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?
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Clare - posted on 04/23/2009
hi my son who is 10 and my daughter who is 2 they had it and my son has now grown out of it my daughter still has it and i use coltar soap it really works,also my father had it really bad on his stomach and back and he used it and it all cleared up so give it a go.
Cori - posted on 04/23/2009
It is true that some children will out grow it. Before you start treating the symptom with steroids which can yes damage the skin, and harmful if injested, look for the source. It took me til my second child was 3 and trying ointment after ointment to learn you need to scale your house for ANY possible trigger. It ranges from obviouse triggers like indoor and outdoor allergies to common household products. In order to shorten this I will give you a list of things most wouldn't think to consider:
Use dove SENSITVE SKIN Bar not white white has harsh perfumes in it
I used to use ALL FREE AND CLEAR(which has been proven to be the most hypoallergenic), but now make my own it's super cheap, hypoallergenic and safe for the environment
Most lotions, even when they say sensitive or perfume free, have MASKING PERFUMES, most derms have samples of good stuff, that is pricey in the stores but it's worth it
Glycerin it's in all soups
Bleach very harsh on the skin and it doesn't rinse completly out of your cloths in the wash
As far as dyes that goes for pretty much all of them even the ones in foods
Foods not eating them just touching them mostly the acidic ones
Carpet it's the polyester I believe
Fleece or Wool
Honestly the list is pretty long, try to make a list of all the things she comes in contact with throughout the day, and you will most likely find the trigger. Once you locate it REMOVE IT IMMEDIATLY, and it should clear up. I know it sound grueling but think of how miserable they are having this painful itchy rash everyday. If you need anymore advice hit my page I would be more than happy to help.
Kristen - posted on 04/23/2009
First you need to rule out if she is sllergis to any food, that is a main cause of exzama. Until then immediatly after bathing you need to rub AQUA-Four on all the spots,along with an all natural cream made for exzama, which you can get from a whole foods store or in the organic isle of the supermarket. Give it a couple of days and it should really help.
Georgette - posted on 04/23/2009
I am 44yrs old and have had eczema since i was 3months, keep area clean, use dail soap, the climate also makes a big difference, their diet (chocolate, peanuts,caffenine) me personally i havent seen anyone with it and it went away with age......of course i have it from head to foot! So good luck, i hope I was of some kind of help.
Marsha - posted on 04/23/2009
My son had eczema as a baby, too. You will probably think this is a shameless plug but I began using Tender Moments skincare products from Jafra for him. I would mix the Bottom Balm with A & D ointment. It not only kept him nice and moisturized but the products weren't as expensive as some of the other products (especially prescription strength which I never trusted for my baby because they like to put their hands in their mouths.) Now that he is older, he is still very dry but I still keep Jafra and Aveeno products on hand. And, that's one of the main reasons why I am a Jafra Skincare Consultant.
Most cases of eczema are allergy related and can be a pre-cursor to asthma. I would suggest getting the little one tested for allergies, move to organic milk (if she can drink milk) or rice milk, and watch items containing soy and wheat. Tyler outgrew his but I kept him oiled regularly and he drank rice milk until he was 12.
Marsha Bass, MS Ed
Rayna - posted on 04/23/2009
My daughter has had eczema since she was 5 months old. She's now 10 1/2 months. I usually use Vaseline on her skin right after her bath and if it flares up (gets irritated and red) I use the prescribed steroid cream my Dr. gave me. The Vaseline works to keep whatever moisture locked in. I've read that it should go away on its own around their first birthday. We'll see...
Gabrielle - posted on 04/23/2009
My Son had one patch that was horrible red and scaly on the top of his foot. I did have to take him to the dermatologist and I was written a prescription for something called CLOBETASOL. It is much stronger than the hydracortisone you get in the store but it. works. I used it for 2 weeks everyday after a bath on the problem areas only and then I applied a very thick coat of AQUAPHOR and CERAVE CREAM on top. His skin couldn't be more perfect now. I'm only using the aquaphor and cerave cream every night still but if I see he is getting a red patch anywhere I just put the double combo on and it goes away.
Nathalie - posted on 04/23/2009
aveeno bath oil and cream worked wonders for my son.he suffered with it really bad when he was first born.u can get it on prescription or buy it from the chemist.its made with oatmeal so is all natrual.
Jennifer - posted on 04/23/2009
My son has it and the dermatologist told me that it won't go away, but it will get better with age,but everyone is different..He gave me this cream to use on him and I love it..It really has made a big difference in his skin (it looks great)...OK, get ready it's a long one, FLUOCINOLONE /PETROLATUM... He should use it twice a day, but I use it after baths only ( we are in Belgium at the moment so that is way I use it like that). Well I hope I could help..Best of luck to you and your daughters..
Lisa - posted on 04/23/2009
My middle son and my 3 month old have eczema..My middle son the dr. said to lotion him from head to toe everytime we changed his diaper...We did it 3 to 4 times a day..and at bath b/c he had it on his head we would take baby oil and a baby brush and gently rub it into his head..within couple of weeks the eczema was just about gone.
at that point we just made sure we lotioned at least once a day.
Samantha - posted on 04/23/2009
both my kids have it, one is 7 weeks old and the other is almost 3, she hasnt grown out of it, its just not as bad. our doctor gave us a script for elllidel its the best ever but very very spendy if you dont have ins. we tried everything else to oatmeal baths,creams, cortizones, and really thats the only thing that worked. good luck
Marilyn - posted on 04/23/2009
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Mandy - posted on 04/23/2009
My son has had since he was a couple of weeks old and the dr prescribed all sorts but nothing worked till I found this, http://www.greenpeople.co.uk/baby-salve-...
his eczema isn't cured but it is so much better and I think in a few weeks it'll be gone. You can actually buy a trial size first to see if it works. My daughter had it very mildly when she was young and she has grown out of it.
Audrey - posted on 04/23/2009
My son has eczema and a good old doctor told us to put a cap full of vegetable oil in his bath and that has helped greatly-it hasnt taken it away completly but it has made it less noticable and irritating to him.
DaShonda - posted on 04/23/2009
My daughter has had it since she was 1 month and she is 1 now. Although her dr suggested Crisco cooking oil, i use Eucerin Cream daily and every night. Now... it works wonders except now she has it on her diaper area. I dont know how to get rid of it. any suggestions?
Jennifer - posted on 04/23/2009
My duaghter Sara had eczema and I had a friend tell me about using Infusionam shampoo. It worked wonders for her :) I probaly misspelled the name but hopefully you get the idea of the name ??? Hope this hepls ???? :)
Beth - posted on 04/23/2009
Both my boys have eczema, and the oldest has psorisis also... It is due to allergies. I also have it, due to allergies. It gets better and can be controlled, if you find a good allergy Dr who can help her w/ her allergies. I don't think it ever really goes away completely, but you can learn how to keep the flare ups to a minimum. Also the best lotion which in my opinion works miracles for it, is Renew lotion, by Melaluca. It has really cleared up my boys!
Yvonne - posted on 04/23/2009
Don't count on it..My daughter is now going on 9 and was diagnosed at 1 with it..we have seen dermatologist to allergist.. hers seems to do better in the winter and worse in the summer.. she is on a lubricant compound that sorta keeps it manageable..and when gets bad flare up, elidel..or some sort of steroid..her eczema is on the back of her knees and on her feet aswell.. at one point her feet where so bad she was on antibiotics, they where bleeding.. looked AWFUL!
Hi Amy, you guys should look into getting some kangen water. We've used both the acidic and the alkaline water with much success in resolving stubborn eczema issues. Since your daughter is nine she can drink the alkaline water and also use the acidic water on her skin as well. I know it seems like water couldn't do much, but trust me it's like a miracle. Here's a link to get more information....http://yourbody.kangenwaters4life.com&nb... You may be able to find someone in your area that has a machine.
Stacy - posted on 04/23/2009
All of my children have had trouble with eczema when they were young. My eight year old daughter has it now. I use tea tree oil. Just put a few drops of oil with some lotion (such as curel) and rub it on the areas. If she has been scratching it may sting a little at first. The best time to use it is after a bath. May need to use this every night until it clears up. Hope this helps.
Paul Lauren - posted on 04/23/2009
There is lots of talk about creams and lotions..... my sister suffered from eczema as a child, my parents took her to a chiropractor, after a couple of adjustments there was a massive improvement and since she was a young teenager she hasn't had in since. Good luck!
Danielle - posted on 04/23/2009
My 3 year old has it, and she has flare-ups everywhere except her face. When we took her to the pediatrician they just said to sort of said to keep her skin moisturized and that she'd outgrow it, which was NOT helping. When we took her to the dermatologist she warned against a lot of different lotions, as they contain alcohol, and recommended Cetaphil. We'd tried every kind of lotion, Calendula cream, naturopathic treatment that we could think of. She had to have Triamcinolone acetonide cream to calm the inflammation and Cetaphil works well on her good days.
Krista - posted on 04/23/2009
I have had eczema since I was 7 years old. The best thing that has worked for me over the years is raw unrifined shea butter( yellow). This is the best thing to keep her skin moist. Aveeo bath products are alawys a good to try. If you can get her to drink water or Propel, that should be the main thing she should drink. It made a world of difference for me. Any allergy med. that for itchy eyes will help. Wash all her clothes in All free & clear. Any whites that have to be bleached, rinse x 2. Keep all outdoor play minimal, so she won't sweat to much. If it gets to bad, her doc should give her a low dose of Triamcinalone Ointment, Not cream. They also have a non steroid ointment available. Avoid products like Dermarest. Waist of money. I hope this helps.
Katy - posted on 04/23/2009
My son has had eczema since he was 1 month old. I took him to a dermatologist that gave him desonide cream for his face, and triacinalone cream for his body. It works, but medicines change as they get used to it. Noah is 8 now and it's not as bad as it used to be, although he still can only wear 100% cotton clothes, and uses Eucerine calming cream 2 times a day for moisture. Noah also had allergies and asthma (they all seem to go together), when we found out what he was allergic to, it also helped with his eczema. Good Luck!
Carole - posted on 04/23/2009
Hi Erin, My son had the same thing when he was a baby. We tried everything, Eucerin, Baby Excema cream, gold bond powder, even prescriptions nothing worked. Being a "Pure" mom at heart, I chose to try a more natural approach. I knew it had to be something that was irritating that precious tender skin. It turned out that it was his bath that was the problem. I searched and searched and finally found a pure botanical baby wash from a company called Arbonne International. We still use this today. The excema went away in a days and only returns when I travel and forget to pack the baby wash. BTW it is called "Baby Wash". My son is now 10, and we use this for shampoo too.
Christine - posted on 04/23/2009
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?
the eczema is on her lower legs and the top of her feet.
Good morning Erin... I use Aquaphor and Eucerin on my stepdaughter and it helps a great deal. I would put it on after every bath and just during the day to avoid flare ups. They work great and I would rather use an OTC then steriods- especially on kids. Hope this helps and good luck!
Clare - posted on 04/23/2009
We have two boys with the allergy, asthma, eczema trifecta!! The best product I have found so far is 'Hope's Relief'. You can buy it at the chemist (it's in a small, round white tub or squeeze tube) - it's quite expensive, but a little goes a long way..... The best thing is to try everything and anything for about 2 to 4 weeks, and stick with what seems to work. Also, to cool down the inflamed area before cream application can also help...the heat can make the area aggrivated, so cream can take longer to work or need more frequent application to start working....
Marilyn - posted on 04/23/2009
Renew Intensive Skin Therapy Lotion. It's been clinically tested to be 8-10 times more effective than Dr prescribed Eucerine. I've seen it work magically for so many. The best part, it's all natural.
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Heather - posted on 04/23/2009
Hi my son had too. We used Eucerin cream. Stayed away from lotions. Also, oatmeal baths. The ped. found out it was part of pattern with my son. First croup,eczema, arms and cheeks. Then discovered he was allergic to diary products. The asthma and lots of allergies. Happy to say he is almost 12. Eczema has been gone since he was 3. Dairy not so much a big deal.Asthma and allergies. Well he has recently started allergy shots and we have become very good at controlling the asthma:)
Sam - posted on 04/23/2009
my eldest son suffered eczema and once we changed his yogurt to the Vaalia brand (or you could try one of the other ones with active cultures) it cleared up. My second son also had eczema on his face and the yogurt also helped him - if he goes a few days without the yogurt his face starts flaring up again so this might be worth a try for a week or two to see if you notice a difference
Kimberly - posted on 04/23/2009
I found out that a friend of mine had it and the docotr had him buy an expensive tube of cream. Well, he got on the internet to find out the active ingredient and found out the same ingredient was in Selsen Blue! Can you imagine, and at only a fraction of the cost. All you do is use a little bit of it on a damp washcloth, not to sudsy, let it set for about 15 minutes everyday day and you'll see relief for your little one. but always be sure to talk to your ped. first. Good luck.
Melinda - posted on 04/23/2009
do you have a cat? they told me that my son got it from our cat! (the dander or something?)
and that once you get it, it doesn't go away! you can only control it with creams and meds! I really hope i'm wrong!! he's 5 now and still has it..creams are controlling it, and had to get rid of the cat years ago! it was really hard on me cause I had the cat for 10 yrs! but my sons health is more inportant! I wish you luck :) i'm new to this to please bare with me..
Tanya - posted on 04/22/2009
My family has a history of having eczema starting with my grandmother who was adopted when she was 2 yrs. old, she was told that she had this rash like problem on her bottom. Then my mom got it when she was older, dr. told her to take cool baths (hot water makes it worse), and to use baby oil. Now I am older I now have it, I had a stressful epiosode where I was to have flown home and well I missed my connecting flight and well the next day from the neck down I was covered in a rash. I was 19. I have TAC Cream and I also use ecurine cream. I have a child who also now has it. It is on his face, arms and back of knees,--stress can cause outbreaks. Other things may also cause the outbreaks. My son is 6 yrs old I am not sure when it acutally started with him. I use oxydol detergent--family has allergies to other detergents. So it may go away or it may stay. It all depends on your child and family history.
Sabrina - posted on 04/22/2009
My son is 13 months old and suffers from moderate to severe eczema and I still havent found anything that cures his breakouts. His peditrician told me it has alot to do with his allergys and will actually need allergy testing when he is 3. He is having a really bad breakout now. His peditrician has him on 1/2 a teaspoon of Atarax at night to help him with the itching and it helps him sleep. He was waking up 3-5 times a night.. talk about being tired! I also put a .25% cream on him and it helps with the itching but still dosent cure it. Hopefully we both find something that really works for our poor babies!
Shelisa - posted on 04/22/2009
My son had it really bad all over his body, He would cry and scratch at it all the time. The doctor gave me a perscription cream to use and also a list of things to do. Until it went away I would give him a bath everyday with epsom salts in the bath. They help soothe the skin. Don't rinse the water off just let her soak in the water. Then with his skin still damp I would rub adult aveeno(fragrance free) lotion all over his body. Then I would put the perscription on all of his spots. He was a different baby in 1-2 days. It worked miracles. The perscription is triamcinolone acetonide cream. If your doctor won't give you a perscription then you could try the other stuff. Once it cleared away she said to just wash him in water dailey. But about two times a week use Cetaphil facial wash. Then I do the lotion and that seems to work. GIve it a try it really made a big difference. My baby was only 5 months old when it all started so all the stuff is safe to use on baby skin. I hope this helps and sorry if it is a little bit confusing.
Sendy - posted on 04/22/2009
my daughter also has suffered eczema since she was a baby now she is 9 yrs old the y only thing they told me recently to do for her was to have her soak in luke warm water and put a cloth with holes for the nose and mouth have her soak for about 20 minutes or so and add eucerin creamon her damp body it actually works
Mrs. - posted on 04/22/2009
Both of my sons had severe eczema to the point where they would scratch until it bleeds. make sure you keep her nails clean, and check your detergents, my children actually were allergic to Dreft, I used hot water to clean their clothes until I found something different. I used hydrocortizone cream for the itch but I actually was told to use oatmeal bath, pat down instead of rub, and use neosporin for the open scratches, because it kills the bacteria that causes the inflamation. Oh, and if she really scratches place a cool, clean towel on the area, that helped with inflamation on top of the skin, and a dose of benedryl does not hurt.
Nikki - posted on 04/22/2009
I was born with this, and now at the age of 53 still have an occasional our break. A dermatologist ran "patch' tests on me when I was 7 or 8 to find out exactly what I was allergic to and once those things were removed my out breaks became few and far between, They found that I was allergic to (some of these are really strange): #2 pencil lead, wool, laytex, bleach, any type of fragrance or perfume (have out grown this one) first aid tape (can only use paper tape) I have always used Ivory soap and as a kid mom had to wash my clothes in either Dreft or Ivory snow. I still use Hydrocortizone cream (don't like the ointment) when I have an out break. I would strongly have a dermatologist test her for allergies, both food and non-food. Good luck and I hope this helped.
Allison - posted on 04/22/2009
I didn't read everyones replies but my son also has eczema. Ask you ped to RX Triamcinolone 0.1% cream 30 gm. Apply to skin twice daily. This is all that helps my son. But you must keep using it until the areas go away. Don't give your child a bath everyday this will dry out the skin and make this condition worse. Also you may need to change the lotion that you use after bath time. My son's skin peels when I use Johnson's so we use Huggies gentle care. I only give my son baths 3 times a week and use just over luke warm water. Hot water is also drying to the skin. Also if your ped seems unwilling to be concered about Rx a medication do seek a second opionion. Eczema is itchy and a little one can't tell you about it. Also keep in mind that some skin conditions in children will go away and some may be a sign of an underlying medical condition that needs prompt medical attn. You are the parent and you do know best.
Frances Shekinah - posted on 04/22/2009
My daughter was diagnos with eczema at 6 mos, she is now 12 y/o and has yet to grow out of it. We've tried Eucerin, Cetaphil cream/soap, Aveeno, Oatmeal Bath, etc..... and nothing seem to work. She bathes only in Dove and her prescibe creams are Elidel (when it's really bad) & Triamcinolone (mild flare ups) and she takes Hydroxyzine every 8hrs. as needed. Her doctor recommend washing all her clothes and linen in ALL. I now pour a capful of Avon Skin-So-Soft Bath Oil in her water at every bath time; it really helps get her skin moist. I recall being told by a doctor that kids with asthma automatically have eczema; which is not true because my son is asthmatic and he never had eczema. My daughter is currently taking allergies shots every week (allergic to everything from weeds, grass, molds, trees, animals etc......), she also has asthma.
Erin - posted on 04/22/2009
Sometimes it does go away but alot of times it is due to allergies. I am a nurse at an allergy clinic. We see so many nabies and young children with eczema and it is a lot of the time due to allergies. Try using aveeno lotion and soap and tide free laundry detergent.
Four months ago we put Mazie on a wheat free diet and the eczema went away for about a month. Now at 21 months, the eczema is back. Could the wheat allergy have something to do with the eczema on her legs, feet, and sometimes chest? Working at a allergy clinic what do you think?
I've always have used unscented, dye free ALL laundry detergent/ softeners and bath soaps on mazie. I've never tried aveeno, but i think I might just try it.
Thanks for your help!