Any mom's with babies with eczema?

Heather - posted on 12/07/2009 ( 27 moms have responded )

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My son has within the last few weeks developed a rash all over him. We took him to the pediatrician last week, she said the rash was either viral or eczema. I had kinda figured it was eczema since I have a few patches on my legs, but he is my first baby and as they say, they don't come with a book of instructions, so we scheduled the visit and my hubby took him after work.

His doctor didn't give him anything for the rash, she said it would clear up on its own. He has it all over his forehead, cheeks, neck, arms, legs, back, and behind. I am giving him oatmeal baths to help relieve the irritation. I'm not bathing him everyday right now either as not to dry out his skin and make it itch worse. After his baths he gets lotioned up from head to toe with Eucerin cream (which I swear by), to protect his skin and keep it from getting dry.

What do I do to get rid of the rash? I can't get in with a dermatologist for a while, so what do I do in the mean time? Let him suffer? I really don't want to use cortisteroids, but if I have to I will. I just don't want him uncomfortable or scarred =[

Any tips, moms?

Thanks a bunch!!

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Stacie - posted on 12/09/2009

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My son has eczema also. He's 4 now and has very few break outs with the rashes now. When he was little, I started researching what I could do about it. I come up on a article online about all the detergents that are really being marketed as soaps, even the ones for babies. Most soaps that are on the shelves in stores are not soap they are really harsh detergents that are heavily perfumed, they irritate and make eczema worse. So, I decided that the way to go about helping my baby was to research and learn how to make my own real fragrance-free soap. I started making olive oil soap for my son, and only giving him a bath 2-3 times in a week. Before I knew it his skin was soft and itch free with no eczema. You should try making olive oil soap for your baby, its pretty simple and it will with out a doubt help his skin.

Hope it helps.

Liz - posted on 01/25/2010

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Hi Heather,



My son has suffered with eczema since he was 6 months old. He is now 4 and we're still trying to keep it controlled. It can be very frustrating and we have had to try pretty much anything and everything to try and calm his skin. He recently spent a week in Florida and his skin is great!



Most Dr's we have been to have told us that bathing everyday IS a good idea, for a short period of time in warm water without soap or shampoo (we use tea tree oil shampoo to wash his hair), then pat dry and apply cream while still a bit wet. 100% cotton clothing seems to work best at letting the skin breathe, especially PJ's at night, as heat and sweating tend to make it worse. Cream head to toe before dressing in the morning. If in diapers, try to let him go bare bummed for sometime, as the "stuff" in diapers seems to irritate their bottoms, especially if the skin is sensitive. Our dermatologist suggested a humidifier in his room and that seems to be helping as well. The one we recently saw actually doesn't believe in eczema being related to certain foods enough to remove them from a child's diet, which was a breath of fresh air, as we have been told for years to cut out dairy from our son's diet ( and the poor guy LOVES cheese and milk, haha). We use scent free detergent and do not use dryer sheets with his clothing.



Have you checked out this community, "Kids with Skin Disorders". There are quite a few moms on there who have children with eczema; it is great for new remedies and support or just a place to vent.



Hope things clear up soon, take care!

Holly - posted on 12/11/2009

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Sounds like you are doing all the right things. Eucerin calming cream is great and he will grow out of it! Didn't last more than a few weeks with my youngest. Don't drive yourself crazy wondering about laundry detergents, allergies, etc. His body is just still building up it's defenses.

Giselle Georget - posted on 12/09/2009

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my little guy and I also get eczema all the time, my one hand is very bad and the tops of my sons feet were so bad last winter that they were bleeding. We were seeing the pediatrician for other things so we asked him what was best for this too and he told us that the best was Glaxal Base and now that I think of it, everytime we made a specialty cream at the pharmacy we would use Glaxal Base. It does take time for it to work, I think it was a good month before we seen any big improvement on his feet, but don't give up on it. They can prescribe a mild steroid (0.5% hydrocortisone cream is OTC here, but not everywhere), but it's really best to not use those if you don't have to, sometimes there is no choice, but your doctor would know that better. Hope that helps!!

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Julie - posted on 07/03/2012

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my daughter has eczema she was born with it. E45 cream with hydrocortisone in it will halp the rash the baby has now. apply it about 2 -3 times a day thinly just enough to moisten the skin alittle. when the rash is a little better you need to try different things to see what reacts. soaps etc for bathing and washing clothes are the worst ones. there is a bathing product called SIMPLE which has no harsh soaps perfumes or chemicals. do not change your soap powder if this does not cause a reaction. foods too some dairy products cause reactions. and one thing no one thinks of either is that you cuddle your child so any perfumes or chemicals on you and your clothes will cause a reaction too so everything you use for the baby you need to use for yourslef too. my daughter would get a bath with oilatum in the bath water and then aqueaus cream rubbed in after only use the hydrocortisone when the reash is present.

Stephanie - posted on 07/02/2012

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my daughter, now almost 2, has had horrible eczema since about 3 months old. I have literally tried everything i can think of. The doctor finally found 2 prescription creams that she gave as well as zytec for night time. It clears up with the creams so she doesnt itch anymore. That is the only thing that seems to help her tho... Good luck.

Julie - posted on 09/23/2010

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with babies and exzema it isnt always the really bad kind it is sensative skin so experimenting on products to find the one that doesnt make skin react can be worth the hassle. my daughter has mild exzema and it is controlled mostly by using products with no soaps and perfumes like a range called SIMPLE and using good natural moisturisers on her skin after baths and showers. baby products can be full of soaps and perfumes so try the natural baby product range a little more expensive but worth it. also if products say dermatologicaly tested doesnt mean they won't make the exzema rash worse it means they are safe for hman skin. dermatologicaly approved is what you are looking for this means they have been tried tested and approved for sensative skin.

Danielle - posted on 09/15/2010

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My oldest had that sme problem. Fortunatly it did get better w/ age. The docs said not to bath him every night. I found that bathing him every night was best, also make sure you rinse him very well. Make sure all of the soap is off of him. Finally, make sure to moisturize him very well. I liked aveeno or vasline intensive care. Good Luck!

Angie - posted on 08/30/2010

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eczema is reaction to something he's sensitive too.. maybe dairy or could be the lotion..eucerin cream has so many chemical in it I dont use it.. I use pure coconut oil that I got from Earth Fare.. my some has so many food allergies when he was a baby he was broke out from head to toe with eczema and I started using that and it cleared it up.. but also he was allergic to milk now we have switch him to Hemp milk and he has been clear for along time..

Erica - posted on 08/27/2010

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Not only does my 7 month old son, Zack, now have eczema but I've had it since I was about 4. My doctor recommended Cetaphil cream for the rash for Zack and for real trouble spots she said I could use 1% hydrocortisone cream 2 times a day. I used the cream for 3 days and my son's rash is gone. I hate to say it but your doctor is completely wrong about it going away on its own, simply because eczema is super itchy. Oh, also switching to laundry detergent's and fabric softner's without fragrance in them, and fragrance free bath gels. Trust me I've been dealing with eczema for 24 years.

Sarah - posted on 08/26/2010

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hi my son has suffered from excema since he was 3 months old it started with a rash then spread, he is now nearly 5 and hes starting to out grow it but at one point it was very bad and had to use steroid creams and wet bandages and suits for bed... all i would recommend is to see the doctor or health visitor and they will give u some creams and things to bath in and hopefully it will help.. its very stressful for you as well as your child going through this but im sure there will be something or someone to help.. good luck ...

Ary - posted on 08/26/2010

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My youngest has eczema as well. I had it really badly when I was a baby. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! There's this eczema cream for babies (does not contain cortisteroids--just a very thick moisturizing cream) that's sold at Target with Winnie the Pooh characters on it, and it works extremely well for my son. As a matter of fact, I've only had to use hydrocortisone cream on him a couple of times. I don't like using that either, but if his rash gets extremely uncomfortable for him, I'll break down and use it, and he gets relief pretty much immediately. But the baby eczema cream along with Aveeno unscented lotion is what I use, and it works like a charm 99 times out of 100. Hope this helps =)

Leilani - posted on 08/25/2010

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My boy is 3months and has only a little bit.. I had it everywhere when I was a baby. I have now developed it on my hands after giving birth and my partner sometimes gets it behind his ears.. Hydrocortizone cream works really well on my eczema, people say you can use it on your babies but I havent tried it yet.. AQUEOUS cream is what I use on my boy and that keeps his skin from getting dry and eczema-ish.. I bath every 2nd day!

Ginny - posted on 02/08/2010

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My two youngest kids have the same thing. It really will just come and go on its own, but cold weather seems to really make it come out on my kids. My 2-year-old gets it all over his belly, and patches on his arms. I just put some Aquaphor cream on it and discourage him from itching. Oh yeah, warm baths make it worse--only make his bath as warm as it needs to be for him to be comfortable. But there really is no specific "cure" for it that I've found.

Alicia - posted on 01/28/2010

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my son has something also...bumps, red, and area on that part is swollen up a little...it used be on back check face, but has all go away but the four patches on his face...doctor wont let me give him any rx's, but told me to use selsum blue..she said to dap a little tiny bit on a wash cloth, wash inffected area and then immediatley rinse the area with cloth, so I dont get it in his eyes....she then suggeted to put the baby gloves on him at night so he wouldn't scratch it and also suggested to rub vaseline on at night only on those spots....she then said that I could light spread Eucerin on that spots...as long as I rubbed it in really good

Jen - posted on 01/26/2010

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I suffer eczema too and it is also food related. I know of a lot of babies that have a reaction to dairy...for me it is chocolate (when I was breast feeding if I ate chocolate my son would break out too!!) If you get him allery tested, that may help.
I took my son to a paediatric chiropractor when he was 6 weeks and it came up with the dairy intolerance. Maybe try a local chiro and ask if they do allergy testing.

Good Luck

Jen

Danielle - posted on 12/27/2009

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I have a product that I would suggest for you. Its lotion from a company called Melaleuca. I use this product and I am so please with it! Its very safe to use on all skin types. Email me at Thisfamilyrocks@gmail.com
http://www.momsforahealthyhome.com

Jaime - posted on 12/12/2009

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my son gets eczema of he drinks cows milk i have some cream i got from the doctor to put on him he also wears a amber teething necklace as they are meant to help with eczema as well

Gen - posted on 12/12/2009

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Hi ladies!
Would you be interested in using something safe and works better than anything else on the market for eczema?

Gen

Heather - posted on 12/12/2009

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Thank you ladies for all of the input. It has been relieving to hear stories about your kids who have it. He still has it pretty bad unfortunately. I have given in and we bought the 0.5% hydrocortisone cream and are trying that on a small patch on his neck to see if that works.

Again, thanks for all the input, it's been such a help.

♥ Heather & RJ

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My son had eczema and they gave me a cream for it...it goes away but comes back if it gets to dry outside...he is 6 months now and it hasnt gotten worse...they told me not to give him to warm of baths and to even go every other day so that his skin would not dry out even more. I tryed cutting out foods and everything...it is just dry skin

Becky - posted on 12/11/2009

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I had my daughter tested and then removed offending foods from her diet (there were only a few major ones) because 2 of my nephews on my husbands side had eczema so bad as babies that it would bleed and then get infected. One was so bad itching at night that he had to be bandaged from head to toe in wet bandages! I intervened early as I didn't want my daughter's to get that bad. I think as a Mother you'll know if it starts to need more than the normal treatment. Like you I didn't want my daughter suffering or ending up with scarring. If the rash is mild and only lasts a couple of weeks it may never have even been eczema (especially if they never get it again as they tend to be prone to getting a patch of it every time they are exposed to their trigger) and could have been a one off irratant to their sensitive skin. Any way, I'm sure that as you suffer from eczema yourself, you'll be keeping a close eye on it. :0)

Heather - posted on 12/08/2009

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My son is actually only a month and he's been getting it too.. Both the father and I have eczema badly.. I noticed that baby aveeno has worked great to clear it up.

Becky - posted on 12/08/2009

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How old is your son? My middle child (now 5 yrs) used to get eczema as a baby and it was food related. She was breast fed and I had to eliminate certain foods from my diet (primarily eggs and tomatoes) as they were effecting her. Keeping a food diary helped and we also had some non-invasive tests done, which proved I'd got all the problem foods right. my other 2 children and husbands older 2 never got it but there is alot of eczema in my husbands family. Like you, I bathed her less and never used any soaps/bubble baths. I also saw a homoepath and my daughter was given some powder to add to a drink of water. She has now outgrown it.

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