Eczema relief?!

Bobbi - posted on 02/06/2009 ( 18 moms have responded )

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I'm looking for natural treatments for my baby's eczema. I don't like the possible side effects of using drugs to treat it!

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Kristal - posted on 02/06/2009

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Hi! I'm a nurse practitioner and frequently see patients in my office with eczema! It often occurs in infants and children who have allergies or a family history of allergy, eczema, or asthma, although the problem is not necessarily caused by an allergy. It usually first occurs between two and six months of age, with itching, redness, and the appearance of small bumps on the cheeks, forehead, or scalp. This may then spread to the arms or chest and back (trunk). Severe itching and the absence of previous allergy are clues that this is the problem. In half the cases, the rash disappears by two or three years of age.  Has your baby been assessed by a physician or nurse practitoner to ensure the correct diagnosis? Although there is no cure for eczema, it generally can be controlled and often will go away after several months or years. The most effective treatment is to prevent the skin from becoming dry and itchy. To do this, avoid frequent, long baths, which tend to dry the skin. Use skin moisturizers regularly to decrease the dryness and itchiness. These work best when they are applied right after a bath when the skin is still somewhat moist. The moisturizers that I recommend to my patients are Eucerin, Spectro Eczema Care For Kids, and Aveeno. These are all available at your local pharmacy over the counter without a prescription and safe to use on babies. When these are ineffective, it is sometimes necessary to use 0.5 % over the counter hydrocortisone or prescription strength hydrocortisone (corticosteroid). These are to be used sparingly because systemic absorption of corticosteroids in infants and children can cause growth retardation. Therefore, application of corticosteroids should be used at the lowest potency that will control the condition. Your child may also need to take an antihistamine by mouth (benadryl) to control the itching, and antibiotics if the skin becomes infected. Avoid harsh or irritating clothing (cotton is best because it breathes). A great website for info on eczema is http://www.mayoclinic.com/print/eczema/D...  Hope this helps!!!!

Holly - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son has eczema and we use all Aveeno Baby products for him. We give him a bath with Aveeno Soothing Relief Creamy Wash, and use the same lotion too. He also benefits from the Daily Moisturizer Lotion too. We use Aveeno Oatmeal Bath Treatment when its really bad. And he is covered in Aquaphor every night before bed time. He feels like a greased pig but it keeps his skin soft and not scaly. I hope this helps you.

April - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son, 2 years, has the most sensitive skin, and has also developed mild eczema. The doctor gave him a topical steroid to "jump start" a treatment, we only used that for 2 days. On the third day, we just started using Vanicream. Its a thick lotion free of dyes, fragrance and lanolin. I was surprised as to how well and how fast it worked. Its gentle enough to use on his face, hands and bottom. It cleared up the eczema in a couple of days. Vanicream is a little expensive, but it worked for us! You can find it in any pharmacy.

Anne - posted on 02/06/2009

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my daughter has had severe eczema since a baby and the only thing that seems to help is 2 moisturise twice a day and use wraps of a night time the doctors use steroids and the body gets used to them so they have to have stronger ones try the health food shop they have a few creams that are non steroid

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Natalie - posted on 02/07/2009

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and also use a non biological detergent, never use the ones that say they are good for colours etc they are prone to irritating the skin!

Natalie - posted on 02/07/2009

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my friends daughter had very angry severe eczema and she asked did she drink alot of cows milk (which she does) so they advised her to give soya milk instead. it cleared hers up completely and she had no trouble drinking soya milk. you could also try goats milk.

hope this helps x

Bobbi - posted on 02/06/2009

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That is some excellent information.  We actually had some prescripton Vanicream/Hydrocortisone for a while that was prescribed by a nurse practitioner and then my family doctor told us not to use it.  I only use it on his cheeks which are the worst and it gets them to heal up within a day and then I just use moisture therapy to keep it under control.  I do not have any allergies to speak of and there's no asthma in the family as far as I know.  My husband has allergies to various fresh fruits..... 



I usually got to mayoclinic.com for info because it's realiable information....AND I also work at Mayo

Robyn - posted on 02/06/2009

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Hello!



We use Renew lotion by Melaleuca.  It is all-natural and proven to be 7x more effective than Eurcerin, and no scary side effects.  You can read all about the Renew by clicking on this link.



http://www.melaleuca.com/ps/index.cfm?f=...



Also I recommend MelaPower laundry detergent, also by Melaleuca.  All the products are all natural and amazing! and 100% satisfaction guaranteed



If you would like more information, please let me know!



Robyn



www.LiveTotalWellness.com/RobynBrown

Tracie - posted on 02/06/2009

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My son has pretty bad eczema, and my mom gave me Kukui Nut Oil. It is very gentle, and it won't burn your baby's skin. I also apply an otc hydrocortisone cream. Actually, Target has a hydrocortisone "ointment" that is more like petroleum jelly. It is great, because it is very emollient and keeps the skin from drying out.

Erin - posted on 02/06/2009

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I use Eucerin too for my kids, I also use the new body wash for sensitive skin from neutragena ( spelled wrong?) but it works great I also put pants on my oldest who has it worse after I put the Eucerin( in the jar) I use the generic form from walmart and  it has worked fine.

Bobbi - posted on 02/06/2009

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What's a good laundry detergent to use?  I use Dreft, and he has been fine with it but he started to get more rashy this past week so maybe he's formed an allergy to it...

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My 4 year old has eczema as well.  I only bathe her every other day or (if we can) every third day.  When she does take a bath I use Eucerin lotion which really seems to help.  I also only wash her in Cetaphil.  I don't allow her to use any bubbles or regular soap it only dries her out more.  Plus I have started using detergents w/ no perfumes or dyes and I don't use fabric softner.  Since doing all this her skin has improved a TON, she still has minor "itchy spots".  So I sparingly use the steroid cream her doctor prescribed on those areas.

Christina - posted on 02/06/2009

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i use cetephil cream....the jar kind....and i bath him everynight...i put the cetephil soap in the water let him soak for few minutes then i rinse him....right after that i lotion him up....is your baby allergic to anything....they say alot of baby products make the eczema worse...

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