Need recommendation for rash/heat rash/eczema?

Jane - posted on 10/30/2009 ( 96 moms have responded )

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I have a 7 month old little girl and noticed that she have dry skin patches in her body. Didn't make much notice of it but since the weather changed quite dramatically, it's now all over her body. Doesn't look like she's bothered with it but I am. Been using baby oil for massage every after bath since she was a baby. Tried the johnsons baby lotion too but it just takes off the dryness, the patches are still there. Any recommendation?

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Hi, my child had up up until this past year and she is 6. Her dermitologist said to do the following and it worked!!!! She has no more spots!!

1)Have her drink 1 cup of a yogurt drink like danabals drink or even a grocery store brand, it has live cultures that kill the bacteria tha causes eczema under the skin.

2) Instead of wasting money on creams, apply plain unscented petroleum jelly on wet skin after getting out of the bath.

3) put a cup of salt in the bath about 3 times a week and try not to use to hot of water b/c the hot water causes the growth.

I hope this helps...it did me!!! She hasn't had to go to the dr. in about a year!

Colleen - posted on 11/04/2009

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My son was plagued with Eczema! Our pedi decided not to tackle it himself and referred us to an allergist. My son's skin was like sandpaper and it broke open and oozed and bled. Not a pretty picture for an 8 month old. He was born with eczema. If I look back to his newborn pics, I can see the skin irritations. So long story short, this allergist had him cleared up in 1 week! no kidding. The routine was...bath daily...only for 20 mins with nothing in the water but lever 2000 antibacterial soap. Cleansed also with Cetaphyl cleanser...made a huge difference. After bath, mineral oil all over, and then Protopic, a med used only in RX formula, originally used for transplant patients in oral form so they wouldn't reject the organ...eczema is your body trying to reject its skin...I know that sounds creepy, but that's what it is and it's usually triggered by an allergy. After the protopic, we used cetephyl lotion to lock it all in. It wasn't greasy like eucerin or aquaphor. We did this for 3 years and now my son is 8 with skin like a baby. The allergy triggers for him are all dairy, we use soy and rice milk, eggs...lots of kids are allergic to eggs...shots were hell because they are usually egg based...citrus...and wheat. Once we found the triggers, we removed them from t he diet and that helped his skin. Just before he would get sick, the skin would flair up...it's an auto-immune deficiency disease and so many kids have it. It just depends on how severe. I live in Frisco Tx and my allergist is Dr. Robert Sugerman, MD. He truly was the lifesaver for my son. He told me that most docs tell the patients to let the eczema dry out, when it's the opposite that helps it get better. I didn't believe him at first and he told me that if it didn't clear up in a week, I could tell him were to go...he is a miracle doctor. Keep an eye on the foods your child eats...dairy is the one most kids are allergic to...even in mild cases. Sorry for the rant and the book...but I have referred so many people to him and had positive results...and have told so many patients of mine about the daily routine which they have tried and it worked for them. Good luck...Colleen Gelb

Dawne - posted on 10/31/2009

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Hi Jane, I would recommend looking into what is causing of the rash/eczema first. It generally is an immune response to something her body is not agreeing with such as an allergy to something either in her diet or possibly what products you are using on her or her laundry. Try to avoid products with alcohol on the label as it can be drying. look for more natural oils such as apricot or a plant based baby oil.
Most common causes of this kind of rash is an allergy to something in the diet. In our case, my daughter was allergic to dairy. Once I removed dairy from her diet the dry patches cleared up. Tried introducing dairy again and the patches came back.
You might have to try different things to see what causes your daughters patches. Most doctors just treat the symptom rather than finding the cause of it. I found the cause because I was prescribed a steroid cream for her to use that when i brought it home it was listed on the side of the box "not intended for children". Why would I put this on her if it wasn't meant for her and was only going to temporarily solve the problem rather than eradicate it?
What ever you choose to do good luck.

Marisa - posted on 10/30/2009

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try the burts bees baby soap and lotion it helped a lot with my son. he hasn't had it any more.

Melanie - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hi Jane both my children suffer eczema , the weather does play a big part it can be too cold or too warm but it has to do with the protective layer we have on our skin. I have tried everything we saw a dermatologist the best thing is avoid baths have short showers use a soap free soap with out sodium lauryl sulphates goats milk soap is awesome as long as it 100%. when they are finished moisturise their skin with an aqueous cream. Its an emulsifying cream which retains the moisture but doesn't allow to loose already what they have. it gives their skin the barrier that it needs. The baby oil you are using will moisturise but not creat a barrier. My children use very strong cortisone creams aswell but if you can avoid these its well worth it. Air conditioning can make it worse the ideal temp for this is 19 -21 degrees. Also wheat and dairy can make it more prevalent. If she is not concerned thn it is probably a weather thing. I hope this helps but every person is different it is a matter of elimination.

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Jacqueline - posted on 12/12/2011

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all 3 of my kids have lil patches too and i use this cream called 'hydrocortisone' it works really good!

Kylie - posted on 11/11/2009

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my 8 yr old daughter has suffered from eczema since birth and bi carbonate soda is brilliant in the bath,you can use it for washing hair and skin and puts moisture back into the skin,takes the redness out and is very soothing and you probably have a box of it in your pantry,you only need a couple or spoon fulls and its very cheap to buy,hope this helps.

Lydia - posted on 11/11/2009

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Hi Jane,my little one had the same problem a while back.his paedtrician prescribed Advantan ointment and it worked like magic.

Tip - posted on 11/10/2009

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My son is 4 and his eczema hardly ever flares, I have been using Eucerin original moisturizing lotion since he was born. Aquaphor is also good. It is doctor recommended, so maybe you can check with your pediatrician.

Raina - posted on 11/10/2009

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My daughter has the same thing. My doctor told me to use cream and not lotion and it should be unscented. She gave me a few recommendations of which cream and soap to use and we found that the Aveeno excema works the best (just be careful in the bathtub because the soap makes baby so slippery!). She also gave us a 1% hydrocortisone cream to use so I am not sure what is working but within the week her excema has cleared up! The doctor also mentioned that there is an Aveeno bath oil that is really good. We haven't tried it yet because the other changes have worked so well. Good luck.

Anna - posted on 11/06/2009

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I have just been to the excema clinic here in Wellington (Porirua). The nurse has recommended a bath everynight in emolsifying cream and a product called 'Oilatum Plus' which cleans the infection where they have scratched. And then to coat her in the emolsifying cream regularly about 5 times a day. (often rather then thickly). I am also using a steriod cream at this point because her excema is very bad which I was too keen on at first and have tried all sorts of products but it's time for the steriod based cream. I would recommend finding a clinc that specialise in excema. Good Luck

Staci - posted on 11/06/2009

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My daughter too has eczema. With the weather change, it was so bad. We went to the doc for a 3 year check up and did the following:

bathed her applied a steriod cream to the spots, dipped PJ's in very warm water, rang them out, placed them on her and covered her with another dry pair of PJ's for 3 nights in a row...it disappeared. I read on the internet you can do the same with lotion. Due to her allergies, we fight it every day. I use aquaphor on the dry patches followed by eucerin cream all over every morning and every night. My doc also recommended Dr Watkins oil spray to place on after bathing. I was told by the lady that does my facials, not to use oil with mineral oil in it...it forms a barrier and holds in the dryness and does nothing for moisturization. A friend also suggested fish oil. My brother and I both take it and have had great results. Unfortunately, I cannot find any fish oil that my daughter will take (going for the oil to add to applesauce etc - my next approach). Good luck. I would suggest allergy testing. We just had blood drawn for my daughter and she is allergic to way more things then we orginally thought (started out with dogs, cats, peanuts and graduated to wheat, milk, eggs etc). Good luck.

Shelby - posted on 11/05/2009

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my daughter was born w/ eczema and she went to a dermatologist who recommended 3 things:
1. don't "over" bathe. maybe a bath every other day
2. wash clothes and blankets only in All; Free and Clear detergent (not the expensive baby detergents. they still have fragrances and harsher chemicals)
3. use CaraVe after every bath while skin is still moist.
we had done all the things but the CaraVe b/c it was expensive and we had to special order it from a pharmacy. we tried triple cream, hydrocerin, and 2 or 3 other lotions that people swore were wonderful. nothing worked but the carave. you'll probably have to have a pharmacy order it too. the dermatologist also ordered a prescription for if/when the dryness broke out into actual read or open sores. this we hardly used.

Carri - posted on 11/05/2009

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This is going to sound weird, but try taking regular flour. You put it in a skillet by itself and brown it. It will smell horrible, but it works. Just apply like baby powder. My Mom told me about this with my first baby and I thought she was nuts, but it works when nothing else does. Just store in an airtight container.

LaWanda - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hi, I have two boys who both have ecezma (at that time) one was more serious than the other. And what worked for both was Renew Lotion, Renew Bath Oil and Melaleuca Gold Bar soap. We've been using this for almost 4yrs now and no more proscribed medicated creams from the doctor. "Much more controllable" plus all natural!

Alisa - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hey, i dont' know if u have found a "cure" yet but i strongly suggest Arbonne ABC line its incredible it works with in days n'they have everything lotion, baby oil, dipare rash cream, sunscreen and a couple more. Good luck!!!

Lisamarie - posted on 11/05/2009

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Try Aquaphor healing ointment, CeraVe hydrating cleanser and Lotion, Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream and body wash. it took me 7 years to find out what was causing my sons dry skin, he is alergic to mephilthsiazone it is a cheap additive companies use and it is in everything. hope this helps Lisa

Sana - posted on 11/05/2009

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try vanicream for day time moisturising and vaseline when needed
my son had a bad eczema thats what the dermatologist recomended and it really worked for him

Sana - posted on 11/05/2009

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make Vaseline your best friend. it really works for any kind of skin dryness and eczema.

Jen - posted on 11/04/2009

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AQUAPHOR - FOR THE DRY SKIN AND 1% HYDROCORTISONE FOR THE RASH WORKED WITH ALL THREE OF MY KIDS WHEN NOTHING ELSE DID

Rebecca - posted on 11/04/2009

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mineral oil is also in bag balm and any kind of petrolium jelly.
just google mineral oil, you'd be surprised how bad it is for us.

Rebecca - posted on 11/04/2009

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Please look into mineral oil-
It's in baby oil and the Johnson And Johnson products.
It's made from Crude Oil-which is cancer causing.
I use Cetaphil for my kids who also have eczima, there's also Cetaphil non-soap wash
I get the knock-off brand, it works just the same.
Sometimes eczema is brought on by an allergic reaction.
For my kids they would break out as babies when a new food was introduced that they weren't ready for etc.
Another great product is the Aveno eczema lotion that is steroid- free, which makes it so much better for them.
I was told by my kids ped. that you shouldn't use cortisone cream more than 8-9mdays in a row.

Shavonne - posted on 11/04/2009

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if it is eczema try aveeno lotion and baby wash. and before bed rub either the aveeno lotion or uncented eucerin lotion on her and it should help the peeling and if there is itching it should soothe it.

User - posted on 11/04/2009

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My doctor suggested we use cetaphil soap and lotion. It works great! You can get it anywhere.

Tinika - posted on 11/04/2009

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There is a cream called ADVANTAN this is very good. Put it on the affected areas and it clears up in about 2days( thats only if you get it before itgets really bad then it takes more like a week to clear up)

Shawna - posted on 11/04/2009

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MY DAUGHTER ALSO HAS ECZEMA AND I WAS TOLD TO SWITCH HER LAUNDRY DETERGENT TO AALL FREE AND CLEAR BATHE HER WITH DOVE SENSITIVE SKIN BAR SOAP AND TO USE EUCERIN LOTION TO MOSTURIZE. ALSO A MILD HYDROCORTISONE CREAM CAN BE APPLIED DIRECTLY TO THE PATCHES HOPE IT WORKS FOR YOU IT WORKS WONDERS FOR MY DAUGHTER SINCE 2 MONTHS OF AGE!!!

User - posted on 11/03/2009

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My oldest girl had eczema....The Dr. told us to change our bath soap to Aveeno baby or dove and Aveeno baby lotion....and we are eczema free now for 2 years. I also think good old fashion A&D Ointment...works the best for rashes....worked for me as a baby (and great on mommy's feet now with shocks to sleep in lol ramdom tip) and both my girls...but all babys are diff you may have to try all the tips to find what works bested....oh and look at what you use to wash her clothes...Tide free is good...you dont have to use the baby soap powders

Lisa - posted on 11/03/2009

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I have used Aveeno Intense Relief lotion on many kids with excema. One poor little guy had it so bad that he cried constantly and his poor skin felt like fried chicken skin. the Aveeno helped him so much more than the prescription lotion that the doctor had been having his mother try. At the daycare i worked at in CO, many of the kids had excema. And if you would believe it, we found that Crisco shortening also helped! I haven't ever personally used Crisco, but the Aveeno works wonders. There is also a skin relief "bath treatment" that you put into their bath water. It's just powdered oatmeal, and the baby formula is in a tan box with light blue on it. I hope her skin gets better!

DeLiah - posted on 11/03/2009

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My daughter had eczema as a baby...the Doctor had to prescribe something for her w/ a steroid...it worked really well...a little went a long way...and it kept the dry patch from itching & scaring...I also made it a habit to give Oatmeal Baths...and used Aveeno products in-between baths...that seem to help as well. I was also told that Aveda has skin products for eczema...Origins may have some too. A lot of info I know...but I hope you find something that helps....

Bobbi - posted on 11/03/2009

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my sister had rare psoriasis and we tried every prescription and medication out there she even had to go to children's hospital, nothing would help! finally we put Bag Balm on her every night after her bath and throughout the day. It was a miracle after years of trying to find something that helped this worked in about a week! I am positive it will work for you.

Christine - posted on 11/03/2009

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My son had eczema bad when he was younger. His pediatrician recommended Eucerine cream (which is hard to spread) or Cetaphil lotion. Other lotions have an ingredient in them that can aggravate the eczema and my son would cry becaue other lotions caused him pain. An allergist recommended using sunscreens and laundry detergents that do not have fragrances or dyes in them. Also, pat dry after baths and don't rub dry.

User - posted on 11/02/2009

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my son had it pretty bad as a baby and we used eucerin every day, bathed him in tub every other day and bath time was kept to a minimum to prevent further drying out his skin and it resolved. We also only used baby soap on him.

Andreea - posted on 11/02/2009

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Use silver water. Its a natural antibiotic. You can give it orally and also mix it with emu oil. My g/friend ordered it from Canada for her 2 1/2 year old. (the one's available in Aust are very diluted and don't really work.) Her little girl had very bad eczema from birth..got so bad her skin used to bleed. Started using it and rash dissapered. Another g/friend uses it on her 9mth old son..also for eczema and its gone. Not only fixes the problem but helps repair the immune system as well so it doesent appear again. I use it for my 7mth old for colds and other infections. My sister in law used it for colds and throat infections while pregnant and my dad uses it for eye infections. I've attached the link below..you can research for yourself. I brought the 5000ppm so I can use it myself and dilute it down to 500ppm for my son. You can buy the 500ppm so theres no need for dilution. It's not cheap but it works. Its also natural. http://www.invive.com/

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I recommend Aveeno products for her dry skin. My daughter had this too. The doc told me not to use lotions to cure it but to maintain it and that it was normal. I also put her on soy milk and within about a week and a half it went away almost entirely. I hope this helps!

Pam - posted on 11/02/2009

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Eczema never goes away. Salt water dries out even normal skin, so you could imagine what it would do to sensitive skin. Aveeno is great to put in the bath and on skin. Good luck.

Sara - posted on 11/02/2009

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you need to take ur lil one to a dermatologist, when my son was smaller (7 months) his eczema had gotten so bad that the skin on his cheeks was slowly almost being eatin away only because he would scratch so much, dermatologist prescribed triamcinilon, hydrocortisone 1% for face, hydrocortisone 2.5% for body... And, for the lotion use eucerin, aveeno are really good and dont wash to hard with a washcloth just use your hand. i hope this info was helpful

Jennifer - posted on 11/02/2009

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My daughter had all kinds of rashes when she was an infant and the doctor recomended Lotrimin Ultra. It was great it worked everything. It does sound like she has eczema because you say they are like spots. I have had it since I was born and I get the rash spots this time of year.

Amanda - posted on 11/02/2009

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try putting a bit of Olive oil in her bath water. and just pat dry with a towel after.

Karen - posted on 11/02/2009

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My son used to get the same problem, doctor said it was ecgzema (sp), he told me to use Dove sensitive skin body wash on him when bathing and it cleared up and he never had it again. Hope this helps.

User - posted on 11/02/2009

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my grandson's dr told us to throw away all medicines and to use an old wifes tale. She told is to use plain old crisco at bedtime. She told us to rub him done real good put an old set of pj's on him then in the morning wipe him down. That was 4 yrs ago have never had a problem with the a rash since.

Joanne - posted on 11/02/2009

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My three year old son has the same problem when the weather changes. The point is to keep the area dry and petroleum based products trap heat. I would go for a product with corn starch and just pat the area dry wth a towel and apply. With talc based products you just get mud. This generally goes away on its own and leaves no scars or marks. But, if it doesn't bother her don't let it bother you.

Ashley - posted on 11/02/2009

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My daughter has the same thing. AmLactin is a lotion you can buy over the counter at any drugstore and I will take a few weeks to clear it up but it is worth it. About $13.00 use it twice a day and try to do after a bath so the skin is already soft. I hope this works for you.

Tina - posted on 11/02/2009

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My nephew has eczema, dr said mix half Eucerin Cream and half Hydrocortizone and put in on any affected areas. This has been working for him and other family members for about twenty years now. Remember to read ingredients on moisturizers and stay away from those with alcohol. Good luck!

Cathy - posted on 11/02/2009

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I have a four month old that had the same problem, and the baby oil just made it worse. My pedi prescribed Triamcinolone Acetonide. And within one day there was a huge difference and he was covered head to toe. Hope this helps

Michelle - posted on 11/02/2009

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i have the same problem too with my 3 year old daugther.... what im doing im always putting a moisturizer on her skin in a way it helps....

User - posted on 11/02/2009

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My baby also has eczema...to the point of infection..my dermatologist prescribed a cream (triamcinolone)to use once a day and it has completely cleared and I use baby Aveeno all over after baths....we have no more issues as long as I keep up with the routine. I also use a little cooler water and only certain soaps can b used.....good luck!

Rae-anne - posted on 11/02/2009

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We use Aveno for my son. It works pretty well. Initially we were using Aveno Baby but we are going to swtich to the adult/regular Aveno

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My son has had eczema since he was little and we have tried a variety of things. Unfortunately with eczema, each case is a little different and as your child ages the eczema could change and so a different treatment might be needed. We currently use Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream. My son isn't wild about the label on the tube as he is 11 years old, but it works wonderfully.

Kristina - posted on 11/02/2009

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I have a 5 year old little girl and she gets this every winter when we start using the heat in the house since she was a baby and I use Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream it is Frangrance Free and is Soothes and relieves dry skin even dry skin from eczema and I put it on her every night after her bath and it helps tremedously no itching or scratching. I love it and wouldn't use anything less.

Gloria - posted on 11/01/2009

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I know how you feel, both of my kids have eczema. We have tried everything but what works best for us is to use fragrant free products. We use Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Creamy Wash along with the lotion. For the dry patches we use Aquaphor by Eucerin and we must wash our clothes in All Free and Clear. I hope this helps! :)

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