Bath soap for a baby with eczema.

Tara - posted on 03/21/2011 ( 94 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old was recently diagnosed with eczema and the doctor said we need to change her bath soap along with other things. I have been using the Johnson's head to toe. Any suggestions or does anyone have one that has worked for them?

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Dora - posted on 03/24/2011

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Are you breastfeeding by any chance???? If you are use your milk on your babies skin. It will clear it right up. http://www.associatedcontent.com/article... Skin rashes/diaper rashes - Placing breastmilk on rashes will help to clear it up much quicker than the over the counter remedies. If the baby gets frequent diaper rashes, doing this as a preventative measure can help to prevent the baby from any further discomfort. Using breastmilk on eczema is also very beneficial and can help an outbreak. Just the feel of the breastmilk on the rash is very soothing. You can actually feel it healing.
If you are not breast feeding I have found for my little one the DOVE for sensitive skin works great.

Vanessa - posted on 08/03/2012

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seriously so many people suggest tons of eczema creams etc and I have tried everything from steroid prescriptions to compounds to aveeno baby etc. I heard about Cetaphil Restoraderm Bodywash and lotion and decided to buy it.. its around $20 per bottle but lasts a long time and my son went from cracked itchy skin to almost perfect skin in like 3 days!!! after the 1st night we could see the improvement! seriously dont waste money on crappy eczema creams that help only a little and short term! you can get it at any drug store but make sure it has RESTORADERM as thats what you need =P my son can stay in the bath for like 30 mins now and have no issues he always uses the bodywash so when we travel we take it with us and after his bath he gets creamed and we put a long sleeve shirt on him because he hates the wetness of the lotion. My son has been using it for about 7 mths and he rarely has any signs that he even has eczema. I have a whole shelf in my bathroom full of "eczema" creams but the cetaphil is the only one that worked long term for me.. steroid creams are very bad to use also so before you get a prescription that will only help for a few weeks try it out! I wish someone had told me this like 2.5 years ago when my son 1st got eczema he was only 10 mths old and his arms would crack so bad we thought they would bleed. gl I hope this helps!

Bernadette - posted on 10/01/2011

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Well, I just found out a couple of weeks ago that you AVOID baby oil! I did not know this, and while my son does not exactly have exzema he does sometimes get some very red scaly patches on his body that look like they could be painful (not that he really complains about them). He had these more throughout winter, and I'd put a little bit of baby oil in the bath and also use it on his head when he had cradle cap. That was fine, and I stopped using it when his skin cleared up. Then a couple of weeks ago, I noticed he was a bit scaly again, and also had cradle cap again so I decided to put baby oil in his bath again. This time, I used quite a lot and by that evening he had broken out in huge, angry-looking red scaly patches all over. They seemed sensitive to him too. I told my mum about them and she said that when she took my sister to the doctor as a baby (she had bad exzema) the doctor said do NOT use baby oil.

Fehrin - posted on 08/03/2012

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Goats milk soap either bar or liquid in a short bath, you can follow with aveeno eczema lotion if you wanted. Cleared my sons eczema up quickly

Karen - posted on 09/12/2011

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since babies are not dirty, they don't really need soap regularly. I've been soaking my baby in Oilatum 2x a day per her dermatologist and in 3 days her eczema cleared up! hope this helps.

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Ann - posted on 10/03/2011

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Aveeno for babies works the best. I would suggest the one that has a mild moisturizer to it as well. But in all things check with the babies doctor first.

Brianna - posted on 09/30/2011

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look for things that are not smelly or say say for eczema on them. i use spectum baby soap on my daughter it says its for eczema but its not for hair just body. i use the pain huggies shampoo for her hair

Hope - posted on 09/30/2011

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Aveno Baby has bathsoap and lotion for babies with eczema. For washing clothes and blankets etc you might want to try a free and clear laundry detergent no dyes and fragrance free. Hope this helps you.

♥♪Megan♫♥ - posted on 09/13/2011

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I'm using the Johnson and Johnsone baby oil gel for my 6 y/o who has exema and putting baby oil in the tub for my 6 month old so she doesn't get it.

When my 6 y/o was around 9 months I mixed 0.1% hydrocortizone cream with Eucerine and Vasoline. That worked really good.

Amanda - posted on 09/12/2011

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Cetaphil, its expensive but it works. Also, don't keep them in the tub too long it will also dry out their skin. Use a hypo allergenic laundry detergent

Krista - posted on 09/11/2011

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I used Johnson's oatmeal soap, and it worked well for my little girl, but I coupled that with GOLD BOND ULITMATE healing lotion, twice to three times a day when there are flare ups, and winter; once a day in the summer months, it's worked great! I didn't have to change my laundry soap either, good luck

Bernadette - posted on 09/10/2011

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I haven't really had this issue too much, but have heard that goats' milk soap is good.

Makini - posted on 09/09/2011

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Hi Tara, My Doctor recommended Dove soap and Cetaphil Lotion. However you should get an IgG blood test done on you baby to screen for Allergies.

Tiffany - posted on 07/29/2011

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My 2 month old has eczema and we have been giving him baking soda baths as directed by our pediatrician. We use Baby Eucerin body wash and shampoo. When he gets out of the bath we use Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream, very greasy, but so worth it. On a daily basis we put lotion on him several times a day from the Aveeno Baby products line and his eczema has improved 100%! I, myself, have had eczema since I was 6 months old and I also use Aveeno products because they keep my skin from drying out. Fragrance free and moisturizing are very important in treating eczema properly! Our son was also allergic to the casein protein in milk, but not the whey protein in milk so he is now on a 100% whey based formula and we have seen drastic improvements.

Liz - posted on 07/28/2011

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MUSTELA!!! you can buy it at babies r us or online. I swear by it, the wash & lotion or body milk. by daughter's was so bad it would bleed and this was the only product that worked

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Shaklee's gentle baby wash is organic and paraben free. My friend's toddler has eczema, and it cleared up instantly after using the Shaklee gentle wash. Email me at resully3470@yahoo.com if you want to know how to get it.

Melissa - posted on 07/19/2011

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Go Organic Organic Organic...to many babies and kids have this problem and I truly truly believe it is from all the toxic crap in products today...while researching ingredients in baby wipes after my son was born I was HORRIFIED! I am now converted to everything I put on myself and my son is organic or all synthetic, and paraben free!

Carol - posted on 07/19/2011

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I have struggled with eczema for years, as well as my daughters. We use dove bar soap(liquids tend to break us out) and arm and hammer soap for washing cloths. Check and see if a sulphur free shampoo helps.I do not use fabric softener in cloths but I do use dryer sheets. You may find that your daughter is allergic to sulfides, my son is and I suspect that my daughters are too. There are baby washes and shampoos out there for eczema care. I think they have disney babies on them now

Sarah - posted on 07/15/2011

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Aveeno has an eczema line of baby products that work great. The bath soak + eczema therapy cream cleared my 7 mo. old daughters eczema within a week. Since then I have only used Aveeno products, and she seems fine.

Tania - posted on 07/09/2011

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At this age, water is enough. Soap or an equivalent really isn't necessary. If you really want to use something, the QV products are great, or you could even try washing with a fragrance-free moisturising cream. Aqueous cream is great, or Sorbolene. The former is great for moisturising skin prone to eczema. It's the basis of Sorbolene. Very thick, but works a treat.

Jenny - posted on 05/19/2011

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I use dermaveen body lotion and bath oil some days is hadr to buy but ive used it many times when girls were babys in nappys worked great eased away the redness as well

Vicki - posted on 04/06/2011

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At 4 months I only used water, sometimes with a couple of drops of Lavendar oil or a dollop of sweet almond oil in the water. I would stay away from all commercial products. Now he's older (21 months) I used a locally made calendula baby soap but only every fews days if he's particularly dirty. Small babies just don't need products.

Summer - posted on 04/06/2011

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My son (15 months) also has terrible eczema. It is mostly an allergy thing for him, he is terribly allergic to soy, dairy, eggs and walnuts. If I watch his diet he is better (and mine since I am still BFing.) He was also allergic to polyester (weird huh?) and once I switched to all cotton (on him and me) he cleared up immediately. My pediatrician also recommended no soap whatsoever, and to use Vanicream as a moisterizer. It is the only stuff I can put on him. I have also used California Baby products before and had pretty good luck, I guess. Good luck!

Mirinda - posted on 04/04/2011

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My son had a slight case of eczema when he was about 2 months old. Nothing worked until I used Dove moisturizing soap and Cetaphil moisturizing cream on him. He was better within a week. He is two years old now and I still just use Dove soap on him. Johnson and Johnson is too drying in my opinion.

Stephanie - posted on 04/04/2011

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Our pediatrician suggested Baby Aveeno because Johnon's has a tendency to dry baby out. Baby Aveeno is great. They also have an eczema oatmeal bath that works great too. You can even take a bath with baby in it...moistens and softens both of your skin.

Betsy - posted on 04/04/2011

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try aveeno bath for babies or the generic to that its packets that you sprinkle in the water helped my baby

Be-Atrice - posted on 04/04/2011

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My 19 month old son has eczema, too. Dove soap works for us. Also, using the Aveeno baby lotion with oatmeal and vaseline twice daily also seems to help. When it gets really bad, we have to use a steroid ointment prescribed by his pediatrician. Hope this helps.

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Cerave or cetaphil soap and a moisturizing "creme" same brands not a lotion, that's important. I wouldn't use any of the aveeno products because it has oat in it and if I ever got oat on my son's skin it turned bright red. I also have that reaction on my skin with aveeno products. Also the dermatologist said that it actually dries out the skin and not to use it. One thing that cleared it up almost immediately was a high dose of probiotics. Good Luck!

Sara - posted on 04/03/2011

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my little girl had eczema cradle cap, it was bad. I found an amazing problem at the grocery store, surprisingly. Gentle Naturals Eczema Baby Wash, you just add a capfull to the bath water & bathe as usual. Her's cleared up in about a week. Hope it helps your baby too!!

Mindy - posted on 04/03/2011

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The best advice my Dr. gave me was....."They dont need soap atall and dont bath but ever other night to every 2 nights, not until they start to get crazy dirty". Like around 5,6,7...My son had eczema REALLY bad since he was young.....he is now 8 1/2 and finally grew out of it, the only relief he got was using really thick creams. And changing them out every so often when his skin started to get used to it. Has your son been on any antibiotics? Eczema also can be maintained by putting them on a "childrens asodophilis (primadophilos)" Working on the intestines really helps with the skin in general. It is already present in his little body so you can give it to him now. Good luck I know how awful this can be for you to look at and feel so helpless and for the little one that has to deal with it being uncomfortable.

Leanna - posted on 04/03/2011

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Johnson and Johnson is terrible. They put a lot of unhealthy junk in their products. I actually sell Arbonne and they have a babycare line that gets fantastic results when used on babies with dry skin or eczema. They have a body wash, lotion, body oil, diaper cream and sunscreen. Botanically based and free of artificial fragrances, parabebs, PABA, and many other harmful ingredients. Check them out on my website www.leannahall.myarbonne.ca or drop me an email. Cheers, Leanna :-)

Jeanine - posted on 04/03/2011

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I just did some research and looked for ratings and reviews on different products and found the Mustela products to have the best ratings by parents. They are more expensive that is for sure, but if your baby needs it I say go for it. I don't know if you have a Babies R Us by you, buy right now they have buy 2 get the 3rd free. Hope this helps

Donna-Marie - posted on 04/02/2011

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Hi there Tara,
My second child suffered with Eczema from a month old and it was Sebhorrhoeic Eczema, weeping and not nice for him at all or to look at for us. We joined the Eczema Society http://eczema.org/
They sent us an information pack with lots of brilliant information and guidance in. The remedies we used for him in the end that really helped his skin were:
Aveeno Products when he was teeny tiny.
By the time he went to Primary School we were using his prescribed Hydrocortisone as and when necessary sparingly but it was a family discipline every day when he bathed to keep his skin moist and we achieved this with Baby Lotion for the smell mixed with Vaseline in a tub we mixed it together and it looks yukky but it was great for his skin. We also used Body Shops Hemp Cream with Johnsons Baby Lotion and a bit of Vaseline and this concoction again gave his skin the moisture it needed. His skin has been for years in fact since he was 18 months old amazing and it is only now that he is older and has to look after his skin himself that he breaks out in patches and mummy dearest gets out his Hydrocortisone and applies it for him and nags him to keep his skin moist.
Wishing you the best. Best advice, do not worry or stress about it just manage it and it will be under conrol in no time. My son's I promise you was ikk...when you felt his cheeks at time they were wet with the liquid from the S.Eczema.

Donna-Marie - posted on 04/02/2011

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Hi there Tara,
My second child suffered with Eczema from a month old and it was Sebhorrhoeic Eczema, weeping and not nice for him at all or to look at for us. We joined the Eczema Society http://eczema.org/
They sent us an information pack with lots of brilliant information and guidance in. The remedies we used for him in the end that really helped his skin were:
Aveeno Products when he was teeny tiny.
By the time he went to Primary School we were using his prescribed Hydrocortisone as and when necessary sparingly but it was a family discipline every day when he bathed to keep his skin moist and we achieved this with Baby Lotion for the smell mixed with Vaseline in a tub we mixed it together and it looks yukky but it was great for his skin. We also used Body Shops Hemp Cream with Johnsons Baby Lotion and a bit of Vaseline and this concoction again gave his skin the moisture it needed. His skin has been for years in fact since he was 18 months old amazing and it is only now that he is older and has to look after his skin himself that he breaks out in patches and mummy dearest gets out his Hydrocortisone and applies it for him and nags him to keep his skin moist.
Wishing you the best. Best advice, do not worry or stress about it just manage it and it will be under conrol in no time. My son's I promise you was ikk...when you felt his cheeks at time they were wet with the liquid from the S.Eczema.

Hannah - posted on 04/01/2011

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Made4baby frangrance free wash is awesome. Free of all nasty chemicals that might irritate it further. www.made4baby.co.nz

Kristen - posted on 04/01/2011

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My 2 year old has had eczema forever now. We used Cetaphil for his bath. I recently found a homeopathic cream that works amazing it is called clear cream. It works better than anything a dermatologist has ever recommended. They have a website but just make sure it is safe for him I didn't start using it until he was well over a year. My son also had reflux and when we switched his formula to alimentum most of his eczema cleared up. I don't know how severe or your son's is.....

Nicole - posted on 04/01/2011

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California Baby works really well on my son. Or you can use Cetaphil lotion as soap.

Elvara Jenn - posted on 04/01/2011

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You may like to try Baby Seba Meds bubble bath and the lotion. I've tried that on my girl who had outbreaks during the first few months and it helped greatly. She currently on the full range of Baby Seba Meds products and her skin is soft and smooth. And do remember not to bath your baby with too hot water as it will dry the skin. Ensure your baby's clothings are fully cleaned off without any detergent or softener residue. Best of luck!

Hope - posted on 04/01/2011

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We use Aveeno Baby shampoo and wash and their sensitive lotion for babies with dry skin and/or eczema. :D

Dipuo - posted on 04/01/2011

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I son had eczema when he was born & the doctor suggest Bernette Aquas cream to bath him with it and apply after bathing. It has worked worked wonders and my son is 18mnts now, never had any skin problem!

Kristie - posted on 03/31/2011

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My husband has had it since he was a baby. This is what we have done:
No fabric softener at all
Perfume/dye free laundry soap. The mildest you can find.
Aveeno lotion
Cetephil body soap
Rx cream (non steroid, cause they can thin the skin over time)
Hydrocortisone cream
He hasn't eliminated dairy from his diet but he does break out after he has had it.
Sugars also breaks him out

If you're breastfeeding, try eliminating dairy/sugars from your diet and see if it helps.. Good luck!!

Donna - posted on 03/31/2011

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My dermatologist and doctor both said the following....unless there is an obvious reaction over several months, do not change anything you use. Basically the caveat is to avoid soaps if possible (use oatmeal in a sock as a bath additive etc) and don't change the other things you have to use (washing powder and shampoo) they will usually adapt (I can vouch for this as we all break out for a few weeks when the laundry powder changes formula). The big no no's were scented soaps and any fabric softener, and the suprising yes was biological laundry soap as your skin gets used to it.
Good luck

Lori - posted on 03/31/2011

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Try Aveeno Baby, it's milder and more natural. I use that on my kids. I had eczema as a child and my ped. recommended Aveeno wash and still use it.

Lisya - posted on 03/31/2011

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Ohh and my dermatologist also said that if you were to get a prescription then it will help the skin but it wont put a protective layer over it to help replenish the dead cells/skin so he highly recommended Cetaphil or Dove.
Lisya K

Lisya - posted on 03/31/2011

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I took myself and my daughter to see the dermatologist and he said that the best thing to use is Dove (no perfume or soap added) and he also said that the other best thing is Cetaphil wash and lotion. Cetaphil is kind of expensive but it works for us. Dont use hot water and apply after baths and dont bathe your child every day, only bathe them every 2-3 days bc its better for their skin. Good luck
Lisya : )

Kelly - posted on 03/31/2011

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Finding a product with natural, soothing and moisturizing ingredients are best. I personally use Sensaria body wash (very hydrating and moisturizing), nourishing moisturizer and jojoba oil. Making sure you are using a soothing, but powerful moisturizer is key. Jojoba oil comes from a desert shrub and is the closest to the skin's natural oils.

Rosanna - posted on 03/31/2011

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My son was about the same age, we tried several different ointments to get the eczema under control. If you haven't been given a Rx then stick to Aquaphor, everyday. A bath every evening helps use the aquaphor on the whole body before you dress him and don't scrub the skin, its best to use your hands to wash instead of a wash cloth and pat dry when he comes out. For the soap I like Cetaphil, most Dr will recommend this one, the liquid is easier to use. Now my son is 2 years old we have tried several soaps and now use California Baby, its all natural and extremely mild they also make one for eczema.

Good Luck, take care of him and there is a good chance it will go away if you can figure out what works best for his skin. My son gets small patches every now and then and his whole body used to be covered, he scrached and dug, had sores. It is so much better today!
Oh make sure to dress him in cotton too, other materials don't always let enough air in for the skin to breathe.

Constance - posted on 03/31/2011

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It's vanicream . And we also use gentle natural baby eczema cream on any flare ups.

Constance - posted on 03/31/2011

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Our pharmacist recomended Venicream moisturizer and Venicreme soap (I don't have it handy, but I believe that is the spelling). The soap only comes in a bar, but it dries almost immediately after use. It has worked well for us, also we cut back on the frequency of bathing and using soap. So now my son gets soaped up only two times a week and other baths are just rinses.

Debra - posted on 03/31/2011

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Both my daughters (6 & 2 years) and myself have eczema. We use a natural lavender bubble bath (herbafloral) and no soaps. Baby shampoo and nature's gate herbal conditioner. Very dry skin gets treated with vaseline but it's Cetaphil lotion right after bath on damp skin every time. The best results started when I cut down her dairy and replaced most of the cow's milk with almond milk (great for omega's). And now that she's 2 she gets omega supplements. And most of the trick is staying on top of the process and not letting eczema spread quickly.

Curtney - posted on 03/31/2011

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My daughter was also diagnosed with eczema when she was 3 months old. Her doctor recommended we use Cetaphil soap and lotion. I also use the aveeno bath and lotion for eczema or the oatmeal bath by aveeno. I hope this information is useful.

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