Eczema, any relief?

Angie - posted on 06/23/2010 ( 123 moms have responded )

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My oldest (21 months) has eczema really bad. I have found nothing that really helps. He only gets a bath once a week (unless he is really dirty). I lotion him up EVERY time I do a diaper change. I have found that Dermasil and Renew (from Melaluca) Both work about the same. In the bath I add coloidial oatmeal and powdered milk (which seems to help some) and only use soap to wash his hair and "stinky parts". He even has a few spots in his diaper area that I have had no luck getting under control, even with what the Doc gave me.

Any suggetions?

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LATOYA - posted on 06/28/2010

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My 3yr old has eczema and it is really hard to keep under control. I bathe him with dove sensitive skin and I also us cetaphil lotion. I also have to monitor what he eats, things that have acid in are not good for him, things like apple juice, grape juice, fruit punch, apples, and too much tomato products. I also had to start using the same detergent he used. I also noticed that when he gets sick with things like colds and different types of viruses it gets worse. It is a hard thing to deal with but just keep them cool and moisturized that's about all u can do for them and make sure u keep his nails clipped.

Carrie - posted on 06/27/2010

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first of all stop putting lotion on him it will only irritate it and make it worse use Ivory bar soap and thats it if you miss the yummy smell of baby lotions do what I do put it on his feet it works .. both my kids have this and I know how bad it sucks but this is what I do and it works for really bad spots put a lil bit of gold bond medicated lotion just on that spot

Chrisitna - posted on 06/23/2010

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make sure you are using hypoallergenic everything even fabric softener. my son has eczema and we use curel itch defense it even has a seal from the national eczema association.

Larissa - posted on 07/10/2010

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My son has had eczema since he was 3 months old and he's 18 months now. It was really bad before. We've been using a combination of Aquaphor (for the really dry areas) and Cetaphil (for every where else) . We use Aveeno baby wash for his bath. We did take him to see an allergist to see what he is eating that could be causing his eczema. His skin is finally beginning to clear up.

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hi, my 8 months old son also has eczema very badly, and when he has a break out I will use the 1% cortisone (steroid) cream to get him more comfortable, as he gets so very itchy. i dont like to use the Steroid cream too much as it isn't really good for the skin. I live in Australia so I dont know what kind of natural stuff you can get in the States. I also use Cetaphil Cream, the Cream is much thicker than the lotion and hydrates the skin well. I use that 2 times a day all the time. We have a cream here called "hopes Relief" which is made up of 5 different natural ingredients, one being Manuca Honey, which has Antibacterial Properties. Another thing I sourced from the Internet is 'Neem Oil" completely bnaturally derived, it can be blended with other oils and you have to test it on the skin first, but I found that to be very good. It is so hard to treat this skin condition, I still have not found what the trigger is to my sons eczema as he has had it since birth, I find that cothes that are not soft can really agitate him. anyway I hope you can sort it and that he can get some relief soon Good luck!

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Kristin - posted on 02/09/2013

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CeraVe lotion & soap/shampoo work great for my 5yo. When big flare ups, we put 1 capful of bleach in the bath- sounds bazaar but really works. He bathes 2x/week & I've found he gets bad flare ups right before he gets sick.. From what I understand he basically has an over active immune system.. So daily probiotics help.. Good luck!

Kirtee - posted on 02/06/2013

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Hey Angie,
My daughter had eczema when we were in Tampa, FL; and I did the same what you did, oatmeal bath , and no use of soap at all, and always tried to keep her hydrated. But when she turned one, we moved to Minneapolis, MN, and there we started the same when winter started, but eczema never came up But one thing I did different was i applied " Kailas jeevan" ( which we used to get in india, so i let my parents mailed to me) and, we never experienced eczema there. One more thing I used humidifier 24 * 7.. It works as wonders.
I would suggest you to use Humidifier, which will keep your house hydrated and less dry and itchy for your child.
And if would like to buy " Kailas Jeevan" here is the amazon link: -
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1...

Good Luck,
Kirtee

SylvieGauthier - posted on 02/06/2013

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i would like to know please: where can you purchase ungvita 50 g ointment from Bayer, in UK. there are many options to buy in Australia and New Zealand but I live in UK. Many thanks. S.

Kim - posted on 07/22/2010

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My baby and I both have it really bad. We only use Dove soap(not the fragrance, the white or pink bar only) and Nivea lotion. My doctor recommended this to my mother 25yrs ago. People never believe me when I say I have eczema because my skin is so nice.

Kemi-Alicia - posted on 07/12/2010

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If you choose a drug free way... one would say check your diet if you a re nursing or change babies diet.
You need more Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), can be found in flaxseed, walnut or cod-liver oil, also try rubbing some Evening Primrose oil on the skin, check dose for your child's age.


Always check with your health care provider with any medical advice received here

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My eldest son had eczema when he was younger, i found that a cream (sorry can't remember the name of it) that contained 'Manuka Honey' and 'Emu Oil' worked brilliantly. Cleared the rash up really quickly and helped with the itchiness almost immediately.

Trenesha - posted on 07/08/2010

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Eczema is only controlable to an extent, but the baths aren't bad they should just be for a short period of time and not to warm. I mix up a few different things personally. I us an empty jar and I add real coco butter lotion or creme, eucerin calming creme, hydrocortizone(over the counter) and I have tried several rx but Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment work pretty good and I've been told ointments are better than lotions and cremes. I mixed all of these together might have to microwave to completely mix and I lotion my daughter everyday with this and if she has a break out I apply the rx ointment to that spot.

LORRAINE - posted on 07/08/2010

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We used XMA Skin Therapy, it cleared our sons eczema up after a few months. No other creams were used. Its an all natural eczema cream, Australian owned and made and comes with a 12 month money back gaurantee. For more info please contact. XMA Skin Therapy Toowoomba Facebook or xmadarlingdowns@gmail.com

Lexann - posted on 07/07/2010

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He needs a bath every day: no soap, just soak him for 10 minutes in tepid water. Pat dry, don't rub. Slather on Aquafor before he's even out of the bathroom while skin is still damp. Then twice a day, use a soothing lotion (don't use if flare ups are bad, as it can sting) we prefer CeraVe to Eucerin. You'll have to use a prescription steroid cream from his dermatologist for really bad break-outs. It will help to find the cause of his flare ups (certain foods? laundry soap? pet dander?), but you have to be religious about his moisture routine to keep it under control. If you can stop it before it turns into a really bad flare up, you're better off. Oh, and one more thing, we use Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp care for his hair. We don't use soap on any other part of his body. It really helped his scalp to clear up (We started using it when my son was only 2, so it's safe. It's not really for "dandruff", just dry scalp. It was very soothing for him, and a relief for me!)
Good luck finding what works for your son. My son is 6 now, and has had eczema since he was a newborn. It took us a long time, even with pediatricians & dermatologist & allergists recommendations, to figure out what works best for him. My son is allergic to grasses & pet dander (which is tough cause we're dog lovers), but you do what you have to for your kids! We hope he'll grow out of it eventually. (I did, had it as a kid, grew out of it after my teens.) Blessings to you & your son!

Angel - posted on 07/07/2010

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My 30 month old daughter has eczema also. She was getting breakouts all over her body and face. I also tried prescriptions but they only worked nominally or not al all. I have found that the Baby Eczema Cream from Gentle Naturals has worked the best and consistently for at least a year. You can get it at Wal-Mart or Target in the infant section. It works best when applied right after the bath. Hopefully it will work for you. I also use Melaleuca products :). I don't think you can use any better laundry detergent if you are using Melaleuca. Good Luck.

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Hi. My son had really bad eczema. I had him allergy tested and he was found to be dairy intollerant. It was hard at first (and I'm a single mum) but he is now dairy free. Also I would sugest you bath at least 4 times a week. Ask your doctor for a soap free cleaning option. we used aqueous cream and it is great.

I would also suggest a website called www.betterbods.co.nz. I read a book called Jenna`s Journey fom there which changed our lives

Alysia - posted on 07/07/2010

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Eucerin and others never worked for my son...but, Elidel did! Only issue with elidel is, insurance would not cover it, and it is VERY expensive! Thankfully te peds office had samples of it, my son that has had it since birth - he is now going on 7...and harly has outbreaks anymore, and thakfully I have a little left in a tube if he needs it! it dont take much to apply it on te spots...a little goes a long way!! :)

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My friend was told by a dermatologist to use 'Dove Sensitive Skin' body wash on her baby & 'Ceraphe' cream-- not the lotion it's with the 'Cetaphil' at the drugstore.
My daughter has it as well, and hers did not start until we started her on solid foods- we've got it narrowed down to dairy or wheat as her main trigger, but also strawberries make it flair up. Her's isn't super bad, so we haven't pursued allergy testing.
Another friend of mine's daughter has had chronic breakouts allover her body since she was just a few months old before she ever started solid foods- the medical doctors just kept putting her on steroids which cleared it up, and then when the course of medicine was over, she flared up again. My friend ended up taking her to a homeopathic doctor who has put her on some supplements as well as put her on the candida diet- he ran blood tests and everything that the medical dr. didn't do and this has helped her tremendously!

Laura - posted on 07/07/2010

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Baby oil, I use the kind with Aloe...every morning and every night directly on the skin...more often, if you are able. I put some in the bath tub too. Lay them back into the water and let the skin just soak it in. After getting out of the bath, I use shea & cocoa butter lotion. I saw good results in about a week and continue to do this on an ongoing basis so it won't come back.

When I took my daughter to the dr. that is the only thing that she said to use and it worked. Cheap and easy.

Hope that helps...

Marji - posted on 07/07/2010

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My son has eczema also, but not as bad as you have described. The best lotion that has worked for him is Vasoline Intensive Care Lotion. We give him a bath every other day. Hope this helps.

Nikole - posted on 07/07/2010

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First off you need to change laundry detergent to DREFT for all your laundry...my husband and son have this issue and immediately we saw a change. Do not let people tell you ALL BABY CLEAR is the same...it is not. The money will be well spent. Then I recommend hypoallergenic products such as Aveeno Baby or just Aveeno regular products. Apply the lotion when he just gets out of the tub. The diaper issue can just be too much moisture and then they get fungus and eczema...my mom's a doctor and recommended airing the skin as much as possible and anti fungal cream over the counter full strength or prescription but obviously check with your doctor first. Hope this helps!

Helen - posted on 07/07/2010

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My son also had very bad eczema which appeared as soon as we started solids and got to the stage where he wouldn't sleep because of the itching (poor baby). The paediatrician prescribed tons of creams which used to irritate bub even more. I came across Aveeno Baby which is made my johnson and johnsons and you can find it at any supermarket, it is a lifesaver- he now sleeps!

Dawn - posted on 07/06/2010

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My 3 yo daughter has a mild dairy sensitivity to dairy, but tests neg for allergy. We watch what we eat and put Epsom Salt in the bath, which works great. If you are open to really changing the family's diet (which my dh was against) there is a website: healingnaturallybybee (dot) com. I have been following the diet and hope to get my daughter on it sooner rather than later.I also smother her with coconut oil after her bath too.
Good luck!

Katherine - posted on 07/06/2010

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my ds had really bad rashes in the entire body. i had to change his laundry detergent to the brand All (the white one, which is hypoallergenic). i use vanicream soap and body cream . In addition i noticed every time i would use "huggies pull ups" he would start to flare up. After i did all of that it got better.

Renee - posted on 07/06/2010

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Okay.....I've not read what everyone else has written so skip over if its the same stuff. 1. Cetaphil Gently Skin Cleanser is the best that I have found for washing the body (its a liquid). This is not a "soap" b/c its non-alkaline thus very, very gentle. This stuff is awesome. I even use it on myself. Regardless, try soaps that are for sensitive skin and unscented (Dove Sensitive skin works but not as well as the Cetaphil). 2. Keep trying the oatmeal in the bath but you may want to try bathing more often....only to soak the skin and then apply lotion. The dr said that the baths help restore more moisture than just lotion alone. However, many sites that I've researched say that it may do the opposite, mainly if the water is too hot. 3. I hope your little one likes to drink liquids b/c I've found that when my little man drinks plenty of water his skin does a little better. 4. Everything that goes on your little one has to be unscented. We even wash all of our clothes, blankets and towels in unscented detergent. It helps. 5. Lotions that work best for my son have been Aveeno's Baby Soothing Moisture Cream and Eucerin's Calming Creme (helps with the itching alot). I've also used Aveeno's Baby Healing Ointment. This seemed to really help. So, after bath try the healing ointment all over the body. Then, 2 times a day (or more) use one of the other lotions on the bad areas. This really helped my son.

I know its hard and you don't want to try a bunch of things and make it worse but at least you'd have some good products on hand. I'm thinking you've probably already tried all of this though. Take heart, many kids grow out of it. If its food or environmentally triggered......well, we didn't do an elimination diet (no way, I want him to eat) and we hope that he will outgrow it.

Amanda - posted on 07/05/2010

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A friend of mine has sons who had horrible eczema. Turns out it was food allergies. 2 out of 5 of my kids have mild eczema. Their doctor said children of parents with asthema tend to get it.

Nancy - posted on 07/05/2010

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My son has had it since birth, he is now 13 yrs old. We got him allergy tested, he is allergic to cinnamon which is even in toothpaste. Use only free and clear laundry soap, and hypoallergenic everything. Heat is a horriable culpret on him also, it causes what looks like burns. I have also been told it runs in families. good luck to you, i know its frustrating.

Rose - posted on 07/05/2010

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Hey my son had eczema really bad and to honestly tell you that giving him vinegar baths worked the best. I know it sounds weird but it SERIOUSLY WORKS... so if hes about 2yrs old I would put about 1 cup of vinegar into his bath water. Have him play in there for atleast 15 minutes or longer if he will. Repeat this atleast 4 times a week or more. He will smell kinda like a pickle... but his skin will look great!!! IDK but I guess somehow the vinegar messes up the PH balance in the skin... theres no harm in trying it. Infant 3-6 mos would use about 3-5 capfuls... Infant 6-9 mos would need to use 1/4 cup...1 yr olds would use about 1/2 cup... etc. Hope this helps out your Son!!!

Ashley - posted on 07/05/2010

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With my daughter i use baby aquaphor vaseline. i bathe her more frequently but her eczema isn't as bad i guess. After her bath she gets lotioned up with aveeno cream for dry skin and eczema and then on the spots that need extra she gets the vaseline.

Jennifer - posted on 07/05/2010

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We had our son allergy tested when he was about 2 1/2. We also have little luck with most products, he scratches his skin so raw most of it hurts and then he cries and screams for you to help. Its heartbreaking. We stick with oatmeal soap packets and let him soak in the tub for about 20 min. then pat him dry and slather him in vasoline. We also tried the wet suite after his last staph infection. Good luck and here's hoping they all grow out of it one day.

Jerica - posted on 07/05/2010

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My 2 year old had eczema when he was younger, it wasn't all that bad, but i was unable to use any baby products on him because it would burn his skin. I ended up trying olay body soap and vaseline intensive care lotion. Both worked really well. But like I said, he didn't have it terribly bad, and it is cleared up now.

Michelle - posted on 07/05/2010

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My daughter has it too, it's more on her arm creases at the elbows and back of the knees. We use Dermarest (eczema lotion) daily. It seems to kepp it under control. On his diaper area, try "lotrimin", it's for atheletes foot but we use it on her TT when she gets a bad rash. It usually clears up within a couple days.

Samantha - posted on 07/05/2010

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My daughter has eczema and I took ehr to a dermatologist and she gave me a cream. It's thicker than vaseline but works. I have just recently heard of a product called MooGoo. One of the girls at my daughters day care uses it, her eczema is apparently pretty bad. Good idea on only 1 batha week. That's what the dermatoligist also suggested

Aleisha - posted on 07/04/2010

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Hi,

my 6 month old son has it really bad to. You shouldnt be using any soaps at all, use Keri Oil in the bath and nothing else. I still have no found a cream that works. Ive use Ecozite, Derm-Aid, Zinc and castor oil cream and now on another lot of cream that is $60. So far its not working. Best thing to do is see a skin specialist. Also, i know its winter but don't dress him in woolly or fleecy clothes. My son used to bleed behind his knees from being to hot. And only use Lux Flakes to wash his clothes in. Hope this info helps :)



Aleisha

Jillian - posted on 07/04/2010

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hi i have a three year old girl and she has eczema on her ankles and on her knees and when she has a bath i use goats milk soap i found it works it is alot better becouse its all natural than the rest i tryed everthink nothing worked a friend of mine put me on to it it works the best best of luck

Misty - posted on 07/04/2010

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One thing that causes my son to break out more is if he's too warm. So I would make sure he isn't in too warm of clothes at bed time and stuff. I would give more baths then lock it up with creme or aquaphor or something.

Raynette - posted on 07/04/2010

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I had an old country doc when my child was 3 months old and started to have signs of eczema, he suggested athletes foot med with tolnaftate, he said it would take the redness away and stop the itch, so he would not scratch. and he was right!!! we still have to limit baths and lotion alot, but it is a lot easier to manage, it works really well in his diapered areas too he has flareups on his but and privates both. hope this helps. good luck.

Misty - posted on 07/04/2010

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My kids never had it as super bad as I've seen it on others (I"ve seen it so bad that it would crack and bleed.) but I would always cover them head-to-toe in baby oil after bath but before drying off. It helps lock in the moisture and then you can still use lotions to also help with the moisture lock.

Something else I found was Vaseline Bath Beads. I just put them in the bath with my kids. Not sure if it helps but it doesn't hurt. They come in a big box for about $2.

Also something that usually works really well on almost any kind of rash is Corona. It's not marketed for human use so you might have to go to a vet supply to find it, but it works especially on difficult diaper rashes. My parents swear by it and now so do I.

Good luck.

Crystal - posted on 07/03/2010

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Disney makes a cream called baby excels cream it works wonders u can find it at walmart for about 7 dollars in the baby section right by the wipes but u have to bathe him everyday and put the cream on 2 to 3 times days till it starts to get better and it will u may not see right away but give it time my little girl has break out not severe at all though just like a patch here and there and I used for a week and it was gone so just give it a try hope it work out

Pauline - posted on 07/03/2010

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hi Angie, i use 2 get eczema myself i tried everything possible to get rid of it, like hydrocortisone too natural remedys in the end i used ungvita vitamin A ointment, everything else i used burnt my skin.....i haven't had eczema 4 ages now.....

As for my youngest twin who is now 17 years old.....his eczema was real bad it was so bad i couldn't even brush his hair, i used pinetarsol, hydrocortisone etc, etc, etc....i made return trips continuously to the doctors every week.....him & his twin brother got eczema when they were both 8 months old - his twin brother grew out of his eczema 2 months l8r.....in the end 1 of his uncle's told us to use janola.....yes janola, 1 capful to 10 litres of water.....don't use soap or ne thing, he can suck on the flannel or whatever it won't hurt him....get him out of the bath and just pat him dry then rub his cream on him......you can leave him in the bat for as long as you want...it wont hurt him honestly - i still use it now for my younger kids when they get bites & stuff....

hope this works for you - it did for me...
don't forget try the ungvita too it smells like fish but the smell soon disappears - you should be able to pick it up ne where

Chris - posted on 07/03/2010

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I tried a couple of over-the-counter lotions, but didn't find them terribly effective. Our doctor prescribed Elidel 1% (Pimecrolimus 1%), which is both a outbreak treatment and preventative. It's a twice daily topical cream that is meant to be used on an infected area for up to 7 days. I can then use a mild (0.5%-1%) Hydrocortisone cream to continue to soothe an outbreak area. However, I've found the Elidel so effective it has cleared up any outbreaks in under a week.



I agree with the many postings about laundry detergents and soap products, using the mildest and most fragrance-free, hypoallergenic products can make a big difference in the number and severity of outbreaks.



The problem my son had with an early outbreak on his face (cheeks) was scratching the spots into open wounds. I tried covering spots with small bandaids to prevent his scratching, but the bandaid adhesive made his skin reaction worse. I switch to medical paper tape and with the prescription cream his face is completely clear again. One small scar remains. I've been using Bio-Oil on the scar for the past couple of months, but I haven't really seen any improvement. Can anyone suggest how to minimize a small red scar?



Best of luck with finding a method that works for your son.

Judith - posted on 07/03/2010

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A daily bath with a soap free body wash (for babies) and moisturising with cream E21 would help. My son had it when he was a baby and it worked really well for him; he's seven now with very smooth skin. For diaper changes, I suggest pure, perfume-free petroleum jelly - I've used that for my last 3 children and its been really good; for my first (I have 4 children), I used Dermasil which was only more expensive but with little or no difference.

Judy - posted on 07/03/2010

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my daughter had developed severe eczema at the age of 3 months... at the urge of a neonatalogist I took her to see an allergist. It turned out that she was allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts and shellfish.. which I was consuming. When I weed out all those foods her eczema improved significantly. She had occassional flared ups. I used pearl cream. It was recommended by a friend who's daughter suffered severe eczema and many food allergies like my daughter. I order pearl cream from an herbalist located in Oregon. His number is 503-228-3235. The cream is not cheap but it is a miracle cream. The herbalist said there is no steroid which I'm very happy about. My daughter is now 3 1/2. Her eczema is under control and she still has alot of allergies. She has outgrew soy at 2 1/2.
My son developed horrible cradle cap and the pearl cream helped too. My son is now 21 months and his occassional flare up of eczema, I still use pearl cream. Good luck. Definitely take your child to see an allergist first and give the pearl cream a try. I have recommended to alot of my friends and they all think it's a miracle cream for their children.

Julie - posted on 07/03/2010

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sop and perfume free products for bath and wash time. oilatum for the bath or shower keeps skin moist and aqueaus cream as a moisturiser. nappy rash could be a reaction to the material the nappy is made of or the chemicals in it. try different wash powders to see which does not give a reaction or at least the least reaction. HERE IN THE UK as one mother pointed it is thought dairy could cause reactions but as it not proven it is trial and error with products till you find one you are happy with and that causes the least irritation. the doctor should give you hydrocortisone cream which should not be used regularly but you will also find it in E45 cream.

Natalie - posted on 07/03/2010

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my kids get it really bad too so do i soi use anysort of vaseline or sorbolene cream i can find and you can find recipes on the net for hypoallergenic washing powder. instead of using soaps we use just a plain old bodywash as it has no soap whatsoever

Norbina - posted on 07/02/2010

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We thought our 22 month old son had eczema until after 10 months of trying everything changing soaps lotions detergents etc when the dermatologist sent him to an allergist thats when we found out that little aiden didn't have eczema he was just allergic to wheat peanuts eggs and dogs... lol I was petrified of the thought but since then he has stayed away from certain foods and his skin had cleared up! hope this helps.

Jill - posted on 07/02/2010

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My youngest had the same problem. I asked a few different pediatricians about allergies but all said no. We even had him tested (blood work).Still, the answer was no allergies (and no one in the family has allergies) I finally talked to a friend of a friend who happens to be a nutritionist. She suggested removing wheat & dairy from his diet. It took about a month or so but he is now eczema free.

Jessica - posted on 07/02/2010

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we tried over the counter medications but nothing really helped with my daughter...she has it really bad on her legs and thighs...so the dr prescribed her an ointment and it has done wonders....her skin feels like baby skin again...you should ask your doctor what he/she recommends.

Melissa - posted on 07/02/2010

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My 3-yr-old had a really, really bad spot of Eczema on his face when he was little. The dermatologist gave us some super expensive prescription cream that did NOT work....THEN he suggested using 1% hydrocortisone ointment. One dose, and it was 100% better! It was like a miracle cure!!

Danielle - posted on 07/02/2010

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You might be able to try Chinese Herbal Medicine. I always like to try more natural remedies first. Go to www.sijinbao.com and look at some of their products, Shmooze is especially for skin issues. We use the "air tea" for our respiratory issues and just recently bought the shmooze. So I can't tell you if it works for us but it's highly recommended by my pediatrician and other moms. Good luck

Tamára - posted on 07/01/2010

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Hi; besides doing what was already suggested to you i advise you to go to the doctor. I have bad eczema, and for that i use an aqueous cream called Epizone A cetomacrogol cream. It is very nice, effective and cheap.
Good luck

Demetra - posted on 07/01/2010

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My sister was born with it, here are a few suggestions: try bathing your child with aqueous cream, or an aqueous based product. Here in South Africa we have Cetaphil or Aquabar. A soya-based formula was the only thing she could drink, called Isomil. things that used to trigger her eczema and asthma: Pet hair, avocados, bananas, dairy, tomatoes. try avoiding anything too acidic. The only thing she was allowed to drink was apple juice because of its low acidity levels. I would also suggest you take your child to a homeopath, this helped my sister tremendously.
Good luck

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