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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Tatiana - posted on 02/03/2010

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my son has eczema, he's 20 mo old and has it since he was 6 mo old. we had also steroid cream, but we only use it when the eczema gets really bad. to keep it under control all we can do is keep his skin moist, so before bed we give him a bath with oatmeal and then not dry his skin completely and put on him eucerin aquaphor. for us that's what works! hope it helps.

TENISHA - posted on 02/03/2010

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I also passed eczema to my daughter, and the laundry tips do work from experience. Also, I agree with limited use of cortisone creams, as they tend to only work for so long, and should not be used for prolonged period of time.

Stephanie - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have found this awesome lotion and bath oil. It is all nartural and no steroids and it works great for my 13 month old. I also suffer from rosecea and it really soothes my skin, there is also a body wash and had wash. Its called Renew and I buy it online!

Rachel - posted on 02/03/2010

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Hi, as a sufferer myself of eczema and having passed it on to my son, I have a few tricks I've used that worked on me. I always use an unscented laundry soap, and ALWAYS double rinse the clothes, etc. Everything to do with my laundry is unscented since scented stuff makes me flair up quick! I use an oatmeal based cleanser, I believe it is johnson and johnson. I try not to use any lotions on him, but when I see he needs it, I will use an unscented kind. I try and use the cortisone cream as little as possible. Also, from experience..heat makes mine itch wayyyyy worse. If you notice him scratching...sometimes just cooling it down will help. Light bed clothes...etc. I find certain items cause mine to get worse..I have it all over my hands and touching tomatoes is like acid on them! Sometimes just a nice soothing cleansing helps too. The face is tough, but just try and keep him from scratching since that just makes it worse, and can cause it to get bigger. I feel for you! Truly! I know how it feels, and it's not pleasant! Good luck! :)

Tara - posted on 02/03/2010

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Thank you everyone so very much for all of your advice! This is helping me out a lot. I have a steriod cream and also a non steriod cream (an extremely expensive cream) for right now to use because his eczema is considered severe right now and he has these spots on him now which I was told are infected. So I will use this to clear him up and then I will take your advice and try those things to help him and avoid future steriods.

I greatly appreciate it, this has been very frustrating and I just feel so badly for my baby boy.

Jessica - posted on 02/03/2010

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my son had eczema as a result of being allergic to milk that i drank while i breast fed him. now he breaks out in a rash when ever he has anything besides fat free milk. my doctor told me to use dove sensative formula body wash because it is even more sensative than baby washes. also i lotion him religiously so that his skin doesnt dry out & cause a reaction 2b worse & even itchier than before. my step sisters daughter has year round eczema and she has special creams & body washes for her but keeps her lotioned with Cetaphil lotion. she got this advice from my step dad who has VERY sensative skin. its a little bit expensive but you can find it at walmart and sams club.

TENISHA - posted on 02/03/2010

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From experience, I could definately reccommend using baby aquaphor ointment, or even the baby eucerin ointment. It works wonders hun. My daughter also suffers from a mild case of eczema, but to keep it under control, I put aveeno lotion on her ( Aveeno baby for dry skin) , then after I go back over her with the aquaphor ointment. I do this twice a day so her skin is always hydrated. I also use Mustela bath soap ( there is one specifically for eczema) a little on the pricey side, but worth it. Also as Courtney said above, I as well only bathe my daughter every other day. Hope this helps sweetie.

Courtney - posted on 02/03/2010

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Both my kids have eczema including my 2 yr old. the dr told me to use Cetaphil wash and lotion. It works with both of my children. just use the cetaphil wash then pat them dont completely wipe him dry n apply the lotion. My daughter has is all down her back and legs and arms. And my two month old has it on her face elbows knees back and ears. And cetaphil really works and try bathing him only every other day. bathing him to much can make the skin dry and worse.

Sarah - posted on 02/03/2010

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I use Aquaphor for alexs and he uses hydrocordisone cream 2.5% and he has a steriod cream that we use rarley. Has a shampoo named ketoconazole we use for body and hair. it works great. its 2%. so ask your doctor about those or derm. These have helped him soooo much.good luck!!!

Victoria - posted on 02/03/2010

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When my son was 15 months he had eczama we took him to the dematologist and found out he was allergic to eggs and milk. We changed his diet and it slightly helped. The doctor gave us a peanut oil to use from head to toe every night after bath and we have not had another issue. I would ask about it.

Sorcha - posted on 02/03/2010

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hi tara, ill tell you what a doctor wont. i bet you its a food allergy. the majority of eczema is a allergy to something, soaps of fragrances, but people always seem to forget about food. both my children are allergic to milk and i have a friend whose three children are all allergic to milk and all suffer from eczema, no milk no eczema. hopefully you find this helpful and your little boy will get some relief,

Danielle - posted on 02/03/2010

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I saw this posting and automatically could relate. My son is 22 mo and also has very bad eczema. He gets it really bad on the back of his legs, knees and elbows. I have done oatmeal baths and they are good, a little messy though but seems to work for a while. I was using the one with pooh bear on it to and that ones ok, but after reading everyones comments im going to try something diffrent, prob the cetaphil. I love this circle of moms thing. seems like all my questions are common which puts me at ease! Thanks girls :)

Sparky - posted on 02/03/2010

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my son was really bad. i did the aveeno bath. the powder you put in the water. theni use the shampoo and the body wash. i only give him a bath once a week i wash him up daily of course in the winter. i put cream on him everytime i change him and before i dress him . i do it all the time i find once i get it under control it helps as for steroids be careful around the face it will change the skin color. i used vasaline around his eyes after he was asleep to keep it moist also the aveeno in the tube that looks like vasaline. i hope it helps use alot of softner in his clothes so they are soft. and mild baby detergent. hope it helped it takes time so dont give up

Tahicha - posted on 02/03/2010

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My daughter had the same problem. I noticed that when I started using detergents that were perfume free, and using oatmeal soap, the problem lessened. Also do not use bubble bath, it tends to exasperate the problem. Good luck and God Bless..

Renae - posted on 02/03/2010

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I have it but luckily my son didnt, i use soberline, excuse spelling, my doctor told me to apply it three times a day, i do and it faded really well. Everytime it get irratated,i just apply the cream, works everytime.

Wendy - posted on 02/03/2010

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I was given the steroid cream as well for my daughter. I only used it till I had it under controll then I used the Specto wash on a regular basis and it worked wonders. I rarely have to use the steroid cream anymore.

Melissa - posted on 02/03/2010

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My daughter is 2 and has had eczema for as long as I can remember. Her doctor recommended using Cetaphil body wash and lotion for her, and it cleared it up in no time. However, we can't go back to using anything else, because the minute we did that, her eczema came back.

Tara - posted on 02/03/2010

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Thank you everyone for your advice! It is a very trying time right now and I am looking into any alternative as I am staying away from the steroid creams. I am taking him into the doctors tomorrow and asking to get a referral to a dermatologist and even would like to do an allergy test. I also wonder though, he is teething really bad right now, 2 top molars and all 4 eye teeth are coming in at once, could this trigger it as well? It is so confusing and I hate seeing him suffer :( Again thank you so much for all your input, I really appreciate it :)

Samantha - posted on 02/02/2010

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hi tara
my twin baby girl suffered really badly with eczema and i was at my wits end and hated having to see her in pain i tried almost everything the dermease oitment worked well ithen discovered Arbonne Baby Care it helped her so much and elleviated her pain and i am still using the products on her 2 years later i highly reccomend them i cant rave enough about this amazing cmpany they have changed my life and my daughters
i would love to help please check out my website www.TimeToPrime.myarbonne.com.au

Alegre - posted on 02/02/2010

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Hi! My son has mild eczema and I know from working in the natural foods and medicine industry that it is a food allergy, doctors won't tell you this, for my son it is milk. I changed him to Lactose free milk and that definitely helps. I definitely recommend going to your local health food store and asking someone there. I also suffer from eczema, got it when I was prego with my son, and I only use the steroid cream when it is so bad I can't move my fingers without them splitting open. I use Cetaphil cream, not the lotion, the cream is thicker and then I put on gloves and sleep with them on so that the cream can absorb. I also only use Dove soap, the sensitive formula. Good Luck!

Esper - posted on 02/02/2010

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My daughter and I have eczema. She has these little white dots on her elbow and knees and her buttocks and I have the red kinda scaly dried spots on my legs. We see our dermatologist all the time, we tried everything and nothing change it will just go away for a while then back again especially in winter time. But when I found this product, it's actually lotion and only two uses my daughters skin was so smooth and no more complaint from itchiness and I finally see my legs without the red spots. This product is amazing it's Renew lotion and they also have the body wash and hand wash too which we love.

Lindsay - posted on 02/02/2010

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Please Please Please Mum's out there take a more pro-active stance with your babies. Steroid cream? I know as Mums we are all doing the best we can, but we need to educate ourselves. Never put anything in our babies or on our babies without looking into the risk. I can guarantee there is a safer alternative. My daughter had a brief experience with eczema. I took her in to test for food allergies and went to the health food store and bought some Colloidal Silver spray. Found out she was allergic to mandarin oranges. Used the Colloidal Silver spray for a week and it was gone...hasn't returned and that was two years ago. Your local health food store has a wealth of information. All I am asking is to ask questions...is this the safest thing for my child.
Good Luck :-)

LORI - posted on 02/02/2010

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My nephew has eczema (really bad). And it is caused by food allergies. But she uses doak oil all you do is put a bit in the bath. You can get it at London drugs (if they don't have it they can order it). It is the only thing that has worked on my nephew.

Angie - posted on 02/02/2010

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The dematologist recommended ceravue. I think I have the right spelling. It's a lotion that is supposed to work for a long time. It works for my child. I found it at CVS but not with the lotions. It was at a random spot with aging creams I think.

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Both of my boys had it when they were babies (they are now 2 & 4) and we did used a steroid cream when it got really bad, but for daily use - we always used Aquaphor. The only drawback is that it's a little "greasy" - I think it might be petroleum based - and you wouldn't want it getting into his eyes, but if you used just a little amount and rubbed it in really well, it would probably be fine. You can ask your doctor about it. It seemed to work for us. Good luck!

Jessica - posted on 02/02/2010

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My son is almost 4 and still has eczema. My son's doctor told me to make sure in the winter time to keep him lubed up with lotion as much as I can to keep his skin moist. I do have to use his steroid cream on his really dry areas when it flares up. The main area he has problems with are his cheeks but has had problems with the back of his arm and I just have to keep him lubed with non scented or very low scented lotions. I use Johnson & Johnson's wash and I do use either Tide or ALL for laundry detergent and I notice using these 2 laundry soaps it doesn't flare up as bad and it doesn't help that he's allergic to cheap laundry soap. I also use downy for fabric softener. I also read somewhere that children of parents that have hay fever are more likely to get eczema too and loan behold I have hay fever. I know it's frustrating but I will take the eczema over the lactose intolerance my son has had since the day he was born.

Varsha - posted on 02/02/2010

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Hi Tara,
My son had trouble with eczema only from his ear-lobes when he was about a year old too. We too tried a lot of creams but somehow nothing seemed good enough. It just seemed to look better for a few days and then would look worser than before. Finally , we went in for Homeopathy treatment. Believe me it took more than 15 months but finally it went off completely and in fact there is no trace of any kind of discoloration , whatsoever. All I'm saying is that give it a try. Not sure where you cud find a Homeopathy doc out here either. Maybe google and check .. our doc is in India though..

Cassandra - posted on 02/02/2010

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My son has suffered with eczema since he was about 6 mos old. It's always worse in the winter and he has break outs from his face to his legs. Make sure not to use anything with dyes or fragrances. For bathing we use Suave free and clear shampoo and body wash. For detergent we use All Free and Clear and no fabric softner or dryer sheets (they have fragrances). Every night he gets rubbed down in Eucerin Calming Creme and it really helps. His skin stays soft, moist and it keeps the flare ups down. When he gets really bad flare ups we put on a prescription ointment Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment that the doctor gave us. Normally after 2-3 days of the prescription it is gone and like I said the Eucerin keeps it at bay.

Good luck Mama...I know it's a pain in the butt lol, but try those things...I promise it really helps Sabin alot!

Jennifer - posted on 02/02/2010

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We've used the Disney (light green bottle with Pooh Bear on it) eczema cream and it seems to help. There is also a wash for the bath for eczema.

Sara - posted on 02/02/2010

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my son was born 2 mths early n suffered d same, creams had little effect i use 2 put a hand full of rolled oats in a cut off foot of a pair of tights n soak him in there mornin n nite took a few days but seen d difference, d only cream when it became milder was the glaxo smith n klyne brand hydrocortisone d ova makes wernt v good, hope he gets better there is nothin worse than seein them like it x

Theresa - posted on 02/01/2010

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I'm not actually sure how much I use...maybe a cup? I kind of just pour it in. The first time I did that my son looked at me like I was insane. He didn't complain though he loves his baths.

Tara - posted on 02/01/2010

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Theresa - Thank you for letting me know. About how much of the oatmeal do you put in for a bath? The creams I have been trying so far have not been cheap! It is definitely a down side to it but if it will work I don't care so much of the price at this time and exactly, a little does go a long way. I will let you know how it goes with the Spectrum wash/cream. I used both just now before I put him to bed.

Rita - Thank you for your response! it is worse on his face but also does have it kind of everywhere else too. He seems to be mostly scratching at his face/neck/upper back and sides. I think that is a great idea about seeing a specialist, just to be sure. I had thought it was mild but over the last couple days it has gotten bad, especially in his face. He has it all around his eyes, forehead and behind his ears a bit. I have now bought new laundry detergent, hypoallergenic and will no longer be using fabric softner on his stuff. Whatever works!

Again thanks ladies for the advice :)

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.

Theresa - posted on 02/01/2010

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Actually I alternate between real oatmeal (ground up or baby oatmeal) and the aveeno oatmeal bath. that way every other night he gets the full effect of oatmeal and the opposite night he gets clean and some of the oatmeal benefit. His skin seems to bother him less on nights with the straight oatmeal. Also, I heard from my midwife than Lansinoh breastfeeding cream works wonders. We just tried it tonight. I will let you know how that works out. It's costly but a little bit goes a long way with that stuff. And it might really work for your son because it is completely safe if ingested, since his is worst on his face. I might look into that eczema spectrum lotion if this doesn't show much more benefit than Aveeno.

Tara - posted on 02/01/2010

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Thanks Theresa! It isn't fun. Do you use the Aveeno oatmeal bath stuff? I haven't tried it yet but have been eyeing it lol. A pharmacist today told me to try the eczema spectrum lotion and wash so hopefully that does something for him. I just don't want him scratching!

Theresa - posted on 02/01/2010

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I give him oatmeal baths that my dr recommended. His is worst on his back and arms. It doesn't take it away but it soothes the itching. The doctor wanted me to try that before the steroid cream but I think we have no other choice. I can't let him sit in an oatmeal bath all day.

I do that before bed though and after he's completely dry, soak him with the aveeno lotion (doesn't help much but I really put a lot on so he's slimy) then put him in a sleeper so it soaks in his skin throughout the night without him scratching or rubbing it off. It works better than nothing. And helps him sleep. Hopefully someone after me will be more helpful for both our babies!

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