How do you get rid of eczema on a baby??

Erinn - posted on 08/19/2009 ( 31 moms have responded )

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My 9 month old has some... how do you get rid of it??

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Silvia - posted on 09/02/2013

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Hi,
I want to share with you my experience with my daughter's eczema. My baby developed eczema at 18 months. Before that she didn't have any signs of eczema. I breast feed until she was 18 months old. She was introduced to solid at age of 1, she ate a variety diet including cows diary produces and eggs. Two weeks after I stopped breast feeding she developed eczema in her face. At the beginning I didn't know what it was. After seeing my pediatrician and a dermatologist they told me it looks like atopic eczema by contact. They prescribed her a cortisone cream. Which I put often since they didn't really told me how bad this was for her. Her eczema kept getting worse and worse. I couldn't it get under control. I will apply the cream and one day will look better but eventually we will get to the same point. After seeing different doctors finally one suggested that it was an eczema developed by an allergy. They tested her and she had allergy to dairy and eggs. This doctor told me not to use cortisone creams but instead use Vanicream. Since cortisone creams has second effects that I am not going to discuss here, but which you should learn more about if you are using it in your little one, since it can scare her/him skin for live.
I got my little girl out of dairy and milk but still eventually getting some eczemas in her face. I realize that red coloring was also causing her an allergy. After researching on the Internet and put all the facts together I realized that: my baby didn't have any eczema until I stopped breast feeding. There was something in my milk that was helping her immune system. I started reading articles that pointed out that some kids specially, c-section babies, had low levels of probiotics in their guts affecting their immune system and making them to vulnerable to develop allergies. Babies usually gets them through breast milk and also when born naturally they drink the fluids that contains this healthy bacteria. I started giving her probiotics for babies daily. After a month and a half her face is clean of eczema and now she is not having allergic reactions to milk or eggs. I can't tell you enough how good this worked for her. You should check with your doctor about using probiotics but they are very safe for kids. I am pasting below the articles that help me the most to put all of this together. Also probiotics are link to Help kids with diagnosed with OCD and ADHD.
I hope my experience helps to all the mommies with this problem!!!!

http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoo...
http://scienceblogs.com/aetiology/2010/0...
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBR...
Very interesting for OCD and ADHD kids http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSBR...

Krystal - posted on 08/22/2009

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My now 9 year old was diagnosed with Ezcema at 6 weeks old. I tried EVERYTHING! From different creams and oils to crazy home remedies that people suggested. My daughters was not mild and proved to be allergy related. She still has problems with it, but one of the things I learned is to go through and try the things people suggest. Some may actually work! My daughter once told me that it felt like hundreds of ants were biting her-so I would stick a cold compress of some kind when the itching was bad because of the dryness. I also use very mild soaps and detergents. Dreft is good. So is Dove. One of the best that I found for my daughter was all glycerine soap or coconut oil soap. As for moisture, we tried tons and finally found that Vanicream works well for us. Some things may be harder to find, but if you go to an organic food store it is easier. Oatmeal baths are a thing of beauty. Very soothing. Hope you find something that works for you. There are tons of great ideas!

Julia - posted on 08/20/2009

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I agree with Debra, Renew lotion is great. But u need to find out what is causing his eczema. There are so many toxic chemicals in everyday items that may be causing him to break out so a lotion will only soothe him. You need to eliminate the problem and that will get eliminate the eczema. Message me and we can discuss this in detail.

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Eczema will not go away so to speak. To realize itching and dryness try this. Mix Eucerine Cream and Hydrocortizone cream in equal parts. This was prescribed for my son by his doctor. Apply as needed for the first couple of days and then only twice a day after that. My son did not itch and his skin was smooth.

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Ashlee - posted on 08/24/2009

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my daught has had it since birth and it has gotten realy bad. i changed her to an oakmeal lation n body wash i use St. Ives oatmeal &shea butter advanced body moisturizer.. it works wonders. If you think it is extreamly bad you need to get your baby seen by a skin doctor

Karen - posted on 08/22/2009

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The chemist told us to avoid any lotions or bath washes with a fragrance and use QV bath oil or similar instead. Then moisturise within 3 minutes of drying the skin again with QV lotion or Alpha Keri lotion. Dab the skin, don't rub. Cotton clothing is best & let skin air as much as possible. Good luck :)

BARBARA - posted on 08/21/2009

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my son had it, i mix vitamin e oil the thick one (rite aid brand was good) wit his baby lotion and i work his skin is really nice. thk god

Sara - posted on 08/21/2009

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I agree that most often eczema is related to allergies, whether food, product, or environment. Without going into a long story, an allergist told me recently that Aveeno is really bad for the skin. She said to use Cetaphil soap and lotion. The lotion makes my son's eczema worse, so we use aquaphor. It is also helpful to only bathe occasionally as bathing can dry out the skin.

Rosie - posted on 08/21/2009

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my son has it on his arms and legs, it gets really bad when we forget to put his prescribed creams, have you talked to your child's pediatrician?

Michelle - posted on 08/21/2009

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my daughter has eczema, she's had it since she was a baby. hers is mostly related to food allergies. when we changed her diet her skin got so much better. i find it get worse in the hot weather. i use pure Shea butter on it, it really helps.

Reagan - posted on 08/21/2009

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My son has baby eczema, on his face, some on the arms, & on his legs. My pediatrician recommended 2 creams, both available from WalMart. One cost $12, & the other was $4.99. As a single mom, I thought I'll try the cheaper stuff first, then upgrade to the more expensive. The cheaper stuff worked great & got rid of his patches. I now swear by Vaseline Creamy Problem Skin Therapy. It's hypo-allergenic & unscented & comes in a 220ml tub. I have a tub on all 3 levels of my home, some in the diaper bag & a tub at grandmas' house too. I bath him daily, but only use the baby wash on him every 2nd day as he's not that dirty at 5 months. After his bath, he gets the cream all over his body, then on goes the sleeper & he's off to bed. When I first started using the cream, I applied it to all the affected areas at every diaper change, it took a day to really see results, but after a couple of days all was well again. Good luck!

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My son had it bad. We tried everything and ended up going to a dermatologist. Cerave cream was the best (comes in a tub and it's hard to find). We also needed to use a prescription steriod which I hated to use, but worked.

Meghan - posted on 08/20/2009

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My son got it recently--all over--and I bought the aveeno soothing relief moisture cream

(Get the cream--more moisturizing than lotion) and it looked better overnight. completely gone now!

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you don't really get rid of it. it's something that will come back if the skin gets irritated. extremely dry air / weather will cause the skin to dry out and will make things worse. keeping the skin moist is key. severe cases require steroids (hydrocortisone over the counter or prescriptions). only bathe the baby if needed, not daily, as water dries the skin further. i was told to use cetaphil cleanser and moisturizers when my son was a baby.

Malinda - posted on 08/20/2009

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Keep in mind that eczema *can* be a symptom of food allergies - especially to milk. Talk to your pediatrician about this possibility and perhaps try eliminating dairy from your child's diet (either by switching to a dairy-free formula or eliminating dairy in your own diet so as not to transfer via breast milk). Of course only make dietary changes under the supervision of your health care provider, but this helps in the majority of eczema cases.

Amanda - posted on 08/20/2009

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My son had his first eczema outbreak at 1 month old. I tried it all. His was a little more intense than a normal outbreak. Every cream and lotion I tried didn't work. If they don't work for you talk to the pediatrician about a perscription of U-Cort. If you don't have insurance to cover it, check if they have same tubes (otherwise it is a little expensive) but it works great.

Natasha - posted on 08/20/2009

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Use the regular dove soap and a they have lotions for eczema, I believe it was aveno that I found for my daughter and it works great!! My daughter really only gets it in the winter time but that is what our doctor told us to do. Good Luck!!

Debra - posted on 08/19/2009

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My son had terrible eczema, but I found Renew lotion. I can show you how you can get it if you like.

April - posted on 08/19/2009

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Excema runs in my family and everyone uses a different method to calm it down. My son developed it as an infant all down his legs. I used Johnson's Baby Cream in a pink tube. It was new 3 years ago when Levi was born. I now swear by that stuff...it works wonders on his excema especially in the cold dry winter months. Stay away from bubble baths at all costs!! Warm baths in general are bad for anyone with excema. I am a nurse so I have know of several little tidbits to help it. Also, any milk product flares up excema. Which is hard to keep infants away from milk of course. I switched my son to soy based formula and he drinks soy milk. He also had a milk allergy. It is not very safe to use lots of Hydrocortisone cream on infants. You can use it occasionally but really all it will do is help with the puffiness and itchiness. Any lotion can do that as well. Once your child is old enough OTC Claritin helps. I give my son a dose when needed and it helps ALOT. But like I said before...everyone is different. One doctor I worked for had excema and swore by a homemade recipe of half Jergens Ultra Healing lotion mixed with half olive oil. You don't use alot and once your skin heals you don't have to use it as often. Good luck!!

Marcia - posted on 08/19/2009

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Moisturizing creams are fine but don't overdue cortisone creams as these can interfere with the normal function of the adrenal glands, which if they were in tip top shape to begin with, the child would probably never get eczema in the first place. Adrenal glands mediate pain, inflammation (including that in the skin) and stress and are involved in many responses in the body.

Maxine - posted on 08/19/2009

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that is true, a friend of mind swears by Sudocreme, which really can be a cure all. I think you should try everything, till you find out what works. everyone is differnt and differnt things work for differnt children (sudocreme unfortunatly didn't work for me, i'm just thankfull i get my childs cream and bath wash on free repeat perscription!)

Kim - posted on 08/19/2009

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my son had eczema when he was little and we tried everything otc and presciption. Unfortunately nothing really worked. When our daughter got it too, we thought, here we go again. We had changed Pediatricians, and she told me to get plain old Vasoline. She said that it was cheap and worked better than any prescription she had ever seen anyone try. She was absolutely right, it was like a miracle. Try it, you won't regret it!

Karen - posted on 08/19/2009

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I used good olive oil...not the cooking type but the kind used in baby massage...it keeps their skin soft and doesn't have any chemicals but if it is really bad and inflamed would suggest a trip to docs to get a prescription hydrocotisone

Maxine - posted on 08/19/2009

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My Daugher has eczema and i really dont find it hard to controll. The doctor priscribes a bath wash she baths in every day and then after her bath she gets slathered in matching eczema cream. this didnt work at first and we were given steriod cream which we used untill the serious outbreaks were under controll, and now we just keep to the routine of the bath wash and cream. i would tell you the name of the cream, but i'm english, so the name wont mean anything to you. Just get a good cream and bath wash (as bathing dries out the skin) designed for eczema, and make it a daily routine, my daughter even helps us rub the cream in now... which is helpfull till she tries to put it in her hair as well! Once you have it under controll, it stays under controll. But keep it up, my step sons mother doesn't do this and he has eczema spots on his skin and his skin is so very dry, which is really not nice, and me trying to moisturise his skin at weekends when we have him doesnt help much. Of course you may be lucky and it may just be baby eczema, but either way, a good moisturisation routine will only do good :)

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My son had it on his face at that age. We were told to keep it dry, and to stop letting him use his pacifier because that kept his cheeks wet and held bacteria there.

Cassey - posted on 08/19/2009

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My son suffers with mild eczema. I use Sudocrem on his when he breaks out and that really does the trick for him :)

Lyndsy - posted on 08/19/2009

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my daughter had eczema for the first year of her life on her face luckly it was mild and finally went away!....you can find Aquaphor at any store that helped my child a lot... warm baths and lotions.....thier skin has to be kept moist cuz the dryness is what irritates.... my doctor also told me when it got really bad to put hydrocortisone half percent like 2 times a day but i wouldent use it to often because its strong.

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