baby Eczema? How to deal with it and keep it from getting bad

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Layla - posted on 10/05/2009

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I agree that emu oil is great and so is a balm called egyptian magic.

my daughter had eczema and i took her to a naturapath/homeopath and he gave her a dose of a homeopathic remedy specific to her constitution. she was also eating too much wheat and dairy (eating solids but also BF) and having an allergic reaction. she was also not getting enough of the healthy fats (EFA's) steroids tend to "push" things like this further into the body creating a bigger reaction or outbreak in the future. it's far better to root out the source cause rather than cover up the symptoms.

good luck!

Wendy - posted on 11/16/2012

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EMU OIL.....In my opinion is the best thing to use for eczema, dry skin and psorisis.. i have used this on my daughter since she was 2 maybe 3 months old, she is now 14 and still uses it when she has a slight flare up of her skin issues. The best way to apply it is by heating the oil slightly, just to take the chill from it. i asked my health visitor to show me baby massage techniques and i used that to massage the oil into her skin each night after i had bathed her. The results were amazing, as well as helping sooth and repair her skin it also helped relax her and she slept fantastically. Over the years she has used all the prescription creams and bath additives, i can honestly say not one of them worked like the emu oil. I always have a few bottles in the cupboard and the whole family use it, for any skin complaints, dry lips, chapped hands, i believe its also the reason i am 37 and everyone i meet thinks i am in my early 20s!!

One thing i must mention is that over the years i have come to realise that certain treat foods cause eczema to flare up. Fruit pastilles, Sherbit and Irn Bru. Everybody is different so its a great idea to keep a little diary of everything your child eats and drinks, you will quickly pick up on the foods that irritate the eczema and take them out of the equation.

Brenda - posted on 09/29/2009

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My son has eczema too and it gets real bad in winter. Try not to bath them a lot maybe every other day instead of every day and I use aveeno oatmeal wash all the time. Its expensive but it works. And stay away from lotions and soaps that have perfume in them it will make it worse.

Heidi - posted on 10/04/2009

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Wow...so many suggestions for you to try!! However, I have read them all and am really surprised no one has yet mentioned EMU OIL!! This has been our saving grace. My son has had eczema since birth and we tried a cream (sorry cant remember the name) the doctor prescribed with no luck. Then my husband was talking to someone and they gave him a bottle of Pure Emu Oil to try!! My son is now 6 and we still have the same bottle of oil and he now puts it on himself. It is the only thing I have found that you need just a little of and it doesnt burn. If you try it make sure it is Pure. Good luck!!

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Brenda - posted on 10/09/2009

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My pediatrician was giving us Elivil cream. This has a steroid in it. I was told by a friend to try FLORASONE CREAM (no steroids) from the health food store. This gives us the same results and I don't have to worry about giving my baby steroids. Why put chemicals in your baby if you don't have to. This goes for all most all my childrens meds.

Tammy - posted on 10/07/2009

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I only use dove soap on my 4 yr old. The doctor said to use non drying soaps and Dove was the best everything I use on her is for sensitive skin. Try not to put snug clothes on them. They tend to rub and irritate them even more. The doctor should be able to prescribe a cream if they are very young though there aint many options.

Loretta - posted on 10/07/2009

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My son is now 34 months old. He has had severe eczema from approximately 4 months old. We have tried everything. Bathing everyday was NOT advised. Daily cleansing with a pan bath of warm water without soap and brief baths every other day have worked better. Once per week, I bath with a capful of bleach added to the bath water and always add oil to the water when bathing. Of all the expensive meds and other remedies, Crisco in the can has worked best! When his condition is controlled, I use this as daily maintenance. When flare ups are beginning, I use Selsun Blue Medicated Shampoo to bath him all over. We still use Triamcinilone cream when steroids are needed and Prednisone by mouth. He also takes benedryl daily. Hope this helps.

Karen - posted on 10/04/2009

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My son had eczema and it accompanied food allergies. I tried to avoid the topical medication as I worried about the side affects. His eczema was worse in the winter and once I cleared (avoided) the foods he was allergic to it decreased occurance, he by no means had extreme eczema though. I have heard of much worse cases than his. In order to help with it through I gave him oatmeal baths and slathered him in petroleum jelly. Seemed to work. If I missed a day it would flare again but overall that is how I coped. Consider allergy testing when he is 9 months to 1 year if he seems to get constant ear infections, stuffy nose or raspy breathing. If you breast feed it could be what you are eating too. My son ended up being allergic to eggs, wheat, soy and peanuts. Good luck!

Angela - posted on 10/03/2009

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When my son was just an infant up to a year old. The Pediatrician gave me a prescribe cream to put it in..It has been so long so I forgot the name of it. I also use only Aveeno Soap,shampoo and even lotion. The Aveeno has that lotion, its a blue cover. It helps a lot with kids that has eczema and plus make sure your soap for laundry is only for babies. I hope this help! let me know if you have more ?'s

Candis - posted on 10/03/2009

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My son gets it really bad on his legs, and my daughter gets it on her cheek. I went to a few doctors and they gave me elidel cream and it helped, but I wanted to prevent it from starting so one docter told me that if I used Dove products that their product mositrizes. So i tried it and his only flairs up if he doesn't was with the dove. It worked for me so good luck...

Amanda - posted on 10/02/2009

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My daughter has had it since she was an infant and now she is 7 years old. The Eczema isn't nearly as bad as it use to be. I was told not to use anything with a steriod in it until she was two years old. We started using a product named Burts Bees and it's the only thing I have ever found that works. Its all natural and there are different soaps and lotions to use. When she has the flare ups we use the Burts Bees Buttermilk Bath Soak. It works every time.

Marci - posted on 10/02/2009

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My daughter had eczema, she's four now and it only pops up occasionally during the winter. But, when she was a baby, her cheeks used to crack so bad they would bleed. We went to the dr. several times and every time they would prescribe an ointment and send us on our way. I found that she was sensitive to the acid in foods, at the time she got it, she was eating some solids and drinking juice, so we cut them out completely and reintroduced one by one till we found the culprits...some of that acid may be transferred in your breast milk.

We also started using a cream that we bought at walmart, it's called eczema cream and it has winnie the pooh on the bottle. You can also find it at walgreens and other drug stores in the baby section. This cream was great because it didn't have a petroleum base like most of the prescriptions we received, so it wouldn't leave grease stains on her clothes or her bedding. We also used cetaphil to bathe her and only washed her every other day to keep her skin moisturized.

Hope this helps!

Ramona - posted on 10/01/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

baby Eczema? How to deal with it and keep it from getting bad



I used baby aveeno lotion on my son. It did help.It turned out also that he is allergic to peanuts and was sensitive to milk that I passed to him through my breast milk and soy products as well. We ended up putting him on a special formula eventually that had no milk or soy in it ,I think it was called Nutramegen. I hope this helps you

Lori - posted on 10/01/2009

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Hello 2 all the moms! My first didn't have it. My second daughter who is 9mos has it on face. Mainly on her cheeks. I've tried the cetaphil that did not help. then I tried the creams. So now she takes medicine by mouth and then an itch cream. I also use pure corn starch which also her skin.

Catherine - posted on 10/01/2009

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My daughter gets ecezma but the doctor said it was normal in babies and most outgrow. He didn't say hers was related to food it was just dry skin. She is 15 months so last winter she had it pretty bad but the doctor had us apply cortizson(not sure if I'm spelling it right) and put petr. jelly over that 2x a day. Usely that cleared it up in just a few days. So far this year since the weather is getting colder she started getting it again but not as bad and once I used to cort. and jelly it cleared up in a day.

Sarah - posted on 09/30/2009

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As some of the other moms replied, if your baby is breastfed exclusively it is a huge possibility that it is a food allergen passing through your milk causing the eczema. My daughter had eczema terrible from week 2, after much time and effort we came to the conclusion she was allergic to soy and milk. I eliminated them from my diet and her eczema magically cleared up. It was a drastic change. I did use Triamcinolone cream at times if she would have a flare up, and now she is 20 months and drinking milk, but still gets eczema patches occasionally. I like to use a 1% Hydrocortisone cream and I also use Aquaphor. As for the baths, this would be a personal preference, but I always gave my daughter a bath every night and just lotioned her up really good. good luck!

Chantal - posted on 09/30/2009

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Hi there, my daughter also has eczama very bad. I agree with Kathtyn, bath baby every day, short baths, but do bath and moisturise. When we skip bath one day we don't sleep as it seems to be more itchy that when we do bath the evening. I also agree on the no-fragrance products. I have been using Krayons (you get it at Dis-chem) baby bath soap since Kaylee was a baby because Johnsons and Elizabeth Anne's made the eczema worst. She is 2 and I'm still bathing her with it. As for moisturiser, use a plain aquas cream with no fragrance or colour in it. Our dr has prescribed Lenovat which is mixed with aquas cream that i put on when it flares up. It contains cortozone so you can't use it too often, but it really works well.
Good luck with all the advise and sorting out that eczema!

Allyssa - posted on 09/30/2009

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Use hydrocortizone 1% cream 2 or 3 times a day but only for two days three at the most because it goes into your babies blood stream and about two weeks later do it again if needed. The eczema will start looking better right away my son had it pretty bad when he was a couple months old.

Lisa - posted on 09/30/2009

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Cetaphil- its not oil based so it helps keep the moister without making the rash spread (oil-based lotions do)

keep an eye on it and get a perscription from your doc if it gets worse!

Miranda - posted on 09/30/2009

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My daughter had a bad Eczema breakout for a while. We tried everything! What I found to work the best was Cetaphil wash in the tub and Cetaphil lotion afterwards. A little hydrocortisone works well too. Also be sure you are using perfume free laundry detergent and no dryer sheets, fabric softner, etc. on anything that touches baby's skin. Good luck!

Keirsty - posted on 09/30/2009

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I find a little baby oil in my son's bathtub and then an natural baby soap without perfumes. I follow with Aveeno baby exema cream. I use a prescrption cream after the tub every night and then every time I change him, I put the Aveeno cream everywhere. Exema flares and then gets a little better all the time. I hope this helps!

Tumi - posted on 09/30/2009

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I agree on NOT using J&J products, they made my baby's eczema totally worse. We bath with Epizome E and apply Epizome A as a moisturiser. It has really helped to a point that we hardly get outbreaks. Howevere if you don't use Epizome for an extended period, it returns although not to the same extent.

Clare - posted on 09/30/2009

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Goat's Milk Soap, Goat's Milk Soap, Goat's Milk Soap. Honestly, when all else fails and people have been suffering for so long trying everything they can get their hands on, I put them on to Goat;s Milk Soap and Lotion and they are absolutely thrilled with the results. You will notice a huge change within 4 days. Poeple who have tried QV, Cetaphil, Coloidal Silver, Oatmeal Extract, Dermeze, etc and have found they don't work for them have absolutely marveled at the brilliance of Goat's Milk Soap. Look it up on the internet and find your local stockist or order it online. You will be delighted. My mum picks it up for me on her way through Dalby in Queensland, Australia. I am pretty sure the company I get it from sells online aswell. Let me know if you want some contact details of the compnay and I'll send them through to you. Good luck with everything.

Kylie - posted on 09/30/2009

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Hi, my son gets bad flare ups and especially on his scalp and in his ears. Use soap free products as the soap dries out their skin too much. Don't dry them as such but pat them so that the skin retains a moist feel. Also there's a product called Dermeze and another called dermaveen. I swear by both of these as the steriod cream I was given is too thick to put on his scalp where as the dermeze is simple to use and spreads well.
As for being breastfed, it could still be food related. It may be something you are eating that is coming out in the breast milk. If you know you've had the same thing each time it has flared try not having that item for a while and see if that makes a difference.

Lara - posted on 09/29/2009

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Eczema in a purely BF baby is a warning sign of potential food allergies in my family. He may be reacting to something you have eaten. Also, be careful when you do untroduce solids to untroduce only one food at a time, several days aprt so you know if he has a reaction.



I use Eucerin cream for eczema patches.

Megan - posted on 09/29/2009

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Quoting Lisa:

thanks.... he is breast feed only so I think food is not causing it..... I have an oatmeal bath 4 him too. Never heard of a diprobase cream..... I will look into that. thanks



My son had severe and uncontrollable excema on his face from only a few weeks old.  When he finally got to a specialist at 5 months old I was told to stop eating peanut and his skin cleared up almost immediatel!    After he had a prick test and he reacted to peanut we realised that his reactions were so severe he was even reacting to the traces passing through my breast milk.  It might be worht getting your son prick tested so that you can remove things from your diet and see if it does make a difference.



 



Also, a lot of people recommend bathing less, but my son found baths so relaxing that he sometimes had them twice a day to calm him and stop him scratching.  I always used QV bath oil and creamed him up as soon as he was done.  A lot of people don't like to use steroid cream on children, but our specialist advised that the best way to get on top of it is to hit it with the steroid oitment (better than a cream) as soon as it flares as it stops it getting too out of control.  The other thing is to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!



 



Good luck - I hope you have some success in keeping it under control as I know only too well how stressful an itchy distressed baby can be.

Marlece - posted on 09/29/2009

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When its bath time try not to let them stay in the water wash and get the out and pat dry don't rub

Norita - posted on 09/29/2009

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I have eczema really bad and its not caused by how i eat its caused by emotions and how hot I get! I use arboone and it has done wonders for me!

Yvette - posted on 09/29/2009

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I use soaps with the main ingredient as Petroleum, I use moisturizing cream (Cetaphil), no lotion only creamy moisturizers. I use sensitive skin laundry soaps and fabric softener (i.e. All Free and Clear). It has really helped clear up my eczema and my small childs.

Teany - posted on 09/29/2009

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penaten cream work's really well. I also put it under my son's neck when it get's red. It really is the best cream out there. It takes the rash and redness away quickly

Lisa - posted on 09/29/2009

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Olive Oil -- but it must be the UNREFINED, cold pressed. Health food store should have it, or even possibly in the oil section of grocery store. Spectrum is the brand most available in our area, and is even in the reg. grocery. The refined type, no matter how many fancy adjectives (extra-virgin, first pressing, etc.) they tack on, just doesn't do it...But w/in a few days the unrefined really works!
It's expensive but no more than reg. olive oil, and it takes very little. The rest you can just use for cooking...so you aren't really out much!
Incidentally, I use it on my hands when they start getting dry or irritated in winter and it really makes a difference too.

User - posted on 09/29/2009

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my son had it really bad on his feet when he was a baby, i WOULD NOT bath him everyday. the reason being that when you bath him everyday, your washing away his bodys natural moisture which will only make it worse! my kids are 2 and 11months old and i still dont bath them everyday (unless their very dirty), they bath every other day. obviously keep the area clean but just clean it with waterand cotton make up remover pads (i found cotton wool just left bits of cotton on his feet which irritated it even more so make up remover pads wont do this and are soft). olive oil every few hours (again, applied using make up remover pads) and it should clear up in a week. my sons cleared up in about a week and we tried every treatment under the son and his was so bad that it was bleeding and weeping so it works!

Pamela - posted on 09/29/2009

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My son and daughter both have eczema, Caitlin isnt bad but Scott attends hosp for his he has had creams and bath things and none of them worked, i found olive oil the best thing for his skin should give it a try :)
xx

Crystal - posted on 09/29/2009

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Quoting Maria:

Have you try Cetaphil ? this help my kids when they were lil.



Cetaphil is what our dermatologist recommended for my daughter. We love it! Works great!

Sarah - posted on 09/29/2009

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My dad suggested using an old fashioned remedy to me when my son had cradle cap and eczema.He has raised 4 kids. Natural Olive Oil rubbed on the affected area once a day with plenty of time to soak in before bathing. Cleared my son's skin in one or two days and he hasn't had a problem since.

Denise - posted on 09/29/2009

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cetaphil gentle sin cleanser and then mix 2% hydocortisone with lotion- 1/2 of each and put it all over your child. My doctor gave me this regimen and it worked. He gave me a presciption for the hydocortisone cream. The reason you mix it with the lotion is that it it too concentrated for a baby.

Donna - posted on 09/29/2009

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hiya... i swear by diprobase, it was prescribed by our gp, my daughter suffered really badly with eczema.....u can use the diprobase as a moisturiser and also in the bath, u apply it like u would a shower gel....my daughters eczema was brought on by her dairy and nut allergies xx

Kathryn - posted on 09/29/2009

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Your welcome. I got the diprobase sometimes called doublebase on perscription i havent seen it in the shop. I also agree with the women above in not using perfumed products. My health visitor and doctor also advised me not to use any johnson and johnson products. I give my daughter a bath every night as thats what i have been advised todo. Also make sure you use no-bio washing powder and sometimes even tho fabric softener says you can use it and is allergy recomended it can also affect eczema :)

Jan - posted on 09/29/2009

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camillosan ointment is fantastic, its also used for sore nipples when B/F. I used it when I B/F, when my little one had a bout of eczema I used this & it cleared up within days. Do keep an eye on what she is eating as it could actually be an intollerance to something. Good luck. x

User - posted on 09/29/2009

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thanks.... he is breast feed only so I think food is not causing it..... I have an oatmeal bath 4 him too. Never heard of a diprobase cream..... I will look into that. thanks

Kathryn - posted on 09/29/2009

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hey,



i watch what i am feeding my daughter as it can make it worse. I also bath her everyday with an emoliant in her bath. The doctor told me to apply her moisturizer (diprobase) everytime i change her nappy. She also has a steroid cream. Not sure this will work for you, but it has kept my babys eczema in control to some extent. Good luck

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