Anyone else ever have to deal with baby eczema???

Tammy - posted on 09/01/2009 ( 432 moms have responded )

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Hayden has eczema and gets it from his fathers side (whom I don't speak to so I cannot ask about) And Hayden gets really bad rashes and itches non stop and I would love any advice on how to make him feel better if anybody knows anything! Please!





I only bath him approx 3-4 times a week with short luke warm oatmeal baths and I have tried aquaphor, vaseline, hydrocortozone, memesotone(dr prescribed), vaseline, baby eczema creamand a few more random lotions.....nothing seems to help keep the rashes down or make the itching stop....

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Lisa - posted on 09/11/2009

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The best thing we've done for eczema is to take flax seed oil regularly. There are kids chewables at Costco, but some kids don't go for the taste so I will often stir a tablespoon or so into oatmeal in the morning. Start with a little and work your way up and he probably won't even notice. I used to have severe eczema myself and this has completely taken care of the problem, where prescription creams and lotions wouldn't. Also, coconut oil is excellent (comes in a jar, get the organic kind if you can- you can sometimes even find it in the Asian foods cooking section, but Whole Foods type stores will have it) . It is absorbed well, isn't petroleum-based, and won't harm the texture of his skin the way a steroid cream can. It's greasy, though, so if one of my kids gets a flare-up, I will lay a towel under them at night and sneak in after they've gone to sleep and rub a bit in. Works great! I use it myself as a lotion and it's great. It's also the only oil that can actually be absorbed by the hair shaft, so try it as a hair treatment. Good luck!

Veronique - posted on 09/10/2009

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i have twin boys and the one has eczema. which was triggered off by the effect he had on his dad working way, well this is how i brought his eczema to non-existant. Throw Rooibos tea bags into hot water and let it draw to its strongest strength, then add coldwater and let baby soak in the tea for half and hour; dab/pat dry; massage baby with HEB (like vaseline) obtained at pharmacies you can even bath baby in the HEB its very good as it softens the skin and gives it elacticity - hope my info helps

Tina - posted on 09/10/2009

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I have a 10yr daughter that has it really bad and we use Aveeno stuff. It works really good but a little $$$$.

Sarah - posted on 09/02/2009

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My daughter had eczema when she was a baby as young as 4 weeks old. We tried several different products with no change. I read some of the posts because i didnt want to repeat anyone elses responses. I tried "Gentle Naturals by Baby Orajel" purchased at Walgreens. Its all natural & helps with the itching. It cleared my daughters up & also gave it to a friend to use & it helped their daughter too & they were told that she has a skin disorder that wouldnt go away. Also you can use this on your childs face. I recommend before bedtime giving a bath & applying. It helps soothe them. If it is on legs & arms put pants & long sleeves on ur child. It is very thick like vaseline. Works great. Also a suggestion...Im not sure how long u used each of these products, how old your child is, or how severe the eczema is. I know some people dont see a result fast enough so they just quit using it. Maybe they are not being used long enough. Good Luck. Would love to know if you tried it & if it helped.

Kristen - posted on 09/02/2009

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My 4 year old son had pretty severe infantile eczema. I went to every derm. in this town and finally ended up at a children's hospital with a really good pediatric derm. department. The thing that worked for my son was to not use ANY cream or "white" based products -- no lotions or creams even if they were supposed to be for sensitive skin or eczema. The Dr. prescribed 2.5% hydrocortizone in ointment or "clear" form and we would put that directly on the sores. Then we would cover the rest of his body with vaseline 3 times a day. At night we would put socks on his hands and duct tape the socks to the sleeves of his pajamas so that he couldn't take them off. After just a few weeks he looked like a different kid and acted like a different kid because he was finally getting some sleep! Every child is different but I remember how frustrated I was and I really hope this helps!

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Paula - posted on 09/11/2009

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i put oilatum junior in joshuas bath that seems to help and have dipubase to rum in2 him 2 both u can get of doctor i would give them a go if u have not tried them already

Thresa - posted on 09/11/2009

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Since I haven't seen this in the responses that I glanced through, let me tell you what has worked for us. My son had eczema when he was smaller, and thankfully seems to have grown out of it now. The Aveeno lotion that everyone is recommending is very good. I did use that for all over his body. Mostly, my son had breakouts on his face. I used lanolin (such as Lansinoh - the kind that nursing mothers use). I would use just a dab and rub it gently on the area of the breakout. I would use it 2-3 times a day depending on how bad it was. This worked well for him. Of course he looked funny because his face was all shiny =) Let me tell you - I use this for chapped lips on my little ones. It doesn't sting the way that some lip balms do, and isn't easy to lick off. And it also works great to help with that rash that babies get around their mouths when they are teething and all of the drool is causing irritaion. Long story short - I always keep a tube of this stuff around! Hope you find a way to help your little guy!

Dominique - posted on 09/11/2009

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Girl my baby has the same thing. That's y ur baby skin is so bad u have 2 bath ur baby everday w/dove sensitive skin soap, lotion w/ cortisone 1% cream thn lotion w/vaseline intensive care. I usually bath him @ night n his father bathes him in the morning. If u follow this routine ur baby skin will get better. Dove is a moisterizing soap.

Jennifer - posted on 09/11/2009

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My son is 14 months old and still gets flare-ups. I only give him a bath every couple days now and use Dove soap or Avenno body wash. I used Dreft detergent for about 8 months and now use Tide and my doctor told me to NOT use dryer sheets in the laundry on his clothes and bedding. Use Cethapil lotion or Eucerin. His dermatologist just gave us a sample of a new lotion CeraVe, we have not tried it yet. He also has prescription cream Locoid or a gel Fluticasone to use when his eczema flares up. The best advice the dermatologist told us was to moisturize him 2-3 times a day with lotion to prevent the flare-ups. It seems to be under control right now but we'll see how it is this winter.

Sandra - posted on 09/11/2009

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Sounds like you have tried a lot of external things. What at about the internal? I have heard that eczema clears up with essential fatty acids, like flax seed oil and the omegas. being sure to get a good quality that is NOT rancid.

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My baby too had it pretty bad and lots of hydro cortozone put it at bay ... One hope I have for you (maybe) is that hopefully Hayden will "out grow" it ... my daughters skin started to clear around three years old and now she is eight.

Sally - posted on 09/11/2009

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Arbonne International has a line of baby products called ABC and their lotion, baby wash and diaper rash stuff worked like a charm with my children and yes even on a seven y/o. Use the D R stuff on serouis area and wash then in the wash very mild all natural, and then the lotion or oil!! just google arbonne for there web site.

Sally - posted on 09/11/2009

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Quoting Tammy:

Anyone else ever have to deal with baby eczema???

Hayden has eczema and gets it from his fathers side (whom I don't speak to so I cannot ask about) And Hayden gets really bad rashes and itches non stop and I would love any advice on how to make him feel better if anybody knows anything! Please!


I only bath him approx 3-4 times a week with short luke warm oatmeal baths and I have tried aquaphor, vaseline, hydrocortozone, memesotone(dr prescribed), vaseline, baby eczema creamand a few more random lotions.....nothing seems to help keep the rashes down or make the itching stop....


 

Carie - posted on 09/11/2009

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Poor Hayden. I am so sorry to hear that he suffers from Eczema. My Zachary suffered from horrible Eczema when he was smaller. He is 6 now and we still have to watch out for it. I ended up having to take him to a dermatologist and they prescribed a medication cream for him. The cream worked wonders. We also had to use the eczema friendly body washes and lotions. To this day I also use a laundry detergent that is free of everything. Tide and ALL have these. I hope your little guy feels better soon!

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I would make sure that any moisturizer that you use is alcohol-free - a good one to use is Eucerin.

Amanda - posted on 09/11/2009

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hi, my 4yr old has eczema since he was a baby, we use QV bath oil and QV revive body moisturiser. he also has a steriod cream for when it's really bad called celestone, but that's prescribed by dr and maybe too strong for your little ones skin but there are different strengths you can ask your dr, dermaid is also good , but check with your dr first.

Leslie - posted on 09/11/2009

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Have you tried Eucerin? It is expensive but worked for my daughter - the thick kind in a jar. I didn't bathe her more than every other day and sometimes I would just get a washcloth and 'spot clean' her and then put the Eucerin on. It makes me wonder also if he has an allergy to a pet - my daughter does so we can't have anything with dander - no dogs or cats, makes a big difference. Also, he might have a food allergy that makes it worse. I sure hope this is helpful - I feel for ya!

Annie - posted on 09/11/2009

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My nephew suffered from horrible eczema when he was little and his mother figured out by trial and error that he is allergic to food coloring ecspecially Red 40. She eliminated Red 40 and the yellow from his diet and it cleared up almost immediately. You can look at the list of ingredients on food labels to see what colors it has in it.

Charlotte - posted on 09/11/2009

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Here is the real deal: food and seasonal allergies. Remove immediately all wheat/gluten from the diet and dairy. There will be a detox period where the child behaves badly because they crave it but it totally cleared my daughter's condition. These foods can cause ADD/ADHD symptoms too. We tried everything for 7 years also. My child cried everyday and was generally in a poor disposition. We took her to a traditional allergist who could NOT detect food allergies. We did a blood draw for food allergies with an internist/Naturopathic physician locally and she was allergic to wheat/eggs/milk. We took all of that out and the eczema went away except for some small areas during pollen seasons. This is a child who we had to medically glue her knuckle on her pinkie finger one year because the eczema was so bad it cracked the skin to the point it wanted to grow that way. She had awful diaper rash as a baby. This works but it takes a lot of work to get it out of the body and to changed the menus in your house. It is so worth it to have a well child. Good luck.

Lisa - posted on 09/11/2009

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One of my twins as eczema her doctor prescribed 2 different steroids creams one for moderate to severe when it acts up (this occurs mainly after returning from a wked visit with her father) and a less severe cream. He told me to follow the following steps to treat it... Aveeno oatmeal bath at night, dove wash, the cream first (depending on how bad it is I choose which to use), vaseline at night/aquaphor in the morning and if she tries to itch it use bendryl at night & zrytec during the day. When I first took her in for it it was bad he expected it to take about a month to clear up however with 2 wks and following his orders completely her skin looked great. He also advised me to keep them indoors for a few days bc there plants/grass/flowers/insects that can irritate the eczema...it was hard since my girls are 2 yrs old however it helped a great deal. Good luck!! I also read that if children develop this at such a young age they tend to grow out of it by their 7/8th bday.

Arika - posted on 09/11/2009

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Avenno non scented bath wash and lotion. Worked wonders for Kory who had it. He got it from his father's side. It's all gone now!

Sinead - posted on 09/11/2009

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Hi, I don't have a child with eczema but I had one of the worst cases known in the UK. From the age of 6 until about 19 years of age. I had every test and cream known to man. One of the things I would recommend is to see a homeopath alongside convention medicine. I still have to use Betnovate (prescription only) today which is a very strong steroid cream that takes away the itch. I also recommend that you try and form a continual barrier with hydrocortisone creams or even E45 cream. Try and keep as much moisture as you can on infected areas at night and get sunlight and air to it in the day. Also keep strong you are doing a great job :-) management of the symptoms os all you can do until they grow out of it.

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My Baby also gets eczema, I bath him with Aqueous Cream only, I find fragrace products, even baby products give him eczema. Dr prescribed Advantan (S4) ointment, I mix it with Aqueous Cream and apply to affected area, works wonderfully!! Rooibos Tea in bath water also relieves the itching.

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My Baby also gets eczema, I bath him with Aqueous Cream only, I find fragrace products, even baby products give him eczema. Dr prescribed Advantan (S4) ointment, I mix it with Aqueous Cream and apply to affected area, works wonderfully!! Rooibos Tea in bath water also relieves the itching.

Dawn - posted on 09/11/2009

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i have eczema and my eldest who is not nearly 6 only has it on his joints mine got worse after both births seems to calming down now, i use oilatum from the doctors cream and bath as they get older it will decrease the sun really helps when we're away, if this helps

Dawn - posted on 09/11/2009

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Quoting Tammy:

Anyone else ever have to deal with baby eczema???

Hayden has eczema and gets it from his fathers side (whom I don't speak to so I cannot ask about) And Hayden gets really bad rashes and itches non stop and I would love any advice on how to make him feel better if anybody knows anything! Please!


I only bath him approx 3-4 times a week with short luke warm oatmeal baths and I have tried aquaphor, vaseline, hydrocortozone, memesotone(dr prescribed), vaseline, baby eczema creamand a few more random lotions.....nothing seems to help keep the rashes down or make the itching stop....


 

Toni - posted on 09/11/2009

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try products from the Forever Living Aloe vera range. To find out more email me at toni@blueskies.me.uk

Cheryl - posted on 09/11/2009

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Well, I battled eczema with my daughter for 26 years! She still has the problem but she now knows how to get it in control. Your best bet when he is this size is to keep him in caladryl at night for the itch. Scratching causes it to get worse because it gets inflamed.I have tried alot of things over the years, but you cant beat this for night time. She still ask me to put some on her shoulders and back. She does stay covered during outbreaks and this makes the itching minimal. I have tried every cream, trick, and old wives tale to no avail. He might out grow it or maybe he has allergies. Good Luck!

Marcella - posted on 09/11/2009

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try david hosking's hypoallergenic balm - my sons have it, not all over but in the elbow creases, behind the knees, etc, especially in this weather (start of autumn). we put it on as often as we can (4+ times or more) and the red goes away after 2 days, then the skin is healed in about a week without leaving any scars, scabs, dry skin, etc! you can get it at smartmums.hk or from hoskingpharmacy website. it's best to put some on before swimming - helps protect the skin from chemicals in the pool! hope this helps... (best thing about it is that it's free of hydrocortisone)

Lynn - posted on 09/10/2009

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We had our first encounter with it this summer. I think going to the pool did not help. I was told to keep him dry and put on cortisporin cream and use lubriderm. It helped but did not get rid of it until just now. Note we are done going to the pool.

Lynn - posted on 09/10/2009

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We had our first encounter with it this summer. I think going to the pool did not help. I was told to keep him dry and put on cortisporin cream and use lubriderm. It helped but did not get rid of it until just now. Note we are done going to the pool.

Katie - posted on 09/10/2009

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Hi Tammy!

Renew Lotion is the BEST!!! It is 7 times more effective than Eucerine, which is the leading Dermatologist recommended lotion! It's non-greasy, locks in moisture and has been known to heal eczema, psoriasis and other skin problems. It's manufactured by a company called Melaleuca. If you've never heard of it, check out the website www.melaleuca.com We've switched to using ALL of their products and threw out all of the other cleaners and household products and personal products that were filled with chemicals that lead to asthma, eczema, cancers and other diseases. Melaleuca is amazing... got to check it out!



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dont know if some one else suggested, but work from the inside out! Make sure he is getting enough essential fatty acids. Flax seed oil, borage oil, or similar. Ask someone at a health food store. Add olive oil to food you feed him. It cannot hurt. Good fats are important for brain development.

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Hi there. My daughter used to get bad eczema, too (she's 11 now). Vaseline, baby lotions, etc. all are/have petroleum, which you definitely don't want on your son - it blocks the skin, doesn't allow breathing or healing. For my daughter, I rubbed a little evening primrose oil on her patches and that worked very well (soothing and healing, nothing artificial or steroid), and started to give her evening primrose oil capsules, which helped a LOT (she chewed them and liked them - not much flavor).

But when she was about 3, I took her off all dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, etc) and soy, and bingo - eczema GONE! In fact, dairy makes her really bad behavior (aggressive, hyper, almost like she's drugged) so she's still dairy-free. Usually. Final couple wks of last school year, she decided to not get too careful about what she ate from other kids, and did ingest tiny amts of dairy and soy, and within days of school ending, her eczema (on face mostly, and some on arms) came back. So now she understands fully.

I rambled a bit, but I've been through yrs of research and experimenting, and allopathic and naturopathic docs. I hope this helps you...

Good luck!

Amanda - posted on 09/10/2009

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I like to use Aveeno skin Relief moisturizing lotion with cooling menthol.and aquafore for badies. I found this at Walmart.

Heather - posted on 09/10/2009

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My daughter was around 3 months old and she broke out with a bumpy type rash all over her body except her face. We thought she had an allergic reaction to baby cereal so we took her to the doctor. Come to find out it was eczema. They prescribed her sodium hyaluronate O.1% lotion and it healed it right up. It is expensive but we have only had to fill it once and we haven't even used half the bottle. So I say it works great. It's slimy like a glue that's been thinned with water but it worked great. They also prescribed a steroid cream (sounds bad but it isn't) because she had a couple of bad places that were real red and broke out and irritated and it cleared it up overnight. We only had to use it a few times and once we got it under control we just used the lotion. We hardly ever have to use the lotion now.

Angela - posted on 09/10/2009

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I found Hemp cream from The Body Shop works with my two children. (one nearly 3yr and the other just turned 1yr old)

Melinda - posted on 09/10/2009

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The trick with eczema is to keep the baby cool. This doesn't mean to blow a fan on him but in essense do not over dress. Quick baths are good - pat dry but do not dry the baby off completely need to keep moisture in. Then you can apply aquafor, vaseline or eucerin cream (the one that comes in a tub and look like a paste.) so that the lotion/cream seal in the water. you should see your pediatrician when it gets red or really really itchy for the baby - hope this helps.

Kathy - posted on 09/10/2009

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My two year old grandson gets it at first it was real bad, I was sent to a dermatologist

she prescribed Triamcinolone Acetonide oitment.it works I was told he should grow out of it by age 5

Karen - posted on 09/10/2009

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Last November my guy ( 8 months) started to get eczema. We thought the baby Mum Mum's were not agreeing with him it turns out it was eczema that spread over 80% of his face and started on his body core. It was red, dry cracking and bleeding. I tried allot of different things we eventually found a great Naturopath Doctor that treats the whole body systems and he is like new after less than 4 months. The doctor used a series of Bach remedies that treated worked wonderfully right now we are about 98% better and he is on Schwef Heel for a few weeks, it was amazing to see the transformation. I have since found out that eczema gone untreated can turn into asthma in older children but if treated as an enfant or toddler this can be prevented. So I would start with a Naturopath if you are open to holistic medicine.

Lisa - posted on 09/10/2009

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Our oldest daughter has had eczema since birth. Her skin was so bad that her knuckles were raw and the skin behind her eyes was separated from her head, it looked like her ears were separating from her head. We were told to try Dove soap rather than any baby wash. It really helped her. We also use detergent that is free of any dyes or perfumes. When she has a flare up we have a rx cream from the dr. - it is a mix of hydrocortisone and aquaphor, the pharmacy has to mix it together. It seems to help overnight on bad outbreaks.

Diane - posted on 09/10/2009

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My daughter had it as a baby, and still has it at the age of 35. The only thing that ever helped her were the oatmeal baths and steroid creams prescribed by her doctor. I can say that it was always worse for her in summer so you may be coming into a better season,

Ksenia - posted on 09/10/2009

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for us the only thing that worked was a steroid cream (prescription only), thankfully after being treated with it for 2 weeks or so, it went away and never came back.

Dana - posted on 09/10/2009

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Both of my boys were born with eczema and both grew out of it by the age of 2. You can try Aquaphor to keep the skin moisturized and Cetaphil for baths. Make sure the water is luke warm and not hot. That should help keep the flare ups to a minimum.

Cheryl - posted on 09/10/2009

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I found what work for my daughter was going to the health food store and getting something called seabuckthorn oil. Its natural, but expensive. The good thing is you don't need very much about 2-3 drops in their mouth. To relieve the itch, I went to Sage and got thier cream called Eczema Ease. I also changed the type of detergent I used on her clothes and put them through a double rise to make sure their was no residue left on them. I also redused the amout of bathing I did and used the lotion right after.

Denise - posted on 09/10/2009

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My daughter has eczema since she was a baby also. the best thing that worked for her was Bathing with Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. It is a non-water based lotion soap and you dont have to use water to rinse off. Just use a wash cloth. So she actually only went into a bath every 3 days. The other days I just used the lotion soap and wiped her down. After that mix 2% hydocortisone cream with a lotion for dry skin and apply all over the body once a day. This is the regimen her doctor told me to follow. Try it and see. You might also look into using a laundry detergent specifically for baby clothes because they have less chemicals in them.

Sue - posted on 09/10/2009

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my daughter has suffered with eczema since age 6 months and is now 7. the only thing I found to stop her getting eczema was to buy products such as shampoo that did not contain sodium laurel sulphate, this is the stuff that makes your bubble bath, shampoo and even toothpaste foam. Once I did this I found that the only time my daughter has ever had an outbreak since is when I didnt manage to get her the SLS free shampoo and used ordinary shampoo on her for a couple of days which resulted in a nasty eczema outbreak. you can find these products online and the are not overly expensive. the results in my daughter were dramatic! I also only wash my daughters skin in aqueous cream never soap or body washes of any kind. The SLS free shampoos don't lather as well as the ones with SLS in them but small price to pay for easing my daughters discomfort. To stop itching I give my daughter antihystamine like piraton or something equivalent. hope this helps you.

Manda - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son Jaiden had it pretty bad... I found that baby Aveeno is the best thing out there... Use the Bath soap and lotion =) always use unscented wipes and diapers as well... Oh and find a good laundry detergent that works for sensitive skin.. i use tide

Nicole - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son gets it on his face and back the worst. I got a prescription for hydrocortisone which helps with the itching sometime. I also use Eucerine it comes in a tub. I also stopped using fabric softeners and go for the Downy free stuff. I changed the the of bedding he had too. Anything fluffy or wooly really irritated his face. He liked to rub his face on fabrics. LOL. So his bedding pretty much consists of crib sheets and a t-shirt like cotton blankets. He still gets it but it comes and goes which is natural and I've been told he should grow out of it. You just need to keep him moisturized. Always put lotion on him. That and look into if it gets worse with certain foods he eats since that can be a cause too.

Sara - posted on 09/10/2009

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Yes, my daughter is 2 1/2 and has it to. we found this out when she went to the hospital with MRSA. she get's a bath everyday because of the mrsa, and has to stay pretty clean. you might want to try getting a water softener installed in your home and if you use bubble baths you might want to stop because they dry out the skin, instead look for baby soap that says right on the front that it helps with eczema and use the lotions right after bath time and any other time he might be itchy.

Angel - posted on 09/10/2009

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My son first showed signs of eczema at age 2 weeks, he is now 5 yrs old. This summer after a weekend in the hospital from swelling from his eczema, we decided to do more research. We litterally tried everything! We found Boston Children's Hospital in Boston Massachussetts. I suggest checking out their website. They have done wonders for our family.

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