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Baby Rashes When To Worry
Not to my knowledge: I haven't heard of this treatment. If it's a diaper rash, you may need a prescribed medicine to clear it up. If the baby was born with a rash, it could be something benign (e.g., erythema toxicum - google it) or something serious, such as a herpes rash. The best thing to do is have the baby seen by his doctor for the proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
Redness: They can have only itching or an eczema type rash where the skin is scaly and red. Use an elimination diet to determine what foods are the possible culprits. Allergenic foods include strawberries, egg, corn, seafood, wheat, peanut, citrus and even milk. ...Read more
Not related: Nappy (diaper) rash and teething are two unrelated events that sometimes just happen to occur at the same time. Babies get nappy rash when their tender skin is in contact with a soiled diaper for too long a time. This can occur whether or not they are teething. One does not cause the other. ...Read more
Meticulous hygiene.: Most baby diaper rashes are either irritative or infectious in nature. Urine & feces commonly irritate baby's skin triggering a diaper rash. Otc diaper creams are geared to seal the skin from these caustic exposures. Yeast & bacterial infections can produce diaper rashes as well. These are more complicated to diagnose & treat--requiring your doctor's help. Baby wipes can produce rashes as well. ...Read more
See pediatrician: For diaper rash keep baby's skin clean & dry. Change diaper as soon as it's soiled or wet. For healing allow baby to go without diaper for periods of time so affected area can air out. Avoid tight diapers or airtight covers over diaper. Meds your Dr. Might recommend include antifungal cream (for fungus), a steroid cream (for significant inflammation) or an antibiotic (for bacterial infection.) ...Read more
It is just: A matter of time. Should have cleared by now unless your baby also have problems with cradle cap which may have made it worst. This is a very common rash seen in almost all babies ranging from mild to severe. Wipe face off with water. Avoid wool type clothings which may irritate the rash more. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more
Can my unimmunized infant catch chickenpox from my immunized child who has been exposed but has no rash?
Highly doubtful.: Infants seldom if ever get chicken pox, because they are protected for the first year of their lives by antibodies received from the mother. That's why children are not given the chicken pox vaccine until age 1. If the mother never had chicken pox or the vaccine, and thus has no antibodies, the baby would be susceptible; but that's a very rare situation these days. ...Read more
Elecare and neocate and allimentium all caused skin rash and mucus in infant. What options are left to feed him?
Formula: Neutramigen, but it is similar to Alimentum. I have heard reports that sometimes using the ready to feed, not powder, helps. Have you considered that it might be soaps? There is corn in formulas, but I don't think there are any formulas without some form of corn syrup, corn maltodextrin, or corn syrup solids. An allergist may be able to see what it is. Banked breast milk might be another option. ...Read more
Infant had fever about 2 days up to 102.7 finally broke on day 2 but now has rash on head chest back and cries almost constantly?
Common patters: A lot of infant viral infections will have fever for a few days and end in a generalized rash. Some have names based on location and type of rash, but they are expected and rather benign. I'd consider the crying evidence it is not finished. As long as the kid takes fluids well and plays occasionally you can monitor at home. If not drinking the kid should be seen. ...Read more
My 3 month infant has a rash that keeps recurring after treating it with eucerin skin rash cream what could be causing the skin rash?
Allergy: A recurrent rash may be a sign of allergy or sensitivity to foods, clothing, lotions etc. Keeping a symptom diary can help determine the cause. ...Read more
What are the possible causes of a yeast related skin rash in an infant? How long does it take to clear up with an ointment & is it contagious?
Part of life: Yeast is around us in the environment & by later infancy at least 5% of the dry weight of poo is yeast. The skin surface is resistant to yeast unless irritated or over hydrated (like wearing diapers). The yeast creates a rash when it takes the opportunity of a simple exposure & sets up housekeeping on irritated skin. Improvement with rx occurs within days. ...Read more
Saw something on tv today about herpes infection killing babies. Is this complete lies? I thought herpes was just a rash and NOT DEADLY at all?
Reality bites: A baby born to a mother during her first herpes outbreak has a significant risk of developing herpes encephalitis and dying or ending up with severe brain damage. That risk drops significantly for recurrent outbreaks but some have c-section deliveries to avoid any risk. I've cared for these babies born to mothers who were not aware of the problem. A brain damaged baby is not what they wanted. ...Read more
Can the infant formula alimentum cause a rash around the mouth, which is worse if it lays in the babys skin?
Possible: Prolonged exposure to moist conditions can cause skin rash. ...Read more
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