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Okay, so Miles always has a little bit of a rash under his chin (er, chins) because he is a drooly monster. However, this morning I woke up to him looking like this:
Uh, what in the world is this nasty, bumpy, inflamed mess????
I happened to be at the ped's office this morning for my daughter's check-up (she just got over a respiratory infection) and I showed it to the doctor, but he said it's just eczema and it's that time of year for babies to get dry skin and rashes because of the dry air. My big issue, though, is that it seems to be spreading. He is also grumpy and keeps rubbing his face vigorously on my shirt, which indicates to me that maybe it's itchy? I don't personally get eczema so I don't know much about it; however, both of my parents get it and when I showed them these pics they said no way that's eczema.
It looks like eczema to me. there is no standard look for eczema. I've seen it like that and then I've also seen it look almost like a ring worm. Have you tried giving him Benadryl? That should help with the itching. The more it itches and he scratches it (as best he can) the worse it will get.
Keep him out of the tub as much as you can. Water dries the skin and dry skin makes eczema worse. Get Aquaphor (you want an ointment type not cream, which is likely to burn) and really grease him up with it. If it's no better in a day or two, I would see the doctor and demand a course of oral steroids. See Shannon if you can, she will prescribe an oral course. She did for Gabby. If they give you a script of cream, ask for ointment.
Poor guy! Lilli had a rash pop up today too and the dr is leaning more toward eczema, but I think it's a yeast inf. It's on her privates and in her folds on her legs and arms. Her usual ezcema resembles ringworm.
We aren't doing solids and I haven't made any major product changes as far as lotion, soap, detergent, etc. He had a few bites of organic pears last week to help with a random bout of hard stool, but I would imagine if that were the culprit that the reaction would've turned up last week, no? I really feel bad for this kiddo if it is eczema - it looks crazy itchy. I think I am just being weird about it because he had the issue with the hives back when he was a newborn and I was supplementing with cow's milk formula. He's been fine ever since we weaned him off the formula. I don't do much dairy in my diet and definitely don't drink milk, but last night I splurged and had a big ol' chocolate frosty from Wendy's and then he wakes up with a rash. So of course I am now feeling bad thinking that I caused some sort of allergic reaction. I guess I'll just keep applying the Dr. Gordshell's ointment and if it doesn't clear in a day or two I will call the ped's office. I couldn't imagine being that broken out and itchy and not being able to scratch!!