Lurking from 3-6 months, but DD is 5.5 months so I'll be here soon! I wanted to ask you all about this because you've had LO's for a bit longer and maybe have more experience/suggestions...
DD developed a rash on her belly about 3-4 weeks ago. The week before that she had a cold for a few days, so I thought maybe it was a viral rash (I read that they can develop after illness). Well it wasn't going away, and after 2 weeks one of the nurses I work with convinced me that it *might* be hand/foot/mouth so I took her to pedi. He said it looked like eczema, and to try some lotion (and 1% hydrocortisone on the bad spots)... but didn't really make any specific suggestions about products.
We've been using baby aquaphor bath wash (in her bath every other night), + aveeno baby eczema cream (morning and night), + hydrocortisone dabbed on the more red/rough spots. It seemed to be getting better, but when I picked DD up from daycare today her belly looked AWFUL. The rash was 5x worse than I'd ever seen it.
I'm at a loss for where to go with this. I've read a bit about baby eczema online, and it seems like it can be affected by a lot of things. She has a cold right now (with a pretty rough cough)... The temperature changed from low 70s to low 90s overnight here... We have high pollen warnings - maybe she has allergies? What are the chances that something I'm eating is suddenly causing her to react to breastmilk?
Do I keep using the same products for a few more days and just see what happens? I'm not sure how long I should give this stuff to work... I'm also thinking about getting some baby aquaphor cream, but wanted to give the aveeno a chance since it's a bit cheaper. How do I know if we need to go back to the pedi, to a dermatologist, etc? Any help or suggestions from mamas with experience would be greatly appreciated!