Why Do Red Rashes (such As Red White Spots) Around The Baby’s Mouth?

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Afternoon, I have a child aged 6 months. Who has started eating, fruit, biscuits, and instant porridge. However, there is one strange thing when I give him red rice instant porridge. Finished eating shortly after a red rash (red white nodules) appeared around the mouth area. However, before that I have given instant fruit porridge with the same brand taste but did not cause such a reaction. Is it a food allergy, but only brown rice or what? for the moment I stop dlu, because I try for the second time. Remain the same cause red rashes around the mouth. How to handle it? thank you.

1 Answer:

Hello Lestari Inayah, thank you for your question to HealthReplies.com.

Allergy is a condition in which the body's immune system that functions to fight bacteria or other causes of disease is wrong in recognizing 'enemies'. Compounds that are actually harmless to the body are considered a threat and are attacked by the immune system, producing an inflammatory reaction which we can see as symptoms of allergies.

There are so many things that can cause allergies (called allergens), such as mites, pollen, drugs, to protein in food. Allergic reactions can affect many systems, for example the respiratory system can cause allergic rhinitis and asthma. In the digestive system, allergies can cause reactions such as diarrhea, nausea, flatulence, and so on. When it comes to the skin, inflammation can occur on the skin that appears as a rash or reddish bumps that feel itchy, accompanied by peeling or dry skin.

Food allergies can indeed occur in children, especially now that your child has received complementary foods. Therefore it is important to pay attention to the child's response to the given MPASI. Red rash accompanied by reddish spots around the mouth of your child can indeed be caused by an allergic reaction to the food provided. However, other causes cannot be ruled out. Some conditions that can cause rashes and reddish spots around the face in infants include:

Eczema or atopic dermatitis due to allergic reactions that affect the skin can occur in children with a tendency to experience allergies

Prickly heat, where there is a blockage in the sweat gland ducts and causes buildup and bumps. Usually the location is on the sweaty part of the body such as around the neck, head, back, and so forth
Bacterial or mite infections of the skin
Rash due to saliva. A lot of saliva and sticks around the mouth, cheeks, and neck can cause inflammation of the child's skin
and so forth.

The most important way to handle allergies is to avoid allergens (substances that cause allergic reactions). To find out more clearly whether a child has allergies or not and food ingredients or other compounds that can cause allergic reactions in children, further examination is needed by a pediatrician. My advice, you can consult your child's condition with a doctor. The doctor will do a further physical examination and if necessary, an examination can be made to check for allergens.

Meanwhile, still pay attention to the child's condition and monitor his reaction to other MPASI. Avoid giving products that cause these reactions. Keep your baby's skin clean by wiping the baby's mouth after each meal with warm water, then dry again. Avoid using clothes that are too thick, tight, and do not absorb sweat on the baby. Make sure your hands are clean before handling baby's skin. You can also give hypoallergenic moisturizers to skin that has a rash.

If the baby has a widespread reddish rash, looks short of breath, diarrhea, is lazy to drink / eat, and is limp, immediately take the baby to the nearest hospital.

Also read: Know the Causes and How to Overcome Allergies in Infants and How to Detect Early Allergy in Children.

That's all, hopefully it's useful. Always healthy.


dr. Sheryl Serelia.

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