3 year old that can NOT stop scratching!!! :(

Leslie - posted on 02/15/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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Been to the DR. Said it wasn't eczema, just dry skin. Doing what they said apparently isn't working. Tonight she is scratching and crying. Screaming. It's awful. She finally JUST fell asleep in my lap. :/.

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Ana - posted on 02/15/2014

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Baking soda in the bath will soothe the skin. But the child needs to see a specialist, even if you have to leave your area.

Rebekah - posted on 02/15/2014

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What did you try that isn't working? My son gets itchy, dry skin every winter. He will scratch it to the point of breaking the skin if we don't stay on top of it. I alternate using a quality moisturizer (lubriderm, Aveeno, etc) with Aquaphor (a petroleum jelly based product that helps to protect the skin). It works pretty well when we remember to do it, but let a few days go by, and the dryness crops up again. Our best success is when we do it every day.
Where is it on her body? My son's is on his hands/wrists... make sure you are using gentle soaps (for baths and handwashing). Try to make sure she has soft, breathable clothing to wear (cotton, versus wool for example) if its somewhere on her body that's generally covered, so it doesn't further tickle and irritate her skin. Try to distract her from the scratching if you can... 3 year olds don't have good impulse control, so I'm sure its hard for her to stop. Try to keep those hands busy. You can also try putting a cold compress on the itchy part... that can help soothe it temporarily. Good luck!!

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Leslie - posted on 02/15/2014

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Thank you so much for the help. I will try that if she wakes up and starts it again. I am praying that she will sleep the rest of the night.

Leslie - posted on 02/15/2014

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The DR started us with Eurcerin ( sp ) and some sample med that he had. The first areas that it started in were areas that hold moisture. The back of her leg, behind her knee, one arm pit, and the creases of her neck. After we started the Eucerin and the medicated cream, the redness started fading to pink but it seemed to spread down her side, like down her ribs. It looked as if it were drying up and starting to peel. Back to the DR and they suggested Udderly Smooth cream. That has helped and her skin looked 100 times better than when we started. Tonight she has cried pretty much all evening and still at it off and on. If I try to lay her down she wakes up right away and starts crying hysterically. She doesnt ever do that. She usually is very busy playing, and will lay in her own bed and sleep. We haven't changed soaps, laundry soap or anything that I am aware of. No allergies that I am aware of. I did have a cool hand towel holding it on her back earlier. The areas that she is scratching now are both on her upper back. Shoulder blade area. Both sides. Thank you for your help. It's awful seeing her like this. She has been a very healthy baby with almost 0 problems. She had reflux and a tiny baby and the flu when she was 3 months old. Other than that, we haven't had any problems. My heart aches to see her so upset.

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