My 8 mth old has some type of allergy/eczema issues. It seems any detergent other than Dreft flares him up. Does anyone have experience with this?

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Stephanie - posted on 01/22/2009

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we do every winter! my daughter can only use aveeno soap for bathing. the aveeno lotion helps a lot too.

Taunya - posted on 01/22/2009

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We use detergents and fabric softeners that have no dyes in them. Also, long baths are not good for their skin nor are bubble baths. We use dove shampoo for sensitive skin and Cetaphil soap and lotion. We have seen great results with the Cetaphil (Walmart)... of course, the winter is going to be worse for the eczema because it is so dry with the heat and all. Hope this helps.

Marsha - posted on 01/22/2009

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The new eczema cream by gentle naturals cleared up my son's in just two usuage...it is a lot cheaper than trying to keep him from all the scents in the world. It has also helped with my girls rosy cheeks. Hope it helps

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We use scent and dye free everything.  Tide Free, Oxy Clean Free, Dove sensitive, etc.  Also, keeping the eczema moist with plain cream.  We use Eucerine cream and it has all helped.

Lulan - posted on 01/20/2009

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like the others have said, no detergents, anywhere! free and clear, we even switched to scent-free hand soap, dish detergent, and no perfume or scented lotions for me or aftershave (husband). We slather on Aveeno baby and vaseline on his skin, but when the flare ups got bad we had to use a prescription steroid. The hard part is when other people held him and their clothing would irritate him. He is 15 months old now and doing much better--I have been able to wear some perfume, even. Good luck.

Christie - posted on 01/20/2009

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My baby had skin issues--not necessarily eczema--with just about anything containing dyes or perfumes (including Dreft). I finally figured out that it was the products I was using on myself that bothered her the most. I switched to Seventh Generation detergent for her clothing, and for myself, a mild soap in the shower, and I used the same lotion for my skin that I was putting on her. All the issues cleared up within a week.

Shannon - posted on 01/19/2009

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We use the ALL Free and Clear as well for all our clothing... I really only use Dreft now for stains that are baby related... I believe that Downy now makes Free and Clear fabric softner sheets too.... check your local laundry isle in the grocery stoe or walmart etc.... there are a lot of dye and perfume free things now!

Stephanie - posted on 01/19/2009

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we have to use all free and clear on all of our kids clothes. they all break out with anything else.



 

Mandy - posted on 01/19/2009

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My son was DX with Eczema at the age of 1 and a half. His Ped Dr. Prescribed the best of the best for my son.. Eucerin.. That works wonders and the redness disappears in a day or two with no irrataion.. If its scratch it may cause a little buring but it goes away if a few seconds...( I had dry skin that really bad and i itched it and used it)



My son is allergic to Tide... His body was red from the neck down and the dr. gave him steriod cream to prevent it from getting worse and stop the itching.. I would try the Eucerin

Trisha - posted on 01/19/2009

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Same here for my four year old.  We still can't use anything but Dreft and I only use half the recommended amount, plus vinegar in place of fabric softener or dryer sheets.  Try California Babies lotions and soaps too.  They work great for kids with itchy skin.  You can find it at Target.

Robin - posted on 01/19/2009

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Lots of experience. My four year old has had eczema/allergies since he was a babe. We use zero soap, free and clear seventh generation laundry detergent, and organic pure coconut oil to moisturize. We have also had various allergy tests done, essential fatty acid tests, etc....We work with a naturopath these days, which has helped wonders...no doubt he still has significant sensitivities...but working with her has allowed us to avoid allergy shots and steroids. Good luck!!!

Aandrea - posted on 01/14/2009

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My daughter is 8 months old as well and i've noticed shes had eczema on her arms since she was about 3 months and it's actually getting worse.  I can't figure out what is flaring it up.  I went and talked to the health care nurse and she said that sudocream was the best thing she could find.  Her daughter also had bad eczema.  Also I heard that vitamin D works as well.  Havn't tried that one out yet though, but when I do I'll let you know!

Jennifer - posted on 01/14/2009

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Krista,



My now 6-year-old son had a lot of food allergies when he was an infant. We thought it was environmentally related until we had him tested and found that he was allergic to milk protein, mustard, and eggs. I had to eliminate all three from my diet b/c I was breastfeeding. Along with that, the allergist told us to bathe him every day and slather him with a thick cream (not lotion) after blotting him dry. That did the trick. He has outgrown his food allergies, but still gets eczema every now and then. We just pull out the tub of cream again for a couple days and that takes care of it.

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my skin is super sensitive to anything I put on it as well. I use Tide Free for my detergent and haven't had a problem with it. I definitely don't use fabric softener as it is one of the most toxic things you can have in your home. I use a half cup of baking soda instead, which does soften the clothes, but doesn't work with static cling too well I find. Seventh Generation products are getting rave reviews as well.

A friend of mine used straight olive oil on the affected areas her son experienced and it cleared his skin problems right up. With all the great advice the other moms have given you you're bound to find something that will work!

User - posted on 01/13/2009

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my daughter (6 years) had bad reactions to anything with perfumes or dyes. I found that Organic Castor Oil works really well on it and also bites. The Arbonne is good too...especially the baby wash. We eventually found out that she was allergic to wheat and dairy (she complained of upset stomach for 2 years) after testing at a naturopathic doctor. Since we have removed that there has been no skin issues although I still use only purex free and never you bounce (dryer sheets). Also avoid using anything with perfumes which can include some natural stuff. If you have them on formula I would check about the dairy or if you are breast feeding keep track of what you eat...it seemed to affect my daughter. I hope that helps!

Candice - posted on 01/13/2009

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My daughter is five and I still have to use Dreft on her.. she just has sensative skin... I also put some baking soda in her bath water because it helps her skin stay hydrated and then I make sure to put lotion on her EVERYTIME she gets out of the bath. She now has her own bottle of lotion and uses it through out the day. It's no big deal we just use Dreft and lots of lotion.

Fran - posted on 01/13/2009

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great advice from all the mom's out there. arbonne works great. you can also try aquaphor. if you still have flare ups try adding a little flaxseed oil to his diet. it worked wonders for a friend of mine who's son had major issues with allergies and eczema. her lactation consultant told her to use it. good luck!

Misty - posted on 01/13/2009

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Have you tried Seventh Generation detergent in Clear?  No colors, no scents--my son has extremely sensitive skin and eczema and it doesn't bother his skin at all.  Usually eczema comes from a combination of allergens (or one more severe allergy), so you may want to try an elimination diet.  I'd also recommend making sure his moisturizer doesn't have any fragrence, petrolatum/petroleum, or parabens in it--they're known allergens too.

Kalen - posted on 01/13/2009

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double rinse all loads of laundry



no fabric softeners or dryer sheets



make sure your cloths, sheets and blankets are all allergen free too... since they rub against them



if static electricity is an issue, use baby lotion on your hands and rub the cloths



moisturize lots with ... Crisco... which is a vegetable oil solid.... no allergins or perfumes



Good luck!

Dionne - posted on 01/13/2009

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Arbonne's baby line is incredible for baby eczema~it is pure.safe & beneficial~no fragrance,no dye, no mineral oil, no animal products or by products and is purely botanical. The line has also healed my eczema. I use the cleansing gels at my sinks and pure hand cream and my hands are eczema free! The products have changed my skin (and my family's) and the opportunity has indeed changed our lives! If you would like a sample or some more info., or the opportunity to purchase wholesale, please let me know! Thanks, and God bless! (oh & yeah, I use soap free detergent for my eczema, too!it helps!)

Dawn - posted on 01/13/2009

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it my not be the detergent u r tryin but all so your deodernt or soap powder you r ? coz if u give him cuddels it my cum from u or otheres around him.or perfums that people have on so look fore the differences when u hold him or otheres

Katie - posted on 01/13/2009

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My son has had this since he was 6 months or so (he is almost three). My son's eczema was brought on by an allergy to milk. But my allergist said once they have it they will always have it even if they grow out of the allergy. Once they have it a number of things can make it falre up. I use All Free and clear. I also use Earthbabies non fragrance soap. But the thing that has helped the most is Vitamin E soothing ointment. I get it at Whole Foods the brand is KEY.E. I hope this helps.

Zarah - posted on 01/13/2009

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Yes, my youngest has had eczema since he was 3mths (now 2yrs). We use only soap free products from chemist. Even changed CLOTHES WASH to gentle formula cause clothing could ich his skin. But it could be any or all of these WEATHER-BATH-HANDSOAP-ANIMALS-CARPETS-WOOLEN SHEETS-SOMEFOODS.

Probably be good idea to go to doctor and get a test to norrow down likely causes to avoid them. Unfortuntely it maybe a ongoing battle.

best of luck :)

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My daughter had a bought with eczema and the doc had me put vaseline on it for a few days and it cleared right up and she has not had any flare ups since.  My daughter was sensitive to everything.

Carrie - posted on 01/13/2009

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My son was having some skin problems like that, no so much detergent based but I found that after using the Aveno Baby cream 2x a day for 2 days it cleared right up! Worth a try anyways. There are also just some people that can't handle laundry detergent with any sort of frangrance to it. Your little guy just may be one of them!

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