DD (3) suffers from this intermittently and it appears to get worse in autumn and is now pretty constant. She has a pretty restricted diet (only small amounts of goats cheese, no cows milk) already and we can't tie it down to any particular food.
eczema? My dc are intolerant to cows milk and have goat milk etc all the time - are very prone to rashes esp in the cold. Starts as a red pin-prick thing and then spreads unless caught and controlled early. Only thing you can say if it is eczema - that there are no two people who seem to agree on the best treatment, tis an individual thing. Vaseline works on one of my dc, E45 on another.
Perhaps also check if there's a licking habit going on - very common at this age?
thanks both. I am noticing her licking it alot but i dont know if she is doing that because its dry and sore or if the licking is causing it. It is an all year thing but now constant and i do remember it getting worse last autumn too which is odd.
When younger she did have mild eczema on insides of knees/elbows but no sign of that anymore, hence the confusion.
I dont think its herpes - i get cold sores so i know what it looks like. It is a dry red pimply eczema type rash.
My dd (2) has this problem too. We think it's mostly due to dribbling and the cold weather. We've used a combination of a barrier eg. vaseline to stop the skin getting wet, and then something like sudocream or diprobase to help clear up the rash.
I work with a bunch of health visitors, who thought it might be thrush. Haven't made it to the GP yet to get her opinion! Don't think it's due to any food allergy, and if it was I don't think it gives her enough discomfort to exclude foods from her diet.
could be tomatos or oranges/satsumas? The chemicals in them irritate my skin. DD gets a rash like this in winter- seems to be purely from the cold! A slick of vaseline before we leave the house does the trick most of the time.
Sounds like it could possibly be saliva then? She does have sensitive skin anyway (reacts to some creams etc). Can't be oranges as wont touch them and the nearest she gets to tomatoes is baked beans! (nightmare eater).
Thrush theory interesting - will look into it. Would it not show inside mouth too?
Anyone tried SOS cream? Am reluctant to shell out yet again as DD seems to react to many 'natural' creams (incl Hopes Relief which made her bright red in minutes) but have read some good things about it. To date we have best results with Body Shop Hemp but not sorting it out really.
Just an update. We used 0.5% hydrocortisone for 2 days to get on top of it, and then I bought some Barefoot Botanicals SOS cream yesterday which we have been putting on 3-4 times a day since - so far looking good. Face almost clear for first time in yonks.
no medical expertise to offer here, but would suggest petroleum jelly/similar to make a barrier between skin and what ever is causing the rash (it could be dribbles and/or cold so would give it a try). I get eczema round my eyes which has improved considerably since using a simple eye gel,which does similar job to petroleum jelly/a barrier cream.