My baby is 16 weeks and I'm struggling with his skin. One day it's fine then the next he has dry red patches on his temples or knees or bum etc. Dunno if it's connected to his cradle cap which he is on antibiotic cream for at the moment. I use Aqueus cream and sudacreme (excuse spelling). Any thoughts??

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Iris - posted on 01/13/2009

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My daughter is 2 and her eczema was pretty bad and also had cradle cap! The doctor said it was connected. The cradle cap dandruff will fall onto the skin (usually damp parts like cheeks, neck) but also on the arms and back later on. I began using a gentle naturals shampoo specifically for cradle cap on the head and another same brand for eczema on the body. I was also told to put on a hat or cap to prevent the dandruff from falling onto the body. This helped quite a bit. Along with a lotion like Eucerin or Aveeno (I used Aveeno for eczema and it worked wonders) try to make sure your child doesn't perspire to much.

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Gigi - posted on 03/28/2013

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I use and sell the Soothe regimen from Rodan + Fields and it's safe on babies. You can see before and after pics on my facebook page - search The Perfect Skin Gigi Arnold. So awful to see babies suffer :(

Candida - posted on 02/10/2009

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I have a similar story. My youngest daughter was born and immediatley developed what I thought was "cradle cap", but it wasn't at all. I now know all three of my daughters have severe Eczema and I had tried everything!!! I would love to invite you to join Natural Skin Care for the Entire Family here on Circle of Moms. You will see amazing before and after pics of my three girls. L'Bri Pure n' Natural Skin Care is a God sent for our family and I know it could help your family too! Please visit www.candy16.lbri.com for more information and please feel free to email me with any questions at wukbunch03@charter.net.

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User - posted on 01/13/2009

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Try to stay away from products containing substances that you can't pronounce. Usually if they do help it's not permanent, and can sometimes prolong the problem. I use Calendula oil on my son's dry spots and they soften right up. I would say oils are probably your best bet, over soaps and creams.

User - posted on 01/13/2009

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Try to stay away from products containing substances that you can't pronounce. Usually if they do help it's not permanent, and can sometimes prolong the problem. I use Calendula oil on my son's dry spots and they soften right up. I would say oils are probably your best bet, over soaps and creams.

User - posted on 01/10/2009

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My baby had similar issues--turned out to be food allergies.  They can pass through breast milk.  I'd suggest checking with a pediatric allergist.

User - posted on 01/10/2009

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My baby had similar issues--turned out to be food allergies.  They can pass through breast milk.  I'd suggest checking with a pediatric allergist.

User - posted on 01/10/2009

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My baby had similar issues--turned out to be food allergies.  They can pass through breast milk.  I'd suggest checking with a pediatric allergist.

Jennifer - posted on 01/10/2009

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Quoting Charlotte:

My baby is 16 weeks and I'm struggling with his skin. One day it's fine then the next he has dry red patches on his temples or knees or bum etc. Dunno if it's connected to his cradle cap which he is on antibiotic cream for at the moment. I use Aqueus cream and sudacreme (excuse spelling). Any thoughts??




My son is now 5 but he started having skin problems early like your's.  When you bathe him try using Cetiphil non-alkiline cleanser ( I tried the Wal-Mart kind - same thing but alot cheaper) and then slather him with baby Aveeno fragrance free Soothing Relief Moisture Cream.  It took a couple of days for the reddness to go down but it's worth a try.  My son, now they say that it's eczema - Just try to stay away from soaps and creams with dyes and fragrances as well as your laundry detergent.



Good luck!:)

User - posted on 01/10/2009

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My oldest daughter gets dry red patches. Sometimes they can look like ringworm if they happen to be circular instead of rectangular. I am not sure if that is similar to your problem. But, hers turned out to be the way her body expresses an allergy to milk. No more milk...no more patches. She went from fifty patches all over her body to zero after I took her off all dairy products, including butter. Pediatrician prescribed a creme that burned (to her) which was not worth the discomfort and didn't treat the cause.

Elisha - posted on 01/10/2009

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I'm not sure where you live but I would recommend a Dermatologist.  I work for a Dermatologist (skin doctor) and we see alot of babies.  It is not uncommon for fair skinned babies to struggle with Dermatitis which is what it sounds like your baby has.  I don't know of anything non-prescription that will clear it up. 



 



Best of Luck!

Beth - posted on 01/10/2009

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Quoting Charlotte:

My baby is 16 weeks and I'm struggling with his skin. One day it's fine then the next he has dry red patches on his temples or knees or bum etc. Dunno if it's connected to his cradle cap which he is on antibiotic cream for at the moment. I use Aqueus cream and sudacreme (excuse spelling). Any thoughts??




Hi there, I went through a similar problem with both of my children, I took them to see my doctor and I was told it was eczema. I was given lots of different creams and lotions untill we eventually found one that worked. Its hard because it takes time to ge it under control. I also dont use any normal bubble bath or soap on their skin as this just makes the eczema worse. I can reccomend Epaderm cream which can be used in the bath too as it cleanses the skin and keeps it moisturised, and we also use it after bath time too. It seems to work really well. I have tried Aqueous cream too but it didnt work for us.



hope this helps



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Tera - posted on 01/10/2009

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Consider natural products, soaps. I love DHC skincare baby line. It has olive oil based products. Also Some reports on hemp oil products have shown some benefits. I get alot of questions in our pharmacy on this issue. I usually inquire if they change bedding every 3-4 days, use baby approved laundry products. COnsider organic cotton clothing etc. And always see pediatrician to rule out exzema. Have you considered adding oils to diet? Some oils can aggravate conditions, while some can actually clear them up! USually safest is olive oil, vegetable oils etc. Hope this helps!

Laura - posted on 01/10/2009

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my daughter has similat patches ion her belly, we use A&D ointment which usually helps. my sisters kids ended up having to get prescription ointment. also, if you can, do not give your child a bath every day because that really drys their skin out and it is not necessary unless they are really dirty, which babies usually aren't. Hope this helps!

Beth - posted on 01/10/2009

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My son has eczema really bad.  Really dry, rough and itchy skin.  I treat him with Cortizone 10 and Lubriderm lotion, it has really worked wonders!

Liz - posted on 01/10/2009

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Hi. I would bath the baby every other day at the most, unless he's been sick or obviously needs a bath. If you cover him in Diprobase after the bath, which as I mentioned previously you can get on prescription or buy it from Boots / any pharmacy (it's a thick moisturiser) it should do the trick - get the large pump dispensor. Oils for the bath like Oilatum leave a sticky film on the bath, which isn't nice. If the Diprobase doesn't do the trick (and you need to keep reapplying it) try going back to your GP as you may find he needs something stronger. As other people have mentioned, this may just disappear as he gets older. Other things to consider are any bubble bath etc that you may be using or detergent - make sure your detergent is not biological and you don't use any bubble bath at all. When you wash his hair, make sure you use a very gently shampoo and a ph neutral soap. Hope this helps - it worked for Claudia.

Melissa - posted on 01/10/2009

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I have suffered from Eczema since I was born and now I'm 23 yrs old and have a 10 month old daughter. Luckily my daughter hasn't inherited the eczema yet, but with my history AVEENO products work great. I do use all Aveeno Baby Products on my daughter now and her skin has been fine. Also for the "bum" simply A&D Ointment would most likely help immensly too. As well as using all non-perfume wipes, lotions, and bath wash will help keep it from being so irritated.

Jacinda - posted on 01/10/2009

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Your baby may have psoariasis. My 2nd child did...a big, circular patch on his forehead. I am an RN and try to avoid using too many medicated things for infants. We used Aquaphor on the advice on of our doc and it worked great. Some docs will prescribe meds and some won't. I had our 4th little one on Oct. 10. 2008 and she had quite a rash on her face for the first 4 weeks. I started using the unscented Aveeno Baby lotion on her face (avoiding eyes) and it cleared right up. Now, I just put some on her face every morning as  I am getting her dressed and her skin is clear. Cetaphil cream, not lotion, is also good for dry skin patches.  For the cradle cap...a non-medical thing you could try is carefully using adult shampoo and conditioner (obviously avoid getting into baby's eyes). My friend, who has 5  children, tried that on the advice of someone else and it worked. I am using "It's a Curl" from the online website "curls" (google "curls" and the website for hair products for curly hair will show up). this is a line for babies, but is very moisturizing. Basically, baby shampoos are very drying...mostly because of the yummy scent that is used. Curls has a very nice scent, but is very moisturizing due to being for curly hair, which is dry by nature. I bought all 3 products...shampoo, conditioner,and leave in moisturizer. I use the moisturizer after washing baby's hair (only twice per week) and then using the leave in on dry hair the other mornings. 

Kevelynne - posted on 01/10/2009

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I had the exact same issue with my daughters skin. My doctor recommended virgin Coconut oil (Food grade) you can acutally eat it. I have Exema and it helps me as well. You can buy it at your grocery store in the natural section. I usually rub it all in then go over it with a cloth because it is sort of greasy. I find it to really work and its all natural!

User - posted on 01/10/2009

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hi there, my daughter used to get dry patches and some where red the doctor said it was ecsema and gave her cream which helped

Jessica-Lyn - posted on 01/10/2009

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whne my baby was younf he skin was red all over.. ytirns out he was alergic to baby oil.. so i used zincophax ( bum cream) on his dry spots... n it went a way really fast... mind u rory never had cradel cap.. so i dont really know what it looks like lol.. but yah if the spots are dry try zincophax it worked for rory lol.. hope that helps alittle

Debbie - posted on 01/10/2009

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Sounds like excema. My oldest had that and has finally outgrown it at 10. I suggest asking your healthcare provider for a presciption cream. We went through every moisturizing cream until we got one that worked and it was a prescription. We also used Penetin Cream in the meantime

Sarah - posted on 01/10/2009

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Ah...I think the idea if you arent in america and don't have these products is to check out a soap that is "mild" and doesn't have scent to it (scent is added by adding chemicals and things that are hard on baby's skin...and to pick a thick cream or vasoline...but to ditch the thinner lotions. Aquaphor is similar to vasoline, but less greasy, however for my baby vasoline worked better AND I I can get a tub of it for a dollar which is a bonus for me. I'm sure you can find an equivolent at  your local drugstore without having to worry about shiping and handling or waiting and searching.



I stopped bathing my son as much before I switched to the Dove & vasoline. After I switched I found that he could take a bath every day and with his vasoline rubdown afterwards his skin was 100% better.

Fides - posted on 01/10/2009

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Quoting Charlotte:
Hi, my baby is alraedy 2 years old but i remember that he had rushes on his forehead when he was 3 months, my doctor told me that is a skin asthma and recommended to apply once a day Elica cream (MOMETASOME FURDATE) and make sure that i washed him twice a day or if its hot 3 times  i washed him. But soon it fades. You don"t have to worry it won't get worse.




My baby is 16 weeks and I'm struggling with his skin. One day it's fine then the next he has dry red patches on his temples or knees or bum etc. Dunno if it's connected to his cradle cap which he is on antibiotic cream for at the moment. I use Aqueus cream and sudacreme (excuse spelling). Any thoughts??





 

Claudina - posted on 01/10/2009

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my 10 year old was like that when she was a baby and her doctor said to us luberdine soap and lotion cause her skin was so sinsitive and had red patches. also try switching to baby laundry soap that help. You have a lovely baby.

Bee - posted on 01/10/2009

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If your baby has eczema, also try to keep him in cool temp. and not to over dress him. Babies with eczema tend to like lose soft clothes, and cool bath helps stop irritates skins.

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When we have children at the hospital, it's not uncommon for us to see the MD's wrtie for the use of Selsans Blue Shampoo once or twice a week for severe cradle cap until it clears up(NOT tear-free so watch those eyes). And the use of Aquaphore lotion (can get now at Wal-marts and such places). May be similar to the Aqueus cream you're already using. My son's skin has a mild form of eczema, where some days it's clear as a bell and other red and dry sometimes with bumps. The cold weather changes and when he takes frequent hot showers or baths with out applying lotion do I see the most flare ups. Best of luck to you.

User - posted on 01/10/2009

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When my son was a baby he had this and the pediatrician said it was a minor case of eczema....usually in the winter....made worse by the heat and dryness in the air. The Dr. suggested applying cortisone cream(cortaid?) once a day. It cleared up within three days. Hope this helps!

Amanda - posted on 01/10/2009

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I had this problem, and horrible cradle cap too. My pediatrician suggest not bathing him quite so often to allow the natural oils in skin repair the skin own it own and find the right balance. I started bathing him every other day. And I also use Aveno oatmeal bath soak in his water. And one the days I didn't bathe him I just wiped him down at night before putting on his PJ's with a warm wet wash rag. Try not to wipe these areas with baby wipes either. I know when they get messy it is easy just to grab a baby wipe to wipe there little faces and stuff but the cleansing agents in the baby wipes will add to the problem. Try and use only  damp warm washcloths when you can. This help tremendously. Just have to allow the natural oils in his skin to do their jobs in keeping his skin balanced and moisturize then add to that if needed.

Masumi - posted on 01/10/2009

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My son had skin issues as an infant as well.He would get red inflamed acne on his face and chest and legs. He also had acid refux.My Dr. gave me a topical steroid but...I tend to go for more natural approaches. I noticed that some days he had no skin issues and would look like he was healing only to flare up again. Almost all skin rashes are directly related to diet. With close observation of my diet(I breastfeed) I noticed a direct link to flare ups with what I was consuming. It took a bit more effort but I figured out what he was allergic to and eliminated them. It was milk ,cheese, and soy ,peanut butter. As long as I only ate one of those items a week he was okay-too many of those in the same week "overloaded" his body"s ability to process it.As far as lotions I used Borage for children By Shikai-it's without mineral oils or petroleum based lotions-which are not good for skin!  My son is almost 3 now and can eat all of the things he used to have issue with and has no signs of exema skin problems. I hope everyone's advice can help you find a solution that works for you and your baby!

Bee - posted on 01/10/2009

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Does ur baby have ecezma? Try less bath and only clean areas that is needed. Keep him moisturize, that means 3x-5x a day or more if u have to. My daughter had dry skin as a baby and i literly cover her up with aquaphor eucerin ointment. It helped her. Good luck!

Tina - posted on 01/10/2009

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I went through this with my daughter. I started when she was about 2 months old. The doctors prescribed all kinds of creams and nothing worked. After about 2 years of getting nowhere and my daughter scratching herself silly, I found something that worked like a miracle.  There is a lotion called Eucerin. You can get it anywhere, wal-mart, target, or any drug store.  I would dunk her in a nice warm bath, with no soap, just long enough for her skin to get wet.  Then as soon as she got out, before her skin would be dry, i would put the lotion on her, it would hold in the moisture.  I did this every night for about a week or two and it was such an improvement.



 



I hope this helps.  good luck.



 

Tina - posted on 01/10/2009

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I went through this with my daughter. I started when she was about 2 months old. The doctors prescribed all kinds of creams and nothing worked. After about 2 years of getting nowhere and my daughter scratching herself silly, I found something that worked like a miracle.  There is a lotion called Eucerin. You can get it anywhere, wal-mart, target, or any drug store.  I would dunk her in a nice warm bath, with no soap, just long enough for her skin to get wet.  Then as soon as she got out, before her skin would be dry, i would put the lotion on her, it would hold in the moisture.  I did this every night for about a week or two and it was such an improvement.



 



I hope this helps.  good luck.



 

Marsha - posted on 01/10/2009

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The only thing I found to work for my son was to bathe him with Cetaphil soap and not to use any powder on him. I actually used the Cetaphil soap until he was about 4. Hope this info helps.

Charlotte - posted on 01/10/2009

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Thank you so much everyone for your thoughts and kind comments.  It sounds like a lot of things may be American but I can check them all out on the net to see what is available here. 



Any thoughts on how often I should bath him as I don't want to make matters worse by bathing him too often or too little?



x

Sarah - posted on 01/10/2009

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When my son was first born and for the first few months he would get these dry patches, espcially on his legs, and one on his tummy (those were the worst spots) I showed them to my dr and talked about it with my mom. This is what we came up with. He has an intolerance to citric acid in my diet (I'm nursing him) just like I had when my mom nursed me. If I drank Sprite or ate an orange or had too much pepperoni (has CA in it) he'd break out. So I cut out the citric acid.



My Dr suggested that I stop using baby soaps and lotions b/c they have so much in them to create that lovely baby smell. I flipped my bottle of baby wash over, and there it was in the ingrediants...citric acid. My Dr suggested washing him with plain unscented Dove soap and ditching the baby lotion in favor of vasoline (they have baby scented vasoline)



Lotion's main ingrediant is water so when you put it on their skin immediatly it feels mouisturized but then the water evaporates drawing that mouisture out of the skin leaving the skin needing more than before. Cream is better than lotion but vasoline is the best esp after a bath b/c it locks the mouisture in. It's esp good after a bath before bed this time of year when you're using fleecy jammies which hold the vasoline on the skin all night long.



As for the cradle cap....he had it twice and both times I got it taken care of over night. One of my good friend's daughter had it severly and I told her what I did, she did it and her daughters took two nights to clear up but there is a side effect. I took a baby wascloth and sat and rubbed baby oil on his head, gently massaging it in and then coated his head in vasoline and put a little hospital hat on his head and put him to bed for the night. In the morning it was gone. The side effect though....it made his hair fall out. It made my friends daughter's hair fall out too (neither were completly bald but both got thinner) Both had their hair back ina  few weeks and to both of us we'd rather have a bald baby than one with cradle cap.

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My daughter had something similar and we didn't know what it was for a really long time.  We found out was excema, which is really just very dry skin patches that would show up in her forehead, knees (especially the backs), wrists and ankles.  Finally our doctor suggested bathing her with Selsun Blue (which is a dandruff shampoo) instead of baby soap, and using Aquaphor on the problem areas immediately after we dryied her off.  Aquaphor is sort of like vaseline but not as greasy and super moisturizing, with no dyes or perfumes.  It's the BEST thing ever! It's a little expensive (about $20) for a large tub, but it lasts forever!

Sarah - posted on 01/10/2009

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When my son was first born and for the first few months he would get these dry patches, espcially on his legs, and one on his tummy (those were the worst spots) I showed them to my dr and talked about it with my mom. This is what we came up with. He has an intolerance to citric acid in my diet (I'm nursing him) just like I had when my mom nursed me. If I drank Sprite or ate an orange or had too much pepperoni (has CA in it) he'd break out. So I cut out the citric acid.



My Dr suggested that I stop using baby soaps and lotions b/c they have so much in them to create that lovely baby smell. I flipped my bottle of baby wash over, and there it was in the ingrediants...citric acid. My Dr suggested washing him with plain unscented Dove soap and ditching the baby lotion in favor of vasoline (they have baby scented vasoline)



Lotion's main ingrediant is water so when you put it on their skin immediatly it feels mouisturized but then the water evaporates drawing that mouisture out of the skin leaving the skin needing more than before. Cream is better than lotion but vasoline is the best esp after a bath b/c it locks the mouisture in. It's esp good after a bath before bed this time of year when you're using fleecy jammies which hold the vasoline on the skin all night long.



As for the cradle cap....he had it twice and both times I got it taken care of over night. One of my good friend's daughter had it severly and I told her what I did, she did it and her daughters took two nights to clear up but there is a side effect. I took a baby wascloth and sat and rubbed baby oil on his head, gently massaging it in and then coated his head in vasoline and put a little hospital hat on his head and put him to bed for the night. In the morning it was gone. The side effect though....it made his hair fall out. It made my friends daughter's hair fall out too (neither were completly bald but both got thinner) Both had their hair back ina  few weeks and to both of us we'd rather have a bald baby than one with cradle cap.

Milagros - posted on 01/10/2009

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ask the pharmacist, but eucerin cream worked on my grandson ....if it continues is there anything that you changed or introduced to him recently, food new detergent etc  all these things could be an issue the hat would touch his temples but what would affect his knees hmmm. i'll be thinking abot this at work today. he is bueatiful by the way !

Heather - posted on 01/10/2009

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Hi I like Aquaphor from Eucerin it's a Healing Ointment. I put it on my son every time his face get red because when he was 6 mos. he would do the same as your son &
someone told me about this & in 2 days it helped. Start off with 3 times a day then go to bath time. Hope this works for you like me =) ( You can get it at Target for $6.)

Angie - posted on 01/10/2009

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Sounds like eczema to me, My son has the same problem, the doctor gave me a steriod cream,but I only use it in extreme cases,but I  stay away from all perfumed soaps for his bath and laundry,that has helped big time. Also spectro for kids, is great,but I believe its for 2 and up. The other great products that work is the Aveeno line for babies and Gentle naturals,makes a baby eczema cream with winnie the pooh on the front. Hope this helps you out.

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MY DAUGHTER IS NOW 6 BUT SHE HAS ECZEMA AND THATS WHAT HERS DID AS A BABY! I TRIED PRESCRIPTIONS FROM THE DR AND EVERY LOTION THAT I COULD THINK OF!!! THE BEST THING THAT I HAVE FOUND IS THE EUCERIN LOTION YOU CAN GET IT ANYWHERE!! YOUR MAIN GOAL IS TO KEEP HIM MOISTURIZED AND FRAGRANCES IN LOTIONS AND LAUNDRY DETERGENT CAN IRRITATE HIS SKIN. I HAVE TO BATHE MY DAUGHTER IN IVORY SOAP BECAUSE IT HAS NO FRAGRANCE! I HAVE USED THIS LOTION FOR ABOUT 2 YEARS NOW AND ITS THE BEST!! AND AS SHE WAS GETTING OLDER IT GOES AWAY MORE BUT IT CAN BE SO AGGITATING!! AND WHEN HE GETS HOT AND SWEATS THAT MAKES IT ITCH!! THE SUMMER IS BAD FOR IT!!! WHEN IT GETS HOT IT CAME OUT MORE ON MY DAUGHTER!! BUT I HOPE THIS HELPS!

Rhonda - posted on 01/10/2009

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My Ped always recommended Eucerin cream for my sons dry skin. I found it to work well.



You can get it anywhere.



 

Joanne - posted on 01/10/2009

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Try adding a little baby oil to his bath water, and when you get him out, only gentle pat him dry and then massage alittle extra all over. It worked for mine and really helps to relax them before bed. good luck! x

Jaime - posted on 01/10/2009

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My son had really dry skin.  I started spreading aquaphor all over his skin every night after his bath.  He really loves it and it keeps his skin in good shape.  If you can't find aquaphor, you can use vaseline, however be careful...if vaseline comes off on your clothes, it will stain your clothes.  


 

Donna - posted on 01/10/2009

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well it cleared it up and he has never suffered since though still uses the oil to keep skin hydrated.

User - posted on 01/10/2009

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Sounds like it could be excema, my older son has it and it comes and goes.



For my son it flares when the bath water is on the hotter side.

Donna - posted on 01/10/2009

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hiya, just wanted to offer a thought, have u tried bathing him in baby oil and gently massaging the baby oil into his skin after a bath, it seemed to work for mine when they were babies and had patchy dry skin. hope this helps. Donna x

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