Bad excema!!! How do I soothe it. My son itches so much and it bleeds heaps!! Help

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Cindy - posted on 11/16/2009

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AVOID DRY SKIN – moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! This is the single most important step in minimizing your child's eczema. Do not underestimate this! This needs to be part of your daily routine with your child.

Luke warm baths – hot water can dry the skin. Let your child play and soak in the bath. Do not let him soak in soapy water. It used to be felt that frequent bathing made eczema worse. Now we know that lukewarm baths allow water to soak into the skin.
Towel off gently by patting the skin. Do not rub dry.
Do not use plain soap – soap dries the skin, even liquid baby soap.
Use a moisturizing soap with no perfume – unscented Dove works very well. Cetaphil is a cleanser that is also soap-free and good for eczema.
Daily moisturizing lotion – this is very important. 2 to 4 times a day apply a moisturizing lotion or cream to the whole body, especially the affected areas. Some good brands include Aquaphor, Eucerin, or Keri lotion. One good time to apply this is right after the bath – it locks in the moisture.

Sarah - posted on 11/16/2009

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Try the Hemp Body Butter from The Body Shop. It worked wonders on my son. It's all natural, so he's less likely to have a reaction to it.

Andrea - posted on 11/16/2009

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Have you tried baby excema cream. otherwise what i use on both of my kids was Aquaphor.. They have this for baby and adults.. My hubby and I start using it when winter is here.. Out kids have been using since i brought them home and even in the hospital.. It also come in gentle wash is what its called.. i use this every time i give the kids a bath and has work great.. Hope this helps but if it is a really bad case i would talk to my babies doctor and see if there is some thing that will help.. you as the mom knows whats best for baby.. Take Care. Wish u luck.. Hope that this might help..

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Valencia - posted on 11/20/2009

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I've heard Mayo can help with the itching and dryness. My nephews mom uses Eucerin cream for his constant itching.

Dana - posted on 11/20/2009

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We haven't had extreme problems with excema, but our daughter does have it. Our dermatologist recommended VaniCream (an over the counter super lotion without an coloring, fragrance, etc). We put it on her immediately after each bath, and it's done a good job of controlling it. Sounds like your son's case is more severe. A big tub costs ~ $10. Well worth it at our house.

Simone - posted on 11/20/2009

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i was bathed in calomine lotion as a kid for about half an hour every other day then smoothered in cream. i had it bad on my cheeks and in my creases.

Tela - posted on 11/20/2009

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My daughter suffered from eczema as a baby and California Baby Calendula cream worked well. I think you can find it in the Target baby section. Another option is to try an alternative therapy by BioVeda Health & Wellness Centers. It's a non-invasive therapy using light and sound energy relaxation. Read more at www.BioVedaWellness.com. Doctors have had great results using it on chronic skin conditions such as eczema. Given your son's age you would probably do surrogate therapy. A doctor in your area can tell you more about it and advise you as to whether it's appropriate for your son, but given the severity of his eczema it may be worth a try.

Bernetta - posted on 11/20/2009

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I saw on the news a report about excema and there was a study about bleach in the bath water but talk to your doctor about this to make sure that you know all the information on how it will help with other thing that you use with it

Kaitlyn - posted on 11/20/2009

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If you already have the excema creme from the doctor, slather it on, and then place socks over where you have placed it, then put clothes over it. i would recommend this at bedtime, this is so the creme stays in place and does its job. Have you tried using eucerin that works as well.

Roumelia - posted on 11/20/2009

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i use a mulsifying ointment to bathe my son and the oveeno moisturing lotion with menthol to cream his skin. when i go home i will get the name of the cream and let you know

Kim - posted on 11/20/2009

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My Son had it bad on his legs and arms and i used the cream they gave which was called "Diprobase" i would put lots on not rub it in then wrap cling film round it worked so well kept the moisture in and the sore redness went away pretty fast.

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My son has had eczema since he was born he is now 18. To sooth and heal and moisturize the skin we used sesame oil. It was something my grandma swore by and i do as well now.

We used every cream and lotion and pill and allergist and everything burned or hurt and then i was told about sesame oil and since i had tried IT ALL i thought what the heck .

My son still uses it to this day. And there is always the bonus of extra cooking oil in the house LOL

Best of luck to you

Kim - posted on 11/19/2009

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Paw Paw ointment. Not sure if you can get it in the USA, but it works a dream. Smother him at night before bed, put socks on him if his feet are affected. Even go so far as to bandage him or just long sleeve and pant pj's will be ok. Not nylon based though. Give it a week and you will be stunned at the results if he has a bad case of it. My daughter suffered infantile eczema too and now she only has a little dry skin.

Good luck.

Megan - posted on 11/19/2009

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My daughter will be 6 next month and has had excema her whole life so I know how your feeling right now. I have become a pro at this! Bath him less frequently use very luke warm water, put a little bit of baby oil in the water. When you dry him off pat dry dont rub him down ( this will help the water soak into his skin and the oil will keep it in) Then rub him down with Aquaphor. Use mild soaps, the steroid cream triamcinolone is good when he is having bad flare ups, but dont use it alot because it will brake down their skin cells an make him more prone to flare ups. Also if it is just horrible give him a little benadrly the antihistimine will soothe the itching also. Hope it helps!

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My little girl also had exema from bith. A specailist gave me a cream that i still use today. Synelar mixed with aquas cream. Do not bath him with soap or liq soap, use Medi-Derm Ointment, it looks like vasiline, but works. You can also get Zinplex Junior suryp, it helps from the inside. Belive me this works I was at the end of my rope with Mari-Alet. It felt that people think i couldent take care of my baby, because she looked bad. Hope this helps and good luck.

Shauna - posted on 11/19/2009

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I'm not sure how old your son is, but I have also found that adding yogurt and/or cottage cheese to their diet helps with skin, hair and bone health. As a bonus...it will also help them from developing a yeast infection. :) hope it helps!

Wanjiru - posted on 11/19/2009

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Hi Jo, google a company called Arbonne. They have a great range of baby products that gently gets rid of the excema. The products include a baby bath, lotion, oil and diaper cream. I used them for my niece and it worked great as she had severe excema down her back and on her arms.

Amanda - posted on 11/19/2009

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Hi, I can help a little I have had excema for years, palmers coco butter lotion works and after a bath put vaceline all over it helps with the itching.

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Sounds like a very serious case, I'm so sorry. I've heard that for some coconut oil works better than anything else. Good luck.

AC - posted on 11/19/2009

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Aveeno products are great! And I kept my daughter in natural, breathable fabrics. That seemed to help as well. When she was little and would itch really bad, I would give her an ice cube and tell her that if a spot itched, to hold the ice there and count to three. The counting AND the cold distracted her (and it wasn't on the spot long enough to injure the skin).

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For natural relief: 4 ounces Aloe Vera Gel, 12 drops Bergamot, 12 drops Lavender, 12 drops Chamomile (or Neroli); mix in amber or cobalt bottle. Apply up to three times daily to affected area.

Jessica - posted on 11/19/2009

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Johnsons makes this baby bath and lotion. It's called Vanilla and Oatmeal. This is what I use on both of my girls I have at home. It's not really expensive and seems to be very affective.

Briar - posted on 11/19/2009

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Olive Oil!!!

Seriously, my eczema was so bad that it bled all the time. I had blisters on my scalp, arms, and hands. I now use Burt's Bees Hand Salve, Avon Planet SPa medditerranean olive oil body cream, and Regis DesignLine Olive Oil shampoo and my eczema has disappeared.

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Hi my son suffed really bad with excema we tryed everything every specialy formulated stuff for it. evently the doctor proscribed him an ointment called fatty ointment he hasnt had for some time now but when he does i put it on and with in 24 hrs it gone again. all you can do is find something that works. wish you luck in finding something for it

Lisa - posted on 11/19/2009

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My son had excema until he was about 2 1/2 yrs. His doctor gave us a sample cream called Protopic ointment -it has a low dose steroid. When it was really bad I took him to a dermatologist and he gave us a cream called locoid lipocream- worked wonders!

Kate - posted on 11/19/2009

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My son is 21 now, but he was covered head to toe. He was treated for it by a skin specilaist at Childrens Hospital of Phila. I cannot remmeber the prescription cream that I used(it was a steroid cream tho') had to put that on, then wait about 1/2 hour and put aquaflor on after. Aquaflor looks like vaseline but not greasy. Also had to keep the baths to a minimum. If I can remember the cream name I will let you know. It worked great

Lynda - posted on 11/19/2009

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my son had excema i tried creams from the hospital which did not work i found they made him worse i used forever living aloe vera products and within a couple of months his skin was great still is i keep it moisturised all the time

Cindy - posted on 11/19/2009

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My son also had it so bad he scratched until it bled. What worked for us: use only warm, not hot water for baths and as infrequently as possible. Use a base cream (completely unscented) like glaxal base or technibase. When there is bleeding use a combination of antibiotic (like polysporin) cream and hydrocortisone cream. All of these are available at any drugstore. I found that asking the pharmacist for technibase (which is the base for all their medicated ointments) was much cheaper and the same thing as buying Glaxalbase off the shelf.



Hope this helps :)

Cindy

Jennifer - posted on 11/19/2009

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I saw a special on Discovery Health, about bathing in a bath tub with just a little bit of bleach. I know this sounds awful, but it seems to work. And its not a lot of bleach, about 1/8 cup to a whole tub of water.

Glenys - posted on 11/19/2009

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Hi I had bad excema as a baby and so did both my sons the only thing that got rid of it was taking us off of cows milk and putting us on goats milk. my youngest was only on formular for 2 days and he was covered in excema so i put him on goat milk formular and within a week it had gone away.

i have had friends do the same and the excema cleared up. it could help.

hope you have some luck it is a terrible condition.

Sue - posted on 11/19/2009

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About five months after my son was born he developed atopic ezcema. At first, the pediatrician we had said I was bathing him too much. Hogwash! I moved on to another doctor as I knew this was incorrect and after reading and educating myself suspected it was eczema. The new pediatrician confirmed this. My son is now 19. We ended up taking him to a dermatologist who at first put him on some mild hydrocortisone creams. I also had to play sleuth and find out what foods were culprits contributing to this condition. I noted that baby food containing tomato sauce irritated his condition and so had to stick to chicken and turkey dinners

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Triamcinolone Acetonide is a corticosteroid used to reduce itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions. A doctor must prescribe it.



Topical corticosteroids for eczema include hydrocortisone, which is the same as the naturally-occurring corticosteroid cortisol, and synthetic corticosteroids such as betametasone, fluticasone and mometasone. They are applied to the skin in the form of creams, ointments, and lotions and are the mainstay of controlling flare-ups of eczema.



Although this class of steroids is not as bad as the anabolic steroids of which we read about in the news, be sure to follow your doctor's directions very carefully. I've used Triamcinolone as well as Clobetasol for itching and flaking from psoriasis with very good results.



In between times of using either of these drugs, I use St. Ives moisturizer since it has very little alcohol in it (which causing the burning from most lotions and creams) or just plain petroleum jelly (at bedtime only since it's so greasy) which works wonders.

Stacy - posted on 11/19/2009

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Quoting Jo:

Bad excema!!! How do I soothe it. My son itches so much and it bleeds heaps!! Help




Hi Jo,



Ive never poshere before but, I read though a lot of the replys you received but heres one that works from babies to adullts. Its called MELALUCA. the oils and soap and lotion. MY friends son had excema real bad and she bathe him with the soap and and lathered them with the oils, within two years the excema is completely gone. Its an all natural product which is why its not easily found.



My brother-in law had excema for years, hes over 40 now, so much so that you dont recognize skin, it just looks like scales. well he started using the lotion and cream. You can see the difference and better yet, he feels the difference. It still looks a little scaly but he says its softer. 



 



I hope this helps.

Mary - posted on 11/19/2009

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My son had severe excema as an infant, but has gotten better over time. I bathed him as infrequently as possible and when he did have a bath I used hydrocortizone ointment and then slathered him in vaseline after. Morning, noon and night as soon as his skin felt dry, out came the vaseline. The key is keeping the skin "moist" and creams and lotions have a lot of water and sometimes alcohol which both dry the skin out. If it is so severe as my son's was have him tested for food allergies which was our issue. We also had a prescription for hydroxizine (sp?) which is better than benedryl for the itching, but it does make the child drowsy. I also only used detergent on his clothes that had no dyes or perfumes and always gave his clothes a second rinse. Don't forget if you use dryer sheets that they are perfume freee as well. Hope this helps!

Raye - posted on 11/19/2009

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Have you tried Melaleuca oil, also called Tea Tree oil. I get Renew Lotion from melaleuca.com for a friend of mine, and she loves it. But you should be able to get a small bottle of the oil to try from any drug store.

Jayme - posted on 11/19/2009

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I'm very into alternative medicine... vaccinations can cause eczema unfortuanately! Best way to get rid of it is to get to the CAUSE and irritations of it. Dairy wheat and sugar are major aggravators so elimination or extremely limiting these will do wonders! Lots of raw fruits and veggies! Staying hydrated with lots of water, Also making sure kids get enough healthy oils and fats like coconut oil which is extremely healthful and great to eat and rub on the skin, extra virgin olive oil, flax and hemp oil, getting a tablespoon (collectively)of these a day is great!! the oils will naturally heal the skin from the inside out and make it healthy and supple! The things the "doctors" prescribe only create a barrier on the skin to try and hold these things inside! We don't want a barrier on the skin because it's our largest excretory organ!! Our skin needs to breathe and anything we put on our skin is in our blood stream in 2 min. so many products today have terrible ingredients! If you wouldn't eat it don't put it on your skin! When we have issues with our skin it's because the body is trying to get things out of us that are causing harm to our body , such as acne, eczema, etc... etc..also... hyrdocortisone cream is not good for anyone, you can research the ill effects online if you want. Hoipe this gives some food for thought! Don't listen to the system, it's only there to make money, not to heal!!

Jessica - posted on 11/19/2009

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this is a very good cream as well...it does work wonders. I almost forgot about it...I have to get more

Jessica - posted on 11/19/2009

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My daughter has it bad from head to toe! I found that oatmeal baths three times a week (no soap needed to clean with this) works wonders. Any other time I bath her I use Aveeno body wash that is fragrance free and hypoallergenic...for sensitive skin... and every day I rub her down with Eucerins new cream that has an anti-itch formula in it....Her skin is smooth now and she no longer cries that she is itchy! By the way...I use the store brand of these products...and they work wonders...just a few dollars cheaper.

Ashley - posted on 11/19/2009

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This may sound SCARY but doctors have come up with a new cure for eczema which is called a (BLEACH BATH) I do it for my boys who is now 1 and 2 years old. IT REALLY WORKS. Their eczema was so bad that they were actually swollen from it. What you do is use 4 tablespoons of Clorox regular bleach in a large tub full of water 2 times a week. It helps fight the infection caused by eczema. Let the baby airdry, but make sure he/she is still damp and apply vaseline to the skin for dryness. Works wonders I promise...........VERY IMPORTANT: Be sure u are in the tub with your child.

Julie - posted on 11/19/2009

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I think Aveeno has a line of body washes and moisturizers specifically for excema. We've used that and hydrocortizone cream or Aquafor. Also, bath them every other day instead of everyday. On the days you don't bathe, clean them with a wet washcloth. My son's pediatrician recommended this because bathing dries out their skin. Hope this helps!

Julie - posted on 11/19/2009

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I think Aveeno has a line of body washes and moisturizers specifically for excema. We've used that and hydrocortizone cream or Aquafor. Also, bath them every other day instead of everyday. On the days you don't bathe, clean them with a wet washcloth. My son's pediatrician recommended this because bathing dries out their skin. Hope this helps!

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My daughter struggled also. This is what helps. Triamcinolone ointment (NOT the cream based as it will burn) 0.1% (presciption from DR) on the bad areas three times a day until they heal (it is an on 8 days off 2 thing). Vanicream (Walgreens) everywhere else as much as you think to put it on. She is also taking claritin in the morning and at night. My daughter is 4 and is finally doing better atfer two years of struggling with it.

I wish you the best! Feel free to email me if you need to pownval@carolina.rr.com

Tammy - posted on 11/19/2009

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Hi you don't know me but my boys have it badi have tried everything even perscription but then one day my son got into my lotion and the next day he was smoth and better not completly but there was a mig diff. it is at walmart or heck anywhere Jergens ultra healing extra dry skin with Vitmin 3

Shawna - posted on 11/19/2009

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Both my daughters had it so bad their skin would crack and bleed. I didn't have a lot of money at the time. I would put vaseline on their whole body and put them in those footed sleepers. The itching was gone instantly and their skin was soft and smooth by day 3. After it healed I used the vaseline intensive care water resistant lotion. If they started to get a dry patch I just rub straight vaseline on it and its gone by morning.

Brook - posted on 11/19/2009

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as another poster said about the Triamcinolone we also use that but my daughters excema was still bad even when putting the cream on. We cannot use any scented soaps or detergent with her. No perfume or lotion and she can only have 2 bath's a week and it has to be lukewarm water... that helped tremendously! Only problem is she looooooves to take a bath!

Heather - posted on 11/19/2009

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I am a stylist and I have excema on my scalp and parts of my body and my son used to have it as well. I used hydrocortisone .25% or .2% not sure because I quit using it. It stings. The reason I mentioned I was a stylist because I use Tea Tree oil on the excema and it works wonders. They have it in shampoo form in Paul Mitchell brand and Regis Brand. The conditioner can be a lotion for the body. I recommend using the shampoo and condition on the scalp once a week and the conditioner on the body twice a week. You can purchase it inside the salons that are located in the Walmarts. This is not a guarantee but it worked for us. Hope this helps

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