I have a red cheeked preschooler. Trying to talk to doc, but wanted thoughts from others.
I've called our ped's office and haven't gotten answers, so I turn to MeFi for thoughts on avenues to explore.
My 3-year-old's cheeks turn red easily and the red rash is a little bumpy. It is enough that pretty much every day in winter, SOMEONE comments on his red cheeks. (This morning the school security guard said "it must be really cold out there - your cheeks are so red!") And for our holiday photos, the photographer had to touch up all the photos to reduce the red.
This happens when:
- Immediately upon being outside if under 50 degrees and/or wind blowing. Colder weather -> more redness in cheeks.
- When he's too hot (layers of clothes or wrapped up in too many blankets).
- After running around or dancing.
- After eating sometimes (but I haven't yet gotten into keeping good track of when this happens - but certainly when there is something new in the mix).
- When he has a fever/is sick it shows first in his cheeks.
He does have sensitive skin generally and we use all sensitive skin products on him.
I also have sensitive skin (especially reactions to chemical-y detergents/soaps/makeup), am very sensitive to cold, and have some food sensitivities that displays on my skin (like lips and face turning red when I drink red wine).
Photos -- I don't have pictures from when it is the worst, but to give you a sense:
new things on Thanksgiving - hadn't been outside in hours.
/roughhousing, hadn't been outside in hours.
is in 50-something degrees.
is in 40-something degrees.
Any ideas on what to be watching for and/or how to proceed with the doctor? I know that this isn't that big of a deal on the surface, but if this is part of some other health issue, I want to be able to follow up.