Five month old with Eczema

Elita - posted on 12/21/2009 ( 126 moms have responded )

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Hi everyone

my little boy has quite a bit of ecezma on his elbow and back of knees, I am finding it hard to get rid of any suggestions.

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Jan - posted on 01/01/2010

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Hi Elita. My son had severe eczema as a baby and young child. We tried absolutely everything. There are a few things which we found great success with. Oatmeal baths brought much relief from the itchyness. Use the cut off foot of a stocking and put a cup of oatmean in it and tie a knot, hold it under the running bath water and squeeze and a milky substance comes out. You can leave the stocking ball in the bath and continue to squeeze it while bathing your child. We got this tip from the hospital when our son was in the burns unit with a severe infection which got in through the eczema and ate away his skin. Another one we used and swear by it is hemp oil, incredible healing agents in this oil and we would apply it as we saw the eczema appear, 2 or 3 times a day, within a couple of days it was gone. We looked closely at his diet and kept as natural as possible, avoiding packaged foods was the biggest, preservatives lurk in packaged foods and food colourings etc. We also found when his body was stressed from late nights or rundown for any reason, this stimulated his eczema, so keeping him well balanced with sleep and healthy food was a must. Breathable clothing helped aswell, try to avoid polyester etc and wear cotton and natural fibres. Wool tended to aggrivate him as it was itchy. I hope I've been of some help, my heart goes out to parents having to deal with eczema and the kids who suffer with it, I've been through it to hell and back and found these few things the best to keep it under control. Good luck and stay on top and you and your wee boy will be fine :)

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I would recommend you begin journaling his food consumption. Ecezma is a skin rash that is attributed to a food allergy, most often wheat or dairy and lack of essential acids. Optimum nutrition does usually help this condition. I am a nutritional consultant and could help you if needed.

Sheri - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son has eczema and his doctor told us to keep the wash with soap baths down and use lotion after baths. The winter months are worse then the summer ones. The winter dries their skins out so much. The key is to keep it moisturized.

Rana - posted on 12/22/2009

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Hey,
Have the same experience, started at around 5months old, have a few years of experience and trial and error now. Anything you can slather on it may only help temporarily. The thing that western medicine doesn't realize is that you can't completely treat it from the outside, you have to take an inside out approach. Some of these prescription ointments should not be used for an extended period of time. Your gut flora has a lot to do with your skin health. Has he had a lot of antibiotics? I can suggest making his diet as free of chemicals and additives as possible, go organic and consider a probiotic. I'm not sure for his age if or how much probiotic you can give, you'll have to research that. Take a holistic approach, do a lot of research yourself.

Carla - posted on 12/21/2009

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i just went thru this with my 11 month old...she was gettin outbreaks on her elbows and thighs...i started giving less baths and using aveeno wash and lotion! i ued the lotion 2-3 times a day and hers is completley gone we just keep puttin the lotion on twice a day now.

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Cyndi - posted on 01/02/2010

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Can you get Eucedrin lotion there? Not the pump but the one that comes in a jar. That is what my allergy Doctor recommends for my kids. If it is really bad and this does not work then my dr perscribes a steroid cream that we use and put this over it. Also to not get the lotion all over I cut the feet out of a pair of socks after we put the lotion on we pull the socks on to cover the knees and elbows so that it does not get all over everything. Hopr this helps.

Jess - posted on 01/02/2010

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I would recommend using goats milk soap it is a fantastic product and won't harm your baby it's really cheap to buy and you can get it from any good pharmacy, also try a little pinetarsol (available from chemist warehouse) in bath water it helps with the dryness and the redness. Hope this helps

Cindy - posted on 01/02/2010

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Fluconase (prescription) is the only thing that works on my daughter's ecezma. I do all of our laundry in Dreft. I only bathe her and wash her hair with Arbonne baby wash or Cetaphil.

Terri - posted on 01/02/2010

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Well, my son also has eczema, at first our pediatrician told us to just use hydrocortisone cream, but now that we have found that to not be working as well we are on a prescriptive cream that seems to work pretty well.Triamcinolone Acetonide. I also literally coat his skin with lotion day and night ( we use the generic Eucerin) which also seems to help his skin stay moisturized and not get so dry. Our pediatrician also said to use the medicine before the lotion otherwise the medicine will not be going into the skin properly.. obviously. :) Hope that helps. I would also stay away from perfumy laundry soap or regular soaps. My son got a big reaction when we used Gain in particular.

Iris - posted on 01/02/2010

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I believe you can order the Eucerin Aquaphor online... amazon.com I believe, that does more to protect the skin when it is not flaring up. Keep the areas dry/clean but keep those areas lotioned.

Carrie - posted on 01/02/2010

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Daily baths, lotion him up while he's still damp. My son has eczema as well, I've found that Aveeno brand lotion and body wash work really well. You can buy both in Aveeno for dry itchy skin. Also, anything with oatmeal in it helps. When you find a spot that seems itchy during the day, put more lotion on it. The doctor can prescribe a steriod cream that works pretty well, but I personally would rather not use it if I don't have to. Also, use laundry detergent that is formulated to be used on sensitive skin. Purex Baby, Dreft, All Baby or All Free and Clear are a few. Don't use dryer sheets on his clothes and I would recommend washing all of his clothes separate from the rest of the family's laundry. These things have helped my son. Eczema is linked to asthma and other allergies. Sometimes children out grow it and sometimes they don't. I haven't heard of anything that gets rid of it for good, but these things have helped my little boy not itch and scratch so much. It may look like it's getting better, and then flair up again. That's just how it works, just keep doing what you're doing to manage it and it will get better again. Hope this helps.

Heidi - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son has psorisis (think thats how you spell it, lol) so it is different but a skin condition all the same. When it starts to flare up, usually on his palms and heels we apply Emu oil/cream. NOT the emu oil heat lotion type. Its just Emu oil or cream. Last lot i bought was from a markets. I've also seen it for sale at Sexpo (of all places). It would prob be on the internet somewhere. Not sure if it will help but may be worth a go. There was a place at Kemps Creek, NSW that used to make and post it out. Not sure if they still do.

Diana - posted on 01/02/2010

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my daughter gets eczema on the inside of her elbows, try hydrocortizone, her dr. recommended it

Wanda - posted on 01/02/2010

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Hydrocortizone cream is great for short term applications (ie a few days), but be aware that if used long term it actually "thins" the skin. Best to see doctor if simple methods dont work.

Kendra - posted on 01/02/2010

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My son had eczema behind his ear and we used hydrocortizone cream (over the counter) and it cleared it up.

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Yay Dawn. I agree that it is internal and using topical creams, oils, baths, etc. only deal with the surface issue and merely suppress the problem. You must look at all aspects including allergies and toxins and try to eliminate the base issue, not just cover it up.

Samantha - posted on 01/02/2010

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Elidel works good and hydrocortizone cream works good. That what my dr prescribed for my kid. She also said that Eucerin and Cephacol lotion is great for babies. I hope that helps.

Wanda - posted on 01/02/2010

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I am Australian too. Don't use chemicals on his skin eg soap or shampoo - the cheapest method is to take a handkerchief or a soft piece of material and in the centre put a couple of tablespoons of oatmeal. Form into a bundle with an elastic band and use this to wash him in the bath instead of soap. The oatmeal is calming for the skin. As an alternative you might like to try washing him in a warm bath containing Ego soluble bath oil - it worked a treat for my (now adult) children. Could also be worth it to talk to your family doctor as your boy may have food allergies that need assessing. Good luck!

Deanne - posted on 01/02/2010

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I had severe ecezema as a child and my children also have it. I found that if I used Polytar shampoo as a bubble bath and let them soak in it for awhile it really helped. I also tried Head and Shoulders because the zinc in it helps clear it up as well. Also try goats milk soap and moisturizer daily that will help too.

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Right after bath apply hydro-cortizone/cortizone directly onto the eczema areas, and then apply lotion over those areas and the rest of his body. Aquaphor/Eucerin is fantastic, and leaves baby moisturized for a long time. I do this morning and evening for my baby. I wipe with a wet cloth before applying, always, to seal in the moisture, and to not have the lotion cake on my baby's skin. Luck!

Sahar - posted on 01/02/2010

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lansinoh, it is nursing moms, but it works for other skin irritations aswell. good luck

Sheri - posted on 01/02/2010

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I wk in Derm best to take the child to the dermatologist there are plenty of treatment options

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i've heard that excema, like most other skin issues, is a form of fungus. there is a product called GoChi that's avail. in New Zealand, thru FreeLife International (it's a juice that all ages can drink) that de-acidifies the body and fights off all forms of fungus and bacteria. drink it with water or straight up (it's quite delicious), 2 to 4 oz per day and the excema should disappear. Bonus, it also boosts the immune system to ward off all kinds of other dis-eases. it comes with a 100% money back guarantee. check it out online www.freelife.com

Wanda - posted on 01/02/2010

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Hey Elita my son had it at that age. I use aveeno bath soak oatameal and olive oil in lukewarm water and bottle skin oil or vaseline to keep him from dryness on elbow knees.

Jennifer - posted on 01/02/2010

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I used alot of Eucerin creme myself, but first had to attack the underlying itch so that the surface could heal. I used Benadryl to stop the itch and then used the creme. I bathed my son and still do every other day and only used unscented mild soaps. I also used unscented detergent and was careful to what household products i would use. Each person is unique in what is the cause, but first you have to stop the itch otherwise the skin will continue to break out. me and my son both have Severe eczema and have not had major symptoms in 2 years now since I made some adjustments to our lifestyle. I heard about the stuff they mentioned on here from new Zealand and heard RAVE things about it, but it was too spendy for my budget, but if you have the dollars to spend GO FOR IT!!! :) Good Luck!

Beth - posted on 01/02/2010

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When my daughter was young she had it reallly bad. The doctor suggested eucerin and it worked really well. He also recommended getting it in the jar, not a bottle because the bottle was mostly water. The jar lotion is thicker. Good luck

April - posted on 01/02/2010

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You are right Sara that is what I was going to suggest. I use it and I have had it all my life and I started using it on some bad places on my hands and it has practically healed. Also the detergents from Melaleuca have helped. My daughter has it all over her body eczema and switching products has helped. It is all of the products that we are using that have chemicals that are affected us. Try the Melaleuca

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if you haven't tried cortizone that will help. i struggled wiht it for most my life. if over the counter doesn't work the baby needs a dermatologist. it is awful to be so itchy and sensitive. good luck

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After using everything my pediatrician finally suggested 1% Hydrocortizone Cream...my son is 2 so def ask your doc.

Julie - posted on 01/02/2010

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It's not recommended that you bathe kids with ecezma daily. Every other day to every third day is what's recommended.

Julie - posted on 01/02/2010

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My oldest son has it too - since he was born. What the doctor recommended was Cortate cream (sold over the counter). But I would ask your doctor first since he's so young. We did use it that young too. Also we have been using Aveeno baby lotion/cream on him since he was a baby and it really worked for him. He only breaks out once in a while now. Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 01/02/2010

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my son's dr recommended Heimlich Clear cream...it works..a little expensive but worth it..you can only get it online...

Leah - posted on 01/02/2010

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my son has eczema also, we were told not to bath him everyday, ie- baths get rid of your skins natural oils. we do once every 3 or 4 days, unless we go out or he is playing outside. mostly he's really not getting dirty. we also found that california baby bath/shampoo over other brands helps, because it's more gentle, and we always use aquaphor after every bath. not for every day use, after a while (not sure how long) with constant use your body gets use to not needing to produce it's own natural oils, and stops making as much. at least that's what we've been told
we were given a prescription cream, however we don't use it much, doing what we do seems to keep his ecezma under control. hope this helps

Tameka - posted on 01/02/2010

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Ive had eczema all my life and its quite severe in my case...keep his skin moisturized at all times...try giving him oatmeal baths (colloidial oatmeal) like aveeno if they sell it there...after putting lotion on him, put either vaseline or (and I know this sounds crazy but) crisco or any shortening over it...what that does is lock in the moisture longer. also make sure he wears loose fitting clothing because clothing can make it worse, if u can, just let him stay in his underwear/diaper as much as u can while in the house...also when it itches use hydrocortizone, its over the counter and usually fairly inexpensive...hope that helps!

Lisa - posted on 01/02/2010

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Have you tried Melaleuca products?  They have a lotion called Renew that works extremely well.  Both of my kids had eczema since they were born.  I tried so many products - Aveeno, Oatmeal baths, Cetaphil, etc etc etc!  Once I tried Melaleuca products, their eczema nearly disappeared.  They have bath soap and lotion that are great.  It also helps to switch their laundry soap to the Melaleuca products because what you wash their clothes and bedding in makes a big difference.  Their products are all natural and I saw a HUGE difference in my kids' skin.  You can go to www.melaleuca.com to check it out.  It may appear that the products are a bit expensive.  First of all, any price was worth it to me if it helped my kids.  But, the products are not that expensive.  The company offers "rebates" in loyalty shopping dollars and other ways to reduce the price.  I would really recommend trying it and seeing if it helps.  You can always return the products if you don't like them for a full refund.  Good luck to you.



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Quoting Elita:

Five month old with Eczema

Hi everyone
my little boy has quite a bit of ecezma on his elbow and back of knees, I am finding it hard to get rid of any suggestions.





 

Louise - posted on 01/02/2010

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hi l want you to buy a bottle of vaseline and johnsons baby powder, then take out half of the vaseline and put johnsons baby powder into the vaseline then mix it up and it makes a stiff paste, then spread this over his ecezma and it will take away the itching and the red soreness and yes it does work because my son had eczema and it helped him so much, please let me know how it works for you. louise

Beth - posted on 01/02/2010

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My daughter had the same thing. The first thing I was told to try was a 1% hydrocortizone cream. (over the counter) Unfortunately that did not work for her so the her pediatrician prescribed a higher dose and it works beautifully. If the over the counter doesn't work ask your ped. Good luck

Cecille - posted on 01/02/2010

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Hi. Use aveeno soap and aveeno moisturizing lotion. The oatmeal sootjes the pain and itch. Re-apply lotion at least 3x a day.

Lisa - posted on 01/02/2010

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The Arbonne baby line has proven to be very beneficial for children (or adults) with ecezema. There is a skin conditionung oil that they offer that my husband (a family practice doctor) has used on his ecezema and it is the only thing he has found that works. Arbonne is available is Australia. I am an independent consultant and would love to give you more information.

Stephanie - posted on 01/02/2010

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Aquaphor is great stuff. But look for milk and food allergies as underlying cause. My daughter is allergic to dairy and casein protein in dairy. Since we have removed dairy products...skin is clear. Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 01/02/2010

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Try Aquaphor. My son gets red.chapped rashes on his hands each winter, and it has worked great!

Sabrina - posted on 01/02/2010

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Not sure if it's available in Australia (you'll have to check) but I use a cream by Mustela called Stelatopia. They have a whole line for extremely sensitive and eczema prone skin. I've been using it on my 5 month old and it's cleared up significantly!

Ursula - posted on 01/02/2010

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I have to add my endorsement to the Moo Goo. An Aussie company and their products really work. Plus they have lots of info on the website. I haven't had to use cortizone creams since (they have side effects, so you woudn't want to rely on them too heavily anyway.)

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cortizone cream. My pediatrician recommended it for my little girl and it worked great. I got it by prescription and I don't remember what strength.

Kimberly - posted on 01/01/2010

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Wilma,
I'm in 100% agreement with you about prayer. So nice to see a post like this. I, too, have been healed of a physical ailment through prayer. Hopefully, your post will prompt others to pray for healing. Thanks for sharing!

Brenda - posted on 01/01/2010

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Hi
My name is Brenda and the proud mom of 4 children.I grew up as a child with the very same issue of ecezma and i like to share my resolve to my skin issue.My mom tried everything she could from doctor visits of shots ,skin doctors and old remedies and i found that nothing worked for me but bathing with luke warm water instead of hot water, so that i didn't dry my skin out by removing to much moisture and daily and continuous vasilene applied to my skin.
I still suffer from breakouts on occassions ,but today my skin is clear and i still use the same remedies .I hope this is helpful.

Kimberly - posted on 01/01/2010

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Quoting Wilma:

Well first I sale Arbone that will help out alot, but I will also tell you what I did for this 6 year old boy who goes to our church. I took him and his mom aside and talked with them and I asked him if he would take the prayer cloth and put it under his pillow and tell God each night thank you for my healing I believe God would heal him, and Katherine this little boy had it everywhere. So a Sunday went by and he had it and I said to him are you thanking God for your healing and he said Yes Miss Wilma so the next Sunday came by and when he saw me he could not wait to tell me what God had done for him and his mother stood up in church and told everyone what God had done, and that was about 5yrs ago and today he still is healed. I will be praying for you son


 

Kimberly - posted on 01/01/2010

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Tepid or luke warm baths with Aveeno. Glycerine soap is perfect for baby's sensitive skin. My daughter had eczema, too. I find that nickel plays a big part in her skin issues. It's found in many foods as well as detergents. You can find lots of info on the internet as well as through your dermatologist. Dreft detergent ONLY!! Aquafor is wonderful!

Wilma - posted on 01/01/2010

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Well first I sale Arbone that will help out alot, but I will also tell you what I did for this 6 year old boy who goes to our church. I took him and his mom aside and talked with them and I asked him if he would take the prayer cloth and put it under his pillow and tell God each night thank you for my healing I believe God would heal him, and Katherine this little boy had it everywhere. So a Sunday went by and he had it and I said to him are you thanking God for your healing and he said Yes Miss Wilma so the next Sunday came by and when he saw me he could not wait to tell me what God had done for him and his mother stood up in church and told everyone what God had done, and that was about 5yrs ago and today he still is healed. I will be praying for you son

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