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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Robin - posted on 01/24/2010

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Eucerin Calming Creme..They even have bath products. My son had the same problem...I took him to a dermatologist and he told me there was nothing but moistureizer to use but my peditrician told me about Eucerin, he's used the Calming creme during the day and after bath time and the calming body wash (daily shower oil) in his bath tub every night..It works wonderfully. My son would itch until he was bleeding and after one shower he seemed to slow the itching and now i barely see him itch at all..It is a bit expensive compared to regular body wash or kids soaps but it's worth the investment.

Lisa - posted on 01/24/2010

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My son had it for 9 months straight we used aquaphor to treat it but what got rid of it believe it or not was 3 epsom salt baths. it was gone for ever, and by the way food allergies are usually the coulprit.

Jessica - posted on 01/24/2010

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My son has the same problem. Had to take him to a dermatologist. They gave him some pills and cream. But before that, i would use Eucerin (the severely dry skin one) every night. If u don't have the money for that, i think just plain old vaseline will do the trick to...pretty sure that's all the Eucerin is.

Sandra - posted on 01/24/2010

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My 4 year old has always had excema too. We've been to soo many DR's and they all say have basically told us the same thing...



Luke warm bathes, no soap (once a week only), pat to dry (no rubbing), vaseline cream (not jelly), then his dermatop perscription cream (is is very mild and is mixed with Nivea) on the flare up spots only. Do the cream/perscrip 2xs per day.



I only use sensitive skin laundry soaps, nothing with fragrance, and no fabric softener.



I also run a humidifier in his room 24/7 to keep as much moisture in there as I can.



They hope my little guy will grow out of it, but for now it's basically keeping flare ups under control. Nothing will "get rid of it".

Kelly - posted on 01/24/2010

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my son had it terrible when he was 1-2yrs, we had many trips to the dermatologist, and tons of steriod creams to try to help. Amazingly I found Aquafor to be very helpful (you can buy it at wal-mart). Also, do you have pets? We ended up moving in the middle of his bout with this and ended up getting rid of our dog and that helped dramatically!! Turns out now (he is 6) he is allergic to cats and dogs. Something with the dog hair and saliva irritating his skin. His pediatrician also suggested baths every third day. Hope this can be helpful.

Heather - posted on 01/23/2010

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i totally can understand your pain, my 9year old daughter has had it since birth. she used to scratch a lot also. basically you need to keep him away from fragrance!!! and soap, laundry detergent, lotion, ect. i had to stary using fragrance free everything, see if that works, it worked for me, and as he gets older see if it calms down, my daughters used to be real bad and now its not as bad but stuff still irratates her skin. so make sure you also have hydrocortizone, and fragrance free lotion

Heidi - posted on 01/23/2010

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Okay here is the run down my dr, gave us which is been a God sent....when you bath him...use clean luke warm water (not to cold but enough to keep him warm) no soap!!! Let him play as we wants and then stand him up soap him down and rinse..do not let him sit back down in the soapy water. Then before you dry him slather and I mean slather him with petroleum jelly. Do this for a few nights and it should clear up....then when ever it flairs up do this again for a few days


The Dr. said that it is not somethign that can be cured, it something you deal with. So with that in mind good luck

Tammy - posted on 01/23/2010

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My son has that also and the doc prescribes him Elidel...it works great......also aveeno bath

Tiffany - posted on 01/23/2010

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I have the same problem with my own skin and there are two things that work so well for me. One is Shea Butter. The pure 100 % all natural kind. Not the lotion with Shea Butter in it. My mom got me some from a african festival she went to and they scooped it right out of the nut and into a container. It is AMAZING!!!! Also i really like Eucerine (sp?) lotion the kind with the green cap. Cant remember which one it is i think healing intensive formula or something. Both of those are phenomenal. The other thing i can recommend is my doc gave me a rx for a cream called, Triamcinolone all you have to do is put it in a container mixed with lotion of your choice, i prefer to use Eucerine lotion. Mix it well and then add it to the spots that are severely dry. Mine is on my hands so i do that and then put on latex gloves over night. I would say if it is anywhere else on the body you could always cover it with like syrane wrap or something to lock in the moisture. It worked overnight for me so i hope it will work for you!!! Good Luck!!! Any questions please feel free to email me! :)

Melissa - posted on 01/23/2010

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My son has it as well.. I use Gold bond moisterizing healing dry skin formula and cortizone.. It's helped him so far, he's only 11 months old and only has it on his legs, ears and on his scalp..

Nicole - posted on 01/23/2010

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Have you seen a dermotologist? If not, I would take him asap, you don't want an infestion or any scarring to occur..

Christa - posted on 01/23/2010

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Try Renew Intensive Skin Therapy from Melaleuca. You can try it for 60 days and if it doesn't clear up.....get a full refund. Great Stuff!! Let me know if you want to know how to become Preferred.

Sonya - posted on 01/23/2010

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If it's itchy for him, my doctor told me to use hydrocortisone for mine. It's also itchy for me and the cream has really helped me. Also you can put lotion on him before you dry him off after his bath. It seems to hold the moisture in, and then just pat him dry. But you can use the 1/2 percent on him for the itchyness, but it doesn't take much. I hope this helps. He must feel horrible that poor thing.

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

Karrie - posted on 01/23/2010

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This sounds really weird, but here is what I do.....and it works! After his bath at night use A+D on his dry spots and then put his PJ's on! It's amazing what it did for my son overnight! Hope it works for ya!

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