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Rash on arms, then on legs....

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jenniferq Fri 10-Jul-09 21:58:08

Hi all - wonder if you can help me, have tried NHS Direct but seem to get kicked off if its a non-swine flu related inquiry.
DD is just 2. Has always had sensitive skin. Last couple of days has had v v smelly nappies, and today her pooy nappies have really hurt her (like when poo-ed during her nap time, got her up and bottom red and sore, having been normal when put her down). This morning her arms were red and blotchy, but as she has quite sensitive skin, put it down to new dressing gown. but just been to check her now, and although her arms are now fine, her legs are covered in raised heat-type rash. So basically, this morning she had a rash on ehr arms, which has now moved down to her legs, and has never affected her torso at all. The rash blanches under pressue, so not in a panic, but a bit concerned that the rash combined with the smleey nappies might indicate something? Anyone had any experience of this, or a moveable rash?!? I dont think its urgent, but as I say have tried NHS direct but cant even get to speak to an advisor!

SparkyFartDust Fri 10-Jul-09 22:01:03

oh jennifer 17 month dd2 has the exact same symptoms and now addtiionally has conjunctivitus. so will watch with interest.

horrible, mucky nappies, red raw bottom and sore patches on arms/ legs and now cheeks

what is it?

we have given GP stool sample but tis a bit worrying as has been going on for about 2 weeks. I think it might be parasitic as came on after trip to local paddling pool, she has no temp etc...???

SparkyFartDust Fri 10-Jul-09 22:03:43

also, jennifer like your dd, our dd2 has never had bad nappy rash before. However, this seems to strip off her skin within a very short time.

jenniferq Fri 10-Jul-09 22:25:23

Really sorry for your DD2 SFD, but reassured to hear someone has experience the same! Lets see...wierd isnt it?

My little DS meanwhile, who is 7.5 months has had a persistent cough for about a month now (following mild chest infection, wiht a high temp but no other symptoms, GP sad possible bronchiolitis, but at the time no cough or any other symptoms, then temp gone and 2 weeks later cough appeared, but perhaps another thread entirely!) so feel generally on a normally even keel and then have moments of feeling they are both so ill and I am ignoring it/drifing along in blissful ignorance! DS seems fine now, apare from cough and quite farty nappies (wenaing meant his previosuly breastfeed nappies became quite solid, but now back to being quite liquidy - though milk is still bf so wondering if some days he has less solid, so more bf mean poos are back to the old days of exclusie bf-ing!).

SparkyFartDust Fri 10-Jul-09 22:43:55

jennifer- I can empathise. my dc's also seem to have had one thing on top of another and I sometimes worry that I have 'normalised' their symptoms.

If I were you I'd ring up your gp surgery on Monday and arrange to pick up vial for stool sample for your dd.

If you dd has something then your ds is likely to pick it up also. If anything is diagnosed they can be treated. It sounds as if you are acting quickly which is great. As I said, my dd has had this for 2 weeks and the rashes seem to be getting a bit worse.

I remember when I first noticed the rashes they looked like a couple of smallish cigarette burns on her arms- I questioned my childminder when I saw them as they hadn't been there in the morning. I took her straigt to the chemist to see a pharmasist who said she didn't know what they were but ruled out a burn. Those have since cleared up and transmitted elsewhere....I do feel unsettled and hope stool sample brings some answers.

somebody I know said that my dd's symptoms sounded like 'Giardia Lamblia' a parasite which is not uncommon and can be picked up in nurseries/ unclorinated pools (this is why I'm wondering if this is what my dd has).

BusyBeeWithThree Fri 10-Jul-09 22:49:03

Have they got red cheeks? Just that all three of mine have had slap cheek (also known as fifth disease) and the rash sounds similar.

SparkyFartDust Fri 10-Jul-09 22:54:05

funnily enough BusyBee, my dd developed the rash under her eye and top part of cheek today. It's a raised rash, dry,sore looking

as I said her nappies are horrid, really mushy, undigested food, stink and very acidic.


Divatheshopaholic Fri 10-Jul-09 22:55:56

ds had rash couple of months ago, it was all over his legs and arms only and it was tiny small red rushes, and told it was viral and it disappeared about 5 days time. local nurse told it was chciken pox insisted he can have it twice, he had seriously bad last year, but hv told it was not chiken pox by looking at rash, just gave him plenty calpol as always

jenniferq Sat 11-Jul-09 13:11:58

I hope your DD is OK SFD

I dont think it is slapped cheek - my friend's child had that and it is quite distinct isnt it?

Not chikcen pox either (she has had it anyway).

She seems fine today. Rather moany/whiney but then I think that is more about being 2 than anything else!

SparkyFartDust Sat 11-Jul-09 14:42:01

Hi Jennifer, glad your dd is ok this morning.

We have had a bit of a development in that our dd has been very sick this morning, retching and then lots of sick.

ok otherwise.

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