My son has eczema, is there something I can use that's over the counter?

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Shownda - posted on 10/07/2009

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My daughter had it. I eliminated that bad boy right away with tea tree oil. Real not diluted unless with almond oil.



Almond oil: It is well suited for eczema, psoriasis and itchy, dry and inflamed skin. It is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E. Sweet almond oil is light and penetrates easily, making it a great aromatherapy carrier oil.



Tea Tree for me is the best item a mom should have in her medicine cabinet.



Hope this helps.

Michelle - posted on 10/14/2009

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Infinite Aloe (It's a God Send) I love it and it doesn't burn when you put it on. Get it on-line or by phone. I have had eczema my whole life and my son was born with it. He goes through periods of out breaks where his skin will crack and bleed or he scratches to the point of bleeding. My outbreaks are linked to weather, hormones and stress. The infinite aloe usually clears it up quickly (put on a small amount on 2x a day). Oatmeal baths help. My routine since I was little. Take oatmeal bath, don't wash after the bath instead apply a whole bunch of baby oil. Do NOT rinse. Pat dry and go straight to bed (will definitely want to go straight to bed because you feel gross). Maintenance is the best key. My son uses Johnson's Body wash with lotion in it. It's in a pink bottle and smells really good. Phisoderm works really well also. Oh I know this sounds gross but don't bathe often. My son gets about 1 - 2 baths per week and we wash privates daily. The longer we go in between baths the better. Of course, if he is filthy we bathe him but always put infinite aloe on after EVERY bath/shower. I hope you find a routine that works for you.

Shobhaa - posted on 10/14/2009

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The best natural treatment for eczema IN CHILDREN and adults is application of coconut oil. Unprocessed organic virgin coconut oil soothes immediately and works wonders in healing eczema, dermatitis or just about any skin condition. It works like a miracle in most cases.

Bobbi - posted on 10/14/2009

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my son had it pretty bad on his shoulder last winter and i tried that winnie the pooh cream but in the end the dr. had to give him a prescription cream.

Janine - posted on 10/14/2009

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The best thing you can do for eczema is to stop using all soaps. My daughter suffered from eczema until I stopped using all soaps and shampoo's. You don't need to use these, just warm water will clean you and your child unless they have something particularly greasy on their skin then you need to make an exception. She has not had eczeme since (and no she nore her hair does not smell and her hair is not greasy from not using shampoo)

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Marisa - posted on 10/14/2009

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use auquafor i think thats how u spell it its an ointment in a white and blue jar you can find it @ any drug store.. my son had really bad excema and that stuff worked really well

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Best thing I found is Aveeno baby lotion- and don't use dryer sheets- use only Downey in the washing machine

Sandy - posted on 10/14/2009

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I seen on tv a program about eczema in children where they recommended a oatmeal bath. They also recommended putting a little bleach in the bath water for the child to soak in for a while. I worry about the bleach.

Tami - posted on 10/14/2009

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My son also has eczema. We did not have any success with over the counter creams. We finally had to get a prescription that cleared his skin up within days. It is called Elidel. Good Luck.

Fragrance - posted on 10/14/2009

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You could also use "Dudu Osum" African Black soap for bathing and that will clear it up with a pure African Shae Butter cream to condition the skin after the bath. Together they will clear it up and keep it clear. There is a liquid version of the soap also...these can be found at Youngs Beauty Supply Store in Logan Square.

Megan - posted on 10/14/2009

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my son is 5 and we had the same issue! horrible eczema! he would itch till he bled..we got a prescription..but it was super expensive..and i got this stuff at walmart its in the baby section! works great!!!

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My son has really bad eczema on his legs and arms, we use Vanicream moisturizing skin cream. They carry it at Walgreens and also at Walmart. I used to have to ask for it at the pharmacy counter, but now I think they sell it on the shelves. This is an awesome product and relieved my sons eczema immediately. I hope this helps. Good luck.

Tracy - posted on 10/14/2009

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my 6 yr old daughter (she is mixed) had ezcema on both arms. i used hydrocortizone 1%. it worked but left white patches. It kept coming back so when i got a rash at my job the nurse gave me some hydrocortizone 3%. I put it on my daughters arm and it finally went away and hasnt came back. There are no white patches, its been about a year since she had it...Im not sure if u can get it over the counter but its the best med to use.

Kristin - posted on 10/14/2009

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I also use cetaphil it works great and do the aveeno oatmeal bath every couple days. I use no scent laundry soap also. My daughter has eczema and is allergic to disposable diapers so I dealt with many rashes.

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hello, my little boy is nearly 6 months and he has exema. Oilatum is good for the bath and also diprabase cream is good & also epaderm (this is more like vasaline, really thick & oily) u could get them on minor ailments from the chemist, hope this helps, Lisa

Erisha - posted on 10/14/2009

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my daughter is 6 and has had eczema since birth. over the couter would be Eucerin cream or Cetaphil cream but make sure they're the cream and not the lotion!!

Ashley - posted on 10/14/2009

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My son, who is now 2 (and still occassionally gets eczema)...used a medicine the doctor recommended, called Wonder Cream. It's not OTC, but it's the ONLY thing that worked for him and it heals diaper rash etc. within a couple diaper changes. I absolutely LOVE it..and it lasts for a really long time...the cream is a mixture of different medicines...and its not very expensive either.

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check with your pharmacy but anything that has urine (i know eww) in it has good healing properties. I live in canada and my son gets it BAD in the winter. What ever you use be sure it has no perfumes. good luck.

Rose - posted on 10/14/2009

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My son is 7 and has had it really bad but for the past 4 years I have used gerber giggles oatmeal wash and lotion and it works awesome!

Karimah - posted on 10/14/2009

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My son has it to and I used aquaphor on is skin. Its in a whit bottle with a blue top.

Cara - posted on 10/14/2009

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If you don't want to use chemicals I found that paw paw cream was great to clear up the eczema. In saying that though she never had any severe cases

Carolyn - posted on 10/13/2009

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My son has had eczema since he was about 2 months old. He is now 8 months and it has never totally gone away. I am planning on getting him tested for allergies to figure if I'm eating something that he is allergic to since I am still breastfeeding. Dairy and Eggs are the most common allergens I've heard. I've talked to a lot of my mommy friends whose babies have eczema. I've been putting plain old vaseline on him right after a bath and then twice a day on non-bath days. I've also been putting on pure vitamin E oil. The vaseline has been helping, not sure about the vitamin E yet. You can grind up some oatmeal and mix it in with his bath, oatmeal calms the skin and his itchiness.

The Doc prescribed a 2.5% hydrocortisone, but I didn't want to be putting a steroid ointment on my baby for a prolonged period of time.

Definitely see if you can get your baby tested for allergies. My Ped said no, but other friends have told me to insist on getting him tested. Doctors typically don't want to test babies for allergies because by about age 2 is when they either disappear or become a lifelong allergy. But I don't want my child to suffer from his eczema in the meantime just because it may just be temporary. I'd rather figure out what's causing it so I can prevent it.



Good luck!

Carri - posted on 10/13/2009

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First off, how old is your son? Cereve cream is the best but a GOOD dermatologist will give you Cereve WITH hydrocortizone cream. First off before adding cream try putting 1/2 cup of bleach (I know it sounds crazy but it works) into a bath. 2 - 3x per week. Each child is different and each case of eczema is different. My daughter was SO bad just after I got diagnosed with breast cancer but even before that she would break out in hives when she was in certain bath tubs. Then the eczema got SO bad it was head to toe with scratching her skin open. When she was about 6 months from starting her period it ATTACKED her face. She then picked all of her eyebrows and eyelashes out, twice. Her face swelled up so bad you couldn't even hardly recognize my beautiful girl. I found a FANTASTIC doctor, Dr. Holland at Grekin Skin institute in Southgate. She gave her a cortizone shot and we started bleach baths and Cereve cream, with a stronger cream for really bad spots. Now she has started the hives thing and her skin is really dry. The CRAZY thing is that in our house in the Upper Penisula of Michigan where there is copper piping and well water her skin clears completely up, like a baby with new skin! She is 14, hormones played a part in the changes, from what her dermatologist said. It was the third doctor we went to, and honestly had I not been going through breast cancer treatments I would have found this doctor a lot faster!!! Stress can be a factor, and in her case they think she literally is allergic to her own bacteria on her skin. The scary part now is the hives are coming back and also causing her heart to race. The GREAT news is the trichtilliomania (pulling her lashes) she concurred. Her lashes and eyebrows are all back and beautiful. I am glad we found the right doctor...really that is the key!

Diane - posted on 10/13/2009

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i found eczema cream at walmart and target. it is in the baby section in a green tube with winnie the pooh and piglet on it and it says baby eczema cream, it cost like 6.58 and it works pretty good.

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vitamin e capsuls and castor oil all 4 of my kids has it and its been 7 yrs and they are almost grown out of it

Cheree - posted on 10/13/2009

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Bath him with Phisoderm then use Aquaphor ointment or cream you can get it Walgreens

Cheree - posted on 10/13/2009

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Bath him with Phisoderm then use Aquaphor ointment or cream you can get it Walgreens

Keri - posted on 10/13/2009

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yeah, there is a baby eczema cream. I don't remember what the brand is, but winnie the pooh is on the tube. You can usually find it in the baby section at Walmart or Kmart.

Pj - posted on 10/13/2009

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My daughter had horrible baby acne and eczema and I tried everything and the only product that worked for me was Weleda baby face cream it cleared up in a couple of days :) I call it miracle cream :)

User - posted on 10/13/2009

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hI ,Yes my daughter has it on her face an I find that 0.1 percent over the counter Cortizone cream is the best,takes it away uaually in the first use .. good-luck

Jeanette - posted on 10/13/2009

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Hydrocortizone cream then put on Avenno oatmeal lotion. Both of my daughters have eczema it works really good for me>

Karen - posted on 10/13/2009

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My daughter has routinely been using Cortizone 1% with Aloe. For bath time use Aveeno soap and wash his clothes and bedding in non allergenic detergent.

Jean - posted on 10/13/2009

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Aveeno cream for babies in the tube with the flip top cap and maybe a free and clear detergent for laundry

Amy - posted on 10/13/2009

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Aquaphor is good, a little greasy but i try to put it on before naps, and bedtime. Also hydrocortisone cream 1% works too. I found that the weather plays a huge part when my sons flares up, especially when its terribly windy and cold. Also try and stay away from perfume soaps, laundry soaps.

Rose - posted on 10/13/2009

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A friend of mine got my son Cetaphil...you can get soap & lotion at Wal Mart & it did WONDERS because you wash them with it & then lotion them up! We tried several different things ointments, lotions, soaps, etc. & I'm glad we hit the jackpot because his skin would have been blotchy from the dry spots.

Jody - posted on 10/13/2009

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My daughter get its use Hydrocortizone 1% and all free and clear my lil girl gets it bad when its warm outside try that hope it helps

Michelle - posted on 10/13/2009

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The specialist I took my son to recommended cetaphil lotion. There is also a wal mart -brand that works just as good. He also suggested to use dove soap only. He is 5 now and he has had a problem since he was born. It is heriditary and there is a strong family history. Both of these have worked great and they are cheap and easy.

User - posted on 10/13/2009

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My boys and I all have eczema. Over the counter... Gentle Naturals(by Baby Orajel)- Baby Eczema Creme is fantastic. It really keeps it well under control if you stay on top of it. It does not clog pores...which is GREAT for my face where I have my problem. We also use a hydrocortizone creme but only when it is really bad and needs more maintainance.

I can not stress how fabulous the Gentle Naturals product is.

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My son had really bad eczema since he was born. Took him to dermatalegist, used over the counter products like Aquaphore, Aveeno products, Eucerin and Cortizone none of them worked they all made my son's skin feel worst. My cousin told me about this cream called Mustela i started using it and ever since it cleared my son's skin. They sell it in babie's r us for $18.99. I also use unsented Dove soap on him.

Jennifer - posted on 10/13/2009

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my boy has eczema and although some creams helped we ended up getting a water softner fitted and i promise you this is a permanent cure for your child you can even get financial help towards the cost i would highly recomend one good luck jenny xxx

Tina - posted on 10/13/2009

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Eucerin Aquafor and you can get it over the counter at any pharmacy or places like Wal-Mart and Kmart. My daughter gets eczema every winter and this gets rid of it right away. The best way to use it is to put it on right after a bath or shower when their skin is still moist, otherwise it doesn't absorb into their skin as good. It's hypoallergenic as well and for sensitive skin.

Jill - posted on 10/13/2009

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Quoting Jennifer:

There is a cream for baby eczema in the baby section at walmart. The one that I bought had Winnie the Pooh on it and It worked great!!!!!!!!



I use this same cream.  It is gentle on baby's skin and smells good.  Would definitely recommend using!

Edcelina - posted on 10/13/2009

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My daughter gets it in fal/winter time really bad and my sister in law said my niece gets it bad then as well, She has a friend that is a pharmisist that recomments eucerine lotion I do believe they also have shampoo and soaps out now.

Kurious - posted on 10/12/2009

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we all have it. dove for sensitive skin is what the dermatologist recommended for soap. also no more baths the water dries the skin out more. short showers every other day, and during winter skip an xtra day if you can. whatch where he scratches. my son has had imphantiego and staph,both required anibiotics to get rid of. we use an emolsion cream and steroids ( both rx), but i also slather everyone in lotion as ofter as possible, also sunscreen is a must. we have also added a water filter to our house, which has helped ALOT! and have added humidifiers to every room during winter. winter is the worst. the cold wind and dry heat kills the skin. it is easier to keep controlled than to keep having to get control. so once you find what works for him don't let up.

Robyn - posted on 10/12/2009

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Another cream some people use is Cetafil. Also Vanicream which may be a prescription cream

Crystal - posted on 10/12/2009

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Yes I don't know if you have HEB in the area Walmart might sell it but they have this body wash set lotion ect... called Little Docs it worked pretty good it's in a green label

Mallory - posted on 10/12/2009

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My doctor told me to use 1% hydrocortizone twice a day (usually when he gets up and around for the day and when we are getting ready for bed) and it clears it right up! Also keeping your child cool helps to control the eczema from getting out of control.

Mallory - posted on 10/12/2009

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My doctor told me to use 1% hydrocortizone twice a day (usually when he gets up and around for the day and when we are getting ready for bed) and it clears it right up! Also keeping your child cool helps to control the eczema from getting out of control.

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