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Should I use a different detergent if my baby keeps getting rashes on her leg?

Should I use a different detergent if my baby keeps getting rashes on her leg?

Usually won't matter: Recurrent rashes on the arms and legs of babies are often eczema, which appears as reddened, rough, dry skin areas. On severe eczema areas, the skin will get tiny cracks that ooze moisture. Changing the laundry detergent usually doesn't make a difference in the rash, but parents can try using no detergent for 2-3 weeks and see if the rash resolves (just wash the laundry with hot or warm water). ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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Toddler with rashes that comes and goes. Is this serious? Rashes (red with small white bumps) all over the body (usually on baby's legs) and face that comes and goes, lasting for about 30 minutes or even less. Does not seem to bother my 1 year old but i n

Toddler with rashes that comes and goes. Is this serious? Rashes (red with small white bumps) all over the body (usually on baby's legs) and face that comes and goes, lasting for about 30 minutes or even less. Does not seem to bother my 1 year old but i n

You : You can see a small fine red rash after a MMR vaccine but the rash you describe has occurred too long after receiving the vaccine. No need to fear the MMR vaccine. The rash you describe sounds like hives. The next time it happens, take a picture of it to show your pediatrician. Phone cameras are great for documenting short lived rashes like this since odds are your child may not have it at the time of the doctor visit. ...Read more

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2 year old son is running fever & complains leg hurts. No rashes, eats very little but drinking, weak, was around baby who was vomiting & fever. Day?

2 year old son is running fever & complains leg hurts.  No rashes, eats very little but drinking, weak, was around baby who was vomiting & fever. Day?

See a pediatrician: And do this asap. Bone pain in a child this age can (although not always) suggest some very severe and rapidly progressive conditions in association with fever. Do not ignore this. Go and see somebody now. Hope he is better soon. ...Read more

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I have a 13 wk old baby & she has some rashes on her legs & she is starting to scratch herself. Is it okay to put on some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) anti-itch cream?

I have a 13 wk old baby & she has some rashes on her legs & she is starting to scratch herself. Is it okay to put on some Benadryl (diphenhydramine) anti-itch cream?

Rash infant: No I would not use the Benadryl (diphenhydramine) cream as it can be absorbed by the baby 's skin. I would suggest using a fragrant free and perfume free lotion daily for what may be eczema. If no help get her examined. ...Read more

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My baby has a rash for 3 weeks. It started with aclump of small bumps just on her leg. It seems to be joining. What could it be?

My baby has a  rash for 3 weeks. It started with aclump of small bumps just on  her leg. It seems to be joining. What could it be?

New Rash Needs Visit: We like to say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and a patient is worth a thousand pictures! based on your brief description it would be impossible to give you an accurate diagnosis--- i would recommend that you see your dermatologist or pediatrician in person to properly evaluate this eruption. ...Read more

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Should I worry that my baby's rash is spreading from her cheek downward to her arms and legs?

Should I worry that my baby's rash is spreading from her cheek downward to her arms and legs?

No: Rashes are fun - and the vast majority of rashes in newborns are not worrisome. A rash would be infectiously spreading if it moved between contiguous areas - and the legs don't come into contact with the (facial)cheeks. While there are viral infections that can cause what you're describing, you best answer will come from a medical provider who can see your baby's rash: time to make an appointment. ...Read more

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I have itch on my arms, legs, and buttock cheeks for a few months after I delivered my baby. There is no rash on the skin at all. What could it be?

I have itch on my arms, legs, and buttock cheeks for a few months after I delivered my baby.  There is no rash on the skin at all.  What could it be?

Itchy skin: Itching without a rash can be due to dry skin,thyroid disorder, diabetes,etc. If it's dry skin,apply alphakeri lotion after bathing while your skin is still wet. See your physician if symptoms persist and he/she will order the appropriate tests. Claritin (loratadine) or benadryl(causes drowsiness) helps reduce itching. ...Read more

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9-month-old baby has splotchy rash on face, arms, legs but not on torso. Could this be a contact rash?

9-month-old baby has splotchy rash on face, arms, legs but not on torso. Could this be a contact rash?

Yes: Certainly if the rashy area had a unique exposure where the clothing protected the torso. ...Read more

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My 7 month old baby has a rash on her arms and a bit on her legs looks like prickly heat is this all it will be?

My 7 month old baby has a rash on her arms and a bit on her legs looks like prickly heat is this all it will be?

No way to know.: Common causes for such rashes are viruses, medication allergies, food allergies, and allergic or irritant reaction to something put on her skin. It may get worse, it may not. Try 1/2% Hydrocortisone cream (with is available over the counter), and if it doesn't improve (or gets worse), see your pediatrician or a dermatologist. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more