6wk old with ezema!

Morgan - posted on 04/14/2009 ( 15 moms have responded )

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Hi mums, my 6wk old has a mixtureof ezema, dermatitus and cradle cap. I really want to avoid using hydracortizone cream. I've stopped eating dairy as I know that is bad for it but was wondering if anyone else had any ideas or suggestions on what else I could do?

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Sharon - posted on 04/14/2009

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Quoting Morgan:

6wk old with ezema!

Hi mums, my 6wk old has a mixtureof ezema, dermatitus and cradle cap. I really want to avoid using hydracortizone cream. I've stopped eating dairy as I know that is bad for it but was wondering if anyone else had any ideas or suggestions on what else I could do?



My experience with eczema is that every case is different. My daughter (now almost 7) had severe eczema as a baby to a point she was bandaged all over. A few tips.



Look at all your chemicals that will have any remote contact with things of your babies. Washing powders etc. Eliminate and go natural. Bath your baby in porridge. Fill a stocking  foot with porridge and it creates a milk type bath. Use no soaps. lotions etc even if specific for baby or sensitive skin. Only cloth in natural fibres. Avoid all synthetics. We were using cloth nappies and were told to use disposables to keep the moisture/irritation off skin. No powders. If bottle feeding you may find difficulties with types of milk. We had to use Soy. Eczema kids tend to get hot easily and don't like to be. Don't overheat your baby. Remember everything in your household will effect your baby. Residue in the bath if you take one.



Good luck. I hope this has helped. It will soon become second nature looking for apprporiate products.



 

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Sarah - posted on 11/02/2011

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my baby had the same problems, the best advice i can give you is DO NOT USE ANY CHEMICALS or chemical creams! it's not good for your babies skin and the best thing you can use that i used is just oats in a stocking, put in the bath while running and allow to soak up the water. i used this for my babies hair for craddle cap, then use a really soft exfoliating glove, it's best thing for exema and for sensative skin! completely natural, cheap and i doesn't matter whitch ones u use but i found ALDI oats work best. :) and when she gets older and you put her one formular don't use any dairy, best to use soy, just think they don't know the difference. :)

Sarah - posted on 04/15/2009

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Hi Morgan! I know just how frustrating all this can be...My son suffered from the same symptoms and it broke my heart to see him so miserable. In our experience we found that by eliminating the chemicals from our home, as well as using a lotion that was cheaper than any of the prescriptions, we were able to completely clear EVERYTHING up! I would love to chat with you more about this, so if you are interested, submit your contact information on my website so I can get in touch with you personally...I think you'll be amazed!

Kasandra - posted on 04/14/2009

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For the eczma do not use soap as it dries the skin out and makes it worse. I used an oatmeal bath wash along with oatmeal moisturiser. This really helped both my daughter and my son. You can get oatmeal shampoos as well if you like, but I found that the wash did just as good a job. For the cradle cap, the majority of babies get cradle cap, you can just gently brush and it will help. Depending on the severity of the cradle cap I wouldn't be too concerned, most kids don't get a bad case of it and they eventually grow out of it. Also heat will irritate eczma as well so don't overdress/overwrap your baby. Eczma is usually worse in winter than in summer due to that fact that we tend to overdress our kids.

Hope you get pieces from eveyone that work for you and help you.

Melissa - posted on 04/14/2009

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with a young baby purchasing a water softner system and using lewss ddetergent in the clothes and olive oil massages really helped the hospital sent us home with it her skin was so bad it was bleeding after it healed only a few break outs.

Leticia - posted on 04/14/2009

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I study nutritional medicine so i can give you some dietary advice IF you are breastfeeding? as sarah frost mentioned Omega-3 oils are fantastic! they are anti-inflammatory (and great for bubs growing brain!), try and get the mercury tested ones that are available. i take 6g daily (6 caps) as not a huge amount gets to bubs in the bm but when she can start solids def add them in her diet. 



also zinc is an immune regulator as eczema/dermatitis is an imbalance of the T-helper cells 1 and 2 ratio (eczema patients tend to be Th-2 dominant) so a good supplement of this is valid (alot of people are deficient in this) to get to bubs in bm.



when she is a bit older an IgE allergy test  can identify all the allergens she has which will help you out in the long run (dairy,wheat  tend to be the major ones but u get pineapple, onions,rice too!) olive oil worked a treat on my bubs cradle cap-left it on for a few hours to soak in then gently scrubbed with a soft brush in her bath.



like the other mums suggeted u have to go all natural with everything your bubs comes into contact with-laundry powders, shampoos etc-even the name brand "extra sensitive" johnsons etc have alot of junk in them to keep their shelf life longer. the oats bath sounds beautiful! (as sharon suggested)



Maybe you could do a bit of research into the condition too as it can help you really understand how it works, triggers etc- KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!! all the best and good luck:)

Emily - posted on 04/14/2009

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Hi, If you are nursing than I would recomend taking a Omega 3,6,9 oil supplement. Quite often babies are just lacking the natural oils to keep their skin moisturized and healthy. Also with cradle cap try lightly rubbing some oil(almond,grapeseed,calendula) on your babies scalp 10-15mins before bathtime then use a very gentle(non drying) cleanser to wash it out. This worked for me with my son. He i 14 months now and I still do it occasionally when I notice the cradle cap comong back.

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Cradle cap (which my 6.5yr old STILL has) - any kitchen oil will do (pref preservative free). Put it in, massage in to scalp, leave for a while (half hour works for us), shampoo out. The oil soaks in to the craddle cap softening and lifting it so it will just wash out.

Eczema - Callendula ointment. The stuff i have came from my pharmacist. It is in a high grade lanonlin base, chemical free. Works on all complaints involving broken skin (cuts, zits, grazes, eczema, etc, etc). The first outbreak I had with my second son got to bleeding finger tips before I realised and we HAD to use the steroid cream to kick-start the healing process, but then I moved him to the calendula ointment and put it on at bedtime, followed by cotton gloves (track gloves bought from my local saddler of all places!). As stated above, avoid ALL 'mainstream' lotions and potions available from supermarkets and go natural. My naturopath has pure veggie soap with NOTHING in it for $2 a bar (cheaper than my hubby's imperial leather!). I also have shampoo and conditioner made up by my naturopath - it's way better than any of the commercial products I've used - a bit expensive (no more so than 'salon' ranges) but v.v. economical.

Dermatitis I haven't had to deal with, but is likely to be helped by same stuff as eczema (my mum has it).

Amanda - posted on 04/14/2009

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For ezema...Eveeno Baby Fragrance Free Body Wash & shampoo and the Lotion (Fragrance Free)...and ALL Free and Clear Laundry detergent...and Bounce Fragrance free dryer sheets.  After the bath, put lotion on.  The more fragrance, the worse it gets.  So try to go fragrance free!



For cradle cap...scrub scrub scrub...if that doesn't work my doctor said to use head and shoulders shampoo...yes even for a baby...just beware for the eyes!  All cradle cap is is dry skin on the head.



Don't worry...everything will be fine...your baby will be just fine...remember lotion will be your best friend.  I know this because I have eczema and so does my 22 month old and still waiting to see about my 7 wk old.



Hope this helps!

User - posted on 04/14/2009

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Our allergist told us not to use and Johnson & Johnson product because they found formaldahyde (spelling?) in their products. We use Aveno soap/shampoo products and my son only takes a bath once a week unless more are necessary. We also use Aveno oatmeal packets and dump them in the water. Don't ever rub them dry...just pat and apply a lot of lotion while they are still damp. He is now 3, was 6 months when his skin problems started. We use dreft, and we were also told to never use dryer sheets due to formaldahyde being in them as well. Since he has had lotions applied since he was little, he is really good about telling us when he needs it now and applying lotion or even sunscreen in the summer is never a problem.

Rebecca - posted on 04/14/2009

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this is going to sound crazy, but I cover my daughter in olive oil. Before I did that her eczema would be so bad that she would have reptile skin and sometimes her skin would crack and bleed. So, I started puting the oil on her and on really bad days I would wrap her in gauze after oiling. It works so well - her skin is now generally healthy and soft just like a baby should be.

Sarah - posted on 04/14/2009

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My daughter also suffered very badly with all three conditions too. I bathed her in olive oil and rubbed that on the cradle cap and using a comb, brushed it out. I stopped using any other products in the bath or massage oils, reduced dairy and hugely increased my intake of omega 3. Now she is on solids she has omega 3 oil supplements as advised from my homeopath and all of it has cleared up completely.

Crystal - posted on 04/14/2009

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For The cradle cap try Babies oil ond for the egsama go to thy doc before its to late my 7 year old has it and there is no way to make it better with out a steroid shot. So fix it while you can.

Jessica - posted on 04/14/2009

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We used a gentle baby brush during shampooing for cradle cap. For eczema spots we use aquaphor.

Hillery - posted on 04/14/2009

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My second baby had really sensitive skin and the same things that your baby has.  When I would bathe him I would gentley scrub his head with the baby brush and Johnson and johnson shampoo.  And I think I used an oatmeal based lotion.  Lotion em up good every day to avoid dry skin and don't bathe everyday.  He has eventually grown out of it.  Oh, and I used Dreft baby detergent until he grew out of it.  I hope this helps!

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