Babies with eczema

Dee - posted on 02/28/2010 ( 76 moms have responded )

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My son has eczema all over his torso and arms. I've tried a few things like switching to Dove soap and using Aquaphor lotion, but it doesn't seem to help. Anyone else with this issue and what has worked for you. Thanks.

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Sophia - posted on 03/04/2010

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My son also has very bad eczema, Aveeno didn't work. We use a couple drops of Neutogena body oil (fragrance free), in his bath water. It leaves his skin very smooth. And Eucerin creme, the one that comes in the little tub. This has worked wonders on his skin! Nothing before this worked, and this was all recomended by his pediatrician. She also suggested we only bath him 3 times a week with no soap if possible because that all dries out his skin, plus babies naturally smell good, no need for soap.

Colleen - posted on 03/01/2010

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My little girl had a spot on her leg and we used Cetaphil cream..and I have used some hydorcotizone cream that I had and it cleared right up she hasnt had any outbreaks anywhere else.

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for my son i use eucerin calming creme daily moisturizer. its used for dry skin therapy. i apply it when he wakes up and after he gets a bath like before he goes to bed. my son has it all over his body. on his face, arms, back, stomach, legs everywhere so i mainly use it on his back, the crease of the elbow and the back of the knee. the places that are worse. he has eczema due to food allergies. so he will never fully get rid of it but the only we can do is help them.

Lisa - posted on 03/16/2010

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I've seen where a few people have mentioned Aveeno baby. Aveeno is fabulous stuff!!! However, there are times when the eczema is so bad that regular Aveeno isn't enough. I suggest that you use Aveeno Skin Relief bath treatment in your son's bath and the matching anti- itch cream. I can also highly reccomend the Aveeno advanced relief body wash and lotions for bath time and lotion a few times a day. I had a child in day care who's skin was so bad that the poor baby's skin felt like fried chicken. literally. After 2 applications back to back of Aveeno, this child felt good enough to not scratch, to not cry and was playing, where as previously he could only cry and scratch due to his massive uncomfort.
I have also seen Bag Balm work wonders on eczema. It comes in a green tin and can be purchased at Walgreen's. It is so very worth the price!!! It does amazing things for skin rashes, including diaper rash. The makers say the only place you should not use Bag Balm is in your hair b/c it will not come out!
You may not believe me, but Crisco solid shortening is also extremely good for eczema. At one point, we had several kids in our day care center were using it for their eczema. Good luck! Remember that if all else fails, a trip to the doctor for a steroid cream to help clear it up so you can maintain his skin is always worthwhile.

Mira - posted on 03/16/2010

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My son gets eczema mainly on his arms and legs, but gets a little on his body. I found that billy goat soap baby works wonders. They also have a cream out for adults and I have used a little on the really bad spots and they have cleared up in a couple of days. Also works well on teething rash. All natural products and recommend this for both babies and adults.

Nomthy - posted on 03/16/2010

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Hey Dee I also have the same problem as yours, my son has it on his neck and he's always scratching and I can see that its irritating him. Please help guys!!

Kristy - posted on 03/15/2010

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my little girl was the same and has only just started to grow out of it now and she is 4, and my 7month old son has some eczema but not a bad as my daughter has it, we took my daughter toan eczema specialist after spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on creams and treatment sonly for them not to work, the best advice we ever got was to not bath her every day as thats what eczema thrives on is water also the best cream we use for her every nigh to keep her skin moist and eczema free is a relay well priced QV wash if she deed's a bath also QV bath oil, and the cream is alos QV moisturiser, cream for dry skin.

Megan - posted on 03/14/2010

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My son has the same thing. We use the Aveno for babies lotion. It really works great on him. My son has it so bad that he gets it on his head, in his scalp. Hope i was some help.

Gail - posted on 03/14/2010

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this may sound becuz it did to me but I just had my son at the docot for the same thing..and he told me to give me a bath in clorox water 3 times a week. Now you dont use much.....I forget the recommended amount right off hand...but it seems to be helping. Its not enough to cause any problems...actually the doctor told me its less then whats in a swimming pool. Doesnt hurt when he gets it in his eyes or if he would drink it.

Rachael - posted on 03/14/2010

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My daughter had excema on the back of her head, ears and sometimes in the bends in her arms and knees. I found that QV bath oil made a difference, then we put heaps of sorbelene cream on her after her bath.
I also changed to a dairy free diet (as im breastfeeding) and this made the biggest difference to Maias excema in a week. However, this doesnt work for everyone but its worth giving it a go. Now she only gets a flare up when she gets very sweaty on a hot day.
Hope this helps :)

Christina - posted on 03/14/2010

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I have had a HUGE problem with this. She even had it on her face, I got some cortisone and it cleared right up!

Kristina - posted on 03/14/2010

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aveno baby & cetaphil .. they both work. of course the dry skin is still there for the most part,the redness and the irritation is gone!

Mary - posted on 03/14/2010

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my little girl has really bad eczema and we use oilatum for her bath and dermol as a substitute soap it can also be used as a cream this seems to be working for her x x x x

Paige - posted on 03/14/2010

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All 3 of my children have had eczema. My youngest which will be 7 months on the 20th has seemed to have it the worst. The Dr. prescribed her some ointment, but I was going through a tube every 2 days and it still wasn't working. I found some creamy baby oil with ALOE VERA and VITAMIN E, and using it every night vigorously before bed has almost cleared her eczema up.

Christine - posted on 03/14/2010

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My sons gets so bad that it weeps. I'm using a prescription topical cream called Advantan and it clears it up in a day or two. It's great stuff.

Amanda - posted on 03/13/2010

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try aveeno baby for eczema....it works great for my daughter and I love it on my hands too!

Mandy - posted on 03/13/2010

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This old women I know a great person belives in natural remadies i have eczema on my hands and she said the best thing to do even if its just small area of a large is Butter milk and natural yougurt and just smoother it all over at least twice a day it helped me and I know it has helped others u never know hope it helps

Kimberly - posted on 03/13/2010

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My son has eczema to. And the doctor gave us hydrocortozone cream, but said to only use it every other day and only if needed because it will cause stretch marks..Eucirin cream seems to work good for us..with aveeno baby shampoo and wash

Kristina - posted on 03/11/2010

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My daughter has it as well. What i have found out is that it is good to bathe daily make sure you moisturize afterwards. I use the Aveeno baby for eczema. Also, to soak your baby in a full bath with 1/2 cup bleach for five to ten minutes. Don't let your baby get too hot, make sure the clothes are breathable, the baby's sheets are soft. Also, it is triggered in some case by food allergies. My daughter it is wheat, but it can be eggs, cow's milk, and fish.

Kim - posted on 03/11/2010

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My doctor said to use Vaseline. I told him that I was using A & D ointment and he said that was fine. I apply to all areas after bathtime and it works great!

Milka - posted on 03/10/2010

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I use Billie baby goat milk liquid soap and pour a bit of baby bath oil in his bathtub. I use Aveeno baby for shampoo only and apply Aveeno sooting relief moisture cream after pat him dry.

When Jonathan was 2 months old , He had terrible eczema . I went to GP . Doctor gave him sigmacort 1% cream ( hydrocortisone acetate cream ). After a week He's getting better but the skin became so dry. Now He is ok with billie baby goat milk liquid soap

Camille - posted on 03/10/2010

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my son had the worst eczema. we had to switch his formula to soy. we've tried everything else. aveeno baby didnt work. vaseline is okay. hydrocortizone stops the itching but didnt make it go away. t-gel worked really good for his head. we went to the pediatrician and she prescribed "Triamcinolone Cream" its awesome. stopped the itching and made the eczema go away. try that

Shona - posted on 03/10/2010

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Both my sons have had it, I use oilatum in the bath and with wet hands rub vaseline petroleum jelly into their skin and their skin is absolutely lovely now

Nichole - posted on 03/10/2010

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Sorry to hear about your son. My son has eczema also, he has it every where.
His doctor gave us a RX cream but that didnt seem to work. They said to try Aveeno and it has worked wonders. The key is to put lotion as many times a day as you can.
I use Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash for his body. Aveeno Baby Essential Moisture Shampoo for his head. Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream- All over his body. For his face I use California Baby Calendula Cream for Eczema.

Hope this helps! Good luck.

Erica - posted on 03/10/2010

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I saw that one person recommended giving your baby honey. Please keep in mind that honey is not supposed to be given to babies under one year old because of the botulism risk.

I would see an allergist about the eczema. A friend of mine just found out her son's eczema was caused by allergies.

Diane - posted on 03/09/2010

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Have you changed laundry detergents? My cousin had eczema for 8 years before my aunt and uncle realized she allergic to the perfumes in their laundry detergents and fabric softeners and dryer sheets. If you've done all these things though and it's still bad go see a dermotologist and see if they can do anything. Good luck.

Stevie - posted on 03/09/2010

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My daughter had eczema and I tried a natural all Australian product- Moogoo.
Worked wonders, smells great and her skin is now really soft.
I used the Milk body wash and the Udder cream.. Give it a go. So gentle on bubs skin =)
www.moogoo.com.au

Hope - posted on 03/09/2010

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Hi There, we had my son (just 7 months) checked out about a month ago. No allergies but Eczema. The Dr. prescribed Derma Smoothe. It's an oil that you put on, within 2 days he eliminated one of his evening bottles and withing 5 days he eliminated both of his night time bottles!!! He started rolling over and using his hands a lot more. He was so distracted and uncomfortable for so long....

Good Luck

Samantha - posted on 03/09/2010

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I by products from a company named Melaleuca. They have this lotion called Renew that is the best I have ever used. My daughter and my husband both had eczema and it got rid of it in a matter of days. You cant but it in the grocery store but if your curious and want to more about it let me know and I will get you some info.

Sam

Maricela - posted on 03/08/2010

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use Soothing Relief Creamy Wash and also the body lotion and make sure is fragrance free because if not it will irritate even more his skin.

Emma - posted on 03/08/2010

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We suffer the same with my daughter 6months and me. Switch all your products that your child comes into contact with to less chemical or natural if you can however try to avoid natural products with tea tree oil in it as it is very fragrant. Aftershave or perfume that you and your partner use could also be adding to your boys 'flares' and avoid creams that leave a 'heavy' residue as these dont help out all- the skin needs to breathe, other than that it is trial an error you will soon know what contributes to the flares- it could be food as well like dairy. but everyone is different so be on the look out for signs.

Wazna - posted on 03/08/2010

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i use a product called physiogel for her face and arms nd aqueous cream as her soap and for her legs.she had eczema wen she wasa 3weeks old but nw except for occational dry patches,alhamdullilah she's fine.da dotor told to give her a bath twice a day for 20 min nd since srilanka is a hot country it really helps.da climate does hve a gr8 effect on these babies skin.

Romancia - posted on 03/08/2010

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i have the same issue my daughter has it on her face and back and a lil on her bum, i wash her with cetaphil then u put vaseline when she has a bad breakout...

Lisa - posted on 03/08/2010

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So glad this topic came up. I am having the same issue with my seven month old. He has it all over his face, his torso and off and on all over his arms. We've already stopped using detergents with fragrances and use Aquaphor and the peditrician recommended 1% hydrocortisone cream. While it does clear it for a while, I would like to find something that gets rid of it. Is that possible? Or does my little guy have deal with the itching and scratching? He scratches so much that he makes himself bleed. I wake up to see blood spots all over his sheets because he scratches all night. I think that might be why he doesn't sleep through the night as well! Need help so I can help my baby boy! :(

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We grease him up with Vaseline and it works like a charm. Vaseline is pure, organic, and cheap! don't use any soaps that have any fragrances or lanolin. Good luck!

Debi - posted on 03/08/2010

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We've dealt with the same thing with our son, starting around Halloween when the weather turned cold. It started on his cheeks, then moved to his torso, back, and a little on his legs. He also had a wicked case of cradle cap. After several trips to the pediatrician, we went for a pediatric dermatology consult at Johns Hopkins. His face and scalp are now completely clear, and while he still gets a few patches and bumps on his body occasionally, it's under control so far. Here's what's working for us:

1. A prescription hydrocortisone ointment, used VERY sparingly and only when needed. We have a stronger prescription for his body than the one we used on his face, and we try to use the minimum strength and amount needed to break the cycle. We also used it, per the dermatologist's direction, on his scalp for a very short time.

2. CONSTANT moisturizing -- and different lotions/creams work better in different spots on him, so don't be afraid to mix and match. Every time his diaper is changed, we slather Aveeno Baby (the dark blue cap) on his body. We're using Triple Cream on his face and any bad trouble spots on his body at every diaper change, plus some extra on his face any time he starts to look dry. Triple Cream is a new product, and I highly recommend it!

3. SHORT baths (no more than 5 to 7 minutes) with moisturizing within 3 minutes of taking him out of the water. Technically, we're showering him because it's easier to keep to the time limit that way: my husband gets in the shower to hold and rinse him, and I soap and shampoo him thoroughly. We're using Aveeno Baby Essential Moisture shampoo (tan cap) and Aveeno Baby wash (dark blue cap). FYI, the dermatologist recommended frequent, short baths with the moisturizing afterward, but we've had good success with once-a-week bathing at this point.

4. A humidifier running at night in the room where he sleeps. We noticed his face cleared up beautifully when we visited family in Florida for Christmas, so my dad suggested this one. We've found that keeping the humidity at 40 or higher does wonders for him.

I hope that helps -- it takes persistence, but it can be overcome. Best of luck!

Stacey - posted on 03/07/2010

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My daughter also has eczema and all you can do is lotion often. We still see eczema patches. We use a lotion called Renew by Metaleuca. It helps to control the dry patches.Good luck with it. Just keep him heavily lotioned.

Kathryn - posted on 03/07/2010

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my 6 month old son had eczema, here's what we've done to help keep it at bay:
-hypoallergenic, fragrance free laundry detergent, and I use about half the normal amount in his wash.
- baby aveeno lotion, after baths, diaper changes, after meal clean ups.
- lukewarm bath water. (not cold, but just a little above body temp)
- rinsing him off with fresh water after the bath.
- I personally like burts bee's bath products, and the baby line is gentle.

I live in the mountains where the air is dry, so keeping him well protected when we go outside helps, as does running a cool air humidifier in the main areas of our home.

Renae - posted on 03/07/2010

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Dove soap can dry your skin out even more because of the ph level. I would stick to the baby soap but try using baby oil after every bath. It would even give him a bath every other day until winter is over.

Angela - posted on 03/06/2010

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My son has the same thing. I switched to Dove soap and CeraVe cream. I was using Eucerin cream but I noticed that it was making it worse...come to find out he is allergic to something in the Eucerin cream. I think Aquaphor is also made by Eucerin. So you might try switching his lotion. So far he's been doing better. Hope your baby gets rid of it soon!

Dee - posted on 03/06/2010

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Thank you all for your input ... it has been very helpful ... I was originally using Aveeno and I really liked it for keeping him moist but Pediatrician had me switch before I could really see if it was going to work ... His arms are a little better now that we are using a product called Triple Cream. We go back to doc this week so we will have to see. I am also taking him for a baseline test with my asthma doctor b/c I have severe asthma ... Thanks again everyone ...

Danielle - posted on 03/06/2010

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Could it be diet related? my wee boy has a milk protien allergy so whenever i eat any dairy, the milk protien comes through my milk ( i'm breast feeding) & flares up his eczma. Also if they get too hot they get itchy & don't bath too often as regardless of what you put in the bath it draws moisture out of the skin. I've been using the blue aveeno, hydracortisone(sparingly) & a zinc cream called sudocream ( seams to take the heat out of the eczma - put moisturiser on first & let it sink in for a few minutes then apply the zinc quite thickly & let it absorb). Nothings worse than an itchy, unsettled baby! Good luck. ps I wouldn't use soap at all

Lisa/keith - posted on 03/05/2010

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my daughter has eczema all over her back- i've been using cortisone-10 hydrocortisone ointment-not cream and eucerin creme (in the tub). after one application her back is a thousand times better. she recently had her six month checkup and her pediatrician said not to use lotions cuz they are not thick enough-he even suggested vaseline but i opted for the eucerin cream-a little pricey but it works like magic!!

Dana - posted on 03/05/2010

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About Vaseline increasing skin infections and MRSA i'm not sure this info is accurate.. trapping in bacteria... I'd ask for her reference on this... actually MRSA and cellulitis happen on abraised skin not intact one and vaseline helps keep skin intact without abrasions... so go for vaseline in my opinion

Ingrid - posted on 03/05/2010

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How old is your little one? Try honey 3 times a day, pure on a teaspoon,it helped someone I know>Can't do any harm, let me know how it goes

Christi - posted on 03/05/2010

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My 6 month old was diagnosed with eczema when he was 4 months old. We notice it flares up when there's a change in the weather. The Dr didn't even bother with the typical Rxs like steroid creams, etc. She jumped right to the thing that usually works the best for most people - Derma-Smoothe FS. It is a body oil. It works very good on him. It does have a steroid in it, but it's such a small amount & is approved for infants with no long-term side effects. It is a peanut oil base as well, but you can use it even if your baby has a peanut allergy. The peanut oil is extremely refined, so all the peanut proteins are removed.
We also use Aveeno Baby products in-between flare ups, but I'm not sure how well it's working on him. Once he clears up, & we start tapering off the oil & relying more on Aveeno, it tends to come right back. We may switch to California Baby.

Deborah - posted on 03/05/2010

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my son has eczema as well I use baby aveeno morning noon and night to keep his body moist and once I lotion his body I use cortizone 10 and rub it on the area of the ecezma it works for me I was told by his pediatrician to use these also I was advise ecezma is triggered by low immune system hope this works for you and good luck btw I alos take him a bath with baby aveeno eczema powder you can find all these at walmart under 20.00 total

Kylie - posted on 03/04/2010

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Hi there my son suffers quite badly from eczema when he has a flare up, he cant have oils on his skin as they don't work they tend to cook his skin. When it gets really bad, normally triggered from a food I use cortisone cream on him just the very weak one that is meant for his face, I mix it into his moisturiser. The best cream that I have found that works is called aqueous cream, ask for it at your local chemist. The cream is actually the base of most creams with no yucky stuff or scents, it is great and nice and thick I coat my son in it. You can also use it as a soap, they say just to use water on children that suffer eczema no soap. I also double rinse all of my son's washing because the soaps that are used for washing clothes tends to irritate eczema. Good luck hope this helps..............

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