Eczema Problems

Amber - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 58 moms have responded )

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My Daughter got a little patch of eczema on her neck when she was about 4 months old. We took her to to dermatologist at 7 months, who gave us a prescription for it because it was really bad, to the point it would bleed. The prescription worked well and it cleared up really fast. About a month later we started noticing it on her back. We changed from Johnson's to a more organic and natural soap and lotion and we stopped bathing her every night in hopes that this would help but its not getting any better.



She's on some solid foods now but mostly just veggies and we just started into some fruits. She's not crazy about solid foods so we've been taking it slow.



Someone told me it could be something that I am eating since I am breastfeedind but I was wondering if it would have taken so long to show up if it was from my diet. Should I be trying to cut certain things out of my diet to see if this helps?

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Tanya - posted on 10/27/2009

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Hi Amber I can 100% recommend ROC dermatologic enydrial cream. The pharmacist told me that it was new and had alot of recommendations about it. I used it on my son and 3 days later it has disappeared. I used it sparingly twice a day. I also breastfeed and don't think that it is related to eczema. See how it goes for you. Best of luck. Tanya

Michelle - posted on 10/26/2009

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My son started showing signs of eczema when he was 6 months old. I switched to ALL free and clear because it has no perfumes or dyes and I only use cleansers that are the same, such as aveeno and dove, both unsented. This includes all the laundry in the house. I also found when I wore purfume or sented lotions he would break out because I was holding him. When my son was a baby I started using a natural product on him that I ordered online called super salve from supersalve.com. I found out about this product from my dad who also has eczema, and he told me it worked very well on him and it is all natural. I felt so desperate I ordered it that day and it worked wonders on him, later that day I could already see the difference. I found if I put a little on his face, where he breaks out, everyday that he would have little to no outbreaks, even in the winter when it is the worst. It worked for a long time exclusivly but now that he is 5 he needs perscription strength med for the really bad outbreaks, but it still works for the regular outbreaks. I found catching it early was the key as soon as he starts getting a little red I put it on him 3 to 4 times a day. If you can use the natural stuff you are so much better off, they do build a tolarance for the perscription strength meds after time not to mention it is not really good for them.

Stef - posted on 10/24/2009

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Try not using ANY soap on your baby, they don't need it and a huge amount of babies react to it (mine included) This goes for shampoo aswell. Even mild eco soap will make your wee one react. I have recently discovered a wee miracle cream called 'Pot of gold' which contains bee pollen and its the only thing that clears it up and it works so fast. Its a completely natural product and seems to work wonders for almost any skin problem, even cold sores I'm told! I live in NZ and I'm not sure if its avaliable anywhere else, but I know here you can buy it online on Trademe....I highly recommend this product as my wee girl was loosing sleep due to itching but within a day the eczema was gone! Try googling it you may get lucky! Good luck eczema is a horrid thing to deal with.

Jennifer - posted on 10/24/2009

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maybe!! But try the BAR aveeno for dry skin soap!!....my son had it REALLY bad everywhere and would dig until he bled!! We found a really good derm who gave us a px....and it has been a life saver!!! Do not use oils on it at alll!!

Shanna - posted on 10/23/2009

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As for people saying eczema cannot be triggered by food....I have found that it can be. I am still breastfeeding my 13 month old and when I eat dairy, chocolate or too much caffeine it can trigger her eczema. Citrus is also a known trigger. The winter is the worst time because of the dry heat. Put a humidifier in her room at night and cotton pajamas will allow her skin to breathe. I use Dreft detergent on all of our laundry and then I rinse it again to make sure all of the soap is out. Also, NEVER use fabric softener...I found that is a huge irritant to the skin (I researched that and found it to be common among eczema sufferers). And lastly, I have found the BEST soaps, lotions and oils to be the Mustela Stelatopia. It's for babies with eczema and it is awesome!!!! Especially the creamy bath oil!!! It will heal the skin quickly.

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Stacey - posted on 11/08/2009

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Prescriptions are steroid creams which is then absorbed into her little system....have you tried something else? I am a rep with Arbonne, which are natural based products that have had amazing results with eczema, better than many medical treatments (and a whole lot healthier and safer!!). If you are interested in trying it out, send me a message and I will get you a free sample. It works wonders on my boys' skin and my friend's daughter had bleeding eczema that nothing helped...until she tried this. Promise this isn't a sales pitch....just saw a need and knew I had something that might help.

As far as diet, who knows. I tried finding something as my son was almost 2 when he got his first outbreak and nothing new had been in his diet so I just started making sure he was well hydrated (his was really minor) and then since I have been using the Arbonne stuff it is a non-issue unless I lapse in using the moisturizer.

Paula - posted on 11/08/2009

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I know of a product that will clear the eczema up, it's all natural ingredients. There is a whole family of products that are safe for the kids and home. Plus you can make an income. This is not Amway or Avon. Contact me for more information. 308-991-6457.

Melanie - posted on 11/07/2009

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ok what a hectic situation because i used to baby sit a 3 year old boy with eczema. Jamba juice was recomended because they have shots of wheat grass. But they juice it, it has to be done this way and it has to be dranken by 15 minutes or the antioxidents die. The problem is how are you gona give one shot of wheat grass a day if the 3 year old pukes it up. It taste good its not bad at all. If you try this let me know if any progress, i hope it helps

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MY SON HAS IT TOO BUT I DONT NO WHY HE MEDICINE THE DOCTOERS GAVE HIM DIDNT WORK AN I JUST USE DOVE SOAP AN SUM WALGREENS BABY ECZEM CREAM. HELP ME

Donna - posted on 10/26/2009

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Hi Amber,

I have a 15 month old grandaughter and the same thing happened to her. My son who is her father had the same problem when he was a baby but nothing to the degree that our little Emma had. The good news is that most babies out grow this exzema.Emma was on a precription also and that seemed to help but the exzema came back. Then when she was around 12 months it started to clear just as her doctor had said it would.

The only thing that we did for Emma was not to get her wet and to which is the most important was to cover her entire body with vasoline. Sounds crazy but it really helped.

She now has a tiny patch on her fore head but nothing like she had when she was a baby. Try the vasoline to see if that will help. If you do please take a clop of it and play with it inyour hands so that the vasoline becomes warm, that helps it to spread nicely.

I hope this helps you.

Donna

Mary - posted on 10/26/2009

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Quoting Brandi:

This may sound crazy ( I thought so) but my 4 year old son's doc recommended 1/4 cup of bleach in his bath water and it actually works. His eczema is all over his body nd this like the only remedy that has helped. Oh and lots and lots of vasaline!



I found something about this online.  Here's the link to an article about bleach baths on webmd.



http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-t...

Mary - posted on 10/26/2009

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I just took my daughter to her dermatologist last week for eczema as well. (She is almost 7 months old.) Some of the doctor's suggestions were to avoid anything with fragrance. Soaps, shampoos, lotions, laundry detergents, etc. She said she likes Eucerin lotion, Aveeno is also good, and Cetaphil as well. She said to use All Free & Clear laundry detergent & to put the clothes through the rinse cycle twice. Make sure not to use fabric softener. Dress the baby only in a onesie or t-shirt to sleep because getting too hot can aggravate the rash. She said there is no need to limit how often you give the baby a bath, but make sure to moisturize plenty afterward. She suggested adding the lotion before drying off - it will make the lotion slippery but will help it be absorbed better. Honestlly, she didn't even mention anything about avoiding certain foods. For the baby or for me (and I also am breastfeeding). She gave us a medication called Cloderm, but cautioned not to use it for more than 2 or 3 days in a row (since the rash is on my daughter's face).

Carrie - posted on 10/26/2009

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Quoting Amber:

Eczema Problems

My Daughter got a little patch of eczema on her neck when she was about 4 months old. We took her to to dermatologist at 7 months, who gave us a prescription for it because it was really bad, to the point it would bleed. The prescription worked well and it cleared up really fast. About a month later we started noticing it on her back. We changed from Johnson's to a more organic and natural soap and lotion and we stopped bathing her every night in hopes that this would help but its not getting any better.

She's on some solid foods now but mostly just veggies and we just started into some fruits. She's not crazy about solid foods so we've been taking it slow.

Someone told me it could be something that I am eating since I am breastfeedind but I was wondering if it would have taken so long to show up if it was from my diet. Should I be trying to cut certain things out of my diet to see if this helps?



We took our daughter in for what looked like a rash and it was eczema.  We were told to put a humidifier in her room and to put Bag A Balm lotion on her dry patches.  It is almost cleared up and it has only been three days.

Mary - posted on 10/26/2009

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My 7 year old daughter has excema. She's had it since she was a baby. I had it under control until about 10 months ago. Her flare ups used to easily be treated with elidel cream. Steriod creams bleached her skin after only a couple days of use so I don't use those type of things anymore. Lately her excema has gotten bad. It would go away if she would only stop itching. She itches it to the point it oozes and bleeds and spreads to other parts of her body. I put oils and creams on it to keep it from drying out. I even tried having her putting on gloves to keep her from itching, but she does it anyway. I'm going crazy trying to stop the itching and make it go away!

Paula - posted on 10/26/2009

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I refused to use hydrocortisone cream on my daughter so her doctor wrote a prescription for a product called Hill Moisture Riser. It is made from peanut oil and seems to be working well on her breakout areas. It is available over the counter, no prescription needed. It seems to be doing a good job of keeping her from feeling itchy also.

Brandi - posted on 10/25/2009

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This may sound crazy ( I thought so) but my 4 year old son's doc recommended 1/4 cup of bleach in his bath water and it actually works. His eczema is all over his body nd this like the only remedy that has helped. Oh and lots and lots of vasaline!

Bekki - posted on 10/25/2009

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Eczema is natural and its not something you caused .. In most children they do eventually grow out of it.. others do not.

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A friend of mine has done a lot of research about eczema and has put up a very informative website about what she and her husband did to solve their son's eczema. No, she doesn't sell anything. http://www.solveeczema.org/ Please take a look and email her if you have questions.

Christina

Kelli - posted on 10/25/2009

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My son has had eczema since the day he was born. We have been to allergy doctors and dermatologist as well. What has worked the best is bathing him EVERYDAY! The doctor said to bathe him everyday or twice a day if you can. We us the CeraVe bath wash only. Immediately after bath...pat him with a towel just enough to get the drips off and put CeraVe Cream all over his body(face included). (I can only find CeraVe at Walgreens but it is OTC). Then put clothes over top of as many surfaces as you can to keep the moisture in. It has done wonders for his skin. We do have a prescription called Tetrix that actually goes over the cream to seal the skin. You can ask a dermatologist about that as well. That doesn't do any of the thinning of the skin like most eczema prescriptions will. Good luck!

Alicia - posted on 10/25/2009

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Check you diet for Red dye no. 40, I found that I was allegic when I was a child and have passed it to my son. Soda, candy, and foods with red dye no 40, seems to cause us to have a break out.

Alicia - posted on 10/25/2009

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Amber, I have found that the Aveeno products work the best. My son (9) and I both suffer from eczema. The oatmeal baths, liquid soap and lotions are expensive, but worth the investment. Our pedi also recommended Benedryl on the onsite, once you see it give a little liquid benedryl so that the little ones don't scratch.

Jessica - posted on 10/25/2009

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My litttle guy has it as well. Sometimes it gets bad and I will use hydrocortisone cream on it . We also use cetaphil cream cleanser on it. He will breakout from anything else. Keep track of what you are eating because it is also related to food, a girlfriend of mine has had it since birth and recently found out that she is highly alergic to dairy and wheat as well as gluten all of these effect her eczema, once she cut them out of her diet the eczema went away. If she eats something that has anyof these as an ingredient she breaks out severly

Shannon - posted on 10/24/2009

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Both of my children have eczema. I've recently bought Equate Ultra Restoring skin therapy lotion with aloe and vitamins A, C and E at Wal-Mart. I use it myself on my elbows and feet. With just one application, there is a noticeable difference. After spending large amounts of money on more pricey lotions and soaps, I will not buy anything else. Good luck.

Kristie - posted on 10/24/2009

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I have eczema and my 4 year-old son has it. I've noticed that when I drink or eat anything with splenda or artifical sweetner in it my eczema gets worse. So if you drink diet drinks might try cutting back on that.

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and btw, i used to do the steroid creams and lotions, including aquafor multiple times during day, dont have to do that either now

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my son is 2.. hes had it from 4 mos on.. i went through different prod, steroid creams,a lot of different ones etc.. i took him to an allergist bc he had an allergic rxt to a vaccine, most likely.. anyways they tested him for other possible allergens, only one that came out was cats and oak trees..talked to the allergiest about the exzema.. he told me to bath him everyday 15 to 20 min to get moisture in skin.. then while he was wet put lotion on him, i use venacream, you can find it otc at walgreens.. worked wonders.. his skin is great now, only been diong this for about 2 weeks.. and he had it BAD... legs were worst area.. i used to do the baths every 2-3 days b/c thats all i heard from docs and internet.. allergist said no b/c his exzema was from bacteria related issues and his skin is very sensitive, but so far this regiment is wokring and i;m psyched that i havent had to use rx's.. yay!

Siara - posted on 10/23/2009

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My first two children both had excema. I used aveeno extra moisturizing CREAM (not the lotion) four to five times a day....now they're 4 and 2 and have no excema : )

good luck!

Megan - posted on 10/23/2009

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My daughter (25 months) has had eczema since 4 months. Our doctor recommended avoiding the use any products with soap or any lotions with fragrance. We use Cetaphil soap-free gentle skin cleanser for bath 2-3 times per week. I also slather on a fragrance free lotion, like Cetaphil or Aquaphilic 1-4 times per day. Our doctor said neither the food I ate during breastfeeding nor the food she ate had anything to do with it. It's important to keep kids' skin dry, since the constant change from wet skin to dry skin that sometimes happens with drooling babies can cause the eczema to flare up.

Vilma - posted on 10/23/2009

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I have four children, two of them have excema. I have tried the many remedies. What has worked for me, when they were toddlers I bathed them in the Aveeno packets you can purchase at CVS, Walgreens, Walmart. They look like oatmeal packets. I also moisterized with Aquaphor. I tried Cetaphil but Aquaphor worked best. I purchased detergents with no dyes or scents. Used 100% cotton clothing. They were prescribed Fluocinonide 0.05%. That combination really helped them. I always moisterized and that really helped their skin. Wish you all the best!!!

Laurie - posted on 10/23/2009

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Diet does has to do with excema. Wheat, eggs, and citrus are known triggers of excema, but there are many other possible links. My son had excema and severe rashes that showed up about 3 months. I cut a lot of foods (out of my own diet) until I figured it out. He is still breastfed and I can't eat dairy, wheat, corn, tomatoes, or peanuts. There is lots of forums out there for that kind of stuff. A steroid will always help excema, but there are dietary links and that can help you get to the core of it.

Amy - posted on 10/23/2009

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my daughter has had excema since she was little. I use cetaphil soap it has a cleanser and is gentle on anyones skin plus it has a light moisturizer and is dr recommended. He also said to make sure after a bath to pat her dry not rub her dry and then seal in moisture with eucerin cream or cocoa butter it works great.

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My doctor prescribed "Butt Paste." It is for diaper rash but it clears up exzema, helps sunburns go away faster with little pain and peeling, and is great for chapped lips.

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my 2 year old was developing a pretty good case of exzema. then he was diagnosed with food allergies. once his diet was changed the skin rashes all disappeared.we haven't had a break-out in over a year. it's worth it to have your doctor check it out.

Ashley - posted on 10/22/2009

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A bleach bath?! Geez, I've never heard of that...I have, and sometimes still do put some baby oil in my sons bath water while the water is still running, that really seemed to help some too.

Amber - posted on 10/22/2009

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Quoting Angela:

All three of my boys had eczema and we tried EVERYTHING to no avail! Now, I use free and clear detergent and fabric softner, wash with fragrance free, alcohol free soap (ivory) and they take a bleach bath 2 times per week. (see WEBMD) Add 1/2 cup of bleach to the water and let them take a bath as normal. My youngest is 22 months old and we have been doing this for 6 months now with no sign of eczema on his body ANYWHERE! I will do this from now on. This is coming from a mom who had been fighting this battle for almost 11 years!



Is bleach really safe to bath in?  I have never heard of that before

Angela - posted on 10/22/2009

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All three of my boys had eczema and we tried EVERYTHING to no avail! Now, I use free and clear detergent and fabric softner, wash with fragrance free, alcohol free soap (ivory) and they take a bleach bath 2 times per week. (see WEBMD) Add 1/2 cup of bleach to the water and let them take a bath as normal. My youngest is 22 months old and we have been doing this for 6 months now with no sign of eczema on his body ANYWHERE! I will do this from now on. This is coming from a mom who had been fighting this battle for almost 11 years!

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Aveeno Baby cream, I swear by it. I use ity on my ezthema and my sons. Alot of the time its inherited, as in my case. Also you could try taking oatmeal and milk/water making a paste and using it after you wash her, rinse away the solids and it will soothe the skin. I do this when mine is really bad in the winter or when my husband had alot of chigger bites from when we went camping. Sometimes I even add a little johnsons and johnsons vanilla oatmeal baby lotion to the mixture.(But my doctor told me not to use lotion bc it makes esthema worse , so this is prob better for the ones in the family who have mild esthema like my son) Hope this helps.

Andrea - posted on 10/22/2009

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yeah. and you dont want to use any detergents that arent naturally derrived...even tide has chemicals in it linked to various cancers and whatnot. Products you buy at the store, especially the naturally derived ones can get expensive...the ones I use are actually more affordable. call me!

Ashley - posted on 10/22/2009

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My son is 9 1/2 months old and I've ALWAYS had a problem with his eczema. I've tried tons of lotions and creams and nothing has seemed to work all that well. His bad spots were on his neck, the creases of his arms (where they bend), behind his knees, and his ankles. He recently saw an allergist and we found out he had food allergies to beef, eggs, and peanuts, so the allergist told me to take all these components out of his diet, and don't give him a bath everynight, and also after I give him a bath pat him dry, don't rub, and within 2 minutes of having him out of the tub, try to have his lotion on him. Ever since I have done all of these things his skin has done a 180! He actually feels baby soft now! So eczema CAN be triggered by certain foods. I find that Vaseline lotion works good, I've been using the Intensive Moisture Vaseline lotion on him. I also wash his clothes in All Free & Clear detergent, make sure your babies detergent doesn't have any perfumes or dyes in it, that can also irritate their skin. I've been struggling with this pretty much my sons whole life and I've finally found something that seems to work, so good luck!

Laura - posted on 10/22/2009

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Eczema cannot be triggered by foods that are ingested, not even through breast milk. It is a skin allergy that is often triggered by an increase in body heat, exessive exposure to the sun and some ingredients found in bath soaps and detergents as well as lotions or perfumes. Some fabrics can also trigger reactions.



My five year old has Eczema, too. Giving your little one a bath every other night is a good start. It is important to remember that her bath should not be longer than five to six minutes in length as over exposure to harsh water can also trigger the allergy. Her bath water and future shower water should not be anything other than luke warm in temperature. Aveeno has a very good baby liquid body wash/hair shampoo that works very well. Cetaphil has an excellent moistuirizer for children and adults with Eczema. The key is to apply it while your little one's skin is still semi damp from her bath so as to help keep her skin hydrated and moist longer.



Tide Free is a safe detergent to wash all of her cloths in. Of course, you may want to consider doing all your laundry in a "free" detergent as her skin does come in contact with whatever you and your husband wear and or sleep in (towels, bedsheets and blankets).



If your little one perspires when sleeping, you may want to consider letting her sleep in minimal clothing and using a light sheet as compared to using a heavy blanket. Persperation is a sign of increased body heat.



Don't be afraid to consult with your pediatrician and dermotologist often. I am certain that the prescription she was given contained a steroid which is why it worked so well and so quickly. But as your pediatrician and dermotologist will tell you, these types of medications are not prescribed too often as steroids can have a negative effect on a child's development. As about medications that are made for daily use or more regular use. Together the three of you can find the right combination of solutions for helping your child learn to control and live with Eczema.

Ria - posted on 10/22/2009

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It sounds to me like you are doing all the right things. Something else to consider might be your laundry detergent and fabric softner. Have you tried bathing the irritated area eith weak, cooled Rooibos tea?

Michelle - posted on 10/22/2009

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My 2 1/2 yr old son has eczema too. I use cetaphil lotion on him and a bar soap for sensitive skin. I also wash his clothes in a dye/perfume free detergent as I have found that some detergents really irritate it. He has not had any flare-ups for quite a while now!



I hope that you find something that helps.

Karen - posted on 10/22/2009

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My son whom is now 7 had exzema as an infant.. When infants get exzema it can also mean in the future the may have allergies or asthma or both.. My son has both at two we had a RAZ test done its an allergie test of the blood and found out he was allergic to nuts, tomatoes and pork with a sincativity to beef. I felt horrible i was feeding him peanut butter almost everyday.. Your regular doctor will not do the test you have to go to an allergist. We had him retested this last year and his allerties have changed he is no longer allergic to nuts, tomatoes or pork but is allergic to honey now and still a sincetivity to beef. I really keep on top of it..Anytime anything has come up I have always extensively researched it. Hope this helps.

Angie - posted on 10/22/2009

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My DD got eczema when she was 2 months old .She had cubbie little legs and got it on the back of he legs.I have heard from other moms that it could be what she is eating,it what you are washing he clothes in.But we have found that is not the case.

She is almost 6 and we have been fighting it all this time we find something that work and he legs clear up and then after a while it is like stops working and we have to try something else. ..I do use detergant with no scent ..it might help a little I think ..I have a co-worker that says he grew out of it..So I Pray she will too !!

I would only do it if your Doctor this it is possible it a reaction to food ..I found that in our case it wasn't a reaction to anything she eats !!

Hope this was some help :)

Jacqui - posted on 10/22/2009

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Careful with the Hydrocortisone cream as it can thin the skin and has lots of nasy chemicals so use with caretry to go for natural as much as you can

Jacqui - posted on 10/22/2009

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One of my daughters has servere eczema and I have found that amways washing powder is the only one I can use to wash our clothes in so it doesnt affect her she is also allergic to oranges and red capsicum to name a few of the many things she is allergic to I to tend not to worry about baths every day unless they are really dirty

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Oh also the doctor prescribed Hydrocortisone cream to use on the really bad bits but you musn't use it all the time as it can thin the skin. Best thing to do is seek advice from the doctor as each person is going to need different products. Good luck.

Alisa - posted on 10/22/2009

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I've kept kids for over 20 yrs. and have two of my own. I've seen the Dove products work well on this, you'll have to watch the eyes of course. Also the every other day bathing routine, unless they're really dirty, and kids do tend to get really dirty. The aveeno products are good for the itching, as is hydrocortizone cream. I will mention that gettin overly warm or hot tends to really irritate it, so watch for clothing, and alot of times blanketing a child will do this. One more thing in the fall/winter when heat is on keep a humidifier going or at least a pan of water on the stove to put moisture in the air. Good luck, hope this has been some help.

Kim - posted on 10/22/2009

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Me and both of my children suffer with eczema. Our dermatologist said to use Curel lotion(for eczema prone skin) and make sure to stay clear of perfumed lotions, detergents and soaps. She might grow out of it, my kids and I haven't, my daughter has scars from hers getting so bad,even with meds. But your doing the best thing not bathing her every day, water is the worst thing there is for eczema. I ALWAYS recommend going to a dermatologis for any medicines especially for a little one!

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See your doctor. My son also has mild eczema and we don't use any shop bought bathing addatives. We use Dermol 600 in his bath and to wash him with every evening and then we smother him in Epiderm Emoilent and that seems to keep on top of it. Also I use less detergent when washing his clothes and NO conditioner. Hope this may be of some use to you.

Justine - posted on 10/22/2009

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my husbad suffers from it really bad less red meat something about it inflames it and try rubbing the inside of bannana peel on the spot i know sound weird but it does work and it is natural

Yolanda - posted on 10/22/2009

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My daughter had eczema as well and we think it was an allergy to citrus I was eating (I was breast feeding). In addition to the medicine we used only Aveno products on her, i.e soap/wash and lotion. Our Dr. told us unscented Dove is good as well.

You may want to introduce solids adn juices one at a time to see which ones she may be allergic to.

Hope this helps. :-)

Beverly - posted on 10/22/2009

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My Lo has problems with exczema. It's inherited from my mother and grandmother. We use Aveeno bath and lotion. Aveeno makes a specail lotion for exczema. If it gets too bad talk to your doctor. Our doctor had us using hydrocortisone.

Danielle - posted on 10/22/2009

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All 3 of my kids have eczema since it runs in my family. What I had to do was do baths 2 to 3 times a week and don't completely dry the body but half dry it but make sure you get the cracks that need to be dried. and then I put vasiline on the skin and then did lotion or a cream(eucrin or aveeno) and that worked out. I also switched the body wash over to aveeno which they do make it for infants now. It is at walmart in the baby section. And then I would but lotion on the 2to 3 times a day and it helped to keep it under control. I only used the prescription when it really broke out bad. You will see a difference when the weather changes of when it gets worse and not. and with food, having eczema kids can develop allegies to certain foods but docotors don't do a test until 1 to 2 years old and it is just a blood test. but with foods I would just see wich jar foods break her out and cut them out try introduing one jar food a week so you will know. And breastfeeding has nothing to do with it. I breastfed all three of mine and it was when I started introducing jar foods and solids.

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