What do you do about eczema?

Keren - posted on 01/09/2010 ( 19 moms have responded )

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Since it has grown colder, my dd has developed fairly bad eczema. Any tips for how to deal?

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Roteavia - posted on 01/11/2010

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I have been told by the pediatrician that warm or hot water kills more germs and allergens than the detergent alone. Also, citrus and foods with lot of citric acid can agitate eczema from the inside. Now for my son I can only bathe him every other day and I use Cetaphil soap and lotion. You have to pat dry them so you don't rub the rash with the towel. I also noticed that Vaseline helps with the rash especially when he sweats. When he starts to scratch a lot I put socks on his hands they are harder for the baby to take off versus the hand covers. Stay away from the Aveeno products because they can irritate the skin by drying it out. The last thing I wanted to tell you for now is keeping a cool mist humidifier can also clean the dust allergens in the room with your baby. Just in case you didn't know...Allergies, Asthma and Eczema are work hand in hand.

Wendi - posted on 01/09/2010

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I feel for you in that regard. I also have eczema and unfortuanately my son also has it. He has had it since birth just like me. One thing I have found with eczema is that different things work for different people or the same product will work but only for a certain amount of time. Now this being said, there is one product that a friend of mine told me about (both her and her son have bad eczema) and it seems to continue to work for my son (he is now 7 years old). The cream is called GLAXAL BASE and it is made by Wellskin. It is a moisturizing cream that is hypoallergenic, perfume free and non greasy. (these are all key points with eczema as anything that is scented etc will actually make it worse). The Glaxal Base i have is for sensitive skin and a little bit goes a very long way. When I notice my son's flare up i put a little bit of this cream on it and rub it in until it is blended well and usually within the first day you can notice signs of improvement. I purchased the cream at my local Walmart. You can speak with your doctor as well but I know from personal experience that most times they will give you a hydrocortisone cream which is a steroid and it actually makes it worse after extended use.

Also with eczema as you said because it is colder the eczema seems to be fairly bad that is because of the lack of sunshine. The more sun the better the skin appears to be (in my case anyways) so I make sure I use a really good moisturizer which is what this cream is.

For anyone else out there as well, this cream also works well with psoriasis. (My cousin has really bad psoriasis and I mentioned this cream to him and he uses it all the time now as it seems to help it heal as well)

Best of luck to you and I hope this information helped.

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Staci - posted on 04/08/2013

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And make sure she only bathes every other day, a short bath in water thats not too hot

Staci - posted on 04/08/2013

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Also, if you go to the pediatrician, they can prescribe steroidal cream that makes the eczema disappear within a few days.
my daughter has eczema and it worked great for her!

Rian - posted on 01/30/2010

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My little girl has eczema really bad on her legs, back, and arms. I use Aveeno's colloidal oatmeal bath every other day and every night I slather on Gentle Naturals baby eczema cream. This has worked great!!! I have been doing it for almost a month now, and her eczema is almost gone. Good luck!

Derika - posted on 01/13/2010

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this post has def. helped me. Kamilah's cream has stopped working for her so i just purchased aveeno(gotta get rid of that) and ima use her humidifier

Roteavia - posted on 01/13/2010

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Well oil is good but try going for something more natural live olive oil. some babies dont take to well to different baby oils because of the sent.

Karen - posted on 01/12/2010

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This conversation was perfect timing. I am having the same issues. Her back is by far the worst. No one has mentioned baby oil, or the oil gel (J&J). Is that bad??

Tricia - posted on 01/12/2010

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Wow, this is really helpful, I didnt realize Aveeno dries the skin out. I use the baby wash and I have noticed that London has had issues with dry skin particularly on her back and shoulders so I have been putting Baby Aquaphor on at night and Aveeno during the day. Ill cut out the Aveeno and see where that leads me. I actually stopped using the Aveeno Shampoo because it was making London's dry and brittle along with her scalp so I switched to Carol's Daughter products which are all natural based products and it has done wonders for her hair and scalp. I was going to start using their body wash stuff once all of her J&J, Aveeno stuff was done. I have a cool mist humidifier and I think Ill try that as well. This post was really helpful!

Keren - posted on 01/12/2010

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Thanks so much! I didn't know that about Aveeno; I have used their lotion in the past. I mostly have used Eucerin lotion and Aquafor babywash. Thanks for the input!

Keren - posted on 01/10/2010

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I do use All Free & Clear, but I've never heard about washing in hot water. Why is hot water important?

Roteavia - posted on 01/09/2010

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Also wash your baby's clothes in hot water using dreft, all free & clear or all baby.

Keren - posted on 01/09/2010

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This definitely helps! I didn't know about the sun thing. I'll pick up some of the Glaxal Base, as well. Thanks for the tips!

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