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DS is 8 months old, and we've been battling a rash on his cheeks for a while now. It is just his cheeks. They are bright red and feel dry and scaly. Nothing too raised or bumpy. BTW, he is allergic to cow's milk and has cradle cap (which I treat successfully by just shampooing with H&S). Pedi said to use hydrocortisone cream twice daily on his cheeks which I've done, and it doesn't help. I'm not an expert on more natural rememdies, I knew this was just the place to get help. Let me know what you think I should try!!
 

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Does it come and go? My DD had a bright red face rash, but it kind of flared and went away. Our ped said it was viral and would go away on its own (which it has).<br><br>
Could it be dry skin? Maybe trying a really thick mousturizer might help.<br><br>
Sorry I don't have more answers...
 

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Hmmmm....There are times when it looks better than others, but it almost never goes completely away. I did try smearing it with A&D for a while, but then he would just smear it all over himself.
 

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Is he teething? my son has a rash just like the one you have described and it seems to be linked to drool smearing all over his face while teething, along with windy weather and outside time. Coconut oil and lanolin seem to be helping a bit. It could just be that he has sensitive skin and reacting to something that he is coming in contact with (perfumes, lotions, laundry detergent, etc.) My son goes through rashy phases. I don't worry too much as long as it isn't making him feel uncomfortable...
 

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Does he breastfeed or drink formula? If he does drink formula, what kind? Has he started eating solids, yet?<br>
Could be allergic, or food sensitivity.
 

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It does sound like eczema to me, which must be what your ped thinks it is since he suggest hydrocortisone. Both my 3 year old and bf baby have it. Is it prescription strength hydrocortisone or over-the-counter?<br><br>
I usually only use the (prescription) cream during "flare-ups", when the rash is bright red and itchy for the child. The rest of the time I smear the rashes/dry spots with Eucerin cream (cream, not lotion!) or Aquaphor. The key is to keep it hydrated and protected, especially if you have forced-air heat and keep your house especially warm.<br><br>
I notice both my kids' eczema gets much better if we avoid dairy and chocolate. (My two favorite things, of course. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> )<br><br>
Hopefully you're seeing this because of the season (and the dry heat inside), and it will go away on its own when you start spending more time outside. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
ETA: I just noticed you're in Texas. I have no idea what the weather is like there now.... Is it humid in the summer? Humidity does help it clear up.
 

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Okay, I'm going to try and answer all the questions...<br><br>
He isn't teething that I can see yet, but he does drool a lot.<br><br>
He does have VERY sensitive skin, as do I. I already use Dreft for all of his clothes, and planet ultra for his dipes.<br><br>
He is now exclusively formula fed, he's on nutramigen. But we had the same problem even when I BF. He also is on oatmeal or rice cereal and fruits and veggies. That's it so far.<br><br>
I'm only using OTC hydrocortisone. Perhaps at our 9mo visit I'll ask about a prescription. It has gotten worse lately. I do have aquaphor, so I'll try keeping that on there as much as possible.<br><br>
The weather here is crazy. It does stay fairly humid year round, but what northerns don't always know is that humidity plus cold equals REALLY cold. What we've been having lately is a 30 degree day, followed by a 70 degree day, followed by another 30 degree day. I'm not kidding. Tuesday it snowed. Yesterday it was so nice DS#1 and I had a picnic in the back yard with no coats. Today, sleet, rain and snow. Maybe the severe weather changes are extra hard on his skin. I'll also try and keep the humidifier going in his room at night.<br><br>
Thanks so much for the input, any other suggestion/thoughts are welcome.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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My dd had a rash like that. She would also get it on the back of her hand between her thumb and forefinger. My theory is that she was detoxing something through her skin...although I'm sure the winter weather didn't help. I gave her baking soda baths, but not too frequently, used a humidifier, and after her baths (and between baths) I put almond or apricot kernel oil on her. I didn't use any soaps or moisturizers or anything she might react to. It worked great.<br><br>
Good Luck.
 

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This is so weird, because DS gets this too. His little hands near his thumbs look the same as his face. But, I always thought it was due to thumb sucking, which he sucks both thumbs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumbsuck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumbsuck">. I will try some oils, someone else suggested that, too. Where is the best place to buy these oils? Whole foods? Other natural store?
 

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My 9mo ds has the same issue which comes and goes on his cheeks and chin. I have eczema (as does my father) so I assume that is what it is with my son. I have used flax seed supplements for years to manage mine, so I put 2TB of ground flax seeds in ds' cereal and I have seen a BIG improvement on his face. I also put homemade massage oil on it in the am and pm, I think this helps to keep it hydrated as well. I use a mixture of EVOO, Apricot Kernel Oil, Tea Tree and Lavendar EO's. When it gets really bad, I used lanolin for a few days.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is so weird, because DS gets this too. His little hands near his thumbs look the same as his face. But, I always thought it was due to thumb sucking, which he sucks both thumbs <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/thumbsuck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumbsuck">. I will try some oils, someone else suggested that, too. Where is the best place to buy these oils? Whole foods? Other natural store?</div>
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I get the oils at my local food coop. I'm sure whole foods or another natural foods/supplements store would have them.<br><br>
I also think dairy is a factor in this rash. Does your lo get dairy? I don't know anything about the formula you use.
 

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Try melting some Lansinoh and putting it on the red patches when your babe is sleeping (this will keep it from smearing everywhere)... to me it sounds like the eczema-like patches that all of my kids have had at one time or another. I'd be hesitant to use the steroid cream on the face as it will thin out the skin, making it more likely to scar... I also have found with my own eczema that once I start using the steroids, it stops working after a very short period of time and I'd end up needing higher and higher doses of it to work.<br><br>
I second the pp who said the eucerin cream - you can use this as much as you want. I've found that tons of moisturizing and not too much washing does a world of good for these types of rashes.
 

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My dd has had a rash on her face lately, too and I notice it more after she eats citrusy fruits. I treat it with calendula cream which helps. (health food store)<br>
You mentioned your son eats fruit, so I wonder if he has a sensitivity to that?<br><br>
I agree that the weather can take it's toll on baby skin, too. Try to keep him super hydrated.
 

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Anything milk does that to my son, as does rice! Rice!! He couldn't have any when he was young. Now he's 2 and 4 mos and he can handle bits of rice, but too much and the cheeks are as you described. Skin issues are usually related to food, so it's better to fix the diet than to put things on it to try to make it better.
 
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