Baby's eczema is driving mommy nuts!!

Jacinthe - posted on 01/25/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )

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My four mos old baby has baby's eczema and cradle cap, lucky kid. The cradle cap came out a few weeks after his birth and has remained since, although with daily bath and cautious care it faded from a a thick, ugly crust to simple dandrufts as he grew and slowly lost his baby hair. The eczema sneaked out through it (he had it all over his face) when I started using a shampoo called Soropon for the cradle cap. I've stopped using it about three weeks ago, but since it has only gotten worse.



On his body it is slowly growing (he didn't have any until a week ago) to be small, red rashes under his arms, on his chest and on his thighs, and don't look very frightening, pretty much like my first son had. But on his face... Oy. The skin on his cheeks became red and inflamated, and it looks like the epiderma cracked (like those extremely dry desert grounds you can see on pictures) and it looks like sebum is oozing from it, covering his cheeks and forming a greasy crust. In the bath they soften and fall, and leave the skin pink and inflamated, and it stays clean all day with my cares, but during the night it reforms and he's a worrying sight in the morning. It doesn't help that it seems to itch and he hurts himself when he scratches, despite cutting his nails every two days.



I went to see a doctor with that and all he prescribed to him nothing more than almond oil twice a day, and a hydrating cream for atopic skins. I was expecting cortisone cream but he said that it could wait (until he scratches his face off, I guess). I have an appointment with another doctor in a little more than a week, and everything I do, including what the doctor told me to do, doesn't seem to work at all!



Is he a rare case of that form of eczema (that i also found under the name of the wet form of cradle cap)? If it happened to you... what did you do??

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Danielle - posted on 01/25/2009

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Both of my sons have suffered from eczema (one is 13 and the other is 4). Aveeno oatmeal baths are great for the itching (cut the foot part of a clean pantyhose you are not using and fill that with the oatmeal envelope and then tie it in a knot so you don't have a huge mess in the tub). Squeeze the pantyhose full of oatmeal in the water until it becomes cloudy and then wash your little one with the pantyhose oatmeal sponge. Rinse well!!!!! Follow up with hydrocortisone cream (1%) after each bath and twice a day- once in a.m and once in p.m.  or afternoon (whichever is furthest from the bathtime). I also use cetaphil lotion on my children and wound up using it myself now since my hands are so dry in the winter and break open from the constant hand washing...my hands are like butter! My kids skin has never been smoother and its free of perfumes and dyes which irritate the skin.



 



Cradle cap- this may sound crazy but olive oil! I used this on 3 out of 4 of my kids and I wish I knew this trick with my first one! Do it over a towel in the bathroom right before bathtime. Rub it onto the affected area and then comb through with a comb or even your fingernails (gently) and it literally falls off onto the towel. You will see it right on the comb.. it is amazing! You may need to wash hair several times afterwards to get all of the olive oil out- but before that I remember thinking that my kids smelled like a pasta dish! LOL

Gabrielle - posted on 01/25/2009

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Jacinthe,

my youngest daughter had Eczema and she still gets blotchy from time to time so I understand. After she was born we were given a thick Eucerin cream and that seemed to work. As well as hydrocorisone cream. Most recently when she had what I believe to be Eczema Papules we were told not to give her a bath too frequently maybe every other day if that. And to use a soap like IVORY or something similar not scented.This goes as well as lotions nothing scented as it may irritate the skin. Keep the skin hydrated as needed and avoid prolonged exposure to hot water. One more thing as far as on his face with it being red and inflamed there may be a combination of Eczema as well as Contact Dermatitis which happens often when a child drools and the drool constantly touches his face. So make sure to change bibs often as they become damp.

As far as cradle cap when my middle daughter had it I used a little bit of baby shampoo and would just gently comb her scalp. I would then put not even a penny size of baby oil on her scalp as it would help in getting the cap off the next time around. You may find that in the process of trying to get rid of the cap that your son loses his hair(as my daughter did) however, it will grow back. I honestly hope that I have helped. This is just what worked for me in my experience. Hopefully you will find what works for you.GoodLuck!!!!!

Naena - posted on 01/25/2009

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Jacinthe, I think all the moms have given you great advice. You will find what works for you and your son in time. One thing I would suggest is less soap when bathing him. 4 month olds get dirty form their bodily fluids, not much else. You can bathe him without using any type of soap, this will limit the drying of his skin. Because it is new, you have to determine if it is caused by something external. If you have started him on a new formula, started him on solid foods, even had new carpet laid down in the house. Sometimes it is all about elimination. Because I was nursing my son, I had to eliminate a lot foods from my diet to find out what could be a possible culprit. With prescriptions, you may find a resolution but then you are dependent on that medicine and you may never find the trigger. Find the reason and you may be able to eliminate the eczema or reduce it greatly. Cradle cap is more common then you know. Gently, gently comb it each day, apply simple ointment like Vaseline and it will eventually pass. Your baby's skin is extremely fresh and new, use the simplest of ointments that you can find.

Molly - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hi- I am going through eczema with my 5 month old, though your son's case does seem worse. Here is what we have done that has ben working; I have stopped eating dairy (was a bummer at first, but you get used to it plus I have dropped 5-10 pounds)- they say the eczema can be an allergic reaction to dairy, I did put the lowest percentage of hydrocortisone on his worst patches, slather him with aquaphor twice a day (when it was in its worse stage) and now do aquaphor in the morning and burt's bees creme at night, sometimes I mix burt's bees apricot oil with the creme for more hydration, He loves baths, but I cut down to every other night. I put two capfuls of the burt's bees apricot oil in the bath and lotion him up before he is try. If your son is itchy or uncomfortable, you can fill a sock with oatmeal and soak that in the bath with him. We also bought a chlorine filter for the bathtub. We aren't sure how much of a difference that has made, but I'm sure it helps since chlorine is so drying. I got my filter on sale from HSN.com, but they also sell them at whole foods. For his cradle cap, I use Aveda's rosemary shampoo. My husband uses it for occassional dandruff and when nothing else was working, I tried it and it worked, though his case was not the wet form.

I hope at least some of this helps.

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Hi, my son (who is now 13 yrs old) had eczema and cradle cap. The cradle cap went away on its own, but he still has the eczema... BUT not to the extend as an infant. He also had it head to toe and I've probably spent thousands of dollars trying different things... the good news is what I found worked best was vaseline and baby oil... (no perfume added of course)... I would place socks over his hands to prevent him from scratching himself during the night (woke up one morning with blood all over his crib from his scratching behind his legs till they were raw... poor thing)... anyways I did have a prescription to a stronger type of hydrocortisone cream, which helped calm the very bad outbreaks... but basically used the vaseline & baby oil (right out of the tub and no towel drying - just put cream on)... hope this helps. FYI, now his eczema is very minimal, and he knows how to control it himself with over the counter eczema cream and vaseline or urea cream. Only comes in small patches on his arms and legs now (not total body coverage).

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Gabriella - posted on 08/14/2014

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I am so sorry hear about your LO. I too relate to you as my son has very sensitive skin and has broken out with ecxzema several times. What I do is apply cream on my baby and zip them him up in the Zipadee-Zip to prevent him from getting to the cream and allowing the medicated ointments to work more effectively. This my little solution, I hope it helps you.

Stephanie - posted on 01/27/2009

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Johnson's Creamy Baby Oil!!!!!!!!!

All lotions seem to have some form of alcohol in them, which aggrevates their tender skin (and mine too.)

Millet - posted on 01/26/2009

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My son has a case of severe skin asthma... from head to the soles of his feet... it started with a rash... when he was almost 1 year old... he is going to be 9 this year.... 



try using dove unscented soap for his/her bath and WHITE PETROLATUM. apply while skin is still damp. this will lessen dryness of the skin. my pediatrician prescribed an ointment called HYDROCORTIZONE,but i suggest to consult your doctor first if you decide to try.



AVOID scented detergent and fabric softeners.... As much as possible use unscented ones. make sure you wash it very well. Use only COTTON clothes, blankets, mitten, booties, etc.



eczema, skin asthma and other skin rashes are very sensitive to weather condition.... they are aggravated by extreme cold or extreme heat. other factors are stress, food, inhalants...



are you still breastfeeding||? watch what you eat. it may cause him to get itchy.



although this type of eczema is experienced by infants. i would also suggest not to give solids until 6-8 months so as to help or strengthen  his/ her immune system first.



 



 

Erin - posted on 01/26/2009

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Arbonne Baby products may help, they are all natural so I feel ok putting them on my baby, they have lotion, oil and a body wash that we use... they are expensive but make work for you.

Julie - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hi,

You can get .5% cortisone cream over the counter at the pharmacy without a prescription. Longterm use isn't recommended because it thins the skin. I have ezcema, as well as my one year old, and even prescription hydro cortisone cream didn't help, we use a prescription cream called Elocom. It is amazing stuff, clears the eczema up almost the same day. My little girl had it all over her entire boyd,her face and scalp being the worst. My doctor recommended using Baby Aveeno products, and they have worked great. They have a oatmeal bath that really helps sooth the skin. I find vaseline and baby oil make the eczema much worse, it just makes it more inflamed. IAlso, we switched to Tide Free soap, which seems ok, and she can't have any dairy. They say that babies that have eczema more then likely have an allergy, so I would really try to figure out if something in his diet (ou yours if you're breastfeeding) is bothering it. I hope this helps and your son's rash clears up. It can make them just miserable, and it is a constant battle to keep it cleared up. Good luck!

Katy - posted on 01/26/2009

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I have eczema and so does my daughter and the best advice I can give you is to not give him to many baths cause that drys out the skin.My doctor said to bath my daughter every second day and to smother them in moisturiser,try to find a good moisteriser you will probably have to pay a bit more but the more expensive ones are better.With eczema the most important thing is for them to be overly moisturised so that it can slowly sink in through the night . As for the face have you try paw paw ointment cause that works for anything.All my kids have a some sort of rash on there face and that cream made it go away in no time and it is also all natural so you can put as much on them as you want and you can use it on them from birth,you can find it in most chemists.I hope this has helped and I now first hand how ichey and uncomfortable it is so i hope you find something that works.

Gina - posted on 01/26/2009

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You have a lot of great advice here. Be careful if you use baby oil. If a baby swallows baby oil it could be fatal. I saw this on Oprah once and I will never forget. http://www.awakeningspirit.com/mineral_o...





For the head you can use a lil olive oil to coat the baby's scalp and for the excema you can use tea tree oil also. It doesn't smell too good but it does work.

Catherine - posted on 01/26/2009

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My baby too has Excema.. She has been to a dermatologist 3 times now... They gave me three different types of steriod cream.. they do work, but I hate to use them everyday. You have to moisturize within two minutes of drying your baby after a bath. No soaps in the bath, and no perfume detergents and no fabric conditioners the the clothes. everything needs to be perfume free. Ceptaphil moisturizers or Cerave. I put mittens on her at night- she rubs her face during sleeping. They did test her skin for infection- she did have a bacteria on her skin. They prescribed an anti- biotic for 10 days. Hopefully it has gone now... Anytime the skin oozes-it can get infected very easily. Bad excema is a breeding ground for infection and bacteria. This are the guidelines we are using every day.  I hope this helps somewhat. It's hard on the parents!! Very worrying and time consuming, and not nice for the little babies either. BUT, they do say that some babies outgrow it. Lets hope so. Oh, also, our home remedy not advised by the doc, is we have been rubbing Glycerin mixed with water on her. It has made her skin very very soft!!

Sasha - posted on 01/26/2009

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my daughter was given cortisone cream, and were told that even at 0.04%we should only use it for three days then be off it for five. It thins the skin very badly, affects the metabolism and messes with growth. In the UK the 1% is only available to adults and they are trained in it's use because it is a big deal. I have a 5% cortisone for my own skin condition, and my doctor has set me a yearly alowence to prevent the risk od overuse. Having said that, it did a great job for my daughter both when she was a baby and when her hands and inner elbows went nuts last year. I did wet wraps and cream four or five times a day, and she had a bottle of cream at school that she could use if it got too itchyy at school, the strong stuff stayed locked in the cupboard and only got put on at night. Don't forgett, most kids mostly or entirely grow out of it, and you will find the triggers in your own child. Trust your jugment. if it doesn't feel right for you and your child, then it probably isn't. All the best

Wendy - posted on 01/26/2009

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Aquaphor is good for eczema.  However; eczema is also a sign of allergies (environmental AND food).  My son's eczema completely cleared once we found out he had food allergies!  It's very possible the reason it got worse is due to something in the shampoo, etc.

Megan - posted on 01/26/2009

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Your little one may be allergic to the household and laundry cleaners you use. My daughter was. We could find anything that really helped, even from the skin doctors. A friend suggested that we try switching all of our household and laundry cleaners to Shaklee "Get Clean" line. They are 100% guaranteed so I risked nothing. I love them!!!!! We have used them for over a year and haven't had any skin break out unless she goes to grandma's. (Grandma doesn't use the Shaklee cleaners or laundry soap.) An added bonus to switching was that my son's asthma went away. He no longer has to take meds. Yea! If you would like more information about Shaklee products you can call me at 406-690-9818 or e-mail me at megan_richert@yahoo.com or check out www. shaklee.net/richert I hope your little ones skin gets better.

Sara - posted on 01/25/2009

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2 of my kids have had bad eczema and I have tried everything! A coupel of months ago my mother in law was here for a visit and she added baking soda to their bathwater and it cleared it up within a couple of days-after 7 years and a fortune in creams all it took was a bit of baking soda (I still put aveeno on them after the bath)

Heather - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hi, I don't know if you have found something that works yet or not, but if the eczema/cradle cap hasn't cleared up yet, i would suggest trying the skin conditioning oil from Arbonne.  I use the Arbonne's baby line for my daughter which are wonderful products.  Then the skin conditioning oil is not really a baby product, but it works great.  I've been using it on my daughter's scalp to clear up the cradle cap and i think that using that combined with brushing it often with her little baby brush has made the cradle cap much lighter than i've seen it on some other babies, and cleared up  prettty quickly.  The skin conditioning oil has been known to work wonders for people with eczema and/or really dry skin.  I highly recommend it.  If you don't know anyone that sells arbonne, you can just go to the website, arbonne.com, or let me know if you want anymore information about the products or how to order them.  Good Luck. 

Leslie - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hi there.... my son who is also 4 months had cradle cap (went away eventually) now he just has eczema.  I feel for all the parents with kids that have eczema.  I feel so bad for my little guy. Anyhoo.... my doc prescribed me a cleanser and lotion CeraVe.  It was recommended by a dermatologist that specializes in eczema. If your insurance won't cover CeraVe you can try using Cetaphil (my doc told me to use this first since the Pharamacy didn't have CeraVe in stock).  As far as the face... my son had the dry rough patches as well (less the ooze and grease) so my doc said it was okay to put hydro cortizone but very very very thin layer.  He said not to put to much because if it ever gets worse the stronger medication will not work for him.  Also, I read to limit the number of baths you give the baby because it watches off the oils on their body and drys their skin even more.  My doc confirmed.  And since he's only 4 months he doesn't sweat so i give him a bath every 2 days.  But I do make sure I'm always wiping his butt with a wet towel everyday for obvious reasons.  Hang in there... :)

Candice - posted on 01/25/2009

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Also, my daughter is 4 months old, and the ped believes that her eczema results from heredity, and emotional triggers, she starts the day fine, but during the day, if she gets upset, or at night when she is fighting sleep, she breaks out.

Candice - posted on 01/25/2009

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We have a bath every other night with Aveeno oat, then slather her with Aquaphor from neck to toe, and Vaseline Nursery Jelly on her head and face. If she has been scratching too much, our ped said to go ahead and put a little hydrocortisone on her. My daughter gets horrible blisters on her face that break open and ooze, but the Aquaphor and Vaseline really help her.

Kelly - posted on 01/25/2009

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My son is almost 2, and we have battled eczema as well since birth.  I finally took him to a dermatologist a few months ago (after my ped. completely brushed it off everytime we were there).  I was told the best non-presription treatment is vaseline (you could pretty well slather them in it as much as you want).  My son is also on a prescription called Fluoc .025%.  It is mixed with petroleum jelly (vaseline) by the pharmacist.



Also, the other predictable reccomendations were hypoallergenic soap (I still use  unscented baby soap, and she reccomended to make their bath as short as possible and the water should be barely warm.   She also said not to completely dry him off.  Leave his skin damp and then apply the vaseline or Fluoc (we only use the Fluoc for flare-ups, I use vaseline as preventative..and I put it on twice a day).  This has worked for us.  Hope this helps!

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My one daughter had a mild case of cradle cap and we used baby oil. Put it on with a soft tooth brush. Then rinse out. If your baby has hair, it will be oily for several days, but I only had to do it once and the cradle cap was gone. My other daughter who is now 4 months old had some eczema on her face also. We used Aquaphor daily. There is also a wash that I used on her face and head. Our dr told us to use the Aquaphor any time we went outside to help protect her skin. Her "rash" was gone within a couple days. Good luck.

Amy - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hi i get eczema so i know how your baby feels, dont use any soap or shampoo on him at all when he`s bein in the bath cover him in baby oil while he`s still damp, only use non bio wash powder as the bio one really makes it itch, hope this helps Amy

Jaime - posted on 01/25/2009

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My little one has eczema as well. She has dry patches on her cheeks, back of her arms and legs. We use aquaphor--it works wonders is inexpensive and is sold over the counter at Target, Walmart and most department stores. It is in a white little tub with a dark blue cap. Try not to bathe baby everyday...as water will tend to dry out his skin.



As far as the cradle cap here is an inexpensive easy way to get rid of it. At least it worked for us: Take a tablespoon of olive oil and rub it through baby's dry hair. Make sure you are messaging the scalp as that is where the problem lies. Let it set in baby's hair for 10 min. After 10 minutes take a black (small tooth) comb and comb baby's hair. Apply enough pressure to loosen scales, but don't brush too hard. After combing you should see the scales start to loosen. Try to rinse out the oil with water and wash his hair with shampoo to prevent hair from looking "greasy." Baby's scalp may be a little red-don't be alarmed. This should do the trick. Lots of luck!

Karen - posted on 01/25/2009

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We fought eczema with our now teen since she was 9 months and it appeared on her foot. All the things we tried helped but we didn't see it disappear until the Eladel. She's also a swimmer which is not good for the eczema but we don't worry about it any more since she has a cream the heals any problems quickly. Also, has your doctor told you to watch for asthma later - it goes hand in hand with eczema. Her first flare-up was when she was 4 years and we knew to watch for it since she was 9 months. That's why the swimming is so good for her and we do let her in the water a lot now, but like you, limited when she was a baby. Good luck with your appointment!!

Jacinthe - posted on 01/25/2009

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Thank you so much for your help! I thought of hydrocortisone as well, but I don't believe it's sold without a prescription here in Quebec -- at least I've never seen it. I'll cut down the baths and continue the lotions until I see the doctor on feb. 3, and I'll know to ask about allergies... The cream the last doctor told me to use is Exomega from A-Derma, and he said that Avene's Trixera was good for hydration as well (I was surprised since those are cosmetics, not phramaceutics). My friend is a cosmetician and she told me that Exomega was an excellent cream and not to stop using it after only 4 days : she said it could take over a week before I see results. So I'll give it a chance, and hopefully I'll see some improvement before the appointment...



I've tried Aveeno's soothing bath treatment with colloidal oatmeal. It fixed a beginning of diaper rash, which is good, but didn't do much for the eczema. And while I can leave him a while in the water, it doesn't help, either, that I can't exactly let his face soak in it without creating some kind of drowning problem.

Karen - posted on 01/25/2009

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Eladel - get it by prescription from your pediatrician. Smooth it on and it will be gone within the day, if not in hours. My youngest has had eczema since she was a baby and is now a teen. We keep a tube and when she has a breakout, especially on her face, she quickly puts it on. Being a teenager, she wants her skin at its best. You can't beat this cream and it is made just for eczema. Hope it helps!

Tammie - posted on 01/25/2009

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Milk allergies could also cause eczema.  I went through that with my son.  From 3-9 months he had eczema and we were told just to but lotion on it, but it never got better.  Then one day he had a severe reaction to eggs.  So in RAST testing him for the egg allergy they also tested for milk, soy and nuts.  Turned out that he also had a milk allergy.  As soon as, I took him to the allergist, he recognized it as milk inducted eczema, and with a diet change, it soon went away.  That might be something to consult a doctor about, too.

Sasha - posted on 01/25/2009

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My daughter had it that bad for quite some time. I was told not to bath her, to clean her with a wipe on/ wipe off emolient cream a few times a day. I always put on an extra thick layer if I thought she would stay asleep for more than a short time, but she never did sleep well with it ( no surprise). Wash all the clothing the baby will come into contact with again without any detergent. And invest in a good pair of scratch mits. My daughter is now 8, and apart from a bad outbreak in oct 08 has been free of it for a few years. Banana and detergents and softerners bring her out. Good luck, it will get better.

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