2 Year Eczema is so bad- she looks burned

Jacqueline - posted on 07/24/2010 ( 36 moms have responded )

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I have tried everything lotions, potions perscription(cortisone, desmetasone). She wakes up nightly itching and she scratches until she draws blood. I feel helpless.

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Monique - posted on 09/10/2012

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The pediatrician treated my daughter for over a year saying it was eczema. Finally went to an allergist and found she was allergic to eggs! Once she stopped eating them it cleared right up.

Rochelle - posted on 12/05/2012

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I’ve been using neem soap for the last 3 months every second day and also using it on my

Two children. one cake of soap has lasted the family that long and only half way through.

I haven’t had any problem with my eczema my skin feels softer and looks clearer.

Before I started using the Neem soap on my children I was having issues with nits I used nearly everything on the market

All those horrible chemical that just stinks and take so much time to use and do nothing also very expensive.

Neem soap is an all-natural soap use it in their hair once a week and it help deter the nits from coming back and it has a very pleasant smell

Also If you have and infestation wash their hair with the soap leave for five minutes then wash it out brush through as normal to get all the dead nits

Then repeat every second day till there’s no more left.

Just small warning try and not get it into your eyes as it does sting. Quickly wash out with warm water or use and wet clean flannel… I learnt that the hard way lol



3 cakes for just $10

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Sandra - posted on 09/15/2012

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I agree with the allergy comments. Try to eliminate the most common allergies from her diet and see if it helps, then try one at a time for a week, and wait to see any reactions.



Also no fabric softener, and no cheap dryer sheets. Use none if you can. Also double rinse her clothes and bedding. Wash bedding weekly at least.



Do not vacuum when she is in the room, use an air filter in the house rooms.



After a bath, using a mild baby soap, then right after before her skin dries, moisturize.

You can grind instant oatmeal and add it to the bath water, it helps.



Avoid perfumed soaps, laundry products, even carpet powders.



My son has allergies, and had eczema bad as an infant., his triggers were hard yellow cheeses and dust. A few others but those were the worst triggers.



Good Luck!!

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Catrina - posted on 12/18/2013

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I recommend Young Living's Sandalwood Moisture Cream. It is an ultra-hydrating moisturizer infused with pure essential oils. MSM - a naturally occurring, plant-based chemical-- softens skin and promotes elasticity. It's more on the expensive side but it works! My baby had excyma on his arms for a year and it was becoming worse. I tried everything and finally tried Sandalwood. I noticed results almost instantly, and it's completely gone now. I won't use anything else. Http://www.youngliving.org Sponsor & Enroller number is 1385528. Happy Living!

Michelle - posted on 11/13/2013

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Doterra's Lavender essential oil & fractionated coconut oil are naturally great helpers to resolve skin issues.
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Michelle

Janelle - posted on 11/10/2013

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My daughter had Eczema as well. I was told to get her off full cream cows milk and put her on goats milk and wash her with goats milk soap. It's cleared right up. I also find that if she has dips and processed foods it flares up too.

Debora - posted on 11/07/2013

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My 6 year old daughter also has (had) eczema. It was not a food allergy with her... but when I started using organic shampoo and body wash, it never came back again!! I changed a lot of the products I use at home to natural or organic, such as windex- to just plain water and soap or vinegar, even the product to clean the bathtub where she would bathe because we never know what chemicals are left behind. It's crazy how many chemicals we have at home and do not even know.

Kathleen - posted on 11/03/2013

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Gluten and dairy are the worst offenders for eczema. I suffered eczema my whole life. It was only when I went on a weight loss diet free of gluten and dairy that everything went away and then I realized the connection. The only time now that I have a flare up is when I have a bit of cheese or yogurt or chocolate. It comes out within 6-12 hours and takes a good 5-6 days to subside...I can no longer tolerate gluten (not celiac though), and at least my stomach issues have also gone away - still get stomach pain with dairy, but with a lactose pill it is better - doesn't stop the eczema though.

Robin - posted on 11/01/2013

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Two things: dust mites in the mattress can cause eczema, get a mattress cover designed or allergy sufferers!!

Second: skin problems can usually be remedied or greatly reduced with nutrition. A high quality cod liver oil and high vitamin butter oil in her diet could really help! A couple top quality brands are Nordic Naturals and green pastures. I add cod liver oil to my sons me and he never even knows it's there.

Heather - posted on 10/28/2013

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Time to keep a food journal. Cut out Gluten, wheat, dairy, and hidden dairy. Do your research online as to what the names of hidden dairy is inside of products. Also, look up "I can't believe it's Vegan." The website will give you the names of products without eggs or dairy in them. Your daughter is allergic to something. Something she is eating, or laundry soap, hand soap, fabric softener, she's allergic to something.

Maybe have her allergy tested? Do you have cats, dogs, rabbits, or guinea pigs? She could be allergic to them too.

Antonnia - posted on 03/26/2013

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I have a recommendation, which I know a lot of people have tried and been very pleased with after having tried everything else. I think the key is correct moisturising and 'natural' as we are using too many chemicals on our skin. Please read the following article
http://arbonne-kelly.blogspot.co.uk/2009...

If you are interested to know more visit my website or contact me (unless this is all enough to convince you! You can buy direct from my site)
Www.antonnia.co.uk
Antonnia@myarbonne.co.uk

Linda - posted on 03/23/2013

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Everything that comes into contact with her skin is either going to make it better or worse. Try switching to all natural baby products (READ THE INGREDIENTS TO SEE THAT THEY ARE ACTUALLY NATURAL). I recommend www.naturalscove.com as they have a lot of options for babies- they also have an eczema cream from Episencial that is AMAZING!). Also, change your laundry detergent to a natural, non-artificial fragrance detergent which will greatly help to alleviate any irritation the sheets/blankets might be causing her.

I do NOT recommend Aveeno or Eucerin. While these are "recommended by doctors" they are NOT going to offer long term results and are not the best products. Check all products on www.ewg.com/skindeep

Here is Eucerin: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/4643...

Here is Aveeno: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/4729...

Here is what I recommend from Naturals COVE- Episencial Soothing Cream: http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/product/4618...

Alexis - posted on 01/25/2013

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My sons have severe allergies. Even prescriptions did not help. I swear by Aveeno Baby Eczema lotion. It takes a few days and persistent application to help heal and clear, but it has been the only thing to work for us.

Magda - posted on 01/20/2013

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Hi Jacqueline. The 2 ye I take care of also had the exact same problem. We have tested him for allergies and his allergy levels are sky high. As soon as he started eating according to his allergies and so on, theczema stopped. I know its terrible for them to do the blood drawing thing at a young age but it was worth it

Ceri - posted on 01/05/2013

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I have to agree with the comments about allergies causing the problem. My daughter used to scratch until she bled. At 9 months we discovered she was intolerant to gluten,dairy and soy. We changed her diet and used natural skin care products. We used the Grahams range available in Mrs Flannery's or other health shops. My daughter is now 5 and has grown out of the intolerances although we still have to limit her dairy intake.

ValeriE - posted on 12/28/2012

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Only way to cure it is if you move the family to a tropical place (ie: hawaii). My cousin and his wife moved out of california just so their daughter doest have to suffer with eczema anymore. And it worked.
Other thing u can do, it oatmeal baths and pure aloe vera plant gel or coconut oil to moisturize. If that doesnt doesnt help, id suggest moving to suggestion of a high humid place. I can also vouch that i have eczema on my left foot and i have to cover it at least 3x a week with moisture socks and vaseline. If i wear flip flops all the time, my foot will dry up and itch like crazy which makes me want to scratch it til it bleeds (and i have. Even used my dAughters toys with sharp corners). Oh u may try a cold humidifier to keep in her room as well.

Kathleen - posted on 12/28/2012

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Try her on a gluten free diet. Gluten is one of the biggest causes of skin issues next to dairy. If gluten free isn't making a difference then try her without dairy.

Samantha - posted on 12/21/2012

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Our son had eczema when he was 2 as well. Took him to the Naturopath and discovered he had 37 food allergies :( I would definitely look into the possibility of food allergies such as wheat, gluten, eggs, dairy etc. etc. etc. Cleaned up his diet and 8 months later had him retested and he was down to 3 allergies, no more eczema, behaviour settled down and the chronic sinusitus was gone as well. Oh yeah and he started to gain weight too!

Jen - posted on 12/21/2012

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I haven't read all the posts and I'm sure this answer has been said but here it goes: my dermatolagist couldn't do anything for my son, just kept saying bath and cream. Well I was in a pediatrician office for my daughter with my son and she started a treatment plan for him. Till she realised he wasn't her patient. When we got the referral and came back she treated him with antibiotics and his skin cleared up in a week. He was horrible looking. I keep up with the cream and if it happens to get out of hand we head back for the antibiotics to help get it back under control again. Hope that helps.

Charlene - posted on 12/14/2012

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My baby girl has it as well and whenever she goes in for her wellness check, they always stare at her eczema as if they have no idea what it is which bothers me so much because clearly, this condition is common. I always have to explain what it is so I wonder if hers is just an extreme case and thats why the doctor zeros in on it when he see's her. One thing that has absolutely helped tremendously is only using Dove original formula soap. No bubbles in the bath EVER. I don't even use baby soaps but strictly Dove. Also, I use the cortisone cream (extra strength) but once a week I use Benedryl cream which is the only thing so far that has stopped her itching completely. I put her on long sleeve, long pant pj's nightly so that it's harder for her to scratch while sleeping. I know that the Benedryl is not for eczema but it is an anti itch cream and it does just that. Be sure to use a tiny amount and only once a week though. This routine has really worked and I notice a lot less scratching...oh...I also make sure her nails are super short & dull.

Sania - posted on 12/07/2012

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Different people will tell you different products but the most important thing is to prevent the child from scratching until he/she bleeds. This can be done through eczema clothing. There are specialized eczema clothing that she can wear that will cover her completely but still give her room to play. Search eczema clothing on the internet and you will find several options. This is especially good for night time. Also, I found nothing worked but vaseline. Good luck!

Rochelle - posted on 09/16/2012

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quite often Eczema is caused by some sort of aligy so mite be best to get her tested..... also tea tree oil is really good for the itching and to put onto the open wounds my oldest girl has devloped spots on her arm so i use that on it and they seem to be helping they are very dry and itchy and she makes them bleed all the time esp at night since i started using tea tree oil they are stating to look alot better and are able to heal.

Alisha - posted on 09/09/2012

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hey i am dealing with the same thing! the best thing for me was covering him in vasoline everynight and beniryl for the itch and also neutrogena lotion he still itches sometime but looks so much better!

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There are some great suggestions from other posts on what to do. I just wanted to add that my friend's son who has eczema has had great results using Shaklee's products. Email me if you'd like to know the details. Resully3470@yahoo.com Good luck to you!!

Rachael - posted on 07/28/2010

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have u had her allergy tested? my son had really bad eczema when he was a baby and when they tested him they found out that he had chronic childhood eczema caused by nuts!!!the only thing that i found that helped him was QV body wash...its great for eczema...about 2 years ago he had it in the wbbing of his fingers and on the bottem of his feet and when he woke up in the morning his hand was 3 times it should be so i took him to the hospital and found out that he is also allergic to water!!!of all things!!!these are the kind of things that u wouldnt think that could cause really bad eczema but it does...try not using anything that has fragrances in it and dont use any ointment based creams...they are really bad for eczema as well....the reason that she wakes up in the night could be cos even tho u might be cold but she might be hot and she will start to scratch until she bleeds...the bleeding actually soothes the skin..try getting a fan in her room and putting it on low and face it towards her even during winter but haave it rotating in the room

hopefully this may help u and good luck to u and ur daughter

Cara - posted on 07/27/2010

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Just out of curiosity, have you tried using aveeno baby bath and lotion. My daughter was having really bad dry skin issues during the summer and I'm not so sure it wasn't eczema. Her skin would look scaly and bright red in some spots and she'd have a rash. I had tried using several kinds of lotions with her but she would scream every time like they were burning her even worse. My friend gave me some Aveeno 24 hour moisture baby bath and I bought some Aveeno 24 hour lotion. It's the only thing I have found so far that worked on her it and it worked amazingly. Within 2 days her skin was already showing major signs of improvement and she didn't scream whenever I used it. It is kinda expensive but well worth it. Oh and if you look at walmart they have their brand of the same thing. I checked it and it's identical and works just as great.

Allison - posted on 07/27/2010

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PS We also had our son tested for all the typical allergens, and he was not allergic to any of them. Seems his sweat was the main cause.

Allison - posted on 07/27/2010

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Didn't read all the posts, but our son had it really bad too. Would scratch/bleed/get infected. While the betamethasone helped, there were a few tips that worked better for our son, and now at age 3 it's almost GONE!!! It's probably different for anyone, but I'll list the things that worked the best for us:



1) Don't use ANY soap on her, and only mild shampoo once or twice a week. Turns out, water is plenty to get a kid clean :)



2) Don't use ANY products with artificial fragrance or dye - especially laundry soap and fabric softener. They make fragrance/dye free versions of both.



3) Prevent sweat build-up. Our son would break out anywhere he had sweat. So we kept him cool and dry, and wiped sweat off frequently with a wet cloth if he was sweating.



4) Most lotions (even eczema ones) made it worse. BEST was plain Lansinoh lanolin (the kind for breastfeeding moms!!!). Worked like a charm! Only ONE lotion worked for us - Aveeno Overnight Relief cream.



5) Put the lanolin or lotion (IF it's a good one) on within 3 minutes of leaving the bath. That's a tip from the national eczema association, and it is SO true. You have to put the stuff on religiously, or the rash comes right back. Got most these ideas from their website: http://www.nationaleczema.org/living/ato...



Good luck!!! Remember also that the steroid cream can sometimes make it worse in the long run by thinning the skin and decreasing natural immunity - didn't know that til my son got a bad skin infection and the Dr. told me that the steroid cream makes this more likely.

Deborah - posted on 07/25/2010

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I grew up with excema, its an awful thing to have, I used to have to wear bandages in bed at night or gloves to stop myself scratching while sleeping.

My daughter so far doesn't have excema, but she does have extremely sensitive skin, luckily most of the products I use are ok for her.



Here's a list of some of the "safe" products for me, might give you somewhere to start with your little one, but every child is different so it mightn't be the cure for you:



Bold washing powder/liquid (different fragrances can still cause flareups, I use lavendar at the moment)



Lenor Fabric Conditioner



Metanium or Bepantham on nappy rash - Most others would cause flareups, sodacream, even vasaline



No swimming - Chlorine in the water was like swimming like knives



Oilatum (doc prescribed but I think avail over the counter) or radox in bath/shower. I use Infacare baby bath with laura.



My health visitor advised against any Johnsons products with Laura, we don't use talc or lotions after our baths.



When I was older mum give me goats milk for a few weeks, to this day I can remember the awful taste but I honestly don't remember being so bad since and she says my excema cleared up, not sure if its safe for your baby though you'd need to check on that.



Also sudden temp changes from hot to cold would make me feel like someone just through boiling water round my arms and legs. before we would go outside (if it was extremely hot or cold) mum would have to open a door to let the hot/cold air in gradually before I went outside, same coming home.



Try to wash in one washing powder/liquid and see if the rash starts to die down (this can take a few days to a week) then try a different washing powder/liquid. At this stage you're trying to work out if you can find a washing detergent that won't flare up her skin so much so don't use softener/conditioner, once you get a washing powder/liquid that her skin seems to be calming down under you can try to add different softeners/conditions to that brand. Note that even now I can use bold i can't use every fragrance.



Its going to take time and effort trying to find out what flares her up and what doesn't. Make a list of what you can use and what you cant, and try not to use anything else in the meantime, give her just plain water baths etc until you settle on a washing powder (start with the washing stuff because she's wearing clothes more often than not, sheets, blankets even your towels...



Just a bit of hope at the end ... My excema is cleared up now, has been from I was about 10 (and tried the goats milk) I do still have to worry about flare ups and skin sensitivity, but I am not constantly battling a rash, occassionaly i will try a washing powder that is on offer and remember why I use Bold ;), but all in all I lead a normal life, as does Laura.

Geralyn - posted on 07/24/2010

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How sad! I have wrestled with eczema since I was a kid. My heart goes out to your daughter. Have you taken her to a dermatologist? I strongly recommend it, because I had several pediatricians weigh in on my son's skin when he was smaller, and then I took him to a dermatologist - got a completely different AND accurate diagnosis. Pediatricians are not necessarily experts in dermatology.



It could be anything - the soap you use, the laundry detergent, have they had you try to eliminate any otf those things? I use Cetaphil with my son in the tub. It is so gentle.... There are probably more things you could try with the advice of an expert.



I wish you luck in curing it or at least getting it under control.

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