustbuster in their after they slept. We spent a lot of time chasing down old wives' tales until we finally went to a pediatric dermatologist who helped us find the correct combination of clothing detergent, baby wash, creams, and antihistamines to help them out. Both boys are doing well now and only have occasional breakthrough problems.
macattack- i know exactly what you mean! I thought i sounded like a nut when i called the pediatrician saying that it looked like my son's ears were coming off of his head! It was the only way i could describe it. But they were goopy looking at the same time for some reason- really nasty!
Anyways, from day 1 my son has had one skin/ allergy problem after another! At 7 months, we're currently dealing with what i call "polka dots". His extremities get covered in what looks like little ant bites. They're raised red dots, and tons of them. But never on his belly or back, just arms, hands, feet, legs, and sometimes a few on his face. We've gone to his pedi, a pedi dermatologist, and a pedi allergist. Noone can make them go away. The pedi and pedi dermatologist want me to cover him in steroid creams until they go away every time. I can see doing that once but it doesn't make sense to coat him in it when it goes away just as quick without it and it keeps coming back either way. This has been goin on for at least 4 months now.
He also has eczema. He gets bad spots on his head usually, but sometimes gets them on his hands and legs. He has cradle cap also. I have been cut off of dairy because he has a sensitivity from it when he gets any cows milk protein through breastmilk, and he has developed a rash after i've eaten eggs so i've removed them from my diet as well. We have had to use 4 different kinds of soap for him and now are having to use cetaphyl because it is the only thing that doesn't break his skin out.
I'm sure i'm leaving some out but that's all i can think of. It doesn't suprise me though because i have eczema and allergies myself. hth
My 22 month old has had eczema since birth ( i have it as well and have all my life). The doctors prescribed him lotions and all kind of things to make it go ways, yet some actually made it worse. We found that some of the detergent cause other rashes because of an allergy. In the end I started using "Body dew" on him. its actually what I use on my legs after shaving. I just rub it on the back of his arms and legs where its really bad and it is helping quite a bit. His skin is now fairly clear and extremely soft. The body dew however makes him smell like freshcut grass. Lol.
I also have the same problem with my baby. And through my experience I have learned that treating child eczema is different from adult eczema as their body make up is different. You need to take the 3 step approach to cure child eczema. You need to look into your child's diet, proper skin care, and identifying the allergen. If you start with these 3 approach, then half your battle is won. Find out more at http://www.curechildeczema.com
My daughter has a few spots on her face that won't go away sometimes they are a brownish color but when they get irritated they turn red and puffy like a hive. She was just diagnosed with Urticaria Pigmentosa which is an uncommon skin condition, some kids are covered head to toe with spots and some have mild cases. I'm told when the condition occurs before the age of five there is a good chance they will out grow it by their teenage years.
My daughter just recently turned 8 months old and since birth has has a mild rash that comes and goes on her face, elbows, and thighs. I was surprised at the last doctor visit when the pediatrican told us it was eczema. When I think of eczema, I think of the babies described above. I had no idea my daughter had eczema. She has a mild form obviously.
The atopic dermatitis and eczema on modern medicine isn't treated. Eczema it is treated. These are medicinal grasses, are applied outwardly.
Last edited by NAZIM; 02-18-2011 at 04:39 AM.
If your child says their rash is itchy, do all you can to help them out. I am currently suffereing from a reaction to Amoxicillian and got an itchy rash (yes, as an adult). Benedrill takes most of the itches away, but when I am not on it I itch like crazy - can't imagine being a kid who can't be in control of if and when they get something to relieve the itch.
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My child used to get a rash around his mouth that we found out was related to food allergy. He would get dry, scaly patches that wouldn't seem to go away. Also, after eating certain meals, his face would turn red (around his mouth). Another symptom was a massive behavior change that turned him very angry and aggressive. After a year, we found this was a reaction to high fructose corn syrup and other chemical additives.
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