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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Lily - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



More experience than I'd like I'm afraid.  My son (now 4 1/2) has major food allergies and chronic severe eczema.  Though he doesn't have environmental allergies per se (meaning he isn't actually allergic to the detergent), since his skin is always reactive all of the fragrance and dyes, etc. will really irritate his skin even more. 






I too used Dreft when he was an infant, but later just started using any of the "Free" regular detergent brands (All and Tide both have them, and Costco even carries their own "free" brand).  This seems to work for us.






My other suggestions are 100% cotton clothing, daily "soaks" in lukewarm bathwater, and slathering the skin with Aquafor after bathing.






Good luck!









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Hi Krista/Melissa:



 



My son also has food allergy/eczema issues.  Upon switching to the "free” version of laundry detergents (and being vigilant about avoiding food and environmental allergens), his flare-ups are now under control.  I have tried the All, Tide, and Costco's Kirkland brand too - they all worked equally well IMHO.  I also use the Bounce "free" dryer sheets (since I can't stand static cling!).



 



He uses Cetaphil cleanser for baths and Cetaphil lotion afterwards; now his skin looks great!  We apply a touch of hydrocortisone cream whenever we see a flare-up starting (usually on his hands, since they get very dry after constant hand washing).



 



Good luck and I hope that helps!



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Karen - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Krista:

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?




Both of my sons have eczema.  They are 7 and 5.  If Dreft is helping, I'd continue  to use it, but maybe try an unscented soap or All Free.  I also find that extreme dry skin makes the eczema worse.  I use a hydrocortizone creme on the bad spots for a few days and it seems to help.  They also say Eucerin moisturizer also helps.  My oldest had dry skin so bad when he got wet he looked like he had the measles.  It's always best to put any kind of moisturizer on when the skin is damp or right out of a bath.  It soaks in much better.  The doctors have also said that Aveeno moisturizer is also good, however I haven't tried that yet.  Also, they've also told me that Dove soap is good, because it is moisturizing, but other dr's said the scented stuff aggrevates it more.  I've tried everything, and some things work for awhile and then some things don't, I just try to keep them moist and pray for spring.  They seem their worst in the winter.



 



Hope this helps!

Karen - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Krista:

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?




Both of my sons have eczema.  They are 7 and 5.  If Dreft is helping, I'd continue  to use it, but maybe try an unscented soap or All Free.  I also find that extreme dry skin makes the eczema worse.  I use a hydrocortizone creme on the bad spots for a few days and it seems to help.  They also say Eucerin moisturizer also helps.  My oldest had dry skin so bad when he got wet he looked like he had the measles.  It's always best to put any kind of moisturizer on when the skin is damp or right out of a bath.  It soaks in much better.  The doctors have also said that Aveeno moisturizer is also good, however I haven't tried that yet.  Also, they've also told me that Dove soap is good, because it is moisturizing, but other dr's said the scented stuff aggrevates it more.  I've tried everything, and some things work for awhile and then some things don't, I just try to keep them moist and pray for spring.  They seem their worst in the winter.



 



Hope this helps!

Shannon - posted on 01/21/2009

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Just to ease the itch of the flair ups, I use Eucerin (in the tub) lotion. It's very thick and is great on eczema patches. I've been using on my son (whose now 6) since he was a baby. We found milk made his episodes worse and I also quit using fabric softener. When he was about 2 (old enough to chew chewables), I started using enzymes specific to dairy and wheat and he hardly ever has any flair ups (www.houstinni.com is where I get them). Hope that helps!!

Jenny - posted on 01/21/2009

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my kids get eczema now and again, i have tried a few different creams prescribed by the doctor, and the most effective crem was one i bought at body shop called 'hemp' its great i always have it in now! although i knw this wont help her allergy, sorry.

Kerrianne - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hello,



My daughter had suffered with eczema for the first 3 years(she's 6 now).  After many lotions, creams etc. what finally worked for her was a prescription for Aquaphor with the cortizone cream mixed in it.  She also started taking Claritan and it helped her allergies and seemed to help her skin issues.  She has outgrown those issues and doesn't use anything now.

Gemma - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi,

I myself don't have any actual experience of this but i do know that some skin conditions can be one of the first signs of food(s) allergies/intolerances. Dairy, wheat, and nuts, etc can cause rashes and ecxema so it could be worth asking your GP to refer your kiddie to be tested, to rule it out.

As i said, i don't have anhy personal experience but was watching This Morning earlier today and one part of the programme was about this whole thing!!



I hope this has helped a little.



Luv Gemma xx

Lily - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Melissa:



More experience than I'd like I'm afraid.  My son (now 4 1/2) has major food allergies and chronic severe eczema.  Though he doesn't have environmental allergies per se (meaning he isn't actually allergic to the detergent), since his skin is always reactive all of the fragrance and dyes, etc. will really irritate his skin even more. 






I too used Dreft when he was an infant, but later just started using any of the "Free" regular detergent brands (All and Tide both have them, and Costco even carries their own "free" brand).  This seems to work for us.






My other suggestions are 100% cotton clothing, daily "soaks" in lukewarm bathwater, and slathering the skin with Aquafor after bathing.






Good luck!









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Hi Krista/Melissa:



 



My son also has food allergy/eczema issues.  Upon switching to the "free” version of laundry detergents (and being vigilant about avoiding food and environmental allergens), his flare-ups are now under control.  I have tried the All, Tide, and Costco's Kirkland brand too - they all worked equally well IMHO.  I also use the Bounce "free" dryer sheets (since I can't stand static cling!).



 



He uses Cetaphil cleanser for baths and Cetaphil lotion afterwards; now his skin looks great!  We apply a touch of hydrocortisone cream whenever we see a flare-up starting (usually on his hands, since they get very dry after constant hand washing).



 



Good luck and I hope that helps!



Kim - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son is now 10 and he has been dealing with eczema all his life. Try epsom salt baths, rolled oats in a sock (dont forget to tie a knot lol) and put in the tub. I only use Tide Free and Downy Free for laundry. My son also takes vit c 1000 mg daily too. but make sure you check with your doctor. Most kids grow out of it, it can be very frustrating, but hang in there. keep me posted
Kim

Danielle - posted on 01/21/2009

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my son has had eczema since he was 6mos it only fares up in the winter and none of the perscription medication worked, my son was in a lot pain he had to wear 100% cotton,& be washed in dreft. So I did some research and found this cream that don't burn, it's called" free derm" and now they recommend it at my childrens doctors check out, the web site www.freederm.com a lot of the perscribed creams burn and thats what I was trying to avoid when I found this, we call it miracle in a bottle!!

Lisa - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son had this and I was told to use All free and clear detergent only. We also have to use fragrance free soaps and wipes. I also used a cream prescribed by a dermatologist and it cleared up. It comes back every now and then, but always clears up when I use the cream again.

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Yeh; My middle boy Oliver is 9 now.He's had allergic skin since birth.I had allergic skin as a child 2 and grew out of it. You'll probley find that a few things bug his skin. With Oli some days after easter n christmas he flairs up as chocolate irritates that bad even he can see its not worth eating. A food aditive E!)"-Also called Tartrazine or sunset yellow seems 2 b a nasty 2.

With regard 2 washing powders we found even stuff like Ecover bugged the skin. Have you tried soap nuts?? Check em out on the net.They are a naturally soapy seed pod looking abit like a conker shall,you put a couple in a little bag in the washer.They should be ok. we've now changed our whole lifestyle learning different ways of doing things in a green way. We still have the Cream from the docs though

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Hi, at present I have the same problem with my child 8 mth ( eczema in legs), my doctor and I are supposing an allergy to milk so from two weeks i'm using the soy -milk , and not using any more product with anykind of milk inside as yoghurt ,biscuits, pasta etc...that's because it seems that the eczema is getting wrost when he eat milkproducts...but i'm not so sure...My doctor think that in summer think will go better with the sun and o the beach...i will update because things are going better but not at all..

Allison - posted on 01/21/2009

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My 4 year old son have severe eczema. I've tried steriod creams and OTC creams/moisturizers and very little has worked. When he's older have him tested for his allergies. Milk & soy are pretty common ones. Switching to rice milk has helped. I have also found a soap I special order from Wal-mart named ZNP that helps as well.

Jeni - posted on 01/21/2009

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well actually i have this and i am 23 years old. My mo had to use Tide and Downey my whole life. Couln't change ever and now thats what i have to use. I bet his skin is just sensitive right now and he may grow out of it. Dreft is expensive I know so look for coupons in the mean time.



Jeni

Jacqueline - posted on 01/21/2009

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When my daughter was a baby she had the same problem.  Her doctor recommended that I use cetaphil skin cleanser to bath her and also the Eucerin skin cream after bathing.  Her skin cleared up after using those.  You should see what the doctor recommends.

Kelly - posted on 01/21/2009

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2 out of the 3 of my children have the same experiences.  I have started usind ALL clear.  If you choose to use a fabric softner, use the ones that are perfume and dye free.   Rinse twice if you can afford to with those children's clothing.  We also use Dove soap-regular/unscented or sensitive skin one.  We do have a prescription medication for when the eczema worsens.  On a daily basis, we use the Eucerin ointment-not the lotion all over or especially where the eczema is.  I have also tried Triple Paste Dry Skin/Eczema lotion and it has natural products and has not irritated the baby's skin and works well on my older child.  When applying the lotions, do so immediately after bathtime while the skin is still moist to lock in moisture.  Limit how long they are in the tub as well and not too warm water.  Also use non-irritant soaps as listed above because perfumes irritate the eczema.  My two children also suffer from asthma and allergies, so knowing triggers can help you keep the eczema under control because this can go hand in hand with the respiratory issues.  I know when their eczema is getting worse, a respiratory cold or change of season flare up may be getting ready to start.  Hope this helps.  Once you find the magic recipe, it gets easier, I promise. 

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Eileen - posted on 01/21/2009

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Melissa - posted on 01/21/2009

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Definitely go to the Dr. When my son had this, the pharmacist told us that over the counter eczema treatments could be dangerous (too strong).

Maria - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Amy :



My little guy had something similar when he was really little. Our doctor gave us some prescription cream and it cleared right up...what has the doctor said? He still flares up when the seasons change.






Hi Krista,



My kids have very sesitive skin and the best products I found were Q V wash (they have a vast range even for us mums) and they have a balm you can use for dry skin after the wash, Q V kids balm. They work wonders. I buy mine from the pharmacy.



Maria

Maria - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Amy :



My little guy had something similar when he was really little. Our doctor gave us some prescription cream and it cleared right up...what has the doctor said? He still flares up when the seasons change.






Hi Krista,



My kids have very sesitive skin and the best products I found were Q V wash (they have a vast range even for us mums) and they have a balm you can use for dry skin after the wash, Q V kids balm. They work wonders. I buy mine from the pharmacy.



Maria

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Hi Krista ~ my 8 year old daughter has delt with this since she was about 2.  She has allergies, eczema and asthma.  If you haven't already, you may want to have him see an allergy dr.  Our allergy dr prescribes D-Allergy for her year round allergies and a steriod cream for the worst of the eczema patches. He also prescribed Derma Smooth, which is an oil that can be used for younger children.  These eczema patches always clear up, but to keep her clear and itchy free I always make sure to buy soap that is free of perfume/dye and "free" detergent as well.  I haven't had any problems with the "free" Arm & Hammer or All.  I noticed a couple people recommended ivory soap, but  noticed it made her conditoin worse because it dried the skin more.  Avon makes a line called Moisture Therapy which is free of perfume and dyes and works wonderfully well.  It is also cheaper than most drugstore creams, including Eucerin. 

Wendy - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son grew out of it.  I used Dreft until he was over 1 and then it just cleared up.  check with your doctor.

Chastity - posted on 01/21/2009

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My 4 year old has always had very sensitive skin. If she walks outside and it is cold she gets a rash. At most health food stores you can find ointment and soap called emily's. It works like a charm. just put it in the trouble spots and it will clear up quickly. Also try Biokleen detergent.

Susan - posted on 01/21/2009

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Have you heard of Aloevera products. These are very good and natural. Child friendly as well. I am a distributor for Forever Living products and they do a good cream which is natural. this is my email snyabango@gotmail.co.uk send me a message is you want more information

Jennifer - posted on 01/21/2009

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My little boy had eczema a lot when a baby.  Heat flared it up (the babysitter was keeping dressed to the  hilt, including shoes!).  We used Aquafor wash and ointment.  It was WONDERFUL and cleared it right up.  You can get it at Walmart, Target, or Babies R Us, and probably other places too.  It's a little pricy, but better than buying and exposing your baby to prescriptions and harsh chemicals.  I still use it on him from time to time and on our new baby too.  It also works wonders on scratches and cuts and things.  It clears it right up like it never happened!

Cathy - posted on 01/21/2009

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My daughter still struggles with eczema and I found that plain old Vaseline Petroleum Jelly works the best for her. It never stings and it's safe to use on a daily basis. I hope this helps.

Missy - posted on 01/21/2009

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My son has eczema. There is a product at Bath and Body Works by Mustela that cleared him up immediately. I had another mother tell me about it and it is great. The detergent by All is very good as well. Hopw this helps!

Leslie - posted on 01/21/2009

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My daughter had some eczema and allergies as well. I used Renew lotion and it cleared it up with in 2 weeks. It's great because I didn't have to use the expensive cream that the doctor perscribed.

Tracy - posted on 01/21/2009

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Hi Krista

My son suffered with eczema when he was little, he is now 12! and all that worked, after many awful reactions from creams the doctor prescribed, was a natural cream called dead sea magik. You can purchase in Holland & Barratt health stores. The night cream is the best but we also used the bath salts too. Give them a go and good luck.

Tracyxx

PS: This also stopped the problem with detergents - we now use Aerial - still happens occasional but the cream clears it immediately

Catherine - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Krista:

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?



Krista, my son used to have that issue as well. Arm and Hammer makes a good natural detergent that didn't effect my son so much either but remember Dreft has a fabric softener in it already maybe your babie just needs a good fabric softener when you use other detergents, like Downy?

Stephanie - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi Krista, My son has mild  Eczema on his arms and my sisters kids have it more so than my son. They also are very sensitive to the detergents. I just started working for a Helath and Wellness comapny that has products that are safe for newborns and up. THey have a Renew lotion and a great laundry line. Both my husband and son have the sentisive skin, so we were exstatic when we found MelaPower and it has lasted me 3 months! saved $$$ and my sister is very anal when it comes to what she uses for her kids, i mean we are talking reading all reviews, researching the products, the whole nine yards! AND she is in love with all the great products, bc they are healthier, safer, save $$ and helped heal the eczema for her kids. My mentor has a freind who's kid had alligator skin, seriously and it healed in a week with the renew! Let me know if you would like more info. You get it straight from the comapny and they deliver it straight to your door! I hope my info has helped! Have great night!



Stephanie lovebeinghome@ymail.com

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my daughter who is now 11 has had eczema since she was 3 months old she lived in the nude for most of her life she could not where cloths and when school started it was awful she was covered from her neck down one year in grade 4 she missed 56 days of school we have tried every prescription and prescription and it worked and then it didn't it was hit and miss and she has so many scars and in the summer if she tans the pigment is out of her skin so she has big white spots all over .the only thing u can do is try everything till u get the right thing everyone is different and u have to be vigelant if u start thing finish it dotn stop and say oh well keep trying til u get the right thing it took us 10 yrs of never giving up

Andrea - posted on 01/20/2009

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My son has asthma and eczema. They share a common gene and if your child has one, he may have the other. Since everything they come in contact with has to be washed with the same kind of detergent, I use anything "free" on everything. It is one of the easiest ways to help avoid a reaction. Also, I have found that Aveeno ultra moisturizing lotion works better than I ever could have imagined. As soon as he starts to scratch, I slather him, in the lotion and he is even learning to do it himself now. 

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2009

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I reccomend Arbonne it is amazing, and safe, no harmful chemicals or mineral oil on you babies skin, remember the skin is the biggest organ and absorbs everything we put on it.  Also I don't know if you remember Amway but they have an all organic line of detergent called Sa8 that is amazing and affordable!

Nikki - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi there! My 4 year old son has had excema since birth...he is also allergic to eggs. His skin reacts to anything it comes in contact with. I am another big supporter of aquaphor, especially at night. We are not able to use Aveeno, eucerin or any other cream because it burns his skin so badly and he screams (we had to learn this the hard way, so be careful of that). We have found success using All Free and Clear for laundry detergent which is a bit cheaper than Dreft, and no dryer sheets. We still struggle in the winter time so we had to get a prescription from the dermatologist to keep him clear.



Good luck, it's not easy!

Kristin - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hi. My 8 month daughter and I both have it too. I make sure that my detergent is unscented and don't use fabric softner. You can get a prescription cream but I use Baby Bees lotion from Burts Bees and it works good too. Also make sure that baths aren't too long. Hope that helps.

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My little boy had some eczema when he was small and now that the weather has actually gotten colder he has a couple of spots currently. Believe it or not we use Noxema cream for it...history of Noxzema from their website states that 'the inspiration for the name Noxzema came from a satisfied customer who exclaimed, "You knocked my eczema."' It was originally marketed as a sunburn remedy though.

I know it sounds crazy but it does work for us. I heard of people using all the regular creams like Eucerin, Aveeno, and Cetaphil. I also had a dermatologist swear by this remedy--take Vagisil cream and Hydrocortisone cream..mix together to form a paste and treat affected areas.

Hope this helps!!! Take care!

Alicia - posted on 01/20/2009

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Both my 2 and 4 years old have allergy/excema.  We have tried everything under the sun.  I spent alot of money on products, ex: lubriderm, Eucerin, Aveno(oatmeal will break them out if allergic-this happened to my 2 yr old as an infant and still to this day), Arbonne and none of these worked.  I found that cetaphil cream works the best. CeraVe cream is another one that helps that a deratologist recomended.  Tide Free has the same ingredients as Dreft and I have been using that.  It seems to help as well and is cheaper.  The doctors I have been to say that it gets better as they get older and it worse in the winter than the summer.  Just keep creaming them up.   

Tisha - posted on 01/20/2009

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My son has excema too.  My ped. said not to use all the baby lotions, shampoos, soaps that makes them smell good b/c it breaks them out!  Instead, I bathe my kid in the store brand version of Cetaphil and use their version of the lotion as well.  Or like lubriderm.  Impt to keep them moisturized.  Also...lavendar stuff tends to break them out.  So make sure not to use that kinda irritant stuff on yourself either.  My kid would break out if someone held him that was wearing any kind of perfume or smelly lotion.  Try to stick w/a baby detergent for his laundry (and any of yours that will come in contact w/him).  Or try like the cheer free or all free & clear. 

Megan - posted on 01/19/2009

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My daughter struggled with the same issues, until a friend told me about Shaklee "Get Clean" green household and laundry cleaners. Since we switched her skin has cleared up and my clothes get clean, unlike when I was using other scent and dye free laundry soaps. If you have any questions you can check out www.shaklee.net/richert for more information. I had also taken her to a dermatologist and he prescribed steriod creams. I didn't like the idea of putting steriod creams on my baby, so I searched for other natural solutions. We found the answer for our family with the Shaklee products.

Danyel - posted on 01/19/2009

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I have been told that it is due to the chemicals that are in the detergants that cause skin allergies (specifically eczema) and such to flare. If this is the case you may also have trouble with fabric sheets because they work specifically by chemicals. Not any help in healing or fixing it but some info a dr gave me once.

Kristy - posted on 01/19/2009

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I have used Cerave cleanser and Cerave lotion (in the tub not the pump bottle).  It is a miracle product!  As long as I use it and unsented Tide there are no eczema flare ups.  I find it most often at CVS.  Good luck!

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My daughter had something similar for a while. The culprit turned out to be citric acid, which is in an astonishing number of products (shampoo, lotion, et alia). It might not be your bogey, but it's worth a try. Citrus allergies are pretty rare, and I'm grateful that she appears to have outgrown it.

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My son, now 9, had extreame eczema issues as an infant (flareups are rare now) I found that using Dreft, all cotton materials, including sheets and towels, and after endless research and product trials the ONLY lotion that ever worked was Lubriderm (the generic works just as well)  We keep 2 bottles, 1 pure lubriderm, and the other is a full bottle of lubriderm mixed with 1% hydrocortizone cream.  Cetaphyl (for washing) was the only product he tolerated.  We tried everything from caking oatmeal on him to the extreme of using a steroid cream (ONLY when the eczema condition became infected)  He did have it head to toe till he was about 2 yrs old...now random flareups because we keep him "lubed up" all the time.  Also, LIMIT time in water, as this can actually dry the skin, be sure to lube up when wet, as to keep the moisture in.  Important too, is to make sure all products are non-comedigentic (non-pore clogging)

Erica - posted on 01/19/2009

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Have you tried double rinsing your wash?  There is usually a setting on the washing machine called "2nd rinse".....that helped me.

Molly - posted on 01/19/2009

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Hey Krista:

My son suffered from eczema starting at about that same age. He had VERY chapped cheeks - both sets!!! We used fragrance free soaps/detergents but found that the best thing for him was using Vanicream! It's somewhat like Eucerin only more user friendly as it goes on smoother and easier. The cream was developed by someone at the Mayo Clinic. Anyway, by keeping his skin moist the other things didn't seem to bother it as much. Sometimes this cream is kept behind the pharmacy counter even though it does not require a prescription. It's around $15 for a big tub with a pump! Well worth the money. We still use it even though my son has outgrown his eczema! Hope yours does too.

Tammy - posted on 01/19/2009

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eczema/allergies are usually yeast related. Look on website www.shaklee.net/mcleod for a detergent that is green--safe for environment and is kid friendly. All of shaklee's cleaning products are safe and non-toxic. I had a child who had eczema and got rid of it using the shaklee vitamins. Let me know if you're interested. I'll be glad to help you. Tammy



 

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My son has eczema issues as well.  After going to the allergist and discovering that he was allergic to everything almost, we changed his diet eliminating OJ, MCD mcnuggets and a bevy of other items.  Additonally we changed his soap and cream.  Try a soap named Cetaphil for baths. This will releave the iching associated with eczema.  Once bathed, cream the skin with Aquaphor ($14 for the large jar and between $7 and $8 for the smaller) and Dermarest for eczema ($9.99 in either Pathmark or CVS.  It comes with $1 coupon off in the box).  Mix the two together and within a week you will start to see a difference.  Dreft would aggravate his skin so  I switched to Purex for Baby.  But is Dreft is working for you...if it ain't broke dont fix it. 



Good luck.  I know it can be hard to see your child suffering but hopefully this will work for you.

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