Sensitive skin on a 3 month old

Im babysitting my friends 3 month old baby, and everything we put on her makes her skin all red and blotchy. She has very, very dry skin, so we tried baby lotion, baby oil, this other lotion that doesnt have anything in it that could be bad for her skin.. And when I gave her a bath, first I tried baby wash stuff, and then dove soap, for sensitive skin [unscented]. At first we thought maybe it was from rice cereal, or the bananas.. But we quit giving her that. She is fine when she first wakes up in the morning, but then if we give her a bath or put anything on her for her dry skin, she gets so red, and under her eyes looks like shes been up for days! Is there anything we could try that might help?

Answer #1

Your friends baby may have ezema. Eczema is a common skin condition that is characterized by itchy, dry, red, scaly skin. It often starts as a rash on the cheeks, but then can appear just about anywhere on baby’s body. Often, eczema is a vicious cycle: the skin is irritated, it itches, your child rubs or scratches it, which makes it more inflamed and itchier. While the causes are not fully understood, eczema seems to run in families with a history of allergies and skin disorders. There are many environmental factors that can trigger eczema, including heat, scratchy fabrics, animal dander, or detergents. Sometimes, eczema can be an allergic reaction to baby’s food, or even the food in your diet, if you’re a nursing mother. Treating eczema is a three-part plan: Keep baby’s skin well moisturized, treat the inflammation, and identify and remove any potential triggers.

Babies with eczema need a moisturizer applied several times a day and especially right after a bath to lock in moisture. Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream is formulated with petrolatum and dimethicone to form a barrier on the skin to prevent moisture loss. It contains aloe vera to help heal irritated skin, and calendula, jojoba oil, apricot oil, and soybean oil to soften and moisturize, plus vitamins A, D, and E to nurture skin and help it heal.

You should try washing baby’s clothes in a laundry detergent made for sensitive skin. Watch for food triggers in baby’s diet (or your friend, if she’s nursing) and in the environment.

Topical prescription medications that are used to treat eczema are not generally recommended for children under two years of age

You can read more about it online. look up ezema or atopic dermatitis. She can also go see a dermatologist and they can suggest something that is suitable for the baby… Hope this helps… Good luck

Answer #2

Your baby may have ezema. Eczema is a common skin condition that is characterized by itchy, dry, red, scaly skin. It often starts as a rash on the cheeks, but then can appear just about anywhere on baby’s body. Often, eczema is a vicious cycle: the skin is irritated, it itches, your child rubs or scratches it, which makes it more inflamed and itchier. While the causes are not fully understood, eczema seems to run in families with a history of allergies and skin disorders. There are many environmental factors that can trigger eczema, including heat, scratchy fabrics, animal dander, or detergents. Sometimes, eczema can be an allergic reaction to baby’s food, or even the food in your diet, if you’re a nursing mother. Treating eczema is a three-part plan: Keep baby’s skin well moisturized, treat the inflammation, and identify and remove any potential triggers.

Babies with eczema need a moisturizer applied several times a day and especially right after a bath to lock in moisture. Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream is formulated with petrolatum and dimethicone to form a barrier on the skin to prevent moisture loss. It contains aloe vera to help heal irritated skin, and calendula, jojoba oil, apricot oil, and soybean oil to soften and moisturize, plus vitamins A, D, and E to nurture skin and help it heal.

You should try washing baby’s clothes in a laundry detergent made for sensitive skin. Watch for food triggers in baby’s diet (or yours, if you’re nursing) and in the environment.

Topical prescription medications that are used to treat eczema are not generally recommended for children under two years of age

You can read more about it online. Hope this helps… Good luck

Answer #3

thank you :] we are thinking its just from teething, because she will be fine some days, then start getting really fussy, and get a rash, even if we dont put anything on her, or feed her anything different.

Answer #4

my baby has the same issue go buy some hydrocortizone cream from your local drugstore and it make sure you are washing her clothes in baby detergent

Answer #5

well her mom is in Texas right now getting the babys father to sign a paper for the baby to get health insurance… which is why im babysitting her.. and she cant go to the doctor until she has insurance.. plus, im not allowed to take her since she isnt mine… but thanks, when her mom comes back if its still happening, im sure she will be going to the doctor

Answer #6

if her skin being dry is the problem then you should probably try this product johnsons and johnsons baby oil! it doesnt have many things in it and is about just as safe as water that will keep her skin soft and moistourised if shes always had this problem though then maybe she could have an allergy to water (its rare but still possible) I think she probably needs a doctors diagnosis though!

Answer #7

I’d have her see the Doctor to be safe - some info: http://children.webmd.com/slideshow-common-childhood-skin-problems

Answer #8

johnsons baby oil gives her a horrrible rash

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