I need to know what to do about my son's skin. He has excema, and he scratches til he bleeds.

Mary - posted on 01/23/2010 ( 215 moms have responded )

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The best thing so far for his skin is baths with baby oil, Cetaphil lotion several times a day, and unbelievably Carmex lip balm. The colder it gets though, the drier his skin gets and the harder it is to moisturize. He has scratched his arm so bad that it bleeds. I'm at a loss as to what to do.

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Victoria - posted on 01/23/2010

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I find Sudacrem is brilliant for eczema when my little girl gets it bad. And she always has ultrabase too which I find brilliant. Poor little boy its awful to see them itching it isn't it. Hope it gets better soon

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Cindy - posted on 03/06/2010

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I also have excema and I have used this for a while now and mine is so bad I ahve perscriptions for it but use this in between perscription applications. Its going to so crazy but it works for me. Coconut oil is the best thing I have found to help relieve the itching and help heal up affected ares. You can find it at Wal-Mart in the oil isle and it is a food grade product, I have also found it at health food stores. It is expensive but it works. It come as a solid but melts just from the heat of your hands and I apply it just like lotion. If my excema is really bad I use it once in the morning and once at night. It is all natural so it can be applies as often as needed. I hope this helps, I read some of your responses and didn't see this one so hopefully its not a repeat!

Amanda - posted on 03/04/2010

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my daughter had really bad eczema - it just about went away when we figured she is allergic to strawberries and kiwifruit and sensitive to presevatives in food. Now we have no 282 or 200 and try to keep all additives to an absolute minimum - have not had a flare up for ages.

Lisa - posted on 03/03/2010

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My son is the same way. We had to limit his baths because too many baths dried his skin out, non perfume soap as well as laundry soap and lather him in Baby Aveno Oatmeal Lotion. This has worked for us for the past 5 yrs. Good Luck

Amy - posted on 03/02/2010

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Oh, the baby oil probably is making it worse! You poor thing! Try to eliminate anything with mineral oil in it. When my son's skin gets eczematic, I put pure jojoba oil with his bath, and that really helps. Cetaphil wash and lotion is great.



If it continues, you should consider seeing your ped. Good luck!

Jan - posted on 03/02/2010

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Both of my son's has excema ~ acquaphor is the best lubricant ~ tahitian noni shower gel and soap is the best for bathing and drink tahitian noni juice ~ english lavender soap is good if you can not get tahitian noni soap products :)

Tamie - posted on 03/02/2010

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I just talked to a friend about this the other day. Her daughter had the same problem. After doing tons of research, she discovered that the dye that they use in food and lotions can cause eczema. She eliminated ALL foods and soaps and lotions with dyes (check the labels!) and within a month it was gone.

Dani - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son and I ar ein the same boat. What I do is make him take cold showers because it helps with the itching, but to remedy it vasoline. I take and right before bed gob him up from head to toe with it, it will take a few nights to get the patches gone but it works. I used to have to do this when I was a kid, I feel for them!

Martha - posted on 03/01/2010

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My son, who is now 17, had the exact same problem. The first thing I would suggest is asking his pediatrician for a referral to an allergist. My son takes Zyrtec to help control the things he is allergic to which lessens the outbreaks of eczema. When he was younger I would slather his body in crisco shortening and put loose jammies on him. It worked for awhile. the problem is eczema itches from the inside out so even if you get him moisturized he may still scratch.

Heather - posted on 02/26/2010

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Calendula lotion was recommended to me by my doctor. It is very gentle and available at health food stores.

Jennifer - posted on 02/26/2010

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Try Eucerin itch calming lotion. Eucerin also has an oil for bathing. Both work great. There are also prescription creams for severe eczema. Aquaphor has been great for lips. i pretty much use it everywhere. The products mentioned have kept my family away from the steroids ( oral and topical) for years now.

Brandy - posted on 02/25/2010

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Mary email me and we can talk I have a daughter who has excema really bad.. workathomeunitedbrandy@gmail.com

Heather - posted on 02/25/2010

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Gold Bond concentrated therapy ointment is the only thing that i have found that helps soothes my sons eczema. Even the presciptions from his pediatician do not help. I have tried every lotion, ointment, cream, wash, oatmeal bath, to no avail - until i found this gold bond stuff, its great. it does not hurt or burn his open wounds and he has stopped scratching at them so they are actually starting ot heal. good luck!

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I have the same problem. once a month i take crisco lard and rub it on like lotion then take a warm bath in oatmeal.it usualy last through the winter. but be very careful for the fist 24 hours after applying to stay away from flames. and then through out the rest of the year its aveeno lotion 4 times a day. or just ask the doctor for any advice on other treatments.

Kimberly - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son had severe exzema for 4 years that turned into secondary skin infections. I tried everything. I soak in Epsom salt a couple times a week and never thought to try it on him until he sawme pouring it in for mine and wanted to take a "salty bath". Afterwards, I put the same moisterizer as I usually did with him. The next day it was nearly gone and after the 2nd Epsom bath it was gone entirely. Epsom salt is known to promote healing and to restore minerals and its cheap!

Kimberly - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son had severe exzema for 4 years that turned into secondary skin infections. I tried everything. I soak in Epsom salt a couple times a week and never thought to try it on him until he sawme pouring it in for mine and wanted to take a "salty bath". Afterwards, I put the same moisterizer as I usually did with him. The next day it was nearly gone and after the 2nd Epsom bath it was gone entirely. Epsom salt is known to promote healing and to restore minerals and its cheap! We now swear by it about every other night. Give it a shot!

Christal - posted on 02/25/2010

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try the creams from Arbonne it is all natural and works really well on my daughters excema, almost clears it up over night and is safe for kids and adults, a little costly but well worth it.

Rebecca - posted on 02/25/2010

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i live in south africa, so probably not the same things available. my daughter is now -- thanks goodness growing out of it, but there was a time when i felt like crying it was so bad and we tried so many things. in the end, the best remedy we found was actually dirt cheap -- about $2 for a large pot -- it's called cetamacrogol (i know, what a mouthful of a name), but it's available at all pharmacies here. if the excema got really really bad, we would mix a little cortisone in with it, but not all the time, because cortisone has rebound effects. but after a bit we never needed it again.

Stacey - posted on 02/25/2010

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I know just how you feel...My son from the age of just 2 weeks has suffered from eczma and he did just the same to his skin.



I had tried many different types of creams and found that the best way to help him was the use of steriod creams just to get it under control and the i found that the best moisturizer was diplobase, fantastic for him and just keep applying it every couple of hours if i had to, its hard work but once i had it under control it got easier, also i was given past banages from the doctor, they really helped which i use to wrap him in for his arms and legs to sleep in over night.



There is also some new creams just been released and you can get them on scrip but you will have to tell your doctor that you know this is fact as many dont they they are available yet, i havent used them myself as my sons skin is under conrol and i dnt beleive in changing his creams unless i need to but i have been told by a friend whos sons also suffers that they are very good indeed www.elenasnaturecollection.co.uk they also have special clothing available and that too is on script from the doctor.



Good luck..xxx

Lou - posted on 02/25/2010

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One of my boys had a skin condition when he was young and my husband is also very much bothered by cold where his skin is concerned. Our pediatrician told us not to bathe him any more than necessary and to use only a very mild soap. We would wash necessary areas but not let him sit for long periods in baths, especially in winter. Laundry detergents also can have an effect on skin, as can fabrics. May try making your own detergent...equal parts Armor washing soda and Borax...Wear cotton clothing. I am also quite sure my kids had milk allergies, but went undiagnosed.

Carrie - posted on 02/25/2010

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one word...ARBONNE!!! it does wonders on excema...can even make it go away completely, and it is all natural. If you want I can put you in touch with my rep and she can tell you more about it. The stuff is amazing!!!!

Khristine - posted on 02/25/2010

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I have eczema too. Eucerin lotion works well for me, but I've heard that different types of lotions work for different people. For example, my sister uses Gold Bond but when I tried it it didn't do anything for my skin. Same thing with Cetaphil which my Dad swears by. So find which lotion works for your son and stick with it. Take him to a dermatologist as soon as you can b/c he/she may be able to prescribe a cream. My dermatologist prescribed me a cortisteriod cream, which I keep on hand for extreme breakouts under my arms, but I don't know if that's something that is prescribable for young children. Good luck! Hope it gets better soon!

Shannon - posted on 02/25/2010

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I ask my doctor for Elidel and mix it with Aveeno® Skin Relief Moisturizing Lotion with Menthol and apply after my sons bath. The cooling sensation makes him feel much better. His excema has gotten so bad before that he was hospitalized. Hope this helps.

Sheila - posted on 02/25/2010

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I say to take him to a dermatologist too! My son is almost 7 and has had eczema his whole life. My 5 year old daughter also. They will prescribe topicals that will really help. Surprisingly enough, baths are good for their skin if it is just warm, soap-free and they soak for 10-15 minutes. Blot dry and put on lots of lotion. Kids w/eczema are prone to mersa b/c they itch so much(we've had it) so keep open sores covered.

Veronica - posted on 02/25/2010

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I bathe my son using the Cetaphil bar soap, and using the Aveeno oatmeal bath. Also use the Cetaphil Cream moisturizer in the jar. It has really helped him.

Debbie - posted on 02/25/2010

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My son also has excema and i know how upsetting it can get when they scratch till they bleed. My son only has baths with no soap, wears only cotton clothing cos if he overheats he itches. we have a dust mite cover on his mattress and cotton sheets on his bed. i can only wash his clothes in purity as its for sensitive skin. my son had to see a skin specialist and we found out that he has allergies to some foods that causes him to itch. at one stage it was so bad i as taping socks to his hands to stop him from scratching. he ham to take antibotics once a day and diprosone cream twice a day these are by prescription. maybe you could try taking him to a health food shop that does free iridology as they can tell you things that hes body may be lacking. its hard i know also try goats milk soap or any other soap like qv that will put the moisture back into his skin. my son is 3 some days are good and some days aren't but im here if you want to chat. hopefully that will help a little,.

Shannon - posted on 02/24/2010

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Cetaphil is great, but my pediatrician also suggested Amlactin. Used it on my daughter when her skin was bad, and it helped tremendously. It's an OTC, but at Target they keep it behind the pharmacy counter. Just ask the pharmacist. It is a bit tingly when applied and so I kept it in the fridge, that way the child didn't feel the tingly, they felt the cold.

Cyndee - posted on 02/24/2010

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My friends daughter has HORRIBLE excema ALL over her. Her dermatologist suggested a cream CereVe and it has worked MIRACLES!!! She no longer has one area of her body affected they just rub it in all over her every night before bed. Her first Dr. had just prescribed steroid creams every time she had an outbreak...which was about constant. nothing touched it. the cream is amazing. it is sold at walmart riteaid walgreens...good luck.

Stephanie - posted on 02/24/2010

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My 3 year old has this problem. All anyone has told me is to use a good lotion several times a day. I'm tired of hearing it. We use Gold Bond stuff and sometimes the GREASY excema baby stuff with Pooh bear on the tube.

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2010

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My sons are the same way. I spoke to a dermatologist and he said that they have a form of eczema. The very best thing to do is keep their skin clean and use a good balanced lotion. My dermatologist reccommended that I use Curel Anti Itch, Skin Balancing lotion on them. He said that it will help them retain moisture and prevent them from scratching, which allows your body's moisture to escape, especially in the winter. We have a prescription cream from fougera but Ican't remember what it is. Just remember that whatever you do use a non scented lotion and soap, believe it or not these will dry your skin out even more. Scents are the worst things that you can use. Hope my advice helps and if nothing else get a referral from your pediatrician to see a dermatologist. They can get him something that will help his skin heal now and then the lotions and other treatments will keep him that way. It doesn't matter which brand you end up using because of preference, just remember to keep it unscented. That is the key.

Maria - posted on 02/24/2010

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Has it been diagnosed as excema? My son had a similar issue and I found it was a yeast issue. He was sensitive to sugar and white flour, things like that made it worse. We cut baths down to once or twice a week and changed his diet. Now that he's older (6) I give him probiotics plus extra water and that clears it up right away.

Emily - posted on 02/24/2010

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You really should bring him to the doctor right away. Hydrocortizone creams work well but they contain seroids and should only be used on children under the direction of a doctor. They'll probably prescribe something that will begin to work the first day

Erica - posted on 02/24/2010

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Aquaphor! It is made by Eurecin. It is like vaseline but not greasy. I put it on my son's dry cracking feet, rashes, everything. It works wonders. My dermatologist recommended it to me when I was going through acne treatment which made my skin dry and peel off. Good luck!

Bobbie - posted on 02/24/2010

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Both of my kids have excema and i have taken them to the doctor when it got to that point to get a prescription ointment. It works reall well and i also use eucerin lotion after baths and when ever they need it. I hope this helps you.

Tiffany - posted on 02/24/2010

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My daughter is now going on 14, when she was a baby the doctor recommended tar baths, it stinks but it works, she also gave my daughter hydrocortisone lotion but its really strong so she said to mix it with whatever lotion we had @ home. My daughter still gets flare ups here and there but nothing like the bleeding and scars like she used to, thanks to those two scripts the doctor gave her

Christine - posted on 02/24/2010

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Go to a dermatologist and have your child tested for allergies. We have tried everything others have posted. It seemed some would work for awhile. Availabloid allergens. Keep skin well hydrated. We use eucerin original lotion. Desonide cream. Deems smooth body oil script needed. Verdeso foam is very good but very expensive. I have read studies about bleach in the bath. My pediatrician has too. He said we could use a calculating of bleach in the bathwater. You can read more about this on the internet. I haven't tried it yet.

Christine - posted on 02/24/2010

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Go to a dermatologist and have your child tested for allergies. We have tried everything others have posted. It seemed some would work for awhile. Availabloid allergens. Keep skin well hydrated. We use eucerin original lotion. Desonide cream. Deems smooth body oil script needed. Verdeso foam is very good but very expensive. I have read studies about bleach in the bath. My pediatrician has too. He said we could use a calculating of bleach in the bathwater. You can read more about this on the internet. I haven't tried it yet.

Christine - posted on 02/24/2010

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Go to a dermatologist and have your child tested for allergies. We have tried everything others have posted. It seemed some would work for awhile. Availabloid allergens. Keep skin well hydrated. We use eucerin original lotion. Desonide cream. Derma smooth body oil works well. I am going to try a capful of bleach in the bath. Look up studies on the internet. My pediatrician said we could try this. I feel for you.

Robin - posted on 02/24/2010

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Hi
I have excema as well. A few things you may want to consider while treating it is not giving him any citrus or wheat products and make sure any fruit he is eating is low in acid, I found for my self , that as soon as I start cutting these food items out or not eating them as much my excema goes away. While you are doing that you can try Aveeno Ezcema Skincare, I found it in the drugstor part of Walmart. It works great! The bath oil and cetaphil is calming the condition, not getting rid of it. So like I try to see what he is eating and put the lotion on tho help get rid of it. The last resort is to get hydrocortisone...but I would try these first :)

Jeannine - posted on 02/24/2010

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My daughter's eczema is aggravated by oatmeal so don't try any of the oatmeal baths. That's horrible (screaming because it hurts so badly). The steroid creams burn her and make it worse too. Cortisone creams seem to make no difference either.

Elidel has been great. A & D ointment is also a great option.

Mary Kate - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son has the same problem. First we ruled out food allergies. We found he was allergic to eggs. Eliminating eggs helped his skin immensely, however he still had skin issues. Our best outcome, bath every-other day. Use Dove sensitive skin - LIQUID only - doc said bar is harsher on skin. Before he gets out of the bath, coat the skin with vaseline, and wrap the areas with gauze overnight. This helps lock in the moisture - AMAZING results. Good luck.

Crystal - posted on 02/23/2010

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We also dealt with this issue a lot with our son. Don’t use hydrocortisone or products like it. They are basically a steroid and will cause the skin to become thin in the areas that you are putting it on, if that area is not inflamed. It will also cause the skin to look blotchy. Gold bond lotions burned out son. He was old enough to tell us. After tons of research and suggestions we finally have it under control. We use almond oil on his scalp at least every other day. You should be able to get it from any health food store. It’s not expensive. Just rub a little in and lightly wash the hair after it has soaked in for about 15 min. On the body use Dove Sensitive Body wash. After taking him out of the tub, cover his body in “Aquaphor”. It comes in a big tub and can be found at any drug store, etc, like Walmart. Its also not expensive. Try to cover his body with in 3 min of taking him out of the bath. I was told that that is the best time to help get moisture locked. When I see an area flaring up, I immediately coat it with the Aquaphor . This also helps so he won’t itch and then that area usually heals up within a day. Good luck!

Michelle - posted on 02/23/2010

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Just as other people are stating...Eucerin cream. My doctor recommended Eucerin (the stuff I bought is really thick / like petroleum jelly but less greasy - in a tub, as I have seen it more lotion-like / in a pump) and it really seems to help but you need to apply it regularly/ daily. Dr has also prescribed Hydrocortisone cream 2.5%, although you can buy it over the counter but only at 0.5% for the really bad spots.

Michelle - posted on 02/23/2010

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My son had it real bad when he was little and the doc prescribed hydrocortizone cream. Cleared it up like a charm! Although, he had to have the prescription strength, not the over the counter stuff.

Jessica - posted on 02/23/2010

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My 2 year old daughter has eczema & her pediatrician prescribe a lotion called Cuvitate. I also bathe her with Dove bar soap for sensitive skin. The combination of both has help greatly & even prevents patches from returning in some areas. Give it a try. Good Luck.

Jessica

Denise - posted on 02/23/2010

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Hi Tova,
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I replied to another thread of yours.
Have a great day!
Denise Agnew
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Tova - posted on 02/23/2010

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My son has excema since he was 3 months old. He's now almost 10 1/2. His hands and feet are the worst. In summer they get worse and winter it's not so bad. Sometimes he gets it bad around his mouth. He uses the strongest prescription gel cream and I always use Aveeno creams and body wash on him. I think he can't use any kind of antibacterial soap anywhere. So I'm at lost what to do too. I wish I could help. I'm looking into things as well.

Denise - posted on 02/23/2010

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Denise Agnew

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