Eczema!

Liz - posted on 08/05/2010 ( 55 moms have responded )

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We have been to doctors and more doctors but the lotions and potions do ok. Prayer yes all the time but thought someone out there is dealing with the same issues and had to ask! Any suggestions? Thanks God Bless

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Alicia - posted on 08/18/2010

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my son has eczema and you are only supposed to use the perscribed a few times a week and a thick mousturiser every other day 3 times.
We use QV cream it works great. Dont use a mousturiser in a pump bottle as the dont work as well because they ae made thinner to get pumped out. you need to use a thick cream in a tub or tube i suggest QV cream

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Ashley - posted on 08/25/2010

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I was told not to use body soap at all until they are teenagers. They don't need it until they have BO and oily skin. Just use some mild shampoo on the hair - which I use burts baby bees, but really anything that's super mild. Don't even use a mild body wash or "moisturizing soap".
I also forgot to add that you should not use a wash cloth. Leaving food on the face (of a younger one, obviously) makes it worse, of course, but we were using wash cloths and were told not to - so we started just carrying him over to the sink, holding him over the sink, and washing with our hands (just water, no soap) and it helped a lot with his face. Now once in a while I will use a paper towell (less abrasive then cloth) but mostly my hand.

Holly - posted on 08/24/2010

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im going threw the same. we went to my sons dermatologist and they prescribed him some medicine by mouth that is like benadryl for the constant itch but we quit using it because the cream they gave him has helped clear his red spotted rough eczema! i have a little 2 week old girl. i hope she dosnt get it because my son suffered and cried when he starts getting itchy! we also changed his detergent and body soap also hair.. we use rockin green detergent, its really good and dove body soap. i stock up on coupons for that soap caz its an arm and leg! the med is prescribed by his dermatologist, its called mometasone furoate, UPS ointment 0.1%. i used all types of safe med and such and lotions as well and non worked at all. this stuff is the only one that cleared his skin completely. after it clears, stop using and use regular lotions to keep there skin moistened and when it comes back, dosnt matter how small or if its light pink use it again and it should disappear the next day! good luck.



P.S my son was also born with this condition and he was finally prescribed good creams threw a different clinic i switched too last year, he is 2 now.. i just read everyone's reviews. if this dosnt work of the type of cream im using for you then you have to search more. i just realized all infants, babies and kids are way different from each other and there is one specific cream available for them. however sometimes medical that you have wont cover it or you may not have medical and it may cost an arm and leg but you could ask for the cream i used and who knows..... i have heard another source that works. olive oil and keep there skin moisturized constantly! its a pain but might be worth it.. im sry, i hope what you find next works and clears your babies caz i know how much of a pain it is! god bless and good luck mom!

Tina - posted on 08/18/2010

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Have you had your child tested to allergies? My son's eczema flares when his allergies are bothering him. There is a connection between the two. If you can identify the allergens, then the lotions, cremes, etc help more. Also, our allergist said to put a 1/4 cup of bleach in a big tub of water. It would help dry it out. There are wet wraps you can do. I've not had to go there yet, fortunately. Also, if your child likes to play in the tub, let them play for a while before you use the shampoo and soap. It is the shampoo and soap that bothers them. Soaking in warm, not hot, water is actually good for rehydrating the skin. Good luck! This summer has been a real battle for us, too. :(

Kea - posted on 08/17/2010

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Both my kids have it, and other than perscribed creams my pediatrician told me to avoid hot baths, and use vasoline on the specific spots!

Jean - posted on 08/17/2010

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Yes! Renew is the best. The lotion and the body wash have really helped my son's eczema. Even better than any cream or medication my son's doctor gave him.

And using Melaleuca's detergent has been a lifesaver too. Something gentle without chemicals and toxins really does matter. I wasn't sure till I tried something different just to see and my son broke out horribly! Needless to say, I switched back instantly.

Shannon - posted on 08/15/2010

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Eczema can be associated with allergies so if he has any allergies try to eliminate them or keep it a minimum..also try natural stuff for eczema like calendula cream as soothing lotion and chickweed ointment if its irritating and itchy.

Sandra - posted on 08/14/2010

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Trust me. I know and been there. I have search and search for cure and I have found it for my son. Thanks God. No steriods. Just natural cure. It is long story.
If you are interested in finding out how I cured my son, send me a massage and I will be happy to share it.
This will help a little. Use Olive Oil and wrap rash area with ceremic wrap for 20-30 minutes when baby fall a sleep. It will help smooth and reduce the redness on the skin. Put socks on the hands to prevent from scratching at night. Put Baking powder in the laundry will wash off all the oil from the clothings.

Ashley - posted on 08/13/2010

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The best thing that helped us was 1. using perfume free and dye free laundry soap as well as dryer sheets, and rinsing at least once extra in the wash cycle. 2. We switched to Vanicream instead of the normal things they suggest. It seems to work the best for us- lots of the others have parabens in them. 3. We went to National Jewish medical cetner which is the leading asthma allergy place - it has great eczema care. They told us to use the soak and seal method. Instead of skipping baths - which is what our doc said to do (only bathe every 3 days or less) these docs said to bathe every day and let him soak in the bath - then within 2 minutes of getting out (so immediately) seal in that water - use a heavy cream all over him - like the vanicream - and really get him totally covered. It completely cleared up his problems everywhere except the one place we can't soak - his face. We are still working on that - some people use like a compress for their face - warm water compresses, but my guy is not letting me do that.
3. Of course, very mild soaps, etc.
4. I don't use any cleaning products in the bathtub. I only use baking soda to scrub it. I think that helped a lot actually.
Most recently we were told to try hydrocortizone on his face daily since he is going to preschool and we don't want him to be "different" although I don't think he notices it, and neither do other kids. (that's what this urgent care doc said...) I might try it to see if it helps that last sticking point of ours.
Good luck!!!

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My (just) 1 year old has been suffering terribly from eczema - it became all infected and was horrible. She was prescribed antibiotics, a steroid and a cream called locoid lipocream. This did help a little and it certainly cleared up the infection. However, I was not that happy about putting the cream on her, especially her face as it contains hydrocortizone. IN the last week I have been using Lucas Paw Paw and her eczema has all but dissapeared. To me this is like a miracle cream - it's all natural and you can lather it on without worrying about long term effects. Seriously recommend it!

Angela - posted on 08/13/2010

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Homeopathy is a great alternative.
Has your child been vaccinated? Vaccines do tend to worsen eczema.

BethAnn - posted on 08/13/2010

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My daughter has a nuetropinic disorder however with it comes a hellatious case of excema, so desedine (presciption) is the best topical in a gel not cream (it is more condensed and requires less applications...however the big thing for us is allergies a great many excema cases are allergies..or are inflamed by allergies. i would see an allergist if nothing else.

Marly - posted on 08/13/2010

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"Laura",

I was wondering; when you say you "don't eat peanuts" are you also making sure you don't eat products that "may contain traces of peanuts/tree nuts", or may be "manufactured in a facility that also processes peanuts/tree nuts", and/or may be "made on share equipment with products containing peanuts"? The reason I ask is because when my son was first diagnosed with his peanut allergy I didn't realize the extent of how much I needed to be aware of and avoid the food allergen. And he was being exposed to the food allergen on a regular basis and seemed to always have eczema. But it was from the peanuts/tree nuts.

Marly - posted on 08/13/2010

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Couldn't read all of the reply's to this. So, if this is a repeat, sorry:( My son is almost 11 and has had mild/moderate eczema/dermatitis since he was a baby. He had severe cradle cap until he was 6mos. old. We used hypo-allergenic detergents, etc. And nothing seemed to really help. The thing that took care of his cradle cap was "Aquaphor"-- I swear by it!! And he used to have flare -ups of his eczema/dermatitis a lot up until he was like 3/4 yrs. old. We discovered that he had a peanut/tree nut allergy-- which was why he always seemed to have eczema. He was constantly triggered with mild(thank God) allergic reactions. He rarely has flare-ups now-- as we are VERY diligent with keeping him away from allergens. Long story short(longer;)) We have found the best way to keep his eczema/dermatitis at bay is avoiding the food allergens and we use Mometazone with Aquaphor when he has a flare-up. The combo is for moderate to severe flare-ups. For minor eczema/dermatitis we use only Aquaphor. Hope this helps. We'll be praying for you. :D

Joana - posted on 08/13/2010

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I agree w/Alana Sanford's comments - when the standard treatments for skin conditions don't work well - you need to look at dietary causes. Today's foods have 100 times more gluten in them than years ago and more and more people are having gluten sensitivities. There are blood tests that can confirm a true "allergy" to gluten but they don't detect gluten sensitivities which can cause more subtle effects than an allergy, including problems with the skin. It is hard to make those dietary changes at first but it's well worth it in the end!

Heather - posted on 08/13/2010

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The Arbonne ABC line worked on my sons eczma also!! When he got a rash we did the oil at night after his bath and then the lotion in the morning. We always used the bath soap. We had read that the steriod cream prescribed can cause cance in kids on the Mayo clinic site, so that prompted a fast switch! He is now free of eczma!

Good Luck!

Stephanie - posted on 08/13/2010

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Did the Dr. give you a prescription ointment? If not, I would ask for one. My son had Eczema too and i just couldn't get it to go away until he gave me a prescription and it was like magic. Now he just has an occasional flare up , nothing like it was. I also keep him moisturized several times a day with cetaphil cream or Aveeno lotion for Eczema. You may want to take him to an allergist, Eczema is often accompanied by food and environmental allergies and it is good to get a head's up on these things. We are currently dealing with this. Good Luck!

Corinna - posted on 08/12/2010

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My 4 year old has suddenly developed eczema this year. With the dry air in the winter months here in Australia it came up all over his face and legs and starting splitting. We used calendula and manuka honey cream which helped but the best thing we did was take him off dairy. Within a few days the redness had disappeared and it has almost completely gone from his face.

Alison - posted on 08/12/2010

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My daughter gets bouts of eczema when she has to much milk. Try eliminating certain foods ro testing for food allergies that is usually the cause of most eczema

Jessica - posted on 08/12/2010

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My daughter had this as well very sensitve skin...however all i did was change to eco friendly green products and it really helped. She still has a few breakouts but NOT NEARLY AS BAD. check out http://www.switchingstores.com/westfamil... to learn more about where I shop to get green products

Tiffany - posted on 08/12/2010

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vanacream works wonders in our house. They even have a brand that includes sunscreen.

Jacqueline - posted on 08/12/2010

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I forgot...I avoid using bleach in the washer as much as possible and use free and clear laundry products too...and you may want to look into rinsing your clothes 2x to remove any extra soap residue. Good luck!!!

Jacqueline - posted on 08/12/2010

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#1, just because something claims to be "natural" doesn't necessarily mean it's safe. Remember, both marijuana and cocaine are natural too!!! 2nd eczema will never go away. It is a skin condition that can be temporarily treated, but it's not a disease or an illness. I use Aveeno products on both my 11 year old and my 3 year old. I also have a 2.5% cortizone prescription ointment that I use. You can see if avoiding dairy products lessens your child's symptoms...or any other type of food sensitivity. Avoid long hot baths or showers, since they tend to dry the skin out even more than it already is. I have used both Aveeno bath oil and AlphaKeri bath oil in the dryer winter months. It seems to help keep the skin hydrated longer.

You can look into foods rich in Vitamin E as well...or open the capsule itself and apply it to the affected areas. That may help as well. Each child is different, so go with what works!!!

Good luck, and I hope anything that I've tried can help you out too!

Lauren - posted on 08/12/2010

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usually a sign of food allergy. try skipping the regular baby soaps, shampoos, and lotions. use al free and clear detergent, no fabric softener or dryer sheets and aveno baby shampoo. Me and my daughter suffer from it and those are the main culprits

Laura - posted on 08/12/2010

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Few tips I use to control mine and my daughters eczema:
The girls use Miracle Soap on everything (laundry - just add a shot), shampoo and body. (you'll have to find it online though) I can use any fragrance free or very light soap/bath gel (I really like Dove), but in the winter I have to use a salt scrub first to remove the dry skin otherwise I really break out. We use Vanacream lotion - free of everything and thick and creamy (you can get it at Target). I use Tide on the other laundry.
I've never found a food that triggered ours - we've been alergy tested and are alergic to peanuts, but we don't eat them at all and still break out. If it gets bad, we have mild steroid cream to calm it back down. Good luck and I hope this helps!

Emily - posted on 08/12/2010

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there is a brand called "pinetarsal" for all the mums thinking of trying the pine tar they sell soap bars and oils nad moisterisers the whole ecszma selction over the counter at most chemists here (im in autstraila) just a hint its heaps cleaner then trying to make it up n add it inthe baths n lotions by yourself :)

Emily - posted on 08/12/2010

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hey i so k now how u feel my 2 year old daughter has bad eczma and we faught so long adn hard with all the lotions qv cream washs and the 1% quaterzone creams and finally we went to a new gp who changed her from creams to oral steroids she took one dose which is all thats needed of "redi pred" and all her eczma cleared up in a few days. her scras from the eczma and scatching where there was no skin remained but her itchyness stopt, unfortunalty thou it came back once she returned to childcare as its not a controlled enviroment where shes exceptable to all sorts of smells creams washs fabrics ect.... but it worked for us (even if only for a while) hope this might help, i understand how hard it is when u want to get all the creams and stuff that you need but for us we found we were spending 100 a week on her bathing washing powder oils creams and none of it really did any better then eliminating all chemicals back to basics did. let me know how u go thou please always is nice to know there are other people out there going through the same thing :) good luck .

Megan - posted on 08/11/2010

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my baby girl also gets eczema, and a constant fungal infection, under her neck, but the eczema is only in patches on her body, and my mum found this stuff called moogoo, its made in queensland australia. it seems to be the only thing that keeps it undercontrol. just go to www.moogoo.com.au, and you can find a stockest near you or they deliver. they have a full skin care range and shampoo's and stuff as well

Casey - posted on 08/11/2010

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there is this soap called dudu osun..its good for eczema..clears it up completely

Annette - posted on 08/11/2010

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Try Hydrocortisone, its the best stuff invented on this planet. My daughter had a really really bad break out all over her toes and feet, and I put that on for 3 days twice a day and it went away.

Kayla - posted on 08/11/2010

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My son, who is 2 1/2, got eczema pretty much all over his body last winter. He had really bad patches on his inner thighs, under his arms and around his torso. I used Aveeno body wash and lotion (bought the thicker cream for the really bad spots) and it worked wonders. I think within a couple days his skin was so much better.

Kira - posted on 08/11/2010

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Eumovate is the best think for our little boy who suffers badly with Eczema,but avoid all fragranced products

Rebecca - posted on 08/11/2010

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Ask the doc about something called Tar Bathing. I used it on my son when he was 3 and up for his Exzema and it worked really well. GOOD LUCK!

Heather - posted on 08/11/2010

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You can also try Renew lotion from Melaleuca. My niece has eczema really bad and I got her some of the lotion and she hardly ever gets it unless she forgets to use the lotion reg.

Ashley - posted on 08/11/2010

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I use Olay Complete moisturizer on my face, and everyday my daughter wants me to put it on her face too. I started doing just that, and it has cleared up 100%.

Amanda - posted on 08/11/2010

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My son had it terribly by 6 months! After testing we found out he was allergic to many things - cow's milk, eggs, pork, along with many fruits and corn. I was still nursing and had trouble removing ALL of these things from my diet.
Since then he has outgrown many allergies but is still allgergic to cow's milk, eggs, peanut and cashew.
Other than the food and heat triggers to treat his eczema we follow this STRICT regimine:
IMMEDIATELY after a bath, barely pat dry, then cover with Cetaphil Creme (in the round tub). He gets covered with Cetaphil twice daily morning and night, no matter what! We also use All or Tide FREE deteregents and double rinse all of his clothes and towels. You would be surprised at the soap residue left after a wash cycle. We also only let him bathe with soap free cleansers - either Cetaphil wash or Phisoderm Sensitive or Aquaphor baby wash.
Also keep in mind, it does usually get to be fewer trigger spots as they age.
My son also take Zyrtec daily to help with the "itching". He itches all over even when you can't see any red spots. He gets this from his dad who is still itchy at 37 years old!
Good Luck!

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Hi. My son is 17 months old and was covered in eczema when he was 3months old. I tried so many different things but in the end the only thing that worked was going dairy and gluten free. I also have stopped all processed foods. It was hard at first but the difference after 3 weeks was amazing. My son's eczema cleared within the onth and has not returned. I can now give him treats with these foods in them but that is very limited. It goes back to what I was brought up on. I prefer this than exposing my son to steriods and chemicals. Good luck

Robin - posted on 08/10/2010

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My daughter was born with eczema 3 yrs ago. Our pediatrician said to use 1% hydrocortisone creme on the rash (or where she is prone to rash) daily. It has really helped. We also learned her triggers- peaches and dogs. We know if she is going to be around dogs she gets a dose of Benadryl and then after bath that night we put cream on her usual breakout spots.

Christine - posted on 08/10/2010

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To all the moms dealiing w/ kids with horrible eczema... I am 25 and growing up I had HORRIBLE eczema all over my legs, arm creases... all the normal spots. I went to dozens of doctors.... tried every prescription lotion/pill....EVERYTHING out there... and some things would work mildly for a little while.. and them I would need something stronger... it was a process that we were going thru for many many years.... finally I tried one lotion that help... and it was simple... Aveeno.. it wasnt a cure that stopped it instantly... but i would use it 3-4 times a day and it started getting better... and to be honest....every summer, I get a few little spots and aveeno always helps really quickly. Im big on trying natural or methods that dont involve medications/steriod creams...and aveeno was just that!

Jenny - posted on 08/10/2010

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Also have you tried using aloe vera soap? its brilliant as my lil girl is all bout washing hands but normal soap makes her hands flare up

Jenny - posted on 08/10/2010

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have you tried cutting out cow's milk? i switched to goats milk for my lil girl and her eczema only flares up when someone forgets and gives her some cow's

Kylie - posted on 08/09/2010

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i have had since i was born and i found that if i have a bad flare up, i go to the beach. I know we can't always do that, so the next best thing is a rock salt bath, then pat dry. The cream i use is cocoa butter . hope that helps.

Shelly - posted on 08/09/2010

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My son has had it for 12 yrs when he gets out of shower he pats dry leaving moisture on skin then he rubs creamy petrolium jelly into his skin it works the best! Dyes in foods,drinks,soaps, also citrus and oatmean,also chocolate trigger his.

Kristen - posted on 08/09/2010

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Hydrocortisone cream and Cetaphil cream right after baths. Keep baths down to 2 to 3 times a week. Use Dye and perfume free detergents. A cool mist humidifyer at night. Limit dairy and wheat. My son has severe eczema and this works wonders for us! Good luck!

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Well they put my son on a steroid cream. His eczema was soooo bad on the inside of his elbows. I really didnt want to use it, but nothing else was working. It cleared it up within a week or so. And we havent really used it since. Maybe here and there when i notice it starting to flare up again.

Amanda - posted on 08/09/2010

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The best way to deal with eczema, is to prevent it.

No hot baths.
Keep your child cool at night
Only put 100% cotton on their bodys
Avoid wheat (a major food allergy that causes this, being in canada my kids even had to avoid milk in winter because the cows eat wheat then.)
Find out if your child has any other food allergies, and avoid those too.

Nichole - posted on 08/08/2010

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My son gets patches on his cheeks occasionally. I had eczema as a kid on my arms, but I didn't even realize what it was until the dr pointed it out. What I used to use, and what I use on my son when it gets bad is hydrocortisone cream. Clears it up in a day or two. In between flare ups, my dr simply said to use either an Aveeno wash, or unscented Dove on him as any fragrance can irritate it. I also found a Baby Eczema Cream at Wal-Mart. The brand is Gentle Naturals and it has Winnie the Pooh characters on the bottles. It's thick, but sinks right in. I use it if I notice some redness to his cheeks and it's usually gone when he wakes up in the morning. Just try to keep the kids hydrated and lotioned up and hopefully they will grow out of it like I did!

Starr - posted on 08/08/2010

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Both my children have Eczema it is dreadfull. Have you tried derma smooth? It is an oil the doc. prescribed and I love it. We use it about everyother day and coco butter/ baby oil mix about 3 times a day. Also, unless you have too, dont give your child a bath everyday. Try everyother day or even more. The water makes it so much worse. I do a bath normally everyother day and a simple wipe off the rest. Also, do you know that eggs and milk have a tendency to flare it. I found this out and swithced my kids to soy. Some parents dont like soy so try a lactose free milk. If your child consumes a lot off egg, cut back! When I became aware off milk and egg, cut back, and it really helped! Good Luck.

Natalie - posted on 08/06/2010

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I am 22 and I have had eczema since the day I was born. I have used everything I can think of: oatmeal baths, lotions, rx creams, tanning, etc. I have it all down the backs of my arms, my hips, the backs of my thighs, my stomach, and my behind. The only thing that has ever helped it was getting pregnant. Obviously our children cant do that, but thats the only thing that made it just about go away. My daughter doesnt have it like I do, but she does have a few spots on her arm and her back. Doctors have told me that things that make it flare up are loofa's, soaps, etc. Sugar scrubs help diminish the appearance.

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