RASH (no pictures this time) UPDATE

This is a follow-up to the post about my daughter’s rash since I’ve had many hits on it and queries as to how she is not doing:

It’s been what seems like an endless parade to and from a medical office of one kind or another lately. After waiting literally months for ZGirl’s dermatology appointment, it came and went and left me feeling a bit fuzzy in the brain – like I hadn’t ever been to a specialist before – and went away with more questions than answers.

Dr. Eyebrows, the junior of his now retired father who we originally saw last year, took one look at ZGirl and exclaimed how her condition and symptoms were exactly like his own son of the same age. I felt relief. He gave us a script for a cream, advised us to try an OTC antihistamine when things got bad, and swabbed her to see if she was a carrier of nasal staph.

Did you just go reread that last part?

Yeah. That’s where I got derailed at the appointment and failed as a parent to ask WTF. A couple weeks later I got a call from the clinic to confirm that she was positive. We’ll come back to that in a sec. At the time we were to start a nasal antibiotic right away.

For several days, we squirted an ointment up both nostrils of one very pissed off toddler. It would piss me off too.

After the treatment, her skin looked beautiful! I mean enviably gorgeous! And then a week later she was sick again with something viral (aka “cold”) and the rash and redness returned with a vengeance. Then the daycare told us that there were two confirmed cases of staph (I hadn’t told them about ZGirl’s appointment). And then the coughing and wheezing started. And then she threw up. And then the blizzard snowed us in and the in-laws out. And then Christmas came and went. And then this past Sunday Mr. DD bundled her up right away in the morning because she was getting worse and took her to the urgent care: ear and respiratory infection and the beginning of more antibiotics, this time the kind that taste like ass, even when flavored with grape, which resulted in a taste of ass covered in grape jelly.

And then finally, her follow-up appointment with Dr. Eyebrows. One I was determined to get to the bottom of with this staph infection carrier business. I spent free time googling “nasal staph infection carrier” needlessly. The nurse who called to confirm ZGirl was positive did not clarify that she was positive for another kind of bacteria – but NOT staph. Awesomeness.

Basically, ZGirl just has very sensitive baby skin and moisture followed by sudden dryness (like snot dripping and then subsequently being wiped away with a sleeve) will cause her extreme irritation. The prickly rash she gets on the rest of her body is her skin’s reaction to infections, which really does make sense when you consider the skin is the largest organ of the body. She should outgrow it eventually. Until then, if she gets really rashy about the face, we are to slather her with A&D ointment at bedtime. And that’s it.

If you are still seeking answers to your child’s unexplained rash, ask about getting a culture for staph done. Try A&D ointment, generously applied. Ask about steroid creams or try a mild over the counter cortisone cream. As for the body, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Aveeno for baby works great. Avoid highly perfumed lotions. If nothing else, vaseline after a bath. Good luck.

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3 thoughts on “RASH (no pictures this time) UPDATE”

  1. OMG! My 14 month old daughter has had the EXACT rash on her face (saw a photo of your baby on an older post) Seriously, they look like twins! I know this is an old post but I am feeling soooo frustrated! She has been to the Dr. and Derm several times. they first treated her for Impetigo. It worsened the rash. Now they have us on a gel for “peri oral dermititis” and since starting that it is spreading to her eye lids too! I don’t know what to do! Can you email me? kimberlydunn77@gmail.com I would love to chat with you and see what has worked and see if now a year later your baby is doing better. So frustrated! But no joke, they look the exact same! So sad because prior to this she never had any skin problems. She had milky perfect skin. ~ Kimberly Dunn

  2. Eucerin in the tub container works REALLY well to moisturize as well. Glad you got to the bottom of it and she’s doing better.

  3. I’m glad you had a solution. We went to the Children’s hospital dermatologist for my girl’s belly rash. He diagnosed her with folliculitis, gave her antibiotics, antibiotic lotion, another antibiotic to smear in her nose and on her fingers (for staph! Apparently the little buggers carry it around with them everywhere), and recommended twice weekly bleach baths. I’m doing about half of that, and I hope that when the lotion runs out, her rash won’t come back.

    For her, though, the A&D (or neosporin) made the problem continue – according to the doctor, anyway. Like you, I was somewhat confused after the appointment, but just decided to put the stuff on her and give her the antibiotic and see what happened. So far, so good.

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