Would love some ideas for eczema treatment... Preferably natural...

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Poor little Nick has eczema and his skin is really dry and red in patches... Sorbelene/Glycerine combo seems to be good but as I am a coeliac who breastfeeds I'm really hoping I don't have to give up dairy for him... I don't get to eat much as it is so to cut something else out as well would be awful for a while...

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Dina - posted on 01/05/2010

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As wierd as this sounds....it works and my doctor approves of it. Medicated blistex (teal tube - not as hard as regular). I used to have dry red patches under my nose during winter and using tissues. I started using medicated blistex to heal it. my daughter has my same sensitive skin and agreed to have my try it with her. Her cheeks would get scaley, red and dry. I would coat her cheeks with the medicated blistex and it would be gone in a day and a half. I use intesive care eucerine lotion to prevent as well as a cool mist humidifier but use the blistex during an episode

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Aylana - posted on 08/13/2012

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My dermatoligsts recommended this prescribed ointment called Protopic it works amazingly!! In the being your child will feel some burning the first use but the rest it goes away in two months tops!!! You use it only two times a day. You have to remember to keep your child's skin moisturezed at all times!!! I have a website: nationaleczema.org it gives you list of ways for you to keep your childs skin moisturizer and it also list products that work good for eczema hope that helps!!! :)

Justyna - posted on 01/03/2010

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oh and also try giving your baby an oatmeal bath....you can buy ready one from Aveeno or you can do what I do, and make your own out of oats (grind them in a coffee grinder) works great!

Justyna - posted on 01/03/2010

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this might sound odd but I use organic coconut oil on my daughter who's eczema is really bad. I have used many creams spent a fortune ( however i refuse to go to my doctors and have him prescribe cortisone cream)

Try it ....and if if does not work, you can always use the oil to cook with. I gave up drinking milk, and drink almond milk now, and get some good omega 369, I use dr. udo's which is based on flax oil. Also give your baby a good pro-biotic and vitamin D for babies. It all helps. If you want more info, feel free to contact me. I use all homeopathic and natural remedies for my whole family, and it works



good luck

Tursa - posted on 01/03/2010

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Try California Baby Calendula Cream; you can get it from Target, Babies R Us, or Toys R Us. It has been awesome for my son. He had terrible red, dry patches on his cheeks for 3 weeks straight; I used the cream and overnight his cheeks were almost completely normal. By the afternoon the 2nd day, his cheeks looked like they were never red and patchy. I hope it works for you too. If not, Northern Essence has an eczema kit that you can order online. But I use the CA Baby Calendula Cream for any red spot or blotch or rash on his face, and it's like a miracle cure. Both of these products are natural. I also use CA Baby Super Sensitive Hair & Body wash...it doesn't have all the harsh stuff that regular baby products have in it.

Jodi - posted on 01/03/2010

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Our daughter has a little patch on her stomach. We had the doctor check it out and she told us to use the Aquaphor by Eucerin that was mentioned before. We noticed a difference within a couple applications! It is wonderful for dry cracked hands too!

Katlyn - posted on 01/03/2010

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hey,
my son has REALLY bad eczema, I had to switch formula so many times, but i found a solution.. Aveeno Baby for Eczema... it only took a day or two and it completely cleared up...if I forget to put it on for a day, it comes back, but it works :)

Katy - posted on 01/03/2010

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My Daughter ( now aged 12) was born with awful Eczema, she couldnt have baths and had to be wrapped in bandages day and night. we used to spend 3 hours a day covering her in creams, by the Time she was 2 I had, had enough and decided to try other forms or treatment. First stop was a chinese herbalist who gave me a mix of herbs to boil then dab onto her skin, within 2 months she was 100% free from eczema no Scars just perfect Skin, I would Tell anyone to Give it a Try !

Gina - posted on 01/03/2010

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My 21 month old had really bad eczema when she was about 8 months old to the point that her rashes would bleed and she was always getting infections. We had tried everything. What gave us the best result was giving her short baths and almost cold and a cream called CERAVE. It really helped her and now she barely gets any rashes.

Lynn - posted on 01/02/2010

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Have you seen your medical adviser? Is it likely to be a short term type of childhood eczema? Or is it a contact version? That may make a difference to your options.

I have eczema and both my children also have dry skin, including a nasty childhood eczema rash on my daughter's face when she was a little younger than your son. Are you wanting to try non-steroid options first? If so, the almond oil idea is a good one. As is exposing him to a bit more sun - vitamin D is turning out to be important - but obviously not too much. My midwife's son (from a baby until a pre-teen) had very bad eczema and it finally went away when her doctor created a palatable fish oil supplement for him. It went within a short time and hasn't returned. I'm not sure how likely it is that fish oil would be transferable by breastmilk, but it is still a good thing for the brain anyway.
If it doesn't respond to any of the non-chemical suggestions made, then perhaps the lowest dose steroid cream for short term use - especially if your son seems to have discomfort from it. This is what finally worked for me as an adult (low dose steroid) and for my daughter. My daughter's eczema cleared up in a matter of days.

If it is contact eczema you may need to look at what you are using to wash his clothes and his skin, as well as anything else that may be in contact with his skin on a regular basis (clothes fabrics, etc). I know people who react badly to enzyme based clothes washing powders, so that might be something to look at too.

Good luck, I hope you find a solution that works for you and your son.

Mary - posted on 01/02/2010

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My daughter has really bad eczema and I used Eucerin calming creme with a little hydrocortisone cream 3 times a day and it was cleared up 2 days.

Rebecca - posted on 01/02/2010

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pure almond oil is the best thing. and a bottle lasts for ages. you only need to use a little bit

Sarah - posted on 12/31/2009

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Theres a few things you can do (i know because i STILL get eczema) avoid too many baths (one every second day is plenty) only soap the areas you really need to ie avoid getting soap where the eczema is and use a gentle, moisturising soap. Slather on the moisturiser, sorberlene stings if you put it on broken skin so for broken skin i use pawpaw cream (its also a natural antiseptic and very very moisturising). Strangely enough its not always dairy that causes eczema, and i doubt your baby gets very much through your breastmilk anyway unless you eat nothing but dairy (our paediatrician explained this to me - its a myth that what mothers eat effect their baby so directly, unless your eating lots and lots of something in particular or something very strong flavoured or spicey in which case baby can get a taste of it through the milk). If its in the nappy area give bubby plenty of nappy free time. If it gets very sore or infected you need to see a doctor and get on top of it, i use a cortisol cream which heals it very quickly (and stops the itch).

Jenette - posted on 12/31/2009

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My son has a few spotty patches of eczema but they itched him so badly that he was scratching himself and leaving marks (poor guy). So, I asked my doctor and he told me to try cortizone cream/ointment. I put a little on him right before sleep and it works wonderfully. I only have to use it once a day now. I also skip using baby lotion and only use oil. I wish you good luck in figuring out what will work for your kiddo.

Susanna - posted on 12/30/2009

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my son gets extremely bad eczema and we were advised to try goats milk soap. We have been using it for about a month now and it has cleared up beautifully.

Annie - posted on 12/29/2009

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Get a perscription for epaderm. Works a treat! big tub aswell, lasts a long time! Also get some oilatum. Put it in the bath so his natural moisturisers come back. Cameron has alot of red patches and very sore dry skin. its totally gone now! took a few days and you saw a big difference.

Marcie - posted on 12/29/2009

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hello my son has great skin but had got a little rash i used aveeno wash and lotion and it worked great!!! dont get the lavender but fragrance free really helps!!

Sherri-Lyn - posted on 12/13/2009

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Limit baths and change the tempurature in the water believe it or not to almost cold. No dryer sheets, a dye free perfume free laundry detergent soap, and lotion would help. They say Eucerine is the best lotion Aquaphor is a brand of eucerine, also Dove soap is the dermatologist tested brand. If it does not go away your pediatrician can prescribe a steroid cream to put on him. I have eczema and have had it since I was about 13. My 3 year old just started with it when she was two. Winter is the worst. If I can help any let me know.

Michelle - posted on 12/07/2009

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Hello! I have been using California Baby products on my 11 week old, and she hasn't had any skin issues at all. Its all natural biodegradiable, gluten free etc etc. I have celiac disease,too, so I can imagine the frustration in cutting yet another thing out of your diet.

Patricia - posted on 12/06/2009

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Hello! My daughter has very sensitive and dry skin...had the baby rashes REALLY bad and everything. There is a line called 100% Pure (www.100percentpure.com) They make COMPLETELY all natural products that are wonderful! They smell great, but without perfumes. You can look at the list of ingredients and you wont see one chemical. NO DYES, NO parabens, nothing! They have kid products that I have been using on my 3mo old for the last 7weeks and it has done wonders for her! I use the mint chocolate 2-1cleanser/shampoo and also the lotion for kids. Their adult products are incredible too! I use them myself!

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