Originally Posted by mom2taylor
My 3 yr old started with a rash on one side of her belly that goes down onto the top of her legs. This stared a little after Christmas. I took her to the dr and he said it was an allergy and to try to figure out what it was and if it was no better to bring her back and that would mean allergy testing. The rash has now gone to her arms and I have taken away all the things I thought may be causing this but it just seems to be getting worse. How long should I wait before going bak to the doctor again and with the allergy testing, will it be able to help me identify the cause? I have not stated using any new soaps or detergents and she hasn't been eating anything different. I did get a new duvet for Chirstmas that she comes in contact with when she comes in bed with me but I have taken that away the day I saw the dr so the rash would have gone away not gotten worse. I just can't figure out what she could be allergic to! Is allergy testing on a 3 year old very difficult? Any insight would be very helpful!
Your not supposed to have allergy testing for skin allergies, ever, even when it's cleared up. It's very inaccurate, the only kind of testing that can be used is a RAST test..where they test your blood.
Is she using a cortisone cream of any kind?? If not, go out and buy some Cortaid or something similar and try using that for a few days. If that doesn't work, or works somewhat, she may need a higher dose, like Cutivate(available through a prescription). Hot water can cause rashes, so try to minimize hot showers, if at all. In fact, minimize showers to every other day if possible, dry skin is a breeding ground for allergies. Use a gentle soap(I HIGHLY reccomend Cetaphil products, every doctor I know says to stick to that for skin allergies), and within five minutes of her getting out of the shower use a heavy moisturizing cream all over(again Cetaphil is great for this).
I don't know anything about young a child can take benadryl or some kind of antihistamine, but if she can daily, she should for the allergy. Also..a work on cortisone cream..use a little as possible and the lowest possible dosage..it can stunt her growth.
If you can, set up a humidifier near or in her room, this will help her skin to not dry out so much. If it becomes a longer term thing (the rash), you may want to consider getting rid of wall to wall carpeting& replacing it with hardwood floors. Generally if she has one allergic rash, shes in for more. Keep the house clean, try to vacuum and dust often, preferably when she isn't home.
There's a new cream called ELIDEL out there, it doesn't work for me, my skin allergies are severe, and it is made for mild-moderate skin allergies. It contains no steroids(!) and I've heard good things about it from those with mild to moderate skin problems.
Hope this helps if you have any more questions..feel free to ask me! I'm no doctor, just a girl who's dealt with skin allergies all her life so I've kind of become my own doctor..=)