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I noticed a rash on my 8 month old...

Over the last few weeks, I've noticed a slight rash on my daughter. It is only on her legs, upper arms and the back of her shoulders. I have made an appointment with our doctor, but that won't be for another week. A friend whose son had a rash recently switched the soap she uses, could it be that? We've been using Johnson and Johnson, which I thought was supposed to be the best! She suggested switching to Cetaphil or Aveeno Baby. Any thoughts?


Asked by Anonymous at 6:20 PM on Dec. 27, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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Answers (6)
  • Johnson & Johnson is one of the harshest soaps on the market. Try a facial bar from somewhere that uses olive oil or soy in their product, rather than soap or 'wash'. Really, she doesn't need soap or anything other than clear water because she's really not getting dirty.

    It may also be contact dermatitis from laundry products: start by eliminating fabric softener entirely (use vinegar if you want to rinse), especially the dryer sheets (which leave a very flammable residue on all fabrics, best not to use on any baby or children's clothes at all). If you're using soap instead of detergent, either switch (because detergent rinses more thoroughly) or try the soap with no scents added. If you're using scented products, buy unscented. Also, amounts recommended by companies that sell the stuff are often 2 to 10 times as much as you really need, and just lowering the amount you use will eliminate a lot of the residue.

    Answer by LindaClement at 6:49 PM on Dec. 27, 2009

  • cetaphil is good, has baby been sick? could be rosiola or if not sick, just dry skin. Use something mild like vanicream or cerave.

    Answer by jeanclaudia at 6:24 PM on Dec. 27, 2009

  • If your dd is eating baby food, it could be something new that she ate. Go back to the foods that you know never caused her any problems. After the rash is gone, re-introduce that new food and see if she starts to get the rash. Then again, it could be the laundry detergent.

    Answer by dustbunny at 6:59 PM on Dec. 27, 2009

  • I would think it is more likely change in laundry soap, or some kind of food. If you have been using johnsons it wouldnt all of a sudden give her a rash. Try some hyrocortizone cream.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 7:01 PM on Dec. 27, 2009

  • JJ is the label sometime. coconut oil or olive oil are fine to use intead of lotion. pure Aloe is nice for healing. uncented plain castille soap or oatmeal soap is soothing. most detergents are harsh and leave residue...change it to something delicate and perfume. no fabric softener..white vinegar works fine. Also baby shampoo has a lot of harsh can use aubrey organics instead....use very very little. or instead of shampoo just use plain water most of the time and if needed a little dilute baking soda to was and vinegar very dilute to rinse,

    Answer by amileegirl at 7:21 PM on Dec. 27, 2009

  • It could be a reaction to anything, lotion, soap, laundry detergent, dryer sheets. Has your child had a fever recently? If so, it could be a virus called Roseola or any number of other viruses. Does the rash seem itchy?

    Answer by ANGIE409 at 8:32 PM on Dec. 27, 2009