Pod in Toddler
Dear Ted, I came across this thread in a desperate search for help treating POD in a toddler. My son is 18 months old. He has always had sensitive skin. (As an aside, I read recos from people on others sites for California Babies (CB) products to treat POD. His skin cannot tolerate any of their products - I've never used anything but water alone on his face, but we did use the CB body wash/shampoo and it made his skin extremely dry and bumpy.)
Anyway, in August of this year (he was 15/16 months) he developed a red, bumpy rash on the lower part of his left cheek and all around the left side of his mouth. It kept getting worse and worse. I finally took him to a pedi derm two weeks ago and she immediately diagnosed POD. She prescribed topical clindamycin twice a day.
I had been using that for about a week and a half. But it seemed to be making things worse! The bumps did seem to flatten out/disappear, but his face was red, raw and angry looking.
Also, I am convinced there was/is a connection to a sudden onset in severe constipation - this kid did not have constipation issues. Now he has major problems.
We have a follow-up with the derm in a day or two, but I really don't want to put him on an oral antibiotic.
As background - we have only ever used water on his face, we do brush his teeth, but we use Weleda children's toothpaste, which is fluoride-free and SLS free. He's never been on oral antibiotics for anything. And we've never used a steroid cream for any reason. Also, I already give him probiotics in his water every morning. And he eats plain, organic greek yogurt every single day.
I'm at a loss. My poor baby. His verbal skills are not strong enough to tell me if he's in pain. But there are times when he cries when I wash his face after a meal.
I desperate want to try and cure this naturally, but I'm unsure of what products to try in such a young child. I, myself, had clear skin all my life until a sudden outbreak of rosacea-acne in my late 20s. After a derm told me I would be on prescription antibiotics indefinitely, I managed to 'cure' myself by developing a regimen of washing my face with oils (oil cleansing method), and using benzoyl peroxide in the morning, and a combo of mandelic acid and salicylic acid at night. So I have these products in our home. But I'm scared to try them on my son. I know I will not get encouragement from the derm - in my experience, they do not encourage anything except scripted meds.
Does anyone have experience or advice in treatment for such a little one? I don't know what to try next... Thanks in advance.