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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: josette | 2003/12/17

Q.

Itching Rash all over

My baby is 13 months old and has an itching rash mixed with prickly heat (prickly heat just started) all over his body. It started after I stopped breastfeeding 1 1/2 months ago. The rash got better when I used Florasone cream. Then the rash started anew after he got a fever from teething this past weekend. The Florsone cream now seems to make him itch and it's not supposed to be used more than 7 days. He is teething like crazy. Up most of the night. I give him Hyland's teething tabs but they only work for so long. Please help, it is heartbreaking to see my baby like this. Oh yeah, I don't know if this matters but he was a premie.

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

There are many causes of itchy rashes, but the most common this time of year is so called papular uticaria, where small itchy patches appear all over the body in reaction to an insect bite. The best advice is to prevent insect bites eg. by using a mosquito net. The Florsone should give short term relief of the worst itchiness and some paracetamol may help to settle her at night time with the teething. If it persists your doctor will need to evaluate.

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Posted by: john | 2003/12/30

Some advise from an allergy sufferer of +30 years - now completely cured.

This condition is probably as a result of dietary changes - you need to pay special attention to diet. You can try to severely restrict carb intake. There are other types of diets that may work.

Personally I have had complete success by restricting carb intake. Your typical candida diets will also work very well. There is alot of literature on allergy causing foods - the most common foods causing allergy in children and adults is eggs, wheat, oranges and dairy products.

As for creams - these are a futile route as they are short term and have limited effect. They may in fact make the condition worse with time. The absolute best cream to use for rashes without any side effects is ozonated olive oil - this can sometimes be found in health shops if you are lucky. It can be used long term and may in some cases cure the condition.

Be careful with using cortisone creams - these may alleviate the condition but have some nasty long term side effects.

Good luck

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