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baby acne? eczema?

(6 Posts)
LetThemEatCake Wed 03-Sep-08 20:05:25

my 9mo ds has in the last few days developed loads of spots on his cheeks, a few on his shouldes and back too. They are raised and dry and the surrounding skin is very red. He is scratching and rubbing his head a lot esp when distressed. At first I thought it was baby acne (he had it as a newborn) but looking online it seems that he's a bit old for that to be the case ... could it be eczema? I have been told that I suffered badly with it as a baby.

likessleep Wed 03-Sep-08 20:16:51

Sounds like it could be.
My 10 month old DS had a rash which started on his arms and legs, quite different to the 'scaly' dry skin he has also had. I asked my GP, who said the rash was eczema (I thought it was heat rash, which it looked very similar to).
I would go to your GP and get proper diagnosis. He/she will also prescribe some cream. TBH, we are only just getting on top of managing DSs eczema, after trying various creams.
I think anything 'contagious' like chicken pox etc tends to start on the trunk (although I am no expert by any means!).
Is your DS OK in other respects? I.e. no temperature, not behaving differently, eating normally?
Good luck.

likessleep Wed 03-Sep-08 20:17:33

PS there are lots of threads about eczema on the 'allergy' forum, which might help?

LetThemEatCake Wed 03-Sep-08 20:29:07

thank you! will post there too

likessleep Thu 04-Sep-08 09:09:28

That's fine. Definitely worth a trip to the Doctor either way.

Sophrosyne1 Thu 04-Sep-08 15:57:13

Hi all,

Haven't got any answers as to whether what the op is talking about is baby acne or not as I am wondering if my five week old has it. Is it likely to entail small spots on the nck and upper torso too?

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