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    Rash on Cheeks

    My 15 week old baby often has this rash on his cheeks - it's red, rough and sometimes a little bumpy. He's had it on and off for more than a month now. At first it was mild and my pediatrician recommended using a moisturizer called Ezerra on it. Then it got really bad and I took him back to the pediatrician and the pediatrician gave him some medicated cream (triderm) which contains antibiotic and steroid. She said that the rash was getting a little infected since my son was probably rubbing it. WIth the medicated cream, the rash got better in 3 days. But after a few days of being better, the rash came back and will only go away after I put on the medicated cream for a few days. The cycle continues to repeat itself and I am getting very distressed about it! I already moisturize with Ezerra many times a day and wipe his mouth and face immediately after each feed (I breastfeed). I also keep the house extra cool for him and change his sheets twice a week to make sure they are clean. I really don't know what to do anymore as I am afraid of putting too much of the medicated cream on. Any suggestions on what to do that can help the situation? Thanks so much!

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    My daughter was like that- I think it was due to all the drooling and the saliva on their senitive skins. I used vaseline on the red areas all the time and it finally cleared up after 2 months- how long has the rash been there?

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    My 7 weeks old son also has similar skin condition like yours. It concentrated on his right cheek. It started around 3 weeks ago. It stays and became a little better last week. It always turn redder and worse when he cries and gets angry. and he still has it on his face. We were at the pediatrician and she also gave him some medicated cream which contains antibiotic and steroid. She suggested not to use it continuously for more than three days.

    She said the cause could be that I was eating a lot of "nutritious food", things like herds and other thing that's high in protein--The Chinese said that those food could give your body "fire" yet it is good for nursing your body back after delivering. Since I am giving him breast milk, the "heat" pass on to him.

    I am not sure if this apply to you since you probably don't eat things like ginseng and other kinds of Chinese herb.

    I have only applied the cream once and rash on his face was fading already. Yet, I planned not to apply it due to the concern for steroid.

    So, I started to cut down on oily food, and Ginseng and soup that is prepared with Chinese herb.

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    Cici - The rash has been coming and going for the past 5 or 6 weeks. Sometimes it gets better but a day or two later it comes back. You're right, I think it has to do with saliva. For my son, it also has to do with the heat and if he rubs the rash with his hands it also gets worse. I"m wondering if it has to do with my diet and what comes through in the breastmilk. My son also takes one meal of formula a day and we recently changed to Pepti-Junior which somebody suggested to us is good for babies with skin problems.

    Carey - I think our sons have similar conditions. I haven't used the medicated cream more than three days at a time either. However, I have had to use it for 2-3 days each during the past 2 or 3 weeks because once the rash gets better, it comes back again and when it gets too red, I just don't know what to do except to put it on. I actually haven't been eating too much of the Chinese herbs for the past month and the food that I eat is not oily either. So I'm not sure what it is...I'm trying to cut out as much as possible dairy, eggs and citrus fruits too which I heard can cause allergic reactions. I should cut down on wheat too - but it's too hard to do that!

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    My daughter has the same eczema-like condition. She ahs it all over her neck, chest, behind the ears and cheeks.Our doctor recommended keeping the areas dry and use Lubriderm and it's been helping her tremendously. She's also drooling like a faucet and started eating carrots only as her first solid food, so the culprit is probably the drool.

    Hope your little one's rash will be better soon.


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    my son has the same issue (as musicalmama). except it appears all over his body. have no idea what the cause is. doctor say it is allergic reaction to another medication he is taking for cold sore. i worry it is allergic reaction to something else. still have no idea what the cause is. has happen twice now. we use a medical cream to rub on him. the medicine is in chinese so i have no idea what we are putting on him since i don't read chinese.

    the rash is not affecting his health though. just makes him very cranky.

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    I'm just going to copy what I wrote on another thread, as it sounds like the same thing. Yes there is that 'milk rash' they get but yours sounds the same as what we had: it was never where he dribbled, didn't stay dry like the baby spots they can get and got nasty & came & went on his face and patches on his body.

    Have you tried changing his food?
    We had the same thing in the Uk and it did seem to make him worse, cortisone creams, he was ALL weeping skin. We thought maybe he was allergic to milk, which ran in the family, but doctors said no and gave him all sorts of antibiotics etc, horrible stuff designed by idiots who never tried getting it IN a baby.

    Then after months of tests my MIL visi8ted, took 1 look and said' he IS allergic to milk'- he was breastfeeding and I don't drink much milk so we were sceptical but tried it. Anything to stop having to practically tie him up and stop him waking covered in blood from scratching his face on his sheets. And it helped.

    When we were in NZ I eventually stopped breastfeeding, as whatever I tried to cut out eating wasn't working, and put him on a special cow-milk- free formula (which we can't get in HK) and he is MUCH better. The annoying thing is, from 6 months on nearly every parent seeing his wee red patches (flare up now & then when he tries a new food that has milk in it we didn't notice) said' is he allergic to cow milk'. LOADS of babies have it.

    Now he's 11 months we are using goats milk powder as we try to wean him, can get it in some supermarkets - its not formula but he eats/ drinks other stuff so is OK.

    Also I found Bepanthen very good - the nappy rash cream? I put that on every few hours when he has a patch, with the cortisone 1x day as prescribed to keep infection down. Hes almost OK most of the time now...

    good luck!

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    [QUOTE=Wildcatfin;928413]

    Then after months of tests my MIL visi8ted, took 1 look and said' he IS allergic to milk'- he was breastfeeding and I don't drink much milk so we were sceptical but tried it. Anything to stop having to practically tie him up and stop him waking covered in blood from scratching his face on his sheets. And it helped.

    /QUOTE]

    Thanks for your post Wildcatfin! When you say you "tried it" as above, do you mean you stopped drinking milk? Because I'm breastfeeding and just starting some rice cereal, so there really isn't much in his diet that I can change. I already don't drink a lot of milk as it is so I'm not sure if it is an allergy to milk.....

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