Any other toddler's battling eczema? I need your advice please!

Tara - posted on 02/01/2010 ( 236 moms have responded )

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My son will be 16 months old tomorrow and has Eczema. I saw his doctor and was given a steroid cream. I have used it when it's at its worst but I hate using it as it of course isn't good for anyone. I have tried Aveeno eczema cream which isn't doing much and now I am going to try the spectrum cream and wash. He has it really bad around his eyes/face. I am just wondering what others have done to help it and make there little ones more comfortable. My poor baby boy!

Any thoughts/suggestions would be wonderful! Thank you :)

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Glennys - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son is 7 months old now and was diagnosed with eczema since he was 3 months old, I was given a prescription for an Eczema cream that I never got the chance to buy. Instead while I was shopping at toys r us right after the appointment, I saw an over the counter lotion called Gentle Naturals, I don’t remember how much I paid for it but I'm sure it was less than $10.00. This has been the best and only treatment he's gotten. He had it all over his belly, back and legs, all gone after just a few times used. Now after 4 months, I've noticed some dry skin on his face and since so much of the product was not used, I've started using it on his face and he is almost cured. The cream is made by Gentle Naturals, Disney baby, fragrance Free, "Baby Eczema Cream". Has a picture of Winney the Poo and Piglet. The Cream itself is very thick almost like a pure Vaseline cream, but it worked miracles on my baby's skin and I hope it works for yours too! =)

Kelly - posted on 02/05/2010

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i have worked in dermatology for over 3 years. my daughter is 2 1/2 who also has eczema
i use CERVA, faithfully. i use the wash and cream. i use the ALL clear degernt. my daughter has sensitive skin.
i bath her every other day in luke warm water, using the CERVA wash, then just pat her dry and slather the hell out of her in the cream-i use the CERVA lotion in summer.
CERVA has ceramides and is the only brand out there that has it. it help repair the skin.
we reccomend CERVA or Cetaphill to our patients. try using a degernt that is color/perfume free, it will make a difference. when you bath them, use luke warm water. (warm water to them does more harm than good, thier skin is 45% thinner than ours) use cleansers that are perfume and odor free. when applying creams, make sure it is right out of the tub when the skin is slightly damp and the pores are still open.
CERVA and Cetaphill can be found with the facial products or the baby isle. or ask your dermatologist for some samples
hope it helps, let me know if you have more questions

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Oh dear god that is the craziest "solution" I have ever heard. Sorry Kati. I realize you got your idea from a "trusted source." I read the article you linked.This is another example that doctors are not always correct in the info they give you. Just because a doctor suggests something does not mean it is the right thing to do. Bleach is toxic to humans and animals. Bleach in the bath water has got to be one of the worst remedies I have heard of. It may seem to clear up the problem, but trust me it will affect the health of your child if you continue to use that method. Your child will not only be absorbing bleach through his/her skin, but inhaling it as the steam rises from the hot water. Sodium hypochlorite (bleach) - A corrosive chemical, sodium hypochlorite is an eye, skin and respiratory irritant, as well as a sensitizer. It is especially hazardous to people with heart conditions or asthma, and can be fatal if swallowed. It may be a neurotoxin and toxic to the liver. Found in a wide range of household cleaners. Scary choice!
People, please use common sense..your children are counting on you to do so ♥

Rita - posted on 02/01/2010

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Tara my son is almost 2 and suffers eczema too (mainly on his legs and face) i was fed up also with using steriod creams, over the counter creams and oily washes that cost a fortune. I spoke to a friend of mine who is a dermatologist and she said firstly to have it checked by a skin specialist as docs sometimes misdiagnose eczema too frequently (it may be another skin condition) once i did that and found it was eczema she said the secret is keeping it moist ALL the time, so i just use now a high quality sorbolene cream on those areas at every nappy change and bath time etc, and a cream for very sensitive and dry skin in the morning and night. This has seemed to work wonders. I dont know how severe your sons condition is, mine was i guess mild, but making sure his skin is always hydrated has worked its magic and Ive done away with steroid creams alltogether. I still use non soap in the bath and put a few drops of plain old olive oil in there too. If his eczema flares up i use pure olive oil overnight. It doesnt smell nice but it eases the pain and redness like a dream! Good luck.

Blanca - posted on 02/15/2010

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Hi! My girl also suffers with eczema, since she was born.

As many posted already you should have a regimen about keeping the clothes all 100% cotton or try to avoid as much as possible synthetic clothes.

Then the most important to keep the moist on their skin, first by giving baths with oatmeal based bath lotions or soaps and I have succesfully used for 3 years Protopic (tacrolimus) that is a non-steroidal topical ointment for the treatment of the signs and symptoms of atopic dermatitis, more commonly known as eczema. http://www.protopic.com/

Protopic is a topical immunomodulator (TIM) that acts at the site of the immune imbalance to help stop the redness and itching of eczema inflammation.

Then as a daily protector I use an oatmeal & omega skin lotion.

The MOST important as I said before is keeping the moist on the skin, so I spray her skin 4 to 5 timea a day, with an european water spray (Vichy Thermal Spa Water is at the heart of Vichy products. Recognized by the French Academy of Medicine, this water is rich in 15 anti-oxidant rare minerals and not replicable by man) then apply the daily protector or the protopic ointment.

This has given us a succesful control on her eczema, we know it won't dissapear like magic, but keeping a regimen on her skin care has given us such a huge relief, for the 80% of the year.

Please really try PROTOPIC it is great!

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Kasandra - posted on 02/15/2010

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try Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy ORIGINAL Moisturizing Cream, it's about $13 for 16 oz. and mix it in your hand with a little over the counter 1% Hydrocortisone Cream, my son is 3 and he breaks out on his back really bad. They keep telling me it's allergies, then dry skin...etc. He is going for allergy testing Wednesday but this mixture relieved a lot of the itching and dryness. Good Luck!

Catherine - posted on 02/15/2010

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I have worked in infant care as a caregiver in the past. We had a little baby boy with a really bad case of Eczema. The parents did not see any results with the steroid cream either. The only thing that helped was cold pressed flaxseed oil from the health food store. The mom decided to eventually quit work in order to fully address the problem. She told me she changed his diet completely by the time he turned one. Everything she made for him was made from scratch. In addition, she used unscented detergents to wash his cloths. I hope this helps!

Monique - posted on 02/15/2010

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Tara, my daughter had eczema the day she was born and it only got worse. I used every cream, ointment and at home remedy known to man with little help. The doctor prescribed several steroids which did almost nothing to help. Finally, after enough trial and errors the best things that I have found are he following:



DermasmoothFS which is a steroid liquid. I only use it on her very worse days.

In the interim I use California Baby Calendula cream religously. The dermasmooth cost me about $30 for a bottle(presciption needed). You have to use very little so it last a long time. The California baby is a little pricey. Its about $13 for 2oz.

I also use Mustela baby shampoo which is also pretty pricey. About $15-20 a bittle.

I lather her really well in the cream after bath time while he is still wet. Then lightly pat her dry.

She stays with my mom while we work so my mom has gotten in the habit that she puts it on her 2-3 times a day and then we continue the routine.



The doctors say they will grow out of it (hopefully) sometime from age 3-6 yrs. (which is'nt much comfort when your baby is screaming and crying at 3am because it hurts so bad). However, my loving child is almost 3 and I am started to see that it is tapering off. (fingers crossed).



Be extra careful with what you choose, especially on his face. Calendula cream is pretty aromatic which might not the best around eyes. My daughters eczema is on the tops of her feet, back of knees, creases of elbows, some of her fingers and occassionally it will pop up on her face, back, legs and arms.



Good Luck !!!

Katherine - posted on 02/15/2010

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My little boy has Eczema too, I only use the steroid cream when he has a breakout. He has it on him bottom, cheeks, and upper arms. I use a mild soap like Dove or cetaphil gentle clenser. These seem to help. After a bath I coat him with lotion (Dove hand cream, Lubriderm for sensitive skin or Vaseline intense moisture for sensitive skin). Sensitive skin products are a must.

Janet - posted on 02/15/2010

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My 3 year old has had it pretty much from birth. His is mainly on his hands and arms. I have found the following useful:



1. Avoid all soaps. Use only a soap free wash. I recommend Dermeze soap free wash (can find it at the chemist). The Dermeze brand is recommended by the Royal Children's Hospital here in Australia (not sure where you are from).



2. Moisturise often. 4 - 5 times a day if you can. Dermeze moisturising cream is great. It looks like vaseline jelly but isn't. Ideally, you need to keep it in the fridge. Apply as often as you can.



3. Get the child to stop scratching. This can be hard especially over night as they scratch in their sleep. Get the child to wear mittens to bed if sleep scratching is an issue (maybe slip them on him after he has fallen asleep...?).



4. If the area isn't too painful, wash it often and well with the soap free wash as it gets rid of the dry skin. Again, if the area is painful or inflamed, I wouldn't do this until it has healed a little.



5. Try to introduce omega 3 and 6 into the child's diet. I give my son Flaxseed oil in his yoghurt (tasteless - he doesn't notice it).



6. When you have a flare up, use the steroids. I know people shy away from cortisone creams but honestly, the risk is minute to none that they will cause harm if used as prescribed. My doctor prescribes two creams - a fatty ointment (once a day) and a cortisone cream (twice a day). Put these on UNDER the moisturiser and remember you don't need to use a lot.



7. Be vigilant. Eczema is really only managed when you remember to follow the regiment.



8. If it is really inflamed there may be an infection - see you doctor as your child may require antibiotics to stop the spread (has happened to my son twice. Without stopping the infection you have no chance of managing the condition. If it has become infected of course).



Anyway, that's what has helped us. I hope you can find something useful from all this rambling and good luck!



Janet

Tara - posted on 02/15/2010

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My son's dr (who her son also has it) recommended the Eucerin CREAM in the jar. Its a little thick but stays on alot better. One other recommendation is cutting down on the number of baths. ALL forms of soap dry skin out (and winter is the worst) so limitting the number of baths helps keep the skin moist. I use baby wipes for the "in-between" bath times. Hope this helps!

Patty - posted on 02/15/2010

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My daughter had extremely dry skin. We combated that by using two moisturizers

Mustela's dermo-pediatrics for dry and eczema prone skin stelatopia. and we would follow that by using the Johnson & Johnson baby oil gel.

I hope it helps,

Bridgette - posted on 02/15/2010

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Hi Tara, My son also has eczema. When Gabe gets hot it gets worse, so we try to keep him dressed coolly, also anything that is too warm, (hot facewashers etc) are really bad. I am now using thie stuff called Moo Goo (http://www.moogoo.com.au/) I find it good, from reading below tho it sounds as if there are lots of options . Also a word of warning, Gabe got the wart virus because he scratches the skin and abrades the surface (spreading the warts). so now he is covered in warts, which have brought their own difficulties with them. After 8 months his body's defences are now kicking in, but we have to keep pressure bandages on the worst of it because he scratches it raw and re infects other parts of his body.. maybe that'll make you feel a bit better... there are worse things then just eczema! :) (He's ok BTW, we are managing it, but wow, what a virus!)

Sarah - posted on 02/15/2010

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I have tried steroid creams and they do not work the best thing I have tried is after my sons bath I dont dry him completely I kind of just dab him dry and then put Aquaphore all over him to hold in the moisture.

Kristi - posted on 02/14/2010

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One more thing....I have another girlfriend who has a 5 year old daughter that gets it when she eats any citrus. As long as she avoids it, she is fine.

Kristi - posted on 02/14/2010

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Your little one is too young for food allergy testing. They usually want children to be 3 years old. However, I would bet that is exactly what it is. I have it on my scalp and it is triggered by eating wheat/gluten. As long as I don't eat that, it doesn't bother me. I have a girlfriend who's son had it really bad...he was allergic to cats. Once the cat was gone, the eczema went away as well. Do you have allergies? Children of parents who have allergies are at a higher risk of the same. Do you have animals? Otherwise, I would try and eliminate high allergen foods from his diet...won't be easy at first, but you will find ways to substitute. Dairy, Soy, Eggs, etc. Do you notice it getting worse at certain times of the day? You could always keep a food journal and then also track the severity of the eczema.

I wish you and your little guy the best!

Karen - posted on 02/14/2010

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My kids both had mild eczema and our pediatrician recommended that we do not use any baby bath products - he recommended we use regular DOVE bar soap and only when we feel the kids are really dirty and need soap (Dove is the most gentle soap - even better then baby products); otherwise, just use water in the bath (at this age, mine are 4 and 2, they really don't get that dirty). Our pediatrician also recommended we use hydrocortisone cream (over the counter) 1x per day when it got really bad. My son still gets very mild eczema patches on his legs in the winter, but my daughter grew out of it. We also used Aquaphor religiously on their eczema patch areas and it worked well to 'maintain'. Aquaphor is similar to Vaseline, but not as greasy. My daughter gets really dry patches around her mouth from drooling at night and we still use Aquaphor every night on her face and it helps a lot!



A few other recommendations we heard and used were: do not use bubble bath and do all the washing (with soap/shampoo) at the end of their bath after they are done playing to keep them from sitting in soapy water - let them play in the clean water and then wash hair/body, etc at the end of the bath.



Hope these ideas help... they helped us :-)

Samantha - posted on 02/14/2010

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As a learning Cgiropractic student and mother of three, I understand the importance of nutrition, toxins, and health for all different kinds of conditions for all ages. It is my recommendation to ALL you mothers out their with children with eczema to email me at drsddc2b@yahoo.com to get this problem under control so your children have optimal health with this painful condition. If you would like to do some reseach first, learn what makes the skin healthy and you'll find that the best products to use are antioxidants, minerals, calcium/mag, grape seed extract, and fish oil. For the best rated products in the world please email me and I will be happy to help you get your kids in the healthiest state they can possibly be.

Michelle - posted on 02/14/2010

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hi i have 4 children 2 of which had eczema.. my first had it all over her face and was given topical steriod cream, it didn't work and i had no other options than to moisturise it all the time. she eventually grew out of it. then my third was born, she had it all over her arms legs and torso. i used beeswax cream (looks like vaseline) and teatree lotion (renew from melaleuca store) and within a month it was gone (she had it for 17 months.

Ericka - posted on 02/14/2010

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Olive oil can sometimes help, I think that would be the safest around his eyes. You may want to look into what you are washing clothes, blankets, towels and washcloths in and also the possibility of a food causing it. My daughter had very sensitive skin- we are still washing all of our clothes in a free and clear detergent and fabric softner as well and she turning 3 years! She also had an issue with dairy for the longest time, which seemed to be linked to her eczema breakouts.

Jennetta - posted on 02/14/2010

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There is a company out there called Melaleuca and it has envrionmentally safe products. Their lotion called "Renew" is the only thing that I know of that pretty much gets rid of eczema and if it doesn't clear it up completely, it helps alleviate a lot of the symptoms. The other great thing is that is naturaly and safe. It is safe to use any part of the body. I use it on my skin, and although my daughter doesn't have eczema, it makes a great diaper rash lotion as well. Their website is www.melaleuca.com

Michelle - posted on 02/14/2010

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Our daughter battles with eczema, as well. We have found that slathering on Aquafor (from the makers of Eucerin) at night before bed seems to keep in check. The trick has been to do it consistently night after night until the outbreak eases. Then we switch between the Aquafor and regular body lotion. Since Aquafor is somewhat greasy (think petroleum jelly), it's best to use it at night so that it doesn't ruin regular clothing (yes, it will stain your clothes if not pre-treated before washing). Good luck!

Natalie - posted on 02/14/2010

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Cetaphil cream is great. If you get him out of a bath and apply it while the skin is still damp it works great. You have to really cake it on though so the skin can absorb it all!

Jaimi - posted on 02/14/2010

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Just wanted to share my daughter's experience with eczema/rash. She is 3 now and had small areas of eczema from time to time and I tried oatmeal baths, Aveno natural products etc. and monitor her diet- without much luck, sometimes it got better and then it got way worse just a few months ago all over her chest, back and groin. I felt horrible for her and the last thing I wanted to do was take her in and the recommendation I sure would be some form of a topical steroid - which just makes it look better but not get at the underlying possible causes. My sister recommended Natural Allergy Elimination treatments, which were non-invasive done by a doctor- chiropractor and I can say after ONLY 3 treatments it went Completely away! and we traced it back to an intolerance to whole cow milk. She can eat yogurt, cheese and we have switched to Almond and soy milk- she loves the vanilla taste. I can't say enough and I was sceptical, I'm an ER nurse but I now believe - I went to Clinix center in Centennial CO but if you google NAET- natural allergy elimination therapy you can find a practitioner in your area. Of course my insurance wouldn't cover it but it was worth the $200 investment to have it gone.

Sarah - posted on 02/14/2010

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Tara, bear in mind that what works for some children may not work for others. I started with sorbolene, and it makes both my girls' eczema worse. You just have to be willing to try lots of different things until you find the one that works for you. Also consider that the cause may be dietary, in which case you should probably consult with a health professional to rule out any food allergies. Having said that, what works for us is the following:

Prescriptions: Elidel, Celestone (a slightly stronger cortisone cream)

OTC: QV Flare-up Bath Oil, QV Cream, Gaia Natural Skin Soothing Lotion, Wash, and Shampoo.



This may work for you, it may not - and someone else has probably already responded with something similar. Just wanted to throw my .02 in, and to send some encouragement your way. My 3yo is largely outgrowing her eczema, so it's possible that your son will too. Hang in there, and just do your best!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/14/2010

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Try changing his diet? Some moms I have come across have figured out what triggers it. Be aware that it could be anything even if he was able to eat it without any problems before his eczema flaired. Try dairy first and wheat.

Erin - posted on 02/14/2010

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You can buy this cream called Psoriasin (CVS has it). It smells aweful because it is coal tar cream, but my 4 yr old has eczema horribly and it seems to relieve it a little better than those presciptions do. I also would try Aquaphor! Good Luck!

Heather - posted on 02/14/2010

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My 2 year old has suffered from eczema since he was a few months old. At first, the absolute BEST thing that worked was rubbing breastmilk on him. (I know that sounds gross, but it really worked better than anything else ever has).

After I was out of stored breastmilk, I started using plain A&D ointment. If it was on his face, I used vaseline. The trick is to never let the area dry out. I lube my baby's bad spots at every diaper change, after the bath, and every time we leave the house (due to the blustery wind).

I don't know how scientific this is, but I've noticed his eczema gets worse when he's had a lot of cow's milk. Good luck!

Linda - posted on 02/14/2010

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Hi Tara,



I have 3 children & all of them face the same problem. I was hoping my boy won't have it but unfortunately he did and he is only 4 mths! I have tried many creams be it from Doctor, organic or natural. Some work & some doesn't. It is all trial & error. What works for 1 person doesn't mean will work for the other. My advise is keep trying & never give up.

What works best for my children is first & foremost AVOID soap. I use a product called Sukin to wash my children's bottom. I try avoiding soap in any other parts of their body, unless it is deemed necessary. Otherwise my advise is to avoid soap totally.Try bathing your son in a handful of Epsom salt & a few drops of cold-pressed Lavender essential oil. Since he is under 2 yrs old, put in only 2-3 drops in a tub of water. Use minimum essential oil. You can alternate his bath with QV oil too. Moisturise him with 100% aloe vera gel all over his face & body. It is cooling & best of all it can be used even on his face. You can try asking Doctor to prescribe Elidel. It is non-steroid (isn't is cool!!) however, it comes with a price tag that is pretty shocking to your eyes & to your purse (I am unsure which part of the world you are from but it sure is expensive here).

I understand what you are going through, sometimes whatever I have mentioned work & sometimes it doesn't but the point is never give up & keep praying it will go away one day. I am still hoping for that day. I can't stand looking at my children scratching everywhere all the time and seeing the eczema oozing with blood. I feel so sorry & sad for them.

Belinda - posted on 02/14/2010

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my granddaughter has had it since she was 2 and shes 6 now aveno bathe helps and lots of hydocotizone and benadryl it helps her

Chelle - posted on 02/14/2010

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My son suffered from terrible Eczma and i tried everything, every cream, lotion,ointment you name it i tried it! Then i was speaking to my hubbys grandmother and she told me to ( now i know this is probably going to offend some people and im sorry for that, but when you see your child constantly scratching and bleeding and crying you are willing to give anything a try) put a cup or two of methalated spirits into his bath water, well i tried this and after 1 week he hardly had a spot on him and after a month it was completly gone!! He has never suffered with Eczema again.. Hope this helps.. :)

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my daughter will be 3 in april and she has had eczema since she was a baby. i tried the steriod creams and they helped but like you, i hated to use them a lot. i found this lotion from johsnon n johnson. its called baby moisturizing cream. (its in a pink tube) i put it on her every day in the morning and then again at night after her bath. it kept her skin very moist and in a few days, the spots were gone. now my son, who is 2 1/2 months old is showing signs of eczema. (on his face mainly) and the creeam seems to lessen the spots quite a bit. i hope this helped!! good luck!

Sue - posted on 02/14/2010

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Hi Tara

My son had Eczema and I was advised to only bath him twice a week which I did and he is now two and a half and has been eczema free for last 6 months the Dr has now recommended he be bathed every other day and I have also had a water filter system installed

Leann - posted on 02/14/2010

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The same thing happened to my son he ended up being allergic to fragrances, i just use vasoline it works awesome and 2 yrs later no break outs.

Helen - posted on 02/13/2010

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Hey Tara,



My son who is now 18 months old has Eczema that is caused by allergies. I tried Aveeno and it didn't do much. I have been using Mustela's Stelatopia line and it has worked wonders. He doesn't have break outs that often since I know what triggers his Eczema, but his skin is still very sensitive. His baths are limited to 5-10 min. at the longest and the temperature is lukewarm, very mild. I use the Stelatopia Cream cleanser on his body and I use their Bath Oil when his breakouts are bad. I've been using Eucerin Original Lotion as it is thick, free of scents, and is for sensitive skin. Mustela's stelatopia Lotion and Body Creme works well too. It just got a little expensive and the Eucerin works just as well. You may want to try Aquaphor ointment for the face and Mustela's Hydra stick worked well for me too. Have you tried using an over the counter hydrocortisone cream? I only ask because I know the over the counter creams contain about .1% steroid in the cream. So, it may be milder than what your Ped. prescribed. I too was reluctant to use hydrocortisone because of the steroid, but it helped tremendously and it helped his skin heal much quicker. Best of luck and I hope your son's Eczema clears up...Hope my comments help.

Nicole - posted on 02/13/2010

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my doctor recommended using cortozone .5% twice a day for 3 days the use aquaphor and another mom recommended hydra stick

Shannon - posted on 02/13/2010

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hey my son has eczema too i use solbolene in jar so its not too liquidy its really important to keep skin moist although it can make it look worse initally. it does clear up rather quickly after a day or two the ointment my son is on is Advantan. the ointment form of the steriods is good you use less of it but i works really fast. I put the ointment on at night and the solbolene all over in the morning and it is now mangable. also dont use soap switch to non soap wash i use Aqueous cream by ken kay which i now use on my face too cause its so mild and cheap :) hope this helps

Margaux - posted on 02/13/2010

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Renew lotion all the way. My son had eczema bad on his cheeks his first year during the fall and winter and it comes back every year, each year a little bit less-he's 2 1/2 now. I found Renew and put it on his cheeks...didn't have to reapply until 3 days later. It's nice and thin too, not goopy and greasy like Aquaphor. I also use the detergent from the same company and that seems to have made a difference too. I can get you info on it if you want-you can't get it in stores. Good luck!

Heidi - posted on 02/13/2010

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my 4 year old daughter has been battling eczema since she was younger than 1. We tried the oatmeal, aveeno, steroid cream/benadryl anti-itch. We then tried aquaphor and eucerin. the pediatrician said it is all about moisture but not the kind that you pump out of a bottle. So we bought the eucerin ointment that comes in a tub and the bath wash that has a bunch of vitamins and oils in it. so far it seems to be helping...but i always have to put the ointment on several times a day.

Jessica - posted on 02/13/2010

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My son has alot of food allergies and also gets flares when he has alot of wheat in his diet. Before I knew he was allergis to wheat he was at the worst but now he is mostly fine he is 2 1/2 now and has a mostly gluten free diet. My allergist said that the eczema can cause asthma that scared me so I have him on a stricter diet than before. I disagree with the lansinol b/c my son breaks out from it, it doesn't breath but I love it for other kids with diaper rashes and when my lips are chapped or for minor cuts and scrapes. The allergist also suggested using ceaphil. I would recommend that you keep him away from wheat products for a time and see if it helps the poor lil guy. Good Luck. and I also use prescription Locoid lipocream ( I love that stuff)

Rachel - posted on 02/13/2010

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Both my boys had eczema. The first one we had a skin prick test done on him at 10 months and found out that he had mild allergies to dairy, eggs and apricots and a slightly larger allergy to peanuts. Once we had elminate that from his diet, his ezcema totally cleared up. My next boy had a really extreme ezema to the point where he had a really scabby face for months. He looked like his face was rotting. We went to a demotologist in the end because our GP admitted he was not getting to the bottom of it. After a bit of convincing the dermotologist did a RASP test and found that he was allergic to gluten. Ever sence we have canelled gluten out, he has been perfectly fine. You are right. Its really hard finding the right cream and any cream you use only seems to have short term effects. I say try and find out what is causing it because eczema is an allergic reaction to something. Its a case of finding out what. I know you wanted a more immediate solution, but I am not sure there is one. Its a case of how severe the 'allegy' is and how often he is exposed to it. Good luck.

Kali - posted on 02/13/2010

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It's so difficult to treat after it's already become irritated and raw. Anything you put on it just makes it burn. I understand your pain, trust me! At that point, a cool rag and some calamine lotion seems to tame the itch. I also bathe my son less often (it sounds bad, but the water dries his skin out so much he's already scratching while in the tub). I also use the oatmeal bath mixture and that seems to help a little. Showers are best, but it's difficult to get a toddler to shower, even if it's with you. Just keep the Aveeno lotion (or whichever works best for you) all the time and when it gets inflamed, put on some calamine lotion. It works for my son! Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 02/13/2010

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my son was born with really bad eczema on the inside of his elbows, the backs of his knees, and it used to get really bad around his mouth where the bottle would rub against his skin. The cream I used really worked wonders, it was called Baby Eczema Cream (I bought it at a CVS.)

Amanda - posted on 02/13/2010

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My son is almost 2 and he had eczema up until about 8 months ago. We used the steroid cream and it went away. I used a baby eczema cream I found in the baby section at walmart. You need to keep a moisturizing cream on it also. That will help from drying out.

Stephanie - posted on 02/13/2010

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I have a 5 year old daughter. Right after she turned 4 she had skin problems. For almost a year I tried EVERYTHING! I finally found RENEW it is a Melaleuca product and perfectly safe for them. They have lotion, body wash, shampoo and I now have NO problems. I just apply when I take her out of the tub and if there is a flare up. Which is RARE. Good luck with your little one.

Angela - posted on 02/13/2010

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i went through the same thing with both of my children. try using laundry detergents and soas that say free and clear. also cetaphil lotion helps. mostly you just have to wait til they grow out of it.

Laura - posted on 02/13/2010

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Ok I had a son that was born with SEVERE Eczema and I was told to do the same thing you re doing. My mother in law read an article and called me immediately and told me to go out and buy DILL PICKLES or anything DILLED like pickled carrotts ect ect let your son eat them or suck on them which ever. I GUARNTEEEEEE it will HELP him TRUST ME. My son was severly asthmatic at that point as well until his Eczema started to get better. He is now only a seasonal asthmatic and is now 11. He is FREE of that nasty itchy stuff too. The Dr's were impressed that by his check up when he was 2 he only had it in his creases of arms and knees and sometimes on his face.

Lindsey - posted on 02/13/2010

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My son has eczema also and I agree with Rita... keep it hydrated. We tried the steroid creams (prescription and over the counter) and I swear the best thing I have found (for eczema and skin allergies in general) is daily bathing with a very mild cleanser and lots of nice thick lotion.. we use either Vaseline Intensive Care or Eucerin. My son's gets worse with dry weather (sometimes I use Aquaphor) so just keep an eye on it and keep it hydrated. Our doctor said most kids grow out of it and I have noticed my son's skin is way better now, at 3, than it was 2 years ago.... :)

All the Best!

Jill - posted on 02/13/2010

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I use hydrocortisone & vanicream (behind the pharmacy counter but you don't need a Rx). My son has it behind his knees and using these 2 products twice a day has worked very well!

Kimberley - posted on 02/13/2010

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my daughter is 2 and half and has suffer from eczema since she was 4 months i use aquaoeus cream on as she has it really bad on her bottom and back of her legs and it works well on her u can get it persrcibed by ur health vistor for free or buy it at boots. hopes that helps

Tina - posted on 02/13/2010

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My two boys both had ecema stemming from food allergies. After trying steroid cream to no avail, their allergy nurse suggested QV cream and lotio and only washing them with sorbelene cream, and never letting their skin get dry. Results were evident within one week. Six months on and you would never know that either child ever had eczema.



Good luck

Jessie - posted on 02/13/2010

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My siblings and I all suffered growing up and my 17 month old gets it. Use free and clear detergents and free and clear dryer sheets and hydrocortisone cream on problem spots and otherwise just a good hydrating lotion.

Michelle - posted on 02/13/2010

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Hi, My daughter has had eczema since a baby, The doctor prescribed all different creams. Which did not work or worked for a short period of time. I eventually started using banana boat which is australian. I found it whilst searching eczema on the internet. Boots sell it, I also use the banana boat sun lotion which helps he during the summer. Give it a try, anything is worth trying. It don't hurt and there's no steroids. Only problem is English doctors don't prescribe it.

I hope this helps, all the best.

Michelle

Heather - posted on 02/13/2010

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I have a 3 year old that has eczema on the backs of his legs and buttocks. I haven't been able to find anything to help him with the exception of a cream the pediatrician gave him. It was mupricin. If you find anything that helps let me know.

Margaret - posted on 02/13/2010

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My wee boy is three and has it quite bad at his eyes too. I got cream from doctor called Epaderm which is just to keep moisture in skin. I found it made it more red but did stop him being so irratated by it. But i actually found E45 worked quite well. Also, we now are only to bath him every second night and use dermol. sadly he's also to now only have a very quick bath. That does help though for him, or maybe try showering with him. He's maybe bit young for that just now but it does dry skin out less.

Hope that helps a bit. :)

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