How can I treat exema in a 3 months old, doc says no cortozone

Nicole - posted on 03/24/2009 ( 318 moms have responded )

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I have a 3 month old with exema an the doc said no cortozone an that I just have to wait to get into the dermathologist. I am not a patient woman when it comes to my babies. Any sugestions on teating sever cradle cap an exema?

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Barbara - posted on 03/28/2009

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I had the same problem with my daughter on her bum and I used Eucerin Lotion. Or is it called Eucerin Cream. Anyways, it comes in a small tube. Its a little pricey but if it works its well worth it. Give it a try and good luck!

Jos - posted on 03/25/2009

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Quoting Yolana:

All of my children have exema and you would never know it. I started using Extra Virgin Olive Oil on them straight of the bath and their skin is beautiful. Olive Oil is a natural and harmless moisturizer. I have used it myself for years. My childrens doc was amazed at their skin. By the way my boys are 2, 5, and 7 now but I have used it since my oldest was an infant.


Most definately, I too use Olive oil and as much as many don't believe is the best to keep all skin types moisturised. i am glad i'm not the only one nutty enough to have used a salad ingredient hahahaha.

Yolana - posted on 03/25/2009

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All of my children have exema and you would never know it. I started using Extra Virgin Olive Oil on them straight of the bath and their skin is beautiful. Olive Oil is a natural and harmless moisturizer. I have used it myself for years. My childrens doc was amazed at their skin. By the way my boys are 2, 5, and 7 now but I have used it since my oldest was an infant.

Angel - posted on 03/24/2009

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Arbonne International has a product called "Skin Conditioning Oil" that I've seen people use to treat exema. I don't sell Arbonne but I have been using it for years and it's all natural and I have yet to find a product that I don't like. You can check them out online. They also have a baby line that is really great...the baby oil could help with the cradle cap...check it out.

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Amber - posted on 12/14/2010

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For the cradle cap I would just put a little vasoline on the scalp then lightly brush it. For the eczema I personally use the cocoa butter vasoline lotion (in the brown bottle). That stuff has worked wonders for my boys!

Heather - posted on 04/21/2009

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baby oil 4 tcradel cap nd try takein him swimming i had a friend who had a boy with t same problem nd t cloreen in water realy helped. i use e45 ndit is also good nd if none o t others work try an elimanation diet cos he could b allergic 2 something.

Joanne - posted on 04/21/2009

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my baby gets really bad exema and i have tried lots of creams, i have found a really good one called aveeno it is on the shop floor so u dont have to get a prescription, it is really good and is made with natural oatmeal and doesnt contain cortozone. give it a try x hope it works x

Wendy - posted on 04/21/2009

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find someone who sells Oriflame Swedish cosmetics as all our products are good for all ages as they are all natural products from the mountainous areas of Sweden and very gentle even for babies,I used on both of mine from birth and they worked (they are now in their mid teens) if you want to contact me please do I can post products to you

Christelle - posted on 04/21/2009

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We tried many different exzema creams on our boy since he was 3 weeks old, none of them helped. Then the local Gp suggested Advanton which doesnt have any cortozone in it! Worked in 7 days!!! Then i tryed it on MY exzema that i had for 7 or 8 years and nothing helped, and it cleared me up also!! Im never without the cream now. Brocklan and i both use the Advanton when our skin flares up (hot weather ect.) and it only takes a few applies to clear up. We also use Dermaveen body wah and moisterise our skin EVERYDAY!! You do need a script, the local GP can give it to you but you might need an authority script to get the discount from MediCare. We pay $32.90 for 4 tubes!!Just ask your Doc about it!!! Good Luck.

Christelle - posted on 04/21/2009

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We tried many different exzema creams on our boy since he was 3 weeks old, none of them helped. Then the local Gp suggested Advanton which doesnt have any cortozone in it! Worked in 7 days!!! Then i tryed it on MY exzema that i had for 7 or 8 years and nothing helped, and it cleared me up also!! Im never without the cream now. Brocklan and i both use the Advanton when our skin flares up (hot weather ect.) and it only takes a few applies to clear up. We also use Dermaveen body wah and moisterise our skin EVERYDAY!! You do need a script, the local GP can give it to you but you might need an authority script to get the discount from MediCare. We pay $32.90 for 4 tubes!!Just ask your Doc about it!!! Good Luck.

Tia - posted on 03/31/2009

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Quoting Karen:



Baby oil is dangerouse to have around babies as it is fatal if ingested.






I agree...petroleum products around infants is a bad idea. Some research suggests that petroleum jelly and baby oil are "carcinogenic". Here is some info I found online (copied and pasted)



 



Use only pure, chemical-free baby oil. Most "popular" baby oil's are mineral oil based. Mineral oil is a petroleum product and can be very drying to the skin. Manufactures claim that it creates a protective film on the skin, keeping in skins' moisture. Actually, while mineral oil does create a barrier on the skin, it prevents the skin from breathing and can become sticky and trap dirt thus creating a dirty baby.



There are many wonderful or unscented. Use a plant based oil such as soybean, sesame or even olive oil that are readily absorbed by the skin providing moisturizers, vitamins and in many cases, antioxidants. Be sure to test any new product on a small patch of baby's skin and wait 24 hours to see if an allergy occurs



 



Avoid Petroleum Jelly. Petroleum jelly or petrolatum as it is sometimes called is a mixture of semi-solid hydrocarbons from petroleum. These derivatives have been proven to be cancer causing and may cause skin irritations. As they create a barrier on the skin, this can lead to trapped moisture creating a breeding ground for bacteria.



 



 

Wilma - posted on 03/31/2009

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Hello Nicole my name is Wilma Phillips, and I don't know if you have ever heard of Arbonne, but everything is dermo tested, and my son has is around his nose, and other places, but there is a skin conditioning oil, and it is awsome, and I can give you more info if you want.  E-mail me wilma721@comcast.net  I will give you all info, and plus I'll go look on my web site, and get more info, because I know we sale baby products also.  All of our stuff is natural.  Hope to talk with you soon,.

Sue - posted on 03/31/2009

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We have this product here in Australia, not sure if it's gone global yet. It's fantastic, my daughters eczema is virtually gone after 3 weeks.



The Invisible Glove is available at health food stores and pharmacies for RRP $19.95.



You can also purchase it online at www.ellenjay.com.au.

Meghan - posted on 03/31/2009

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Cradle cap, a little baby oil on the baby's head works. It works up the flakey skin so it doesn't look that bad. My 19 month old daughter has had excema since she was 2 months old. I took her to a dermatoligst who prescribed Elidel I want to say. My daughter was also taken off dairy and really cleared up. The only spot she has a problem with is her thumb that she sucks. Regular pediatrcians can help but they don't know skin. Go to a derm. Also make sure you dry baby off really good after bath and you can get over the counter excema cream by Aveno which was made with babies skin in mind. I've researched a lot of this.

Kelly - posted on 03/31/2009

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My daughter had excema when she was an infant we used aveeno product, but we found out it was our laundry soap that was irritating and enflaming the problem we changed soap and it gotbetter almost immediatly

Kelly - posted on 03/31/2009

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My daughter had excema when she was an infant we used aveeno product, but we found out it was our laundry soap that was irritating and enflaming the problem we changed soap and it gotbetter almost immediatly

Ashley - posted on 03/31/2009

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Gentle natural exzema care you can get it at Target walmart etc. Aveeno has a baby body wash for exzema too

Ashley - posted on 03/31/2009

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There is a product called Gentle Naturals Exzema for babies, It's safe and all natural also use Aveeno baby they have a body wash for babies with exema and it's gentle and unscented unscented shampoos are the best to use!

Ashley - posted on 03/31/2009

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There is a product called Gentle Naturals Exzema for babies, It's safe and all natural also use Aveeno baby they have a body wash for babies with exema and it's gentle and unscented unscented shampoos are the best to use!

Sarah - posted on 03/31/2009

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My daughter had exema on her arms and elbows. I went threw every lotion and cream possible and then her peditrician suggested I try 1% hydrocortizone cream. I know you said you didnt want that but it worked and her exema was gone in 24 hours.

Sarah - posted on 03/31/2009

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My daughter had exema on her arms and elbows. I went threw every lotion and cream possible and then her peditrician suggested I try 1% hydrocortizone cream. I know you said you didnt want that but it worked and her exema was gone in 24 hours.

Diane - posted on 03/31/2009

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try changing his diet. Exema is mainly caused by the body having an allergic reaction to foods. What type of formula do you have him on? or if breast feeding try to record what you eat for a few days and eliminate things that could he could be potentially allergic to. Change his formula to something that is truly organic from an organic food market. Also when it is time for him to start eating cereals, and solid food make sure that it is also organic from an organic food market. Skin allergies are directly related to the foods we eat, dyes, and unnatural byproducts, and preservatives. you will see an immediate improvement within three days. Any of these creams will only lessen the symptoms of the problem. If you want to get rid of exema I recommend this treatment.

Jennifer - posted on 03/31/2009

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Florasone is a natural homeopatic remedy for itching,exzema inflammaton, rashes, can get at in health food store or natural place.

Audrey - posted on 03/31/2009

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My oldest son had eczema since he was born. We have tried all kinds o Rx and over th counters including Cortizone and steriod creams. Some of the Rx e has been on fo it have since been taken off the market which is scary! The only thing that has helped is always using Aveeno Wash and lotions. I am so happy that last year I finally found the Aveeno sunbock for kids. That was a major break out do to sunblock and heat combonation. Nothing we found when little ever made it completely clear but I will say that over the years it has got alotbetter with age. If you use the wrong product you'll know it right away. Good Luck!

Terri - posted on 03/31/2009

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I have a two month old and everyone told me including her doc that cortozone was fine. I do that once a day when it's bad but otherwise I use Cetaphil Sensitive on her face and the same in lotion form. It is expensive but we are using the Target name brand and it saves like $3 or so.

Heather - posted on 03/31/2009

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Also, when children get old enough, baby sunscreen works wonders as well!!!!!

Heather - posted on 03/31/2009

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I use a warm wash cloth on my son's skin (he has it on his cheeks) and then i put baby aveeno on it. It works SO well! but i would definatley get a second opinion regarding the cortozone cream! you should be able to use it.

Meghan - posted on 03/31/2009

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Bag Balm. It sounds really weird. It comes in a square, green tin can. You can purchase it at any Wal-Mart, K-Mart, drug store for about $8-$10. The consistency is somewhat greasy, a little thicker than Vaseline, but works really well. The description on the can says for scraps, abrasions, etc. It was brought to the market for the use on cow utters, believe it or not. I use it for dry skin on my hands....WORKS GREAT ON DIAPER RASHES TOO!

Meghan - posted on 03/31/2009

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Bag Balm. It sounds really weird. It comes in a square, green tin can. You can purchase it at any Wal-Mart, K-Mart, drug store for about $8-$10. The consistency is somewhat greasy, a little thicker than Vaseline, but works really well. The description on the can says for scraps, abrasions, etc. It was brought to the market for the use on cow utters, believe it or not. I use it for dry skin on my hands....WORKS GREAT ON DIAPER RASHES TOO!

Louise - posted on 03/31/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

How can I treat exema in a 3 months old, doc says no cortozone

I have a 3 month old with exema an the doc said no cortozone an that I just have to wait to get into the dermathologist. I am not a patient woman when it comes to my babies. Any sugestions on teating sever cradle cap an exema?


Hiya Nicole, I`m a British Mom and my little girl whos now 14 months was born with excema, initially I was agvised to 1st try Grape Seed Oil which is more readily absorped into babys skin than olive oil and therefore more moisturising which helped a lot, but she had it quite bad on her cheeks and I ended up being prescribed a Cream called Double base and a very mild cortisone cream which cleared her cheeks up brilliantly. In the meantime i did some detective work of my own and discovered a brand here in britain called Halos"n"Horns which is completely free of any chemicals and is dermatologically tested to be ideal for babies who have excema and cradle cap conditions. Its a body wash and also a fes shampoos in the range. I was also willing to try her on dairy free should it now clear up because there is a link between excema and dairy intolerance in babies and young children. However, my LO grew out of her excema and apart from the odd dry patch now and then she is mostly free. I hope this helps you a little.



Kind Regards



Lou and scarlett in England XX

Vivian - posted on 03/31/2009

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When bathing him use Dove soap only & the Eucerin Cream, if you buy it at BJS they have a big tub of it for $15 but it last a long time.

Vivian - posted on 03/31/2009

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My son is 5 yrs old now and he has had it from the beginning. I found that cortozone or anything that was prescribed by the doctor left a discoloration on my son's skin. Right now we're using Eucerin cream (not lotion). The cream stays on longer then the lotion.After each bath lather it on all over body, but mostly behinds the kneeds,elbows and legs. I tried to to this twice a day, but more often in the winter time. Goodluck!!

Ruth - posted on 03/31/2009

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when bathing your baby,use unscented soap.and never use fabric softener on his clothes.this will help you avoid skin allergies.

Stephanie - posted on 03/30/2009

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Quoting Traci:

Crisco! As crazy as it sounds, it does work... my 3 yr old has had it pretty much her whole life, off and on. It will show up now and then, we treat it and then it will go away for awhile. My aunt told me about using crisco and we tried it. I told my doc about it and he said that is great... hers was so bad at one time that he prescribed steroid cream and that cleared it right up, but he said we have to becareful how much of that we use. He said get it under control with the steroid cream and then manage it and keep it under control with crisco. I've also used Aquaphor and vaseline... any thing greasy... the greasier the better.


my doc told me the same thing about crisco and dont bath them with soap just water once a week but i couldnt stand the smell of my baby smelling like grease all thr time so before i took him somewhere i would bath him with dove soap and it really worked



....steph

Stephanie - posted on 03/30/2009

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Quoting Stephanie:

ok my son was born with an extreme case of exema and his dermathologist told me to cake him up with Crisco everyday and keep long sleeves and long pants on him at all times and only bath him once a week using only water cause the soap will dry him out worse and also pay attention to what you are washing the babies clothes in if you need soap use a mild detergent for the clothes...i know it sounds strange but it really did help my son he had it so bad his legs and back would bleed and get infected..but i would cheat a lil cause after putting crisco on him by the end of the week he started to smell like french fries lol so i would at the end of the week bath him with dove soap and during the week i would give him just water baths and it cleared up he is 14 now and he still has a lil bit of it left but nothing like it was. just try it i thought it was strange also but it really worked...steph


the doctor also said to do not use baby oil on cradle cap he said that the oil clogs up the pores and will make it worse but Eucerin lotion is great after they have had a bath and thier hair is wet....let me know how it works out  steph



 

Stephanie - posted on 03/30/2009

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Quoting Barbara:



I had the same problem with my daughter on her bum and I used Eucerin Lotion. Or is it called Eucerin Cream. Anyways, it comes in a small tube. Its a little pricey but if it works its well worth it. Give it a try and good luck!





Eucerin does work very well i used that on my son when he got a lil older

Stephanie - posted on 03/30/2009

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ok my son was born with an extreme case of exema and his dermathologist told me to cake him up with Crisco everyday and keep long sleeves and long pants on him at all times and only bath him once a week using only water cause the soap will dry him out worse and also pay attention to what you are washing the babies clothes in if you need soap use a mild detergent for the clothes...i know it sounds strange but it really did help my son he had it so bad his legs and back would bleed and get infected..but i would cheat a lil cause after putting crisco on him by the end of the week he started to smell like french fries lol so i would at the end of the week bath him with dove soap and during the week i would give him just water baths and it cleared up he is 14 now and he still has a lil bit of it left but nothing like it was. just try it i thought it was strange also but it really worked...steph

Chrystle - posted on 03/30/2009

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I had the same problem with my second son he has really bad cradle cap and my maternal child health nurse told me to use baby oil and also she said you can try an anti-dandruff shampoo but only a little bit. use the baby oil just after the bath.

Catherine - posted on 03/30/2009

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my advice is dont use any soaps and they have special shampoos for that kinda thing in health food shops which i have noticed worked... if u want a soap substitute try pinetarsol which is available at chemists!! and keep them well moisturised with a non fragranced moisturiser and when your bub is old enough to eat u will find the exczma eases off if u puree urself.. the bought jars seems to mske it flare up unless u get the organic brand one!!

Traci - posted on 03/30/2009

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Crisco! As crazy as it sounds, it does work... my 3 yr old has had it pretty much her whole life, off and on. It will show up now and then, we treat it and then it will go away for awhile. My aunt told me about using crisco and we tried it. I told my doc about it and he said that is great... hers was so bad at one time that he prescribed steroid cream and that cleared it right up, but he said we have to becareful how much of that we use. He said get it under control with the steroid cream and then manage it and keep it under control with crisco. I've also used Aquaphor and vaseline... any thing greasy... the greasier the better.

Brynn - posted on 03/30/2009

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try using 'Jasons' jojoba oil...you can probably get it in natural health section at your local grocery store. If formula fed, try switching to soy milk (can be mixed with basmati brown rice milk as well). exema is often a sign of a milk allergy

Cara - posted on 03/30/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

How can I treat exema in a 3 months old, doc says no cortozone

I have a 3 month old with exema an the doc said no cortozone an that I just have to wait to get into the dermathologist. I am not a patient woman when it comes to my babies. Any sugestions on teating sever cradle cap an exema?



Its everywhere... on his back, his arms, his legs and the top of his head

Nelly - posted on 03/30/2009

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My son had Eczyma since he was an infant as well. Some babies are lucky enough to grow out of it and some have seasonal outbreaks. I began to use Eucerin and ended up switching to Aquaphor. He loves it. The only thing is that it is super thick almost like a vaseline. But it is very soothing and works wonders. Also baths with oatmeal also help soothe the skin. We tried everything. Their skin constantly needs to be hydrated. So trying Aquaphor three times a day for three days will help get it under control. After that, twice a day and then use as needed. I hopeit works for you.

Elizabeth - posted on 03/30/2009

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There is a product in the baby oil, lotions etc aisle at like a Target called Baby Eczema Cream the brand is Gentle Naturals. It is great.

Cynthia - posted on 03/30/2009

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Btw, the Tide Free and President's Choice Free are the laundry soaps I use... just to be clear. 



 



Good luck!

Cynthia - posted on 03/30/2009

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When my son was 5 months old he developed severe exema - I wound up taking him to an emergency room while we were on holidays because I didn't recognize what it was (it came on really fast!).  What the emergency room doctor advised me was to give him tepid baths, 2 or 3 times a day using only water, no soap whatsoever,  followed by vaseline creamy (it comes in a white crock).  I did this every day until his skin cleared up, which it did, and now only have to treat flare-ups.  My son will be 5 in June and only last week was I prescribed cortisone for a couple patches for his legs that have been resistant to everything.  That said, as a baby, the vaseline creamy coupled with the tepid baths (pat dry, no rubbing and follow with the cream right away) did the trick.  I've never seen exema as bad as his, before or since.



 



As for the cradle cap, I would rub olive oil on my boys scalps and let it work in for a couple minutes, then comb it off using a black pocket comb, fine toothed.  I would just keep wiping the comb on a cloth until it starts coming away clean and then I would give them a little shampoo with baby shampoo on a face cloth (not in the bath so as not to aggravate the exema).



 



By the way, I also stopped using all soaps in the bath, even "gentle" or "baby" soaps, and started using only scent free, dye free soaps (I like Tide Free or President's Choice Free).  The doctor also said that often aggressive exema in a young baby is a symptom of allergies to come - not always, but often.  So if there is any history of asthma in your family, the doctor will need to know.  It was also recommended that I continue breastfeeding for the first year (I had intended to stop at 6 months) as this can help reduce the incidence of allergies.  I did continue breastfeeding until he was about 13 months, and so far (cross your fingers) Mathieu is allergy free.



 



Hope this helps!  Best of luck!



Cynthia

Christine - posted on 03/30/2009

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Using Shaklee products for bathing time and washing your clothes with are also helpful.

Christine - posted on 03/30/2009

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Don't give your child formula, unless it's soy-based. Research shows that animal protein causes this problem. If you're breastfeeding, try juicing carrots, twice a day. Carrots contain high amounts of vitamin A which helps with skin conditions. Hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 03/30/2009

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We had to cut out a lot of dairy for my son too.  I also found that Calendula cream works wonders.  It is all natural and great.  I use it a lot for myself too.  It is a little expensive but a little goes a long way.  Check out the California Baby website.  they have tons of natural products for little ones.  Hope that helps.

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