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Allergic reaction cause?

My 1 year old has gotten a rash from head to toe that is itchy and so sad to watch! I gave her an oatmeal bath and have been putting cream on it and it seems to ease her discomfort but we cannot figure out where she is getting it from! It has been a week and isn't getting any better so our dr said it is something they we are continually giving her. Does anyone have any idea what it could be? We haven't changed detergents, bath things, lotions, or tried new food. We are stumped! If anyone knows any way to ease her itching and pain let me know too. Thanks!

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Asked by dbodani at 1:20 AM on Apr. 29, 2010 in Health

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  • You could try Benidryl also. I would switch all soaps and detergents to the allergy free ones and see if it helps...just to keep the irratation down. you dont need the expensive soaps or detergents just the ones that are purfume and dye free(ithink thats all)
    Do you have a lot of pollen in the area?? I know that there is a pollen here that causes skin rashes(my son used to get them)

    Answer by IMAMOM2-2KIDS at 1:27 AM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • if you or a neighbor has a new pet that can cause a rash. you can try the aveeno naturals with oatmeal, they work great. my friends kids both had problems with soap at about 1 1/2 their doc said their body's built up a reaction over time its not common but it can happen. you can also try cleaning when she is not home one day see if some thing changes.


    Answer by aly.d at 1:42 AM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • if your lo has a gluten sensitivity the oatmeal baths could make it worse.
    dairy and gluten are the top 2 food culprits
    funny that milk and bread are probably the top two grocery items!

    Answer by happy2bmom25 at 7:35 AM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • You say that you haven't changed anything recently, but that might not help you to figure this out, because an allergy can just could be the laundry detergent, the soap/lotions, etc. Unfortunately, you are either going to need to see an allergist (who can do some blood tests) or try eliminating things to see if the rash gets better or worse.

    Good luck!

    Answer by kjrn79 at 7:48 AM on Apr. 29, 2010

  • DD recently developed allergic rashes too. She is 16 months. We had to get her a prescription steroid cream for some really bed spots. The ped told us that he is unwilling to do allergy testing before three years, and that our best option is to keep a diary of all food she eats and monitor her reactions rash-wise to try and find a link. So far she is very allergic to something at the church, whether it is someone's laundry soap or the cleaning supplies used there we aren't sure, but it gives her full body hives every time. She also has a mild reaction to large amounts of dairy products. Be aware, though, that often you won't find the cause. It could be something she's always been fine with and her body just now built up a reaction to it, or it could be something at someone else's house, like a grandparent's laundry soap or a neighbor's pet.

    Answer by preacherskid at 9:01 AM on Apr. 29, 2010

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