Does anyone have tips on how to keep down flareup's in excema. My son is 6 and his excema gets really bad in the winter time. Right now i use vaseline but i heard of some other measures that only moms know about like crisco cooking oil! Are there anymore home remidies that are not that extreme?
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Zyola - posted on 01/21/2009
Definitely use the hydrocortisone if your doctor has approved it, or the Benadryl, too. Both will do wonders to keep him from fussing. For the skin itself, use Bag Balm. It comes in a green tin and is generally in the ointments section near the mineral oil. You may have to ask the pharmacist to direct you to it. It is excellent. Rub it in twice a day (best after a bath) and anytime you see the flare up getting worse throughout the day. You will notice relatively quickly that you won't have to put it on as much throughout the day. Additionally, Bag Balm is excellent for really bad diaper rash. It doesn't burn and has much more natural conditioning ability than Vaseline.
Sara - posted on 01/21/2009
My 18-month old has pretty bad exzema and his, too, gets soooo much worse in the winter. I have been told by my pediatrician to bathe him only every other day (too much bathing will dry out the skin) and to lotion him with an exzema-specific lotion (they sell it at Walgreens in the baby isle) and to lotion him very well immediately after getting him out of the bath. And for really bad "patches" hydrocortisone cream works. The big things they tell me are hygeine (keep him CLEAN) and to not let the skin dry out. I hope that helps...
Fabiana - posted on 01/26/2009
my son had eczema too during winter times.
The pediatrician didn't do much so I called my cousin who is a dermatologist in Brazil and his advice made my son's eczema disapear for good.
If the eczema is really bad, you should try to take your son to a dermatologist (insurance doens't cover dermatologist, but they do cover - it's the law- if it's eczema since it's related to the health being of your child) The dermatologist could prescribe your son a prescription cream. No matter what the doctor says DO NOT PUT THE CREAM ON YOUR SON MORE THAN TWICE A DAY AND NO MORE TWO CONSECUTIVE DAYS. Creams for eczema has esteroids, very damaging for your child's health- specially a 6 years old boy.
The eczema will go away eventually after this two days only.
Than here's the solution:
Eczema is when parts of our skin doensn't produce enough natural moisturinzing. So to avoid it is to mosturize your son's skin very well so the eczema doens't show up again.
I tried the Eucerin cream, it helps but I found one even better recommended by my cousin.
Avoid hot long showers or baths. After your son takes a bath you put AVEENO SKIN RELIEF SHOWER AND BATH OIL (MOSTURIZING FORMULA FOR RELIEF OF DRY ITCHY SKIN- IT HAS A BLUE TOP- IN SHOWER MOSTURIZER) this Aveeno oil you use as a mosturizer all over your son. Then, wash it off, and PAD DRY him with a towel, DO NOT RUB.
Then you use another body moisturizer. It could be the Aveeno also (the one for eczema prone skin) or the Eucerin cream. Avoid clothes such as jeans or wool. Cotton is the best way to go. It mantains the sking mosturized.
Twice a day, make sure you repeat the moisturizer on your son. Specially on the areas that eczema usually shows.
Believe me THIS WORKS WONDERS. The pediatrician even asked me what I did to my son and now is recomending the same for other mothers and it worked as well.
Before winter comes...start the moisturizing proceedures daily and keep the eczema far away from your little boy
Good luck :)
Jamilah - posted on 01/24/2009
My son had eczema when he was a baby and I have suffered from psorisis since age 12. I would recommend going to a dermatologist. If you want some non-chemical natural remedies the things that have work for my son and I are Shea Butter...not the lotions in the store but the actaul butter from the nut. Not sure where you live but you can usually find real Shea Butter in any urban center or healthfood store. Also when my son was a baby his doctor suggested a oatmeal mask. I would take quaker oats and add enough water to turn it into a paste and then apply it to my son form head to toe (his patches were all over). It was summer time so we would just sit out on the porch him covered in oat paste...smile. I have to say both things worked for us. Good luck!
Leea - posted on 01/24/2009
Tis not a home remedy, but my daughter's eczema responds well to Dermaveen Bath Solution & Lotion. It contains colloidal oatmeal so maybe if u could find a product with that in it? Also have started using goatmilk soap which seems to be working well also. However like you, the eczema flairs up terribly in winter. Persistant moisturisation all day is the only thing that helps my lil girl. Also a constant swapping of product/remedy seems to make a difference as I've found the eczema seems to build a "tolerance" for some reason. Was told that children with eczema usually have dificiencies in Vitamin A as their body can't absorb it properly for some reason, so perhaps a dose of codliver oil once a day may help...this stuff is great for immunity boosting too to prevent colds. I didnt see a result with her skin but maybe you might....Oh and be careful with putting any kind of oils or calendulis on yr child. I found these things juz burnt the affected areas & made it worse! Good luck. A very frustrating condition!
Alyssa - posted on 01/24/2009
I also have a 4 year old. Her skin is dry a lot and I personally use my Avon products that work wonders! Avon carries many skin care products that may be usefull. Check out my website www.youravon.com/alyssajefferson. Remember, everything is 100% guaranteed! If you like what you purchase, you can even sell it yourself and create your own career while enjoying your time with your kids!
Kendra - posted on 01/24/2009
We stopped eating and drinking dairy products besides yogurt (it's easily broken down because of the good bacteria). My daughter's excema almost completely disappeared except for a small patch on her foot. I lotion her after baths, every other day, and don't use perfumed soaps or laundry detergents. My daughter has many allergies including peanuts, cats, trees and grass. Her dad has excema and allergies as well. Excema is usually associated with allergies and asthma. Consulting a homeopathic doctor is a good start as they understand the effect on the entire body instead of treating symptoms like a GP would. Good luck!
Danielle - posted on 01/24/2009
Back in the day there were no creams etc and also there was hardly any excema so I was thinking maybe go back to basics. It may help to try a homeopath and I highly recommend this natural approach. Skin cells are produced from deep under the surface and work there was to the top. Eventually natural exfoliation takes place by the skin rubbing against material etc or in your sons case excema. So perhaps look at what's going on at a cellular level. By this I mean look closer at all of the bodies naturally produced "goodies" that make our skin healthy and the artificial toxins that enter our bodies via laundry powders, soaps, shampoos, air freashners etc. Diet also may contribute as a toxin such as dairy, wheat, glutin and non organic produce that may be sprayed with pesticides. It's only natural that the body will react to this and then try to expel them subsequently manifesting the reaction as an allergy/excema.
There is a great company called NEWAYS . www.neways.com
All of their products are non toxic. I use their "Eliminator" on my sons excema that he developed on the back of his knees shortly after he was born. With in a few days it was gone. Having done my own research I now use many other products from Neways as a non toxic alternative and the products are non expensive.
Hope it helps.
Lorra - posted on 01/22/2009
glaxal base is a good lotion, johnson also has a good natural one on the market, do the bath evry other day, i use purex free in the bath for both of us so my clothes dont irritate it more, and when my son's flare ups are really bad i bathe him in epsom salts.
As already stated eczema is a sign of allergies of some kind and possibly asthma so tlk to your doctor. If yoou use a hydrocortisone cream, apply it thinly and do not use it on broken skin. Applying too much of it can cause problems too, so talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Jessica - posted on 01/22/2009
Aveno makes a excema-specific cream. And only bath every other day if you can help it...no bubble bath, no harsh laudry detergents, nothing with fragrance. I've had it my whole life, and prevention is the only option. My six year old has it too...just keep things pure! (I still use Dreft and wash her clothes separately lol)
Eucerin, Aquaphor, Cephafile - use them all and figure out what works best for your kiddo. My pediatrician mentioned giving oatmeal baths and that works well for me until the coldest/driest months of the year. I've discovered that showers work great for my toddler when his skin gets too sore. The limited exposure seems to keep the sores at bay. Good luck!
Gretchen - posted on 01/22/2009
Yes! My kids and I have excema! Use Eucerin cream. There is an Intense Healing, Anti-Itch which is good after the bath and these don't sting! I've used some lotions that irritate more that help and Eucerin seems to help soothe but doesn't take the reddness away. Lubriderm is one that does not irritate either. I hope this helps!
Tu - posted on 01/21/2009
Excema is something I had really badly as a child... my children too. First step is to make sure they don't use perfumed soaps in the bath... just aqueaous cream (Sorbolene cream and olive oil are good too) Make sure he is completely rubbed down with sorbolene cream or aqueaous cream after bath (best rubbed on twice a day) and as long as you have hydrocortisone for the harsher patches it should all clear up with perseverence.
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