exzema

Erika - posted on 12/15/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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my little girl whos 1 year old(just turned)...has the worst exzema iv ever seen..iv tried tons of things to get rid of it..many different types of lotion and my doctor wont give her anything for it either...what do u suggest i use

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Sarah - posted on 12/16/2009

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you can try an over the counter hydrocortisone cream(usually 0.5%), I've found that minimizing length of time in the bath, a really good thick moisturizing cream(a vaseline based), and watching soaps/laundry detergent...I switched to non scented detergents, no fabric softener for laundry, and a gentle non scented body wash for my 3 yr old. Also, seasons play a huge part....winter weather = drier skin and flare ups, and some foods will cause flare ups as well....hope the info helps, a lot of finding what works for your little one is trial and error-what works for me may not work for you

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Ann, I'm a work at home mom also, I think we must be representing the same company. I love the ReNew lotion for eczema and also for diaper rash (and every thing else in between:)) it's the only thing that keeps the tips of my fingers from feeling like sand paper after washing and using wipes on the baby a million times a day!!!

Ann - posted on 12/29/2009

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Hi there. My son is 8 months old and he has pretty bad eczema on his legs. I tried everything to get rid of it and nothing work. Then I started working at home for a company that specializes in all natural child/pet friendly products. I used their ReNew lotion on his legs twice and it started to clear up. Thats all it took was 2 applications and it started to get better, I was thrilled =) Send me a message on here if nothing else you try works and I'll let you know how to get in touch with them to try their products =)

Yolanda - posted on 12/27/2009

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one of my twins has it pretty bad, and we give her short baths with luke warm water every other day with dove sensitive, use vaseline or aquafor, and try not to get her too hot. We only put her in breathable cotton, no fleece or anything that holds heat to the skin, as that causes flare ups. I've not noticed any difference with detergent, we use the Target hypoallergenic kind mostly. The most recent change is that after breaking out in hives and welts, we got her allergy blood work done, and it turns out she's highly allergic to egg whites, pet dander, and peanuts. She has a moderate allergy to cow milk and soy, so we switched to rice milk. We've been changing her diet and have seen improvement, except now the weather is getting colder, so we'll see what happens. We got a script for hydrocortisone cream, but hold out for the worst days because we can only use it 5 days in a row, as it is a steroid and can really mess with her system. We also use an antihistimine that gives her a lot of relief.

Sarah - posted on 12/23/2009

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my son has it pretty bad and i just coat the spots with a&d ointment and try not to use soap as much as possible. good luck

Dayna - posted on 12/23/2009

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My daughter had the same thing, we've taken to bathing her every 2 days which has helped enourmously! She also rarely wears jeans, I found they were very irritating to her little legs making the eczema worse. We also use an unscented oatmeal lotion (Aveeno Baby) twice a day. I would watch what your little one is eating too... our daughters flares up with certain foods.

It's been a lot of work to get it under control and winters are the worst, but she may grow out of it too. Every kid is different.

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Amanda - posted on 12/21/2009

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My son has a severe case of eczema. He was diagnosed at two months, but as in your case the doctor would not give me anything for it. We used Aveeno and avoided products with fragrance-especially lavendar. We even began using the ALL free & clear laundry soap to help. About a month ago his eczema became severe like a rash all over his body. It was the worst on his face. We had just moved & transfered to a new doctors office. I called & they got him in the next day. The doctor said they can prescribe a steriod for it but with little ones they don't like to because the steriod can make the eczema worse as the child grows causing flare ups to be even worse. She did make a reccommendation that has worked wonders for my son. Buy Eucerin (store brand is cheaper & the exact same thing) mix it in your hand with a little bit of hydrocortisone cream that is 1% (will say on tube). Apply a thin layer twice a day for a week. Then the next week alternate it to every other day until it has cleared up. We have also had to use only oatmeal soap (oatmeal & almond also works). She also suggested Aveeno oatmeal baths. We were told to check the labels because a lot of alcohol in the lotion can actually worsen and counteract what you are trying to do. Eucerin works great and even the Disney Baby Eczema cream found at wal-mart and grocery stores. I wish you luck as you find what works for you baby. I hope this helps I know how frustrating it is trying to find something that brings your baby relief.

Sarah - posted on 12/21/2009

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My daughter has had that since she was born. We use Aveeno hydrocortisone cream lotion. We also use Aveeno Soap for bathtime. If it ever gets really bad I use Aquaphor and it tends to make the redness go down. I hope this helps

Kate - posted on 12/21/2009

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A lot of what other people have said is very true but something that a lot of people are unaware of is the role that diet and food intolerance can play in skin problems.

Food intolerances can cause tremendous pain - aching, burning, itching - and can cause night terrors, nightmares, hyperactivity. In fact, there are a lot of children out there with ADHD diagnoses who have responded better to changes in diet than to medication.

My son (13mo) had terrible eczema and slept appallingly badly until very recently when we had major allergies and intolerances diagnosed by a paediatric allergist. We use very little 1% hydrocortisone and Advantan now, compared to three months ago. We do not use Elidel - there are some scary reports as to what this may do in children as it is an immune suppressant. My son takes Zyrtec 3mg twice daily and paracaetamol suspension as needed also. We use Bactroban to prevent infection (and thus scarring) of any weeping patches of eczema. We also use Patanol drops to help keep his eyes less itchy with the Allergic Conjunctivitis.

We see a dietitian specifically recommended by the paediatric allergist and she has us on a low-salicylate, low-amine, no egg, no nut, no soy, no dairy and no artificial and other additives diet (us being me and my son - we're breastfeeding still so whatever I eat goes through to him) and I cannot tell you how vital this has been.

The diet seems like really hard work at the start, but with a little practice it's completely manageable. Just Google "RPAH Elimination Diet" for more info, and also check out www.fedup.com.au.

At its worst, he was waking up to 15 times in one night. Now he wakes 2-3 times a night. His skin has settled right down - no more hives, no more eczema - unless we eat something that has too much of the bad stuff in it. He's also less fidgety which is great as he's a very active little boy - crawling at 6.5mo and walking at 10.5mo.

To any parent who has a child with serious skin issues that hydrocortisone and Advantan is only just taking the edge off, get some dietary advice from a dietitian with experience in this condition. There are also support groups out there - it's more common than you might think.

Good luck!

Courtney - posted on 12/20/2009

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I suggest you march into your doctors office and tell him that YOU pay for your healthcare and that he either gets with the program or you'll find another doctor. I say this, girl because my family suffers with eczema. My daughter Michaiah suffers almost skin disfiguring eczema. From her feet to her head, it looks as though she's been drug down a dirt road behind a car. Her skin is scarred from head to foot. THE ONLY THING that has even remotely helped has been ELIDEL. You have to get a Rx from your doctor. When Chaiah was born, she had her first outbreak at two weeks old. She broke out, began bleeding, spots got infected and turned green regardless of our relentless fighting against it. But our doc wouldn't help us either. Thus I'd been left to fight it for two years just on my own. When I returned to Arkansas, I took her to a very trusted doctor. He told me she had way more than he'd ever seen in all his years of practice and that it was so severe, she needed to be seen regularly by a specialist and treated relentlessly. She also has been ordered to see an allergist to see if maybe some of that could be provoking her outbreaks. We take care in what we feed her as well as what we dress her in as well as put her to bed in, in terms of her bedding. Contact dermititis drives her eczema up the wall. Put your foot down and demand elidel as well as a referral to an allergist and skin specialist. I'm telling you because myself, my brother, and my daughter suffer from it relentlessly. My brother is a full grown 35yr old man and it makes him just cry sometimes. you'd think you were doing ok with it by gettin in a hot bath and scrubbing it because it burns, itches, irritates and you think you are doing good by doin that. NOPE.. that only splits it open and spreads the infection. Keep your child's hands clean and try and keep them from scratching. Please please let me know how your daughter is doing. OH, and the Aveeno.. I think it is.. I think they have night time relief. Although it really does our daughter no good really.. it does sometimes help her sleep through the night as she tends to wake up scratching, itching, and cryin.

Marla - posted on 12/20/2009

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My daughter has had bad eczema since she was about 2 months old, I finally had to take her to the dermatologist. It was all over her whole body, itching so bad she would rub her skin until it was raw.
He prescribed Mimyx cream to keep the moisture in her skin and a compound medication which has Hydro cortisone cream mixed with Cetaphil 3:1 to help heal it all up.
This has worked REALLY well for her, these are the only two things I can use on her skin, the Mimyx is really expensive but it is worth it!! Since I have her skin healed up now, I use the Mimyx cream twice a day and the Hydro cortisone/Cetaphil on the spots that bother her. I don't give her to many baths, I use a litlle Cetaphil lotion soap when she does have a full bath. Her skin is beautiful now, she has a few spots that she still rubs but nothing like before.

Jayme - posted on 12/19/2009

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My daughter has it really bed to shes 13 month, hers is due to allergies alot of kids with alergies also have exzema I use over the counter cortisone creme when she has a bad flair up but you don't want to use that all the time, so every morning and night I put aquaphor baby on her its kinda like a vasaline lotion. Then in her bath and shampoo I use aveeno baby uncented soap and shampoo. It seems to help her

Rachel - posted on 12/18/2009

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the thing that helps my son is hydrocortizone cream. he gets it so bad that he cannot stop sctrating it. he is 11 and when i put it on his skin it helps for a little bit.

Chrystal - posted on 12/17/2009

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My son had excema pretty badas an infant. My naturo path suggested I add acidopholus to his diet. She sold it to me in a powder form and I just sprinkled a little on his food for a couple of weeks. It was totally tasteless. Apparently you can get it over the counter too.
She said that babies do not have enough good bacteria in their bellies and it shows up in their skin as excema.
Within a few days his skin cleared up and i have not seen a sign of it since!
The same goes for cradle cap for your future reference ;) ( also cleared up very quickly)

Rebecca - posted on 12/16/2009

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Don't use any soap at all. Just water and get some E45 junior cream to put on after bath. If it gets really bad your Doctor should give you something you just have to go on at them! They don't like giving things out willy nilly!

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