Can't stop from SCRATCHING...

LEI VERGARA - posted on 05/07/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My 4 month old had an eczema, how can I stop her from scratching... and also she scratching her body unintentionally specially while bathing or changing cloths...

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Evangelyna - posted on 05/10/2013

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Yay! I'm so glad it helped! As far as I know oatmeal baths are perfectly fine, it is just oatmeal after all :) twice a day should be just fine. I've heard of different methods for making an oatmeal bath, if the way you did it worked then keep doing it that way.

LEI VERGARA - posted on 05/10/2013

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Hi Eve, I tried your oatmeal bath last night, actually I used the quaker quick cooking oatmeal because that's my husband bought from the grocery. I put it in the stocking before boiling it. do you think I did it right? But for the first time she enjoyed her bathe, actually she's hamming while inside her tub. My husband was amazed because no more crying and scratching while putting clothes and diaper, but still I put her mittens. We had a good sleep for the first time last night since she just woke up twice to have her milk. I'm planning to do it 2-3 times a day, but I'm not sure if its okay for a two months old. Anyway, thank you so much for the advice. It really helped us out a lot!

Evangelyna - posted on 05/08/2013

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4 months is still pretty young, I think keeping her nails clipped short and filed and putting on baby mittens is okay, it's better than the alternative of her scratching herself. Maybe you could try using mild soaps (anti bacterial/fragrant ones can cause skin irritation) and detergents for sensitive skin. I've always had super sensitive skin and will break out into hives if I use certain soaps or detergents, I can't even touch bleach or swim in a chlorinated pool. Other things that might help, short baths (like 5-10 minutes tops) in lukewarm water. Too long baths in hot water can dry out her skin. Like I mentioned before oatmeal baths can help minimize the itching. Looser clothing can help so it's not rubbing against her skin. If it keeps yo-yoing working then not working I'd make an appointment and tell the pediatrician about your concerns. Her pediatrician could probably prescribe something that will work better than an over the counter that won't have such a negative effect on her skin.

LEI VERGARA - posted on 05/08/2013

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thank you so much for those information. I already consulted my pediatrician and he recommended a hydrocortisone cream, and rashes will go away for a couple of days. but it make my baby's skin thinner on the area I applied more often. And at the same time I used to apply her a lotion intended for eczema but still she keeps on scratching. My concerned is at this moment I am still putting her a mittens all the time which is I think not appropriate to a 4 months old.

Evangelyna - posted on 05/08/2013

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Oatmeal baths can be soothing also you can talk to your pediatrician about what creams or lotions you can use. I don't know what the age is for calamine lotion but that could be an option. A quick call or email to the pediatrician should give you some safe suggestions, at that young age I think it would be best to consult your pediatrician before trying anything anyway. Babies have such sensitive skin. :(

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