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Treating Red Dot Rash on Newborn babys

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  1. Just want to clarify whether the following:-
    One mother told me that her new born baby has many red dots on the back and she applied the cream more than 3 times a day, as the cream contains zinc oxide and Chorhexidine, is it OK for the baby?

    She applied the cream more than 1 week but still no effect, the red dots still on the back of the baby, should continue to use the cream ?

    Also, if the skin is only dry and no red dots or rashes, can use the cream just for moisturising purpose ?
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    It is common for new borns to have a red dot rash which will disappear with time. This can take quite a few weeks so patience is important. Of course, if the rash is getting worse and spreading, this would be unusual and you would see your doctor.

    The face and body balm is an excellent moisturiser for dry skin for people of any age. Elderly people often get dry, thin skin on their legs and the balm is excellent for that. People who do a lot of washing or get dry hands from working in trades such as brick-laying and carpentry also find it good.

  2. My son is 3.5 months old now. When he was 1.5 months old, his face started to develop some red dots and rashes. Our paediatrician said it's mild eczema and gave us some 1% Hydrocortisone to apply to his face. The rashes and redness and roughness went away after applying this steroid, but then this doesn't cure his condition forever since these redness, itchiness and rashes keep coming back and forth.

    And we also found out that his face is getting dryer each day (some wrinkles too) when we applied the Hydrocortisone to his face.

    I am feeling so helpless because we have taken our baby to see 6 paediatricians and 1 dermatologist already and nobody can help us find out the root cause and how to cure the condition permanently. And then we end us trying all sorts of creams and methods by learning from other mommies' experience. Seeing my baby suffer each night because of itchiness and lack of sleep makes us so anxious and sad.
    Will you be able to help us?
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    Unfortunately about a third of children will develop eczema but the good news is their immune system develops with age and it will eventually clear up. Usually within the first one to two years of life but in very rare cases up to 5 years of age.

    I would start with our Hypoallergenic Face and Body balm which is safe to apply anywhere on the body even his eyelids. For areas that need Foban apply the Foban first then the Hypo-allergenic Balm over the top to protect the skin. The right amount leaves just a slight shine on the skin and you will need to reapply it 4-6 times a day before and after a feed and at bedtime. Just use the Foban as Doctor directed, probably once or twice a day is usual. Our Hypo-allergenic face and body balm contains the safe antiseptic chlorhexidine so should stop any infections returning when you finish the Foban (we call it Fucidin in Australia)


QUESTION(S) about treating Red Dot rash


Dear David,
Just want to clarify whether the following:-
One mother told me that her new born baby has many red dots on the back and she applied the cream more than 3 times a day, as the cream contains zinc oxide and Chorhexidine, is it OK for the baby?

She applied the cream more than 1 week but still no effect, the red dots still on the back of the baby, should continue to use the cream ?

Also, if the skin is only dry and no red dots or rashes, can use the cream just for moisturising purpose ?

For your advice please.
Best regards,
J

ANSWERS(S) about treating Red Dot rash

Hi J,

It is common for new borns to have a red dot rash which will disappear with time. This can take quite a few weeks so patience is important. Of course, if the rash is getting worse and spreading, this would be unusual and you would see your doctor.

The face and body balm is an excellent moisturiser for dry skin for people of any age. Elderly people often get dry, thin skin on their legs and the balm is excellent for that. People who do a lot of washing or get dry hands from working in trades such as brick-laying and carpentry also find it good.

In summary it is a safe and effective product for dry skin in people of all ages. It is so safe you could eat a 100g jar of it without harm. (It also makes a great lipbalm for dry lips.)

The zinc oxide is a soothing and calming agent and the chlorhexidine is a safe antiseptic used in hospitals for everything from cleansing benches to being used as a mouth wash. Obviously different amounts are used in these differing situations. The point is that chlorhexidine is very safe in the amount used in the balm..


Kind Regards,
David Hosking. January 17, 2006


QUESTIONS about treating Red Dot rash

We are from Hong Kong. My son is 3.5 months old now. When he was 1.5 months old, his face started to develop some red dots and rashes. Our paediatrician said it's mild eczema and gave us some 1% Hydro cortisone to apply to his face. The rashes and redness and roughness went away after applying this steroid, but then this doesn't cure his condition forever since these redness, itchiness and rashes keep coming back and forth. And we also found out that his face is getting dryer each day (some wrinkles too) when we applied the Hydrocortisone to his face.

We went to another paediatrician and he gave us steroids again, this time it's called "Perderm Cream". After seeing 6 paediatricians and keep getting steroids, we don't want to use steroids anymore, so we tried a dermatologist instead . He gave us Sodium Fusidate (Foban) Cream. He said it's milder than steroids. He told us to use i t for 5-6 days (2 times a day) to see how it goes. Well, my son's skin condition on the face is bett er, but when we stopped using the Foban Cream, the itchiness and redness and rashes seems to come back , and then my son scratches his face every night and then the next morning, his face and eyelids will have some blood because of his scratching!! (By the way, we tried Aqueous Cream on my son's face but it's not helping so we changed to use vaseline on his face instead. We are also using Aqueous Cream to bath our son (using it like a soap) as per doctor's advice.)

Now about my son's head. He didn't have cradle cap when he was born. But now his head is full of flakes on different areas (some areas are super dry but some areas are ok). There are also some redness at the back of his head...it's like an allergy of something and it's definitely itchy because my son is rubbing his head against the bed sheet every day to calm the itchiness.

Is this cradle cap?? This happened when he was about 2.5 months (seems started when we changed to use Dermaveen Bathing Oil). Do you know how to cure this? Now, we are using Olive Oil and leave it on his head for 15 mins before washing his hair with Johnson 's Top-To-Toe Bath to wash his hair (we didn't use Johnson's Baby Shampoo because it seems to have more fragrance than the Top-To-Toe Bath). Our baby takes his bath in the morning or during lunch hours (not at night).

I am feeling so helpless because we have taken our baby to see 6 paediatricians and 1 dermatologist already and nobody can help us find out the root cause and how to cure the condition permanently. And then we end us trying all sorts of creams and methods by learning from other mommies' experience. Seeing my baby suffer each night because of itchiness and lack of sleep makes us so anxious and sad.

Will you be able to help us?

Really appreciate your help. Thank you very much.

ANSWERS(S) about treating Red Dot rash

Unfortunately about a third of children will develop eczema but the good news is their immune system develops with age and it will eventually clear up. Usually within the first one to two years of life but in very rare cases up to 5 years of age.

The good news is your son sounds like he has sensitive skin now but you can improve his skin a lot while waiting for his body to naturally overcome it.

The Foban Cream is an antibiotic so should be used if his skin is showing any signs of brown crusts or open sores and continue to use it for about 7 days after these clear.

Eczema causes the skin to allow bacteria to cause infection which must have been present for the Foban to work. You can use the Foban with our Hypo-allergenic balm.

I would start with our Hypoallergenic Face and Body balm which is safe to apply anywhere on the body even his eyelids. For areas that need Foban apply the Foban first then the Hypo-allergenic Balm over the top to protect the skin. The right amount leaves just a slight shine on the skin and you will need to reapply it 4-6 times a day before and after a feed and at bedtime. Just use the Foban as Doctor directed, probably once or twice a day is usual. Our Hypo-allergenic face and body balm contains the safe antiseptic chlorhexidine so should stop any infections returning when you finish the Foban (we call it Fucidin in Australia)

I suggest using the aqueous cream as a body soap substitute as you are doing and stop the Dermaveen.

Instead of using olive oil on his scalp, apply the hypo-allergenic balm about 1 hour before his bath to all the scaly patches on his head. Then when bathing him do not wet his hair. First apply a small amount of the top-to-toe bath liquid straight onto the scalp without water and massage it into the oily areas of the scalp until the Balm and bath liquid form a creamy mix. Then add water from the bath and massage his scalp using firm pressure on the crust but not hard enough that he doesn't like it. Massage as firmly as you can and add more water then wash the hair completely clean with water. After drying his hair use a fine comb to remove any loose flakes. Repeat this everyday and the cradle cap will soon disappear. When the craddle cap has gone wash his hair every day just with the bath product and massage his scalp. This should fix the craddle cap problem within 14 days.

The eczema will take longer and you may occasionally need to use the Hydrocortisone before bed for his itch while the Hypo-allergenic Balm will help his skin stop drying out and recover.

The back of his neck is probably related to the cradle cap so I would treat it the same. You will get steady improvement but expect the occasional setback if he gets a cold or is teething as these things can temporarily flare up the eczema.

I think you will find this will help greatly.

Kind Regards, David Hosking.

QUESTIONS about treating Red Spot rash on baby's face

Hi, I was recommended by a friend and was wondering whether you had any advice on what treatment to use for the following condition on my 9 week old baby. He previously had baby acne and eczema however these new red spots appear to look different they came up 2 days ago on one side of his face only and seem to be getting worse I did notice on the day they came up we were carrying our baby in a borrowed fabric baby carrier (mei tai) and he was constantly rubbing that side of his face against the carrier the carrier did on close inspection look dusty it is made of a thick suede like material. I am wondering if it could be a reaction to that?

I have attached a photo of the spots for your reference. About a week prior he seemed to develop similar red spots from rubbing his face on the cot sheets however these went away within a day with a 0.5% cortisone cream which we were previously using for his eczema.

He is also developing what appears to be cradle cap on his forehead and scalp the skin on the forehead is becoming thick and scaly so if you have any product recommendations for that also. Thankyou in advance

ANSWERS(S) about treating Red Spot rash on baby's face

Thank you for the nice clear photo which make it much easier to help you. It may be a reaction to the mei tai as a thick suede could irritate with him rubbing. Often when babies have eczema or a skin irritation they will rub their face (or affected area) against anything they can to relieve the irritation. Rubbing an irritation makes it worse so I think that has happened which is why the rash appears different. A soft cloth mei tai would be ideal.

For the face I would use our Hypoallergenic balm applied 3 times a day and for the first week I would use the 0.5% hydrocortisone morning and night to relieve any possible irritation. After the first week you can just use the balm as needed.

The balm is also ideal for the scaly areas and cradle cap. Massage it in twice a day and at bath time apply a little baby shampoo to the areas where you applied the balm and gently but firmly massage the area to wash off the balm. Repeating this daily will remove the scaliness very quickly.

After the skin has cleared you can apply the balm once or twice a day to prevent dryness. Also if he is learning to swim later, you can apply it to the whole body before he goes in the pool to prevent chlorine drying the skin. Hope this helps,

Kind Regards, David Hosking. 17/09/2010

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