Thursday, May 17, 2012

Jaxon's Rash

So about two weeks ago Jaxon started developing a rash under his chin/in the folds of his neck. I thought that it was just from drool and I tried to keep it as clean and dry as possible but that didn't stop it from manifesting into this horrible rash that took over his entire body. 

The rash under his chin was like red, raw skin with a lot of bumps. About a week after the rash started I noticed small red bumps all over his chest and stomach. We went to the doctor's office the same day (a Thursday) to get it checked out. The pediatrician said that under Jaxon's chin was eczema and on his belly was dry skin/beginning of eczema. I was told to put lotion on him and use hydrocortisone cream under his chin if he needed it. Well about two days later those little bumps spread to his entire body; I'm talking legs, arms, scalp, ears, even the soles of his feet. I did some more research online and found pictures of "prickly heat rash" and thought that looked exactly like what Jaxon had. So i stopped lotion immediately because if it was heat rash that was only making it worse. Well Monday came around and he still had the rash from head to toe so we went back to the doctors. Even a second doctor came in to look at Jaxon's rash and they told me they aren't quite sure what it is. It could be eczema, it could be viral. Great. You don't know, so I don't know what to do to help my son. By this time the rash had started making Jaxon itch. He even has a few scabs on his chest and back of his head from scratching so hard. Usually about twice a day it would flare up and get really red and then it would calm down again in several hours.

Well now it's a week after our first doctor's visit and the rash is getting better, but it's still not gone. His neck looks a lot better. It's still red with bumps, his chest and belly still have some red bumps and the rest of his body still have bumps everywhere except now they're flesh colored so you can't really see them. 

Jake and I have tried so many different things to help that I'm not sure which one is helping. We stopped feeding him his cereal, he gets lotioned/Emu oil every day, he gets a bath daily (but only use soap every 2-3 days), and we've been making sure he never gets hot. 

Luckily, Jax has a dermatologist appointment in a week for another laser treatment so I can ask the doctor then about the rash if he still has it. 

Here are some pictures from when it had flared up once:











It's so frustrating not knowing what is causing this, especially when Jaxon is so itchy from it. At least I can be thankful that he doesn't have a fever and is eating fine. Hopefully this resolves itself soon.



3 comments:

  1. Poor thing! I hope it goes away, or at least that you can get a diagnosis and treat it. It is so frustrating when drs can't tell you what to do.

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  2. You know what I didnt think of when we were talking about it ... I use dye free/fragrance free laundry detergent on Holleigh's clothes ... that might help Jax if you are not already using it? I know it helped ME personally a lot when we switched!

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  3. I wish that was the cause! That would be an easy fix. We use All brands dye and fragrance free detergent. I even put his clothes on an extra rinse cycle!! I'm really starting to think it was an eczema flare up due to his cereal. I think in about a month I'll give him the cereal again and see if it happens.

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