does anybody have a idea for what to use for eczema?

Kerry-ann - posted on 12/30/2009 ( 275 moms have responded )

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my baby boy has eczema all over his body he has to wear mittens because he scratches himself to pieces have tried alot of creams,oil changed formula to allergy free one but nothing seems to help would be much appreciated if you could help with some ideas.

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Sheba - posted on 01/02/2010

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my children suffer from eczema and I switched them to Johnson and Johnson oatmeal body wash and then use oatmeal lotion. Also another one I find that works is care deeply body lotion with cocoa butter from Avon.

Adrianna - posted on 04/11/2010

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We use baby aveeno body wash and lotion even on our almost 10 yr old when he gets eczma break outs it helps better than any hydrocortisone creams

Lori - posted on 01/16/2010

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my son has it too. he was born with it, he's two now and we've tried almost everything...but what reduced the redness and cracking for him was this...we no longer purchase soaps with laurel sulfate. that's the ingredient that is key! it drys the skin. it's not always easy to find soap that doesn't have it but we use California Baby from Target, now it doesn't smell great but who cares...btw, to all the other moms with suggestions, i'm fixin' to try those things! thanks

Kim - posted on 01/03/2010

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After reading several replies, I noticed many are saying to use Cortisone or Hydrocortisone - personally I wouldn't use either for a prolonged amount of time as it is a steroid, and it can and will be absorbed through the skin, and can have bad side-effects.
My hubby's Dr does prescribe one for his psoriasis on occasion, but even he has said to use it sparingly as it is a steroid and over time does more harm than good.
I understand for some they work, and that's wonderful. I'm not suggesting you stop using them. But if you aren't already using a drug, try more natural methods first Before resorting to a drug that can have long term effects ... JMO

Staci - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Kerry-ann:

does anybody have a idea for what to use for eczema?

my baby boy has eczema all over his body he has to wear mittens because he scratches himself to pieces have tried alot of creams,oil changed formula to allergy free one but nothing seems to help would be much appreciated if you could help with some ideas.


Renew lotion and bleach/perfume free products. I had it really bad and haven't had any of it for 3 years.

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Katrina - posted on 07/18/2011

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If you haven't found a solution yet, I'd like to recommend Renew lotion by Melaleuca. If no one else has contacted you about it, I will gladly help you.

Rikki - posted on 04/22/2011

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my peditrician just gave me a perscription with parrifan wax and mineral oil. Its working wonders.

Robyn - posted on 04/22/2011

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My dermatologist reccomended something called glaxol base, you can get it at costco, apply it 8 times a day and you should start seeing results. my daughter had it bad, and nothing we tried worked, not even her prescriptions, but this seemed to do the trick

Kelly - posted on 04/19/2011

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My niece has such a bad skin irritation, that she screams if you apply certain lotions. My sister has tried so many different brands of soap, lotions and laundry detergents. She no longet has to search. My niece skin problem is tremendously better just after one week of use. To get more information, contact me through my website
Www.workathomeunited.com/kdrysen

Jessica - posted on 04/11/2010

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my son has it too, we use the Aveeno Eczema for babies line, and it works! we use the oatmeal bath, the lotion and creams. good luck with yours! :)

Jessica - posted on 04/11/2010

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my son has eczema on his legs and arms. i use the eczema skin care line from aveeno, the lotion, the oatmeal bath, anything that they make for eczema thats not meant for adults has worked on him..but you need to use it everyday for it to work....

Amanda - posted on 02/09/2010

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Simply switching your cleaners and personal care products to those that contain safer, natural ingredients will make a big difference in skin irritation like eczema. I know of a great online story that has some if anyone wants more info just send a message.

Sarah - posted on 02/05/2010

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Hi I'm not sure if someone has said this or not as I see there has been a lot of replies, but Goat soap has worked wonders for us. We were under the impression that no soap at all would be the best for the sensitive skin in our family but goat soap has actually cleared up all of our eczema. It seems to put a layer over your skin and hold all of the moisture in, we even went as far as if it was itching in the night give it a quick wash with the soap and the itch would go away. We also use the goat soap shampoo and conditioners to stop the regular ones making us all itchy =) hope this helps a little.

Krystal - posted on 02/05/2010

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hi my son has eczema, on his face on his arms and hands and on his legs and feet. it was quite bad on his face and legs and feet. my doctor prescribed somethin called oilatum junior cream and oilatum junior bath oil. obviously you use the bath oil when baby has a bath, but only that with the stuff you use to wash babies hair with and you use the cream as often as needed. my son has about 3- 4 baths a week and i use the cream about 2-3 times a day. good luck and best wishes. :)

Laura - posted on 02/05/2010

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My little girl struggles with eczema as well. We use the Cetaphil Cream (it's in a white tub with a blue lid in the face lotions section of the store), which can be purchased at Wal-Mart. It's worked wonders for us! :)

Shuree - posted on 02/05/2010

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Renew works really well for my daughter. She gets it really bad in the winter, on the insides of her arms, and the back of her legs.

Ashley - posted on 01/19/2010

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My son had it when he was younger, it got extremely bad during the winter but I used a lotion like vaseline called "Aquaphor", it cleared it right up. You can find it in the baby section of any store by the lotions and shampoos and things.

Jo-Ann - posted on 01/19/2010

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Arbonne's baby care line is fantastic for eczema. You can order at Arbonne.com, or probably find it cheaper on ebay.

Melody - posted on 01/19/2010

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sometimes it is the combination of finding the right ointment or creams watching for triggers like environmentals and allergies then just the consistancy of caring for it even when it seems cleared up. moisturizers maybe needed before the signs show up again after a reprieve. have heard of many situations where they do grow out of it but still tend towards sensative skin..thats what i am hoping for as well as teaching her to pay attention to her skin, so she can ask for help now and take care of it on her own as she gets older.

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My Son has a Severe Case of eczema from the time he was a baby until now and he is 7 yrs old. I have took him to the doctors and they have gave me alot of different meds and creams and nothing works. Someone told me to go to Walgreens and get Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with Natural Colloidal Oatmeal. And i have been using that on him for about 2yrs and his skin has cleared up a ton.

Donna - posted on 01/19/2010

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My daughter suffered from severe eczema when she was little. Her Dr. suggested Eucerine lotion, the thick one in the tub! It is fragrance free...it really helped her! She is 20 now and when her skin starts giving her trouble she still turns to Eucerine cream--and it STILL works!

Lakesha - posted on 01/18/2010

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I suffered from eczema as a child & 2 of my 3 kids do as well. After the age of 10 mine stopped & occasionally as an adult it flares up on my finger. My mom always bathe me in Basis soap, sold at Walmart & I'm sure other places but it's only 1 bar for a dollar & some change. Back then they sold 3 bars in the pack. I use the Curel lotion that's approved by the National Eczema Association & I occasionally use hydro creams but I'm not a fan of those because the R/X I got from the doc worked but faded their skin. They get oatmeal baths 2x's a week & other time they do showers so they aren't submerged in water so long. Still trying to completely master controlling it but cant wait 'til it warms up b/c there skin has zero issues then.

Dinah - posted on 01/18/2010

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My daughter and nieces had eczema when they were babies too. My nieces had it the worst. They had it in the creases of their elbows and knees and they got so bad that they bled. The ONLY thing that really worked was a Dr. prescribed ointment. I believe one of the ones they got even had some sort of a steroid in it, thus the prescription needed. IT WORKED though....almost IMMEDIATELY too. I'd suggest to see your doctor and have them help you. Also, we started using CETAPHYL cream and that has been the best lotion/cream on their skin too. Good luck

Kimberly - posted on 01/17/2010

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i had to use aveno baby wash and lotion on my oldest son. it helped him alot!

Teri - posted on 01/17/2010

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We use this :Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream USP 0.5 % and also a stronger version sometimes during the summer months, we've noticed that the water quality has a lot to do with it for our kids, when we lived in NorCal we had really hard water and their bodies would be bad. Here in SoCal it's almost completly gone. Then cover it with Aveeno . Works great!!

Joan - posted on 01/17/2010

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You might want to try using the "free" detergents and fabric softeners for laundry that are dye free and fragrance free. Dryer sheets can be very irritating also.

My husband used elidel for his eczema and it really helped.

Melody - posted on 01/17/2010

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hey , my youngest was born with a-topic skin and i was told she would be prone to allergies, took her to allergist founsd her allergic to a whole list of food and environmental things, but it was the eczema that came to be the real problem, started out at her anles and wrist but last winter it also started around her mouth.

we had to use an antibiotic ointment alnog with the other medicated ointments to clear up the mess as she scratched herself bloddy in her sleep. she now uses high dose hydracortizone for severe break outs along with the antibiotic but normal containing it we use a special mouse type moisturizer and protopic then cerave lotion to keep it under control twice a day..take him to the dermatologist for your own piece of mind. was told if it doest stay contained with this treatment we would have to look at lazer treatment this spring. so there is always an answer but i know how hard it is to see them miserably scratching themselves till they bleed. good luck

Amber - posted on 01/16/2010

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I suffered with eczema and so does my baby boy the best thing i found is rolled oats. just put them in a stocking and run them through the bath water. it makes the skin soft and smooth. and avoid using soaps. i have also heard that QV bath wash is excellent. u can get it from the chemist.

Danielle - posted on 01/16/2010

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Besides prescriptions, the only thing I know of is Eucerin cream and use Dove soap to wash with. That's the only thing the doctor told me for my son. He doesn't have a severe case though.

Genevieve - posted on 01/16/2010

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For a natural and safe alternative, billy goat soap and moisturizer made in Australia has been as effective as cortisone for us. Free of many nasty chemicals and safe to use daily. Cleared up eczema in a couple of days. Cant recommend it highly enough.

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this is probably going to sound a little weird but try whipped salad dressing use it like a cream (not mayonaise) but it is in the same asile as it, it might work for your son, a friend of mine uses it on there self for the same type of skin problem and it worked for them and it also makes their skin really soft better than any moisturizer.

Shannon - posted on 01/16/2010

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With my son I use Aqueous Cream and Eleuphrat Ointment (Need a prescription for Ointment)

CONNIE - posted on 01/15/2010

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Baby oil and Vaseline never worked for me>Could tell no Difference what so ever.

CONNIE - posted on 01/15/2010

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I had found that bathing my baby in Extra Virgin olive oil worked wonders!If they are small just put a little bit in their baby bath and you can wash their hair in it to. My daughter had Excema and I had tried Everything and my Sister {mother of 5}had obtained my Grandmothers {Mother to 14} journal and she was a Cherokee Indian and that is what she said to use>I was very Apprehensive at first but I Went to help her out with her # 3 child and right away made a believer out of me.It really works.And If you want you can use Calendula on him to.The last bought of ecxema was when she was a infant and she is now 5.Try this and post weather or not this works for you.EVOO has been used for hundreds of years and it really worked wonders for me.It is great for new borns to get that dry skin in the cresses of their arma and legs and Cradle cap to.

Robyn - posted on 01/15/2010

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My 2 year old son, has ezema on his feet, and elbow creases. We wet wrap them when he has a flare up, a couple times a week, and it goes away. Wet wrapping means taking a pair of socks and getting them wet, drain them a little. Apply a really thick lotion to the affected area, put the wet socks on, then put a dry pair over it. You will notice how much softer the skin is in the morning.

Angie - posted on 01/15/2010

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There's a great lotion to treat eczema made by Aveeno. If not, try oatmeal warm bath.

Frencesca - posted on 01/15/2010

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Use Aquaphor....this is what my ped doc said to use....I also use coco butter

Heather - posted on 01/14/2010

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We gave our little one oatmeal baths ( boil oatmeal in water for 30 min then strain particles out and add once cooled to your bath water), we often used cetaphil cleanser to clean her and lotion or olive oil with lavender immediately after she got out. We tried to be careful and only use detergents etc for sensitive skin without dyes scents, or anything. I've heard that having your baby only wear 100% cotton especially to bed also helps. Good Luck.

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Burts Bee Hand Salve works amazing!! Try that on the patches....also if everything you are trying is not working...seek a different dermatologists or doctor. When my sister was born she had what they thought was eczema all over her body...my Mom did everything for her for 12 yrs and she was just miserable. We found her another doctor and it wasn't eczema at all but Atopical Dermatitis. It looks like eczema but won't go away with traditional creams and treatments. She had to be on steriods for awhile but she's now 28 and hasn't had an outbreak since! My whole family has skin problems as do I. If you need to talk or ask me anything just let me know!

Marisa - posted on 01/11/2010

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My DS and I both have eczema and our miracle cure has been Mary Kay's "Lotus and Bamboo" lotion. It's sheer, absorbs easy, and is amazing. I had horrible eczema during my pregnancy and for months afterward, and then my SIL started selling Mary Kay and I tried the lotion. It worked so well on me, I decided to try it on my DS after he got a really bad heat rash that turned into eczema and it worked for him too. :) And it's a fairly clean smell, not too girly

Gina - posted on 01/11/2010

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Aveeno eczema works great for my son, Also Almond old is great for itchiness including stretch marks, I hope you find something that helps.

gina

Brittany - posted on 01/09/2010

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I used Goats milk soap. They have a ton of different smells, and one of them is called Purity, it just has goatsmilk and oil. It made his skin really soft. you can order online, the website is goatsmilkstuff.com

Hope this helps

Tina - posted on 01/09/2010

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my daughter had the same problem.... i used baby oil all over her, soaked her little mittens in baby oil so when she did try to rub her skin she was helping, and then sealed it all in with the aquapher, it is a little on the pricy side and vasaline (or knock off brand) works almost as good!

Joy - posted on 01/09/2010

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Sorry to hear that Kerry-Ann Eczema can be very painful and itches as it is healing. I have it so I had to switch all my personal care products along with laundry soap years ago to natural based healing products with tea tree oil base and now have introduce many others to these great products. For more info go to www.countrywellness.ca and I can show you how to get them for wholesale prices. Take Care Joy

Crystal - posted on 01/09/2010

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My 5 year old has had horrible eczema since she was 6 months old. What has worked best for us is the Cetaphil products. I also use the Aveeno bath treatments at times when it gets really bad. She also has allergies and asthma. Asthma and eczema work hand in hand together. When her asthma gets out of control her eczema flares up. We tried the humidifier in her bedroom for a while to see if that worked. I then had her allergies tested and found out she is badly allergic to molds (so the humidifier was out)! When she would get around one of her allergens it would trigger her asthma, which in turn would cause her eczema to flare up! Since we have her on asthma controlling meds and allergy meds including the injections her eczema hasn't been anything compared to what is was before! Good luck!!

Brandy - posted on 01/08/2010

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my baby girl (7 months) has eczema and I use Keri lotion, you can get it at walmart. I put it on her after evert baby while her skin is still damp, and her eczema has not flared up in weeks

Farrah Leah - posted on 01/08/2010

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oh hi i do hope that your son is fine now but if ever he's not try to avail BL cream it's a chinese ointment and its very effective.i do hope u can find it there 'coz im fr.the philippines.tcare and goodluck!Godbless!

Alisa - posted on 01/07/2010

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AVENO! it really works! my son was the same way. you put them in the bath and i think it helps to use the bath soup with lavender in it (i like the wallmart brand best) and then take them out and pat dry (still want him to be a little wet) and put it everywhere. i did it every other night and if it really needed it during the day and worked great! also i had to stop using fabric sheets and softener. i dont even use it in my cloths, it will stick to everything. you would be amazed at how much that made a huge difference!

Amber - posted on 01/07/2010

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My girl had it when she was an infant as well...She used to have severe breakouts and her pediatrician was no help so I took her to a dermatologist... He told me that hopefully she would grow out of it but I should change her detergents to either Dreft or nothing but the clear and free kind and to use nothing but Dove moisterizing soap/body wash for bathing her with...I was also told about the Cetaphyl but I found Eucerine worked alot better. They have a very thick cream that worked wonders (it has to be the one in the squeeze tube and not the larger rectangular bottle)... I would slather it on her right after bath time when her pores were still open....You might also want to keep an eye on what your baby is eating as I was told that could be a factor also....My girl eventually grew out of it.

Angela - posted on 01/07/2010

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No matter what you are feeding your child about 50% of babies get eczema. Aquaphor is what I used on my kids and it works so well. I would put it on about 3 times a day and withen a week you should see it go away.

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extra emolient night cream by mary kay. my doctor recommended it and it works great. it's a little greasy so it's best to use at night.

Carrie - posted on 01/07/2010

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try oatmeal baths(can get it in baby isle or bath isle) to calm the pain , might need to talk w/ Dr., change laundry detergent , try Aveeno lotion or its compared to version... My son has it , laundry detergent . is a major thing that could effect is skin , then soap and lotions, The med. his dermatologist give him worked good . but get a "clear" laundry detergent wash everything of his in it , and stuff his skin might touch. There is also a product called baby eczema cream w/ baby Pooh on it , its good too.

Helen - posted on 01/07/2010

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I would try Lansinoh - it's for cracked skin (usually nipples when breastfeeding) but my 10 month old has had a strange dry rash in his inner thighs and it has cleared up thanks to this.

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