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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LESLIE DAWN - posted on 06/26/2010

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BOTH MY KIDS HAVE THAT..AND WITH MY SON I FOUND THAT WHEN YOU PUT THEM IN THE POOL IT HELPS IT ALOT. AND IN THE DIAPER AREA I USE VASLINE AND SOMETHING CALLED BUTT PASTE (IT'S IN THE BABY ASLIE IN THE STORE). I HOPE MAYBE SOME HOW I DID HELP YOU. GOOD LUCK!

Chui - posted on 06/26/2010

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I m from NZ, my son started having ezcema since he was 4.5 months. We tried numerous cream including steroid creams at the lowest dose. Though it clear the ezcema straight away, it came back just as fast because it was only treating the symptom. A pharmacist suggested that we tried to include flaxseed oil and superior probiotic into his diet. His skin (only face) was so red, scaly and weepy. A month after we stopped steroid cream, when he was 8 months old, we tried the flaxseed oil and superior probiotic and has continued since. He is now 13 months. He is steroid free and hasn't had a major breakout since. I still apply other cream on him regularly especially in winter. I must admit reducing dairy seem to have some positive effect on him. With formula, you could always try lactose intolerant ones. Hope this help.

Jessica - posted on 06/26/2010

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What kind of laundry detergent do you use? You may want to try ALL. My son has eczema also and has allergies to cheap detergents and I can only use ALL or Tide on him without him breaking out in a rash or a bout of eczema. I started to use Dove bar soap on him this last winter b/c he kept getting patches of eczema on his cheeks and he only had 1 episode of it all winter (I live in IL so it gets cold.) Also try to keep your house as humid as you can stand it. If his got real bad I'd put his Vick's humidifier on if it got real bad.

Samantha - posted on 06/26/2010

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Our dermatolgist suggested a tea spoon of flax seed oil as well as putting a cap full of colorx in our sons (joseph) baby bath. the colorx is just as if he went swimming in a chlorine pool. I also discovered that Parabins (not sure of the spelling) in sunscreens aggravate eczema. The two without the ingredient are Mustela and Neutragena Baby Free. Hope your little guy is feeling beter!

Ashley - posted on 06/26/2010

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We had a little boy at our preschool who had it really bad, all over. It hurt him. I think that his parent did not apply the lotion often enough, it was so sad. At least you're trying to help your child! I'm sorry you're going through this with your little kiddo!

I have Psorasis and use a steroid cream to treat it. There is nothing wrong with steroid creams if that will help. I have also heard the elimination of certain foods, like dairy. Check with your pediatrician about an allergist appointment.

GOod luck!!!

Sarah - posted on 06/25/2010

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I have 2 children that suffer from severe eczema,They have both been seen by specialists,which you will need to have your Doctor write a refferal for.I bath my kids twice a week with Dermaveen or Cetaphil.I wash their hair with Dermaveen shampoo and conditioner.I also moisturise several times a day with sorbelene.I use Elocon ointment(perscription only) no more than once a day on the really irritated patches,but that needs to go on before the moisturiser. Having an allergy test done is a great idea,you will be suprised by the results,that way you will be able to make a few changes from there.I believe Dairy products definitely increase the severity and may be worth changing to a soy diet.Have you tried wet wraps at bed time? What I do is apply the Elocon ointment to the irritated patches,then smother with moisturiser,then apply a bandage or sock or something to seal the moisture in,you only need to do this to the really bad areas,but it works extremely well.
I hope it all works out for you!
Sarah

Rebecca - posted on 06/25/2010

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I have 5 children and asthma and excema are huge here, howerver my 6yr old who is the most severe with it used to have horrific outbreaks, but i found a solution and his skin is so clear you never would of known he had it, , i went through several cream and steriods and the only thing that has worked for me id the following
-mometesone( prescription cream to be applied, and its gone)
-hydroxyzine ( medicated form of benedryl to stop the itchin and boom its gone)
-and singular if needed to fight any kind of allergys

i stand firm by this and trustme my son used to have blood pourin from his excema it was so bad and to this day for almost 4 years now never had another break out.. Rebecca (mom of 5)

Diane - posted on 06/25/2010

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My grandson has this and we switched to Aveeno bath and lotion. Also linit the baths to twice a week. Nothing else seems to have worked for him. You might want to see a dermotologist if it persists.

Heidi - posted on 06/25/2010

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My son had it really bad when he was born and I couldnt find anything to help it. But he eventually grew out of it and it went away. He is now almost 4 and has very clear skin!

Anna - posted on 06/25/2010

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I have found Curel works. Also, you can try sea salts. Its a difficult thing. It took me 4 years to get my daughter's eczema under control. Also, I have a non steroid that works. I don't know it by heart, but when my daughter gets back from her dad I'll write it on here and let you know. It's a prescription, so you'd have to have your doc write one out for your son, But wow, within a week she was lookin real good.Just keep doing what you're doing and don't get discouraged

Jessica - posted on 06/25/2010

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Some things that have helped my son with his eczema:
1. Use only "free & clear" detergents, softeners & fabric sheets.
2. Use only hypoallergic products.
3. Get your child allergy tested. My son had an egg allergy that we were not aware of. It was making his eczema worse.
Aveeno and Aquaphor products work well. Hydrocortisone works well for breakouts, but it is a steroid and can thin the skin.
Good luck!!!

Terri - posted on 06/25/2010

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hey i have been told that Trivani products are awesome .My daughter had a party and one of her friends said i cant take a shower because i am allergic to shampoos and stuff . i showed her what i had she used it had 0 problems and told her mom. you can get some at mytrivani.com/693701 good luck .

Kirtee - posted on 06/25/2010

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Hi Angie,

My suggestion may sound wierd to you, but I tried this with my daughter. She also developed red patch and leather like skin on her left cheek, I applied her avurvedic medicine which i bought from India. The name of medicine is " kailash Jeevan". You can find it in Indian Grocery Store.. :)

Angie - posted on 06/24/2010

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I had no idea about dairy. He is still taking a bottle so this could be a challenge with a 12 week old in the house. I am going to try and make the boys appts next week at the same time if possible so I can ask the doc about some of the perscription creams that are available. Thank you all for you help

User - posted on 06/24/2010

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i'm surprised the doc's haven't stopped dairy products here in the uk that is one of the firsts they tend to advise...try him on soy products there are plenty available on the market.... try using an simple aqueous cream...here my son used Oilatum lotion n shampoo n it really helped.... try using pure cotton clothing n bedding also i used a tumble dryer for his clothing rather than dryin outdoors it does make a difference...hope this helps...x

Sarah - posted on 06/24/2010

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Just wanted to suggest you try Halo's Technical Comfort clothing. Below I copied bullet point from the website (
www.halocomforts.com):
# Made with CoolMax® fabric, wicks moisture to keep skin dry. Great for sensitive skin conditions.
# The National Eczema Association (NEA) has awarded the Seal of Acceptance to HALO® Technical Comfort System®. The NEA Seal of Acceptance is awarded to products intended for children and adults with eczema or sensitive skin.
# Soft, silky feel is friction free and helps reduce irritation and itching
# Fast drying. Helps regulate body temperature for greater comfort
# Helps prevent skin rashes by wicking moisture from delicate skin
# Smooth seams prevent irritation at pressure points
# SPF 30
# Parents of children with sensitive skin conditions report marked improvements with regular wear

VENUS - posted on 06/24/2010

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my son has eczema, for bath time I use Cetaphil for the body wash & there is also Cetaphil lotion. it works a lot for my son. most dermatologist & doctors like that brand because it really hydrates the skin.

Kristen - posted on 06/24/2010

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I have a friend whos little girl has it really bad. Her doctor has her using Protoptic cream. I wouldnt suggest using anything that has steriods in it, the doctors say that it can cause early wrinkles, and even reading about topical creams with steriods, is scarey. My daughter has a form of it on her face (they say) I use Eucerin Cream, and it works VERY VERY WELL!!

Madhavi - posted on 06/23/2010

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Hi, some doctors suggest that a daily bath and then sealing the moisture with a lotion like Aquaphor can help. have you tried Vanicream. it is a good moisturizer available from drugstore.com. If food can be a trigger I would be careful about adding oats and milk in the bathwater. best

Amanda - posted on 06/23/2010

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my son is 20 months and has eczema really bad too i have tried so many different creams. try less dary i was told. also go to the doctor, mine gave me cream ectosone 0.1% regular cr..it seems to do really good expecially when it acts up. cheers

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.

Angie - posted on 06/23/2010

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I have switched to baby detergents again, which was easy to do with a 12 week old at home. Next I may try All Free and Clear and Downy has a new no dye, no frangrance fabric softener out.

I hadnt really though about diet. I know that strawberries are my trigger, but I have to eat 2 baskets to have a reaction.

As for the carpets, I dont know, I have only shampooed them twice in the last five years. Once just before he was born and againa few months back.

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Ugh Eczema is so hard to deal with because generally we can't figure out what's causing it.

I am assuming you have also tried changing your laundry soap and fabric softener already.
Other culprits of the eczema to rule out, do you have carpets? Is it possible he is reacting to something in them (material, cleaning product etc).
Have you tried an elimination diet to see if its a food triggering it?
Otherwise you are already doing the things I would suggest (minimal baths etc).

Good luck!

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