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Hi all. I'm hoping someone can offer thoughts/advice before we head to the doctor with this one.<br><br>
My 2 year old boy has peeling, red, very slightly raw-looking skin on his fingertips (not over the nail area, but the finger pads). We first noticed this about a week ago. At first I thought it was dry skin, but he is not prone to dry skin at ALL anywhere else. I did try putting Eucerin cream on it, but he keeps wiping it off (on the wall, on his clothes, on my clothes . . .) so it's not getting a chance to work, if it is dry skin. I also tried putting breastmilk on, but he licked it off. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
Most of the time it does not seem to bother him, but if he handles acidic foods it hurts (tomato, grape).<br>
He did play with kiwi fruit twice this week (which he had not in a long time. Does not like to eat it)- I cannot remember if we noticed the skin before or after that.<br>
Another new thing in our house is chalk & chalkboard.<br><br><br>
Any ideas?
 

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What about his feet and mouth?<br><br>
We have had hand foot and mouth virus go through out family 2 times. I always noticed it when I saw the side of my finger pads get red and itchy. Then the blisters (strange old ones...like a wart is coming) show up and peel.<br><br>
DD had blisters on her feet, similar to what my hands looked like, and my husband complained about canker sores on his tongue for about a week.<br><br>
If it is, there is not much you can do, just wait it out. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I hope your little guy gets better soon.
 

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My hands do this too - I'm having an awful time right now with painful, cracked fingertips and peeling skin. It's the dryness and the cold.<br><br>
Try running a humidifier in his room, and when he goes to bed at night, put the lotion on and then put mittens, gloves or socks on his hands.<br><br>
Avoid water as much as possible. Don't let him wash his hands more than 2-3 times a day, and avoid any alcohol/cleaning products like the plague - no hand sanitizer or antibacterial soap.
 

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THere's nothing on his feet or mouth.<br><br>
He already has a humidifier in his room. I've tried cream/mitts - he takes them off & wipes the cream off - but I will keep trying that (hoping he gets used to it).<br><br>
I rarely wash his hands - only if there's an immediate need, eg, got into the garbage!. I just wipe them with a damp cloth after eating.<br><br>
We don't have any hand sanitizers, antibacterial soap, anything like that.<br><br>
??? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
Thanks for the thoughts & ideas, keep 'em coming!
 

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Have you googled it? I did a quick search and popped up this page that had a few ideas: <a href="http://www.steadyhealth.com/Peeling_and_sore_fingertips_symptoms_t53692.html" target="_blank">http://www.steadyhealth.com/Peeling_...ms_t53692.html</a><br><br>
I would be thinking fungal infection myself, but I'm not sure what natural anti-fungal to put on it that wouldn't hurt (like vinegar or tea tree oil). Maybe a diluted solution several times a day would work??
 

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THanks Pistache...I had not googled it - googling medical symptoms gets me in trouble sometimes!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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Is it on his toes too by any chance? That's a symptom of a strep infection that may have passed. That happened to my son last year, and that's what the Dr. thought it was.
 

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No, I studied his feet a whole lot today after some of the suggestions here - nothing! He did have a bad cold recently though; I wonder if strep could have gone along with that.
 
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