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#1 of 11 Old 07-03-2006, 06:58 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My 11-month old son developed these bumps a few months ago. It was before I added dairy back into my diet and I've been off soy for a long time, so I don't think it's either of those things causing it.

Anyone know what this is and what I can do about it? The bumps don't seem to bother him and they don't develop into anything other than what you see in the photos -- clear, pimply bumps.

http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f3...rs/skin001.jpg

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http://i51.photobucket.com/albums/f3...rs/skin034.jpg

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Are they watery kind of if you pop them? If so I have actually had that before and when I diligently moisturized they went away...I dunno...
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Looks like baby acne to me. Avoid harsh soaps and sugar.
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Looks like baby acne to me... Ds had is on his cheeks on tops of his arms for a while... I switched from Giggle's N Grins baby wash to 7th generation from Whole Foods and after a few baths they went away... the soap change may not be the reason but.... just a thought.
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He is the sweetest! my 10 yr old gets these I think they are like pp said acne getting rid of toxins, my dd is only one in family who gets them noticeably,I never used soap on any of my babies just water but now I'm thinking washypowder could be a prob,I use non-bio.Also dairy products are bound to be an issue. I shall try find out more.
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you know I have two small bumps kinda like that, and a dr said it was calcium buildup???.....i thought acne at first, but didn't pop!!! I don't know if kids get those though..
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If they're NOT fluid-filled, does the skin feel kinda rough, like chicken skin? That can be a sign of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency, or a fatty acid imbalance. I had "chicken skin" bumps on my cheeks and the backs of my arms, and spoke to an MD about it. She recommended cod liver oil and they've since vanished.

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If they're NOT fluid-filled, does the skin feel kinda rough, like chicken skin? That can be a sign of an omega-3 fatty acid deficiency, or a fatty acid imbalance. I had "chicken skin" bumps on my cheeks and the backs of my arms, and spoke to an MD about it. She recommended cod liver oil and they've since vanished.
They don't seem to be fluid-filled, and the skin does feel rough. I'm currently taking a high dose of high-vitamin CLO, and my son is almost EBF -- do you think he's getting enough through me, or should I give him some too? He doesn't mind the taste of it.

And for the PPs -- we've always used small amounts of Seventh Generation laundry soap, we use all natural cleaning products, and he takes a bath only once a week in filtered water with Burt's Bees soap.

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This looks to me like Keratosis pilaris. I have this hereditary skin disorder also. It is characterized by small white bumps on upper arms/cheeks. It is common (estimated 40% population has this condition). Exfoliation will help, as the bumps are caused by buildup of keratin/skin cells that do not slough off naturally. My little fella has some bumps by his ears on his cheeks; and I notice it worsens if I do not wash his face often (just with cloth/warm water).
There is lots of info out there on the web about this condition.

Hope that helps you out!

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