My daughter's skin is so DRY!

Erika - posted on 09/22/2009 ( 39 moms have responded )

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My daughter's skin is so sensitive and dry that it is starting to crack. I have bought every kind of regular baby lotion but they don't work. Does anyone know any special lotions that are especially made for severe dry skin that might help her skin be soothed?

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Michelle - posted on 08/10/2011

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Jessica - posted on 10/07/2009

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My 2 year old son gets really chapped skin on his cheeks easily. We've found that Aquaphor is the most effective at clearing it up. We put it on at night and keep up on that and it does the trick.

Deanndra - posted on 10/05/2009

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Cortisone cream is the best thing for dry skin. I have eczema and my kids both get it on occasion. I have gone to the dr and have paid for expensive prescriptions. I have used pricey lotions. Honestly you can buy the off-brand cortisone cream from Wal-Mart and it will do the trick. Jergens Lotion intense moisture all day long and the cortisone on the much needed areas. If your kids say that it burns for a second I promise thats normal and it will go away shortly. Hope this info helps. I've had problems for years and this is the only thing that helps my skin.

Caria - posted on 10/05/2009

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a dr. i worked with in the past often told his patients/moms that olive oil is good for dry skin(check with your childs doctor)

Amie - posted on 10/01/2009

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I have just started using Mustela's line of Dermopediatric products and the Stelaprotect products for reactive and sensitive skin, I just have the body wash and no rinse cream cleanser and I like them both, I want to get the bath oil because her cheeks have been quite dry lately. I get them from Diapers.com or Amazon.

Kathryn - posted on 09/30/2009

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yes, we use this cream all the time - it's a pure moisturising cream and fab - aqueous cream - use as needed, a litle goes a long way

Courtney - posted on 09/27/2009

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My 20 month old daughter has eczema. I have tried everything....Aveeno baby for eczema, eucerine lotion, aquaphor. Different soaps for baths. I am not comfortable using a steroid cream from the doctor. my daughters legs and arms were sooo bad I thought I would actually have to go to a steroid cream, but my grandmother read an article about using Browned Flour for eczema. I have been using it for about a month and you would never know my daughter has eczema. All you do is spread regualr flour on a baking sheet and let is brown (light brown is good) in the oven. I use it just like baby powder. I put it on her every thime I change her diaper. Now she actually asks to put it on. It took about 3-5 days to see changes in her skin, not as red. I also use dove soap for her baths. But the Browned Flour really does work. I thought it was crazy! But I figured what the heck I have spent tons of money on all sorts of creams that didn't help. Plus Flour isn't going to hurt her!!!!! Good Luck!!!! I know what your going through, I've been there!!!!!

Jo - posted on 09/26/2009

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just use sorbiline soap and lotion dont use harsh washing powder or liquid sounds like she may have exzma,my 11 yr old has it and perfumed lotions and soaps make it worse.,

Jaime - posted on 09/26/2009

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my son had dry skin so i took them to the doctor and got told it was eczema he now has a cram i put on his skin iv also started giving him soy milk and his skin has cleared up really well you can also get special soaps etc from the chemist

Katie - posted on 09/26/2009

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My Daughter Loves her bathes, but has the same prob. Change your baby soap to Aveeno Baby (Fragrance Free Soothing Relief Creamy Wash) Soothes Dry Skin Even Dry Skin From Eczema. Then use the lotion that goes with it. (You can get it @ Target or Wal*Mart & it's only $5) That way you don't have to lower the # of bathes she gets. I give my daughter 2 or 3 a day. She loves it. Also try putting the soap on a puff and dip it in water and rub it up good. Hope this helps

Crystal - posted on 09/26/2009

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Two of my four daughters were born w/ecxema. I was quick to take them to our peditrician to receive some professional medical advice. His response to me was to bathe the girls less frequent, give them zinc lozenges, eucerin lotion, & prescribtion meds; triamcinolone & desonide. You can ask your peditrician what he thinks of that combination. The girls skin is a whole lot better now. But they also had a severe case of ecxema, so their skin is takin a lil more time to heal. Also, before trying a lot of these home remedies ask your peditrician about allergy testing. I had a lot ppl tell to try the Aveeno w/oatmeal & it never worked. After allergy testing, we found out 1 of the girls is allergic to oatmeal. So the &veeno was not helpin. With dry skin & skin diseases, you have to do a lot of research first. Good luck to you & a speey skin healing process for your baby.

Kristen - posted on 09/23/2009

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My son had the same prob around his ankels where they would crack and bleed. His Dr. recommended using CEDEPHIL. It has no perfumes or coloring. A little bit of it goes a long way. You can buy it in the lotion asile at any supermarket or drug store. IT WORKS WONDERS!

Christine - posted on 09/23/2009

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try adding a little baby oil to his bath, and not so much soap. also, you could try skipping a bath every other night or so

aveeno works amazing on very dry skin too

Sara - posted on 09/23/2009

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My youngest son sufferd with extremly dry skin to the point where he would scratch himself so hard espescially in his sleep he would bleed,I tried all kinds of lotions and creams and nothing seemed to really work.My doctor prescribed a medication but after I read all the possible side effects I decided it was to strong for his delicate body and I never used it.I finally found one that worked great it was Aveeno Baby and Aveeno Intense Relief overnight cream.When he had really bad dry skin I would bathe him every other night(unless he needed it!!) I would use Oil of Olay sensitive shower cream and then I would use the cream and it worked wonders!! Knock on wood he has no more dry skin.Don't get caught up in all the baby soaps,shampoos etc...because most of them are very harsh and drying to the skin.

Shelley - posted on 09/22/2009

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I like Sherril's answer but want to add that when you do bathe your baby, our peditrician recommended Dove soap (or equivalent) and Eucerin moisturizer.

Sherril - posted on 09/22/2009

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lots of good answers here! My baby had dry skin as I knew he would. he's now 5. Aquaphor works wonders on the body. When my son was a baby, he rarely got real baths and he often got plastered in aquaphor at bedtime. Most baby lotion contain water and alcohol which will dry out skin further.



Babies really don't need to be bathed, they NEED their natural oils and bathing takes that away. Clean them with wet towels and use the aveeno soaps when necessary.



Keep the baby wipes away as most are made of alcohol & will dry out skin even more. If cracks persists, seek the help of a dermatologist as us moms can only share our experience but doctors can help YOUR baby best. Good luck and lotsa love!

Michelle - posted on 09/22/2009

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my 7 year old has eczema which was severe when he was a baby, but the older he is getting the better it its becoming, when he was younger i was told to bath him everyday and make sure he soaks for 10 minutes at least in an emollient, i used all the creams the docs gave me but i found one thing that really helped him was coconut oil rub that on after a bath and it works a treat.

Kimberly - posted on 09/22/2009

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Galaxal Base works for just about every kid. Put it on after bath time while their skin is still dampish, and massage lightly. Try to lightly scrub off any skin flakes while in the tub. We used this at the hospital with kids who had severe skin troubles and it worked soooooo well!! Good luck!

C - posted on 09/22/2009

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All of our kids have dry skin and sometimes get eczema patches. Things to try:

1. Don't bath daily, unless needed. Babies aren't out getting dirty and aren't as sweaty as older kids.

2. When you do bath, don't use harsh soaps.

3. Newer lotions and things are on the market now then when I had my first. Back then we added a few drops of baby oil to her bath water to grease her up. Be careful not to get in eyes though.

4. For daily lotion, ones like Aveeno with oatmeal are good for itching. When the dryness really kicks in go for goopier ones or ones with petroleum. Aquaphor is thicker than Eucerin depending on what you need. I'm cheap, so lately we have been using Equate store brand petroleum cream. It's basically, vaseline mixed with a bit of lotion to reduce greasiness.

5. As with avoiding harsh sopas, also go gentle with lundry detergents.

Rania - posted on 09/22/2009

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i think first u must try to give her more lequid to drink as water then i think u should try olive oil insted of lotions

Jean - posted on 09/22/2009

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My daughter suffers from excema and the only lotion that works for her is cethaphil cream in the tub. very greasy but works. i put it on her 2x a day and only bath her evey other day. her skin is now super soft. hope this helps

Kimberlie - posted on 09/22/2009

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ok i read about all the different lotions you could possibly use from others and they are good recommendations. I'd say Aveeno works very well, bathes only about every other day or every 3rd. The big question...is she drinking enough water or fluids. This can also cause skin to dry if she is not.

Anelle - posted on 09/22/2009

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Hi Erika, My daughter is also diagnosed with eczema...she has dry skin also and I found that milk makes the blotches appear faster! I was given 3 pots of Aqueous Cream, I have to moisturize her skin at least twice a day, morning and after a bath, and was also advised to NOT use soap but use the Aqueous cream as a soap instead. It works! I know some Moms hate Aqueous Cream as it smells...but believe me it works! Hope it helps for you too. My daughter is way more settled now. Good luck and Take Care. : )

Michelle - posted on 09/22/2009

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We use the Aveeno products for our daughter who also has really dry skin.

Melissa - posted on 09/22/2009

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My son has very dry skin... and i myself have a severe case of Eczema- i suggest trying Glaxal Base by wellskin its fine to use on a baby's sensitive skin because its hypoallergenic, perfume free, lanolin free and its not greasy.

Tracy - posted on 09/22/2009

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i agree with most of these except i was told when my daughter was diagnosed with Eczema that she needed a daily bath let her soak for 5-10 mins after the bath its self and put the lotion on her with in 15 mins i didnt even know she had it till a spot got so bad it cracked and started to scabe over but once we started this it was gone in no time we did have to get a medication for the spot that had opened up but after that was closed we had no problems so honestly if you need advice take everyones and run threw each over a few weeks and see which works for you best

September - posted on 09/22/2009

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Yes :) Both my son and myself both have mild cases of eczema and we use eucerin cream which works great for us. Good luck!

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My son was born with Eczema and the ONLY thing that works (not just mask it) that you can buy is Aveeno Oatmeal body Moisturizer (not lotion) for babies. I know what works because 15 yrs later and no more eczema.



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Lisa - posted on 09/22/2009

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My doctor said that the oil of olay face lotion would be good to use even on my kids. I like the Oil of Olay Quench body lotion. It works great. It's alittle more expensive than other lotions, but I like it. Hope this helps!!

Christine - posted on 09/22/2009

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my 5 months skin is also dry. I only give my baby a bath every other day & when i take her out of the bath i do not completely dry her off i blott her skin leaving it somewhat wet and then lathering her with a non perfume lotion . I hope this works for you.

Jennifer - posted on 09/22/2009

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Try Emu Oil... it is good for all kinds of things. Also tea tree oil and oregano oil are great healers together. Great for Planters Warts too!

Bridget - posted on 09/22/2009

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My daughter has always had extremely sensitive skin and eczema. Her doctor told me to give her fewer baths, use only plain or sensitive Ivory soap/body wash (he said even baby soaps are too strong for her) and use Aquaphor lotion, Baby Aveeno or Eucerin lotion. He said to use the lotions several times a day. Changing her soap was the best thing I could do. Her skin's now in such good shape that I only have to lotion her after her bath.

Rebeccah - posted on 09/22/2009

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My 15 month old had the same problem. We had to take her to the Dr. and got a perscription for her. It realy seems to help. They also said to use Aveeno lotion and dress the child in damp clothing at night. That helps keep the skin moist. Also, only give her a full bath about 3 times a week.

Alissa - posted on 09/22/2009

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I used Aveeno for my son, the one with oatmeal. Then I would give him a bath in the Aveeno oatmeal bath about once a week. It really helped

Christy - posted on 09/22/2009

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Doctor told me to use Aquaphor by Eucerin. It is kind of like vaseline but specifically for dry, cracked skin. She told me to spread it all over her then put her in her PJ's - then to bed. It has worked great!

Tamra - posted on 09/22/2009

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I use California Baby's Super Sensitive lotion and it works great but this sounds kind of severe - I would call your pediatrician to see what they recommend. I would also give her fewer baths and watch the soap you're using to bath her. Good luck!!

Jodi - posted on 09/22/2009

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My daughter also dry skin, although nearly as severe. I was told to give her fewer baths and it seems to have helped. I only bath her every second or third day and her skin has been much better! Good luck!

Heather - posted on 09/22/2009

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Both of my sons were diagnosed with eczema, a severe dry skin disorder. I use Aveeno baby for eczema, valseline intensive care or eucerine lotion. You may find that putting a humidifier in her room helps too. I also use a special deterent for the boys' clothes, All free and clear works like a charm. Hope this helps!!

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