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Ian will be 9 weeks old tomorrow. Sometime last week he developed a rash on his cheeks, under his chin, his neck, and down just a little onto his chest. It's not terrible, but noticable. It doesn't seem to bother him.<br><br>
Anyone have any idea what this might be? I read that "baby acne" is common and a result of hormones in the baby's body left over from before birth, but that it normally peaks around 2-3 weeks and goes away in a week or so. Ian's rash didn't even start until 7 1/2 weeks and it's already been a week or so, without looking any better.<br><br>
One thought I had was that maybe it was from us sleeping with his face against my skin, since we both fall asleep after he starts nursing during the night, and he ends up sleeping up against my breast. But that would just be his cheek - not under his chin or down on the side of his neck. It's not on any other part of his body, so I am thinking it's not any kind of allergy.<br><br>
Any thoughts? Does it sound like it warrants a call to the ped?
 

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nak - as always<br><br>
My dd broke out in the same kind of rash at around 7 weeks. ALL over face and scalp, behind ears, neck - it was horrid! Very unsightly. Everyone said, "Oh, just baby acne, it will go away by the time she is five months old." "Five MONTHS," I cried! "No way!"<br><br>
I took her to the ped, the ped said, "Oh, just baby acne, it will go away by the time she is five months old. Besides, I've seen MUCH worse baby acne than this!" Argh, I thought! My poor poor formerly quite fetching baby and her awful awful pox.<br><br>
I squeezed breast milk onto it twice a day. Probably didn't do anything but it made me feel better. BM has antibacterial properties, and since some acne is caused by bacteria, I figured what the heck. DD looked at me like I was off my nut as I spurted milk everywhere on her head except where she thought it should be going ("Ma, you're missing my mouth, ma! The MOUTH! Get it in the MOUTH!") but whatever, I just did it.<br><br>
Well, about three weeks later the "acne" was gone and we haven't seen so much as a stray pimple since.<br><br>
I can't say if this is the case for your dc, but I was very much relieved. I guess my point is that apparently, according to everyone in my corner of the forest, baby acne clears up by the time they are FIVE MONTHS old. Gurk.<br><br>
Good luck.
 

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YIKES! I sure hope Ian clears up as quickly as your DD did!<br><br>
Ya know, I hadn't even thought of putting breastmilk on it...certainly couldn't hurt, could it. DH just about choked on his supper when he saw me squirt breastmilk into Ian's eye for a clogged tear duct, and couldn't imagine WHAT the heck I was doing - I can only imagine his response to seeing me smear milk all over his face and neck, LOL! (He just had no clue why I would do that, and when I tried to explain he just shook his head and told me that although I am usually quite "normal" I sure can be weird sometimes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )<br><br>
Anyway, thanks for the idea and for the support!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">DH just about choked on his supper when he saw me squirt breastmilk into Ian's eye for a clogged tear duct, and couldn't imagine WHAT the heck I was doing - I can only imagine his response to seeing me smear milk all over his face and neck, LOL! (He just had no clue why I would do that, and when I tried to explain he just shook his head and told me that although I am usually quite "normal" I sure can be weird sometimes! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> )</div>
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That's so funny! A friend of mine told me she was visiting childless friends not too long ago and their dog had pink-eye. She offered to squeeze some BM into the dog's peepers, but she said her friends looked "kinda freaked" and, uh, politely declined. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
Breast milk is my current "answer for everything". Hope your ds is clear as a bell in no time!
 

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It sounds like just a drool rash to me. DS2 has had it for a few months as well.<br><br>
I slather skin cream mixed with a goop of lanolin all over it, a couple of times a day. I figure the lanolin at least acts as a barrier to the drool. (Drool is slightly acidic, so irritates the skin.)
 
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