My 6yr old just developed eczema this year...her hands get soo red and sore. I can't seem to find anything that works well enough to clear it up. ( i have been told that usage of cortizone should be restricted to once in a while..) I need something that works well that i can use EVERYDAY! I also live in Canada,and am not able to get a hold of some of the American stuff due to cross bordering etc. Help!?!

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Stacey - posted on 02/11/2009

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My seven year old son has eczema too and his doctor prescibed him some steroids to use on teh really bad patches until they cleared up.  We use that sparingly (only when needed) and the rest of the time, he suggested we use Aquaphor (from the makers of Eucerin) for use on the dry spots.  It works really well! Good luck!

Caryn - posted on 02/17/2009

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LInda...my daughter also had eczema badly (all over her hands/arms/stomach/more).  The only over the counter cream that helped was cetaphil cream (in the tub...not a pump).  Now anytime she starts to break out we use it and it disappears immediately.  It's excellent.

Heather - posted on 02/11/2009

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A lot of products on the market have steriods or mineral oils which are all unatural. I just started a membership with benefits company that sells all natural products from laundry detergents to toothpaste and they have a lotion called Renew again all natural that works great on my daughters eczema. I got my membership which is $29 and found out I could buy all natural cleaning products cheaper than walmart and make money by referrals. Here is my link to find out more: http://www.workathomeunited.com/organicf....

Connie - posted on 02/11/2009

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I highly recommend ARBONNE's Skin conditioning oil. Ihave seen it work wonders. It does not have any mineral oil in it so it is safe to use everyday and does not burn when you put it on.  I believe they do have consultants in your area.   Use with their hand cream or baby lotion.  For more information go to www.arbonne.com.  Hope this helps.

Gina - posted on 02/11/2009

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I found that Eucerin works wonders. I use it EVERYDAY. They also make a calming one that calms the skin during a flare up. I have two kids with Excema and this is the only one. I apply it twice a day or as needed. Their excema has been calm ever since. I would use the Hydrocordisone twice a day until it calms down and then the Eucerin there after.

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Linda - posted on 02/20/2009

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Thankyou everyone for your information!  I have found something that seems to be working for her now,but am still researching a couple more namtural products that i have heard about. This was amazing and full of soo much information. I will definately ask for advice again to the group and am confident you will all be there for me  :O)



Thanks to all of you,



Linda



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Kristen - posted on 02/20/2009

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My 8 year old has done this for the last two winters. We use Aquaphor or Eucerin and it helps.  When it gets really bad her doctor has given me a steriod that you mix in the Aquaphor and he says it is fine to use on a regular basis. Also what helps is making sure they do not use alot of alcohol based hand santizer

Betsy - posted on 02/20/2009

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I too think that steroids are ok to get rid of the major flare ups. I too use Aquaphor sometimes, but it's very sticky and kind of like petroleum jelly. My dermatologist vanicream (www.psico.com/). They make creams, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, loads of stuff. The cream is really thick, but it still rubs in easily and isn't very greasy. Plus they are SUPER gentle and free of EVERYTHING that they could be allergic to. Whatever you choose make sure you apply it AT LEAST three times a day. With my son, in the winter months, we would apply up to 5 times a day. It seems like a lot of work, but it saves the exposure to the steroids.

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My 9 yr. old son has eczema, and only recently my 19 mos. old had a bout of it too!  There is an over the counter lotion (but usually have to go to pharmacy window and ask due to it's size and cost) that I use on both children everyday, 3 and 4 times a day.  It's called, Vanicream.  It is really great stuff, and several friends are now purchasing and using it too.  You may give it a try.  I don't know if Target has come to Canada, or not, but that is where I buy it.  Hope this helps.



 



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Holly - posted on 02/20/2009

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My 9 yr. old son has eczema, and only recently my 19 mos. old had a bout of it too!  There is an over the counter lotion (but usually have to go to pharmacy window and ask due to it's size and cost) that I use on both children everyday, 3 and 4 times a day.  It's called, Vanicream.  It is really great stuff, and several friends are now purchasing and using it too.  You may give it a try.  I don't know if Target has come to Canada, or not, but that is where I buy it.  Hope this helps.



 



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Andrea - posted on 02/20/2009

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I used a salve in a green tin called bag balm. It's actually used for cows udders, but being as we live on a farm, use it for everything. It worked much better than any prescription cream.

Amber - posted on 02/20/2009

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I have two girls with Eczema and everyone has the "right answer" but I have found that each case seems to be different, being that is seems to run in my husbands family. However, my oldest has gotten much better since taking claratin daily and I get her non perfumed lotion.  My youngest did real well with using vaseline 3-4 times a day. It seemed to keep the itch out and keep the area moist. Our doctor told us that Eczema is a form of asthma and hopefully they would grow out of it. What ever you use, do it right out of the tub while their body is still a little moist. Good luck.

Heather - posted on 02/20/2009

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both of my children have suffered from eczema and we were treating them with the ointments  and otc remedies which never seemed to work.  I started making my own oatmeal and goats milk soap and using witchhazel in their baths and it has really helped.  I keep finding out that the more natural the solution the better it works.  I also have a can of bag balm (used to help keep cows from getting chapped utters)  which I use if a spot gets really bad.  Good luck.

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Something that I have found that works well is Extra Emollient Night Cream by Mary Kay. It has a decent smell and I know is available in Canada through any Independent Beauty Consultant there. This is also good for anywhere that you get really really dry and for diaper rash. You can also look at www.marykay.com and find a consultant in your area.

Nicole - posted on 02/20/2009

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dult eczema sufferer and have been prescribed steroids for years. But I am also a new Arbonne consultant and have seen amazing results. Check out Arbonne.com for a consultant near you.Everything is all natural, no chemicals or animal by-products, no mineral oil. All botanically based and really great for skin. Just what I would reccommedn because I have seen babies get cleared up in 4 days.



 



Good luck!!

Nicole - posted on 02/20/2009

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dult eczema sufferer and have been prescribed steroids for years. But I am also a new Arbonne consultant and have seen amazing results. Check out Arbonne.com for a consultant near you.Everything is all natural, no chemicals or animal by-products, no mineral oil. All botanically based and really great for skin. Just what I would reccommedn because I have seen babies get cleared up in 4 days.



 



Good luck!!

Sharon - posted on 02/20/2009

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I have two suggestions of a natural creams that might work.  I too am from Canada and have used one myself as I have very dry skin in the winter...especially on my hands.  The one that I have used is called Burt's Bees Hand Salve, a farmer's friend.  It's very thick and does wonders to very dry skin.  It won't be harmful to your child either.  The second suggestion is a brand called Naturally Baby.  I am pretty sure they sell creams and stuff.  I have used the baby shampoo and love it!  These won't be harmful to your daughter and might be great help.  You can find both at Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart and some grocery and specialty stores.  Good luck!

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hi my cousin and aunty and even my mum all have eczema and i gave them a tube of  ego QV cream repair dry skin...it works great for them its even cleared up the worst cases of it...and they use it everyday.....i really hope this helps your little girl as its not a nice skin condition to have....Rachael

Angel - posted on 02/20/2009

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My son had the same problem when he was an infant, and I used eucerin and it helped greatly.  After using it day after day it was eventially gone.  I would suggest trying it if you have not already done so.  I hope that it helps your little girl like it helped my son. 

Melissa - posted on 02/20/2009

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My son has had eczema for years.  I am able to control it by using Aveeno products.  When it is bad for him, I use the soaps available by Aveeno, and once he is out of the bath or shower immediaetly apply the Aveeno lotion to his body.  This has helped him eventhough I was told to limit his baths when he was younger, this worked better for him.  Good luck.

Lynne - posted on 02/20/2009

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My daughter has suffered badly with eczema since birth & i stopped using steroid ointments 5 yrs ago & started to use Aloe Vera gel which i get from health food shops & it's almost cleared up

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Also have you looked at or tried Paw Paw ointment? this should be available world wide and is fabulous stuff for everything, i couldnt live without it. use on chapped lips dry skin cracked heels minor cuts, bites and bruises. totally natural and smells great.

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I havnt had problems with exma so I am lucky.  BUT i did hear from friends who had troubles that there is a honey that i did see on the shelves of imported and specialty foods at the supermarket that is supposed to work its an australian one called Manuka honey that has had good reports and is a natural product.  putting manuka on the skin each day for a ten minute period should help.  good luck.  and i also hear there are amway products that work for excemea.

Regan - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hi there. I myself and my three year old son are suffers too so I can really see your problem. Basically we know what our triggers are and try to avoid them at all costs but most of the time this is really hard. You try telling a three year old no cholocate!

With living in Australia body sweat is a major issue as is heating as it dries out the skin too much. All I can suggest is find the triggers eg, soap, frequency of washing hands, rooms too hot etc and try to keep skin dry and moist with anything that your child can tollerate on their skin. I know when my hands are particularly bad I use unfragranced baby oils and even cooking oils sparingly. Sounds funny but these seem to have little to no chemicals that the skin can react too and also help prevent infections from entering broken skin.

Hope this helps you out a little

Scratch you around the place :)

Kristy - posted on 02/20/2009

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Hi, I have a friend whos son has the same problem, and im pretty sure she uses Eucerin. There are lotions and cleansers and im pretty sure you can use it whenever. Not sure if they have it where you are at but i would think so. Maybe you can check it out. Goodluck!

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Quoting Linda:

My 6yr old just developed eczema this year...her hands get soo red and sore. I can't seem to find anything that works well enough to clear it up. ( i have been told that usage of cortizone should be restricted to once in a while..) I need something that works well that i can use EVERYDAY! I also live in Canada,and am not able to get a hold of some of the American stuff due to cross bordering etc. Help!?!




Hi,  I can't speak from personal experience, but I have had friends tell me that going off dairy helped with eczema.  I know it's hard (I've had to go off dairy for my baby), but it might be worth trying.  Wheat is another one, but dairy is the one of heard most.

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hi there, I'm new to circle of moms so please bear with me.. My youngest child is 6 years old his excema has always been a factor in our lives.. there are lots of creams on the market and unfortunately it ccan be trail and error in finding the cream that best suits your child, however when an area becomes red and sore you must seek medical advice and obtain some steriod cream mainly to avoid infection.... my little boy has had many different moisturisers to try and prevent soreness and the best one we found was CETRABAN.. it does a fantastic job and can be obtained by the doctors or over the counter.. this is available in CANADA as I discovered on a holiday.. also use soft washing powder and avoid changing its brand... diet can be a factor when the skin is sore, cracked, or red.. try to avoid to much dairy at this time and acid/ citric like foods..

i do hope this has helped, I'm actually quite impressed with my self lol...please feel free to send me a message if I can help any more.. excema can be an awful thing for a child but by staying on top of moisturing its ususually easy to sort... kind regards

Kim - posted on 02/19/2009

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hi there, I'm new to circle of moms so please bear with me.. My youngest child is 6 years old his excema has always been a factor in our lives.. there are lots of creams on the market and unfortunately it ccan be trail and error in finding the cream that best suits your child, however when an area becomes red and sore you must seek medical advice and obtain some steriod cream mainly to avoid infection.... my little boy has had many different moisturisers to try and prevent soreness and the best one we found was CETRABAN.. it does a fantastic job and can be obtained by the doctors or over the counter.. this is available in CANADA as I discovered on a holiday.. also use soft washing powder and avoid changing its brand... diet can be a factor when the skin is sore, cracked, or red.. try to avoid to much dairy at this time and acid/ citric like foods..

i do hope this has helped, I'm actually quite impressed with my self lol...please feel free to send me a message if I can help any more.. excema can be an awful thing for a child but by staying on top of moisturing its ususually easy to sort... kind regards

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Hello!  I have eczema on my hands (most likely brought on by baby wipes and constant washing), and have found that a thin layer of Elocom cream (only when it is really bad) followed (about 10 minutes later) by a coating of Neem cream helps alot.  if it is bad at night, and I layer before going to bed, then it is gone in the morning, but this doesn't mean stop - it takes about 3 days of the Neem and it is gone.  Neem can be found in most Finlandia stores or other organic "pharmacies".  hope this helps :)

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My kids get eczema too.  I use Cetaphil creme initially.  Then,  I use Cetaphil lotion every night after bath.  It wouldn't hurt to try.  I hope it works.

Lisa - posted on 02/19/2009

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There is a product at Target called California Baby-it works wonders. I don't know if you can get in Canada or not. It is wonderful-my 5mo. old had eczema very bad and it cleared it right up.

User - posted on 02/19/2009

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You could also try the following: Two tablespoons of Pure Olive oil (not the vigin kind) with a drop or two of Lavender essential oil. Mix and massage into your sons skin. The lavender sooths and relaxes while the olive oil moisturises...

User - posted on 02/19/2009

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Only use cortizone in extream cases. I found a product on the internet called Herbazone. As far as I know it is available globally - go to www.herbazone.co.za and ask if they can send it to you. I specifically use their Reconstruction cream and the calendula cream. Switch between the two weekly. It is completely natural and can be used as many times per day as you like. My sons eczema was so severe that he was unable to wear shoes because he had scratched the skin off his feet. It was totally cleared up in a week while using Herbazone.

User - posted on 02/19/2009

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Only use cortizone in extream cases. I found a product on the internet called Herbazone. As far as I know it is available globally - go to www.herbazone.co.za and ask if they can send it to you. I specifically use their Reconstruction cream and the calendula cream. Switch between the two weekly. It is completely natural and can be used as many times per day as you like. My sons eczema was so severe that he was unable to wear shoes because he had scratched the skin off his feet. It was totally cleared up in a week while using Herbazone.

Jayne - posted on 02/19/2009

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What is happening is the body is trying to detox or cleanse it self of something. Cortizone and these other cremes actually supress what is naturally trying to get out of the body. There is a natural soap called Miracle 2 it can be used to shampoo your hair, wash your body, wash your clothes and you can even replace most of your house hold cleaners with this product. The same company makes a lotion or gel, these products are amazing. Search on google or yahoo and read about the many ways you can save money and keep your family safe from the carcinogens in most products.

Kathleen - posted on 02/19/2009

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Wheat and dairy are what trigger my eczema.  Calendula cream works well when I have a flare up.  My daughter is on goat milk - much better for you anyway than cow's milk, and she doesn't have a lot of wheat in her diet.

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I would suggest AVENO lotion it is very good for hands, it is made with oatmeal helps to moisten the skin use it myself all the time. You can buy it at the drug store, walmart also can buy it in the baby section in the stores. Hope this helps. take care

Dianhery - posted on 02/19/2009

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MY SON IS 5YRS AND ALSO HAVE ECZEMA. HIS ALLERGIST TOLD ME TO USE ONLY DOVE OR AVENO BODY WASH WITH NO PERFUMES AND AFTER EACH BATH TO USE HIDROCORTIZONE 2% MIXED IN EQUAL PARTS WITH A CREAM CALLED AQUAPHOR ( IT IS A CREAM LIKE THE PETROLEUM JELLY ). TRY IT IF POSSIBLE. THAT CAN HELP A LOT.

Michele - posted on 02/19/2009

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I'm not a big fan of cortizone, steroids, etc but sometimes they are necessary. My son gets it on the back of his arms, and sometimes his shoulders and cheeks. Some great natural remedy ideas are on the web but we use oatmeal scrubs and also coating the skin with petroleum jelly mixed with a few dabs of neosporin (we use a generic walgreens version) which is also great for quickly healing chapped lips. Increasing vitamin E or oils fortified with vitamin E applied to the skin is supposed to help, also. Here is an interesting link I found with a bit of the information to follow... Have a nice weekend!



From site: http://www.naturalremediesforeczema.com/



The first step in using natural remedies for eczema is to treat the skin and prevent it from becoming dry and losing more moisture that then causes the disorder to become worse. The use of tamanu oil is advised to help make a barrier on the skin and prevent the loss of moisture. This oil is rubbed onto the skin and has a soothing effect on the affected area.



Vitamin E is also thought to help as a natural remedy for eczema. The vitamin can help as it is thought to aid with the body’s natural ability to heal. Flax oil is also on the list of natural remedies for eczema that many have tried. Flax oil has an anti-inflammatory property that can assist with the red swollen skin associated with eczema.



Neem is another “natural remedies for eczema” solution that can help with infections that often occur due to the eczema. As the skin is scratched, sores can develop that may possibly become infected. Neem is an evergreen plant that is used as a poultice on the skin to help prevent infections.



It is important to always inform a physician if natural treatments are also being done in conjunction with medication to avoid any complications. Ifyou’ll look around you’ll discover that there are several natural remedies for eczema thatr can be used to help with this chronic condition. The secret to success is finding the solution that works for you your particular case.

Melissa - posted on 02/19/2009

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my daughter has had really bad eczema since birth...i have tried everything and the one thing i found works for her is aveeno eczema cream (u can buy it at walmart) i also put baby oil in her baths...i have found that the combination works well...and with eczema u dont want to bathe them everyday

Samantha - posted on 02/19/2009

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My son has eczema as well and the stuff the doctor prescribed i didnt like it. So i went and bought eczema spectro for kids. You can buy the bath wash and the cream its cheap and works awesome.

Kiwana - posted on 02/19/2009

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My baby has eczema.  I bathe her with Cetaphyl which can be used daily but with or without water.  I also use aquaphor on her skin.  Her eczema is not severe but i have several cousins who have severe cases.  They do not submerge their bodies in water everyday, the cetaphyl helps to keep their skin clean and protected at the same time.  I also use cortison occassionally but as directed by the doctor.

Heather - posted on 02/19/2009

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I know that you have had multiple posts but maybe this could help as well. My 3 yr old has had eczema almost all her life and it has been to the point where her entire body was covered in hives, including her face. She constantly scratches are hands, feet, ankles, and elbows to the point of pouring blood. We used to have to wrap her hands and feet with bandages to keep her from scratching. I am not sure how severe your case it but when my daughter's condition is under control we use Cetaphil bath soap (or the generic one) because it has no fragrances. We also use "Vanicream" as the moisturizer. It is over the counter but here in GA they keep it behind the pharmacy counter in some locations. You will have to ask for it. Just make sure that whatever you buy either lotions or soaps have NO fragrance for that irritates the problem. Hope this helps. :)

Rebecca - posted on 02/19/2009

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I have had eczema my entire life and now one of my twin girls has it. Can you get Gold Bond brand powder or lotion? If so, that is GREAT for easing the itching, cracking and soreness. It also won't burn as much as some of the other lotions like Amlactin (sometimes dermatologists will prescribe something with like that to help exfoliate the skin, but it can burn like the dickens!) You can also soak her hands in lukewarm water with oatmeal bath like Aveeno or something similar. She will just have to keep putting lotion on a lot - Curel Hand Therapy is also good and isn't greasy for when she is writing in school and such. GOOD LUCK!! This can be a hard disease to manage when it gets warmer, so you'll want to get in under control before then. Heat can irritate it more because her skin will dry out. Feel free to get in touch if you have more questions...

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My son was dealing with dry skin too.  He was starting to get these little dry patches on his shoulders and on his rib cage.  The doctor prescribed Cetaphil lotion for him.  A friend suggested squeezing baby oil into his bath water (I think I posted this already).  Recently, I found Palmer's Baby Butter lotion and Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap and have begun to use both along with the other two suggestions.  I use the baby oil and soap with every bath and I lotion him up at EVERY diaper change.  I have even made this a 'special instruction' with his daycare provider.  I don't know what did it but I have got to tell you...his skin is that of a baby's and gee, that's what he is!  It's a beautiful thing!

Sharon - posted on 02/19/2009

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My daugher bathes and washes up with Aveeno Oatmeal soap, and she uses A & D Ointment on the areas that are affected by the eczema.  She has used cortizone but it can only be used for a short period of time.  Good luck.

Jeni - posted on 02/19/2009

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My son has this also and his doctor recommended we use Aveeno baby for him.  It is great, infact I even use it for myself at times.

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Go to a website called Afterinked.com After Inked is an all natural lotion made for healing tattoos... My husband is a tattoo artist and the spokesperson for this company... My 1 year old also has eczema on his legs and this works and is gentile... it took like a week or two to start working but you can appy it as much as you want... It is also good for use a baby gel! My kids have super curly hair being Cuban and Black it works great for them and is gentle...

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