baby eczema

Clare - posted on 06/01/2009 ( 4 moms have responded )

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our baby daughter who is almost 10 months has got eczema on the backs of her knees her foot and some on her belly, does anyone have any ideas of the best way to deal with it? thanks!

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Ariel - posted on 06/01/2009

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Eucerin has been great for my son. I have heard from other moms that if there are cracks in the skin the Eucerin can sting, for cracked skin Cetaphil or straight Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, or a natural Baby Oil like Burt's Bees works well also. Just avoid anything with fragrance, dyes, or unnecessary chemicals. Burt's Bees also makes a natural sunscreen that we are trying out right now. Hoping it doesn't cause a reaction.
Oh! and don't go light on the lotion, slather it on! Eczema is kind of like a healing poison oak reaction, it itches like crazy, and it itches more when it's dry, so keep it soft and moisturized.

If you aren't sure yet of the cause some things to try are removing foods from her diet (milk is a big one, and can cause eczema even via breastmilk), one big indicator of a food allergy is mucus in the stool. If it's not a food allergy, make sure you are washing all her clothes and linens before first use and with a dye and perfume free detergent. Sometimes it's just an allergic reaction to one of the chemicals new fabrics are treated with. It can also just be sensitivity to certain things in the air, dust, dander, pollen, low humidity, high humidity... lol, I've done my research. If it's a brand new breakout and not a regular occurence try hunting for culprits in the foods, fabrics, and weather she was recently exposed to. Not much you can do about the weather, but you can keep her covered with light cotton to reduce chafing and sweating, and keep a humidifier in her room if it's dry. Also, try cleaning your heating system vents and filters if you have one, they pump dust, dander and other allergens all thru your house and can aggravate both sinus and skin allergies. If she is scratching at it a lot talk to your pediatrician about getting her on a hydrocortisone cream to reduce the itching, as the biggest danger with eczema is secondary infection caused by scratching, such as staph infections.
Good luck! If all else fails, most babies with infant eczema will grow out of it by age 3. :)

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Carly - posted on 06/01/2009

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Change your soaps and lotions, too. I've found that J&J irritated it more. I haven't used that brand since my first son was young.

Kelli - posted on 06/01/2009

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My daughter has it really bad and the doctor suggested and we tried Cetaphil the cream. You can get it at walmart its on the pricey side but works wonders we put it on her twice a day in the morning and before bed. Your daughter is not old enough to scratch yet, but if she does start doing it in her sleep my dr suggested benedryl before bed helps them not to scratch in their sleep.

Carla - posted on 06/01/2009

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I have heard that Eucerin (sp?) lotion works well for excema and other skin type conditions. I have excema myself, but am unable to use the lotion because of a reaction.

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