Allergies and Skin Sensitivity – A 10-month Journey With No Answers

by dee on January 15, 2009

I think it took nearly two months for my daughter’s newborn rashy skin to go away.  I asked the doctor about it a couple of times but wasn’t overly concerned.  I know that babies don’t always come out with that perfectly flawless soft baby skin that we all associate with newborns.

She did WHAT?

I changed from using all the nicely scented baby soaps and lotions to the unscented ones. After her doctor recommended using Aveeno products, I discovered that something about the oatmeal was making her break out. I had used two different oatmeal based lotions on her, one scented (Johnson’s vanilla oatmeal) and one unscented (Aveeno) and both increased the rashiness. We switched to Johnson’s Head-to-Toe baby wash (hypoallergenic and dye free) and Johnson’s Aloe baby lotion and things seemed to improve for a while. She was exclusively breastfeeding at the time and I tried to watch what I was eating pretty carefully but never found any correlations between my food and her rashes.

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We started introducing solid foods to her at around five months. I was a little wary of this because of the oatmeal reaction, but she seemed to do just fine. I even fed her oatmeal cereal and it didn’t seem to bother her at all. She was still getting rashes occasionally, but I felt like it was pretty well under control. The other factor was that during floor time she was starting to move off of her blankets and onto the carpet where she was exposed to more potential allergens so determining the exact cause of any rash she had was nearly impossible.

Look Mom, I Did It!

In August we took a last-minute trip to Texas to visit family. While I tried my hardest to pack absolutely everything we could possibly need for the trip, I did forget one thing – towels for Evie. I thought ahead for everything else that might possibly touch her skin or mouth, but didn’t think to bring towels for bath time. While we were there, we also spent quite a bit of time in the pool. The day we left, she started breaking out and ended up with a horrible rash. It was the worst I had seen it (so far) and it drove me crazy trying to figure out what had caused it. Heat seemed to aggravate it even more and you can’t exactly escape heat in August.


At her next check-up, I discussed it with her doctor again and she said that it most likely was Eczema, or Atopic Dermatitis. She simply has very sensitive skin and any little thing can make the Eczema flare up. We talked a little bit about how to treat it when she had a break out and that was that. This wasn’t surprising as I have very sensitive skin myself (and have had bouts with Eczema). The poor girl was just going to have to live with it.

One day early in September, Evie’s day care provider called to tell me that she was breaking out around her neck and that it was worse than she had seen it before. It was nearly time for me to leave anyway, so I just told her I’d take a look at it when I picked her up. When I got there, she was bright red from her chin down her neck. It looked more like an allergic reaction to something than a skin sensitivity rash so I was a little concerned. It was better by the next morning but I took some photos to show the doctor the next time we were in.

Rash 9/3/08

A couple months after that incident, Evie decided that she was ready to start feeding herself. She was doing great with baby foods so I started giving her some soft chunky foods that she could pick up and feed herself. One of the first foods I gave her was bananas. They were soft enough that she could easily smash them with her gums and she loved them. One day while she was eating some banana I noticed a red rash starting around her mouth. By the time she finished eating it was all the way around her mouth and down her neck. When I was cleaning her up, I lifted her arm and found a piece of banana under it. Where the banana had touched there was a red spot with a welt in the middle of it. After she was cleaned up from her meal, the rash mostly went away. The next day I gave her banana again just to be sure that was the cause. Same reaction. Then we tried baby food with bananas in it. She turned red anywhere that the baby food touched her face.


At her 9-month check-up the doctor recommended we see an Allergist to have some testing done. While waiting for that appointment she had another food reaction to macaroni and cheese. I could not wait to get the testing done and finally get some answers as to what might be triggering her rashes.

When we finally saw the Allergist, it was recommended that we change all soaps, shampoos, lotions, etc., bathe her daily (we were doing every other day), and cover her within three minutes of her bath with a moisturizer (Aquaphor or Vanicream). This was supposed to help with the sensitive skin. They did a blood draw to test for allergies and suggested that we might need to put her on a daily allergy medication.

Evie - 9 Months

It took a week to get the test results. When the nurse finally called me she said that the Atopic Dermatitis test was negative. Since the rash hadn’t cleared up in over a week, the Dr. recommended putting her on a daily dose of Zyrtec and continuing with the bathing/moisturizing recommendations. She said nothing about the food allergies or whether those had come up negative or not but she did say to feed her a regular diet and not withhold any food other than peanuts and shellfish. when I asked for more clarification, she said she would have to check with the doctor and get back to me.

Fortunately, the Doctor himself called me the next morning to clarify things a bit. He said that Evie tested clean on everything. In fact, he said that she had one of the cleanest tests he has ever seen. She showed no allergy to bananas, milk, or oats which were my three biggest concerns. She showed no reaction to anything. He did say that she could be having a reaction to acids in her foods that could cause the redness around her mouth but that wasn’t necessarily an allergy. Supposedly, the Zyrtec should help reduce that as well as the mild rashes she gets on her tummy and hands.


So, for now, that’s where we’re at. I have answers, but I still don’t feel like I have any answers. I still don’t know what is causing her skin to constantly break out. I’m still afraid to feed her any new foods because they may turn her face all red. I still hate to let her crawl on the floor because I know that she’ll be rashy wherever she contacts it with her skin.

We started the Zyrtec two days ago and have been continuing the recommended bathing routine. I haven’t seen any improvement at all yet, but I know it may take some time. I really hope that it makes a difference because right now I’m really frustrated with the whole thing.

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1 jenny mce January 15, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Her rashes look exactly like the ones Nolan has been getting since day one. he still breaks out randomly now and again. Microwave popcorn is the worst- and some pizza will do it too and a few other things that we eat so rarely that i forget about them until he starts breaking out. I also can’t use any sort of scented laundry soap at all or he starts itching until he is bleeding. Tide is the absolute worst for this.
We haven’t had any testing done yet but i had his pediatrician look at one of the scabby rashes and she told me it looked like eczema… but who knows.
please keep us updated on any news, I for one and very interested!

2 dee
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January 15, 2009 at 4:26 pm

I did forget to mention the laundry soap. I’m using Dreft (or the Target brand equivalent of it) on Evie’s stuff and All Free & Clear for the rest of us. With my sensitive skin I’ve never been able to use any type of scented laundry detergent.

3 Cagey January 16, 2009 at 9:52 am

Oh, I feel you sister. Anjali has had sensitive skin since Day 1. However, we have not had food issues – never a reaction after eating and not any rashes on the face or neck (other than the typical newborn stuff). Some of the rashes on Evie definitely look skin related, but the one on her face and neck look to be food related. Maybe? I should not be diagnosing, right? Right.

Have you taken her to a dermatologist? We had a very Meh Experience with the pediatric derm at Children’s Mercy – it was USELESS and we had to wait over FOUR months for the appointment. However, there is a dermatologist here in Olathe who will see children. She is a mother and she actually LIKES seeing children. We took Arun to her and she was wonderful. Dr. Tauscher of JoCo Dermatology – (913) 764- 1125.

re: detergents, lotions – we use Kirkland’s Free n’ Clear (Costco brand), Curel non fragrence, Aquaphor and Cetaphil wash.

It sounds like you are doing all the right things, but maybe a dermatologist could help figure out something with a prscription?

4 dee
Twitter: deew27
January 16, 2009 at 10:05 am

Cagey – We have not seen a dermatologist yet, just the Pediatrician and Allergist. I think I’ll give it a few weeks with the Zyrtec and see how that does. I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up going to a Dermatologist though, so I appreciate the recommendation.

I completely agree about the rashes though. The rash on her tummy, arms, etc. seems to be a skin thing and the face/neck a food thing. If the food part continues, I think I’ll take her to the Dr. with a banana and let them watch the reaction. We have been giving her a little milk over the last couple of days and haven’t seen a reaction yet so that part at least is ok.

5 Beth February 18, 2009 at 1:26 pm

I feel like I could have written this story myself. This is the exact same thing we are going through with our 9 month olf daughter. The rashes are the same. We have seen a pediatric dermatologist for her ecxema. But a week ago she started getting blisters (I call them “aunt bites”) where ever the food touches her skin. We are seeing an allergist tomorrow. I just want answers, but it sounds like i shouldn’t hold my breath.

6 dee
Twitter: deew27
February 18, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Do the blisters correlate with any new foods being introduced? With my daughter is seems to be related to fruits, even though she is showing no true allergies to them. The doctor seems to think that it has to do with the acids in the fruit and the eczema/sensitive skin. We still have no true answers, but she has been doing a little better the last couple of weeks or so.

I wish you all the luck in the world and hope that the allergist is able to give you some answers!

7 Beth February 18, 2009 at 1:44 pm

The reaction has been to a variety or foods, fruit (bannanas), vegetables (peas) and even pureed chicken. The funny thing is, that we have been giving her these foods for three months with no problem, and allowing her to get very messy. But the rash came out of no where about a week ago.
I am glad to hear your daughter has been doing better. It’s encouraging to hear! And I thank you for sharing your story, becuase it has helped me tremendously to know that we are not alone.

8 Londa March 3, 2009 at 8:53 pm

WOW!! My 4 month old baby girl, Maddee, is going through the same skin rash as your little Evie. And, I too had same experience with the Aveeno Products. I will definately try the body wash that you have suggested. The rash was the worst it had ever been and I was able to get her into the Pediatricians office the next day. Our Dr. as did yours put her on Zyrtec 2 x’s a day and gave us a Rx for Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment. As soon as I filled the Rx, I immediately started to apply it to her skin plus I gave her the dose of Zyrtec, and within a couple of hours the rash was completely gone on tummy and just a few patches were left on her arms near elbow. Although you could still see the little dots (it reminds me of tiny blood specs beneath the skin in a freckled pattern) the redness of dots was not as bold. I have always noticed the freckled pattern on her stomach, but it would never be really red between freckled specs until after bath. When I would notice that it was starting to become rash form, I applied a product called “Corona” its rich with lanolin (and used mainly on horses) but I was told from a dear friend it helped with diaper rashes. Sure enough, it would take a little bit of redness away but never the whole thing. Until today with the Rx has it never fully went away. I too am very curious as to what is causing this. With her age she is only breastfed, no formula ever!! I had a large bowl of tomato basil soup the night she had her worst break out. So I will watch my tomato intake for now, but that would make sense with what your Dr. had said about acidic foods. Good Luck to all MoMs with this! and Thanks to you Dee for your blog! Maybe with all of us we can find comfort for our little ones. :-)

9 Kelly Win March 21, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Hi there, I have been searching boards for answers for my friends baby who is 10 months old and appears to have baby acne. I am surprised to find this board as my own baby boy, now 11 months, has suffered from eczema from birth which appears very similar to what your beautiful daughter Evie has. I am from NZ, Im not sure where you guys are, but if possible you should try to find a nautropath, kinesiologist or other certified natural healthcare provider. My husband and I have found mainstream medicine have really let us down, they have such a limit on their understanding of these types of things, and when they dont know the cause they automatically result to drugs. Western medicine is purely curative, not preventative, and this is where people are being let down as they dont realise how amazing preventative medicine is- and its drug free! You know in your heart that something is causing your little girls skin condition, dont give up and accept that the Dr is right by filling her body with more chemicals. Its not easy, but keep looking for answers.
My baby, Ryder, at times had such bad eczema it looked like burns all over his face and torso. After seeing many drs, specialists and so called ‘experts’ we finally found a kinesiologist in Christchurch, NZ, who muscle tested Ryder and discovered he is ‘intolerant’ to wheat, dairy and soy. This is also a significant difference between mainstream and natural medicine, in mainstream unless you are ‘allergic’ they sign you off as normal. But this is far from correct as an intolerance can also make you very sick. Ryder now has beautiful skin, not even one small scar.
If you feel like Evie may be intolerant to a certain food or group of foods, cut it out of her diet and see what happens. Just because the Dr says she isnt allergic to it, doesnt mean it wont effect her physically (and mentally) if her wee body is better without it. If you are still breastfeeding, remember to remove the same foods from your diet as they will pass through your milk. A good guide of where to start is the recommendation of foods for specific blood types. If you can find out Evies blood type you can then refer to the book ‘Live Right for your Blood Type’ or Eat Right for your Blood Type’. But use as a guide, only you know your baby the best.
For gentle relief of the inflammation and itching skin condition try Pot of Gold ( An amazing product, just check out the website.
I am a 25 yr old stay at home wife who has no association to these books or products, it has only been from my experience that I am recommending these to you.
I hope this is of some help. All the very best :)

10 Beth May 22, 2009 at 8:54 am

Hi Dee,

Scince you were so kind to share your child’s journey with me, I wanted to let you know that we have recently gone through a similar series of allergy tests. And, like you, have some answers but still feel as if we have no answers:) My child’s blood test came back with a strong allergy to chicken, eggs and peanuts.

Her skin has gotten better as the weather has improved, and we no longer have the heater on, but the ithcing has gotten so much worse! We may try the Zyrtec. Our doc said it was okay to help stop her constant itching. But I am worried about side effects like drowsiness or hyperactivity. Have you had any negative side effects?

Thanks so much,

11 Paula June 1, 2009 at 3:20 pm


I was amazed at how similar your story was to my baby’s. I have had Chloe to the pediatrician who recommended we put the Aquaphor on thick at night, she broke out in a bad red rash, blisters, fluid oozing out of her skin, worse than the original rash. I took her to a dermatologist and she said she may have been allergic to something in the Aquaphor, because it contains wool and she recommended we stop using it. I have, but she still has the rash. She prescribed Vanos which is a very expensive steroid cream (clears her right up), Eladil for maintenance (which doesn’t seem to do much) and Vanicream. I have had to her to an allergy doctor, and she is allergic to the cat, oats, wheat and egg whites so far. She had not been exposed to the egg whites or the wheat. I did bathe her in the Aveeno oatmeal bath and was feeding her oatmeal and noticed her rash would get worse. I have been keeping her off the carpet too, thinking she may be allergic to something in it. The allergist told me she was too little to test for enviromental allergies (she’s 6 months old), so we’re taking it one day at a time right now. She does take Benadryl for the itching. I’ve been at my wits end trying to get this rash taken care of. Thanks for sharing your story. Paula

12 cigi June 14, 2009 at 7:20 pm

Hi there. My son (2 1/2) has a rash that looks just like this and the Dermatologist said it was also atopic Eczema. I am beginning to think he has some sort of allergy. Did you figure out what was wrong with your baby? Thanks.

13 Ania October 4, 2009 at 1:14 pm

my baby had the same rash and it was even more severe rash on his neck. I went to see the doctor while traveling in Poland and he said that my boy is allergic to cow’s milk and the products. He prescribed me a cream that had hydrocortozone in it and I also eliminated any milk products from my diet. His neck cleared up over couple of days like never before! Once in awhile I ate a cheesecake or a yogurt and that night his neck got rash and he become uncomfortable and itchy. So that was a proof to me that he truly is allergic to cow’s products. The funny thing is that I went to a doctor in US prior to the trip and he only said that is a rash, possible eczema and he said to try different lotions, soaps and see what helps!
I hope that would help some people.

14 Kevin October 23, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Testing be hanged. If banana on skin equals allergic reaction, then the child has a food allergy in my humble opinion. I can’t tell you how many times I have clearly gotten wrong information from doctors, in analyzing cause-and-effect relationships with my own health.

Thanks for doing this blog/post.

15 Emily October 25, 2009 at 9:16 am

My daughter is now 4, also Evie, and we have had many of the same issues you had over these 4 years. If food stayed on her face, she broke out. If we bathed her too often, she broke out. Even now, if she touches brush or foliage outside, she has a reaction. We went though Aveeno, changing to “free” laundry soap and even double rinsing her clothes, but it didn’t seem to help. The positive news is even though she still has it to some extent, she seems to be growing out of it. One of the biggest improvements I found was using Eucerin cream, not lotion, on her after her bath. I do think keeping the cream on her right after her bath has made a big difference.

16 Meghan June 2, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Hello all….

I’ve had similar experience with my 11 month old son James. His eczema comes on very strongly after eating ANYTHING! I’ve treated it with an aquaphor ointment since he’s a tiny baby. However, someone suggest that my son get tested for a staph infection since he was born in a hospital, was delivered C section, where his body was not colonized by the good bacteria found in the birth canal. I’m on my way to the Dr. now to get him tested, because if he does have a staph infection, and I’m putting my hand in the tub of aquaphor, I’m continuing to re-infect him. It’s worth a try, and my pediatrician said to come right in. I will let you all know when we find out the results (in a few days). We also had my son’s stool tested to look for an internal fungus that he may be fighting as well. I trying to get to the root of the issue, something MUST be causing this terrible eczema, and I don’t want to resort to only using meds to cover up the symptoms. I will fill you all in!!

17 Meghan June 3, 2010 at 5:42 am

NOT Staph! Going to a GI specialist to find out more!

18 Meghan June 11, 2010 at 11:00 am

Ok…It IS staph!! My pedicatrician sent me home and told me it wasn’t staph. I went back and demanded he get tested, and it came back POSITIVE! I suggest all kids with any form of eczema get tested for staph infections. I read that about 90% of kids with eczema also have a staph infection, many times caught when they were in the hospital.

19 Tonya August 23, 2010 at 11:36 am

Hi all,
My daughter is 11mo old, she broke out in a rash yesterday. I thought it was just her teething, but went searching online and now I’m thinking it may be Roseola. After looking at Evie’s rash, I’m thinking it could be an allergic reaction to something she ate; because my daughter’s rash looks just like Evie’s. She has been extremely cranky since last Friday, she also had a slight fever Fri/Sat. She also doesn’t want to eat hardly anything. My daughter’s rash is only on her torso and back with a little of the rash on her neck. She doen’t have a fever now or last night. Any thoughts or suggestions? Thanks Dee for your blog and all others..

20 Anett M. September 21, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Wow, I thought about the acidity in the foods, but I wasn’t sure. Now, the acidic food sounds about right! We have been battling with rashes, hives and dry skin with our 15 month old Sophia. I don’t think she is allergic to any foods, but anytime I leave food on her face it will get all red and blotchy. She also had dermatitis when she was little, her back used to look like snakeskin. We have used every kind of cream from OTC to steroids (after numerous doctor visits).
Her skin looks good now except for her face at mealtimes. I also use everything “free of dyes and perfumes”, including wipes and detergents. She mostly eats organic too.
I don’t know when it will end, but I hope she will outgrow this sensitivity soon!
Thank you for sharing!

21 Angela October 25, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Is it possible she is allergic to some type of fabrics or fibers in her clothing?? Cotton maybe?? Me and my children have crazy skin…we break out all the time….but in your situation it sounds like something she is doing daily…I agree with the Dr on acidic foods…but all over rashes…I would think something in the clothing.

22 Anna November 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

POTASSIUM RICH FOOD- that’s the answer!!!!
I’m in my 30s now but I had the same issues with Tomato when I was your daughter’s age. The doctor told my mum that i’m allergic to tomatos but mum ignored him and let me continue eating them untill it eventually went away by the age of four-ish. However, in the past two years I have noticed temporary rashes pop up within a few minutes of eating certain foods which go away after about 15 minutes. It wasn’t untill a neightbour of mine suggested that it may the the potassium high content that it clicked to me!!! Anb bananas, tomato, peanuts- they are all high in potassium!!
hope this helps :)

23 Margaret November 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

Did you ever figure out what was causing her skin rash. Your story and pictures are similar to my little one. Especially the picture of her tummy.

24 GMac January 5, 2011 at 11:09 am

A naturopath can identify sensitivities that are not quite allergies by restricting the diet and then reintroducing foods in small quantities. The body can build up an immunity to antibiotics and since the majority come from only a few types of drug, it may be best to approach Evie’s reactions through natural alternatives first. Good luck!

25 Shawn January 5, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Well I was told that I have it easy with my son Sacha. He’s 4 month old now and sleeps all night from 8:30PM to 8AM. On the 1st of Jan 2011 at noon after his cereal and bottle he got a rash around his neck. I told my husband that this rash is not normal. He told me don’t worry it all ok …
( says the son of a DR., always not stress with anything). My mother instants said nop!! This is something…. At 4 pm my husband said to me wow he good the rash all over his tummy and back. So I call my pediatrician she told me to stop the cereal he mite be allergic to cereal. Give him veggies start with carrots, 3 days later his rash came back. Very Very red with like small with pimpulls so this time my pediatrician told me it mite be eczema. To give him a bath with cetaphil and put cream with no perfume. I put Callcalendula made by California baby. This cream is for extremely dry and sensitive skin. Also recommended for Eczema. So after 1 hour it was all gone but I still don’t know what causes the rash …..
It could be clothes contact with fabric softener, food, milk, teething or eczema ??? I understand how you most feel, it so stress fold not to know what is wrong with your precious one. let me know if someone has I suggestion for me . Thanks Shawn

26 Panzerino January 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm

This is a classical form of Atopic Dermatitis in children with some more broad distribution.
I doubt that from Zyrtec you will have the slightest positive result.
Zyrtec is prescribed only for intensive itching ( or in other condition also, without a link to the AD itself) in this situations and do not have any result on the natural history of this disease.

The best moisturizing creme in USA is this- Eucerin Aquaphor:

Glad if I may of some help to you.

Dr. Z, M.D. ( Paediatrics)
Private Pediatric office, Athens
Athens, Greece

27 Courtney January 28, 2011 at 10:26 pm

I know this is an old post, but I found it while looking up answers for my 1 yr olds rash. She never had it while nursing, but since I stopped nursing she can’t eat anything except organic goats milk, with no latex nipples/bottles, and we’re getting ready to start using soap nuts as Dreft doesn’t work. What I don’t like about using creams as someone mentioned is that creams cover the problem, they don’t correct it! I want it to be fixed! But no one knows how. We’re trying though, its sad to see your little one suffer. Thanks for the post.

28 Rita January 29, 2011 at 4:32 pm

My 8 month old son broke out yest in terrible rash, just like the bad one on your babys neck, but all over his tummy and back. Not in his nappy area or legs or arms though.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out what food it was because I had given him 3 new foods in the space of 2 days. What an idiot.

He had just eaten home made custard when I noticed it, but he had the same the day before. 4 hours earlier he had mashed carrots and spinach, again which he had the day before. And 8 hours earlier I gave him oatmeal for the first time. I think it was the oatmeal but I cant be sure.

This morning the rash is completely gone. I warmed the oatmeal I prepped yest and got ready to give again, knowing it could cause the rash, but I wanted to eliminate it. I couldn’t. I chickened out and made him farex baby rice instead.

So I guess what I learned from this is what I knew, but silly me, didn’t do. Only introduce ONE NEW FOOD at a time, and give it about 4 days to see if anything happens.

It was strange to hear the specialist who did the allergy test said she shouldn’t have an allergy to bananas. Esp when she had a reaction where the banana came into contact with her skin. When my mother fed me bananas when I was about 1, my body and face swelled up immediately, my mam said my face was so puffed up that my eyes couldn’t even open. The Drs at the Auckland Childrens Hosp had never seen anything like it before. She never gave me bananas again. I only starting eating bananas at 21 when I had a craving for them while I was pregnant. Allergy to bananas gone.

All the best.

29 Julie February 12, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Came across this in my search for pictures of babies with banana allergy. I know its an old post, but thanks for the thorough story. My son is 13+ months and has dealt with eczema since he was 3-4 months old….it has really died down in the last couple of months. We suspected he might be allergic to bananas, but it seems to be sporadic. however, today I gave him bananas and wham — bright red rash on cheeks, and itchy eyes he keeps rubbing. His peds dermatologist has given us an arsenal of remedies…1/2 teaspoon zyrtec, 1/2 teaspoon benadryl if its really bad, we use aveeno baby eczema lotion or eucerin, and we also have Fluticasone cream and elidel if needed. We got the same bath regimen — slather them within 3 minutes. I was wondering if you’ve seen resolution now that your little one is older?

30 Molly March 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm

My little is a month old. She have the same rash. I took her to the dr and she told me that she could be allergic to the detergent or to her body wash. I use the Johnson and Johnson head-to-toe wash, which is an hypoallergenic soap. For the detergent, I use Tide and snuggle for the softener. I have a feeling that it was the liquid softener cause it has a strong scent to it. The Dr. told me to use Dove for the body wash and Dreft for the detergent. I plan to change the detergent to Dreft and not use any softener to see if the rash goes away. If not, then I will change the body wash.

31 Molly March 18, 2011 at 9:27 pm

My little girl is a month old. She have the same rash. I took her to the dr and she told me that she could be allergic to the detergent or to her body wash. I use the Johnson and Johnson head-to-toe wash, which is an hypoallergenic soap. For the detergent, I use Tide and snuggle for the softener. I have a feeling that it was the liquid softener cause it has a strong scent to it. The Dr. told me to use Dove for the body wash and Dreft for the detergent. I plan to change the detergent to Dreft and not use any softener to see if the rash goes away. If not, then I will change the body wash.

32 Michelle April 7, 2011 at 11:45 am

I have 4 boys all diagnosed with eczema….phooey. They kept getting the same rash that the pictures show above, ear infections, and congested with a cough. I kept up with all of the treatments, creams, and washes they told me about. Being the stubborn unbelieving person I am when it comes to Dr’s especially when they weren’t helping, I started eliminating diet components. I found they are allergic, or intolerant, to processed dairy of any sort. They can all have milk from a dairy, which is illegal in a lot of states. Once they pasteurize dairy products it kills all of the helpful bacteria that help you digest milk products properly, as well as the negative bacteria as well, but they need the good bacteria to help them. Also, they are allergic to gluten. Both seem to effect the rash and their bowels. They get cranky at times when having these products. Even breastfeeding babies are affected. So, good luck with your search, just don’t believe everything the Dr’s tell you. They are human too, and can’t know everything. Trust your judgment as a parent…we still know best, usually.

33 Holly May 13, 2011 at 7:43 am

Please tell me if you found out what it was and if you got it under control. We are battling what appears to be the same thing I am in tears frustrated PLEASE give me any advice that may have worked for you

34 Marianne December 25, 2011 at 10:41 am

Christmas Day trip to the hospital with rash that first we thought was a heat rash. Around the neck, behind the knees and in the elbow creases. Katie has been a bit ‘off’ her banana and with them being so cheap, I have been giving them to her most morning and afternoon snacks with other fruit or baby food combined. So I was thinking that it might be an overkill of banana that is giving her this rash? Also I unthinking gave her some pavlova to try (egg whites). She then came up in a rash all over her face, stomach, legs and started on her back from her neck to a quarter down her back. She also came up in blisters, first on her left hand and then on her torso. We raced to emergency as I hadn’t seen this rash to date and her cousin has been diagnosed with scarlett fever in the past two days, only to have the rash virtually dissapear before seeing the doctor. Stating that we thought it was an egg reaction, the doctor agreed, checked her tongue, her chest and sent us on our way. The rash has come up again, redder and angrier it seems but it hasn’t affected her breathing. I am putting on creme to try and aleviate the uncomfortableness so she can at least sleep. I will try taking banana out of her diet entirely for the next week and see if that helps and will also book with a specialist to check for allergies. Thankyou for your updates on this site folks. It is really helpful to know that we are not alone in this. Sorry that allergies are on the rise it seems for our little ones. Hoping that they set up a system whereby kids can be diagnosed and treated that much earlier with clear and concise information to save them this agony and us the stress as well.

35 Sureka April 19, 2012 at 6:55 am

I realize that this post is several years old. BUT my daughter has been having this problem, her rash itches her to death and the Dr.’s are trying everything. They changed her milk, (shes 6 months) gave her special lotion and cream, and put her on a daily allergy medicine. Did your little girl ever get better? Did they find out what it is?

36 Racine April 23, 2012 at 11:40 am

My son gets a tiny rash on his chin by the corner of his mouth. I haev not found the cause of it yet. My daughter, when she was this age, had the same thing but worse. I am wondering if it is yeast? I am cutting out all sugars and also, we use no chemicals in our home. We are also using wheatgrass plants around the house to eliminate toxins in the environment. We also have a bath filter, for chlorine. We only eat organic foods and we do not eat meat. Maybe you can try some of these tips. :) I hope things are well.

37 autumn December 3, 2012 at 8:28 pm

my son has a rash that looks just like the one on your daughters neck. It has been there since he started teething but looked mild and tonight it looks so red and awful. I clean the area with wipes and keep it dry other than when i apply some lotion (as his dr said he had some dry skin when asked about red bumps on his belly) tonight i washed the area (and his tummy which has little red bumps again) with the johnsons head to toe, followed by lotion with some diaper rash ointment on the red neck area. We’ll see what happens in teh morning as i’m mid move, literally driving from the south to the north tomorrow. Although it may be from being on the bare carpet today since the rug that wasnt allowed to be walked on in shoes etc.. for him was tossed and he played on the older (but clean) carpet for a bit. Also, I started him on Wheat cereal instead of rice since he’s a sitter now, that could be a cause? it’s been a couple of days of that. I still think it’s from all the drooling, but it doesnt make sense for it to flare the way it has.

38 Kelsey July 4, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Hi everyone,
I just wanted to let everyone know that severe childhood allergies are usually due to an underlying condition found with their intestinal flora. I have two children with eczema. After cutting out soy, wheat, and dairy, our eczema issues have been controlled but not completely healed. Please look into the GAPS diet. Amazing healing is happening to children through this therapeutic diet!

39 Julie
September 11, 2013 at 9:07 pm

Sounds a lot like what my son has. It’s probably a rash resulting from trapped moisture or the acidity from the food that comes in contact with her face. Eliminating plastic and polyurethane bibs and replacing them with cotton ones made a huge difference for the rash that was around our son’s neck. Although he still tends to get a rash there when he’s drooling or spitting up in the crib. We just try to keep his face and neck as clean and and dry as possible.

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