Eczema on whole of 8mth old face :(

Krystal - posted on 11/04/2009 ( 128 moms have responded )

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Wil has had eczema since 10wks old. He is so itchy he shreds his cheeks and scalp. I cant unswaddle him coz of the damage he does. He is super sensitive to many creams and im currently using MooGoo as he's not allergic to it. It seems he has reacted to the vaccines. Has anyone found anything taht will work. Its driving us all mad and the poor boy is so irritable from it. I cant get 2 mins peace without having to stop him itching. Please help :(

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Natasha - posted on 11/10/2009

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i do family day care from home and one of the babies i look after had the same problem his mum had him on all types of creams from cheap ones to expensive, one day she said to just to use vasaline on him and it worked, he no longer gets it at all but they do rub him in every night, i couldnt believe such a simple thing like vasaline worked, i dont know if its an australian product or if its available everywhere so if you come across it its worth a go i suppose cost is around 2 or 3 bucks in the supermarket. good luck i hope this helps and you find the answer your looking for

Mariah - posted on 11/10/2009

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Wal-Mart actually sells "Baby Eczema" lotion. It is in the baby section, and the bottle is white and green and had Winnie the Pooh on it... My son has had eczema since birth, and it is the only thing that has cleared it up...

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Qumaa - posted on 08/08/2010

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My son has eczema,and has had it since he was a baby. I did a lot of research on the web to help him every child is diff. from what they eat to what you use to wash their clothes.i would suggest writting down what you give the child and give the same thing for a week and as you add more things watch the reaction to see the triggers.

Elissa - posted on 11/11/2009

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My son has had it from birth it cover his whole body and the only thing that work was Cetaphil I use the cream in the morning and then I use the cleanser in the bath tub and he is now three and we just had to do something different for his scalp. Feel free to ask question I know all about this.

Tomasita - posted on 11/11/2009

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one of my twins had eczem really bad all over his face at about 10-12 wks as well, we tried alot of crems and other things until we found what worked. We found washing his face with mild soap like dove, patting it dry really well and applying eucerin cream or aquaphor (both helped) finally and slowly got rid of his eczema and itching. And the key was, once it was gone we still did this EVERYDAY!! he's now 3 1/2 and Eczema free. hope it helps :)

Melissa - posted on 11/11/2009

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hi! all 3 of my kids had eczema when they were babies. i stumbled upon lotion with alpha hydroxy in it. clears it up wonderfully! look at the ingrediants the closer to the top of the list the more it has. try to find one with the most in it. make sure to put lotion on after a bath and right before bed. also use natural fabrics (cotton, silk ect). they breathe better. good luck!

Sarah - posted on 11/11/2009

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This stuff is magic. Contact Hayden in the shop - it's got no hydrocortisone and you can apply it as much as you need because it's completely safe. Perfect for a baby. It's natural and contains an plant ingredient that is anti- histamine and anti-bacterial. I used this on my daughter when she was tiny and applied it every hour for about 2 days and her face cleared up completely. Her face was so bad - really raw. Now it's beautiful soft and clear. If anything flares up I pop this on and it disappears as if by magic. It was recommended to me by several friends and I'm so grateful. Best yet it's NOT expensive. He ships this worldwide. Best of luck.



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Ruth - posted on 11/11/2009

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I suggest to change his diet to apples, bananas, and carrots w/ rice for a week. Dont wash him with any soaps. Only use hydrocortizone and vaseline two to three times a day. Cut his nails and use mittens. Only wash his clothes in dreft. He is probably having a reaction to several things. With eczema the reaction doubles. Introduce new foods slowly into his diet.

Courtney - posted on 11/11/2009

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my son had it when he was just a few weeks old and his Dr. wrote a perscriptions of hydrocortizon plus soothing aloe and boy does that work wonders..You can buy it over the counter too..Hope that helps

Elizabeth - posted on 11/10/2009

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Hi, my daughter was diagnosed with eczema at 2 months( on her face and head) and the only thing that makes it go away is cortizone cream the doctor wrote a script for. she is also very sensitive but the cortizone works wonders for her. I hope this helps. good luck.

Qumaa - posted on 11/10/2009

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try putting baking soda i the baby's bath water this helps to keep the skin moist. the key is to kep the skin from drying out.

Sandy - posted on 11/10/2009

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My daughter has had eczema most of her life and we have tried alot of the creams even things that had been perscribed. however her doctor now has her using hydrocortizone cream which seems to be help her spots are not as red and sore when she using it.

Natasha - posted on 11/10/2009

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i do family day care from home and one of the babies i look after had the same problem his mum had him on all types of creams from cheap ones to expensive, one day she said to just to use vasaline on him and it worked, he no longer gets it at all but they do rub him in every night, i couldnt believe such a simple thing like vasaline worked, i dont know if its an australian product or if its available everywhere so if you come across it its worth a go i suppose cost is around 2 or 3 bucks in the supermarket. good luck i hope this helps and you find the answer your looking for

Stacey - posted on 11/10/2009

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My children dont suffer with eczema but I recently found out they have food intolerances and in many things I read they say eczema is often linked or caused by food intolerance/ allergies, so you should take your son to an allergist and see if he has any allergies.

Melinda - posted on 11/10/2009

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My twin girls have had eczema since they were little and unfortunately at the age of 13 its still there.. I have found that pleny of moisturizers help minimize the outbreak. We like Aveeno the best and dermatologist has prescribed Triamcinolone (which has worked better than the others in the past) Just be careful using hydrocortisone for long periods of time per my dermo. Another big key is what you wash his clothes in and what he baths in. Make sure it is dye free and 4 sensitive skin. Good Luck. :)

PAULINE - posted on 11/10/2009

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There are different types of eczema my children had 'baby eczema' which they grew out of.Different creams work for different children. My chilren are now 9 and 7 and have beautiful skin.

PAULINE - posted on 11/10/2009

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Quoting PAULINE:

Hi My two children both had really bad eczema when they where babies till they were about 6 they usually grow out of it. If it gets infected you will need to see a doctor for hydrocortisone cream I found Fusiden H worked brilliant.


 

Ione - posted on 11/10/2009

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When our daughter developed eczema she was 10-11 months old, nothing worked until we discovered she was allergic to milk, I had nursed her full time before that.

Dana - posted on 11/10/2009

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dermatologist??? if its thats bad have you seen any specialists

demand one--allergist or dermatologist in your area???

PAULINE - posted on 11/10/2009

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Hi My two children both had really bad eczema when they where babies till they were about 6 they usually grow out of it. If it gets infected you will need to see a doctor for hydrocortisone cream I found Fusiden H worked brilliant.

Stephanie - posted on 11/10/2009

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first get him into an allergist and have him tested for allergies. my daughter had eczema so bad she would scratch till she bleed. she is allergic to dust, cats, eggs, soy, peanuts, and polyester. for her i have a box full of lotions. the one I found works the best is goldbond medicated lotion. its in a green bottle and has menthol in it. and I also use hydrocortisone. in the winter time we use vaporizers through the house to keep it moist and in the summer we have to keep an ac in her room to keep the humidity down. and lots of air purifiers. also if he has open sores he might have a staph infection that will keep his skin flared up. we alway have staph on our skin but when you get open sores thats when you get an infection. the doctor gave me a staph infection cream but now i use Sarna antibacterial wash and it will keep the staph bacteria low on the skin. the Sarna eczema lotion works pretty good too. You can find the Sarna stuff at CVS in the same spot as the hydrocortisone cream is located. we also ordered goat milk lotion from CVS that worked pretty good too. It is very thick and keeps your skin pretty moist. but with most of these lotions your skin will get used to them and you have to switch to something different. thats why we have a big box of lotions. we are having to switch all the time. one thing will just stop working so we go on to the next thing. then later on it will work again. hope this helps. let me know if you have anymore questions. we have been dealing with this for two years now. It is getting a lot better though. so have hope, things will get better.

Krystal - posted on 11/10/2009

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Thanks Gina i picked up a brochure today of it! Hopefully he's not allergic to anything in it xx

Gina - posted on 11/09/2009

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Try to get this..Calendulis Plus Cream,by Grahams Natural Alternatives pty ltd,Queensland,Australia..it has Manuka honey and Emu oil in it and its fantastic stuff and wont hurt bubby..good luck

Krystal - posted on 11/09/2009

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I asked at the chemist today about this Aveeno stuff but they hadnt heard of it. Maybe its not in Australia? I got a antihistamine oral med tho so at least that hopefully takes the itch away. Im going to the paed tomoz so going to ask for a referral to a skin specialist in the city. Fingers crossed something works and soon

Marie - posted on 11/09/2009

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My nephews couldnt have milk. They have some kind of food allergy or something towards it. They would get a really bad thick rash on their face.. Cheeks would be extremly rosey and rough. It looked painful. Try to use Aveeno. It has oatmeal in it and oatmeal is reaaaaally helps with skin problems.

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My son has eczema and at the moment his flare ups are on the back of the knees for which we use the moo goo. However when he was getting it on his face we were prescribed a cream called Elidel from the Dr's, it is a non steroid based cream and it worked amazingly fast & gave him so much relief. It's so horrible for them Good Luck with it all.

Wende - posted on 11/09/2009

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Oatmeal everyting. No Perfumes. My doc reccomended a good slather of Vasaleen right after a bath and then use the same sleeper as long as possible. The moist skin absorbes better and the sleeper will get kinda soaked (from the inside of course) and help the itching at night. Gloves or socks on hands to keep them from itching. Sometimes my 14 year old daughter still does this at bed to make sure she doesn't scratch in her sleep. Good luck. Aquaphor is also a good product.

Kris - posted on 11/09/2009

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My daughter had a mild case of that on her face when she was an infant. She's pretty much outgrown it (she's 6 now) but I do have to make sure her cheeks are very well moisturized. Not sure what products you have tried but what worked for me was a product my friend got me in Germany called E-45. Probably not convenient for you. Best over the counter products I found were Aveeno's line of oatmeal based products - like the oatmeal bath; and also would use Aquaphor ointment on the especially dry areas. Our pediatrician also recommended cutting back on baths when the skin is particularly sensitive. Hope this helps!

Sharon - posted on 11/09/2009

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My son (now23) has had eczema since newborn age. most lotions are not good for it. If it is red use hydrocortizone creams(only) and when it get whitish and flakey use mild unscented lotion. No scented detergants or softners. If that doesn't work there are steroid creams but you have to use them sparingly.

Krystal - posted on 11/09/2009

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Quoting kirika:

it helps to bath in pinetasol and purified water as the chlorine in town supply water also irritates eczema. alpha-keri lotion is good, its not greasy and it come in sensitive. most chemist should sell this..
good luck



Funny you say about the town water. I have been wondering if this is a problem as our town supply is disgustingly chlorinated. I can smell it when you turn the tap on. Im thinking i might have to start bathing him at the in laws till we get our rainwater tank.. Thanks hon x

Anandavana - posted on 11/09/2009

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its a good idea to find a good naturopath and homeopath to help your little one. my boy had eczema very mildly and we treated it from the inside out, using probiotics. For us this was a realitively quick process (1month) but if your boy has it severly or has had it for a long time it may take longer. I have had many friends do the same thing and have had marveolus results, no one had failed, you just have to be dilergent and consistent. I cannot recommend a naturopath highly enough for this kind of problem. Conventional medicine has no idea how to treat it! (and with terrible results). Good luck!

User - posted on 11/09/2009

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I worked at a child development center and there were several children with eczema. Their parents never did anything so they had really bad flair ups. We used a mixture of Eucerin cream and vasoline and it worked really well. The kids stopped scratching within minutes and we would reapply as needed.

Kirika - posted on 11/09/2009

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it helps to bath in pinetasol and purified water as the chlorine in town supply water also irritates eczema. alpha-keri lotion is good, its not greasy and it come in sensitive. most chemist should sell this..
good luck

Latorsha - posted on 11/09/2009

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Olive Oil is the best thing to use, and I'm talking about the olive oil that you get out of the grocery store. Both of my kids have it and I started using olive oil then I went and got a precription called Derma smooth and it took it right away and they don't have those black spots that eczema can leave if it gets to bad. Try it hope it works for you too.

Bjaankka - posted on 11/09/2009

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Oh yeah, and I have had eczema all my life, but after ruling out Vitamin E, out of all the products I use, I have only had flare ups once or twice a year (that usually go away after 3 days of medicating cream). So, there is light at the emd of the tunnel (if only I went to the dermatologist earlier, I would've found relief earlier!!!)

Bjaankka - posted on 11/09/2009

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I don't know if you've already done this (probably... but just in case...) did you see a dermatologist? He can probably do a patch test (I don't know if they can do that in babies that young) and see what in particular he reacts to, then you'll know (that's half the problem)... I had eczema all my life and after I had my first baby, I reacted differently to things and got atopic dermatitis (this can happen easily if you have eczema and hayfever in your family) and apparently everyone with that is allergic to Vitamin E... which is in a lot of different creams, soaps and lotions.... so if your son has atopic dermatitis ---a problem that occurs in some people who have eczema, it may be something as silly a Vitamin E (which annoyingly enough is in quite a few products you'd use on your baby... even in diaper creams and wipes)

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2009

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Oh and the most important thing to do is mostirise daily, fatty lemius cream is good for that giving by doc or Aqrius cream also from doc. The wet wraps help to mostirise the skin too.

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2009

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My son was born with Eczema abd still has it at 5. Wet wraps help, evining primrose oil, Eczema sheild powder and a cream called XMA you order online just goole it. Ask your doc how to do a wet wrap as they are really good but hard for me to explain on here. 1 capsule of primrose oil will help you will have to peirce it and gve by siringe. Eczema sheild you can get at chemist goes into formula once a day (my daughter has this in her bottle who is 8 weeks old) The cream is natural at first it wont seem it's working but give it a week and eczema completley gone it's amazing! (However when you stop using it eczema returns.) Theres no long term cure for Eczema but at least these things help. I know the feeling my son has it sooo bad and been in hospital with it 4 times. In hospital they did the wet wraps and antibotics. Iv'e battled with his eczema for 5 and a half years and I swear these things have worked for me.

Allyson - posted on 11/08/2009

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Hi, I have a daughter who had sensative skin with excema, and everything triggered it off, foods (good and bad) , suncream, soaps normal and special ones, washing liquid etc. I tried everything, medication and lots of natural therapies including EGO, oatmeal products, sorbelene , aveeno, cetaphil , cortisone creams, you name it I have tried it, but nothing ever got rid of it completely. I then met a lady in a shop who had a daughter who had been the same as my daughter, she told me about a place called Advanced Allergy Elimination, they are in Australia, America, and New Zealand (not sure where you live), I made an appointment with the hope that this would be our cure, by this stage my daughter had had excema for her whole life and was now aged 12, we had 10 appointments and 4 weeks after our last appointment my daughter was excema free and to this day still is . it worked on my daughter and we had tried everything, have a look at their website. I now have 1 very happy 14 year old who now loves to wear clothes that you can see her arms, legs etc.

Good Luck.

Christine - posted on 11/08/2009

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One more thing: try not to get discouraged. By the time I found our dermatologist, we had exhausted all of our pediatrician's ideas, the allergist, and a multitude of "knowledgable" strangers! Liam still flares, but I don't panic anymore.

Christine - posted on 11/08/2009

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Hi. My little guy - who is turning 2 on the 17th has been fighting severe excema since he was 2 months old. My favorite OTC treatment is Gentle Naturals Baby Excema Cream (can be purchased at Walmart in the baby section). Greasy but effective.

That said, the best thing that I did was give up and go to a dermatologist. Liam was 8 months old when I went (maybe that's when we all begin to get desperate?). They put him on an antihistamine, and steroid creams that we had to mix with Aveeno lotion to reduce the potency. They gave us a perscription non-steroid, super cream for his face called Mimyx. Mimyx is quite pricey, but well worth it. I only use the steroid creams and Mimyx when he is flaring. The antihistamines have proven to be a blessing as far as maintenance. I thought that my son just wasn't a sleeper, it was amazing to me how after 24 hours of treatment that he started sleeping 8-10 hours a night! :)

One other hint - put a pair of knee socks over his hands. Wrap duck tape over the sock at his wrist (just tight enough so that he can't get the socks off). They quickly figure out how to manuever through the socks - and you don't have to worry about him scratching because they can't do anywhere near as much damage without their nails! :)

Stephanie - posted on 11/08/2009

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aveeno has great creams if he's not allergic to it. and oatmeal baths help a lot. try putting some little gloves on his hands so he cant scratch his face, but can still use his fingers.

Krystal - posted on 11/08/2009

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Quoting Jaime:

Krystal, I feel your pain. My son Caleb was diagnosed at 5 months with Eczema. It was really all over his body, especially in the creases of elbows, legs, and on his cheeks. His cheeks were so cracked, dry and at some points were bleeding some. People would stop me and ask what I was using...it is embarassing because they think you aren't doing anything but I was trying everything! I noticed that when he was teething, his face was so wet from all the drooling. We were prescribed a mild steroid for his face and something stronger for his other extremities. I didn't like to use it alot but was afraid if I didn't do something that it would scar his poor face. I use All free and clear for his clothing. I wash all his clothing, bedding, and anything he wears or touches seperately from our clothing. Also, the information about taking short baths and in lukewarm water is the best!! We use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Cream as well as the body wash. They also make a new product in a maroon box that is specifically made for those who have ecezema. Make sure to moisturize everytime he takes a bath and that he is dried off well! We have tried the Arbonne baby products and didn't honestly didn't see much result. Caleb will be three next month and have grown out of the eczema on his face. We still have some break outs on his body, but we just keep to our regimen of moisturizing and using free and clear laundry detergent. Good luck!! Hope this helps:)


Oh you sound just like me. Wil's poor face gets yellowy scales and weepy and bleeding and people go "oh well why dont you try mittens on him" GRRRR do they think im stupid? I think i'll look into this Aveeno stuff. Lots of mums have recommended it. xx

Krystal - posted on 11/08/2009

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Quoting Tina Marie:

Sounds like an allergy. Try getting rid of cows milk/formula and anything that has milk by products in it.Since he seems to have reacted to the vaccinations it may be an allergy to eggs since they incubate them in eggs. Take him to the doctors and have a blood test done for common allergens. I had this same problem with Shane and since the doctors did not want to test I took him off cows milk myself. The rash went away very quickly. When he started eating baby food the rash came back but not as severe. Along with it came stomach problems and congestion and coughing. I started looking at ingredient lists and cut out all milk by products again and hes fine. Later I finally got a PA to test him and sure enough he was allergic to cows milk. It can be difficult with a food allergy especially if going out to eat, but there are many resources online that list ingredients in restaurant food and also some that list ingredients that are by products so you can read labels when you shop. It may not be a food allergy, but it sure sounds like one. Eczema very rarely covers the whole face, its usually more patchy and spread out.



Hi Tina, We had blood test done about 2 mths ago now. It came bacj that he was allergic to House Dust Mite and thats it. Thats why i dont know whether to give up BF and try him on formula (he wont take a bottle anyway - goes berserk) or whether to just persevere. When i say his whole face i meant both his cheeks and he gets itchy round his ears, forehead and back of his head. He also has it in creases on his body. We went to the pool yday and the chlorine has died him out so bad now he's all rashy again :( Ive got a paed appt wednesday so im hoping she has more ideas. Ive bought that many creams and they either dont work or he's allergic to them. Its so horrible. Ive taken to taping his mittens on now so he cant cut the skin. Soon as theyre off he just goes crazy. Needless to say he sleeps horribly too. Thanks for helping...support is everything at the moment. Im tearing my hair out. He makes me cry to not be able to help him.

Jaime - posted on 11/08/2009

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Krystal, I feel your pain. My son Caleb was diagnosed at 5 months with Eczema. It was really all over his body, especially in the creases of elbows, legs, and on his cheeks. His cheeks were so cracked, dry and at some points were bleeding some. People would stop me and ask what I was using...it is embarassing because they think you aren't doing anything but I was trying everything! I noticed that when he was teething, his face was so wet from all the drooling. We were prescribed a mild steroid for his face and something stronger for his other extremities. I didn't like to use it alot but was afraid if I didn't do something that it would scar his poor face. I use All free and clear for his clothing. I wash all his clothing, bedding, and anything he wears or touches seperately from our clothing. Also, the information about taking short baths and in lukewarm water is the best!! We use Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Cream as well as the body wash. They also make a new product in a maroon box that is specifically made for those who have ecezema. Make sure to moisturize everytime he takes a bath and that he is dried off well! We have tried the Arbonne baby products and didn't honestly didn't see much result. Caleb will be three next month and have grown out of the eczema on his face. We still have some break outs on his body, but we just keep to our regimen of moisturizing and using free and clear laundry detergent. Good luck!! Hope this helps:)

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My daughter has eczema since she was born and we tried different prescription medications, so far the only thing that works is Locoid and if it's really bad Protopic ointment. Of note is that you can't use the same medication for long periods of time as the skin gets used to it, so I use the Locoid only on the rash areas and if it's really bad I use the Protopic. I don't dry my daughter after her bath and completely slather Cetaphil lotion all over her body and allow it to air dry. It's expensive but it's so much better than the Aquaphor or Eucerin that are so thick and sticky it was unbearable. My daughter is now 5 and I still give her the Zyrtec on a daily basis at bedtime as she is allergic to many other things ie: dogs, perfumes, etc... and it also calms the itching and allows her to sleep. For the scalp I have heard many people use baby oil. Do talk to your Dr about the Zyrtec there is no reason the poor angel should suffer from the itching if something can help him with that.

Melanie - posted on 11/08/2009

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Have you taken him to a Dermatologist? My daughter had it very bad also. Her entire body was covered. Even her scalp. She still suffers with it today and she is 8 now. The doc started her on steroids to get it under control. They advise not using it long as well as hydrocortisone as it thins the skin. When we had it under control I started using vaseline and then Eucerin. Those didn't help either. After many years of trying different things we are now using Aveeno and that seems to works wonders. If I miss one night of putting on her though she starts to break out. I see a lot of people have given the same advice. When so was a baby I just used cotton pajamas only and used ones that zipped up cuz she was a little Houdini. I also sewed socks into her cuffs so she could not scratch using her nails. Many times before I did that she would just get bloody and I would just cry. I hope you can get the help you need for him, but try to find a good Dermatologist.

Cher - posted on 11/08/2009

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tee tree oil/soap only with natural ingredients. Everyones skin is different. and a lot of what everyone else said.

Jessica - posted on 11/08/2009

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my 2 year old son has eczema very bad all over his body. we have went to numerous drs, and tried a million and a half things. i finally found what works. limit bathing to three times a week, only use aveeno body wash/shampoo, and use cerave cream. the kind thats in the tub, not the pump. also i use pyrex free and clear laundry soap. hes been a new kid ever since! good luck!

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