My daughter has had eczema ever since she was 1 month old. Her Dr. said it will go away with age. Does anyone have any ideas?

Erin - posted on 04/22/2009 ( 177 moms have responded )

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the eczema is on her lower legs and the top of her feet.

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Michelle - posted on 04/22/2009

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Have you been to a dermatologist? My pediatrician told me to put hydrocotozone cream on my daughters and the derm. said that if you put it on for an extended period it begins to thin the skin (she used doctor terms). My daughters went away on her forward around age 2.

Tina - posted on 04/24/2009

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My children have all had it but out grew it by 1 year of age I used Baby Aveeno for eczema. Thier eczema went away when I took them off of formula.

Bonnie - posted on 04/22/2009

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Some children outgrow allergic reactions others do not. It really depends on what the cause is and your childs immunity response throughout lifetime development etc.

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my grandaughter had since she was born they changed her milk they gave her 2 creams 1 for face other for her body .dr said stop all dairy stuff like cheese yoghuts she had go back and foward to hospital every month.daughter was upset .so her babys dad started trying her on everything like icecream chocolate she was ok no rash but they could not stop her scratching she only got a small rash now on her arms and lower legs u should ask ur gp for cream and ask wot food she can have if u keep on to them they will take notice .my daughter a first time mam age 18 now she a good mam her daughter 1 now and she doing well with her skin

Wendy - posted on 04/26/2009

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Eczema is most likely an allergic reaction to something...certain food, blanket, soap, animal, new carpet etc.... try an allergy doctor that can eliminate the allergy in one treatment! Go to NAET.com website and discover this incredible treatment to eliminate allergies!! There is also a doctor search feature on their website so you can find one that is trained in NAET in your area of the world!

Belinda - posted on 04/26/2009

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my doctor said to take my kids off dairy products I did and theirs cleared up well w occaional problem areas that i use coconut oil on and that works better than any prescription drug i've ever used.

Tracey - posted on 04/26/2009

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i found that wen my youngest had it bad i used calamine lotion on it strait from the fridge,she is now 12 and very rarely has an outbreak

Donna - posted on 04/26/2009

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Hey Erin - I see that a lot of ppl suggest soaps and creams, but before you use anything new, consult your pediatrician since many children can and most likely will develop certain skin reactions especially if they already have a skin condition. I am not a doctor but I have three daughters myself with sensitive skin types and my sister and her daughter, my niece, both have eczema (my sister did not develop this until after she gave birth to her and my niece will be 11 yrs. old in June). They both tried many different soaps and creams, both of OTC and prescription brands, experiencing reactions of varying kinds. I do know that one ointment that a dermatologist recommended that never reacted for them and has given them blessed relief (especially during the summer months when it is hot and muggy) and it is hypo-allergenic - it resembles Vaseline but water-soluble yet has ingredients that relieves itching and dry skin and has been recommended by burns institutes - it's name is Aquaphor. It most commonly comes in 1.75oz. tubes with a flip-top and you can find them in smaller sizes to drop into your purse to take with you whereever you go (since itching happens a lot and so does redness, poor angel). And with age being a factor, I definitely know that you CAN use this on her. I know this from a prior incident from when I was a nanny and the ppl that I worked for, their son was accidently burned by some hot spaghetti sauce splashing upon his face, ear, and neck, causing 2nd degree burns, blistering his skin. The mother dropped the pan on the floor and the sauce flew up into the air and onto the high chair, splashing right onto the poor baby, him being only 7 months old at the time. They took him to the Shriner's Burns Institute here in Cincinnati and Aquaphor is what they recommended to apply to his blisters 4 times a day until they stopped seeping. Their son is now 7 yrs. old and there are no visible signs of where the burns were period. So I know it works like a charm. It also works for sunburns, skinned knees, chapped lips, cracked heels, etc. I keep a tube at home all the time. It's a life saver to be honest. Wouldn't really know what to do without it. But, like I said, check with your doctor FIRST!!! ALWAYS!!! I hope this helps because she's so young, there's really no medication, I don't think for them to prescribe just yet, so I hope this may relieve it to some degree. At least it can't hurt.... 8 )



Cheers! ~donna~

Janine - posted on 04/26/2009

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I read in a magazine recently that there's a study on going where fixing a water softener to your water supply can help and nearly all the cases have seen results within days. Just an idea!!

Michelle - posted on 04/26/2009

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when my little boy was 2 he had it really bad i got all the cream going then my mother in law try STARCH u can by it in boots or any big shops u use it 4 ironing or washing it is powder if u have a empty talc bottle put the starch in the talc bootle when u bath or wash ur children sprinkle like talc and rub in it it drys all the wetness out and it stops them from itching and bleeding it drys it out good luck

Shautel - posted on 04/26/2009

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My Daughter Olivia also has eczema, I found that Burt's Bees Baby Lotion clears it up pretty well. No matter what, I put lotion or oil on her every morning and every evening to keep it at bay. Hope this helps :)

Phoebe - posted on 04/26/2009

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Hi Erin,



as some people here have suggested, you might need to bring your baby to the doctors so they can determine the cause of eczema. my daughter started to flare up when she switched to the bottle at 3 months - because she was allergic to dairy! we also found out she is allergic to nuts, eggs & shellfish so now taht we have eliminated these from her diet is she thankfully rash-free. although there are accidents, she has been rushed to the hospital a few times for severe asthma when she has TOUCHED peanuts, and also just tonight flared up i think because she mistook her soy milk for her sister's cow's milk. the doctor recommended Eleuphrat, a steroid cream because nothing less worked - but this is prescription-only.



Hope this helps!

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My doctor treats my daughters eczema like any other allergy symptom. We had her on Allegera at a year and now she is on Singulair at two years. It works wonderfully. Not only is taking care of the eczema, but she does not get sick with the colds kids seem to bring home. We have only had one ear infection total and that was before the Allegra.

Nikki - posted on 04/25/2009

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My daughter Morgan is 4 now and has had eczema pretty much since she was born. It gets bad in the summer and ok in the winter. She has been getting it less and less as she has gotten older and its nowhere near as bad now. I tried all the lotions and potions from the chemist without any success. Then i found something that really works INNOVATIVE anti-dandruff Shampoo (made by Jeynelle Laboratories) It comes in an Orange bottle with black writing and i buy it at my hairdresser. The directions on the bottle say it can be used as a body wash and it is AMAZING!!!! I put it in her bath like bubble bath and wash her hair with it and use it like soap, it doesnt smell very nice but works better than anything I have found. At first i used it every day and now 2-3 times a week and Morgans eczema is pretty much non-existant. Good Luck with it

Samantha - posted on 04/25/2009

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I know this sounds gross but the less you bath you r child the better. It worked for my son. Washing irritates the area. Also use very mild detergent. I cut back bathing and when I did I used aveno oatmeal bath. My three yearold and four yearold are now exam free. But I found this helped alot.

Pam - posted on 04/25/2009

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My daughter is 20 years old and has suffered from eczema since she was a baby. I'm here to tell you that it doesn't go away and it seems to get worse through their teenage years. I have taken her to several specialists but ended up taking her to the Hershey Medical Center and they actually order a compound from a local aplothecary that involved generously spreading the cream over the eczema and them wrapping the area with saran wrap (you do all of this at bedtime) and then in the morning she had to soak the eczema in warm water and completely air dry. She hated it but it definitely works. I don't know what the cream compound was but maybe you can mention all of this to your doctor. She might be too young but it really itches in the summertime and worsens because of the itch. As she gets older it will probably spread to all the creases and joints in her body, but hopefully not. Hope this helps! Good Luck and don't give up. :)

Valour - posted on 04/25/2009

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My daughter's Dr. told me the same thing. My baby had it everywhere!!! First of all I did not claim that my baby had it, but I did go to the drug store and brought Aquaphore. It is very expensive, but worth every dime!!! They have it in the baby section and they also have it in the adult cream section as well. Get it from the Adult section it is $1.00 cheaper!! It is also good for diaper rash. When you use it on her skin use it two to three times a day to keep her skin moisturized. You don't have to use a lot because it is so thick and you don't want your little one to look too greasy. The I also brought the Aquaphore baby wash which can only be found it the drug store, whereas the Aquaphore creame can be found anywhere (Target, Wal-Mart). The baby wash is good because it is for babies with eczema and it won't leave the dryness of the skin like other baby washes do. I also washed my daughter's hair with it. Again, it is very expensive!!! As she got older, I began using other baby washes, but I continue to use the cream along with Gentle Naturals (the products with Winnie the Pooh on them) eczema cream, not as expensive, plus you can find a lot of coupons for this product. It works wonders too along with their teething drops. The Gentle Natural products are just that, natural. All of these products work I guarantee it!!!

Amy - posted on 04/25/2009

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Go 2 ur doctor and ask for advantan cream it works a treat and ur kids eczema will go away in days

Nicki - posted on 04/25/2009

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Two of my sons had eczema as babies and toddlers. Quite by accident I found the cure and relief ( for them anyway) , I had been using hydrocotozone cream on my now 7 year old, until he was 1 1/2. It seemed to help the itching, but I never liked the idea of using steriod based creams on him. The doctor had said he shouldn't go to the beach, but we took him one day anyway. Within hours of being in the salty water his skin looked soooo much better, I was shocked ,surely not!! We decided to try putting salt crystals in his bath water( plain rock salt from the supermarket) it worked! About a half a cup in a small warm bath. We continued to do this for a few months and eventually it cleared up. When our 4th son came along and had the same problem, out came the rock satl, with the same results. Its really worth a try. Porridge oats in a stocking tied at the end also helped with the itching, straight into the bath, the water goes cloudy. when its mushy use it like a face cloth. by 2 neither of them had any problems again. Kobi hardly even rashed up after the salt treatment. Give it a go, hopefully you will get the same results. Good luck.

Katie - posted on 04/25/2009

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I took my daughter to my local Ezcema clinic, run by health visitors. They prescribed Epaderm. It's a very greasy ointment but i used it 4times daily on my daughter and in the bath as a soap substitute and her ezcema has virtually cleared up. It sometimes flares up and requires hydrocortisone cream to settle it down but this is rare these days. Good Luck.

Diana - posted on 04/25/2009

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It often can go away w/ age. Some things that helped were: apply Eucerin right after bath. Don't bathe child everyday. The chlorine in city water can be harsh - try a bathtub filter like the "bath ball" from "Gaiam" catalog. Another thing that I think helped (although this is a big one) is we got rid of our carpet (we had wood floors underneath). My child is very allergic to dust and carpets can hold a lot of dust. I think allergies can be a big problem behind eczema. Good luck! Her eczema was a lot better by about 6 or 7 and now at 14 she is eczema-free. This is also kind of hard to do when you are a busy mom, but you might want to try a wheat-free diet for a little while and see if that helps.

Christine - posted on 04/25/2009

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I had eczema growing up as a child. It started to hit me when I was three years old, living in Hawaii. I guess the humidity is what caused it. I would get red, itchy bumps behind my knees. Ugh! Luckily, I grew out of it by the time I hit puberty, if I remember correctly. The doctor told my mom to treat it with Hydrocortisone cream. So, we did. I think it was Cortaid. Good luck and I hope she grows out of having eczema.

Christine - posted on 04/25/2009

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I had eczema growing up as a child. It started to hit me when I was three years old, living in Hawaii. I guess the humidity is what caused it. I would get red, itchy bumps behind my knees. Ugh! Luckily, I grew out of it by the time I hit puberty, if I remember correctly. The doctor told my mom to treat it with Hydrocortisone cream. So, we did. I think it was Cortaid. Good luck and I hope she grows out of having eczema.

Penny - posted on 04/25/2009

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my daughter has had eczema since she was1 she is now 6 and still has it.she has been to hospital to try different creams.she has got about 3 -4 diffrent ones she uses oilatum witch goes in the bath she has dermol cream epaderm cream which i find great u can use it as a soap as well.she gets it bad on her hands.but still has it all ova and is very dry

Penny - posted on 04/25/2009

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my daughter has had eczema since she was1 she is now 6 and still has it.she has been to hospital to try different creams.she has got about 3 -4 diffrent ones she uses oilatum witch goes in the bath she has dermol cream epaderm cream which i find great u can use it as a soap as well.she gets it bad on her hands.but still has it all ova and is very dry

Lindsey - posted on 04/25/2009

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My son has this as well. his won't go away without rx strength creams. My pedi gave me a compound she called witches brew. It works wonders. It's a mix of aquaphor, keri and some kind of antibiotic cream. Within 3 days his skin is cleared almost completely. He has it all over.

Tess - posted on 04/25/2009

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Lots of water! Jojoba oil helps as well, my best friends daughter (7) has it and uses joojba oil, and it help. and when she drinks lots of water it helps as well.

Laura - posted on 04/25/2009

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My son has had it since he was 2 mths old. He is now 9mths and still has it but its so much better and it sometimes flares up. We were told that babies with eczema usually end up having allergies. We recently found out the our son has a peanut allergy (contact). But we used Avene from shoppers drug mart. Its awesome!!

Kathy - posted on 04/25/2009

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My son had food allergies and once we figured that out the eczema dissappeared. Hope that helps.

Jill - posted on 04/25/2009

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My son has eczema and I had our Pediatrician give us a cream. She then gave us 2, but one is for like a daily topical cream and the other is for severe cases. He gets his on the back of his legs and arms. The one for severe cases is a steroid an the other is a higher percentage of hydrocortizone cream. We started using 1% and we are now up to 3.5% hydrocortizone cream. But I have also found that gold bond medicaded lotions used daily reduce the number of outbreaks. It is the one in the teal bottle taht works the best for him. Good Luck.

Shelly - posted on 04/25/2009

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My son had it from almost birth we put lotion and vaseline on it the dr told us he would outgrow it, they do!! Back then we found and eczema lotion at wall mart and kept it on him. He is almost 11 now and I would say before he went to preschool and before it had cleared. Good luck and god bless

Pamela - posted on 04/24/2009

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My son had eczema really bad as a baby, it would weep and the blankets would stick to his face, I saw doctor after doctor and they gave us cortisone with bactiban, this helped for a short term, It always seemed to flare back up, at 8 months old we found out that he was allergic to eggs and milk, I myself was drinking milk and eating eggs,and he was recieving these through my breast milk. I was tired of the medications that the Doctors kept giving him and started looking into natural products, they help more than I can say. He is now 13 and rarely has flare ups he still has allergies but we control them, with eczema these children often have asthma, he was diagnosed with asthma at the age of two, he rarely needs to use his inhalers now. I truley believe in natural remedies the medicines are there when he really needs them.

Sue - posted on 04/24/2009

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Both my sons have it. My 8 year old has it badly in the nooks of his arms and legs. He's is on steriod cream and then we top it with desitin. During the winter, we lather him up with both and put him into long sleeve shirts and by the end of the day, its usually subsided a lot from what it was in the morning. He scratches like a maniac. So the sleeves help.

My one year old has had it from birth. We use Baby Aveeno body wash. And Daily mosturizer cream by Aveeno and after his baths, which he takes 3 times a week, we use the extra mosturizing cream by Aveeno. Its helps a lot. He gets them from his head down to his feet. But young enough not to itch them, yet.

Hopefully some of this might help you. Good luck

Heather - posted on 04/24/2009

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My 25 month old son has it also. His is on his legs and arms. I had to switch to Dove soap and Eucerin lotion. My pediatrician told me that in his case, it will never go away, and alot of times children who have eczema as babies develop asthma later on in life. Hope it helps!

Christie - posted on 04/24/2009

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my daughter has it to the doctor gave her hydrocortizone cream and its been working for her

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2009

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I am 26 and I still have eczema. Has never ever gone away, and is getting worse with age. All three of my boys have it. We just use Ivory soap, and a non scented lotion, and only once a day do we use our prescription for hydro/eucerin cream!

Kristen - posted on 04/24/2009

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I sell an All Natural Skin Care line that is safe for children. I have a customer who uses our Moisturizing Salt Glow and Body Butters on her daughters Eczema. I have not personally had this problem but she says it works and really clears up her daughters arms.

Here is my website

http://www.mysensaria.com/kristenmurphy

Nancy - posted on 04/24/2009

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My so had it as a baby. We were told to only bathe in Cetaphil (buy in drugstore) also were given a prescription of cortisone and antibiotic but dont know exactly which...It worked. Definately see a pediatric dermatoligist

April - posted on 04/24/2009

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I work with a company that has a product called Renew for eczema. My husband uses it. He also uses a product called Dermacort. They both have really worked well for him.

Meghann - posted on 04/24/2009

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My daughter also has a form of eczema called Keritosis Polaris on her little cheeks and upper arms- this is hereditary and has no "cure"- I've tried everything in her three years of life (she's had it from about 6 months) After getting this diagnosis the Dermatologist recommended intensive care Eucerin for after her bath- and suggested not to use any harsh, bubbles or perfume soaps in the bath. The next step he told us if that didn't help was a product called Lac Hydrin which you can get over-the-counter at some drug stores- also a cream lotion... Other than that he said some kids outgrow it where some it can even intensify in puberty! Great! Hope I could help in some way...I know how frustrating this condition can be for mom and child!

Marcia - posted on 04/24/2009

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grow out of it?!? My mom is in her 60's and still gets bad boughts of it. And as Julie said Asthma and eczema go hand in hand. The best thing we have found for my mom is the Hydrocortizone cream

Julie - posted on 04/24/2009

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hi my son has had eczema since birth. He has been to a skin specialist in Kiama , absolutely brilliant man. He tested him and found, that he was allergic to wool, dog hair cat hair, grass, carpet, freshly mowed lawn, and fleecy lined clothesHe was tested at 1 year old. He also found that his body was naturally 1deg warmer all the time and so we now have to try and not overheat with clothing. overheating produces sweat and itchiness and scratchiness and so on. . He is 11 now. The eczema, would go blotchy red, scaly and then weep, and sometimes come out in welts. Another time he would, go scaly and dry like a reptile and lose layer upon layer of skin , He was recomemnded Eucerin cream , as it has no additives or perfumes and is all natural lanolin ointment ( for moisturisting) He was recomended advantin ointment for the weepy moments and only small amounts. The catch to this is- no different from food allergies, you come in contact and the kids come in contact. The whole family now don't touch aden unless we have washed our hands and removed our wool clothing. Lawn mowing days, I take him shopping and away from the house. Washing dogs we dont even let him touch the shampoo bottle or the towel or the dogs. IF he does, he ,has to wash his hands immediately with cetaphyll wash, and not touch any part of his body. Other thing, eczema and asthma are related. When aden does not swim in winter hes asthmatic, and 9 months of the year he has eczema. It gets easier as the kids get older, they undestand . hang in there and follow through. you need to know, otherwise their skin can be damaged for life. Go easy on cortisone,

Sheila - posted on 04/24/2009

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We were at the doctor yesterday with my son and the doctor told us to use 1% Hydrocortisone cream followed by Aquaphor on his head and cheeks. I will let you know how it works for tonight is the first time we are applying it.

Ronda - posted on 04/24/2009

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I have one of those kids that the eczema never went away. We got her allergy tested using a blood test at 2. She has a wheat allergy. Put her on a wheat free diet and poof the eczema became managed by frequent baths and moisturizer. Bad breakouts we use bendryl and if that doesn't work, we have a rx for atopoclair from the doc.

Gail - posted on 04/24/2009

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hi. my daughter had bad ezcema was prescribed hydrocortisone cream, was worried coz it can thin the skin, but she is now 5 and only now gets patches mainly at back of her knees, inside elbows in summer. we have always used aqueaous cream (both her and me) and no other moisturisers, no bath foams/oils (tho now we use halo and horns, it has no harful chemicals in) and ecover laundry products. avoid too many dairy (or other natural histamine) products. fingers crossed, so far so good. wishing u well :)

Shanteau - posted on 04/24/2009

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Try Eucerin Lotion/Cream. You can purchase at Wal Marts and other pharmacy stores.

Carys - posted on 04/24/2009

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Hi Erin.



A little boy I teach has had terrible eczema, and his doctors gave him gradually stronger and stronger steroid cream. One doctor finally bit the bullet and gave him ELOCON cream which has totally cleared his skin. It's just like new, after 4 weeks.



When I have flare-ups, I avoid citrus, I make sure I'm well moisturised, and have a bah with a handful of oatmeal in a sock, swished around the water. I also used to swallow evening primrose oil capsules, and rub evening primrose oil into the affected area.



I do hope this helps.

Carys - posted on 04/24/2009

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Hi Erin.



A little boy I teach has had terrible eczema, and his doctors gave him gradually stronger and stronger steroid cream. One doctor finally bit the bullet and gave him ELOCON cream which has totally cleared his skin. It's just like new, after 4 weeks.



When I have flare-ups, I avoid citrus, I make sure I'm well moisturised, and have a bah with a handful of oatmeal in a sock, swished around the water. I also used to swallow evening primrose oil capsules, and rub evening primrose oil into the affected area.



I do hope this helps.

Carys - posted on 04/24/2009

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Hi Erin.



A little boy I teach has had terrible eczema, and his doctors gave him gradually stronger and stronger steroid cream. One doctor finally bit the bullet and gave him ELOCON cream which has totally cleared his skin. It's just like new, after 4 weeks.



When I have flare-ups, I avoid citrus, I make sure I'm well moisturised, and have a bah with a handful of oatmeal in a sock, swished around the water. I also used to swallow evening primrose oil capsules, and rub evening primrose oil into the affected area.



I do hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 04/24/2009

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my daughters dr. said to use cetafil lotion used it it softened it up but cortizone cleared it up ?????

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