Dry skin/Excema

Shonda - posted on 03/31/2009 ( 29 moms have responded )

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What do you use for dry skin/excema? I don't want to use anything with parabens in it.

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Amanda - posted on 04/03/2009

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possible fish oil supplements will help...they have some that taste like choc. that he will enjoy. So good for their brains as well as the skin. Also, sensitive kids need soap that is very pure.

Mellini - posted on 03/31/2009

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Hi Shonda,



Honestly, what we put on the skin is just part of the eczema problem. It has a lot to do with what we put in our bodies. All dairy is a major culprit in eczema, as well as refined sugars. Also, a lack of proper hydration is hazardous for the body and skin.



Check out www.campaignforsafecosmetics.org for more harmful and irritating substances that might be in your skin care and cleaning products.

Ashley - posted on 03/31/2009

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Burt's Baby Bee products are really nice. Their lotion is completely natural and has wonderful moisturizing oils in it. You can rest in peace knowing your baby's skin is being properly taken care of without any harmful chemicals going into it. Let me know what you think!

Erin - posted on 03/31/2009

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when my first son had skin problems, i switched to All free and clear laundry detergant and stopped using dryer sheets (and I have never used fabric softener in the wash). I also make sure I use the second rinse on my washer cycle. His skin cleared up and my second had no problems from the beginning.

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Sarah - posted on 04/03/2009

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Aveno Excema really helps my son and daughter with dry skin/excema.  Usually clears it overnight depending on the severity.

Desiree - posted on 04/03/2009

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My baby has had this since she was born - her skin got so bad it felt like thick sandpaper... I tried a lot of what was said up here and finally found the easiest thing... Johnson's baby CREAM not the lotion... in a few days her skin was already getting so much better and it's not greasy like a lot of stuff.  I always put it on her after a bath or during diaper changes at least a couple times a day and always when getting her ready for bed...



I also started putting it on my oldest who has had the same problem for years now she is all cleared up too...



Good luck!

Kristin Marth - posted on 04/03/2009

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Be careful about some things you think are organic or free of things that will irritate.  I tired every kind of lotion, organic, natural, free of perfumes etc...expensive and inexpensive.  Burts Bees, Mustela etc....made him worse.  Some of the oils and scents of those them irritate even more.  Whatever you do, buy sample/travel sizes first to try.  I wasted a lot of money by not doing this. 



I swear by Eucerin Creme (plain!!!!  not itchy skin formulas), and Dove unscented liquid soap!!!!!

Kristin Marth - posted on 04/03/2009

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My son had excema bad.  Everything we used made him worse!!  Doctor told us to use Eucerin creme and Dove unscented soap/body wash.  Works GREAT!!!!  He has not had any issues since.  Highly recommend those 2 things.

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Cotton seed oil in the bath.  It is very slippery, so be careful when getting yourself in....found that out the hard way.  I used it on my son for about a month, daily, along with a moisturizing body wash (adult, unscented, again carefully), and a very strong cream lotion.  It has been gone now for almost a year.  I also got a prescription from the ped.  for triamcinolone cream that i use like one week a month to just make sure it doesnt come back.   Cotton seed oil is the real secret though.  You can also scent it with lavender or something.  Good luck!

Karleen - posted on 04/03/2009

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hi my son got exema at 6 weeks so bad he was bandaged from head to toe.. i found what works for him was oatmeal(porriage) in a luke warm bath with 2 drops of patuloi oil. best thing to stop the itching is mix cornflour and water into a paste and pait it on the areas.. its messy but helps.. my son is nearly 12 now and has minimal scaring.. please dont use sorbolene creme as it is not good 4 the skin.. good luck it will and it does get a little better....

User - posted on 04/03/2009

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All free and Clear, Cetaphil liquid soap, plain Eucerin (not the dry/itchy skin formula) for a lotion or Cetaphil moisturizing cream.  My son grew out of it around 20 months old but I still keep up the regimen.  Also, lotion your baby up a couple times a day during diaper changes.

Ada - posted on 04/03/2009

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my daughter had excema really bad when she was a baby; I bathed her in warm oat meal bad- it works really good. I also used Aveeno, this lotion is a blessing to have. I hope that this helps.

Tracey - posted on 04/03/2009

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My 2 year old has had excema since she was born and i use sorbelene cream not alot of people like it but it warks for me.Also don't use soap and try to clothe you child in only cotton.

Rheanon - posted on 04/02/2009

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Sounds funny, but I use a body oil that I bought from a Passion Party (adult toy party) on my son. He had severe eczema and only steroid cream helped. I didn't like using that all of the time, so a friend suggested I buy the oil. It's called Body Dew, and it's fairly inexpensive. You can also buy it straight from their website.

Rachel - posted on 04/02/2009

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my daughter had similar problems but i use soap free bath wash and sorbelene all over and try not to let her get hot and sweaty as that made it worse. and change washing powder as that helps too

Jennifer - posted on 04/02/2009

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Have you tried "Grandpa's Pine Tar Soap"? You can order it online, if you can't find it in a natural health store near you. I got a terrible rash while I was preggo and that is the only thing that cleared it up, it says that is safe for kids and recomended for excema. I also use aquaphore on my kids, in the winter they get chapped cheeks and it clears it right up. Hope this helps.

Shyama - posted on 04/02/2009

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when my baby was 5 weeks old she started2 get pink patches on her skin.The GP told she has a v.dry skin which is called baby eczema and priscriped E45 cream.,adviced give her a bath once a day untill the condition changes. now she is 7 months old and up2 now im using the same cream , its realy working2 her. and also u can use OILATUM BATH for baths insted of soap.

User - posted on 04/02/2009

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Our pediatrician told us to use Aquaphor lotion - and it helps a lot. Also as you said watch the diet to see if there is anything triggering it. We keep her baths short and since it's only on her arms we just fill the bath to her waist. Lather on on the aquaphor and put her jammies over it and let it soak in... it's much better the next day.  It runs in our family too. The weather changes often can make it better or worse, a humidifier in the winter helped her a LOT b/c we had the heater on. Then she became addicted to the white noise and has a little fan for summer.. lol... Also Aveeno has some baby products that are gentle, natural, and made especially for it - some bath stuff and also body wash we've used. Good luck!

Jatesha - posted on 04/02/2009

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The best thing since sliced bread is this stuff called Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema cream!!! I absoultely LOVE it! I put it on my baby's face everyday. She originally broke out with this terrible rash when she was 2 months old. I bought this stuff from Walgreens and 2 days later it was like she was my brand new baby again. All the ingredients are natural and encourage healing.



Good Luck!

Laura - posted on 04/02/2009

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My daughter, my dad, and myself all have that problem. We changed laundry detergent but that didn't work. We found that all natural soap works the best. The only soap we like is www.crazytimescandles.com. They are a candle and bath co. they make all their stuff by hand. They have all different types. They have all natural salt scrub bars, goat milk, and 100% natural soap. You can get it scented or unscented.

Mellini - posted on 03/31/2009

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NO NO NO to Vaseline--it's a petroleum based product. It has been shown to cause cancer!

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My daughter had really bad skin right from the get go and the doctor told us to use the over the counter cortisone cream that they sell at pharmacies and also to rub her down with vaseline and that would help. Well, the cortisone cream seemed to really irritate her when we used it and it really didn't do much to help the problem either so we ditched that idea, and the vaseline is just really messy so I gave up on that really early. Anyhow, we had her to a paedeatrician for her allergies and he recommended we try Vaseline Creamy Problem Skin Therapy which can be bought at a store like Walmart or Zellers or even a Pharmacy (at a higher price i'm sure). It's just a skin lotion and let me tell you, after the very first time we used it on her there was a drastic improvement in her skin. I still find it amazing that it works that good. It works awesome and I'm sure your little guy will enjoy the rub down, my daughter sure does! Thats my piece :)

Mary - posted on 03/31/2009

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My son has had bad skin since birth he is now 5 i saw a consultant last year and they say any oily / greasy creams and see through bath products like simple or nivea, non perfume soaps, daktacort is very good, other creams which aren't oily are the base family, ultrabase, diprobase, hydrocortisone creams, daily creaming all over every day. hard work but worth it. 

Shonda - posted on 03/31/2009

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My son is 4 months old. I'm going to switch laundry detergents and put it thorough a second rinse cycle like Erin suggested. I'll look into Burt's Bees products. I tried some lotion the other day and liked it. I really haven't bathed my son much lately because my doctor told me water can dry out the skin. Thanks for your suggestions!!

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Use a detergent like Dreft or Baby All to wash his clothes. I bathed my son every other day and always used Eucerin cream in the white jar. It works great! I also loved Burt's Bees apricot oil. I put that in his bath water and it smelled so good!

Melanie - posted on 03/31/2009

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Also grape seed oil can help moisturize, it is used for baby massage, is high in omega 3 and wont hurt if your child ingests it. It is actually god for them as it is absorbed into the skin.

Melanie - posted on 03/31/2009

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Erin is right about the laundry detergent, it can be a leading cause of excema, but so acan alot of other things such as mild food allergies. The doctors can perform a scratch test on your child for allergies but they are not very good for food allergies. I f you go to a naturalpath they can do a test on a strand of your child hair and it is far more acurate for food allergies. The scratch test is  good for airborn allergies. A naturalpath may also be able to give you other remedies for skin problems, such as special bath soaks.  How old is your child? That will depend on how you want to treat them. Doctors will usualy perscribe a diluted form of cortizone cream for excema, my daughters dermatolagist @ BC Childrens Hospital did.

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