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Persistant rash

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My 7 month old has had a rash on his left thigh for a few months. His skin feels dry and sometimes the rash is a bright pink but sometimes it is very red. I have been using moisturizer occassionally (Burts Bees Banana Hand Cream - it's 100% natural) and sometimes Aveeno baby moisturizer. Tonight I put the Aveeno on him and his little body writhed in pain. The rash seems to me like it is getting a little worse each week. It is not only spreading but getting redder.
He has very sensitive skin - after sitting in a poopy diaper (he's exclusively bf) for just 20 minutes, the bottom of his back was so badly rashed that it was bleeding.
The only food he has tried so far is avocado. I've heard it can help clear up dry skin, but he isn't interested in eating it.
I use 7th generation laundry soap for our clothes and run everything through an extra rinse, so I wouldn't think it was the laundry soap causing it.
I don't know what to do....if I should be moisturizing it or what.
I'm thinking of taking him to the doctor because I fear it will only get worse if I don't get it treated.
Is it safe to try hydrocortisone cream on a 7 month old?
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I'm so sorry for your little one. It sounds like eczema....any rashes on his face?

My 3 yo ds had a severe case of eczema when he was about 4 mos old and though it has slowly gotten less severe he still has bouts. He is actually allergic to avocados so that would not have worked for us. I am not using ANY detergent right now. Just a squirt of Dr Bronners and some GSE in dipes and regular clothing and it REALLY has helped.

I personally would not use steroids in the diaper area because that is one of the most "porous" areas of the body. Any medication you use there is extremely efficiently absorbed and we were told by my son's derm to avoid eczema meds in that area! I use a TON of aquaphor on my son's face and I used to use it in the diaper area but he doesn't get rashes there anymore.

I think the best thing you can do diet-wise if you are bf'ing is to take some supplemental EFAs (hemp oil, flax seed oil, etc)... EFA's can help the skin heal itself. soap in the bath, no wipe solution (just water or jojoba oil)!!!

I'm sure you'll get a LOT more good advice...hang in there eczema does tend to lessen as they get older.
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No, my ds has no rashes on his face...just his leg.
I took him to the doctor and he did exactly what I thought he would. He prescribed a hydrocortisone cream. I didn't get the rx filled, just bought the otc strength.
I bought some Welada calendula baby cream to try first. His skin on his leg is so dry. i'm sure I could empty the whole tube on his leg and his skin would absorb the whole thing.

Any other advice out there?
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