My son has really bad eczima.....

Marie - posted on 02/04/2009 ( 43 moms have responded )

135

22

20

He has a large outbreak on his face and his cheeks are sooo inflamed and red and irritated. He also has it all over his legs and arms and now a few patches are appearing on his back and chest. He did have cradle cap too and it stayed for like two months...it is still faint but there. I have used Aquaphor and a baby eczima cream, and some natural ones too, but nothing seems to be helping!!!! He scratches at night and even with being swaddled and his hands in socks, gets out of it and makes his skin more irritated and by morning it's oozing. Any suggestions on what else to try?? I have done some research online and some things I will try but I need more options.....

This conversation has been closed to further comments

43 Comments

View replies by

Eli - posted on 12/09/2012

1

0

0

Hey Marie Try Aloe Infusion their website is www.aloeinfusion.com My grandfather used this cream and it handled his dry skin that he had for many years. this is the first thing that he used that worked and I like that its natural. Also my friend Betty's daughter had bad eczema on her leg and I gave her some to use and it went away in about a week.

Michelle - posted on 02/05/2009

2

0

0

just read all your other messages, mostly about how to treat the symptoms. i can tell you now your child has food intolerance, and if you dont find out what is the cause, the exzema may clear up with treatment, but the food intolerance will come out in a different form, asthma, hyperactivity, tummy aches, sleeplessness, or something else. i have 3 food intolerant kids, it would blow your mind to know what ive been through, and i would put a million dollars on your child having some kind of food intolerance. sue dengates diet has been designed by a hospital, her books are easy to read. just try it. love to know how you get on!

Michelle - posted on 02/05/2009

2

0

0

hi marie, have you looked at his diet? if not then look up sue dengate-failsafe diet on the internet, if you want to know more, i can tell you heaps more

Alisha - posted on 02/05/2009

12

9

3

My son has dry skin, not eczema, but always a runny nose/cough and mushy diapers several times a day, I just thought it was mold or the house or getting sick a lot, but one day he got hives, just for a day and it prompted me to get a prick test done. We'll need to do a blood test as well but on the prick test he reacted to wheat oat and sesame! I was totally surprised as allergies don't run in the family, from what the pediatric allergist/ENT said, allergies on the inside definitely cause all the symptoms on the outside. We are meant to alter his diet and I'll be curious to see if that changes his diaper/cold symptoms and eases his dry skin. One diet I've read a lot about is the specific carbohydrate diet (really only feasible if you are sure there is no milk allergy). We are actually going to try the gluten free/dairy free diet and just eliminate the oat and sesame as well. I am a very scientific person and medically minded and the logic behind the specific carb diet is the best I've seen so far. I'd suggest an allergy test or food intolerance test. You can ask for EMLA cream to numb his arm before the blood test and then if you take a DVD player or his favorite distraction it shouldn't be bad, also if you research online first you can get the comprehensive test where they only need one pediatric vial of blood to test for everything instead of just showing up at the lab and having someone try to draw multiple vials for 10 things, the combo test tests for 120-140 food allergies with the one vial. (all per my sister who has to do this kind of stuff all the time with her son & daughter who are autistic, my son isn't but there could be a link).

Jenifer - posted on 02/04/2009

11

4

0

Okay, so I realize that everyone is trying to sell you something :) but...I sell Arbonne, and i have a lot of people around me with children with ecxema and, I have given them the baby oil and it has cleared it up.  If you have someone you know that sells it ask them for a sample to try on a spot and see if it works.  If you don't let me know and I will send you a sample.  I KNOW that this works.  And it is cheap.  The baby oil last forever.  This is one of the reasons that I sell it.  Because it does help, and I know it will help you baby.  Let me know if you need a sample.  Good luck!

Jenifer - posted on 02/04/2009

11

4

0

Okay, so I realize that everyone is trying to sell you something :) but...I sell Arbonne, and i have a lot of people around me with children with ecxema and, I have given them the baby oil and it has cleared it up.  If you have someone you know that sells it ask them for a sample to try on a spot and see if it works.  If you don't let me know and I will send you a sample.  I KNOW that this works.  And it is cheap.  The baby oil last forever.  This is one of the reasons that I sell it.  Because it does help, and I know it will help you baby.  Let me know if you need a sample.  Good luck!

Belinda - posted on 02/04/2009

4

24

0

Looks everybody wants to get paid huh! Try the bathing him in selsum blue and rubbing him down in petroleum jelly is thicker (not vaseline) so the dear sweet baay can get some releif and you can get some much deserved rest please baby. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain. You don't have to be put out to afford it, plus you'll have more than enough for the next times. Do the jelly and the selsum blue daily at first, then when you notice the skin starting to heal over pretty good use the petroleum jelly daily and the selsum blue about twice a week you may have to do this for as long asthe ezemia presist. In our family useally after a few years we out grew ours but continued to use the petroleum jelly any way. Ezemia is only a severe case of dry skin. petrleum jelly is the best thing for it. As for the selsum blue it has a agent in it that heals skin conditions after all dandriff is flakey skin. I Don't know why doctors don't say it, guess they promote the drug industry sell, but do can promise that you'll save money and your mind this way.

Belinda - posted on 02/04/2009

4

24

0

Selsum blue shampoo and petroleum jelly my family swears by this for generations. You will be glad you did

Amy - posted on 02/04/2009

2

16

0

I work for a company that has a producy that will clear up all eczema problems!  If you are interested in finding out more information-please contact me to find out how I can help you.  Contact Amy at (815)467-6295

Jeanette - posted on 02/04/2009

2

2

0

Hello Marie . . . I encourage you to try Shaklee products. I used other natural supplements for several years before being introduced to Shaklee in the early 1990's. I was very skeptical at first, but once I saw the difference they made in my own energy levels and in the health of my children, I began telling others. I have seen the difference they make in people's health. Shaklee is the #1 natural nutrition company in the United States. We have been around since 1956. Our company does extensive clinical testing, research and development and products are subjected to over 83,000 tests annually to insure product purity, safety and efficacy. Studies on our products are published in scientific papers and peer-reviewed journals. We have never had a product recall in over 50 years and the products are 100% guaranteed. The products I suggest that you consider are our Vita-Lea Ocean Wonders Children's Chewable multi-vitamin or Vita-Lea Infant Mix (powder), our probiotic called Optiflora, GLA Complex (gamma linolenic acid) as a source of Omega 6 and OmegaGuard as a source of Omega 3 fatty acids. You can even pierce a GLA capsule and rub it into infected areas. If you want a baby oil/cream, look at our Small Wonder Creamy Baby Oil, but remember, it's important to work to correct the imbalance which can only be done with nutritional support. Often children with eczema have or develop asthma so it is good to address these issues now. One young Mom that I was able to help had a baby daughter with eczema on her face so severe that she had scratched and broken the skin. The mom was especially concerned because the baby's christening was approaching. We started a program and she saw results pretty quickly. When I saw the baby at her christening just a few months later, her skin was absolutely beautiful! Visit my website http://www.shaklee.net/jeanetteforlanosl... Another area I suggest that you consider is the products you use to clean your home and do laundry. Changing household products to Shaklee's Get Clean line of "green" cleaners is a simple change that makes dramatic differences in everyone's health, especially children. A Day Care Center that I encouraged to switch from conventional cleaning products to Get Clean saw a dramatic reduction in the number of children that needed inhalers. For more detailed information about the Get Clean line, visit http://shaklee.net/simplesolutions/getcl... A very good book that you might want to check out is Superimmunity for Kids (What to Feed Your Children to Keep Them Healthy Now - and Prevent Disease in Their Future) by Leo Galland, M.D. I saw that there are several young moms on this website dealing with children with eczema. I hope this information is helpful to you and to them. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. Take care . . . Jeanette

Rachel - posted on 02/04/2009

2

9

1

I find that the hydrocortizone OINTMENT works for us,when nothin else did.The creams don't do anything but like Cortizone has cream and ointments,I bought both and the ointment worked,I just use it like lotion and put it on him daily when he gets washed up.Hope this helps a bit.

Amber - posted on 02/04/2009

3

8

0

My little girl has real bad psoriasis (originally they called it excema, but it got worse), so I know all about what your going through. We have used all the steroid creams and then some. I finally refuse to use them any longer. The over-the-counter lotions, oils and creams seem to do just as good as the steriod stuff. So I would reccomend all the home remedies that people have suggested. Good Luck!

[deleted account]

My kids have it too.  I use pure shea butter and that works great.  My youngest had it behind his knees and he would scratch it and it went away when I started using the shea butter.  I also use Aquaphor (from Eucerin)  when he get out of the tub while his skin was still damp I put that all over him. Now they only get breakouts when they are in too much water, when my oldest goes swimming in the summer.  My first child had it so bad as an infant that her skined peeled and the doctors thought she was 3 weeks over due and she was only a week late.  Try to find some shea butter.  It is even better than lotion.

Acacia - posted on 02/04/2009

14

27

0

There is some cream at walmart/target that is for excema, that my girlfriend uses on her son. She LOVES it!  I don't recall the name but it has baby tiger and pooh on it. It's in a light green bottle.

Gemma - posted on 02/04/2009

3

21

0

I have suffered with eczema all my life and the best thing for me is cetraben its a cream which you can buy ova the counter, I have also used doublebase which is a cream but when you put it on it has a barrier to keep ur skin moisterised . A friend cleared her sons skin up with a chinese ointment from a chinese herbalist it worked wonders and it was all natural .



There are alot of crap out there and cons so dont be fooled into buying expensive stuff go to your pharmasist they are usually pretty good and try thoughs creams x

Kristine - posted on 02/04/2009

149

5

23

A lot of people had mentioned allergies and it could very well be that so you should have him tested for things like dairy and stuff. It could also be allergies to what you are using for laundry detergent or if you use bleach or it could be the body wash or bar soap too. It sounds like you are interested in a more natural approach too which I think is wonderful. I am a member of a company that has been concerned with the health of people as well as the environment for over 23 years and by people just switching their home to those products instead of grocery store brands it has helped them tremendously. The lotion and bath oil the make has worked wonders for people with really bad ezcema and they only have outbreaks now when they use a product that isn't made by this company or if they go on vacation and sleep on hotel sheets (because they are washed in different laundry detergent). The products also dissinfect so if he has open sores it will soothe them and help to reduce the risk of infection. Most people say it only takes a few days to clear the ezcema up. If you would like more information so you can do more research feel free to contact me directly at 608-524-3441 or go to my website and request more info www.livetotalwellness.com/mybiz



If you have already found something that works then that's great and if you ever want more info on more natural products you can contact me for that as well if you would like.



Good luck!!

Eva - posted on 02/04/2009

118

16

16

I work with a wellness company that has a lotion that has cleared eczema. If you are interested in trying some of these products they are fairly cheep and they work. For more information just contact me.. Thankyou

Mary - posted on 02/04/2009

1

10

0

I see you've received a bunch of responses already but I wanted to chime in. When my 9 month old son was a newborn he had the WORST eczema covering his whole body. I tried everything and nothing helped in the least. I happened to come across a booth at a local festival for a skin cream called Hawaiian Moon Aloe. It's 100% natural and helps all sorts of skin problems, particularly eczema. We tried a little bit on him right then and there and the redness started improving almost instantly. In fact, a woman came by while we were putting this stuff on him and she told me she has eczema really bad, bought that cream and it was like a miracle for her. Well, I bought it and only had to use it for a short time. The eczema completely cleared up within a week. Every now and then a patch will show up and I'll put the cream on him and it's gone by the next day. It's the best stuff ever and I highly recommend it. I'll put the link to their website in case you are interested. I just recommended it to my friend whose newborn has eczema badly. She LOVES it.



https://www.aloecream.biz/shop.htm



Good luck! I hope your babies skin clears up soon!



Mary

Zhyomie - posted on 02/04/2009

8

22

0

Hi i know this might sound weird but try a oatmeal bath. My son has eczema and so do i. When i was younger and my mother always did the oalmeal bath. You would just boil oatmeal let it sit till warm and pour in tub of course strain so it will be creamy. My doctor told me to use crisco but i decided to use vaseline and that seem to work i know its yucky butits worked for me everyones different i hope everything works for you.

Nicole - posted on 02/04/2009

7

62

0

My 4 year old son has eczema as well. We switched his soap to goats milk soap (available at walmart), and we bought him a hazelwood necklace, Did wonders! Good luck

Erica - posted on 02/04/2009

2

26

0

hey, i have a 6month old who has got eczima and has pretty much had it from birth and also like your little boy had the cradle cap as well. My little boy is covered in it also and i have found that the oil i am putting on him has inproved it about 90% to what it was the cradle has gone and him eczima looks fantastic i also use this oil as i have psoriasis the name of the oil is "the good oil" the no. is 0266872620 and the email is . goodskin@thegoodoil.com hope this helps

erica

Carolyn - posted on 02/04/2009

5

13

0

We use a perscription steriod cream as needed and it usually clears up any break outs quickly.  I have also found that I can mix it with aquafore so it is not full strength.  My son also had the oozing you described and there is nothing worse.  I stayed up many nights keeping him from scratching in his sleep.  We lotion him up with Cetaphil Cream from head to toe in the morning and in the night before bed.  We used Aquafore for this, but the Cetaphil cream is almost like a cold cream and is not greasy like the aquafore.  You can also add some baby oil to the bath water and don;t give him a bath more than every other day or a few times a week.  As much as I didn;t like to have to resort to the steriod cream....it did work very quickly.

Jamie - posted on 02/04/2009

5

0

0

Hello. Both my children have eczema and I know what you are going through. I have used aquaphor (the vasline kind) and hyydrocorta.zone cream. My kids flare up so bad that their doctor prescribed hydrocortisn which is a priscribtion strength of hydrocortazone. It is a steroid cream and should not be used everyday. You can use it for 5 days until it clears up and only use it when he has very bright red areas. Use the aquaphor and store bought hydrocortazone daily. Believe me I know what you are going through. My daughter scrathes until she bleeds. My son has it all over his face. Eczema can be a sign of allergies. Certain foods can cause flare ups. Eczema is very sensitive to soaps so be careful about what soap you use and how often you give them a bath. My children only get baths 2 times a week. They are only 4 and 15 months so they don't get that dirty. Daily bathing will make the skin irritated. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Nicola - posted on 02/04/2009

2

29

0

Quoting Marie:

My son has really bad eczima.....

He has a large outbreak on his face and his cheeks are sooo inflamed and red and irritated. He also has it all over his legs and arms and now a few patches are appearing on his back and chest. He did have cradle cap too and it stayed for like two months...it is still faint but there. I have used Aquaphor and a baby eczima cream, and some natural ones too, but nothing seems to be helping!!!! He scratches at night and even with being swaddled and his hands in socks, gets out of it and makes his skin more irritated and by morning it's oozing. Any suggestions on what else to try?? I have done some research online and some things I will try but I need more options.....



my daughter used to get extremely bad eczima around her eyes and it used to bleed and she would rub it in the night even if i put mitts on her ,nothing the doctors gave me helped i used  to be constantly worried about it .then another mum at the nursery recommended dead sea magic its a cream you can get it from holland and barretts and it cleared it up in a few days and it soothed it so she didnt want to rub the area anymore .also it doesnt hurt if the skin is cracked and chapped you can still apply it i swear by it now . i hope you find something that helps your little boy take care nicola x

Paula - posted on 02/04/2009

14

24

0

I meant I don't have to apply it any other time!! It has cleared up even on his face...lol

Erica - posted on 02/04/2009

6

5

1

My daughter had to go to an allergist because of her excema.  They gave me a steroid topical cream and it really works.  Now I use Aquaphor to maintain it. 

Sonya - posted on 02/04/2009

6

17

0

dont know if you have thought about it already but the way you describe the eczma sounds so much like my youngest sons, i tried the creams but it didnt work, it ended up being his milk he was having, he didnt need to go on to any special kind of milk i just changed  to a different make and it cleared up really quick.

Paula - posted on 02/04/2009

14

24

0

Hi! My son has had exema since infancy, I started using Olay Quench in the pump bottle and I couldn't believe it but it cleared it up...I use the one for sensitive skin, and I throw the bottle in the tub with him when I bathe him, it warms up the lotion, and I use a liberal amount on his entire body after bathing. I don't apply any other time-I don't have it cleared up ALL of it even on his face!! For my son's cradle cap-which still comes back if I use any type of shampoo, I went and bought a huge bottle of conditioner from a salon..the kind with the pump....that's all I use on his hair..conditioner. I don't know why?? but it works! I hope this helps you..take care..

User - posted on 02/04/2009

1

0

0

Use the creams and vaseline on the spots before getting in the water, as well as afterwards. Really limit bath times to only those times when he is really dirty. My son has battled this for years and even with the medication, coating the body BEFORE getting in the water has made the most difference.

Jennifer - posted on 02/04/2009

1

7

0

My son had eczima so bad on his face as an infant so i feel your pain.  what i found to work (not an instant fix) was switching the products such as baby wash, lotion and baby oils to a brand called arbonne.  it takes a while but it help keep it under controll.  Also most of the times eczima is cause by an allergy, when my pediatician told me it was some thing I was doing I left there in tears.( he was 2 months old at the time) 6 months later we did allergy test and found out he was allergic to apples, I breast feed and loved apple juice. go figure i was doing some thing

Rose - posted on 02/04/2009

1

4

0

my 4 yr old son had really bad excema which can be caused by everything and anything. my advice would be to take him to the doctors because if it gets really bad it may get infected which happened to my son and he needed a course of anti-biotics the doctor should give you a mild steroid cream which will get the excema under control and then its just a matter of trial and error to find out whats causing it, for my son it was diary products,eggs and anything that contains citric acid but grass pollen causes it to flair up as well. don't worry too much just watch what he eats and try to take note if it gets worse and then try not to give him anymore of that food for a while to see if it makes a difference. it took me a good few months to work out what made the excema flair up in my son.

Melissa - posted on 02/04/2009

2

2

0

My youngest has eczema and it was horrible when he was a little guy. He use to scratch himself until he was bleeding. I've had Dr. prescribe three different kinds of ointments. The last one (which I can't remember the name, I think it's tri...) helped tremendously mixed with good no scent lotion. My mother-in-law always suggested lard. Dr. say that makes it worse because it clogs the pores. Another thing is to find out if he has allergies and to what so that you can avoid outbreaks.

Rebecca - posted on 02/04/2009

1

9

0

Our dr. told us to use dove body wash during a bath and then afterwards lather baby with vaseline. It sounds funny, but it does seem to keep her eczema to a minimum. Hope this helps.

User - posted on 02/04/2009

1

14

0

My son had it also.Try to Eucerine Cream, it's the strongest stuff u can use without a prescription.Also bath him fast, the longer he's in the water the more he will dry out.Grease all of his creaces, behind his legs, under arm pits and behind his ears.Make sure when u take him out of the tub u really rub him from head to toe.Only fully bath him every other day, try to just wash him down on the odd days but grease him EVERY DAY..Good Luck.

Norella - posted on 02/04/2009

1

16

0

My son also had bad eczema. They do tend to grow out of it. The things I found that helped was adding a teaspoon of Flaxseed oil daily to his milk. Or try piercing a capsule of evening primrose oil on his stomach after bath/shower and rub that in.

Lots of moisturising with natural based moisturisers and emulsifying ointment.

[deleted account]

My baby has bad excema as well, i have prescription for bad flare ups, doc said for day to day to use impruv cream, found at some drugstores. Other good thing to do is bath daily and coat their body in vaseline when he's fresh out of the bath. Dermatologist said thats the best way to hold in moisture. His 2nd reccomedations for over the counter cream was prevex, but the impruv cream worked better. Good luck!



 



Oh yeah, Flax oil, taken daily cleared up my now 8 year olds excema.

Amanda - posted on 02/04/2009

37

7

1

My daughter has bad excezma and has since she was just an infant. Here is an awsome solution. Stop using baby wash... instead use Dr. Bronners Castile soap (I order mine from vitacost.com). After his baths, rub olive oil on him. It's a great and quick solution to exczema. Good luck! Oh put some oatmeal in his bath too... that helps lots!

Nicole - posted on 02/04/2009

35

18

4

I heard that oatmeal baths help. My daughter had thattoo and the doctor gave me a trial sample of some cream that cleared it up quickly. You should ask your baby's pediatrician for something.

Suzanne - posted on 02/04/2009

1

5

0

My daughter had to get a prescription from the doctor.  I don't remember what it was called, but it sounds like what your son needs if he's got it that bad. 

Amy - posted on 02/04/2009

7

6

0

My daughters both have eczema and the doctor had to give me prescription strength ointment. Have u had him checked for allergies? I have seen kids break out with what seems like a rash but it ends up being allergies.

Jeanette - posted on 02/04/2009

2

2

0

Dear Marie . . . Perhaps I can help. I have been able to suggest things to other young moms that have been very helpful to their children with eczema. Although creams may help soothe the condition, eczema is a sign that your little guy's system is a bit out of balance and working from the inside out could be very helpful. Have you tried probiotics, a really good multi-vitamin and essential fatty acids like Omega 3's and Omega 6's in the form of GLA? In addition to being a long-time proponet of natural, healthy alternatives to traditional medications, I am an independent representative for a company that makes natural, readily absorbed supplements that can really help. I would be happy to supply further information if you are interested. You can email me directly at jfslaw@verizon.net. Take care . . . Jeanette

Karleta - posted on 02/04/2009

1

10

1

My twins have eczema...the Dr. gave me a steroid cream (which I refuse to use). I resorted to the old fashion way...heavy oils. I bought vitamin E oil from walgreens and I combine it with olive oil and just grease them up (like little turkeys on Thanksgiving). Their skin has greatly improved. Their legs elbow and back were especially bad. At first I used it in the morning and evening, now that it's under control, only at night. You may want to be careful using it on your sons face (eye area). Hope this helps.

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms