Do any of your children have Eczema and how are you dealing with it? Any product suggestions?

Maria - posted on 07/03/2010 ( 275 moms have responded )

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My son has eczema all over his body, it presents itself as red, dry skin. my doctor recommened using crisco and to keep him greasy. are there any products that you find work best for your little one? I have tried Baby eczema cream, vasoline, eucerin cream, crisco and Burts bees baby bee buttermilk lotion and am not getting results I would like.

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User - posted on 01/06/2013

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First let me say that I have not read any of the replies, so forgive me if I repeat information here. I'm in my 40's, and I've had serious eczema all of my life. Most children outgrow eczema - my situation is fairly unusual. I was very concerned about my two kids having eczema, so from the start, I used only baby wash (Aquaphor) in the bath, never soap (until they were at least 4) I only used cotton on their skin. I used Aquaphor lotion constantly, and later, almond oil. Laundry detergents need to be very gentle, and never use dryer sheets! I used cloth diapers when my kids were little, too. Diet is also important. My daughter was dairy-sensitive from birth through about age 3. Sweating is miserable on eczema, so it's better if your son is a little cooler at night. One thing I have learned over the years is that you need to discover what works for him. It is definitely an individual thing, and doctors do not know the answers! They are good for advice, but no one knows what causes eczema, and it's up to you to figure out what works. And what works for 6 months might not be what works for the next 6. One other thing that comes to mind, be mindful of what you use to clean your home. Whatever your son touches ends up on his skin. Everything is a possible irritant. Try baking soda and vinegar, for example.

Hope that helps.

Gina - posted on 12/08/2012

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my littlest one was told she had eczema and was told to get all those creams but we found the source of her so called eczema it was an allergy to yellow dye in the baby soap. We had no results with the creams and by a whim we switch to the dye free allergy free soap bc her dad is allergic to yellow dye five and baby soap had yellow dye number ten we got rid of the dye and in the soap and in her diet and no more eczema. I have tried to see if they would test for dyes with an allergist and I was told they no longer do that because it is to expensive and there are to many dyes out there. So maybe it is allergy that is cause of the eczema

Mandy - posted on 07/06/2010

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I can really sympathise with you, my son has had it since birth. My 1st suggestion would be to get some allergy tests done 1st, my son is allergic to cows milk and it causes and makes his eczema worse, now that it's been cut out of his diet, I've seen a vast improvement. We also have a community nurse that specalises in eczema treatment visit us once a week, we have been prescribed an ointment called Epaderm which is basically a liquid parafin treatment, it looks like cooking lard and you put on loads at least 4 times a day and also in the bath - which is now everyday. You may need a very mild steroid for the very bad bits. The important thing is keeping him mositurised as much as possible. Can you see a different Dr, as we've been through loads to get the help we have now, most GPs don't take it seriously and tell the baby will grow out of it eventually. Keep his nails short and a small dose of piriton (liquid antihystamine) will help with the itching. You are better off with something thick, it's horrible to go on but stays and sinks into the skin better. I always put a layer on, don't rub in and put on his babygro (sleepsuit) on top, the heat of the clothes helps it sink in more and stops him wiping it off.
If you want anymore help then please don't hesitate to send me a message - I've been through everything on the market to help my son.

Dominique - posted on 07/03/2010

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I have allergies and eczema but my husband does not. I was really hoping that my son would not develop eczema but alas he did. The most important thing with eczema is keeping the skin hydrated. If it dries out it is easily irritated and will get red and bumpy. No hot baths, luke warm only. Only bathe 1-2 times per week with soap otherwise it will dry out his skin. I do a quick sponge bath in the morning and at night with only water and follow it up ASAP with Aquaphor (works the best) or Eucerin cream to try and lock in the moisture. If absolutely necessary (like when his skin is flaring up and weeping) I apply a thin layer of 1% hydrocortisone cream to the really bad patches and then layer Aquaphor on top. Go easy on the hydrocortisone though it can thin your baby's skin if used too often.

I have to agree with one of the previous posts, Aveeno products contain a surprising amount of harsh chemicals. Try to stay away from products with a long list of chemicals.

Rose - posted on 01/04/2013

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The problem is not on the skin surface. It is something that is going on inside his body, like a food sensitivity. Heal that and his skin will heal.

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Jceeallen - posted on 01/11/2013

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User - posted on 01/06/2013

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I want to add one more thing here. This is just my opinion, so take it for what it is worth. Someone suggested bathing your child every day. I disagree with this. The skin produces its own oils, and when you bath, those are washed away. I think the skin needs a chance to protect itself. Those with eczema especially have issues with this. I think bathing less often is better, personally.

Amy - posted on 01/02/2013

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We use Aveeno Eczema for babies on our son. Also short warm baths work too. Our Pediactric Derm. suggest creams not lotions, as creams are thicker

Purityseven - posted on 01/02/2013

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Try Olive Oil, Atomy products, a welless company I work for and no process foods.

Jenn - posted on 12/26/2012

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my daughter had excema bad when she was an infant. Eucerin lotion, or aquaphor healing ointment both work well. Also there is Cortizone 10 LOTION that worked awesome for her! vaseline will help. most scented stuff will make it worse.

Julie - posted on 12/21/2012

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Rebeca,Yes your daughter has eczema. There is a non-steroidal cream called Elidel that a doctor can prescribe that is safe to use on your baby's face. My 12 year old has had eczema since she was a baby and she recently had the small red bumps in the crease of her arm which our dermatologist said means it's infected. He recommended adding 1/2 cup of bleach to her bath water and to make sure she bathed every day. Since your baby is so young consult a pediatric dermatologist to make sure the bleach water is o.k. for a young baby's sensitive skin. Eczema looks different than dry skin. My 10 year old used to get it bad behind her ear and her skin would be broken open, raw and weeping with fluid. Most of my children's and husband's eczema stems from their intolerance to milk and other dairy products. You might want to look into that with your daughter especially if you or your husband have a family history of that. My husband doesn't have problems as long as he avoids dairy and is careful about what soaps/detergents he uses on his skin. My 12 year old has asthma and asthma and eczema go hand in hand so she will probably suffer with it her whole life. My 10 year old doesn't seem to have problems like she did when she was younger or my 22 year old. So it's possible she could have lifelong problems or if managed while she's young she may be able to figure out how to keep it at bay when she's older. I don't think it's just baby acne. I've never seen baby acne that extended beyond the face. What you're describing sounds like what I've experienced with eczema with my children. It's a very common ailment with children so pediatricians see it alot. So unless you have other reasons to think your pediatrician is incompetent if he says your daughter's skin condition is eczema it probably is. It looks distinctly different than just dry scaly patches of skin. However if you're feeling uncertain and want a 2nd opinion I would recommend taking your daughter to a pediatric dermatologist and/or allergist. They will know the most current practices for treating it on a young baby and they can do further testing to see if allergies are the culprit and sometimes just changing your babies diet or products you use can solve the problem. Sometimes mothers come up against things we're unfamiliar with and it never hurts to have a 2nd opinion. Go with your gut if you have doubts. Doctors aren't perfect and sometimes it's better to have reassurance in a diagnosis and more information to help your child or to find out you're on the wrong track so you can make sure she's getting the correct treatment. Good luck. I hope my experiences have helped.

Rebeca - posted on 12/18/2012

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The pediatrician said my daughter has eczema and baby acne she is just 5 wks old. But he gave me hydrocortisone and i cant apply that to her face. Eczema doesnt appear as small red bumps does it?and she doesnt have dry skin this just showed up on her upper body her face has lots of red bumps and scalp and behind the ears and upper chest and back. Does this eczema last her whole life or do u think its just baby acne? Cus i dnt think the guy knows what hes talking about

Mabel - posted on 12/17/2012

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I used cetaphil soap which is good for sensitive skin for my son's eczema. Right after his bath I put Vanicream on his body. It's a 1 pound tub with dispenser for sensitive skin. You have to ask the pharmacist to order it or they might have it in stock behind the counter. It costs about $13 dollars but so worth it. The cream is a little thick to help moisturize the skin. Hope this helps.

Kris - posted on 12/08/2012

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My daughter has something on her leg around her knee, but we can't figure out what it is. We took her to a derma, and he said it was some kind of skin pigment issue. The thing is, I know a little about skin. I had to study it a little when I was in school, and the skin pigment doesn't get dry and bumpy and feel like a healing scab. The pigment is way down deep into your skin, not on the surface. It could be eczema, or it could be some other skin disorder. Whatever it is, it's not contagious.



I was having some knee and ankle problems, and I read that aloe vera can help ease pain. It's all natural, so I thought "hey why not? if it doesn't work, then all I did was waste a minute to put it on, and a little bit of the extract". I put it on and made sure it was rubbed into my skin, next thing I know, my skin which is usually kinda dry feeling and a little bumpy on my knee, was soft and a little smoother. Then I decided to put a little on my arm. Rubbed it in, and it felt so smooth and soft.



Then I put it on my daughter, and as soon as it absorbed, that spot on her leg instantly felt softer. So if you're looking for a good product that won't leave your son feeling and looking greasy, is a natural, herbal remedy, and shouldn't have any side effects, aloe vera gel is what you want to get. I'm going to start stalking up on it, before everybody realizes how nice it is for your skin LOL

Amanda - posted on 12/07/2012

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I have a friend who's baby boy had excema, the only thing that worked was a lotion called Renew from Melaleuca. Let me know if you would like more information.

Adina - posted on 12/02/2012

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I too have it as did my 6month old. I use Aloe Activator followed with Aloe propolis cream.

I swear by it, you will never need another product. No Chemicals all natural!!

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Sandra - posted on 11/30/2012

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execalm from the health store is great..Has sea salts and sulphur I think ..worked on my daughter at 1 yr and never came back .. Still good on any itch rashes .

Courtney - posted on 11/30/2012

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Both my boys have eczema, my 2 and a half y.o has a vitilago type where its just in patches and changes his pigment and my 5 month old just has normal eczema. I use QV wash and cream and that seems to help a lot and it's not greasy. Maybe a little, but then just soaks into the skin. I'm a bit slack when it comes to using the cream as well as the wash though.

Liz - posted on 11/27/2012

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If your son is not responding to any of the lotions you are trying you sometimes have to use a steroid creme for a few days. That is what I had to do for my daughter. I use steroid for only 2 days and then try cereve creme it is sold at most drug stores.

Rachel - posted on 11/27/2012

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My son has it really bad on his back so I use aquaphor baby body wash and then I put aquaphor baby healing ointment on the affected areas and THEN I put a giant amount of johnsons baby lotion all over. It works like a charm. I even do it for the eczema on my arms which I've had since birth like him and its the BEST ointment I've ever used. It's a little messy but worth it. Good luck!

Bernadette - posted on 11/27/2012

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Stockhausen (STK33869) STOKOLAN Skin Care Cream . It's a german cream but you can find it on Amazon and it ships in the US. I've seen it clear up an extremely bad case of eczema and a much milder one. It's pretty thick and goopy and stays greasy for a while but well worth it.

Eva - posted on 11/27/2012

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How old? Us it possible caused From dairy? My sons went away when I switched his formula me cut dairy from my diet. Until then I used a ground oatmeal scrub and dove soap

Melanie - posted on 11/26/2012

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CEtaphil for eczema the moisturizer and body wash !!! works for my little guy but he was also perscribed derma smoothe oil ( that works wonders )

Zen - posted on 11/21/2012

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Google Robyn O'Brien Ted Talk on youtube. It is a short video that will alter your life and eliminate excema on your child forever.

Gina - posted on 11/21/2012

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Jceeallen - posted on 11/21/2012

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Yes Ann is right. Have you took him to an allergy doctor to see what he may be allergic to. My sister-in-law has two sons with eczema and they took some blood tests and told her they were to allergic to several foods. They were only a few months old as well. So you may want to think of this as well. Hope you find your little one some relief as well as the root of the problem. Allergies food or any are very hard to deal with sometimes and very dangerous too. I didn't find out I had trouble with them til I was grown. Keep us posted as to how everything goes:)

God Bless, Christina Allen

Lena - posted on 11/20/2012

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Try giving him a oatmeal bath twice a day and still use the vasoline and I bet it wil help alot, I know that is got to be bad, I have eczema on my hands and I have used everything too, but children have delicate skin, and oatmeal will soothe his skin and make him feel better

Myriam - posted on 11/20/2012

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It is genetic if u there are no food allergies at all (I'd suggest get him tested)

My daughter has had eczema since she was born and I had eczema that completely healed on its own when I was about 15...

Anyway I found a solution that has dramatically improved the condition:



Buy THE BEST organic apple cider vinegar and apply it to the affected areas a few times a day, alternatively buy a few best quality organic apples And put them in a closed jar until te ferment and use that (it will be smelly). Same thing goes for organic grapes put them in a jar with a little water and some sugar and close tighly and leave for at least a week (there will be pressure when u try to open it) and introduce linseeds to his diet to make the skin softer, my daughter is nearly 2 and I give her about a small teaspoon of GROUND linseeds very other day.



I've been doing this for the past 2 months and my daughter -who used to bleed from scratching- barely ever scratches anymore and the eczema has significantly faded.



It worked to us and I hope to share it with as much parents as possible because I know how frustrating it is!

Good luck x

Zen - posted on 11/20/2012

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Eat only organic!! Don't eat any corn syrup, non organic soy products, soda with corn syrup, corn cereals etc...they are made with 94% Genetically Modified soy and corn and I have experienced, ,when I took my son off GM food and eat organic that all the rashes and excema goes away. These rashes are SERIOUS. They are warning signs that the stomach is inflammed. When the stomach is inflammed stomach ulcers could develope which lead to cancer! Inflammation of the stomach is also found in kids with autism ( which has jumped 80% since GMOs have been put in 70% of our food in the past 15 yrs) and IBS, Gluten intolerance and other fod allergies, GERD, and alzheimers patients. Moms, our kids are being poisoned by genetically modified foods and we are not allowed to know or choose because its not labeled. I am just a Mom who wants my kids to live and to be able to have grandkids ( rats who ate GM food were sterile by the third generation). This is something to get mad and speak up about! go to www.labelgmos.org to learn more and watch Genetic Roulette on youtube for free or watch this mom of four's video

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Look for the cause! Don't just treat the symptom! It is usually a food allergy, such as gluten or dairy. Change the diet for three months to see great improvement. Give it time & don't give up. Keep searching for the cause. Meanwhile coconut oil or grape seed oil will help soothe it.

Jceeallen - posted on 11/20/2012

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Maria, I know of a safe and natural lotion that clears up eczema and many more skin issues. I'd love to show you more about it and even show you where you can get some:) Just e-mail me or give me a call:) God Bless, Christina Allen 502-663-2994 jceeallen@vitalityforlife.com

Sheri M - posted on 11/20/2012

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Hi Maria,

We have found a natural product that works incredibly well for healing eczema, and healing it fast. I would be happy to share the information with you.

Sheri

User - posted on 11/18/2012

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Sorbolene cream worked for my LO. Also I found Curash soothing Oatmeal moisturizing lotion good too. Good luck

Heather - posted on 11/18/2012

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My son had eczema so bad that the hospital called in a tropical disease expert as they couldn't believe it was eczema. He was 4 months old. Cortizone cream on a baby is effective (but scary) in the very short term but it still didn't stay away. :( Eventually, I found a very good naturopath who found, via blood tests, that my son had high levels of fungus (like candida) internally.

Once I started managing the sugar levels that my son was exposed to (sugar and too much bread), his eczema became almost non existant. Ten years on, he still only gets a mild flare up when he's been to a party or something and has overdosed on sugar. This may not be the only cause of eczema but it sure is very effective for us. Look to the causes, not just treat the symptoms. Hope that this helps and good luck.

Wanda - posted on 11/18/2012

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This could be a sign of a food allergy! My son had eczema an a baby. Once we learned about his food allergies and took his allergens out of his diet, it cleared up 100%. In the winter when his skin gets dry, I put Eucerin Creme, (in the tub type of container), on him immediately following a bath and then I get him into his pj's asap to hold in the moisture.



Hope this helps.

Heather - posted on 11/17/2012

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also find out if its also a food triger because with both me and my daughter its eating to much milk or cheese etc so i have cut that right down and the eczema has sealted right down and that does not help get swimming because that helps to

Heather - posted on 11/17/2012

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honey and milk its the honey thats in sticks you can only get on the internet you melt it down and put in the bath on a night time or oilatum you get in childrens in boots

Amanda - posted on 11/16/2012

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Have you tried Arbonne? The Ultra Hydrating Body Duo worked the best on my boys. All of their products are certified vegan, have no fragrances or dyes (the top 2 most irritating things for your skin), and are botanical. I love everything they have. Check it out at arbonne.com

Julie - posted on 11/16/2012

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Ashley, I don't know why your doctor told you that. It would depend on the cause of the eczema. My children with eczema are 10 and 12 and still suffer severely. The 12 year old has asthma and the 10 year old has no known allergies.

Julie - posted on 11/16/2012

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Brianna, if it's leaking yellow it's infected and you need to get some Bactroban antibiotic cream from a doctor to put on it. Also bathing with 1/2 cup of bleach in the bath water will help kill the infection. Whatever you put on at night, try wrapping the area with plastic wrap. It will help keep the moisture in.

Brianna - posted on 11/16/2012

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I'm in a similar boat and I dont know what to do either. is it leaking yellow? because my 4 week old daughter's is.

Natalie - posted on 11/13/2012

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the exrta emollient cream from mary kay i have customers with really bad eczema and they love it...it also has a 100% money buy back garantee so if it doesnt work out you can get your money back

Shelby - posted on 11/12/2012

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I use a prescription from doctor because my dayghters is really bad, and she's almost four. But have you tried the oatmeal baths? They helped a lot for my daughter.

Ashley - posted on 11/12/2012

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My daughter had severe eczema from the time she was 2 weeks old. Her doctor prescribed her everything he could think of including prednazone. After 2 years of dealing with it i took her to a specialist who toold us it was caused by allergies, more commonly food allergies. We got her tested and learned her triggers. With that and a little help from singulair she cleared right up. She is almost 3 now and doesnt need the meds. Her doctor told us if they get it as a child they usually grow out of it by age 3. Hope this helps. Good luck

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Hi, I'm a first time mommy and my liitle one also has eczema. I use Cetaphil. Every time I change her diaper I lotion her up. Babies with eczema need constant moisturizing. I learned that by avoiding dry skin the redness and dry patches CAN disappear. And Cetaphil works amazingly for her. I have tried Aveeno and Mustela (fragrance free) but they both made her break out with red itchy hives. I some times use Aquaphor on her cheeks because she scratches a lot over night (mittens don't work). The Cetaphil I assume will burn her red, already too irritated little cheeks so Aquaphor works best for that. But once it heals I pat her little dry cheeks with Cetaphil. I've gotta tell you, she's doing great now! I hope this may help you as well.

User - posted on 11/03/2012

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My 2 year old has it. As an infant the pediatrician prescribed something to put on it when it got bad, to keep it from irritating him so much. Now I use aveeno baby eczema. I used it sometimes then too, but it really helps.

Jamie - posted on 11/02/2012

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Pure cold pressed organic coconut oil. Your little one could also have a milk protein allergy.

Kkrjrpleggett - posted on 11/02/2012

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I must admit, I did not bother to read all 12 pages of comments. So I don't know if what I am suggesting has been said already, but here goes.



I use Cetaphile washing cream and Cetaphile lotion. It is made for people with Very dry skin, my son's dermatologist recommends it for people with eczema.

Also, it sounds nuts, but give your baby a Bleach bath. Again, his dermatologist recommended it, I thought he was crazy so I looked it up on line. Back in the 70's scientists did a study on it and half through the study they stopped so that the people in the non-bleach baths could Benefit! According to the study I found, it was effective on 100% of the participants!

Use Regular Bleach (your bathroom will smell like a swimming pool) NO MORE than a Tablepoon or two for 1/4 to 1/2 a bath tub full of water. IF you are still using a Baby bath tube use 1/2 to 1 whole TEASpoon! It softens the skin and opens the pores to allow for better absorption of the lotion. Immediately after the bath, PAT the baby dry and Slather on the lotion. Rub the lotion in Well, then add MORE lotion in a layer that doesn't get rubbed in, then dress the baby. Do the bath only 2-3 times a week but the lotion at Least TWICE a day.

If you live somewhere sunny and warm, strip that baby down to just a diaper and give him 15 minutes or so in the Sun with NO sun block. Do NOT let the baby burn. Try the sun treatment Daily if possible.



Before you think I'm crazy PLEASE check out the websites!



http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-t...



"The results were so dramatic that researchers stopped the three-month study early so that all the children could benefit from the bleach baths, Paller says." Web MD



http://www.nationaleczema.org/living-wit...

WHAT ARE BLEACH BATHS, AND WHY ARE THEY RECOMMENDED FOR SOME CHILDREN WITH ECZEMA?

Bleach baths may be recommended by your dermatologist if your child has moderate to severe eczema and/or a history of infection. Bleach baths help prevent infections and maintain better eczema control. Staphylococcal aureus is a bacteria that lives on the skin of many children with eczema and can occasionally grow to cause infection and eczema flares. Bleach baths can help control the amount of bacteria on the skin and lead to fewer skin infections. Bleach baths are safe and are similar to bathing in a chlorinated swimming pool. Bleach baths are made by pouring ¼ cup of bleach into a half-filled bathtub. For babies with eczema, 1 to 2 teaspoons of bleach per gallon of water may be added to a baby tub. Always be careful to dilute the bleach before contact, avoid getting bleach water in the eyes, and moisturize immediately after the bath. Bleach baths are usually recommended a few times per week. From NationalEczema.org

Aubree Del - posted on 11/01/2012

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Yes, there are a lot of great products. Hydrocortizone is a great one. I use it on my son who has eczema.

Martha - posted on 11/01/2012

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Kai - posted on 11/01/2012

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