Childhood Diseases

Posted by: S-p | 2008-12-01


Red Spots

Hello Prof,

I wonder if this sounds like something familiar? My little girl (13 months) has a few red spots, they are very small, pimple like spots - definitely not mosquito bites. There are 2 on her arm, 2 on her face, and one or two elsewhere on her body - so it is not a lot, but consistently the same.
She has also been a little niggly the last week or so ... but then I have also weaned her off breastfeeding in the last week and a half ....

Do the spots sound like anything I should worry about?


Expert's Reply



It is very difficult to diagnose skin rashes without being able to see your baby. The spots sound like a reaction to a flea bite, a condition we call papular urticaria. The flea only bites your baby in one place and all the other spots are a reaction which follows. The usual treatment is to apply a little calamine lotion to the spots.

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Posted by: Lu | 2008-12-02

My 9 month old has the same problem, it appears red and look like mosquito bites by they are definitely not and then after a while the spots turn light brown and eventually disappears, I think the doctors right it might be fleas, i' ve seen flea' s on her clothes on more than one occasion.

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Posted by: Tasja | 2008-12-01

Wow,my girl is 1 year old,and i noticed the same thing on her one leg and arm,i also thought def not mosquito bites,and last night she was up 3 times,and only slept an hour today.I thought it might be dust mites,because i`m redoing the kitchen and theres dust every where,but i vacuum twice a week,so i`m not sure!It looks like litle pimples,and is hard.

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Posted by: Candi | 2008-12-01

I have the same problem!
I noticed his spots lastnight! They are on his arms and legs!
I could not get him to sleep lastnight!
Def not mozzie bites!
My son is 8months!
Any advice would be greatful!

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