my little one has bad eczema. any ideas on how to help it? and has anyone tried exederm?

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Shameka - posted on 07/19/2009

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My son had eczema very bad when he was a new born and the DR. told me to give him baths with Aveena baby oatmeal and to put cream on him that they gave me until they could figure out what was making it so bad, it ended up being the Formula....

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are you sure its eczema and not an allergy. My last two kiddos started with a rash that looks very much like eczema only it was accompanied by red blotches, until I kicked dairy out of my diet and it disappeared in about a week.

Amanda - posted on 07/07/2009

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We finally realize that our son's really bad eczema was due to the hard water at our house. When we bit the bullet and paid for a water softener. All the eczema cleared up. We still get a few spots once in a while, but nothing like it was.

Janelle - posted on 07/28/2011

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my daughter has eczema, caused by a latex allergy. nothing really helps hers, but grape seed oil sometimes gives her a little relief. have them tested for allergies. and good luck.

Tarah - posted on 07/24/2009

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my daughter now nine had eczema all her life and my dr told me to buy shea butter straight from the nut. it has to be pure with no smell or anyting added. apply all over just like lotion 3x a day. after about 3mo. it should be under control and then you only need to use it 1x a day and use sensitive soap and dreft laundry detergent.

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Jeanette - posted on 07/28/2011

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oh my gosh does this hit home. I had eczema so bad as a child..so bad that it would crack and bleed..i could hardly walk..horribly painful and itchy. Things that helped me were no caffeing products, nothing that contained nylon in my clothing. only 100%cotton. No perfumy lotions, no cats or dogs, the dander tends to flare up eczema. I would have to go in and get cortison shots, which helped for at least 4-5 months and use a prescription cream. Ultimately i finally grew out of it..but not til i was in my 20's

Jennifer - posted on 07/28/2011

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Chlorine, salt water, heat, sweat, sun exposure, vaseline products = makes it worse!
Cool water, ice packs, staying calm, lukewarm water with baking soda or oatmeal in it, keeping skin hydrated (aveeno, coconut oil, emu oil, tea tree oil, shea butter, neem oil), other natural products seem to work, but none have been the magic solution. Hydrocortisone and prescription corticosteroids, as well as sedating antihistamines are a last resort.
My son has flare ups that are so red and evil!! I feel badly for him!! We try to keep it at a minimum and treat the flare ups any way we need to. He takes it all in strive too! I am more upset by the flares than He is! :)

Jessica - posted on 07/28/2009

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over the counter vitamin e capsules. break them open and rub the oil on affected areas. if your lucky you can find a bottle of pure vitamin e oil, use that in place of any lotions or creams.

Emma - posted on 07/28/2009

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My experience with my son was the same as Laura's. His allergic reaction to dairy produce was excema, hives and eventually wheezing, all prevented by modifying his diet.
May also be a reaction to environmental allergens, pet fur, biological detergent or fabric conditioner.

Nanna - posted on 07/24/2009

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Cetaphil lotion definately healed my little one. The key is a lotion without perfumes or dyes.

Kenya - posted on 07/24/2009

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Post a reply! Hey Nancy! Try California Baby Calendula Cream. My neice has eczema and my sister swears by this cream!

Jenny - posted on 07/24/2009

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I and both my children have eczema but no one would know. I saw a dermatology nurse specialist who got me on the right track. I use a bath oil similar to oilatum but more dispersible so not as greasy at least 5x week. We all use a soap alternative and at least 2x daily emolliant moisturisation. There are loads to try and different ones will suit different people. My daughter and I suit one called doublebase which is a gel and just soaks straight in whereas my son suits the thick epaderm better. It is all prescripyion only I think. The routine of it takes a bit of getting used to but is well worth it in benefits. Good luck.

Nikki - posted on 07/24/2009

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hi both my kidz have bad eczema we found tomatoe based food make them flare up also dairy products too try watching there diet over a week and see if you find a trigger also i was given wet bandages called viscopaste which are a god send messy but worth it

Anne - posted on 07/23/2009

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My son also had bad eczema - after lots of creams and baths we discovered it was food. He is no nine and eczema free exccepet when he has too much milk or fruit he doesn't tolerate. A good start is www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info

Good luck



Anne

Christina - posted on 07/23/2009

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Try Arbonne Baby Products,They are awesome Lots of friends use it for the babaies,And it works miracles.....Contact Kim Koeber Martinez on facebook..

Kelly - posted on 07/23/2009

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I've heard that eczema can also be a sign of a food allergy. I have given all my children probiotics. They sell it at health food stores. The one for babies is in a powder form that you can mix in formula, breastmilk, rice cereal, etc. They also have a chewable tablet that I give my toddlers. It works for me. I also use Eucerin to keep their skin hydrated.

Lorena - posted on 07/23/2009

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My daughter has a problem with eczema and when she first got it we tried all kinds of stuff. Hers was all over her body and if you would see a picture of her it would make you cry. Finally we went to an allergist and he told us the soak and seal method. Give her frequent baths where she soaks for about 30 minutes so that her skin can get its moisture back and then as soon as you get her out of the bath seal the moisture in with Vanicream. You have to put the lotion on before her skin dries off. Now she barely ever gets any flare ups. And when she does they are tiny and we have a prescription for that. Hope this helps. I strongly recommend this method.

Sherry - posted on 07/23/2009

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go to the health food store. ask for silver. Solvern silver with a pump spray. it is good to spray on and rub into the skin. it is also okay for eyes, nose and throat when allergies occur.

Simone - posted on 07/23/2009

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Hi Nancy



My son is 18 months old and suffers from ezcema. After trying numerous products and just plain bath water, we started using a bath lotion by a company called Halos and Horns. I've got to say it has worked amazingly well and my sons ezcema has finally started to clear up. We also use a cream from our doctor called Diprobase which helps keep the skin mosturised.



I hope manage to find the product that works best for you xxx

Katie - posted on 07/23/2009

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I know of a perfect lotion! It's proven to be 7 times more effective than the leading dermatologist recommended lotion Eucerin. It is non greasy, and is clinically proven to work faster, better, and last longer than Eucerin. It's light enough to use daily, yet powerful enough to improve the chronic dry skin of eczema. It's calld Renew and it's manufactured in the US by a company called Melaleuca. Have you heard of it? I LOVE this stuff! You've got to try it!



Katie Naylor

Murrieta, CA



Director, Melaleuca

www.yourfamilyfirst.com/naylor

(951) 461-2320

Sarah - posted on 07/23/2009

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Find someone that sells Arbonne. I have eczema and so does my son. It is gone because of Arbonne. It is a pure, safe, and beneficial product.Use the Baby line of Arbonne. If you can afford it, buy the lotion, oil, and baby wash. If not the baby wash is about $12. And it is better than any other soap plus a dermatologist will give you some kind of steriod that will only fix it for the time being and your child doesn't need that anyway. My mother in law sells it in Alabama and you can order it from her at 205-835-5499. You can google it and order in online from Arbonne or call her. I had it so awful on my legs. I started using the baby wash and then put on the oil and then lotion when I got out of the shower. In a few months it was gone! The dr. wanted to give me a heavy steroid and I didn't want to do it. I have eczema and psorisis, so it was bad. You can't even tell anymore. There is a well known derm here in Birmingham at UAB that tells everyone about it. That's how I found out. Try it!

Deanna - posted on 07/23/2009

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CHildren's Hospital in Vancouver suggests using no laundry detergent or fabric softener... (It is the worst!) and only using Dove Unscented for shampoo/body wash. My little guy is much better off, although we still have to use medicated creams.

Leah - posted on 07/23/2009

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Wow, you've had lots of suggestions! I can tell you that some eczemas can definitely be caused by an allergy (an earlier post claimed it to be just genetics). I would check that out first because if you can eliminate the allergen then you can stop the eczema instead of just trying to treat it. What has worked for all three of my kids is to stop using soap or bubbles in the tub and no washclothes or other abrasive cleaning items. I grease them in with galaxobase or tarobase which is just a thick cream base that you can get at your pharmacy (it's what they use as the base to make prescription creams out of.) You need to cream them in within 3 minutes of getting them out of the bath to help seal in the moisture. Try to limit any steroid cream (hydrocotisone, elidel, etc) to only during bad breakouts, using it very sparingly and then stop use when it's clearing, as they thin out the skin. My sister has areas of skin that have seemed to have lost pigment from years of steroid cream use, and she looks spotty in the summer all over her arms, neck and legs where her skin doesn't tan. Aveeno did not seem to work for my kids. My sister also swears by UV therapy, but I'm sure you wont be taking your child to a tanning bed anytime soon! Just remember there are many kinds of eczema and some treatments will work better for you than others. Some people grow out of it, and others will have it for life (like my sister)

Kimmy - posted on 07/23/2009

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dairy. I read this whole article about the casein in dairy and how 80% of people are alliergic to it in some way (more so then others). My son had eczema and when I stopped all dairy it all went away. I did a test and had ice cream and he was super fussy the next day and started stratching his face again.



I tried all the other stuff first, lotions, soaps (hand to laundry) none of it worked.



I do use my friends balm she makes because its 100% safe for my son to put in his mouth since his fingers were all bad too. www.naturesskinblam.com I put this al over him right after his bath so he doesn't dry out so much.

Tamra - posted on 07/22/2009

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Bag Balm - it's the best and the ONLY thing that worked for our son and believe me, we tried everything from over the counter to prescriptions. It has a similar consistency to Vaseline but by far more effective. I applied it on the affected areas at night because it is pretty greasy and if needed, would mix it w/ lotion for the day. Good Luck! :)

Sherri - posted on 07/22/2009

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I have 4 daughters they all have eczema Elidel not sure if i spelled that correctly i cant seem to find the tube right now but is is perscription but safer than all the other steroid creams it is best to see a dermatologist to determine it is eczema first i just get the cream through my family doctor and it works great. hope this helps from a mom of 7.

Ashlee - posted on 07/22/2009

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It may sound crazy but as a child my mother had very bad eczema and the only thing that would clear it up was crisco, vegetable shortening...

Melissa - posted on 07/22/2009

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I have psriosis a skin condition much like eczema, Make sure to stop using any soaps. laundry soaps, or lotions with perfume in it and all!! These products worsen the condition. Shey butter products, the more natural the better are what I suggest. Pure shey butter at night before bed!!! You will be amazed, its greasey so you might stain the sheets. Hope this helps.

Tara - posted on 07/22/2009

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my daughter had it terrible, the only thing i could find that really helped was vasaline.

Nicole - posted on 07/22/2009

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My son has excema as well. To keep it under control I use Johnson's Soothing Naturals. They make a lotion, cream and a dry patch stick. Can be found at K-Mart and Target. Lotion comes in a round bottle, cream comes in an "up side down" bottle and the dry patch stick comes in a box but the stick looks line a tiny stick or deoderant. All are light green in color. For outbreaks he has a perscription.

Stacy - posted on 07/22/2009

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hi my little girl has this also her doctor told me to use the baby aveeno products we use the body wash and lotion every night and once a week i give her an oatmeal bath it is alco aveeno for babies it is hard to find where i am but walgreens carries it and after a couple of week doing this her skin looks and feels great i hope this will help you

Rachel - posted on 07/22/2009

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try aqueous cream. i used it with my little girl its great i bathed her in it too. every nappy change i applied it and i notice a difference after 24hrs of doing that.

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My son has it and what the doctor was giving me wasn't much use, so I paid to have him tested for food senstivity - my goodness the amount of stuff was unbelieveable but he'd become hypersensitive, we did eventually narrow it down and found that what was setting him off what a mix of food and stress. I use aromatherapy oils in the bath with him now (haven't found a soap that doesn't cause problems) and an emollient cream.

Angela - posted on 07/22/2009

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For my son we have used a soap from bath and body works called "like butter". It is fantastic. We also use a gold bond lotion that has shae butter in it. Good luck!

Kelly - posted on 07/22/2009

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best bet is dermatologist. We tried every cream on our little peanut. The stuff they gave us was excellent, it cleared up in less then a week and stayed away since. We just use diff soap on her then our older one. but thats nothing considering

Jessica - posted on 07/22/2009

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Do not use soap at all it makes the eczema worse my daughter had it really bad to all over her legs and arms and face my docter told be to use baby oil and it worked withed a week is was gone. She still gets it once in awhile but then I put on the baby oil. When it was really bad I gave here a bath in it. I still dont use that much soap on her yet.

Davinia - posted on 07/22/2009

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my big girl had really bad excema to the point were her hair really smelt like wet dog she had really big flaky bits on her head...... i used morrocan olive oil and left it over night for a few days on the go and now its not there any more

April - posted on 07/22/2009

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Have you tried Elidel, you will need a prescription from a dematologist. I could almost see the eczema disappear as I applied it. Good luck

April - posted on 07/22/2009

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Have you tried Elidel, you will need a prescription from a dematologist. I could almost see the eczema disappear as I applied it. Good luck

Heather - posted on 07/21/2009

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Try bathing in Alpha Karri bath milk and after the bath Alpha Karri lotion I swear by it

Michele - posted on 07/21/2009

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My son had very severe eczema as an infant. So severe that the top layer of his skin was completely gone. A pediatric dermatologist prescribed an ointment call Triamcinilone and it was wonderful. Cleared him up in a matter of a couple of weeks after 18 months of trying everything. Also, water is very drying as well. I bathed my son only every other day and used the ointment that the dr. prescribed. Also, if he can give your child something to stop the itching that would help...when he doesn't itch, he doesn't scratch and allows it to heal faster. Hope this helps. :)

Annie - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi Nancy, I have had it all my life, not seen it too much on my kids, though. I try to keep it at bay by limiting foods that aggrivate it, like: tomatoes, potatoes, dark beans, red meat, fried foods, and sugar. Cooler showers with mild soap are better than hot baths. Cetaphil lotion as cleanser instead of soap is great. Eat lentils and all veggies and fruits good for your skin, the dark green and orange colored ones. I have even had accupuncture for it. It worked well, took the redness and heat out of the rash and allowed me to stop itching and let it heal. Is exederm a nonsteroid cream for ecezma? I have heard that stress can bring it out. But, perhaps your daughter is too young for that. As far as a cream or ointment to use. I have healed my hands very well with Vaseline Intensive Care Extra Strength Lotion and on my face I use a herbal ointment recommended for eczema with olive oil & beeswax. Hope this helps and good luck. I have outgrown the worst of it, maybe your daughter will too.

Annie - posted on 07/21/2009

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Hi Nancy, I have had it all my life, not seen it too much on my kids, though. I try to keep it at bay by limiting foods that aggrivate it, like: tomatoes, potatoes, dark beans, red meat, fried foods, and sugar. Cooler showers with mild soap are better than hot baths. Cetaphil lotion as cleanser instead of soap is great. Eat lentils and all veggies and fruits good for your skin, the dark green and orange colored ones. I have even had accupuncture for it. It worked well, took the redness and heat out of the rash and allowed me to stop itching and let it heal. Is exederm a nonsteroid cream for ecezma? I have heard that stress can bring it out. But, perhaps your daughter is too young for that. As far as a cream or ointment to use. I have healed my hands very well with Vaseline Intensive Care Extra Strength Lotion and on my face I use a herbal ointment recommended for eczema with olive oil & beeswax. Hope this helps and good luck. I have outgrown the worst of it, maybe your daughter will too.

Olivia - posted on 07/21/2009

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Also try paw paw cream in a red jar from chemist or woolies...it soothes when really itchy

Olivia - posted on 07/21/2009

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my 9yr old had terrible excema whn he was born, we used goats milk soap, cornstarch powder (only whn needed), purity washing liquid, QV wash (which is also good for hair) & the sunscreen was Hamilton Childrens....No wipes - i used damp wash cloths or chux wipes cut up.(twet b4 u go out & put in zip lok bag or plastic container. We couldn't swap anything & if we stayed anywhere i took everything with me that had been washed with his detergent...If u really keep to the certain things that dont irritate it will clear up, he has no signs of it at all now..Also try to keep skin as covered as possible when out in the sun...It does get better, it just takes a lot of work...Hang in there....

Olivia - posted on 07/21/2009

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my 9yr old had terrible excema whn he was born, we used goats milk soap, cornstarch powder (only whn needed), purity washing liquid, QV wash (which is also good for hair) & the sunscreen was Hamilton Childrens....No wipes - i used damp wash cloths or chux wipes cut up.(twet b4 u go out & put in zip lok bag or plastic container. We couldn't swap anything & if we stayed anywhere i took everything with me that had been washed with his detergent...If u really keep to the certain things that dont irritate it will clear up, he has no signs of it at all now..Also try to keep skin as covered as possible when out in the sun...It does get better, it just takes a lot of work...Hang in there....

Christina - posted on 07/21/2009

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I havent used that,but I do know sometimes you might have to try a steroid cream, from the Doc.Also things the child eats will flare it up.. and I also agree with laura Holt

Deseree - posted on 07/21/2009

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I have not tired it but a friend told me that she just uses A&D ointment on her daughter and that it works

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I would suggest soaking in a bath with dead sea salt... The healing properties are amazing and I have had a lot of friends who have used this wiht their kids and it works great

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