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Rash on left leg that won't disappear under pressure

kristagkristag
posted 9 years 8 months ago
A weird thing has happened today. We took Sophie swimming (all went well again) then back to the changing room and I noticed her left leg had a red rash on it. I pressed it and it didn't go away! Tried to be calm and logical but the panic kind of welled up Scared

I checked the rest of her body and nothing else at all.

We headed home and checked her again (we're 10 mins from the pool) and it was still there, not spread but didn't disappear. We phoned the doctor and went straight down where he checked her out and did her temperature and all is normal. No idea what it is but he said that it's not meningitis as the rash is much redder than what she has. However, we're baffled. She's not unwell at all, eating fine, bright and alert. Doc said if we're worried in any way, just come back even if we just want more reassurance tomorrow if it's still there. He's a smashing doctor Smile

Anyone else encountered this kind of thing?

I have to admit that although we've been told it doesn't appear to be anything serious, both Mike and I are feeling a little bit fraught and I doubt we'll be doing much sleeping tonight and she'll be checked every hour in the night! Love


AlexAlex Moderator
posted 9 years 8 months ago
Joseph had a rash like that on his body at about Sophies age and I was told it was a teething rash, he went on to have it several times and like Sophie never had a temp and was well.

The first time Joseph was taken to hospital (with a virus) they supected meningitis and it was scary. He had a raging temp, was floppy, his soft spot was bulging, he had (more than 'normal') raspy breathing and a BRIGHT rash. What Im trying to say is if she happy herself there probably is no reason to worry and you would 'know' when to be really worried.

candgsmumcandgsmum
posted 9 years 8 months ago
If she seems fine try not to worry too much (easier said than done I know).

It could be she's had a slight reaction to the water? Or like Alex suggested, a teething rash. George used to get a bad rash on his cheeks when he teethed.

I know how scary rashes can be, we had to rush Charlotte to the out of hrs GP about a month ago and she came out in a rash and had a 'speckled' spots purple coloured around her eyes, had a very high temperature and at one point kept losing conciousness, it turned out she had a severe throat infection but we thought she had meningitis. The spots were caused by blood vessels bursting as she was being sick and the rash was because of her fever.

kristagkristag
posted 9 years 8 months ago

Alex said:
Joseph had a rash like that on his body at about Sophies age and I was told it was a teething rash, he went on to have it several times and like Sophie never had a temp and was well.


Did the rash also not disappear under pressure?

I've been monitoring Sophie all evening (as you can imagine) and it's still there, no better or worse and I've checked her temperature which is still 35.96c. No rash anywhere else either as I keep digging the poor little soul out of her moses basket in bright bedroom lights to check her tummy, back, etc Love

AlexAlex Moderator
posted 9 years 8 months ago

kristag said:

Alex said:
Joseph had a rash like that on his body at about Sophies age and I was told it was a teething rash, he went on to have it several times and like Sophie never had a temp and was well.


Did the rash also not disappear under pressure?

I've been monitoring Sophie all evening (as you can imagine) and it's still there, no better or worse and I've checked her temperature which is still 35.96c. No rash anywhere else either as I keep digging the poor little soul out of her moses basket in bright bedroom lights to check her tummy, back, etc Love


Nope. I pushed my fingers up to, I had the glass on it but it was still there.

candgsmumcandgsmum
posted 9 years 8 months ago
Does the rash look angry or sore hun?

kristagkristag
posted 9 years 8 months ago

candgsmum said:
Does the rash look angry or sore hun?


No hun. It's just looks like little tiny red spots under her skin. It starts mid-thigh and goes to her ankle but only on the front of her left leg. Nothing on the back or anywhere else on her body.

hapydazyhapydazy Moderator
posted 9 years 8 months ago
Could it be a spot of exczyma (sp??) maybe?? Aaralyn gets little patches of that on her lower back and that's what it sounds like, is it a little chaffed looking?

kristagkristag
posted 9 years 8 months ago

hapydazy said:
Could it be a spot of exczyma (sp??) maybe?? Aaralyn gets little patches of that on her lower back and that's what it sounds like, is it a little chaffed looking?


No, Jas had that too when she was a babe. It's defo not eczema. I'd take a picture but she's asleep Smile If it's still there in the morning I'll photograph it. It looks like the kind of rash you get when you're allergic to something. She's not itching it or fidgeting so it's not itchy it seems.

candgsmumcandgsmum
posted 9 years 8 months ago
Ah I just thought that maybe she'd had a reaction to something when swimming.

George gets spots quite often, usually on his tummy and then he breaks out in eczema. They are headless and reddy/pink and he scratches them and makes them sore and then he gets dry sore skin. I try to cover him cream but it doesn't always help Rolling Eyes

LihraLihra
posted 9 years 8 months ago
hi i had a scare when meleah was 5mnths red rash all over not disappering under a glass went straight to ae where even they thought was menegitis took blood tests and turned out to be a viral infection maafestering in a rash which apparentley does happen occasionaly where it doesnt disappear under a glass

hapydazyhapydazy Moderator
posted 9 years 8 months ago
I bet you it's nothing to be concerned with (but understandable that you are! as I said I would be ((and have been)) too)... I think babies are just generally rashy sometimes (Aaralyn always got them all over her body after having a fever and I was told it was a viral rash as well)... Let us know how Sophie is tomorrow for sure though!

mum2popsnjakmum2popsnjak
posted 9 years 8 months ago
Could be viral hun? Has Sophie had a cold recently? I was told that sometimes a rash can appear when a virus is on it's way out ie. after a cold etc. Jake had one a few months ago. He was fine in himself and i rang NHS Direct to be told if he is at all poorly or off colour to take him to the doc or A&E immediately. It never developed though and they are pretty sure it was just a viral rash. His covered his entire body though and was there for around 3 days in total.

kristagkristag
posted 9 years 8 months ago
Hi everyone, Sophie is fine today. The rash is still there but has faded a bit. Nothing else anywhere else and the poor little soul put up with me putting the light on about every 1.5 hours all night, getting her undressed and peering at her, taking her temperature and then dressing her and putting her back in her basket. She only cried once about it Crying

I didn't get much sleep as you can imagine. She's bright and breezy this morning and her usual self so today I'm going down a gear.

I guess you're all right, probably either a reaction to something in the pool (or the horrid pull-down baby change thing which I did try and cover up as best I could before laying her on it as it was filthy! - Don't pools ever clean those things???) or it's the end of something viral. I don't think she's had a cold but she did have a couple of vomiting days recently so perhaps she had a bit of a bug.

Once again, it's just nice to know you're not the only one!x

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