rashes on the baby!!!! help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

United States
September 22, 2009 11:23am CST
my baby cousins have really bad rashes on the back of their knees, inside of teh elbows and their necks they also have their scalp scaly. i have been checking on the internet and i think they have eczema but i am not sure. they get worse when in the heat. the area gets red and sweaty. help me what do you think it may be?? i have been surfing the net but i need help from other mamas that know someone with the same problem or if you had that problem what did you do to make it go away and help your child??? please help i really need help i just want to help them out so bad. they scratch their heads alot they are fixing to be 4 months and the end of september. i do cut their nails really good so that they do not scratch themselves. well i hope youa re able to help me. if i am missing information that you may need just let me know so that i can give you the rest of the information. they are also taking enafamil lipil but they have been throwing up since they were born. i have tried similac sensitive rs and they were hardly throwing up but they were getting constipated they didnt poop till the 2nd day at night and they pooped a little hard. with they poop very loosely and wet with the enfamil lipil .. sorry for all the details if you dont want to read it .. sorry.. i just need help seriously!!!! happy mylotting.. i hope you can help my out. any questions just ask thanks maria
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12 responses
• Philippines
22 Sep 09
Its better to bring the baby to his or her pediatrician. Do not self meditate. It might be a simple rushes or measles. We don't know unless you have the baby checked by the doctor. Early detection is better to prevent any complications and to have immediate recovery. Babies are delicate, they have sensitive skin. It is not advisable to just apply medicines that are just suggested by unprofessionals. You need to know also the exact dosage. It's risky.
• United States
22 Sep 09
yes you are very right about that. i would have taken the babies already to the doctor but my aunt doesn't have money right now for those kinds of things. she is applying for chip to see if she qualifies. well still she already had a dr. appt so she should be going soon. thanks for the advice.... thanks maria
• United States
23 Sep 09
I agree with lovelyn. Get these kids to a doctor. It is not wise to take chances with home remedies when children are involved. I realize that all the suggestions given here by the other people are probably all harmless remedies but there is no sense taking chances in case the rashes are a sign of something more serious and only a doctor would know that. Surely there are some kind of free clinics where you can take them since your Aunt does not have money or insurances. If the babies are only four months old, can't she call the doctor that delivered them and at least ask for advice from a registered nurse or for them to lead you in the right direction for medical help for the lower income?
• Philippines
23 Sep 09
Nice to know that you made an appointment with the doctor already. Thats great. Don't delay what is due to the baby.
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
22 Sep 09
Hi Maria, How long does this skin rashes happened to your cousin's baby? If it has happened for quite some time,better consult with doctor for advices. Here are some home remedies that you can try on :- 1. Applying olive oil on the affected skin. 2. Applying Vitamin E oil or aloe vera gel. 3. Wash the affected skin area with chamomile tea. 4. Using baking powder on the affected skin area. 5. Have an oatmeal bath (pour some uncooked oatmeal into the water and soak in the tub for best result). Never exposed the affected skin to sunlight and don't use hot water for cleansing. JUst use warm water for cleansing the body.Avoid using soap,can try add some lactacyd into the warm water for bath. As for the milk formula, since they are having hard stool after taking Similac,probably you would like to consider change their baby milk formula. For my son, he is taking MEad JOhnson product since he was born,started from Enfalac A+ and now he is on Enfagrow A+. For better advices, always check with doctor.
• United States
22 Sep 09
Hello Shia, I never heard of using olive oil or baking powder. But I have used cornstarch whenever my babies had a diaper rash. I cam imagine that the olive oil is healing and soothing , good to know :) Have a great day!
• United States
22 Sep 09
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR TIPS!!! THEY SOUND VERY PROMISING AND SOMETHING I CAN WORK WITH. I HOPE IT HELPS THE BABIES OUT. THEY FIRST STARTED WITH BABY ACNE AND THEN AFTER A WHILE LIKE ABOUT A MONTH OR 2 THEY STARTED WITH THE RASHES ON THE ELBOW AND BEHIND THE KNEE. THE NECK HAS ALWAYS HAD THE RASHES. iT IS JUST THAT NOW IT IS GETTING WORSE. THANKS MARIA
@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
23 Sep 09
Hi Maria and Motherstouch, I am happy to share these tips with yours and other mommies around the world. I get to know this tips from magazine and my friend. My friend did told me about using cornstarchs to get rid off rashes and it works for her baby.It does not cost much and very effective way. Happy trying and Have a nice day !!
@kprofgames (3025)
• United States
22 Sep 09
My boy had eczema really bad. Went to doctors and all they gave me was creams that burned when you put them on. I met a nurse and she told me a very simple, inexpensive and effective way to treat it without burning. Take ponds cold cream and liquid mylanta anacid. Mix 2 parts cold cream to 1 part mylanta. It will be runny but that is okay. The cold cream helps sooth the skin and the anacid makes it so it doesn't burn. I also use for sun burn now too. The important thing, as you've been doing, is keeping the nails short so they don't scratch it into an open sore. As for the constipation, there is an over the counter laxitive you can use. I forget the name, but you put it directly into their bottle with the formula. The vomitting is probably due to constipation over any kind of acid reflux. I'd keep an eye on this baby because it sounds like they are in for a relm of food allergies. Keep the bowels clean is important because toxins can build up in a babies body and make them sick. Watch for the color of the stool and if there are tints of green then they need a good cleaning out because they're being overrun by their own bowels. A lot of information, but I've been there done that so I hope this helps you.
• United States
22 Sep 09
they do have tints of green in their stool. i will let my aunt know about the laxative. also thanks for the tip of the ponds cold cream and teh mylanta!!!! i will let her know that so she can help her kids out. i really appreciate all this information. she is going to take the baby to the doctor appt. but i am not sure when exactlly the day is but hopefully soon. thanks maria
• United States
22 Sep 09
I would say that she needs to take her baby to a doctor and tell them this. A stool sample wouldn't hurt either. My daughter had a lot of trouble in that department and she would go from constipated to the runs and it caused blockages off and on. I'm sorry to say but the sooner him/her gets regulated the better.
• United States
23 Sep 09
Yeah thats the same thing that I think she should do. If it were that easy to get her to listen to me. She is very hard headed. I just hope her hard head doesn't make the babies and worse!!! I have been bathing them with oatmeal in their water. I dont' really see the difference.. I might try something new. The girls have an appt with the doctor almost at the end of this month. So we will see how that goes. Wish us luck because I imagine that she will be taking me along too. bye thanks for the tips maria
@amijor (234)
• Philippines
23 Sep 09
Throwing up for a child as old as your cousin is normal because they have a poorly developed swallow reflex. When they throw up you must watch out for aspiration and dehydration. Aspiration can be avoided by properly positioning the baby to avoid having the baby swallow up the vomitus..Your cousin does have an eczema but of the common and mild type called seborrheic dermatitis or in layman's term "cradle cap". It can be treated by dabbing mineral oil or any plant oil of your preference and gently combing the baby's head with a soft comb after which you give the baby's head a rinse with a gentle baby shampoo. One more advice; continue observing the scales or the cradle cap. If it becomes red and itchy and appears on skin folds like behind the ears, neck, and armpits it may indicate a fungal infection that found its foothold in your cousins foothold. =)
• United States
23 Sep 09
Yeah actually she does have it in all her skin folds even behind her ears! Well both of them have all of that. But it looks red and sweaty even in her neck. But her inside elbows and back of her knees and her neck get the worst of it!! I have been doing the oil thing and it seems to help but if you don't do it that often it keep getting scaly... Thanks for the advice maria
@kykidd (6824)
• United States
23 Sep 09
This may sound silly, but maybe you should try corn starch. That is what my family has always used on rashes, especially on the young and on the elderly. At least, if it works, you will know that it is not eczema. Unfortunately, if it is eczema, you are going to need to take them to the doctor. Only prescription medication can really be helpful. And they will also need to be diagnosed if it does not go away some time soon. Like maybe when the weather breaks. Another thing, keep in mind, if you are worried, then they can feel it. It may seem hard to believe, since they are so young. But young people feel it when someone close to them is worried, and even though they may not know why, they will worry too and this could be preventing them from healing. So try to think positive thoughts!
• United States
23 Sep 09
Wow yes I belive you are right. I know that babies do feel your emotions but i didn't think about it in that way that maybe that is why they are not healing. I will start to think positively now!!! thanks alot.. Oh by the way I tried the cornstarch and nope not working thanks though maria
@Lee_Rites (846)
• United States
23 Sep 09
My son had trouble tolerating formula. After trying Carnation Good Start I never tried anything else. He stopped getting constipated and the cIollic was history. If you could try them on that it shouldn't hurt to just try it.
• United States
23 Sep 09
She is gettin milk from WIC at the moment I wonder if she could get them to change it after she has tried the milk and seen if it works. Thanks for the idea I will let my aunt know. thanks again maria
@dorannmwin (36608)
• United States
22 Sep 09
As far as the throwing up, that is very normal for an infant to do as they take air into their bellies when they are nursing, so that probably isn't really something that you should be worried about. The poop issue is fairly normal as well. All that a little baby is intaking into their system is liquid so it should be expected that they will have very loose stool and it should continue to be loose stool until they start eating some solid food. As far as the rash, it sounds like a heat type of rash, but I think I would also take them to the doctor to be sure because it could also be a rash caused by yeast as all of the places that you've mentioned are places that are moist which can be a breading ground for yeast.
• United States
22 Sep 09
very true i hadn't thought about it in that way. well thanks for your opinion. i had heard that babies that vomit when they are young are prone to gain weight as they got older. i don't quite know if it is a fact. but thanks for your opinion... thanks maria
• United States
22 Sep 09
The rash is problably just heat rash. Try oil on the scalp and powder on the body. You may need to try a soy formula. I had one of my sons who couldn't handle similac, and the soy based fomula helped everything. The rash could also have started from the type of detergent used to launder the clothes. Good Luck, you should call the doctor about the formula. It will make you feel better to do so.
• United States
22 Sep 09
thanks for the tips. i have tried powder on the body but the rashes are like sweaty and the powder doesn't help it go away. i will let my aunt know about the soy based one. thanks maria
• Germany
28 Sep 09
Hi, maria. I think the rash mostly is the heat rash, normally these rashes appear on the back of knees, necks. From my personal experience, it's always better to shower at least 2 times a day. In the water, the dirty dust will get away from the skin easily without rubbing. And after shower, apply some powder on the sin kwhere you have rashes. If the baby always kept clean, the rashes will likely disappear very soon. It's important that the baby should not scratch the skin, it will only make them worse. That's why you always have to shower the baby to make them feel comfortable especially in the summer. Have a nice day and happy mylotting.
@coolblu (54)
• United States
23 Sep 09
I know what your going through and that is eczema I have had it all my life and my of my 4 children have it as well. THe thing is that you don't want to batht the baby into warm water either keep the water at a more cooler so the rash doesn't become worse. Another thing that you don't want to do is take the baby into any chlorine water because it makes it more itcy for them.. You'll need to use a lot of lotion on the baby and make sure it perfume free as that makes them itch as well.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
23 Sep 09
My daughter has eczema but it does not sound like what you have there. What it sounds like to me is that those are areas that get really warm and are very hard to wash when the little ones are in the bath. They tighten up those areas and it gets hard to wash out the sweat and dirt that gets in there. My children all had some reddening in those areas especially in the hot summer. My boys where boy born in the spring and went through the summer at close ages to you cousins. What worked for me was making sure to straighten out those areas while washing. Oh and I used ivory bar soap instead of a liquid and no fragrances cause my kids had sensitive skin which sounds like your cousin have too. Once they were well rinsed off so no soap was left I used a towel and dried they well in those areas. Final thing was baby powder on the skin in those areas. The cream will burn them so I used the baby powder after every wash and they were totally fine after that. As for the milk. I switched my daughter to soy formula for sensitive tummies because she was throwing up (projectile vomiting) and losing more weight then expected the first month. She was fine after that. For the poops being too firm the doctor said just mix the formula with a bit more water instead and the baby would be fine. Too loose then add more formula to mix. But lets keep in mind that every child is different and you should use your judgment over any one else. I would seek a doctors advice before doing anything too. Good luck :)
• United States
23 Sep 09
I'd say time for doctor visit, rashes can be alot of things, is it a flat rash or is it raised? Is it on fingers like knuckles? If it's on the parts of the body that bend like toes, fingers, knees could be scabbies had a friend of one of my kids have scabbies ( body lice) doctor said it's becoming more common to get. Anyway she had to use this lotion and they were gone . Liz