Does your little on haveEczema? I have some questions?

Angela - posted on 10/26/2011 ( 29 moms have responded )

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My Claire age almost 3 has bad eczema. The doctor just prescribed dermasilk under clothing for her to wear to bed and around the house.

It comes in the mail in a couple days.

Just curious if anyone ever used them and were the results good?

She also said that I should keep the temperature in our house at at no higher than 16, that is around 60F .... I think that is really cold! The doctor said kids with eczema get hot easy and sweat is bad.

What are your thoughts? Do you keep it cold all day or only at night for example.

I want to help her eczema but I hate the idea of freezing my butt off but if it will help I will do it.



Edit to add what we have and are doing now for her eczema.

Showers only when needed.

No perfumes, dyes etc in shampoo, soap, and laundry soaps.

she take a cortisone cream daily but is off it on weekends. prescribed by doctor

She takes an antihistamine at night prescribed by doctor

5 times or more a day we apply a fatty cream that was prescribed by doctor.

She only wears cotton fabrics.

We took her to a holistic doctor but it did not work out.

She also get's rescue remedy at night.

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Look into her diet. Sometimes with allergies or other toxic things that she will digest, they will come out through your skin because your skin is your largest organ.

Michelle - posted on 10/30/2011

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Angela: My dermatitis is flared up with using any soap. If it's in a bar it flares up. The only thing I can use is shower gel. Maybe try that.

I was born with dermatitis and it was horrible living in a hot climate. I did grow out of getting it all the time when I was around 16 but soap still sets it off.

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Angela - posted on 11/01/2011

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Emma thanks for the link, also I agree 16 is too cold! I think my Dermotogist is a bit extreem and I always feel like she just thinks I am over worried. She always explains her Eczema as lack of protection in her skin but never what causes it. I always feel something is causing it. ...endless Mama feeling

Angela - posted on 11/01/2011

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Yes, I suspect something common in the mayo but it is not all mayo...so it could be soy... not sure. That is why Iam pushing for an allergist. I have to get a referral or go to Germany....

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Sorry, I just read that you have been pushing for an allergist! I would definitely continue that and with the mayo touching her, maybe it is eggs? I have heard that milk, eggs and soy have similar proteins. My daughter is allergic to milk, so I am supposed to be watching for the other 2. Good luck with everything though! Hopefully you can figure it out for her! :)

Stifler's - posted on 11/01/2011

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No higher than 16! my aircon only goes down to 17. and that is fuckin freezing.

Angela - posted on 11/01/2011

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The problem is we tried to eliminate dairy and she had a milk allergy test...She does not seem allergic but she is lactose intolerant.

Carissa - posted on 10/31/2011

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Wow! That is a lot to go through. I have used Evening Primrose Oil. I cut open a capsule of the gel and apply to the affected area several times a day till it is gone (usually in a couple of days). Also, I have been told that if you eliminate cow dairy from the diet it should help with this issue.

Angela - posted on 10/31/2011

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@ Michelle sorry they do not sell Tide here or I would try it. Thank you :)

Michelle - posted on 10/31/2011

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Buy Tide clear laundry detergent... My son had it so bad for 3 years, we tried every thing, nothing worked!! Once we tried the new tide clear, with in one week it was all gone... Please try it! Let me know how it goes. Michelle

Angela - posted on 10/30/2011

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It is strange but I noticed some foods if they just touch her skin, like Mayonnaise, strawberries, makes her face get red. I The Mayonnaise has me really stumped and not all the mayo's do it.

Barb - posted on 10/30/2011

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My son gets it if he has strawberries. So far nothing else seems to set it off. I can't have strawberries either since we are still nursing. Would def. recommend you find a good allergist!

Kendall - posted on 10/30/2011

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One thing I would suggest try before the medication is to remove tomato based food from her diet. Such as pasta sauce,pizza, and ketcup. The reason for this suggestion is because in my family a rash that appears to look like eczema. But it is actually a reaction to tomato based product. Both of my younger sister have had this problem. They actual grow old of it by adulthood. But it is a suggestion. Good luck with your daugther

Katherine - posted on 10/30/2011

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Oh I forgot, you may want to try vitamin E. My daughter had a horrible rash and it worked like a charm.

Sandy - posted on 10/30/2011

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Sweat makes it worse. My daughter has an ointment for breakouts. I use "free" detergents and fabric softeners. I set the AC at 22C while she sleeps, and she still sweats. I think 16C is too cold for a child to sleep in. However, I'm not a doctor.

Angela - posted on 10/30/2011

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Claire's Dermasilk PJ's came in the mail today. I have to say they are very nice. VERY nice look very comfy. I will let you all know if they help or not.
I am lucky her dermotolgist prescribed them so they are paid by my insurance. They were very pricey like 65 Euro for a pair. We got 3 pair. The Dermotolgist also recommended we do not wash her bed clothes unless very much needed because the natural oils help her skin. For me being a bit of a clean freak it does seem to be this constant battle in my head of Clean vs. the eczema. I think if my dermatologist had it her way, Claire would never bathe or have her clothes washed but once a month. I can't do that ... it is impossible with a toddler and I just think it is nasty!

Angela - posted on 10/30/2011

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Michelle I live in The Netherlands and I h ave not seen the Melaleuca products.
But they do sell a lot of soap free products.

Michelle - posted on 10/30/2011

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When I was a kid I used to have an oatmeal soap as shower gels weren't really around.

I have only found the relationship between bars of soap and my flare ups in the last 15 years. Even if I use a bar of soap to wash my hands they get itchy.



I also use Melaleuca products thoughout my house as my middle child has very senitive skin. They do a childrens range of body wash, shampoo and bubble bath. My son can't use any store bought bubble bath as that sets him off.

Angela - posted on 10/30/2011

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Michelle I am going to try the soap free stuff at your suggestion and see if it helps.
I do not use much soap if I can get away with it. Same goes with the Shampooing of her hair. It always bugs her skin after a bath. We put fatty cream on before and after her showers. That gives a little barrier and I have to say it helps a lot when we put cream on before and after. I recommend it for any one with skin issues.

Angela - posted on 10/30/2011

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Oh and Jennifer, I think most eczema is worse in winter if it is dry... IE dry heat. That is probably why you daughters is worse in winter...so is Claire's worse in winter...but due to the dry heat of the heater.

Angela - posted on 10/30/2011

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Thanks to all those who posted, have not been on in a couple days because we had Halloween this week here in The Netherlands...
On the temperature thing. The Dermatologist stated that people with eczema get warm over those who do not and that sweat is bad for her skin. I am going to try to just keep it a 68 and 65 I don't know if I can do 60!
Yes she does have eczema, not psoriasis. She has had it since she was 1 year bad... she did have it as an infant but not so bad. I honestly been racking my brain as to when it first started and I now remember it was when we went to formula from BM. I did not have a choice, my milk dried up. We thought she was allergic to milk, come to find out it was lactose intolerance, and she was on a special formula for that. The did give her a few allergy test with juice and milk... but the juice/fruit issue was actually her acid reflux, not an allergy. They did not test her for every fruit, food...just a few at the time.
The products I use for shampoo, conditioner, and laundry etc is call nutral and also for soap sebamed. both are sold here in The Netherlands. The Nutral has no perfumes or dyes and they have many products. I have tried the stuff for sensitive skin or hyper allergenic products and it only made her skin worse. If I stay away from dyes and perfume it is much better.
I am waiting for the dermasilk pj's and hope they help. I will keep you all posted. She goes back to the dermatologist in 3 weeks... I really hope to push again for an allergist

Jennifer - posted on 10/29/2011

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Never heard the cooler(cold!) temp theory. My daughters always cleared up in the summer and it only came back when the temps were below 60! Weird.

Savvy Mama - posted on 10/29/2011

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Pure Laundry Detergent is a very mild one that can be used and doesn't irritate eczema. They have the hypoallergenic as well.
I used Loreal shampoo/conditioner for my kids, and that helps with the one daughter's eczema on her scalp. I also use Dial Vanilla Honey shower gel - it is very mild and moisturizing.
Sounds like she is going through a lot and so are you!
is it really eczema or is it more like psoriosis?

Candy - posted on 10/29/2011

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I would definitely look into allergist. Both of my son's had severe ezcema from infancy. Turned out to be food allergies and some environmental. They do still have flair ups in hot summer months but it is manageable. I use primerose oil for mild breakouts and cortizone creams for more severe. On temp debate- we do keep our house around 60degrees in winter-helps us-my boys are heaters and sweat easily-may be too cold for you. Maybe try 68degrees first. Sorry to hear your little one suffers so severely. Pls keep us posted

Katherine - posted on 10/27/2011

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Wow 60F is freezing! I don't know anything about eczema but had to comment on that.

Angela - posted on 10/27/2011

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Thanks Tameka
I am pushing for an allergist but they feel she is too young to do allergy testing. She had acid reflux, is lactose intollerant, and some foods if they just touch her skin leave a red mark.
It is hard to tell the difference between sensitive and allergy.
She is allergic to penicillin. She had a very bad reaction to it recently.
I do have a cool mist humidifier and will run it in her room when she sleeps. It helps a little like you said...
I hope she grows out of it... but the 16 degrees is too cold I think..esp. since she hates clothes on anyways esp. at night.
We will see....

Tameka - posted on 10/26/2011

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Also, remove all woollen products. The fibres irritate the skin. I second the cooler environment but 16 does seem a little drastic. Has she had an allergy test? If it is severe eczema perhaps the trigger is a common one like dust mites. Also, make sure that the air she is in isn't dry. Feel like moving to a humid climate?!?! lol!! When my daughter has flare ups in winter I put the vapourisor on which helps a little. I also don't push the issue of wearing a jumper. I ask if she wants one on but if she says no I leave it at that (within reason, of course!)

The hardest part is finding what works for your child. I've tried so many things and wasted so much money trying to help my daughter but I'm not sure what it is. I do know that it is diet related but not sure what. I've done an elimination diet but she still has eczema. The only hope I have is my doc has told me by the time she is an adult it will be all but gone.

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