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Old 09-17-2012, 09:21 AM   #1
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Eczema question

My DD has had these little red bumps on the back of her neck and her upper back for a couple weeks. I think it itches because she's been scratching the back of her head and pulling her hair. At one point, she had them on the sides of her lower back, by her hips.

She was at the doctor for her first ear infection last week, and he looked at it and gave her hydrocortisone cream. I didn't use it.

But then last night after we came in from outside, the rash had spread to her left cheek, and all behind her ear, more of her neck, and on her back. I put some of the cream on it before bed and it looks better this morning. Not as red, but still some bumps.

Does this mean it is eczema?




I've never dealt with rashes before. She just finished a round of antibiotics. Not sure if that could have anything to do with it.

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Looks more like an allergic reaction than eczema to me.

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Re: Eczema question

I'm going to guess due to the location that it's not eczema but heat rash. Something brought on by sweating. What type of detergent do you use? Could you strip her clothes and rewash in a "free" version to see if that helps?
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Re: Eczema question

It could have something to do with the antibiotics also. I would give her probiotics and/or fermented foods like high-quality yogurt, kefir, kombucha, etc and see if it helps.
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Re: Eczema question

I am thinking that is not eczema. That usually presents in the elbows, wrists, knees, and ankles and in worse cases, the back of the neck and the cheeks. Poor little lady.
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I would also guess heat rash. It doesn't look like classic eczema to me. Keep her cool and let her skin breathe.
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Thanks for the replies. Her back looks better, but it's still pretty red behind her ears and on her cheek. I didn't think it was heat rash because that part of her body wasn't covered with clothing, but it does make sense. It's been really hot.

I use Tide Free on her clothes, but I may try something more natural and with less chemicals to see if it helps.

She keeps scratching
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Re: Eczema question

Even though it's not in the "classic" locations, it could still be eczema. I have eczema and I've never had it in the classic locations. Usually it's on my arms or legs, a couple specific spots on my face, and sometimes in random places on my torso. My daughter has it now too and it's on her legs and diaper area with one tiny patch on a wrist. Probiotics can help with eczema and you could also try coconut oil if you don't like using the hydrocortisone cream.
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