My son has horribly dry skin. It's making sores all over his back and tummy. The doctor just said to put lotion on it, but it's not really helping. What should I do for it?

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Teresa - posted on 04/20/2011

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Candida - posted on 02/10/2009

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Kelly - posted on 02/07/2009

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I just had my daughter in to the dr. this week for the same thing. Our dr. told us to bathe her everyday and use Vanicream mixed with hydrocortizone cream twice a day on the really dry parts and just Vanicream everywhere else. Her skin cleared within a week.

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How old is your son? I would be cautious using a steroid (cortisone) based lotion. I don't know if this will help or not, but my daughter when she was 13 months had eczema all over her body nothing seemed to help until I took her off dairy milk. (turns out she can't digest the protein in the milk and this was the bodies way of coping) Her skin cleared up immediately and have not had a problem since.
Good luck I know it's sooo frustrating.

Iris - posted on 02/07/2009

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it depends how bad it is. I usually use it when i see my kids with those dry cheeks and just a little bit . trust me i have three boys they have really dry skin  and what i'm telling you works for them  and i hope works for you :) let me know.

Kelly - posted on 02/07/2009

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do you put it on every night? my boys have dry patchy skin also in the winter (we use wood heat) theres a cream called CERAVE and i buy it at walgreens (i'm in michigan) and i love the stuff! its as light as facial moisturizer and not greasy like eucerin is. my doctor told me about it when her daughter went to Uof M hospital dermatologist and he told her to get this cream. we can really tell when we don't use it for3 days....hope this helps

Iris - posted on 02/07/2009

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i know petroleum is not good  i see some people recommending arbonne i have tried that i still do because is supossed to be natural and i love arbonne i use it for everybody at home but it doesn't work for baby . have baby drink lots of water don't give long baths or showers because they dry out the skin and if you leave in a very dry place use a humidifier. :)

Iris - posted on 02/07/2009

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i know petroleum is not good  i see some people recommending arbonne i have tried that i still do because is supossed to be natural and i love arbonne i use it for everybody at home but it doesn't work for baby . have baby drink lots of water don't give long baths or showers because they dry out the skin and if you leave in a very dry place use a humidifier. :)

Tami - posted on 02/07/2009

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I recommend Renew from Melaleuca and also use there kids koala pals body wash and hair wash from Melaleuca. My kids always had very dry skin in the winter. After switching to the Melaluca products they are no longer bothered by it.

Shannon - posted on 02/07/2009

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Well my daughter has very dry skin and works for us is a really warm bath and before you take him out of the bath let him stand there for a sec then rub baby oil with aloe in it, then pat dry him, then apply baby oil gel after it works!

Jeanette - posted on 02/07/2009

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Keep all soaps and lotions off the skin that contain harsh chemicals and anything thats not natural. Go to www.trademe.co.nz and search "Pot of Gold" Look for pic of a baby. Get organic soaps specifically designed for babies and those with sensitive skin. Try "Pot of Gold" Good Luck.

Naomi - posted on 02/07/2009

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Hi  Brittany, Try Kerri oil from chemist when bathing as I used it with all my three children as babies till toddler age as they had dry skin too and it worked they have perfect skin now.



Regards Naomi

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did you find something? try renew. if lotions don't work, it may even be a reaction to the laundry detergents or bath soap you are using.

Billie-Jean - posted on 02/06/2009

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Im reading all these suggestions and the best thing i use on my kids with really dry skin is any thick oatmeal based lotion. The cheapest one i found was from avon or aveno which I get at walmart!

Michelle - posted on 02/06/2009

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Oatmeal baths are great - lotions...Avon makes a Moisture therapy intensive that works wonders - it's almost as thick as Vaseline. Vaseline also works good too.

Cecilia - posted on 02/06/2009

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Have you ever heard of Royal Jelly products? Jafra has an exclusive line and their baby line is the best I've run across. After my father had openheart surgery, his skin became so dry and flaked off, so I decided to test Jafra's royal jelly milk bath and other products. I was totally shocked at the results just for his first bath with the product. Just a small amount was needed and his skin was immediately softer. This was 2 years ago and he still uses the products everyday. This is not a sales pitch and other products may work, but Jafra has been around for 52 yrs. Unless you feed the baby cells as they come to the surface of the skin, everything else is just a coverup. Royal jelly feeds those baby cells and the end result is soft healthy,beautiful skin at any age and it works. Check out their website or email me and I'd be glad to send you a sample. I'll never use another company after me experience with Jafra products. After seeing my fathers skin problem corrected without the expensive/prescription products,I recommended the product 100%. Contact me a ceciliasjafra@comcast.net My 10yr old son uses it for those winter lip issues and although he won't admit it to anyone,he keeps coming back for more,cause he knows it works-next day fast. As for the rest of the family-Jafra is all buy. Hope this helps and good luck.

Brenda - posted on 02/04/2009

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Post a reply!
Try changing your laundry soap, all I could use when my daughter lived here was Tide...everytime I changed soap she would break out terribly

User - posted on 02/04/2009

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white dove soap for sensative skin, hydrocortosone cream and eucerin...use it on both my girls with eczema

Deirdre - posted on 02/04/2009

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NO don't use vasaline! It's a petroleum product and just blocks the pores so they can't breathe - not a good cream for a baby! Plus, everything that goes on your skin is in your bloodstream in 30 seconds - you want it to be VEGAN and pure! Check out Arbonne at www.formyfamily.myarbonne.com!

Deirdre - posted on 02/04/2009

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Wow - is it better? I don't know how old he is but if he's that sensitive you should try a product with no dyes, fragrances, mineral oil or animal products. Check out the Arbonne ABC line at www.formyfamily.myarbonne.com Call me if you want a sample...707.495.5546 Good luck..d

Stephanie - posted on 01/30/2009

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talk 2 ur doc again. my kids' doc said only bath them once a week and he prescribed triamcinolone and it works really good. usually after 1 or 2 nights of application i can see a difference, but don't wait cause some child care phacilities might turn you in if its really noticable. it happened to me...

User - posted on 01/30/2009

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First, try hydrocortisone.  That will give your son quick relief and allow the skin to heal.  Only use it until the roughness is gone.  Then you can use something like Aquaphor.  Aquaphor has lanoline in it and could cause an allergic reaction.  Personally, I like olive oil or coconut oil.  They are natural and absorb into the skin.  Olive oil also has wonderful healing agents and most people have some in there kitchen.



Good luck.

Bethany - posted on 01/30/2009

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Eczema runs in my family and my nice has it extremely bad. I am part of a company called Melaleuca and we use their Renew Intensive Skin Therapy lotion as well as their laundry line. They are unbeatable products resonable in price and shipped directly to your door 100% money back guaranteed made in the USA and the work better then anything else that I have ever used. www.melaleuca.com checked it out and please let me know if you are interested. For my niece it has been a soothing miracle to her skin

Ashley - posted on 01/30/2009

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well my daughter has the same problem and her dr said to use vaseline. maybe try that and see if it works

Julie - posted on 01/30/2009

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I would ask your doctor to refer you to a dermatologist,,that is what worked for my daughter and she had it really bad.Ask for a cream called  Emo Cort 2.5% Hydrocortisone cream.We got a good size jar and it was $60 but hubbys health benefits covered it.Hope this works.

Angie - posted on 01/29/2009

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Try Aquaphor lotion, it works and is recommended for eczema (dry skin condition that you seem to be describing).

Lisa - posted on 01/29/2009

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Wash him then put on vaseline. (Yes the thick messy kind) before you touch him with a towel.  rub, rub, rub, rub, put on older clothing. The oil can be hard to get out. check in an hour and put on more.  Give it a few days of really putting it to him then just put on a light coat after every bath. (winter I put it on in the tub, then regular lotion after.)



Let me know in a few days how it works.

Melodee - posted on 01/29/2009

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Another thing to consider is allergies for the cause.  There may be a staple in your diet that does not agree with your child.  Do a little experiment and remove dairy just for a week first, then go back on it.  Also try flour products.  Many Americans have celiac disease and aren't even aware of it.  Look it up on the internet.  My son Jerry has had issues with dry skin too.  As a baby they used to tell me to give him Aveeno baths.  It's basically oatmeal.  They have an Aveeno lotion. 

Cheri - posted on 01/29/2009

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I have a friend whose son has eczema. The doctors told her he only had dry skin too, and he was diagnosed late. He now has horrible scabs on his legs and arms. When she got a second opinion they told her it all could have been cleared up if he would have been diagnosed earlier. Now there isn't any kind of lotion or cream that helps the poor little guy from scratching when it gets irritated. I would get a second opinion. Just to be on the safe side. He's 2 now and he still scratches in his sleep to the point of bleeding. The doctors told her he may grow out of it by the time he's 5, but it could be later like 10. I hope this helps.

Dawn - posted on 01/29/2009

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I was told by someone to put straight vasaline on right after a bath while the skin is still moist. Slather it on thick and put the pj's on. Skin will be nice and soft in the morning.

Amy - posted on 01/29/2009

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All of my kids have eczema and we have a prescription called triamcinolone acetonide cream 0.1%.  It works really well, we use it after bathtime.  If dr. isn't willing to write out prescription, Eucerin makes a calming creme lotion that works well to calm the skin from breaking out.  Hope this helps :)

Ann - posted on 01/29/2009

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Go to a Pediatric Dermatologist.  Derm. specialist are seeing more and more cases, and always see more into it than a regular Pediatrician. My doc put my daughter on a combo of meds. It cleared her right up.  Now all I have to do is keep her moisturized to prevent. Good luck!

Alana - posted on 01/29/2009

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Quoting Brittany:

My son has horribly dry skin. It's making sores all over his back and tummy. The doctor just said to put lotion on it, but it's not really helping. What should I do for it?




Hi Brittany. My son has really dry skin/ exzema and the ONLY thing I've found that actually works is Eucerin calming cream. It's definately more expensive than regular lotions, but worth it. Oh, and it has to be the calming cream. Eucerin makes a few different ones. Also, if it's possible, eliminate baths and switch to showers. That has really helped my son. Baths just irritated him even more even though we don't allow soaps or bubble baths.  Hope this helps. Alana

User - posted on 01/29/2009

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bring him to a dermatologist. It maybe eczema. My son has it and if a child itches the dry patch it can become a sore. The itche is terrible and you can't stop yourself from itching...

User - posted on 01/29/2009

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There are heaps of different creams out there the one I use is perscription only it is elocon ointment. It has done wonders for my daughter. Can I also say if you don't like what your doctor says get them to re examin or go to another doctor, remember that your instinct is usualy right so make them listen.

Leanne - posted on 01/29/2009

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my son has dry skin to we was given lotion from the doctor but it never worked,i was told by a family member to use olive oil and it works wonders only a little bit on each dry patch and masssge it in.



 

Clair - posted on 01/29/2009

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Hi my son has the exact same problem now on his second course of antibiotics and has also been prescribed antihistamine(?) bath lotion, hydrocortisone cream and itch relief cream. he now on a waiting list to see a paediatric dermotologist been told it may be a number of things related to eczema, ive taken him off cows milk and changed his washing liquid to see if any of this helps, i would go back to the doctors and say you want some thing for him as the cream is just not enough they should give u something. hope he is ok xx

Louise - posted on 01/29/2009

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hi all my children suffer with eczema and the best thing ever is porridge oats put them in a flannel and run under warm water in to there bath and then squeeze flannel with oats in over effected areas hile they are in the bath after about 3 goes u will be made up its great for chicken poxs too xxxx

Estelle - posted on 01/29/2009

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Hey there, I suggest you use a product called 'Oilatum' It is an antiseptic bath emolloent for the topical treatment of eczema. I use it in the bath for both my kids. One has very mild eczema and the other has skin like velvet. You use it as a hair and skin wash and it lubricates the skin and clears any little niggles or complaints. I swear by it. It also clears up cradlecap a treat.

Suzi - posted on 01/29/2009

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We had the same problem. We attacked it from a few angles. First, Aquafor is amazing. We rub it on all dry spots every night and sometimes more than that. We also started using a humidifier in his room. And, we use Burt's Bees bath oil in his bath and only give him a bath every other day. Dry spots all gone!

User - posted on 01/28/2009

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My daughter had really dry skin also. Try using creams not lotions. Vasaline helps. Also don't use any Jonhsons baby or scented stuff. It creates more problems. The line baby aveeno is really good. there is bath soap and creams.

User - posted on 01/28/2009

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My son too,but he has also exzema....anyway,try to avoid bath every day,and when you do it,add a bit of milk and olive oil in the water....they call the"Cleopatra Bath"!



I hope that it will help your son,good luck!

Suzanne - posted on 01/28/2009

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Try Gaia Natural Baby; Earth's Best lotion or cream; or Burt's Bees lotion. All natural products and excellent. www.vitacost.com sells some of these products at a better price. Gaia product is from Australia. I would also consider an intake of Omega 3's as a supplement and provide your son with avocado in his diet.

User - posted on 01/28/2009

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Its from Johnson's company... you can find it in pretty much every baby section... comes in a tiny little box and looks like a baby pit stick... but its called soothing naturals. soothe and protect balm. i used it once on my babies legs cause they were always dry in the summer and that first time using it mad a world of a difference... i just started putting it on before we went out anywhere. works wonders on rough little knees from crawling too!

User - posted on 01/28/2009

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Its from Johnson's company... you can find it in pretty much every baby section... comes in a tiny little box and looks like a baby pit stick... but its called soothing naturals. soothe and protect balm. i used it once on my babies legs cause they were always dry in the summer and that first time using it mad a world of a difference... i just started putting it on before we went out anywhere. works wonders on rough little knees from crawling too!

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