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I'm desperate and awaiting a phone call from the pediatrician. My 2 yr old daughter has developed a rash on her lower back. It's red and bumpy and not responding to diaper rash cream. It's very itchy b/c she shreds her diaper scratching at it and she says it hurts. The past couple of days she's been sleeping a lot and has had a waking rectal temp of only 96 degrees.

I'm hoping there is someone here that has kids or is a doctor that might be able to help me out.

The kitten is the only new thing in the house so I hope that isn't it.
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Oh wow, could be a lot of things... fungal, bacterial, viral... the doc would have to see it to know. I would venture to guess that in that location, unless the kitten laid on her bare backside.. that it is not the animal...

If it is fungal or these other things ... and that is common with diaper area.... diaper cream won't help. (just leaning twd fungal since my nieces/nephews would get fungal infections b/c of diapers.... don't know.)
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I'm desperate and awaiting a phone call from the pediatrician. My 2 yr old daughter has developed a rash on her lower back. It's red and bumpy and not responding to diaper rash cream. It's very itchy b/c she shreds her diaper scratching at it and she says it hurts. The past couple of days she's been sleeping a lot and has had a waking rectal temp of only 96 degrees.

I'm hoping there is someone here that has kids or is a doctor that might be able to help me out.

The kitten is the only new thing in the house so I hope that isn't it.
If it's extremely red, it could be thrush. It's very itchy, and grows in warm moist places. It can be treated with gentian violet, but it does stain. If there's any way she can go without her diaper for a while, that will help too.

Have you tried oatmeal bath? If you put regular oatmeal in a nylon stocking and rub it over her like soap that should also help.

Is it on the whole lower back or only left or right? Has she been exposed to chicken pox? Had the vaccine? My daughter had a painful rash and it turned out to be shingles. She was 5.
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If it's extremely red, it could be thrush. It's very itchy, and grows in warm moist places. It can be treated with gentian violet, but it does stain. If there's any way she can go without her diaper for a while, that will help too.

Have you tried oatmeal bath? If you put regular oatmeal in a nylon stocking and rub it over her like soap that should also help.

Is it on the whole lower back or only left or right? Has she been exposed to chicken pox? Had the vaccine? My daughter had a painful rash and it turned out to be shingles. She was 5.
I did a cool baking soda bath and put some Caladryl lotion on it. The rash is located where the tag of regular underwear would be, in the center. She has not been exposed to chicken pox that I am aware of (I have two school age children) and she has been vaccinated.

The doctor never called back
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please don't be afraid to call back. night calls are part of pediatrics.

the answering service will page him/her or another doctor on call.

the rash and the temp together would concern me a lot.

pls keep us posted on your little one - i hope she feels better soon!
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My advice to you would be to call the doctor back tonight. As another member said, night calls are a part of their practice when they are medically necessary. If she's running a fever and has an unexplained rash, I wouldn't write it off as there are many potenital things it could be.

If she were mine I'd call the doctor one more time tonight and see if you can get him.If not, I would take her to the minor medical center just to be on the safe side. (Some rashes can spread quickly and depending on what she has can be nothing to fool around with, so to err on the side of caution I would have her checked out.) Better to err on the side of caution and have it be nothing major than to have it get worse and delay treatment.

Good luck hon! Lots of vibes headed that way it's nothing serious
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Well I called back and finally the doctor returned my call. He said give her benedryl for the rash and he didn't think she was hypothermic b/c she wasn't lethargic. She has her two year checkup on Wednesday so I guess I will ask about her low body temp again then. I checked her temp this morning after she had been awake for an hour and it was only 96 degrees F. Maybe this is going to be her new normal body temp?
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