My son is 10months old and he has eczema all over his body, any solutions???

Amy - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 42 moms have responded )

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he would scratch, scratch and scratch. only relief is hydrocortisone 1% but that is not a permanent solution. please help if you have any tips.

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User - posted on 02/13/2009

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I dont know where you are from but my son gets it too. I use a papaw balm it contains papaya extract. Its great

Denise - posted on 02/13/2009

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Quoting Amy:

My son is 10months old and he has eczema all over his body, any solutions???

he would scratch, scratch and scratch. only relief is hydrocortisone 1% but that is not a permanent solution. please help if you have any tips.



my daughter went through the samet hing,i took her to a skin specialist,he said in most cases eczema effects people differently,like my daughter can't produce oil to help her skin stay hyrdrated,he gave her a creme for her skin and it cleared up her skin,it is like a artifcial oil because her skin doesn't produce enough,sometimes eczema can be from food alergies to,and heat is what makes them very irritated and makes them worse,and what i used to do was after a bath i would leave her skin a bit wet where she was itchy and apply aveno lotion,and use her cream,never use any soaps and lotions with perfume,thats the lesson i learned,i used johnson and johnson products because i liked the smell and my baby broke out so bad,and her doc told me never to use anything with perfume in it,so all she has to use is aveno products,and another trick i used was i would use was a sock and put oat meal and tie it nice and tight and put it in her bath and just let the oat meal soke and squeeze it and all the natural stuff comes out,that helps the skin and helps make the skin not itchy,make sure the sock is tied tightly,this works well the cream i used on my daughter is (glucocorticoid 0.05% betamethasone dipropionate ointment)

Anna - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi,



My son had the same problem when he was younger, we got a stronger cortisone from our doctor and the best was when we got derma silk, the is like a tub sock that he sleeps in at nigt and it realy work. You can even order a sweater  etc from a web side www.medeca.se  and it realy works

Denise - posted on 02/12/2009

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Hi,
All three of my daughters have eczema and I have eczema and psoriasis. The best things I can tell you are:
1. look at the foods he is eating. Allergies can cause eczema flare ups.
2. Keep using thee cortisone cream but only when it is really bad and in accordance with what the dr. says because the skin can thin if used to often and the eczema can become immune to it causing you to have to use stronger and stronger ones.
3. Talk to the dr about the use of antihistamines for relief of itching and helping the redness go down. Obviously this is for when it is really bad and not all the time. You should only do this if you talk to your dr so that he/she agrees, tells you how often and how much is safe.
4. Believe it or not Vaseline. ALL of our dermatologists and Dr.'s have recommended Vaseline all over the skin after baths and in between. It has no perfume. No side effects, you can't use to much (except at the risk of being greasy) but it helps lock in the body's own natural moisture and creates a barrier between irritants and the weather.
5. Watch the soaps you bathe him in. The more sudsy, more good smelly the more irritating. Try the aveno oatmeal baths or the gentle naturals eczema wash. Or just good ol' ivory soap and Lubriderm lotion is what the Dr recommended for us. Be careful of the clothes soap on his clothes and sheets. Use soaps free of dyes and perfumes and in some cases you might have to switch to a store brand dye free one to limit his exposure to natural enzymes that they put in brand name detergents which often irritate the skin. The SUN brand dye free perfume free one usually works really well for us and also Charlies Soap (which is not a soap but a detergent). HTH!

Dee - posted on 02/12/2009

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Have you tried the drink MonaVie...it contains Acai berry and 19 other beneficial fruits..you drink 4 oz. a day it helps in all kind of stuff your body needs...

Holly - posted on 02/12/2009

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Sounds like he has it pretty bad, i would stick to docs on this if not Dove soap in the bath a good drying and Try Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream and rub in WELL..If your starting from scratch on a remedy go simple first...

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usually kids with eczema have a lot of allergies, you need to make sure you use products that are not harsh on the skin and perfume free detergent on the clothes. an air cleaner for the home wouldn't hurt. Also lots of time these kids are usually allergic to milk and wheat. Try to eliminate that from the diet and see what happens.

Rachel - posted on 02/12/2009

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If you live somewhere that has a reputable homeopath, I'd start there. We have been seeing one for years and it has really hlped my 8-year-old through a lot of stuff.

User - posted on 02/12/2009

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My daughter gets it soo bad that within 3 days it cane be infected and green (behind the knee) which requires a lot of creams and antibotics but when it's mild elidel (prescription) which is great for babies, it's gentler than other creams and then ontop of that aquaphor, when it gets worse I use the elidel and then a large bandage for 1 day. but she when monitored by a dermatologist in the begining until I understood her flare ups. 

Kathy - posted on 02/12/2009

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Yes my daughter has it also. The doctor told me to stay away from any soaps, sanitizers, etc. containing alcohol. It dries the skin out more. Also use Euccerin ointment. We even sent a mild soap and the ointment to school and it started clearing up in a couple of days. I apply the ointment after every handwash, bath and any time she is itching. Her skin is so dry, it just soaks it in. I hope this helps you as much as it has helped my daughter. Good luck!

Karen - posted on 02/12/2009

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I know how awful that is. My daughter had problems with that as a baby. Luckily she outgrew it. We used to bathe her in oatmeal. You can buy regular oatmeal and then run it through the food processor to make it really fine. Also, Aveeno lotion is wonderful.

Aly - posted on 02/12/2009

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my son has eczema too. My doc tried the hydocortisone too. And it didn't work. She then prescibed him Amantle cream. And it works like a dream!!!

Kate - posted on 02/12/2009

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My daughter had eczema when she was little too, our solution worked pretty well, right after removing her from the bath while she was still wet we would rub her entire body with baby lotion or anti-itch lotion. This helped to keep the moisture in and stopped the itchiness.

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Hi Amy,
I can help you get rid of the eczema for good. I had it all over my body and it is now gone after 4 days. i saw results immediately I use renew lotion. You can get this from a company called Melaleuca. I am a member and customer of this company. They offer everyday household products that are chemical free and toxin free. If you want more info on how to make your family safer for less money than retail stores... send me an email at wsherrlyn@bellsouth.net or check out my website www.livetotalwellness.com This is a very legitimate company and they are totally organic. Wonder stuff .... Your child's eczema will be gone in a few days and never return!

Lori - posted on 02/12/2009

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Try Aquaphor or Eucerin. If that doesn't help he will probably need a to go to a dermatologist. My daughter uses Eledel, a prescription medication, Good Luck!

Roberta - posted on 02/12/2009

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try mixing equal amounts of vaseline and cornstarch, its hard to mix but works wonders

Rhonda - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son had it as well and dr. recommended Cetaphil Lotion.  You can buy it at any drug store over the counter. 

Heather - posted on 02/12/2009

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I think I tried just about everything for my daughter. I ended up seeing a pediatric dermatologist who gave me two types of creams, a strong one and a milder one-to use depending on how bad the eczema was. Once it cleared up I just used Eucerin lotion all over after bathing-also do baths daily. And I use all fragrance free detergent, bathsoap, etc. No nice smelling lotions or anything like that. Good luck to you.

Ada - posted on 02/12/2009

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My doctor also recommends Aquathor. It's lotion that will help with the dry skin.

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my little one is the same way, tried medicated stuff, took her to specialists.. all that jazz. Renew does work wonders but the membership was a bit much for me so I got the vasalene lotion. Comes in a white tub in the lotion section of shoppers, or almost all grocery stores. Lasts a long time.



 



I find I soak her down after every bath and it really helps! If the itching gets really bad - oatmeal baths are instant reliefe. Again - just coming from a mom that doesn't want to have a ton of chemicals and medicated stuff around if you don't need it. Talk to a pharmasist.. my local one is wonderful!!



 



GOOD LUCK!

Kristy - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son has moderate excema and I was using a steroid cream that wasn't helping. I started to use Renew lotion on him and it cleared up and is completely gone in less than 3 days! I use Renew lotion on him now every day!! It also has helped to clear up my husbands severe excema. I work (at home) with a company that helps to eliminate chemicals and toxins from peoples homes, and get paid to help set up new customer accounts. This is the company that sells the Renew lotion. If you are interested in purchasing it, and possibly supplementing your income while you are at it, check out www.workathomeunited.com/kristyandstan and click on the learn more button. Or you can e-mail me at kristyandstan@gmail.com and I can help you that way! Hope this helps!

Andrea - posted on 02/12/2009

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you may want to try flax seed oil (available in pill form or just the liquid). It moisturizes the body from the inside out so works much better than any topical treatments. I'd also reccommend vitamin B12 supplements as well. I have had great success with this myself, good luck!

Hilary - posted on 02/12/2009

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i've treated my daughter with eucerin cream 4x day and hydrocortisone 1% 2x a day, and it seems to work great.

Audrey - posted on 02/12/2009

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try using all free and clear baby it is perfect for if it is coming from laundry or a cream that i use for my daughter is aveeno baby its great and it smell great too but defenitely try using the "ALL-FREE & CLEAR BABY" detergent

Zeina - posted on 02/12/2009

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my son was the same i used a cream on his body called (topicream) it was helpfull

Jenny - posted on 02/12/2009

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I would also add to make sure the laundry detergent is fragrance/dye free. I use Dreft, I also use baby oil after every bath. Moisturize day and night, make sure its fragrance and alcohol free Aveeno is great, so is Eucerin. I was against steroidal cremes because you don't want that in his blood stream at such a young age. I also give my daughter benadryll so that she won't claw at her skin. Keep the nails trimmed. And I know its diaper rash cream but it really calms her skin, A&D ointment. It is smelly but believe me, it soothes her entire body.

Monique - posted on 02/12/2009

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I would recommend using Aquaphor. I can be found at your local drug store. It works good if you use it daily as recommended...Hope this helps

Kenda - posted on 02/12/2009

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I have a son with eczema too. I also am the CEO and founder of an organic and natural skin care line for mother and child. If I could offer any advice I would first check his diet for any allergies to foods. Then give him fish oils in his food for omegas, always keep ares he scratches covered and moisturized so that they don't get infected by the bacteria on his nails and lastly make sure you are using a safe pH balanced shampoo or body wash on him when you wash him and don't over bathe him. Most formulas are not pH balanced 4.5-6.5 pH level. Kids with eczema tend to have a higher skin pH. So be careful. Hope that helps. I have also known Homeopathic remedies to help.

Patricia - posted on 02/12/2009

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My 17 month old also suffers from eczema and we have been using Kiehls products- their bath & lotions and they seem to help. There are kind of expensive about 17 dollars a bottle but it does go a long way. I hope that you find this helpful. Good luck.

Kristy - posted on 02/12/2009

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My 8 year old has eczema on his inner elbows. We use triamcinolone steroid cream that is a prescription. Plus I will "slather" on fragrance and dye free cream daily. I buy a generic version of Aquaphor at Walmart. Fragrance and dye free detergent works for us. All is a fairly inexpensive brand that works. My son has more trouble in the winter maybe because of the dry air. It fully clears up in the summer. Hope this helps.

Debbie - posted on 02/12/2009

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try using Cetaphil. My 13 yr old has it really bad we use Cetaphil and baby lotion. You can find the Cetaphil any where.

Tara - posted on 02/12/2009

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Check with your doctor about a steriod cream. My son had it on his hands and within a few days it was almost gone. The steriod really helps.

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My daughter use to get rashes that resembled eczema but it wasn't diagnosed as that.  Drs thought it could be an allergy but they didn't know to what.   I bought some probiotic powder from the health store and mixed it with her beverages.  It did the trick and she doesn't get the rashes anymore.

Lynnette - posted on 02/12/2009

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The Cetaphil lotion worked really well for my daughter. Once she outgrew her eczema after she started walking, I was able to control her dry skin with the Aveeno Baby creamy body wash and Daily Moisturizer. The Johnson's stuff completely dried her out.



If the eczema is on the backs of his knees, he will have a better shot at overcoming it once he's upright and walking b/c his little legs won't be bent all the time and creating a warm spot for the eczema to breed. His skin will be able to air out more back there once his legs are straight more often. I know that sounds goofy, but it's true.



Good luck!

Abby - posted on 02/12/2009

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Does he eat biscuts, crackers, other wheat products? Try eliminating wheat from his diet for a couple of weeks.

Shante - posted on 02/12/2009

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My son has been using triamcyenalone (sp?) since he was about 6 months old.  it is a steroid cream, and it has worked wonders on him.  We also ended up giving him an actual allergy medicine orally because his eczema was so bad which also helped. 



If you are looking for something that is not a prescription, I have heard that Cetaphil body wash and body lotions work wonders also...although we didnt go that route for my sone.

Sarah - posted on 02/12/2009

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As well as the hydocortisone you can use E45 which i found helpful with my little one.Hope this helps

Karen - posted on 02/12/2009

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I assume you are not using biological washing powder. All my children suffer from eczema but biological powder makes it alot worse !! 

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