Eczema...no sleep... HELP!

Safia - posted on 01/15/2009 ( 34 moms have responded )

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My son had Eczema all over his head for the past three weeks... He sleeps for about 30 mins then starts scratching until he bleeds then wakes up screaming... I got a prescription for cortisone from his doctor, but it seems too strong for a 3 month old...



A friend recommended Tea Tree Oil, and another one recommended olive oil which I've been doing for a week, but it still looks the same... is there anything else that anyone can recommend, I do want quick results, just so I can get some sleep to get my energy back:-/

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Shelley - posted on 01/17/2009

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Hi,my aughter was born with severe eczema all over her body and face ialso found that some creams were to strong this is because most of them contain a small amount of steriod normally about 0.01%.you must be carefull when using these creams as long term use can cause thinning of the skin.I found that by washing her in aqueous cream helped this cream is not a steriod just a substitute for soap,you can wash all his body and his hair with it,also try added oilitum to his bath wateryou can also apply emulifing ointment to the affected area this ointment is very simular to vasaline it will help retain the moisture in his skin and stop it from drying out,you can get all these from your G.P. I had to take my daughter to a dermatologist in the end.If all else fails ask your G.P. to refer your son to a dermatologist. My daughter is now 7 and has outgrown most of her eczema though she does get a flare up now and then.You will find your son should outgrow it if it only a mild case. Hope this helps and good luck!!

Diane - posted on 01/15/2009

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Tara - posted on 08/21/2011

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You could try coconut oil - you can get it at your health food store and some grocery stores carry it now. The food grade stuff is safe for your children if they get it in their eyes/mouth and I have to say it worked absolutely wonderfully on my youngest daughter's eczema and any really bad diaper rashes.

Amy - posted on 01/17/2009

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My 6month old is just getting over the dry crusty scalp. I used all the different remedies too. I found that using some baby oil before using the shampoo would work to an extent. I'm currently using a suave conditioner on his head after shampoo and it's worked great. I only use a dab in case it gets in his eyes. Try that. Good luck!

Nancy - posted on 01/15/2009

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My 5M old had some bad eczema patches on his face that he'd constantly scratch at too - I took him to the doctor expecting her to prescribe a cream and she just recommended an over the counter hydrocortisone cream 0.5%. You can get it anywhere - just ask the pharmacist to point yiou in the right direction - use it 2x a day - my son's skin was clear as a bell within 4 days - it was AMAZING! Good luck!!!

Nicole - posted on 01/15/2009

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I would first recommend changing your bath soap, shampoo & laundry detergent. Most brands use formaldehyde as a preservative which is first of all a carcinogen & is very irritating to any skin especially sensitive skin as those suffering from eczema. I would love to share with you a great alternative to these as well as all of your household products that contain caustic ingredients that adversely affect your families health. Feel free to contact me at 507-283-4754 or ndilly@iw.net. Thanks Nicole

Bionca - posted on 01/15/2009

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Also, try using dove sensitive bar soap on ur lil one's body & hair instead of the usual Johnson products b/c they have all kinds of perfumes in them which can irritate the skin. After they reached about 8 mths I started using the Avveno Baby wash & shampoo for the hair only. Major improvements.

Bionca - posted on 01/15/2009

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Both my boyz have eczema. My oldest was the worst& he's had it since he was about 2 mths. He had it bad in his hair, on his cheeks, on his neck & back initially. Then it began 2 spread all over his body except for in the diaper area. I had a perscription 4 the cortisone cream but I requested ointment b/c it works better. They also gave a script 4 a cradle cap shampoo that worked wonders (very few steroids w/ immediate results within a couple days).



If ur concerned about the script  being 2 strong, u can get the o-t-c brand which is not as strong. Also, u can try eucerin cream or the Walmart off brand b/c it can b a lil pricey 4 the big jar. I use this on them regularly along with vaseline on the face. B/c the cream has an oily base u don't have 2 worry about ur li one's skin getting dry like w/ the cortisone cream. Also, u don't have 2 worry about the steroids in this product either & it seems 2 work wonders 4 my boys. Hope this helps. Let me know how things work out. GL

Erin - posted on 01/15/2009

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my son is 6 months old and has had eczema for 3 months and nothing was working he to was scratching till he bled ... i found a cream called Spectro Kids Ecema Cream ..I've been using it for 3 days and his eczema is almost completely gone ...I was so amazed ...it is definately worth a try

Molly - posted on 01/15/2009

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I first recommend allergy testing for food allergies. We found once we pushed for that and eliminated some foods from my sons diet his Eczema for the most part disappeared, what remains is a much less severe occurance of it usually only in wintertime. We only had him take baths 3 x a week, and immediatley olive oiled him. We gave him Epsom salt soaks if he was bad, about a 10 minute soak pat dry and apply oil or moisturizer. We used fragrance and dye free eveything ( although since identifying his food allergies we no longer need to avoid either ).

He ended up having allergies which showed no other symptom besides eczema...to soy, oranges, and peanuts.

Lisandra - posted on 01/15/2009

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My son is 6 months old, & has eczema. it is terrible, he is scratching all the time, not to mention that his skin is dry and by just wearing socks it gives him a little rash or peeling. i have tried Aveno, and some other medications directed by his pediatrician, and it seems to work for a while but you can only use it for so long. So then it gets back to the dry itchy skin.

I have been using the body wash & cream specially made to treat eczema and it seems to be working fine, it is a little expensive since i do apply lots of it to keep his skin moisturized. the brand of the cream & body wash is Gentle Naturals, it says right on the bottle Baby eczema Cream and off course its Fragrance Free it soothes itching & helps heal it works best for me. i also use allot of Vaseline during the day as well.

hope it helps, you are not alone. just try to keep him dry,and his skin moisturized.

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arbonne baby products. they have a great baby lotion, plus i've been selling the herbal diaper rash cream to adults that have bad eczema, and ciriosis! it's about $17. the baby oil works wonders as well... it's a natural oil, and doesn't leave that oil ring around your tub. let me know if your interestd.

Miquela - posted on 01/15/2009

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My son had eczema badly, especially on his legs and chest, when he was a baby.  I have been using Arbonne Baby Care products (the baby oil layered with the baby lotion) to keep it under control.  He is now 4, and I use the same products for my 4 month old.



Be careful of any products with mineral oil or alcohols, which may be irritating your baby's skin even more.

Lori - posted on 01/15/2009

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Oh, and the Aquaphor usually works within a few days for us. It's also really good for diaper rash.

Lori - posted on 01/15/2009

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Oh, and the Aquaphor usually works within a few days for us. It's also really good for diaper rash.

Lori - posted on 01/15/2009

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Aquaphor works for my son, but I've tried lots of things that worked for other people but not on him. I think unfortunately you have to try different things to find out what works on your babies skin. It gets expensive, but it's worth it to relieve the itching.

Pamela - posted on 01/15/2009

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My oldest has Eczema on his elbows and knees. It gets so bad at times that he scratches to bleeding. The only thing that seems to work is bathing with Ivory soap, Eucerin cream adn Elidel. He had it on is scalp as in infant and the Dr had us wash his hair 2-3 times a week with Selson Blue. It worked wonders...just be careful not to get it in his eyes.

Lisa - posted on 01/15/2009

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I know a couple adults who get eczema when they eat lots of dairy. They cut it out of their diet (eat it only sparingly) and the eczema has complete cleared up. It only comes back if they eat lots of dairy. If you're nursing, try eliminating it from your diet (switch to goat milk or a lactose free milk, or just take calcium). If he's on formula, talk to your doctor about switching to a lactose free formula. Also, olive oil with a few drops lavender can be calming to the skin.

Kathi - posted on 01/15/2009

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I am so sorry your little fellow is going through this. I have suffered from this all my life as do my two sons age 5 and 7 months. Do NOT use the Tea Tree Oil. That is way too irritating and strong for a baby! Olive oil will do nothing either. Try vaseline instead if you are opposed to cortisone.



My 7 mo had it really bad on his face as well and wasn't sleeping either. My pediatrician prescribed a cortisone which I would put on his face once a day. In addition, I would apply Eucerin Calming Cream to his face and body 2 times a day. It cleared up entirely in 3 days!! He slept through the night for the first time ever! If you feel uncomfortable applying the cortisone directly to his face, mix a small amount in the lotion and apply that way. Good luck!!

Kathi - posted on 01/15/2009

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I am so sorry your little fellow is going through this. I have suffered from this all my life as do my two sons age 5 and 7 months. Do NOT use the Tea Tree Oil. That is way too irritating and strong for a baby! Olive oil will do nothing either. Try vaseline instead if you are opposed to cortisone.



My 7 mo had it really bad on his face as well and wasn't sleeping either. My pediatrician prescribed a cortisone which I would put on his face once a day. In addition, I would apply Eucerin Calming Cream to his face and body 2 times a day. It cleared up entirely in 3 days!! He slept through the night for the first time ever! If you feel uncomfortable applying the cortisone directly to his face, mix a small amount in the lotion and apply that way. Good luck!!

Kristy - posted on 01/15/2009

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My daughters Dr said she eczema when she was just an infant. But is minor and not wide spread. When she does have spots of irritation dr gave me a rx cream to use...triamcinolone acetonide cream usp, 0.1 %. I put it on her irratated areas just a few times and it seems to clear it up....Also as said before the Aveeno Baby products are great! Good Luck

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2009

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My 13 month old daughter has mild eczema and our pediatrician gave us some wonderful recommendations.  The Aveeno oatmeal bath worked great when she was really little.  As she's gotten older we've been using the Aquaphor ointment in combo with just regular dove bar soap.  Our ped said that the baby soap and body wash really dries out their skin and the dove soap has the extra moisturizers her skin needs.  Worked wonders for us.....good luck!!

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2009

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My 13 month old daughter has mild eczema and our pediatrician gave us some wonderful recommendations.  The Aveeno oatmeal bath worked great when she was really little.  As she's gotten older we've been using the Aquaphor ointment in combo with just regular dove bar soap.  Our ped said that the baby soap and body wash really dries out their skin and the dove soap has the extra moisturizers her skin needs.  Worked wonders for us.....good luck!!

User - posted on 01/15/2009

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I just read your post and it is oh so familiar. My son had severe eczema when he was younger and though it it much better, winter does a number on his skin. My suggestion is to take him to a dermatologist. Once we found one, it was nothing but positive outcomes from then on. There is a miracle called 'Dermasmoothie' which is oil based and contains a small amount of steroid. Once the dermatologist prescribed us this, we were in control of the eczema. You can put this all over - including head. If you apply it immediately after bath, before bed, it will not be so greasy. We did have to wash our sons hair in the mornings so it would not look oily. Good luck to you and I hope things get better!

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2009

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My daughter has eczema and I've tried everything!!! But the best thing so far is called MUSTELA and it is sold at Bath and Body Works. Its for newborns and toddlers for eczema and the cream is amazing. They have an oil bath as well and it works wonders. It costs about $18-20 a bottle but its worth it. Aveeno doesn't work, either does Eucerin. And Hydrocortizon creams just burn and bleach the skin.

Shannon - posted on 01/15/2009

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I suffer from eczema myself, so I sympathize with the misery your son is feeling.  Some of the things that trigger my eczema are cold weather, soap and cleaning products.  I know it seems to help if I keep my skin very moisturized, which means I am putting on Eucerin lotion 4-5 daily in the areas effected.  If I have had a break out and get no relief from my prescription (which is usually the case) I use Aquaphor healing ointment (found in your local drug stores).  It is a very greasy ointment sort of like vaseline but it relieves the itch.  Hope this helps!!!

Alex - posted on 01/15/2009

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The bathing can be a big factor.  We cut baths to once a week for our son and we alternate with one week a bath with soap and one week a bath with a hint of olive oil.  He doesn't smell bad (except for his feet sometimes toward the end of the week) and his rash got less bad.  I use a cream with "calendula".  It's a natural plant and it works wonders on diaper rashes and excema.  It's $7 for a little tube in the fancy organic grocery stores here (I found it at Whole Foods) but you don't need to use much at a time.   If you decide to use creams instead of the cortinzone, I would recommend looking for this ingredient in whatever cream you end up choosing.   Good luck!

Elisia - posted on 01/15/2009

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My 2.5 yr old has had this his whole life.  We have tried everything, prescriptions,etc...  Recently I found some new products from Mustela.  It is the Stelatopia line.  I bought all the products and he has had alot of relif from them.  The bath oil is great to add moisture and protect skin.

Jennifer - posted on 01/15/2009

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my son has eczema on his hands and I have him use Eucerin every day. Aquafor is another good one, it's more like a paste

Crystal - posted on 01/15/2009

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the spectro jel line has a kid friendly cream for eczema now..for my oldest son who gets it every winter on his face, i put vasaline on it and it seems to help him. i mostly put it on at night so he isnt rubbing it off all the time.

Bobbi - posted on 01/15/2009

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Aveeno Oatmeal bath works wonders!!! Avoid bathing everyday, try everyother day or just a sponge bath, so you aren't drying him out.  Lost of fluids. 

User - posted on 01/15/2009

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My grandbaby has ecema and we took him to the doctor for a prescription of some special cream they gave him its like a gel , it worked for a while but now hes going to a dermatologist cause it got so severe, good luck

Sandra - posted on 01/15/2009

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I used to use eucerin cream (not the lotion) for my son when he had eczema as an infant and it seemed to work good .

Jill - posted on 01/15/2009

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Try the Aveno Cream, one of my children have Eczema and the doctor told me not to use lotions to use creams, also if that doese not work the doctor can give you a prescrotion for a special cream to help with it.

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