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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: Tink | 2004/01/28

Q.

Rash

My baby (3.5months) whole body is covered with a redish rash. How can I know if it is itchy. I dont think it is a heat rash (not that hot).I've heard that rashes are quite common in babies. How will I know when it needs medical attention and what can I do to stop it. We have dogs, could she be allergic to them? Thanks

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

I cannot give detailed comment without seeing the rash myself. Any persistent rash or a child that is ill in any way, requires evaluation.

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Posted by: ME | 2004/01/30

Cape Town - West Beach

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Posted by: Carol | 2004/01/30

Oh my golly, well than that is some thing. Which area do you stay in?

Reply to Carol
Posted by: ME | 2004/01/29

Thanks, Carol
I took her to the doc yesterday and she was diagnosed with - German Measels. I dont know where she got the virus. The doctor said I should cancel her clinic appointment for Monday and inform any pregnant women and children we have been in contact with. It looks worse than it is and the "rash" should clear within a few days. Apparently very contagious. She had a fever (39.4) on Sunday night. This is also a good indication of the virus. The also drinks less and probably feels a bit miserable as she cries more than usual.

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Posted by: carol | 2004/01/28

My daughter developed a rash at an early age. Unfortuantely I could not breast feed and she was intolerant to the formula that I was feeding her. I changed to soya and the rash cleared. Allergies develop normally at a later stage as the body would have to build up resistance to some thing - I doubt it would be the dog. Also, it just may be a heat rash... babies feel heat quicker than what we do....

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