Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Syl | 2009-09-21


Rash on cheeks

Dear Doc

My daughter is nearly 9 months old. At 8 weeks, she was diagnosed with exzema. I bath her with Epizone-e and then apply either Physiogel or Epimax to her body, and SBR Lipocream to her face.

Her condition has been well controlled, but 2 weeks ago flared up again when we were away for a week near Sun City (probably the water / dry air that we are not used to in Durban). After returning to Durban it improved after a few days. Baby' s cheeks were particularly affected while at Sun City (red rash).

Her cheeks have flared up again now - I have however noticed that on both occasions, I stared giving her " flavoured"  cereal (cerelac gold and more recently cerelac honey). Could her rash be associated with an allergy to something in the cereal?

She has 2 bottom teeth - could it be related to teething? Or is it just " exzema related" ?

She drinks regular NAN, and has cereal, fruit and vegetables as solids.

Many thanks,

Expert's Reply



Your baby has a typical eczema rash and you are using excellent treatments for her rash. Many babies with eczema are allergic especially to milk and to wheat at this age. She should be on NAN HA as her formula and should not have Cerelac which contains wheat. She should only have rice or maize cereals at this stage.

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Posted by: Syl | 2009-09-21


Could this be slapped cheek disease?

Just a thought.


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