My son was diagnosed with eczema. Any suggestions?

Ashley - posted on 04/13/2009 ( 189 moms have responded )

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Any tips or suggestions in dealing with eczema? My little boy is 15 months old and was diagnosed on friday with eczema. I dont really know much about it yet and last nite we took him to the e.r. because he had an allergic reaction which caused the eczema to inflame and he developed hives. May be peauts or chocolate? Anyways anything at all would be awesome with your experiences in dealing with eczema. Thanks.

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All three of my sons had it from birth to 12 months. The doctor told me to put a thin layer of Cortaid 1% Hydrocortisone Anti-itch Cream and then put corn starch (baby powder) on top of it. So far my older boys 4 & 7 haven't had any problems since.

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Lactobacillus acidophilus (probiotics) can help!

Food allergies frequently cause dermatological problems such as eczema. In fact, it is estimated that approximately one third of young children with atopic eczema suffer from clinically significant food allergies.
This study is an evaluation of 10 breastfed infants with atopic eczema who were allergic to cow's milk. Lactobacillus GG was given to the nursing mothers at a dose of 2x1010 colony- forming units twice daily for one month. Over a one-month period, this therapeutic intervention with Lactbacillus GG resulted in significant symptomatic improvements. There was a substantial reduction in alpha1-antitrypsin in the treated infants, but not in the group receiving the whey formula without Lactobacillus GG. These results indicate that therapy with probiotic bacteria may reduce GI inflammation, promote intestinal health and cause improvements in eczema in patients with food allergies.

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Gwen - posted on 04/20/2009

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my son had it when he was around 8mnths till about 3 yrs. My mother in law works for a dermatologist and she gave me elidel. It works great. They told me kids outgrow it and he did. Hope this helps.

Gwen - posted on 04/20/2009

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my son had it when he was around 8mnths till about 3 yrs. My mother in law works for a dermatologist and she gave me elidel. It works great. They told me kids outgrow it and he did. Hope this helps.

Chantel - posted on 04/19/2009

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Hope I read your question correctly, hope this answer helps you!

Things that worsen eczema:

* Extreme weather conditions (too hot or too cold)

[use a humidifier to keep the air moist.]

* Chlorinated and salt water (don't dip in pool and the beach)

[dont bath your son for longer than 10 minutes, soap and water dries out the skin, use an extra mild soap]

* Dont use petroleum jelly or oils

* Perspiration

[avoid synthetics, wool, and dont overdress your son in general. Dont use itchy fabrics and clothing with rough seems or trims.]



Remember to keep your son's nails as short as possible, so he doesnt scratch himself and use a pair of socks or mittens over his hands when he sleep.

Rub rich hypoallergenic cream that your doctor recomended after a bath while the skin is still damp so that the skin can absorb it better. Hope this helps!

Jodi - posted on 04/19/2009

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There is a product range called MUSTELA, really excellent. See www.mustela.com for more info

Kelly - posted on 04/19/2009

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Please be very careful!!!! My daughter was exactly the same way. She is highly allergic to Peanuts and when I say Highly I mean she can't smell it, now. We are on allergy shots for all the other stuff and it has helped the eczema tremendously. You need to was with only powder washing powders for now. Do not use fabric softner in his close. You should only use dial soap or dove to bath him in. You can use the perscription that they gave you for the red and inflamed but Aveno and Eurecerin work well on the rest of the body. If he is having a Red break out keep him out of the sun. Keep sun screen on him, but be careful look for Paba Free and Peanut free. You would be suprized how many products are made with peanuts.



I would have him tested immediately by a Allergy Doctor to see exactly what he is allergic to. Kelsy has an Epi-pen that she has to have on her at all times. There is just to much that has it in it. You can't put them in a buble.

Georgia - posted on 04/19/2009

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my son has excema be very careful with creams and lotions u may use on him children with excema usually have food and/or enviromental allergies so i would suggest to take him to an allergists and have him tested im sure with his age there are some foods that ur just now trying with him u can test the foods on his forearm and wait about 10-15 minutes before feeding it to him to see if there is a reaction be mindful of what u wash his clothes in and what u bathe him with i myself use dove sensitive skin for my son that has suffered with excema since he was 3 months and he is now 5 1/2 years if the doctor gives u a steroid cream to use on him to help with the flare ups DO NOT put it on his face the doctors don't always tell u that

Lesa - posted on 04/19/2009

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My daughter Alyssa (age 10) has had severe eczema which stems from allergies (her grandma also has skin allergies). Only use mild baby soap and shampoo, cause anything else hurt her skin. Try putting cream from walmart which is over the counter on your baby's skin... just cake it on and rub it in as much as you can. If your doctor gives you steroid cream, never put it on the baby's face or around his eyes. This can break blood vessels in the face and no one told me not to put it on her face, and I did not knowing. Steroid cream never did much for her. I've been told that plain vaseline works well for outbreaks, I have never tried it. Since we stopped using real soap and are using hypo-allergenic laundry detergent, Alyssa hasn't had eczema flair ups for about 3 yrs... and she used to have it very severe. Good luck!

Nicola - posted on 04/19/2009

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as a severe eczema sufferer myself i have used all the creams you can get i myself have 3 children my 2nd one as only very mild eczema my other 2 have sensitive skin. I use Aveeno oil in bath on myself and my kiddies then aveeno cream this is the best cream i have found for us all that also dos not agrivate it too, as for your childs reactions/hives try a good antihistamine like piraton.

Julie - posted on 04/19/2009

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So was my daughter and she grew out of it. My pediatrician said that during outbreaks not to use soap while bathing. I know it sounds gross, but the soap makes it worse. There is a special cream to put on the affected areas. It will get better:)

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Take him to see a nutritionist. My daughter's eczema was food related and it cleared significantly in a few months of sticking to a strict diet, "Bad" foods could then be reintroduced after 6 months.

Beth - posted on 04/19/2009

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I've also used Arbonne...I used Arbonne's foot cream...sounds crazy, but you can see an overnight difference...

Shannon - posted on 04/19/2009

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aveeno, my son has it and thats what i use and it works and too the baby don't cry shampoo by paul mitchelle will help too

Shannon - posted on 04/19/2009

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aveeno, my son has it and thats what i use and it works and too the baby don't cry shampoo by paul mitchelle will help too

Deborah - posted on 04/19/2009

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Sorry I can't help with relief, but I have read to avoid sand pits, especially uncovered ones. Cats tend to pee in them, which inturn irritates their skin (the kids!). My nephew has excema and psirisous (I don't know how to spell that one) and he just has to use eveything natural, no chemicals. I wish you every patience and good luck in finding what works best for you both.

Annette - posted on 04/19/2009

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I've had Excema since a teenager, and found that Dermarest, a medicated moisturizer does the best to relieve my itchy and dry skin. You can get it at Walmart. It provides 24 hour relief, and is transparent.

Gina - posted on 04/19/2009

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Stay away from acidic foods.Oranges,apples etc.My daughter has it too she had it since she was born,and she has it bad.

Lisa - posted on 04/19/2009

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My son also developed eczema around 1 yr. usually behind his knees and on his legs..

my pediatrition suggested mixing 1/2 hydrocortizone cream and aveeno ezcema cream on the palm of my hand and rubbing it together. If that doesnt work there are rx compound options also. I try to only use the ezcema bath soaps also, Aquaphor, Natures Gentle Ease..and during the summer months when my son is in our pool a lot she also suggested trying to rinse him off after from the chlorine so it doesnt sit on his skin.. not aways easy to do but I leave a kiddie pool on the patio so he will usually end up splashing around in that. He is now 3 and it has seemed to go away for the most part.. I too as a child had it and seemed to grow out of it as well.

Hope this helps..

good luck

Lisa J

Sonda - posted on 04/19/2009

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Hi! This is from Mercola.com. I hope it is helpful for you. He has a lot more to say on the subject but I thought I would just give you some of it and if you're interested you can go to the website.

http://search.mercola.com/Results.aspx?q...

Taking care of your gut = Taking care of your skin – Many don’t realize this, but the health and quality of your skin is strongly linked to the health of your gut. I recommend taking a high quality probiotic to ensure optimal digestive health. Fermented foods can be used as well, but are neither as common nor as easy to use.



Diet and skin quality – Food allergies play an enormous role in eczema. In my experience, the most common offending agent is wheat, or more specifically, gluten. Avoiding wheat and other gluten-containing grains is therefore a wise first step.



If you were to visit my clinic outside of Chicago as a new patient, one of the first steps we would advise would be to go on a gluten-free diet for a number of weeks and carefully observe any health improvements. This is an enormously common problem and many of our patients are surprised to find how much improvement they actually achieve from this step.



Avoiding grains will also reduce the amount of sugar in your system, which will normalize your insulin levels and reduce any and all inflammatory conditions you may have, including inflammation in your skin.



Other common allergens include milk and eggs. I recommend you do an elimination trial with these foods as well. You should see some improvement in about a week, sometimes less, after eliminating them from your diet if either of them is causing you trouble.



http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articl...

Jennifer - posted on 04/19/2009

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My boyfriend and my daughter both have it. I recommend the creme Trimizalone 1%. that is what they both use and it really helps. You only have to apply a thin coat. Not foods flair up the eczema just when they are stressed, hot weather, animals (dogs or cats). Hopefully this helps. Do not use lotions with perfume in them. They dont have break outs all the time just when it is warm or what I mentioned above. Thanks

Tanya - posted on 04/19/2009

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my girls have it to

when they drink more milk tends to become worse

use a great cream , bennevate i dont think correct spelling but cream amazing only thing to clear it up

Tanya - posted on 04/19/2009

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my girls have it to

when they drink more milk tends to become worse

use a great cream , bennevate i dont think correct spelling but cream amazing only thing to clear it up

Tanya - posted on 04/19/2009

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my girls have it to

when they drink more milk tends to become worse

use a great cream , bennevate i dont think correct spelling but cream amazing only thing to clear it up

Shelline - posted on 04/19/2009

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Hi,

my son was diagnosed at 3 months. The doctors in England are recommending hydromol ointment, the ointment stays longer on the skin rather that cream altho some creams like E 45 are still very good. doc recommend we grease them with that ointment at regular intervals through out the day as this will always keep them moist, basically supplying the oil that the body is lacking under the skin hence eczema.

that ointment can be used in the bath as well, and no soap, can be applied all over the body, very good! keep away from diary products, bad effects when my son consumes diary. keep their nails low as that makes skin worst as they do scratch more. Warmer weathers are very much better for the kids! all the best.

Shelline-England

User - posted on 04/18/2009

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My daughter was diagnosed with eczema as an infant and we had to take her to a pediatric dermatologist. Here is a list of things I had to do:



1) Wash everyones laundry in All Free and Clear (it is clear and odorless detergent). If you wash your clothes with a different detergent, traces are left behind in your washer and get on the childs clothes.

2) No fabric softener sheets (they contain fiberglass, which causes itching).

3) Bathe child daily with Cetaphil Soap.

4) When child is done with bath, put Cetaphil cream (not lotion) over childs damp skin.

5) Apply Cetaphil Cream to childs body in morning and evening. Keep childs skin

moisturized.



I noticed my daughters eczema was worse when she had drool or saliva on her skin. Wherever her skin was wet with saliva she would have a breakout of eczema.



Hope this helps.

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Hi there,

I just wanted to tell you that we tried steroid creams and cetaphil lotion. The Cetaphil helped the dryness of our daughter's skin, but we switched her to organic soy milk and the eczema is gone. Good luck!

Kathryn - posted on 04/18/2009

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hi my brother when he was little also had eczema they found out that he was allergic to milk might be something to suggest also washing powder can also be a cause.

Terri - posted on 04/18/2009

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My son also has eczema, our pediatrician had us put a small amount of hydrocortisone where the patches cropped up for no more than 10 days that usually clears it up. Also to keep skin moisturized I would reccomend Aquaphor (pricey, but good) or Eucerin... the generic of Eucerin is great too. We got ours at Target. I think the main thing is sensitivity and not getting dry skin....

Lisa - posted on 04/18/2009

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Ask your Dr. about a prescription cream called Elidel. My son has eczema also and this seams to help his alot.

Ida - posted on 04/18/2009

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My Oldest Daughter was Born with aczema .. Over the Years I found out things like .. Dairy Triggers her hives and not too use tomuch soaps on her.. alot of plain water baths .. Oatmeal in an old sock makes a good bar of soap for her and it keeps her from itching. Goats milk lotions help alot too .. I could tell you alot more but I have too go .. if you wants too know anymore just add me and send me a message .. I'll be glad too tell you everything I know..

Melanie - posted on 04/18/2009

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My coworker was also diagnosed and has been through every treatment imaginable. After finally going to the Mayo Clinic, her best results have been from "light therapy". She goes to a dermatologist 3 times per week. The treatments last 1 minute and only on the affected parts of her body (in her case feet & hands). Amazing difference already. Good luck!

Julie - posted on 04/18/2009

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My 4 yr old son had eczema when he was about 6 months old and we think it was switching from breast milk to powder. We tried loads of creams and lotioons but the only one that worked and we still use now is oilatum bath oil and cream from our Doctor.

Jamie - posted on 04/18/2009

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Did your doc prescribe you a cream? If he did not, I use hydocortisone cream on my daughter. I rub it on two to three times a day when she has an outbreak.

Shawn - posted on 04/18/2009

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Try a Oatmeal bath, and only bath him 2 times per week. Then after bath make sure you use a very good lotion, such as Eucerin cream

Shirley - posted on 04/18/2009

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my son has had eczema for several years and the only thing that has worked with him, is to rub the inside of a banana skin on the eczema, it clears it up so quickly and is so much cheaper than any creams. And also dont use soaps I use sorboline cream on him as a soap.

Eran - posted on 04/18/2009

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there are so many different things out to help. Everyone is different. i know that My son has it as well as my self. The winter is the worst time for this. Watch what creams you are using. I try to stay away from a fregrant cream. Also in the winter my kids can not bathe every day. We have to go everyother day at the least. My daughter has it as well. Watch for other things as well. I don't know who true it is but I was told that where you find eczeme you will eventually find asthma. I know that I have both as well some family members and friends. Just watch your kids as they get older. Eczeme is something tha you need to find what works for them. Good luck. I still have to go and get shots for mine and I am 34. Sometimes it really hurts. Gets me out of dish duty sometimes though. LOL. Good luck.

Sarah - posted on 04/18/2009

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all 3 of my boys have eczema one worse then the others i have been using a cream that is called B.O.Z on the not so bad areas and Elocon cream on worse areas i use only products without soap and the sensitive laundry detergents and when the skin is dry it is more likely to become inflamed and itchy and sore watch out for signs of Asthma it goes hand in hand my boys have it

Sylvia - posted on 04/18/2009

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my son is now 7 & I had the same problem when he was born till he was 2. I went to see a really good specialist in westmead. Firstly I got him tested for allergies as recommended by doctor and then as asked by Doctor I removed any abbrasive materials from the house. eg the couch was made out of a 70's material which was abbrasive, his face cleared up dramatically. Then I was informed to buy all his clothing cotton only no abbrasive materials 100% cotton, also to wash his sheets blankets etc in warm water as this gets rid of dust mites etc. If your child is allergic to dust mites etc it will make your child break out in eczema more. The other thing is no wool blankets or wool clothing etc this will only aggreviate the skin. You will be suprised how much your childs face and body will clear up. Then use the cream which the specialist recommends. There are alot of creams out there that do nothing. If you like I can give you the specialist name at west mead. He really helped me. Look at my sons face now it is beautiful and clear.



Hope I have been some help.

Sylvia - posted on 04/18/2009

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my son is now 7 & I had the same problem when he was born till he was 2. I went to see a really good specialist in westmead. Firstly I got him tested for allergies as recommended by doctor and then as asked by Doctor I removed any abbrasive materials from the house. eg the couch was made out of a 70's material which was abbrasive, his face cleared up dramatically. Then I was informed to buy all his clothing cotton only no abbrasive materials 100% cotton, also to wash his sheets blankets etc in warm water as this gets rid of dust mites etc. If your child is allergic to dust mites etc it will make your child break out in eczema more. The other thing is no wool blankets or wool clothing etc this will only aggreviate the skin. You will be suprised how much your childs face and body will clear up. Then use the cream which the specialist recommends. There are alot of creams out there that do nothing. If you like I can give you the specialist name at west mead. He really helped me. Look at my sons face now it is beautiful and clear.



Hope I have been some help.

Sylvia - posted on 04/18/2009

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my son is now 7 & I had the same problem when he was born till he was 2. I went to see a really good specialist in westmead. Firstly I got him tested for allergies as recommended by doctor and then as asked by Doctor I removed any abbrasive materials from the house. eg the couch was made out of a 70's material which was abbrasive, his face cleared up dramatically. Then I was informed to buy all his clothing cotton only no abbrasive materials 100% cotton, also to wash his sheets blankets etc in warm water as this gets rid of dust mites etc. If your child is allergic to dust mites etc it will make your child break out in eczema more. The other thing is no wool blankets or wool clothing etc this will only aggreviate the skin. You will be suprised how much your childs face and body will clear up. Then use the cream which the specialist recommends. There are alot of creams out there that do nothing. If you like I can give you the specialist name at west mead. He really helped me. Look at my sons face now it is beautiful and clear.



Hope I have been some help.

Kate - posted on 04/18/2009

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my son has he was diagnosed at 9 mnths still has it just keep the area clean n apply e45 cream or if it is feirce get some hydrocrotcine cream frm ya doctor u can also get bath stuff frm doctors xhope this helps

Bec - posted on 04/18/2009

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Rhianna - posted on 04/18/2009

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My son was too, Oatmeal baths, Aquafor or Eucerin. Aquafor works best for my sons Eczema. Try to give baths with fragrance free soaps or just oatmeal. Oatmeal works good too. Good luck

Rhianna - posted on 04/18/2009

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Also, reduce baths to every other day and if it gets bad, try hydrocordisone cream.

Rhianna - posted on 04/18/2009

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My son was too, Oatmeal baths, Aquafor or Eucerin. Aquafor works best for my sons Eczema. Try to give baths with fragrance free soaps or just oatmeal. Oatmeal works good too. Good luck

Michelle - posted on 04/17/2009

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fedup.com.au excellent site cured my excema - you will need a list of salicilates, amines and glutimates, if it is food. Only use 1/2 the amount of washing powder if it from clothes.

Coralee - posted on 04/17/2009

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My daughters have severe ecema, we use Eucerin cream, works well! When inflamed cortizone.My daughter had a real bad flare up and ended up with staff,so make sure to keep it clean!Good luck!

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