Eczema

Lindsay - posted on 02/03/2010 ( 64 moms have responded )

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My daughter was blessed having eczema like her mother. We have been using Aveeno for moisturizer but now we think that Johnson's bubble bath is irritating her skin. Any suggestions on what bubble bath to use?

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I suffer with eczema too, I don't think little babies need bubbles, the foaming agent SLS is irritating but if you want to put something in the bath try oats. Cut the foot off an old pair of tights and fill with porridge oats and let the tap water run over the bag, you can put the ball in the bath and teething babies can have a chew, it's only oats, and the silica is good for their sore gums.

The moisturising properties are the same ones synthetically put into Aveeno and cheaper and natural too.

The oats turn the bath milky which is fun.

Good Luck x

Shawna - posted on 03/15/2010

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I don't know if anyone has posted this yet, but make sure your children with Eczema, always wear sunscreen...always. Aquaphor, Cetaphil and Eucerin are great products...never use bubble bath, especially with little girls! Good Luck!

Jamie - posted on 03/03/2010

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My daughter is 10 mos and we've had bad eczema too. It's been better since I started using the Renew lotion and other products from this company I found. It's great cause I found bath products, laundry products, even cleaning products that are safe for the baby and better for the whole family. I found it through www.dontpaydaycare.com

Nicole - posted on 02/19/2010

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My daughter has ezcema as well she is almost 10 months, she gets it on her arms and legs really bad. I use the aveeno products for now, they seem to be helping, but it has been flairing up...Agree that Johnson's is the worst brand to use. My pediatrician explained that her ezcema might be the first sign of asma. Her father has ezcema and is asmatic, so far she has had no breathing problems, but atopic ezcema is a symptom for asma so just watch out ladies.

Angela - posted on 02/17/2010

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Hi. I have three children and all three have problems with eczema. We've consulted quite a few doctors and here's the summary on what they said.
1. We use too much soap. Kids can get clean in water, unless you can visibly see the dirt. In short...use less soap, less irritant.
2. Use a good cream...not lotion. We use Cetaphil Cream and love it. They also recommended Glaxal Base Cream. Before using this we used Aveeno and it didn't help like these creams do.
3. Cut back on baths...it dehydrates the skin. To help lock in moisture, apply cream immediately after. We now bath the kids 2 times a week.
4. No bubble bath.
On our own we are trying to go "green" and have read a bit about SLS (sodium laurel sulfate I think it is) being a skin irritant. We have switched the kids to a soap that is all natural, no SLS. (I have put some of this in the water to try and make a bubble bath and it worked, although the bubbles didn't last forever). This is the first winter that the girls haven't had any eczema at all. It has been so nice to not be dealing with it...no dr appts and no medication.
There is a website about safe cosmetics and they have a page on bath products.
http://www.safecosmetics.org/article.php...
and this is a great guide to children's personal care products
http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/special...
Hope your little one's eczema clears up soon!

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Ashley - posted on 01/15/2013

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I have not read all of the other comments but I will give you a few tip from experience. Bathe her only every other day for no longer than 5 minutes, lather her up with Aquaphore afterwards if it is during the day or use Crisco at night. It sounds weird but thats what our doctor recommended for our daughter and it works for temporary relief. Next step is to find what triggers her eczema. Eczema in most cases is caused by allergies, mostly food allergies. The most common ones are eggs, milk, and peanuts but it could be anything so get an allergy test done. Its painless and fairly fast. Avoid anything with perfumes in it and synthetic fibers as they may irritate the skin. Avoid tight fitting clothing so the skin can breathe. I hope this helps.

Maureen - posted on 03/17/2010

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maybe i use cetaphil next time rather than aveeno,, because i'm using aveeno for my baby and johnson for alternative

Donna - posted on 03/16/2010

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Our daughter is very sensitive & allergic to foods, chemicals etc. Apart from many dietary changes we have just started using Green Aussie Cleaner. Its a totally natural & safe cleaning alternative that you can bath in (altho she is bathed only in water), wash dishes, wash clothes, clean toilets, showers, windows etc. Its fantastic!!! Comes in Clear (no fragrance, great for sensitive individuals), Lavendar, Frangipani & Rose fragrance. I can clean my house with a highly allergic hiving prone baby on my hip now. Its an Australian product. www.greenaussiecleaner.com Its a concentrate so ends up being cheaper that chemical alternatives. Hope this may help someone.

Katelyn - posted on 03/14/2010

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yeah my dughter had irritated skin on her belly when she was a new born and my health nurse said not to use johnsons or huggies as it irritates it more. i now use ego qv bath oil for dry skin. it is great her skin is beautiful. i have always had compliments on how great her skin is. she never got the milk pimples or rashes on her face it has always been so smooth and beautiful. try EGO QV BATH OIL DRY SKIN. you can get it from the chemist.

Paula - posted on 03/12/2010

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Hi my daughter is 3 1/2 and had ecxema since being 6 months old i have tried everything special baby bubble bath that made it worse, dove did no good i have found a wonder product any BODY SHOP products with fruit olis in such as strawberry body wash or coco butter works wonders with her she has been using this for the last 10 months and has had 1 flare up due to swimming but other than that nothing. They also do bubble bath such as mango and cherry your daughter will smell good enought to eat as well as having beautiful skin. Hope this helps. xx

Charlene - posted on 03/12/2010

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NO BUBBLE BATH. The soap irritates and dries the skin terribly. What is fabulous is Elizabeth Annes baby shampoo... it is absolutely soap free and smells heavenly

Kendra - posted on 03/12/2010

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i have a2 year old daughter who has eczema really bad, my Dr told me to discontiune to use the bubble bath,i was told by my dr just to apply a moisteriser called gyxal base and they have a soap bar which is a moisterising soap which keeps the skin moist and wont dry out which causes break outs. and it seems to keep her skin smooth, she still has her break outs but less often and less of a break out. i apply this cream to her skin in the morning and after her bath, and this seems to work for her, i tryed everything the dr prescribed us and nothing was keeping her from breaking out. this moisterizer works amazing for her. you can buy it at any drug store and it is realitivly cheap.

Alyssa - posted on 03/12/2010

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Put Aveeno bath powder in her bath. and after the bath use aveeno oatmeanl lotion on her skin and on top of that use aquphore (I think thats how ya spell it) on the problem places. but use it sparingly cause its thick and sticky. Give her less baths. My son only gets one bath a week. My doctor had me do all this for him and he does not have Eczema any more.

Edith - posted on 03/11/2010

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my baby was also diagnosed with eczema too...we jus use bedtime bath and powder after bathtime and then put on mosturizing cream on her...thats helps her alot...we also use sensitive wipes and pampers...hope it will help y'all out

Nichole - posted on 03/10/2010

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My daughter started out with these bumps on her legs only so we took her to doctor and he said some form of dry skin and gave us an antibiotic in case of infection underneath and then hydrochortizone cream 2 times daily for 5 days, didn't work so we called doctor again, now the bumps are also on her arms, they don't seem to bother her just look awful, he has her on steroids now for 5 days, I can't help but wonder if it is the johnson baby bath irritating her skin as well. What does your daughter's skin look like?

Kelly - posted on 03/10/2010

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My 10 month old son is currently dealing with an eczema flare up. The first 6 months I used no lotions on his body at all because I know that I am allergic to the paraben - family of chemicals that are in most moisturizers and sunscreens. I figured not to test his skin. Sometime in the last couple of months I started trying a few moisturizers. I think California Baby has the best sensitive skin baby shampoo and baby body wash. Last week I tried Earth's Best lavender body lotion only to have Jason's skin break out in tiny little hives all over. I know it was the Earth's Best lavender body lotion that caused it because the day before I thought I would try covering his whole body with creme and the reaction was all over front and back of body where I had put the creme. In addition to that problem, I also noticed a roundish looking red patch on his bum that is covered by the diaper. At first the doctor thought it might be ringworm although my gut instinct was it was eczema (because it looked like the same circular patch I had gotten one time from wearing perfume on my neck). After trying Lotrimin AF for 4 days I couldn't really tell if it was going away. After one dirty diaper, it was completely inflamed again so I called the nurse and I told her I thought it should have cleared up by now if it was ringworm and now it is super inflamed so they told me to try Cortaid 1%hydrocoritzone. That was 4 days ago so we shall see if that takes care of it. I do have the California Baby Calendula creme upstairs and now after reading these posts I will try putting that on his eczema. It sounds like now that the redness has gone down the CB Calendula might do the trick without drying his skin out like the hydrocortizone does.

Minna - posted on 03/09/2010

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I also use the aveeno baby soothing relief creamy wash and follow with the soothing relief mositure cream. It has seemed to help my son greatly.

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I forgot to mention earlier that I highly recommend Seventh Generation laundry detergent (fragrance free), and BabyGanics of Clorox Greenworks stain remover. Also, the BabyGanics hand sanitizer is great for people who suffer from eczema. I use it after diaper changes and on-the-go in the diaper bag.

Brenda - posted on 03/09/2010

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I also found that the Johnson & Johnson baby products irritated my boys. I use the Gerber baby products & have had no problems. The doctor also gave me a perscription for it but it did nothing except thin the skin & make the spots bigger. I have found that natural shea butter has worked wonders. I was skeptic at first, I figured I would try it. I had tried a whole bunch of other baby & adult eczema products & nothing worked. I purchased this product at a store near us called Ten Thousand Villages but Norwex also sells a similar product. I have not tried the Norwex brand so I can't say if its the same or not.

Jennifer - posted on 03/09/2010

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my son has severe eczema...we discovered what it was when i was breastfeeding his face and chest were breaking out really bad and i took him to the peds...at the time i used irish spring and she told me to stop and only use dove...certain soaps (irish spring being one of them) has some chemical in it that reacts to people with really sensitive skin....my son also had "craddle cap" really bad...i was told to get some anti dandruff shampoo (selsum blue is what we use) hydrocoritzone (sp) cream, baby aveeno with the blue cap and an oatmeal based baby wash (i use johnson and johnson vanilla oatmeal also)...was babies hair with shampoo and body with body wash...pat dry (rubbing can cause even more irration) and any spot where you have a break out put hyrdro. cream (i rub it in like a lotion when he's having an episode) then put the aveeno..i did this for like 2 weeks and my sons was tremendously better...i use the shampoo, body wash, and lotion everyday but only use the hydro when he's having issues...hope this helps

Mandy - posted on 03/08/2010

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I agree with all the other ladies about the aveeno but I didn't see anyone post anything about your laundry detergent and stain remover. I don't know if any of you have stopped using the dreft laundry soap but the can also flair it up as well as your stain remover for cloths. In addition, the allergist will tell you that a lot of times it is caused by a food intollerence. Just and FYI. Good Luck. My baby also has a perscription for Locoid cream for when it gets really bad but ask for samples, it is really expensive.

Denise - posted on 03/08/2010

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The best natural soap products that have NEVER bothered my skin or Oliver's (we both have sensitive skin too) is Dr Bronner's. You can get it at DrBronners.com or at most natural shops. And they last forever too! FYI-I have been told not to use bubble bath as it can easily cause yeast infections in little girls. I'm not sure it is all true but it makes sense.

Laura - posted on 03/08/2010

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We have 2 eczema babies and have found the Huggies Natural Care wash and lotion coupled with Spectro Kids eczema care cream for the flare-ups works well for us. Smells great, too!

Angeline - posted on 03/07/2010

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i used to put elidel on my first daughter until i found out (5 yrs. ago) that it can cause skin cancer. better not to put any strong medicine on baby's sensitive skin. hydrocortizone also causes dryness which makes eczema worse. with my second daughter, i've been only using Aveeno and Cetaphil moisturizers. creams are better than lotions for those dry patches.

Heather - posted on 03/01/2010

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I started using Skin Free products on my son about 2 months ago and it has done wonders for his skin. It's made with oils. It's well worth the money. GOOD LUCK

Merrie - posted on 02/26/2010

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hi Lindsay, my daughter was also blessed with eczema. She had it very bad and nothing worked. We were actually contemplating steroid creams, until I visited my sister and she suggested Gold Bond Ulitmate Lotion. You can use any of them, I started with the Shea Butter but like the Aloe scent better. Her eczema is basically gone, and can still wash her in Johnson's baby wash because the lotion is so moisturizing. I love it and now i have a smooth, soft baby who isn't plagues by dry spots!!!

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Don't use bubble bath, they are too young and after your baby have already skin problem. You should see your doctor for a cream prescription if it's really eczema. My baby have it and the doctor said to only wash him every 2 days and no bubble bath.

Regina - posted on 02/25/2010

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My lil girl has eczema. Didnt know what it was but her whole face and arms and back of her legs broke out really bad and i took her to the docs over and over and over and of course those would be the nice good cool days when it wasnt bad and they said it was jus a rash and itll go away.. nope sure didnt so when she was 6 months they finally realized that it was eczema and told us to use Eucerin cream n that helps but ive found a new remedy that works GREAT... well, to be honest the hubby did n didnt realize it kuz he went shoppin n was jus grabbin stuff for her kuz we ran out.. but ti works GREAT!!! its the disney princess bubble bath and tehn the huggies sea butter lotion... she had mayb 3 breakouts since we started using it and that was bout 5 months ago.. works GREAT!! Hope it works for you too.. if you decide to try it!!

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We noticed a big improvement in our son's skin (eczema in elbows, knees and on face) after we started using Poly Vi-Sol -- one dropperful a day in his first feeding. It's not all gone, but it's greatly diminished.

Mandy - posted on 02/21/2010

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We have the nebulizer treatments along with the skin issues. The doctor says there is a chance he'll grow out of it but no promises. I have the skin issues and my brother has the asthma issues. Guess it's running in the family!

Ketrina - posted on 02/19/2010

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Nicole has a great observation. My son has eczema and a nebulizer for his asthma and an allergy to nuts! My daughter has none of the above. Now, my baby has worse eczema then my son and sounds like she needs to cough up flem so may develop asthma too. My husband was the same as my first born but it all went away at puberty. Gerber baby bath wash doesn't flare their skin. BUY SHEA BUTTER!!!! the best treatment thus far;)

Angela - posted on 02/18/2010

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We were told to use Cetaphil cream by our pediatrician, and it seems to do the trick. We only bathe our son every other day, at most (unless he manages to make a complete mess of himself!). Also, I have to agree with the "no bubble baths" idea: my family is plagued with kidney and urinary tract problems, and I haven't been allowed to take a bubble bath since I was 5 because of it!

Chevon - posted on 02/18/2010

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Hi, My daughter has inherited from her daddy. Doctor said oh its just cradle cap...and now its not going away, and she has dry skin too! My doctor said use all natural stuff for now. So we use everything Aveeno. Aveeno wash for body and hair we use, and the night time one also. Works great! Also the lotions....and we also use the diaper rash aveevo! I registered on their website for coupons...can be a little pricey!! Hope that helps!

Leigh - posted on 02/18/2010

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my daughter gets exczema in the summer and not the winter. Mainly on her legs and arms. We use Aveeno lotion and aveeno oatmeal bath. We use California products every once in awhile, as it irritates her eyes and private parts (not sure why).

Hannah - posted on 02/18/2010

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I was also told at a Dr. visit for my son (who has sensitive skin) that Johnson's is the worst baby wash. I am considering "going green" as well. Thank you Amber & Angela for the links--I'll check them out :) Does anyone know about or personally use the Melaleuca products? They are supposed to be all natural & claim that their "Renew Therapy" is far better at treating exema that Eucerin.

Mandy - posted on 02/17/2010

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My 10 month old suffers from skin issues too! We use the Aveno lotion 2x a day and the body wash. We bath every other day to avoid over drying of his skin. We also put a humidifier in his room when he sleeps and one in the main area of our house. The extra mositure seems to help his skin, and mine!

Nicole - posted on 02/17/2010

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I know I'm a little late here but I have been fighting several skin issues with my son and for the eczema we use eucerin. When his face or body breaks out with eczema really bad we use aquaphor and that usually takes care of it quickly. For soap we use Mustela because Johnson's makes him break out every time but the mustela is pretty mild and it smells good!

Kimberly - posted on 02/17/2010

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at kmart you can get the tub lotion that is compared to eucerin lotion. works great! my son had eczema real bad and his doctor recommended this. put it on at naps and bedtime. she will be slippery so you might get help from hubby on this! lol good luck!

Nikki - posted on 02/17/2010

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My daughter has eczema, too, and her pediatrician recommended daily or every other day baths for 10 minutes or so to soak in the moisture (we cover her bare skin with wet washcloths when she's really broken out) directly followed by lathering up with eucerin cream, which has no fragrance or dye. For soap, we use Aquaphor, made by Eucerin. When she is itchy, we use hydrocortisone or a prescription. She hasn't had a big breakout since we started this regimen (about 3 months ago)! Good luck:)

Christine - posted on 02/17/2010

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Both of my boys have eczema and both their peditrician and derm doctors say that Johnson's is the worse thing to use when your child has eczema. We use either the Dove for sensitive skin liquid soap or Mustela Stelatopia (this is sold at Babies R Us or Buy Buy Baby). I really like the Mustela, it worked wonders on my 2 year old when his eczema got out of control when he was 6 months old. Good luck with this!

Angele - posted on 02/17/2010

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I would avoid the bubble bath completely. They now have Spectro kids...I haven't tried the body wash yet, but I have tried the lotion on my son's legs after his bath (I have a prescription cream for his face) After one use, I noticed a difference in the dryness...good luck

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I went to dermotologist, he suggested to can the baby soap completely. Only use Dove sensitive skin or olay...same for lotions. I have used Aveeno and Eucerine and even Aquaphor (works great). good luck!

Betsy - posted on 02/17/2010

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I have really bad eczema but so far my twins haven't shown any signs of it, but I have also avoided using anything with the ingredients that I'm allergic to on them. Do you know if you are allergic to anything, which causes your flare-ups? If so, I would check whatever you're using to make sure you're not allergic to it.

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My son and I have eczema and the only thing that works for us are products by California Baby. They even have a calendula line that does wonders for eczema, as well as bubble bath. It's kind-of expensive, but very concentrated so it lasts long. I wouldn't use Johnson & Johnson, Aveeno, Dove, Baby Eczema cream, prescriptions, etc. Once you research the ingredients in them you'll find out why you should avoid them. I highly suggest that you check out: www.cosmeticsdatabase.com. It will educate you on the ingredients in products and allows you to see what is/is not safe. I also suggest bathing your daughter only when necessary, since bath water is very drying. Good luck!

Shelly - posted on 02/16/2010

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Johnsons seems to be aweful for my babies with eczema. We use Aveeno in their baths and lotion 2x per day. which has seemed to help. If it gets worse, your pediatrician can prescribe something like elidil.

Corrie - posted on 02/16/2010

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Our son has terrible eczema on his legs. We use Aveeno Moisturizing Shampoo for baths, and for the lotion I put Aquaphor Cream on his legs at least 4 times a day. I wash his hair every day with shampoo right now, because he is wearing a cranial helmet, but I do not use soap on his body every time. That keeps it under control. I tried the Aveeno Baby Moisturizer Cream for 24 hours, and it got a LOT worse, so I switched back to Aquaphor Cream. I heard as well, that bubble baths dry out the skin much more.

Gemma - posted on 02/10/2010

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I use oilatum or E45 emolient for my oldest. You just put it in the bath, you don't use body wash or anything with it! Deonaids skin has cleared up loads after using it for a while, infact now I only use it for flare ups which isn't very often at all

Ashley - posted on 02/10/2010

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My son was also has exzema, like mommy. I was using Johnson's to start and my doctor said that anything with fragrance is not good for his skin and will irritate it more. So now I use Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo for his hair and for his bath I use Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash (which has no added fragrance and is gentle enough to use right in the bath so you can still have bubbles!!) And then I cover him in Aveeno Baby Eczema SkinCare Moisturizing Cream. Is it just me or does this sounds like an ad for Aveeno?? haha But it works great and without breakouts!! My doctor also said that giving him a bath everyday wasn't necessary because it would only lead to more breakouts. Also, just from my personal experience, watch out for products with lanolin in it, when I was little my mom did as the doctor said and would cover me in lotion multiple times a day that had it and it just made things worse. Good Luck!

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