Eczema anyone have this issue with their baby?

Melissa - posted on 02/19/2010 ( 99 moms have responded )

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My son out of nowhere had rash looking markings that i was not completly ok with so i called his ped. they say to give him claritin and always make sure he has lotion handy to keep his skin mosturized. anyone know of anything else I can do with out all the chemicles?

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Elizabeth - posted on 03/31/2010

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my son is almost 2 years old and we have been fighting his eczema. His Ped. thinks it is a food allergy after I persuaded him that I think it is. We will see a specialist but in the meantime I have used a home recipe that works. Someone in my church told me about this recipe. I use a mixture of cocoa butter, baby medicated powder, a little bit of baby oil, a little bit of tura cream (from African stores), and a little bit of hydrocortisone. it has worked for me.

Mia - posted on 03/31/2010

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My daughter gets the same thing and I use Dove sensitive skin soap and Eucerin lotion to keep her skin moist.

Carrieann - posted on 03/30/2010

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hi my baby had eczema when she was just a baby very bad and it would get worse if she got to hot i took her to the doctors and ther gave me a storoid cream for her and it worked exellent yyou just werent allowed to use it all the time but resently it has came back on the backs off her legs and in her creises i put the cream on and it goes i also got something to wash her in but i find it makes the problem worse x

Kim - posted on 03/11/2010

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Yes, my daughter "had" eczema until I put Arbonne Skin Care on her. it's a vegan product. Totally safe for even newborns. It's super gentle on the skin. Please look into it for your childs sake!!! It was the baby line. She had it really bad on her cheeks and bottom. I did all the steps on her (baby wash, lotion, oil and diaper rash cream, even on her cheeks) just 1 time!!!! Since I used this on her she hasn't had any sort of breakout for 2 years. It's amazing stuff. I became a distributor because of the results on my daughter. Please let me know if I can help you out!

Lily - posted on 03/10/2010

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I was told by Pediatrician to only use Dreft or other detergent with no perfumes, and no dryer sheets for my son's clothes. I use Cetaphil cleanser to wash him in the bath and then immediately put Eucerin lotion on his skin. Don't bathe them every day.

Erica - posted on 03/09/2010

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My son had and still from time to time has flare ups (which unfortunetly he inherited from me) and I have gotten into the routine since he was born his first two months he had it all over his body and we scrambled to figure out how to make him better so this is what i have done.........when he was younger we only bathed him with dove sensitive skin bar soap and then would slather him down in aquaphor and put on a cotton jumper. I try not to use baby wipes on him anywere but his bottom because they dry out and irritate and then I only buy the Unscented hypoallergenic wipes and i really like the Target brand in the purple package they are made with cotton and are alitlle cheaper then pampers. Now that hes older I use the Suave clear and free hypoallergenic bath wash and it has been working really well along with the trusty aquaphor. I also buy the All free and clear laundry detergent and wash everything in that I also use the Target diapers they are absorbant and dont have a fragrance, like pampers and i dont like huggies i find they just smell like urine even if hes piddled a tiny bit in them and theyre hypoallergenic products are a crock!!! They are scented hypoallergenic products which is just ridiculous in and of its self!! ANYWAY lol find the triggers and then do everything in your power to stay away from them Good Luck!!! not really sure if this helped at all haha

Susan - posted on 03/07/2010

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When you give him a bath, only use soap every other day (just use water on the other day and rinse), never use bubble bath, and use soups specifically designed for eczema (I use all Aveeno products, soaps, lotions as they are all hypo allergetic). Make sure to put on a lot of lotion after bath. Also found out that harsher detergents really irrated my babies skin. I was using tide. Now all his stuff gets washed separtly in Era. Not as harsh as tide, but with a bit more detergents than the baby detergent. That helped a lot as well. Don't forge to wash his bath towels and sheets in the soft detergent as well. I have prescription lotion for him, but use it now as a "spot lotion" when he gets a little rashy. I have only had to use it sparely since switching everything. Hopes it helps!!

Gaye - posted on 03/07/2010

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Both my daughters get eczema (usually only in winter) and I stopped using anything with fragrance, and while it's bad, I give them oat baths. You put some oats in a stocking and use it like a face washer. An old natural remedy that works.

Emily - posted on 03/06/2010

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My son has really bad eczema and it's caused by just about everything. We use all natural Shea butter and when it's really really bad Gold Bond ointment or A&D ointment.

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Hi, I have three boys, all of whom have had eczema at one time or another. I love Aquaphor by Eucerin. It is not a lotion but is a non greasy clear ointment. It is pricey compaired to some ointments but there is nothing better for the boys. It will provide a barrier on bottoms under diapers (a problem area to heal) and it will keep the area from cracking and bleeding. I use it twice a day or sometimes with every diaper change if I notice the redness comming back. I hope this will help you :)

Kellie - posted on 03/06/2010

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My daughter has it extremely bad on her knees, elbows, cheeks, hands, and chin. We use prescription, but before we used this Aquaphilic hydrating cream, which works exactly the same as the prescription we used.

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My son has had it really bad and no prescription helps. I have been using "Grandma El's" for the past year and it has helped so much. Plus it's cheaper than some of the prescriptions and over-the-counters we've tried that didn't work. You can see the different in the skin within one day. I get mine at www.iambabycrazy.com/468. Good luck with it!

Melanie - posted on 03/06/2010

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I eliminated any laundry softeners and used a mild detergent on their clothes which seemed to help a bit and I found a pediatric eczema cream that helped as well.

Sarah - posted on 03/05/2010

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Has he actually been diagnosed with Eczema? Forgive me for asking but I didn't notice in your post. In light of the recent economic issues many have been opting out for cheaper cleaning supplies and/or hygienic products, if you have done this then your child may be experiencing an allergic reaction or the change in chemicals may just irritate him a bit. They say something as small as changing your dish detergent can have that affect. I am sorry if I am off- base here, I am just trying to take a gander!

Sallie - posted on 03/05/2010

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My daughter was diagnosed with eczema in October. I use QV intensive when her skin is calm and Sigmacort when she is having a breakout. I don't use a nappy rash cream or ointment as Bepanthan causes her delicate skin to breakout. For her nappy area we just use the QV intensive as it works as a protective barrier. I use Johnson's Soothing Naturals moisturiser and Aveeno or Dermaveen in the bath and shower. Her skin is lovely and moist and it's been months since we had a breakout. I can't believe how quickly small changes work.

Mama0812 - posted on 03/05/2010

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We have been using California's Baby's Calendula cream in the 2 oz. tubs and the Everyday Calendula Cream in the pumps on our 18 month olds eczema. His has it pretty bad, so from time to time, we have no choice but to use a steroid cream on him. But, we are a chemical free family, and that's the only exception. He takes a 5-10 minute luke warm bath every night, with no soap (I shampoo his hair with california Baby;s Super Sensitive Shampoo every few days) and towel dry him. Wihin 2-3 minutes after getting out of the tub, I put a ton of the lotion on him and let it soak in on it's own. Then, at every diaper change, we use the Everyday stuff on the eczema areas. Hope that helps. It has seemed to really help us

Shannon - posted on 03/03/2010

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My daughter is 19 months and she has eczema. It is pretty bad. Her pediatrican told me to use hydrocotezon on the bad patches and than rub her entire body with aquaphor ointment. Also give warm not hot baths and short baths. Put the ointment or lotion on right after the bath and do not completely dry him off.

Amy - posted on 03/01/2010

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My 4 year old has eczema, which is has actually 5 different forms of the skin irritations. Baby eczema can be cleared up fairly easily and quickly. Aveeno oatmeal baths and lotions would work wonders to help with the rash your son may have. Aquaphor is a petroleum based and great to coat the rash. If the rash is itchy, then use a 1% hydrocortisone cream. There is also a cream you can find that is all natural that is for baby eczema. It can be found at most super centers or grocery stores. It also is petroleum based. With my 4 year old, we had gone to every step possible...and got no results...so we had to go to a steroid cream plus Aquaphor and the Aveeno oatmeal baths (mineal oil based, so watch out, bath tubs and toys get slippery). But his severe eczema was cleared up within days. True eczema will be found in the popiteal space, in the crease of the elbow, if the child is a boy, under his scrotum, then small to large patches on the stomach, back, legs and arms. Good luck, I hope everyone's information helps!

Angela - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son has Eczema really badly all over the diaper area. We changed to the Seventh Generation chlorine free diapers and it was all cleared up within a week!

Louise - posted on 02/27/2010

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Hi There, my oldest son has allow has eczema i have tried alot of different things but i dont like creams as i dont think it works as good as a ointment there is two i really like one you have to get fromt he doctor which is Elocon Ointment o.1 % only need a little bit gos a long way or there is Sigmacort Ointment from a Pharmacy but most of the time if they have eczema then they will have Asthma but that is only some times goats milk soap and hand wash is good to, wish you all the best ... louise

Desiree - posted on 02/27/2010

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I used advantan cream if there is a flare up and oiliatum drops in the bath. A good natural aid is a rooibos tea bag thrown in at bath time. It soothes the itching and gives them something to play with

Nazevyanga - posted on 02/26/2010

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Yeah has had it since birth. I use Eczema cream by Disney but I add glycerin (in Zambia every body uses it because it keeps the skin moisturized and supple. You can not tell that she has it come rain or sunshine. Be careful to use just a drop because it is like syrup. It's also OTC in walmart and beauty supplies. I don't why people don't use it here with the extreme seasons. It's very good for normal skin too. I use it in my lotion and I always get compliments. I don't even need to ex foliate and all that...I just use it in my lotion. I this helps.

Joanna - posted on 02/26/2010

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My daughter has eczema and it isn't pretty. There would be times when it would weep. We tried all the creams and lotions, both prescription and not. Finally, an ENT but her on zyrtec and its cleared up. We still use the aveeno products and reduce bathing to minimal. Its gotten so much better that we now can go back to the baby massages we used to do. (We had to stop b/c it got to painful for her.) I forgot how much I missed them and apprently she did too.

Stacy - posted on 02/26/2010

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My son had it too. We got glaxal base from the pharmacy and it worked wonders. You should try it.

Megan - posted on 02/26/2010

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I have 2 kids with eczema. It always gets worse in the winter. To prevent a flair up, I only bathe them 3 nights a week and during their bath I put a few drops of baby oil in the water. It makes cleaning the tub a lil more difficult, but my boys skin is much better. I also lotion them every day when I get them dressed with a cocoa butter or shea butter lotion.

Jacky - posted on 02/26/2010

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My son has eczema too and his pediatrician told me about some no perscription lotion. It is made by Aveeno and it is all natural. You can buy it at any drug store. I have put it on him a couple of times and it seem to be really helping.

Stephanie - posted on 02/26/2010

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I know Aveeno makes a great cream for Eczema Aquaphor Healing Ointment, and there is another one that I just went blank on, but it has a mom and a baby on the front, and is recommended by the Eczema Assoc. I have used it and love it. The trick with Eczema is a good thick, almost greasy lotion. I know, greasy.. but with eczema it soaks it right up.

Saundra - posted on 02/26/2010

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My daughter has eczema really bad and she is 19 months. The Dr. said to lotion her really well immediately after she gets out of the tub and then to lotion her everynight before bed. They also said that is the only thing they can really do with a baby that age because the next step is steroids!

Yvonne - posted on 02/26/2010

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Use Cetaphil lotion and cetaphil soap for the bath. It doesnt lather like regular soap, but still gets them clean without drying them out. Also, keep track of when it flairs up and when it is not so bad. If it is due to a food allergy or any other allergy you will be able to easier figure out what it is from by noticing a pattern of what he does or eats before the rash comes back.



A lot of people use hydrocortisone for eczema, but you have to be very careful using that and do not use it very often at all because it is a steroid and prolonged use is very bad for your child and will actually start to make it worse.

Lindsey - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son has it too. Aquaphor is good, I also use Aveeno bath products. Try to only use fragrance free, soap free products. Including your laundry products. Good luck!!

Julie - posted on 02/25/2010

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You can always check out http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/ which has a lot of home rememdies. I have heard that after you bathe your baby, lather them with lotion, dress them in damp pajamas (get the pajamas wet and wring out as much water as you can), then put dry pajamas on top of the damp ones. This will help to keep moisture in the skin. You can also try Little Docs Calming Cream. When eczema is inflamed it burns and that lotion helps to calm the burn (I have eczema and use it).

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son has the same issue and I use aveno baby lotion and body wash it is $5 for each one but works like a charm for him everything else seems to make things worse. It took about a week for him to clear up but since then no problems

Kari - posted on 02/25/2010

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Cetaphil works wonders for our daughter's eczema. When it is flared up at the least put in on in the am and pm. I try to remember to put some on at each diaper change and it clears up within a few days to a week.

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Eczema is almost always caused by an allergy to foods, most commonly dairy. Breastfed babies are much less likely to have eczema. If you do not breast feed switch to a formula like Similac Alimentum or Enfamil Nutramigen. A high percentage of infants are allergic or sensitive to cow's milk but usually outgrow it after their first birthday. My son was almost one and a half before he could tolerate dairy products without the rash. Doctors did not tell me any of this, had to research and figure it out on my own. I switched my son to Similac Alimentum and he never had eczema after that, except when I tried giving him cow milk or milk products. I did switch him to a goats milk formula after 6 months (made in France) . Goats milk protein is much easier to digest than the proteins found in cows milk.

Brittany - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son has had severe dry skin since birth and i have bought every lotion out there. 250.00 worth to be close to exact. The ped. said that he has allegies and ezcema(dry skin rash like) The only thing that has helped is aveeno products and perscription strength cortizone cream. Its is an everyday battle. But since we have cut back on baths its has improved a little.

Lisa - posted on 02/25/2010

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My daughter has had eczema since she was just a few months old. It gets better, but never completely goes away. It's definitely worse in the winter! She even has it on her scalp. We tried a lot of different lotions, but the one that has worked the best for us is Curell Itch Defense. Our ped also told us not to use baby bath products because they do nothing for the skin except make it smell good! We use Dove or Olay body wash to make sure she gets the extra moisture.

Chalis - posted on 02/24/2010

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My daughter has pretty bad eczema. Every night we slather her down with Aquaphor or Cerave. Cerave is this great non greasy moisturizer that her doctor recommended. We also use hydrocortisone on her. We think she might have some allergies, but they are really mild according to her doctor, so he is not worried especially since her skin responds so well to moisturizing. Also, we use Dove sensitive skin. That is great!

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My little one had this problem too. I took her to the peds and they told me that the Johnson and Johnson bath products can be harsh on some babies/toddlers that I was using. So we switched to Dove or Ivory soap...no scent and for sensitive skin. Also Lubriderm lotion non-scented/sensitive for lotion. Since then no more breakouts!! :=)) And we didn't need a prescription or any other over the counter medicine product. I hope this helps!

Rachel - posted on 02/24/2010

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My daughter last winter developed a rash and sorta dry patches on her back, legs and arms. Her ped told us to use Aquaphor at night and twice a day put on Cetaphil. Both you can find in either the baby or lotion section at any store. I would usually just use Cetaphil after Id give her a bath in the morning, then at night cover her in the Aquaphor. Within a week it was all cleared up. I dont use it daily like I had to then but I still do this to keep her skin nice. Also her ped told us to buy the creams in the tub which are more creamy than the ones that come with the pumps. They're both kinda expensive but well worth it and they last for a while.

Irene - posted on 02/24/2010

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We have a very mild case of "possible" eczema. We use hydrocortisone on occasion, along with Vaseline. Most times we must but vaseline on it. Also do not bathe every night, this dries out skin and mades it worse. Hope this is helpful and that all gets better for you.

Stefanie - posted on 02/24/2010

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Aquaphor is excellent. You can get it at any rite aid, cvs, duane reade or supermarket. My doctor also recommended hyrdocortisone cream. My daughter's skin is really dry and sometimes she gets little scrapes on her skin, I guess from scratching the dryness. I think it helps.

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2010

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It is really greasy but we used Aquaphor for babies every few days and our son's eczema cleared up for good.

Amanda - posted on 02/23/2010

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My daughter gets an allergic reaction to wheat which makes her eczema worse. I have taken her to a specialist, and they just put her on creams and creams. None worked. I took her to get an allergy test and found out she is allergic to wheat, soy, eggs, and some fruits. But as soon as we took her food allergies out of her diet the eczema went away. Not fully, but her skin is not inflamed, scabby or red, just slightly pink. Hope all gets better.

Terri - posted on 02/22/2010

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Try Cetaphil cream lotion, it works wonders and it isn't a prescription. Also, just keep a look out on it. My good friends baby had really bad eczema and they were able to find out that it was an allergic reaction to certain foods. For her daughter it was eggs and milk.

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