my baby has a little bit of eczema..

Cassie - posted on 02/23/2010 ( 120 moms have responded )

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i would like some tricks to try and get rid of it before i make an appointment for the doctors. anybody have any suggestions?

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Stephanie - posted on 02/23/2010

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Triple Cream is amazing!!!! It's in the baby section at walmart and Target I believe. It cleared up my daughter's eczema and she had it everywhere, arms, legs, cheeks, it was awful.

Pam - posted on 02/24/2010

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Aquaphor made by Eucerin or the Eucerin cream itself. Both of my kids have a bit of eczema on their cheeks.

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2010

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Excema is a disorder of the skin where the skin loses too much moisture throughout the day. Recommended treatment is actually DAILY bathing followed by moisturizing to lock in the moisturizing effects of the cream. A lot of people believe that less baths are more helpful, but this is not the case, they need more to replenish the water balance on the skin. We use for our son, Aveeno cream to his torso, legs, and arms, Vaseline to his cheeks. Please DO NOT buy over-the-counter hydrocortisone for babies because it is way too strong. Yes, this works well for adults, but can be harmful to babies skin as it contains a steroid. If the daily baths and moisturizing don't clear it up in a week or two, ask your doctor for a prescription cream to combat the problem, then you can use it for flareups only. Also, as someone suggested way above, please do not use humidifiers. People rarely clean them adequately or as often as required, leading to a growth of bacteria in the machine and then children can develop severe lung infections. To be cleaned properly, a humidifier needs to be emptied every night with new STERILE water, then resterilized every 3 days. Completely taken apart, every bit cleased then sterilized with hot boiling water. Realistically, this does not happen. Humidifiers are meant for treating lung infections (when properly used), not for treating excema. Stick with the baths and moisturizing routine and you should be just fine.

Shelly - posted on 02/24/2010

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I'm a mother of three, and all my children have allergies and eczema...How old is your baby? If you have a small baby under one years old than you don't want to use anything to strong on him or her and you still have to be careful on toddlers. Some cordizones that are prescribed can actually do more damage than good. When my youngest was about two she had a horrible case of eczema. I took her two dermatologist and nothing was working. I finally found a dermatolgist who figured out that she had allergies to eggs and strawberries. Once I stopped giving her things with eggs the eczema cleared up quite a bit. I still used one cup of aquaphor and mixed tsp of cortizone in it. It was just enough to clear it up and not be to strong on the skin. The docs where prescribing meds with to much cortizone in them and it was actually burning her skin. So a dose of cortizone on the skin isn't bad if it's not to high of a percentage and mixed with aquaphor as a base. That was the advice I got from the last doctor. Worked like a charm. You put it on after a bath, make sure skin is dried off I used twice a day. Good Luck!!!

Whitney - posted on 02/23/2010

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good luck trying to get rid of it, sorry to say! my daughter has eczema and the doc told me to use dove lotions, shampoos, and body washes for her since it's least harmful on her skin. aveeno also makes a good eczema line. she still has to use prescription hydrocortizone cream, but they said she will most likely have breakouts for the rest of her life. hope this helps a bit

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Sue - posted on 02/25/2010

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Aquaphor works good and so does Mary Kay's Extra Emollient Night Cream. Plus, both work good for lip balm too if you have really dry lips like I do. Good luck!!

Kereen - posted on 02/25/2010

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Use Cetaphil and Aquaphor after you bath and towel dry the skin. Apply the Cetaphil first all over and then annoint with Aquaphor. Once they begins to heal, continue using them on her. As my daughter breaks out again, which she does, be it an allergic reaction or theeting rash whatever, I use a natural product call "Silver Shield" (gel or liquid) to heal the new ones and protect the skin before I apply the cetaphil and Aquaphor. It takes a lot of work but the pay off is worth it.



Silver Shield is a natural product that was recommended to me I got it myself from Nature Sunshine ( http://www.naturessunshine.com/us/shop/d...) It can be used to protect the skin from further break out, That's how I'm keeping my daughter clean, i can't get enough of her. I also use the gel as a hand sanitizer and the liquid as a facial cleanser. All natural no chemical.

User - posted on 02/25/2010

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When my son was a baby he had eczema very bad. It would often crack and bleed. I tried all kinds of over the counter lotions avoiding steriod creams. Some creams would help for only a short period of time. I did some research and found that children with eczema are often low on omega 3-6-9 fatty acids. I went to a health food store and in their fridge they carry a glass bottle of omega oil. Each morning I would put about 1/2 a teaspoon into his yogurt. It slowly started to get better and honestly within about 1 month his eczema was TOTALLY GONE and he had never had it since! (he is now 11 years old!)

My daughter started to get it as well when she was about 2 years old and I did the same thing and within a few weeks (it wasn't as bad as my son's was) it was totally gone as well. I swear by this. Hope it helps you!

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Be sure that it is eczema.. I thought that's what my son had and doctors suggested many different treatments that didn't work. Finally saw a dermatologist that confirmed it was psoriasis.

Roxanna - posted on 02/25/2010

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I make my own lotion, you can look up receipes and get the ingredients online. My receipes are from pinemeadows.net, but there are a lot of difffernt places to get the things you would need and it is easy to do.

Catherine - posted on 02/25/2010

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The only thing that has worked for my son is Cetaphil cream. You can find it at Walmart & Walgreens. There is a lotion and a cream but the cream is more effective.

My son's eczema was caused by allergies to food (milk and eggs). We did not know this until he was older but something you might think about.

User - posted on 02/25/2010

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Both of my sons have exzema and prescriptions from the dermatologist had side effects that I was not comfortable with. I took the advice of friends and family with exzema and bought Arbonne ABC baby oil and use it after every bath and on spots that look irritated and it has cleared. I have also used oil blends that I have mixed myself containing Apricot, Sweet Almond, Avacado, and Olive Oils- blending my own was much more economical. Also be sure to only use hypoallergenic/dye and perfume free soaps and detergent. Be aware that certain fabrics might be irritating your child's skin- cloth diapers were the best for our kids as the disposables if used too frequently added to the problem.

Heidi - posted on 02/25/2010

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so does my daughter there is lotion and body wash u can buy it has pooh bear on it and its in green bottle. if that dont work try putting baking soda or oatmeal in the bath water. if all eles fales call the doctor.

Dread - posted on 02/25/2010

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my sis-in law- has been using olive oil to bathe her daughter.. and Aveeno for baby.. it has a new product for baby eczema..its a creme.. try it.. so far its working..drug store in baby section...

Sheila - posted on 02/25/2010

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Becareful with steriod creams they bleached my sons skin so I agree with thick over the counter lotions. If you do not already know make sure you was all your clothes with soaps that are clear and free of chemicals and dont use fabric softeners or dryer sheets.

Lindsey - posted on 02/25/2010

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I'm not too sure if you live close to an HEB but they have an organic lotion called Cocoon Baby. It works wonders. My son had it so bad the skin was raw in places and it really helped clear it up.

Ritta - posted on 02/25/2010

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my granddaughter has had eczema since she was tiny,we tried e-thing,over and under the counter!! finally took her to derma. dr, the most helpful is dove soaps! She is 11 now, and thats the only soap she uses. We notice it mostly in the heat of the year, any creases [back of knees,elbows,wrist],but the dove REALLY makes it more manageable.

Karla - posted on 02/25/2010

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My daughter has had it since she was little and it always occurs in winter monthes. She will be 5 now and I swear by limiting her baths to 2 a week, I wash her bottom with wipes, morning and night. After her bath I put as much Cetaphil lotion on her that she will allow, and i try to put more on each day. She has had Dr. prescribed medicine in the past,for 2 years in a row- in winter- 40$ with insurance- very expensive. I used minimal amounts only on the areas that had it. It bleached her skin and she didn't even tan in those spots. Living in WISCONSIN, its so dry, I have really found this to work, Good luck its tough.

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My youngest daughter suffers mostly mildly, it depends on the weather, too warm or too cold, but predominantly I found it was due to her diet. Took her to GP etc, creams emoillents, oils etc helped quite a bit, found best economical item was vitamin E cream. I also took the trouble to have her allergy tested before she started school as I wasn't in control of her diet. I proved myself right (a mum's instinct is invaluable - don'g dismiss it). She was found to suffer citric allergy's and as a consequence too much acidtiy was in her body affecting her skin. Since we have withdrawn the offending items from her diet and double check labelling ie there's a lot of lemon juice in ordinary squashes, it has virtually disappeared. The other thing I now do if she rares up is give her cold milled flaxseed oil mixed with jam or it can be dried out and applied on cearal.Unfortunately, what I had been doing was keeping everything in check before with her diet but something would simply tip the balance. Now it is noticable immediately and she suffers severe bladder iritation straight away, so I can take corrective steps. We have now agreed with her to drink purely water. We've tried the purely water, clear drinks etc and something contained within them upsets her badly.

Be vigilient, we're all different and some have weakness in differing areas.

Lyndsey - posted on 02/25/2010

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well your in luck because i just so happen to work at a dermatology office. what you should do first if you havnt already is change any soaps or dertergent you might be using and make sure they dont have any fragrence or color to them. Good ones are Plain white ,dove,cetaphil, aveeno, also a good lotion as soon as he get out of the bath (i mean as soon) pat dry slather some on like eucerin lubriderm cetaphil aveeno cerave and then put his clothes or pajamas on right away. any laundry detergents that say free like all, cheer or tide are great too.. they have no dyes or additives to irritate. if it gets really bad and itchy you can use they otc hydro cortisone but for 2 weeks only then very sparingly because it thins the skin.

Alisha - posted on 02/25/2010

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bi-carb in her bath.... really helps an corn flour on after her bath like baby powder... ALL NATURAL

Nicole - posted on 02/25/2010

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my daughter got eczema at 2 weeks i found n was recommended anything zinc based in creams like sudo cream

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2010

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Use Aquafor..it is the best but a little oily so I only use it on the kids at night and it works wonders

Jodi - posted on 02/25/2010

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Eucerin cream or ointment works wonders, but I should add that she should be seen by a doctor in case it is from allergies or something else.

Janine - posted on 02/25/2010

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I see you have had a lot of replies, just also try bathing him with plain acques cream, rub it over the whole body quite thick, without giving time to sink in and then wash it off with warmish water in the bath, try to stay away from perfumed products as it alleviates the problem

TRACY - posted on 02/25/2010

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hi cassie my nine month old son has had eczema on and off since he was 5 months old the only things we have found that gives him any relief is washing him with sorbolene body wash and after his bath is to use a cream like dermaid which takes the redness out of the skin and reduces the itch/irritation that it causes them

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2010

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Vasaline....not sure did i spell that right? lol... anyway both of my lil ones had it when they were younger and my peditrician told me to use that and it worked wonders..keeps the skin protected and adds moisture at the sametime!!

Jennifer - posted on 02/25/2010

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my son has eczema. we have to moisturize the heck out of him using a super creamy lotion (eurcerin and aveeno are two good brands, but the cheap stuff works too as long as it's really thick) and limit his bath time to keep his skin from drying out. If you can skip baths some nights that's good, but our son has it so engrained in his routine, that skipping a bath ='s not bedtime. Good luck and I hope this helps!

PATTY - posted on 02/24/2010

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After the bath use Aveeno baby lotion. this worked the best for me. they sometimes grow out of it too! good luck!

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As someone said earlier Renew lotion! It is awesome and clears my sons legs or arms in just about a day as long as I do apply it in the morning and at night when he breaks out. It also works well to apply any lotion to damp skin. It is absorbed better. Renew may be hard to find, but a company called Melaleuca makes it. Cetaphil CREAM is also great and can be bought anywhere.

Cynthia - posted on 02/24/2010

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Try Oils of Aloha - Kukui Oil. My friend has eczema. She tried it and said it really helped her. You can order from www.OilsofAloha.com. Hope this helps!

Cherie - posted on 02/24/2010

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Renew lotion beat Eucerin in a double blind study. It's natural and not expensive. We switched our whole house over to Melaleuca products. Chemically safe and evironmentally friendly. When I stopped using storebrand cleaning products my sons asthma and exzema went away.

Beverly - posted on 02/24/2010

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I've tried to read most of these posts and all of them seem to say try something topical. My daughter had eczema as a toddler. We read about it, consulted with our pediatrician and together decided to give her fish oil. She couldn't take pills so we opened one each day and squirted the oil into chocolate milk and she drank it up. Her eczema disappeared completely by the end of the first week. It really worked wonders. We continued giving it to her for the winter and it hasn't come back.

Cherie - posted on 02/24/2010

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yes Renew lotion by Melaleuca. It's the only thing that ever worked on my kids and on me.

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There is a cream and body wash out there for children with eczema. It's called Spectro. My 2 yr old gets eczema really bad all over her body and that cream works wonders with it. It doesn't have any of the steroids in it like the hydro-cortizone creams do so you can use it more than once per day if you need to and you won't have to worry about using it sparingly.

Melissa - posted on 02/24/2010

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I have HEARD Aveeno is great-- I am lucky enough to have not dealt with this, so good luck. There have been enough responses with some great ideas, so I'm no help, haha.

Shannon - posted on 02/24/2010

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Aquapour is a jell like lotion made by Eucerin. Both my kids have eczema and both use it. It is a vasoline like product and child friendly. Also can be purchased at any store. Good luck

Deslyn - posted on 02/24/2010

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I really think you need to take the baby to the doctor first as you may cause more harm than good by using other persons treatment............. Good luck.

Huzzainah - posted on 02/24/2010

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Did your family have asthma?if ur family have it..eczema is part of asthma, it skin asthma .if in that case u need to go to see doctor

Erica - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son has eczema, I use Aveeno lotion on his face and hands. He is 6years old and the winter months are always worst than the summer. Depending on how old your baby is look into giving him/her omegas 3-6-9. This will help keep it in check. Try not to bathe him/her everyday and stay away from prefumed soaps.

Megan - posted on 02/24/2010

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If the eczema is on your child's face and it is bad, get it checked. It turned out that my son had food allergies and was reacting to traces of those foods in my breast milk! If it is mild and on the body then don't use soap, and use soemthing like QV oil in the bath. People say bath them less frequently, but my son loved his bath and found it so relaxing that I found extra baths would help calm him when he was itchy and unsettled. Just pat them dry so you don't aggravate the skin and mousturise well after every bath or swim.

Amanda - posted on 02/24/2010

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a little bit of bum cream helps... just not on the hands or around the mouth (don't want him to eat it) works well on mom's dried out hands too :O)

Kim - posted on 02/24/2010

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I agree.. Aquafor is a GREAT product.. that was the only thing that would get rid of my sons bad diaper rash and dry skin

Also if they seem to be itching alot Oatmeal baths are great with a follow-up of lotion

Maria - posted on 02/24/2010

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Cassie, I will make sure that it is eczema, so see your pediatrician fist. My boy had it bad last yeatr around this time and I tried everything. The only thing that worked for us was a Disney baby eczema cream (i thas winnie the pooh character on the tube) I still have some but along with that everytime after his bath i lather him with Cetaphil! It worked and he hasn't had any eczema since :-)
Hope this helps and your baby is well.
Maria

Sarah - posted on 02/24/2010

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Oh, and keep the bath water slightly cooler! Also avoid soaps when possible. Mild soap, such as Dove and well rinsing babe.

Ayanna - posted on 02/24/2010

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Walgreens have a good brand like Eucerin or you could just use Eucerin. It is very good for eczema.

Olivia - posted on 02/24/2010

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Be very careful with Baby Oil - Keep it up high like a poison - Baby's can die from ingesting it!

Emily - posted on 02/24/2010

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my daughter has it too. Get hydrocortizone 1% and the baby exzema cream in the baby section....it has piglet on it. Also you can give your baby chamomile (sp?) baths!!!!

Donnette - posted on 02/24/2010

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I just try to keep baby oil on hand for just about anything that might happen with dry skin patches. It depends on where the problem is located. before I could give you any suggestions.

Olivia - posted on 02/24/2010

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If you go to your doctor ( a medical doctor) they will most likely give you hydro-cortizone cream of one kind or another. If you go to a "natural" type of doctor, like a nature-path they will say cortizone is bad... Depends on how bad it is, also where on the body it is, and how much it is bothering your baby. If it is really red, and bleeding in places see a doctor, your baby is obviously in pain then, and cotizone creams work well and alsmost over night they give relief. Cortizone thins the skin, so you have to use it sparingly, and i am sure that a lot of people will say it is "bad" and will do all kinds of awful things... I tend to listen to my doctor on most things, If it is mild enough, there are a number of things you can do to make it better. Don't bath your baby every day... just wash the dirty places... Don't use harsh soaps, even laundry soap, try something without perfume, that is natural or intended for babies, if it smells perfuming pass on it, perfumes can irritate rashes. You can buy the lotion that the pharmacist puts the cortizone into (it contains no cortizone) it is a very thick "base" (the brand I bought was called Glaxal base) lotion they use for making up prescription creams, it has no perfumes in and it works great. Just lather it on before bed, and then again in the am...

Susan - posted on 02/24/2010

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I see you have gotten a long list of creams and lotions, so here are a couple things you can try. Sunshine is good for ecxema, and either no soap when you bathe him/her or lessen the amount of times you do the bath.

Diedra - posted on 02/24/2010

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My son has had eczema since birth and has it everywhere there is skin, and my daughter has is on neck, elbows, back of knees. Most of the previous posts cover everything but I must highlight a few that I have found work well Melaleuca has a great soap can't think of the name right now, Aveeno products are great but what has worked the best Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Natural Soaps w/o all the detergents and fragrances, "Free" Detergents but just use less than normal, and Olive Oil. It never goes away it just goes into remission. Best of Luck...and use cloth cotton diapers if possible

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