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relief for dry red itchy skin on infant son's face

Hi, My son is 13 weeks old and is struggling with terribly dry and itch skin on his face / head. it is on his forehead, checks, chin, behind his ears, and one small patch of it on his neck. It feels very rough to the touch and is red (is not hot). As well he has a terrible case of cradle cap. While it looks the same at all times, he tends to bother with it more when he is hot, when trying to sleep, or when tired.

The first started when he was 3 weeks old and had a relative snuggle him while they were wearing WAY to much perfume. We were able to clear this up using breastmilk topically. He flared up again about 2 weeks ago, and it was more like dry patches on his face and cheeks, and it has now spread. The rest of his skin feels and looks soft and normal.

We live in a very dry climate, Calgary Alberta, Canada - and the recent weather has been very drastic from cold and snowy to warm, sunny and DRY.

We have tried many different topical creams and oils (even breastmilk), with no success.

Any suggestions?

Thank you so much
 
  Bicknell on 2012-03-05
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Bicknell,
How is the rash bothering the baby?
Is the baby happy and hearty?
Does it get irritated with the itching?
If it gets irritated and starts crying how does it cALM DOWN?
Please let me know the behaviour of the baby in distress.
Regards,
Dr. Yogesh
 
yogeshrajurkar 9 years ago
Thank you Dr. Yogesh

Please find the info you requested below:

How is the rash bothering the baby?
It seems as though it is itchy, he try's to scratch / rub at it anyway he can.

Is the baby happy and hearty? Yes, he is over 15lbs, eats well, and aside from his skin bothering him is very happy.

Does it get irritated with the itching? Yes, it inflames (more redness). My son seems frustrated when he is bugging / rubbing / scratching at it and will squawk a bit.

If it gets irritated and starts crying how does it cALM DOWN? When he is most bothered I make sure he is not to hot, and usually will breast feed him. Also distracting him (playing with him, singing to him, cuddling him) also calms him down. I often have to physically stop him from bugging at it.

Please let me know the behaviour of the baby in distress. When it is at its worst he seems very uncomfortable & frustrated, and almost panicky. He will turn his head from side to side and flail his hands about trying to rub at it, he can get pouty and sad at times as well with it. He has a hard time sleeping as the 'itchyness' wakes him up.

Hope this provides a better picture.

Thank you,
LB
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
LB,
You mean to say in all he is a very happy go lucky baby except for the itch.
Will he smile all the while even at strangers?
Just confirming my picture...
Loves to play And being carried?
Regrds,
Dr. Yogesh
 
yogeshrajurkar 9 years ago
Hi, yes he is very happy full of smiles and giggles. Loves to play, snuggle, be carried as well as play on his playmat independently.
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
LB,
Belladona 6 C
two drops of the dilution in two three spoon of water once a day only for three days
Thats it. Dont repeat!
Report back in 5 days,
Regards
Dr. Yogesh
 
yogeshrajurkar 9 years ago
Hi Dr. Yogesh

Unfortunately I can not find Belladona 6C in my area. Only 30ch or 200ch ... can you advise as to what I should do?

Thank you,

Laura
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Look up Hylands in Canada-
and call the 800 number and order
the 6c-ask the dr. if you should order
anything else as well.
the potency is very important-
 
simone717 9 years ago
Hi

I have found a 6C in town and am going to pick it up this afternoon. I did want to share some further development with my son prior to starting the remedy, ensuring it is still the correct one.

The skin on his face is actually getting worse, he is quite red, scaly, and is starting to ooze (on his right side), he can not lay down with out bugging at it - but sleeps well if being held or in his car seat (reclined seated). I am also certain he is teething, he is wanting to 'chew' on cloths, and blankets, or fingers.

He is still generally very happy, feeding well and output is good. He enjoys playing, being held and being part of the 'action'.

I will still pick up the 6c today, but want to be sure this is still the remedy to give.

Thank you
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
My understanding is that when you have a reaction from a med, that means it's working. Usually, a condition will get worse before it gets better. So, if there is a reaction, even a bad one, keep up the remedy.

Also, look into antimonium tart.
I am using that for my goofy face rash
 
mamatomany 9 years ago
Thanks 'mamtomany', yes we will watch to see if we have any response to the remedy. However it is also best to start one course and wait before moving on to the next.

To clarify, we have just now picked up the Belladonna 6c and have NOT started the suggested dose / time from Dr. Yogesh. I wanted Dr. Yogesh to know where we are at today before we begin to ensure this is still the best remedy.

I will wait to hear back from you Dr. Yogesh before we begin.

Thank you

LB
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Hi again Dr. Yogesh

In a matter of hours things have gone from bad to worse with our darling son. The left side of his face is actually inflamed, (raised), and where before the issues were on the face, behind the ears, a few spots on the neck/upper chest (where his chin rests on), and the cradle cap - it is now: worse on his face (inflamed), cradle cap is still the same on the top of his head but there is now a new patch of it on the back of his head which is also inflamed. Also; he has gotten quite red and sore in his groin (Left side, in the leg crease), the spots on his upper chest/neck are now VERY red and 'tacky', his left armpit is a bit pink and had some white tacky goo that smells off, and behind his right knee is now red and blotchy. We have had to keep baby mitts on him as he bugs and bugs at his face & head (and will make himself bleed if we do not keep his hands covered), while we do take the mitts off regularly though the day & rinse / wash his hand in water he seems to be now quite red and blotchy in between his fingers. Lastly, after his last feeding he now has a lot of 'white' on his tongue. It does not look like thrush at this point, and there are no signs of thrush/yeast on me.

I am feeling completely lost and horrible that he is going through this. Again, I do want to be sure that these new / worse symptoms are still a match to the recommended remedy.

Thank you

LB
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Hi- DrY is not always on here everyday.
If you click on ABC remedies store and read
the symptoms for belladona-
they are all your childs symptoms-
including red skin, moist oozing skin
and so on-It is not like he has
anything that is NOT on that remedy.

If I were you I would try it-and see if
it starts to help- you are not going
to harm him with that dose.

Otherwise go to ask a homeopath
online and pay $20 or so and
you can get someone to validate
the belladona and supervise you.-
or make another prescription.

When my kids were little I had an
acute kit for this type of thing-
and sometimes try a few similar
remedies till one worked.Something did work -almost every time-if
not I then went to the pediatric dr.
asap.
 
simone717 9 years ago
Btw- i meant belladona skin part
on the abc- he has enough
similars to things on the skin section
that it would be logical to try
belladona.
 
simone717 9 years ago
Thank you
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Bicknell,
Give the dose.
Have you given the dose??
REply soon
Dr. Yogesh
 
yogeshrajurkar 9 years ago
Bicknell,
have you given the dose?
Waiting for your reply
regards
Dr. Yogesh
 
yogeshrajurkar 9 years ago
Hi Dr Yogesh

He has had a dose yesterday and today, he is much worse. He can not keep himself from bugging at his head and face and needs to be held 100% of the time. His right eyelid is very swollen, it is barely open. He also needs to constantly chew on something.

Hoping things start to improve soon.

LB
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Bicknell,
He needs to be held all the time what happens if you put him down or when he is not held?
BTW
Do you have arsenic Alb?
Which potency?
Regards,
Dr. Yogesh
 
yogeshrajurkar 9 years ago
Hi Dr Yogesh

If he is not being held he scratches / rubbs at his face & head. I keep him in mitts so he does not do to much damage. He needs to be held even to sleep at night.

If he is not trying to bug at his face / head he is chewing on his hands. Also he often needs to be chewing on something, even when being held.

Yes we have arsenicum album 30ch.

I gave him his third dose of belladonna this morning.

Thank you

LB
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Bicknell,
Give 24 hrs to the last dose if you feel the dose has not helped then arsenic alb 30Ch single dosethats it.
report back soon,
Regards,
Dr. Yogesh
 
yogeshrajurkar 9 years ago
Hi Dr Yogesh

It has been 24 hrs since his last belladonna and he is still just as rough & uncomfortable.

I will give him the Ars Alb & let you know how he is doing / if anything changes.

Thank you
Laura
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Laura,
Yes I'm all ears.
Keep me updated.
Dr. Yogesh
 
yogeshrajurkar 9 years ago
Hi Dr Yogesh

I gave my son the ars alb 2 days ago and unfortunately we have had no change / improvement.

Any ideas?

Thanks for all your help

Laura
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Hi Dr Yogesh

We have been trying to keep him from scratching and using a moisturizer, however things are still quite uncomfortable.

Any further thoughts?

Thank you
Laura
 
Bicknell 9 years ago
Need suggestions please :(

Things are still not going well at all, we are now in Maui in the beautiful warm & humid weather (on day 3 now) and he is still just as bothered. It is still waking him often, and it is spreading a bit ( his neck is worse & it is now on his chest a bit).

Should we do the ars alb againg???

Any help is greatly appreciated
 
Bicknell 9 years ago

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