any advice for a baby with eczema?

Teresa - posted on 11/04/2010 ( 35 moms have responded )

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My baby has had eczema on his arms and face since he was about 2 months old (he's 7 months now) and since he has started solid foods it seems to be worse. We are trying to be careful for trigger foods and allergies and are staying away from citrusy type things since that made him flare up, but it is really itchy. He is now old enough that he has figured out how to scratch it with his fingernails, or by rubbing his arms on the carpet or on my arm while i'm holding him. Does anyone have any ideas about how to help him not be itchy? my doctor says keep it moisturized and used a cortizone cream, but i'm uncomfortable using a steroid on him too often, and the only other thing i can think of is benadryl (which i also dont want to use unless it gets really, really bad) Help!

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Teresa - posted on 09/30/2011

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it's been a really long time since i posted this, but i thought i'd let you all know about what worked for us, in case any of you are still looking for treatments. We are using a prescription skin cream called betaderm. it cleared up his eczema withing days and it has rarely come back since (that was about 9 or 10 months ago) he gets the occaisional itchy patch on his face or inside his knees and elbows, but we start using the cream again (usually only for a day or two) and it clears right up.

Tamara - posted on 11/09/2010

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the cortozone cream is to get it when its really bad, it releaves the itching a little. my daughter used to get it really bad, we bought some QV oil, or any eczma safe oil from the chemist, put a good amount in some warm water and place your childs singlet in it to soak, give it a good squeeze and then put it on baby, This wont make them sick as you would think sleeping in wet clothes would. I used to do this overnight and she would come up looking quite good in the morning,, buy rags and do it around the legs arms and feet, then bandage over the top of it to keep it all on and dress him/her after, i also did this a few times it really works well. Moisterise in the morning. The hospital game me this advise.

JENNA - posted on 11/09/2010

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QVC sells this amazing cream... First Aid Beauty- Ultra Repair Creame, Intense Therapy. Both of my boys have ezema and it seems to work better than their prescription creams do.

Elisabeth - posted on 11/08/2010

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Aquaphor lotion works the best for us. I put it on "like a watermelon on the fourth of July"- in other words my LO is greasy, but it helps and that is what matters. Twice a day, and i have left some with the sitter for his cheeks and other exposed areas when needed. I also limit bath time to less than 7 minutes and use a cream oat meal soap. I think that rice cereal made his eczema react, because when he has it his cheeks become really rosey. Now that the cold weather is here and the heat is on i predict that i will be continuing the routine. Oh, i also use a generic version of a baby detergent-but scent free!

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Catrina - posted on 12/18/2013

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I recommend Young Living's Sandalwood Moisture Cream. It is an ultra-hydrating moisturizer infused with pure essential oils. MSM - a naturally occurring, plant-based chemical-- softens skin and promotes elasticity. It's more on the expensive side but it works! My baby had excyma on his arms for a year and it was becoming worse. I tried everything and finally tried Sandalwood. I noticed results almost instantly, and it's completely gone now. I won't use anything else. Http://www.youngliving.org Sponsor & Enroller number is 1385528. Happy Living!

Divya - posted on 12/14/2011

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My son also had a same problem when he was 2 month old the doctor suggested avene trixera for him..Its a very nice cream for the kids who have sensitive skin now my son is 20 months old n i still use it..It really works now no more eczema for him....

Ruzica - posted on 11/22/2011

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I had very bad experiecnce with everything that these doctors recommended to my daughter, so I was trying and researching by myself and finally find MUSTELA STEPATOPHIA that worked perfect. I started using that when she was 4 month old and I never stopped she is now 4 years old.Since we use it we had never ever any eczema problems. Using bath cream, lotion after bathing and sometimes oil bath. Perfect! Just be persistent. Also, you can use lotion not just after bath, but as much as you want.Moreover, after bathing do not let skin to comlete dry, apply lotion to almost wet skin and let it absorb. Good luck and all the best!

Becca - posted on 11/19/2011

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My two oldest kids both have eczema and all we have to do is make sure to put lotion on them twice a day and for flair ups we usually use hydrocortisone or cortaid with my daughter we use lubriderm daily moisture lotion once in the morning and once at night after bath another thing you can use for itchy flair ups is aquaphor for my son we use the aveeno daily moisture lotion again once in the morning and at night after bath if we are consistent with the lotion then they dont usually have breakouts

Rebecca - posted on 11/08/2011

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Both of my sons have it real bad.they come out with welts on them.my youngest,who is 8 months old,has it over both hands and his back and round his neck.my oldest,who is 19 months has it on his back and tummy.I used alot of creams that the doc prescribed.but the best creams i found were actually Avon baby moisterisure and Aveeno cream.I also use special soap.This has helped so much.And is way better than cortizone cream.Which I also hated using.I hope this helps.And keep posted on what you find best

Brianne - posted on 11/06/2011

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My son his eczema all over his body. He is 19 months now, and we have been dealing with it since he was just months old. After several discussions with the pediatrician and prescription ointments and creams, and then a trip to the allergist, we finally have a regiment that works for us. They call it "the itch that rashes" because once your little one starts itching at a spot it becomes inflamed and turns into a rash. So the key is to prevent the itching. We bathe him every night, only using plain Dove bar soap twice a week. The other nights, we just rinse him down and let him play for a couple minutes. This helps remove any allergens, etc that is on the skin and then the water provides a moisture base, We don't dry him off, just lather his whole wet body with Aquaphor (Target has a generic that is way cheaper). It is greasy, but it's amazing. If he has any rash spots we use the prescription ointment Triamcinolone to help clear it up before putting on the Aquaphor. Then, in the morning when we get him dressed, we use Eucerin lotion on his whole body. The Aquaphor is best, but the Eucerin isn't anywhere near as greasy, so I prefer that in the mornings. Additionally, if he seems really itchy, we have over the counter Claritin we can give him. It's a pain to bathe him and lather him every night, but it has made all the difference. Good luck!!

Jessica - posted on 02/12/2011

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We swear by vanicream. It is over the counter, but they keep it in the pharmacy so you have to ask for it. it was created by the mayo clinic and has no formaldahydes, parabens, perfumes or other chemicals that affect eczema. It's a little pricier, but the large tub lasts a long time and with how well it works, I'm willing to fork the money over for it.

With our oldest, we got rid of soap and used cetaphil cleanser at bath time, used welcort steroid cream on the red patches when they flared up, vanicream twice a day and to keep from scratching, especially at nap and bed time, we bought a pair of long socks and put them on his arms up to his armpits (then he couldn't pull them off with teeth like with shorter ones). Luckily, our youngest only had a tiny bit when he started on solids, and as soon as we put a little hydrocortizone cream and vanicream on it, they cleared up.

Good luck!

Laura - posted on 11/19/2010

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hI !! My son also has breakouts of eczema. my public health nurse suggested we use a mixture of E45 cream, Silcock's base & Aquaoeus cream. Just made up a little pot from each of these creams & applied it twice every day & hey presto it cleared up great. He's almost 2 now & we still use it regularly. Like you i wasn't too keen steroid creams. This really did work for us. Best of luck with it :)

Anna - posted on 11/18/2010

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My baby has a similar problem. We do no use anything with perfume in it (parfum or fragrance) and only goats milk soap. After bathtime, we put on GLAXAL BASE cream (we get it at costco). And this works wonders.

Angelica - posted on 11/18/2010

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Hi My son started with eczema as well but at six weeks old. It turns out it was a reaction to formula. Have you tried or checked other formula? This may not be the cause if you are only breastfeeding. Secondly, is the doctor told me not to bathe him everyday. I can't do that. My son loves his bath and it seemed unfair to take away something he loved so much. Instead I switched from baby products like aveeno and johnsons and am now using dermo jel. It is a non soap and I only use it on his both. I also bought a humidifier and turn it on occassion, particularly now that we've had to turn the heating on. The dermo jel really works and you can get it at Walmart. I'm in Canada as well,. best of luck!

Jennifer - posted on 11/17/2010

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look at trying the natural products you can buy at supermarkets and chemists. I've suffered with it for years, and know of little children with it. Sometimes its a case of trial and error with the creams and washes, but I've found using Milk & Honet wash seems to help me. Some of the baby natural products are designed for eczema prone skin, so could be worth trying.Have you asked about getting tests done to find out what triggers it??

Bronwen - posted on 11/16/2010

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Heres some things I tried which seemed to help my boy. Try use the steroid cream on him for 5 days then take a break for 2-3 days. It flares up again but at least it is getting a break regularly. Make sure you moisturize his face before he eats/sleeps and the rest of him 3-4 times a day. Make sure you use a bathsoap which is supermild like Aveeno baby. Keep his skin covered with hat and long sleeves in the sun and wind so you dont have to use sunscreen. Hope it improves. best of luck

Debbie - posted on 11/16/2010

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I have just ordered Amber beads for my little boy as one of the ladies at my mum n bubs music class said that it helped with her little boys eczema. Also I have heard that if you put baking soda (about 1/4 of a cup) it helps stop it from itching (by boy isn't big enough for him to scratch yet). So I would suggest bathing him in baking soda and also if he get itchy in the day then have a cloth soaked in baking soda and water and try that.
I hope some of this advice helps you and your little boy.

Jennifer - posted on 11/12/2010

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i use cortizone-10 with Restora for eczema once a day and regular lotion once or twice a day on my little guy and his skin looks and feels much better. And of course he doesn't get a bath every day like he would prefer and we wash everything in dye free detergent and softner

Sheri - posted on 11/11/2010

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My 2yr old has mild flare ups of eczema and I got a spectro eczema care infant intense rehydration cream and spectro infant bodywash from our drugstore for it that really helps. I get really dry skin around this time of year cause the air gets really dry in the winter months here in alberta and I use the same cream on my hands and it really works and works better than any lotion I have tried. So far my son doesn't have the problem.
Hope this helps.

Jaimee - posted on 11/11/2010

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When my son was about three months he would break out on his cheeks(face cheeks). So what I would do is feed him, give him a nice bath, then right before bed I would put A and D ointment for babies on his cheeks. And in the morning it would be much better. I hope this helps...good luck!!!

April - posted on 11/10/2010

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My nephew has bad eczema. His parents use Aquaphor and give him oatmeal baths (they literally put oats in the blender then put it in his bath).

Shauna - posted on 11/09/2010

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My son has severe ezema on his face and other parts since he was born, i use a mild steroid cream dr prescribed only when bad flare ups cant be controlled. Aquaphor goes on EVERY diaper change and is the only thing that has worked. My son also had more flare ups when he started eating solids, my suggestion is ALWAYS keep a clean dry bib on him the wetness or food on the face is what causes the flare up, always use dreft or other free and clear detergent and watch out for what perfumes you wear and try to avoid contact of it on your child. If your child is in daycare be cautious if they do there own laundry *i bring my own laundry items in instead of using theirs* also i just found out my son is allergic to latex. Daycare was wearing latex gloves when putting cream on my sons face after not using them his face looks so much better. My Dr warned me a ezema baby should never have dry feeling skin always always moisturize even when you feel your doing it often.

Danae - posted on 11/09/2010

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My bub had the same thing luckily the hospital picked up that johnsons products were flaring it up, Have you tried Billy baby products?? it is great they don't have a moisturizer but their bath products are fantastic and I use an organis moisturizer and for her face i use baby loccitane which is expensive but you only nee the tiniest bit for it to replenish the moisture in their skin. also bathing in alpha keri oil is good when my bub gets really bad we do this, just don't put it in their hair haha. Good luck

Lisa - posted on 11/08/2010

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my daughter has eczema and i switched to aveeno. body wash and lotion the daily moisture lotion fragrance free and the wash and shampoo lightly sented and i use the aveeno eczema therapy moisturizing cream and she has had ont one break out since!:)

Taylor - posted on 11/08/2010

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MUSTELA STELATOPIA PRODUCTS. i tried everyything on my daughter. aveeno, calendula, not bathing every day, bathing every single day, lotion, oil, burt's bees, literally everything. then i tried the Stelatopia Cream from Mustela. her skin cleared up within DAYS of putting it on her once in the morning and once before bed. now i only have to use it every once in awhile when she gets a random flare-up.
There is an entire Stelatopia line for eczema which includes lotions, washes and oils, but i just use the moisturizing cream. I'm not sure if you can get it in Canada or not, its a European company and I know they sell in other countries i'm just not sure if Canada is one of them.
The only place I can find it here is at Babies R Us. I'm sure you can find it online somewhere.
http://www.mustelausa.com/stelatopia.htm...

Adrienne - posted on 11/06/2010

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Not sure if you order things online. For the calendula cream the website well.ca has it and it's free shipping anywhere in Canada.

Adrienne - posted on 11/06/2010

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Both of my boys would have months where nothing would work at all not even the Aveno lotions or aveno soap. It drove me crazy and I felt really bad. But I would just keep using it and it would clear up after the couple of months where it did nothing. I tried some lotion the doctor gave him and all it did was discolored his skin and I feel awful for even putting it on him but it worked and he doesn't get it in that area.

Teresa - posted on 11/06/2010

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thanks for the tips. i have tried most of these things: the aveeno baby wash, lotion, not bathing every day, long sleeves and pants so he doesn't scratch, and it is still there. it used to come off an on, but for the last month or so, it has been constant no matter what i do.
i am in canada so we don't have target, but i am looking for a calendula cream and i'll try that next.

Ilia - posted on 11/06/2010

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I used Aveno baby wash and baby lotion for my daughters eczema and it cleared it right up in a few days. There is also Aveno body wash and lotion formulated especially for eczema that I have used myself in the past and it says on the bottle that it is also gentle enough to use on babys skin.

Adrienne - posted on 11/06/2010

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Both of my older sons have it started at 2 months and they get it bad. I use baby Aveeno for eczema and it helps.

Kasey - posted on 11/05/2010

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My son is the same way! His face, arms, and chest are really bad and his doc told me to not give him a bath everyday cause it will dry his skin out and make it worse. He also told me not to use baby lotions to use the vaseline moisture locking lotion its been helping alot!!

Chrsitine - posted on 11/05/2010

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Have you tried, California Baby Calendula Cream? You can get it at target and it has worked on my eczema as well as cleared up LOs face in the first week. Of course he didn't have eczema as bad as your LO, but it's worth a try and it's all natural.

Sherry - posted on 11/05/2010

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My daughter has been having a similar problem. Her doctor told me to put a heavy duty cream on her 2-3 times a day and actually prescribed one, but you can get it over the counter, too. There are different brands of it but is is a moisturiser and skin protectant and a pharmacist could help you know what to get. Also she told me to put hydrocortizone crream on after each application of lotion. You dont have to do it for long. once it is better you can quit using the hydrocortizone cream and just use the other stuff. At this point i lotion my daughter once with the heavy duty stuff and 3 times with the plain pink johnsons baby lotion daily. She is doing a lot better. You may also want to think about the soaps you are using. If you give frequent baths only use soap in it every few days. We were already using dreft for all of her things but we also switched to a fragrance free dryer sheet and a plain baby bath with no added scent. The only other thing is i will not let her down on the carpet without long sleeves and pants. Carpetting seems to agravate her skin and make the rash that was better get worse again. I know you cant keep them from crawling and pulling up to try and walk so that is why i insist on long sleeves and pants. Sorry if i am rambling, I just know how frustrating it can be to have this problem.

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