Eczema

Joanne - posted on 10/09/2011 ( 56 moms have responded )

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My 2 yr old suffers from Eczema and we have days when it's really red and angry I've tried E45 and the oilatum creams and oil for the bath but it just makes it worse. Please does anyone have any advice they could share on how to get rid of this soreness?

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Elizabeth - posted on 10/09/2011

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I am 42 and have suffered with eczema all my life.

My first advice before you try any new product, you do a test spot where there is no break out. Try to use a sensitive area. I normally do the fold in front of the elbow. Put a little on a spot no bigger than a pencil eraser, then wait 2-3 days to see if there is a reaction. Sometimes it can take that long.

If you are trying a new cream, only try it on one side. Otherwise you won't know if it is working or if it is just subsiding on it's own.

I was told by both my dermatologist and allergist to only use a glycerin bar, not soap. I use Purpose which was one they recommended.

Emu oil helps ease the discomfort and the rash, but it is very expensive. The diaper cream that Keli recommended may help if it has zinc in it because zinc is good for proper skin functioning. It does ease my rash some if it is a dry rash, but makes it worse if it's more the damp or seeping rash.

I have found that when my rash is red and burning, that ibuprofen works to take down the redness, heat and pain. Talk to your doctor before trying any medicine.

Do you know what triggers your little ones bad days? I am allergic to certain colors of fabric dyes. I also have to wear mostly cotton socks otherwise I break out.

If you have any questions or need help figuring out what some of the triggers might be, PM me. As I said, I've had a lot of personal experience dealing with eczema.

Sujata - posted on 10/11/2011

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my daughter had eczema too as a baby. we used 'topi cream' for her. it suited her very well. its made in germany and avilable all over europe. use a mild gleserene soap like pears. no jhonson products. only cotton cloths and bed sheets. no dettol or any harsh cleaner on her cloths. use special mild detergent for washing her cloths. none of the products should smell strongly. on days she is unwell with even the mildest of cold or cough, it would show as an angry rash. also check which food activates it. for my daughter it was citrus and eggs. now she is 6 and is almost done with it. so with time your daughter will out grow it too. best of luck. sujata, dubai

Sue - posted on 10/11/2011

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I have a grown daughter with eczema that I have treated with a blend made using therapeutic grade essential oils.
She has had great results. It is a blend of geranium, helichrysum, melaleluca, lavender amd hyssup essential oils.
As a retired health care professional, I have found these oils to be of greater benefit than using prescriptions.

Cori - posted on 10/10/2011

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Aquaphor works great for eczema & you can get it at any local store. My doctor also told me to never use dryersheets when doing laundry.

Cynthia - posted on 10/10/2011

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we use Gentle Naturals baby eczema cream on my 4 month old and my 6 year old. it works and i found it in the baby section at wall mart . says it has aloe, calendula, jojoba oil, and vitamins A, D and E. it is the only thing that has ever helped my 6 year old. the stuff the doctor gave him did not even help but this cheap stuff from wall mart does. i love it.

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Cheryl - posted on 11/20/2011

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Ok there is heaps of different things you can try. For some children taking fish oil orally works. Don't use any soap and use only mild shampoo. We find Selba Med the best. Dress only in cotton - be careful not to let him/her overheat. Watch out for allergies - dairy is most common - try reducing and see if it makes a diff. If none of this works or any other treatments that has been suggested, it is likely like my son the ecezma may be related to development of asthma and or hayfever. Nothing works for us. We use steriod creams from the doctor to keep it at a more managable state. Hope that helps.

Christina - posted on 11/19/2011

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I have 2 kids who have and we use Aveeno cream during the spring and summer but use hydrocordisone cream during the Fall and Winter since those are the worse months for them but I was told by my doctor not to ever use hydrocordisone on the face because it thins the skin so we use aquaphor on the face that cream works wonders and you can actually use it all over eucerin is another really good cream

Meena - posted on 10/14/2011

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My son used to have severe eczema till he was 3. When he was 1, it was so bad , he started scratching it till it bled. And it used to be all over his body. It reduced a bit after we started using Cetaphil lotion for bath and cetaphil cream. Also no freq , long , hot baths. And apply cream within a minute of drying off after the bath. And repeat throughout the day.

Charleen - posted on 10/14/2011

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the most common allergies are: dairy, soy, corn, wheat, tomato, egg, citrus.... eczema is the body's way of saying something's wrong inside - look up Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Every body is different, for my kids it was dairy and soy (a very common double-allergy) but for others it might be wheat, or tomato, or citrus... or something else. OR it could not be food related. It's kind of a hunt to find out what triggers the eczema. But if you don't go hunting and rooting out the triggers, you'll be dealing with skin creams and rashes for the rest of their child hood. Seems to me to be worth the hunt.

Anna - posted on 10/14/2011

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Take your child to a dermotologist who can prescribe a steroid based cream. You can use the cream to soothe the Eczema for about a week or two and then just use Aquaphor or Vaseline.

Charleen - posted on 10/13/2011

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I'm not sure why diet elimination is a trap? I eliminated dairy and now soy - and no longer have any need for the cortisone creams at all. Hydrocortisone thins the skin permanently, and we should all be cautious about overusing it.

Keri - posted on 10/13/2011

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I wish I did. I was given some cream for my daughter and it has made it worse too. I actually gave her some Zyrtec a little while ago and she is looking much better. I have heard that eczema is allergy related.

Najin - posted on 10/13/2011

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We've been using Doublebase. it seems to help a lot. Also as other mummies have mentioned diet is very important. Apparently Tomato Ketchup is terrible. We haven't given it to her for a few days & have noticed a huge difference.

Please note that Hydrocortisone is a Steroid and is probably not so safe for long term use.

Cheryl - posted on 10/12/2011

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yep I'm in the same boat. In fact my son is just over two now and it's just not going away. His skin is actually scared. The only thing that works is your steriod creams - get from doctor. You need to apply until the ecezma goes away - pharmists will tell you three days max. I just got it all reassessed by my doctor and he says keep going til it's all gone and then keep using for another three days. Then stop until it comes back and then start again. Aim is that the gap days will get bigger and bigger. Well so far I have been using the cream for over two weeks! Hopefully I will be able to have a gap soon. We've tried everything - all the natural creams, natural laundry powder, getting tested for diary allergies etc - nothing. Use Non-Ionic Cream (pharmacy drug name) - heaps stronger than Aqeous - use this instead of soap. Don't use any soap and use Seba Med range for hair. There is also another moistriser stronger than Aqeous Cream that you can use as a moistriser - it's real waxy.

Ecezma is commonly associated with allergies. If you're anything like me - just go for the blood tests - rather than trial and error - really depends on what you want to do though (I'm not particulary patient with these things!)

What a lot of people don't know is that ecezma is also commonly associated with Asthma - this is where my son suffers I think. So don't fall into the diet elimination trap.

I hope that helps (totally understand the frustrations too).

Janelle - posted on 10/11/2011

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check him for allergies. my daughter has a latex allergy and it causes her to break out like that. grapeseed oil helps her, and so does benadryl when she is really bad.

Simonecocker - posted on 10/11/2011

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My sister had bad eczema as a baby, i remeber my mum used to bath her cool Pintarsol baths and also dab it on the eczema. It seem to work esp when it got sore.

Charleen - posted on 10/11/2011

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This might not be a popular answer, but a dairy allergy is a common reason for eczema. My DS (2.5) and DD (10 mos) both have eczema. When I pulled dairy from our diet (I breastfeed my daughter) their eczema has almost entirely disappeared. My daughter is also allergic to soy. It's a big step, and you need to totally eliminate it for at least 3 weeks to see the change, but I must say, after 6 months, I still look with gratitude at their smooth skin.

Talk to a nutritionist or a naturopath if you have questions about how to get the proper nutrients without milk or other dairy products, but it can be done. Heal from inside - learn what's causing the eczema.

Denise - posted on 10/11/2011

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I just started using Melaleuca's Renew lotion on my 8 year old daughter who has suffered with eczema her entire life. Within 24 hours there was a noticeable difference and after using it for the past 3 weeks it's completely gone. There have been other posts related to this and during my last search I saw several recommendations for the Renew lotion. I'm so glad I got it for her!

Cara - posted on 10/11/2011

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We've tried eczema cream, hydrocortizone, etc.,...but Aquaphor (made by Eucerin) works best for our 2-yr old. IT can be found in any drug store and most general stores.

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My husband uses Cetaphil. It is on the pricey side but little goes a long way. He usually buys it once a year. When it really flares up (thick itchy dried and cracking) he swears by Bag Balm.

Alyssa - posted on 10/11/2011

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My sister has had positive results with the probiotics in yogurt! She has added it to their regular diet and uses it topically to cleanse the irritated areas.

Flo - posted on 10/11/2011

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My daughter got eczema at age two and I was horrified that it took her baby soft skin and replaced it with scaly skin and it would itch her so bad she would end up with sores and bleeding all over. I took her to the dermatoligist which is what you should do. They told me to use Cetiphil on her but he also said for ppl. who can't afford that that Crisco worked just as well. To bathe her and than pat dry and put it on her as soon as she got outta the bath. She is now 11 and I gave her Aveeno for the bathtub and oatmeal helps a lot. Good luck.

Nicole - posted on 10/11/2011

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I got eczema after my pregnancy with my oldest daughter. Thankfully only on my hands but still very painful. I started applying a cream called Spectro. You get get it at your pharmacy, behind the counter. I used it everyday for a couple months and eventually only need it once a month, if even. The eczema is gone and I only get a little spot here or there that just needs a little cream applied to it. It really worked!!!

Kimberly - posted on 10/11/2011

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I have eczema off and on, and I use Sarna lotion on mine. It works better than the prescription stuff the doctor gives me.

Debra - posted on 10/11/2011

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Thank you for esponding to my posting - it was the first for me. What I wanted to make everyone understand is that it is so important to build up our childrens immunity from the very start - even better yet in our bellies. When our immuntiy system is strong, we are better able to fight off these old & new viruses trying to attack us. Let me know what you think. In Health and Happiness....Debra
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Lana - posted on 10/11/2011

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Hi Joanne my sister used to have real bad Eczema when she was younger she was taken to a Naturopath who said she had a chemical imbalance and put her on different vitamins minerals and oils for 6 months and she was cleared up with no more problems that was about 30 years ago

Mandy - posted on 10/11/2011

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My daughter was suffering from Eczema from about the age of 9 months to about 18 months and though the creams sometimes helped it never fully went away. Even when it wasn't fiery red, it was scaly and sore. For two weeks we restricted her diet, taking out anything processed, with excess sugars etc and after two weeks it cleared up completely. We have now stopped the restricted diet and its never come back, so not sure how true it is, but it appeared that when we reset her body, it was then able to cope with the different types of foods.
Another friend also did the same thing on a doctors advice and her eczema is much improved. Might be worth a try?

Trisheena - posted on 10/11/2011

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I have eczema and I use only natueral oils on moist skin. Try a diluted tea tree oil. This can be purchased from natural stores. U can also try arjon oil. Its morrocan but very. Expensive. Also can be found in natural food stores.

Martina - posted on 10/11/2011

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Hi. I have worked in a pharmacy for 17 years now and always recommend Hope's Relief cream to everyone...I get mothers coming back extremely happy on a daily basis telling me I cured their baby/child. I pretty much guarantee this will fix the problem and its definitelly worth a try. Make sure you use it everyday as per instructions and use a soap-free wash like QV while using the cream. Its available at most pharmacies. Hope this helps. Good Luck!

Kirsten - posted on 10/10/2011

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My son had very bad eczema as a baby. I have it also. We used Vana Cream and would then wrap him up in warm wet towels. I would also give him bathes in Burts Bees milk bath. Also I have found out that giving him yogurt everyday really has helped his skin. We don't see the bad flare up anymore. I hope he doesn't get them again. Also finding out Allergies when he was a baby helped also, since most people with Eczema has allergies to something.

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Tracy - posted on 10/10/2011

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Arbonne Baby Lotion - My son has really bad exczema and it gave him back the skin he was supposed to have been born with. Find a consultant near you via google. I got a sample of it at a Kids Swap and it was so amazing I was willing to spend the $$ on the bottle of it. It's the only Arbonne product I purchase as their stuff is spendy, but honestly it is worth EVERY penny where my son's skin is concerned.

Angina - posted on 10/10/2011

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Creams cover up the symptom you need to get to the root of the problem, I would first suggest removing dairy (completely- no cow milk) you could try goat milk and cheese or coconut milk. Then see an allergist and have him tested. But sometimes akkergiesto dairy don't show in the allergy tests.

T - posted on 10/10/2011

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My doc also gave me prednisone when it was severe, oral steroids cleared it in one or two doses

Natasha - posted on 10/10/2011

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My child had eczema and I used the pure black soap to bath her and lotioned her with pure shea butter now it has been cleared for months

Erin - posted on 10/10/2011

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My daughter, who is now 5 1/2, has always suffered from severe eczema. The absolute best remedy we have found is to mix 1 part vaseline with 1 part hydrocortizone Ointment (not the cream!). You can mix it in a ziplock baggie. Spread it over the rash area (it is safe on any part of the body), and dress in loose fitting clothes for bed. By morning it has gone away and she has relief almost immediately. You can get a prescription for the mixture but it is much cheaper to mix your own. It is also very easy to travel with it in the baggies.

Heather - posted on 10/10/2011

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Start journaling about his diet and what he is eating. Then try to cut some of the food out that he is eating when it flairs up. When our son eats too much sugar or yogurt, his flairs up something awful.

Gillian - posted on 10/10/2011

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One of the things I would also look into is diet, which you may have already. I have a good friend whose daughter's eczema worsened quite a bit when she had eggs and dairy because of allergies.

Mariah - posted on 10/10/2011

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I agree with the diaper cream a bit and I would suggest that try no milk for them (my poor niece had bad eczema for 4 years) and after reading an article they tried it and her eczema went away completely. I am prone to eczema and tend to get it more often when I have more dairy. Just an idea everyone's body is different. Good luck that is no fun as a kid or a momma!

Lisa - posted on 10/10/2011

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I've never heard those things about hydrocortizone... We actually use it twice daily because our doctor told us too. I'll have to look into it.

Beverly - posted on 10/10/2011

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My daughter had eczema too. I gave her fish oil in chocolate milk ... To hide the flavor. She recovered quickly and we haven't had any problems since. I bought fish oil capsules and just squirted the in the milk. Treat from the inside instead of the outside. Do a little research on it and see what you find. I asked the dr if it was okay and he said yes.

September - posted on 10/10/2011

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I have Eczema and our son has a mild case as well. We use coconut oil. You can buy it at health food stores. It lasts forever since a small amount goes a long way! Its best when you know what triggers it so that you can avoid those things. Our son's is at its worst in the winter so I'm always sure to keep his skin moisturized really well during the winter months. Good luck!

Cynthia - posted on 10/10/2011

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yes the aloe will burn. my son complained of that. sorry i forgot to say that. thanks Monique, you are right on! i just blow his elbos. but his is not from head to toe thank you god! so maybe its not the answer for you because it does have a lot of aloe. i tell my boy that thats how we know it is working but that would not work on the whole body. poor baby. it is sad to think of it everywhere.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 10/10/2011

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BUT sometimes that Aloe burns..if the eczema is severe

Elizabeth - posted on 10/09/2011

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The emu oil doesn't clog pores like other oils do.

Make sure your doctor aproves use of the hydrocortizone cream because it can thin the skin and decrease its function (it is a topical steroid) and if used too much long term, it can actually cause liver problems. Not to mention the body can become resistant to it.

If there is itching, teach him to slap it instead of scratching or rubbing. Slapping numbs the nerves.

Lisa - posted on 10/09/2011

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Find some lotion/cream that is cream based not oil based. Oil makes Eczema worse. We use hydrocortizone (sp?) on my son. He has eczema and some more serious skin issues, and if we hydrocodizone every moring and every evening we can get him totally "itchy" free!

Elizabeth - posted on 10/09/2011

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I spent a week in the hospital three times as a kid because mine was so bad. I had and still get it as bad as it sounds like he does.

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 10/09/2011

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Also he has had it HEAD to TOE...Literately. The only places he did not get it were in his mouth and on his genitals. He has it on his hands, feet, face, ears, head, back and front of his arms and legs, butt, back..ect

♏*PHOENIX*♏ - posted on 10/09/2011

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My son has had it his whole life he is nearly 9. I have noticed it has gotten better in the past two years. I use Hydrocortisone, and Aquafor on him. I also have changed his diet and cut out many of the foods I fed him when he was younger. Some grow out of it and some don’t.
Between the ages of 1-6 ½ it was horrible, VERY severe :-( I think back now and it makes me sad how much he suffered.
Whatever you try make sure it has very little ingredients because if you put it on his skin it can cause burning sensation and the product may claim to be soothing and calming and does the opposite.

Tinker1987 - posted on 10/09/2011

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sounds silly but my friends baby's dr advised her to use diaper cream on it and she said that worked more then anything shes tried including creams used behind counter...

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