What creams can I use for my daughter's terrible eczema? HELP!!!!!

Lorena - posted on 04/16/2009 ( 571 moms have responded )

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My daughter has bad eczema, any thing i can use to help her relieve?

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MaryBeth - posted on 04/16/2009

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My son had eczema as a baby  as well.  Our pediatrician recommended we visit a pediatric allergist and  she found he was allergic  to soy.  While he only had mild reaction to dairy, she recommended that we eliminate soy and limit eggs, berries, dairy products until age three when a child's immune system is more developed .  She also had us eliminate the use of scented products for both him and his clothing.  No more dryer sheets for his or OUR clothing.  She recommended using only Cetiphil cleanser and lotions, Dreft and Downy free and clear fabric softener.  As long as we stick to these simple rules, he stays eczema free.  The minute we deviate from this routine his eczema returns.   Hope this is helpful. 

Marquia - posted on 04/27/2009

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I LOVE my Renew!!! It's the best thing for eczema my daughter suffered for years and we tried everything then we were introduced to these life saving products. God Bless Mela!!!

Kimberly - posted on 08/24/2011

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Brittney - posted on 08/24/2011

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Both my daughters and I have eczema. You need to
Go to the doctor to get a prescription for the flair ups, but you can only use that for a few days. We use Eucerin everyday and it helps BIG time. Aquaphor helps too. The Eucerin helps my daughters with ALL types of skin irritations! My 4 year old has very sensitive skin and her face turns red and bumpy if she puts make up on but Eucerin usually makes it the redness and rash go away in a day or two!

Kimberly - posted on 08/24/2011

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2 words... TAR SOAP! Google tar soap-Eczema When I was little LONG LONG AGO....LOL I couldn't get rid of it for anything... THEN My Grandmother In Chicago sent me over a couple of bars of tar soap and I swear by it! MINE IS completely gone! Tar soap is the natural way to end the nightmare... you can order it on line or go to whatever pharmacy's website you normally go to and do a search to see if they carry it... Or you can call... Good luck! but you wont need it.... I swear by it~! xoxoxo Kimmie Makeup & Ava (Daughter)
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Jennifer - posted on 05/01/2009

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My son had it as a newborn. California Baby makes a great cream called Calendula Cream. You can get it at Target or online. It's all natural and cleared jis up almost overnight!! Aquafor works, but its an ointment so its messy. If its not clearing up, you may want to check with your pediatrician, but I agree to stay away from prescriptions unless its really necessary. You may also want to check out the Cetaphil line of cleansers, I used them as a child for eczema. Hope this helps.

Doreen - posted on 05/01/2009

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Hands down- I would use the Arbonne products. The baby products are for the most sensitive skin and help tremendously with eczema! I have never come across products that work so well and are good for you. Let me know if you need some more info- Best of luck to you- Doreen Cadwell

Cameron - posted on 05/01/2009

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I asked my Dr. specifically for this cream... my mom uses it and her Dr. said it was good for babies too. My Dr. said I could try it and it worked fabulous!!! The name is Fluticasone Propionate Cream... commonly known as Cutivate. My son was itching till he bled and crying all the time because of his eczema... try and get this!

Debbie - posted on 05/01/2009

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please do not use hydro cortisone or betnovate these are steroidal creams and thin the skin. im 27 and have had eczema all my life. as a relult of these creams my skin is now ruined.

a childs skin is far to delicate for these unless neaded as last result.

i recomend using oilatum in bath then alternate using sudo cream at night and E45 in the day best to put child in cotton pyjamas pref long sleeved and trousers because this keeps the cream near skin and not on sheets. or if eczema is bad use tube bandage on arms and legs this will keep cream and moisture on skin and stop lil one from skratching so much.

if oilatum is no good then poly tar bath ointment is excellent and would highly recomend it.

my 16 month old son also has eczema and this works for me.

one last thing.

you may be able to ask a doctor for a childs anti histermine to calm eczema down if it is bad. these cause less harm to your child then a steroilal cream would.

hope this helps

debbie x

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The trick 2 eczema is to keep it under control. 2 do that u need her to be washing with an alcohol free soap. Bar soap like Dove is best. Soap that u pour out has alcohol in it. It has 2 in order 4 it 2 get that consistency. Once out of the bath or shower, don't towel dry. Immediately apply a lotion such as aquaphor or eucerin to trap the moisture in. This should be done daily. Also short showers or baths and water that is not so hot. This will inflame it. If your child has a flare up u can try over the counter stuff like cortizone. However, if that doesnt work get ur doctor 2 prescribe a heavier steroid cream. Also, some motrin or tylenol to sooth the pain. Eczema really does hurt! If its bad on the scalp, I treat my daughter 2 an olive oil treatment once a month. let it soak 4 about an hour and then come through...and wash out. Hope this helps!

Nicky - posted on 05/01/2009

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there are so many different creams out there and everyones eczema is different my daughter has suffered from bad eczema from about six months old she is now two and a half. we tried all the creams we could from the doctor and they all worked for two weeks before the effects wore off. we were reffered onto a specialist and no use a strong steroid when needed called elcon and we have found that aveeno is fantastic. you can buy aveeno from boots but its very expensive at £7.50 for one tube some doctors will perscribe it dependant on their views of eczema. we use it twice a day along with aveen bath oil which is fantastic. My daughter also has a medicine called Vallegan which she has at night it is an antihistermine which has a slight sedative affect so helps them to sleep rather than the usual up all night scratching. hope this helps.

Meghann - posted on 04/28/2009

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For a non-prescription I use Spectro cream from the pharmacy...it's especially for children. If you want to go the natural root, check into colloidal silver by Double T...you can pat it on the skin directly or take a less strong dose orally...it's even cleared psorasis on some! If you're looking prescription root...talk to your doctor, there's a bunch of different ones for kids...the one we used started with an E, but I can't remember the name of it...sorry!

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2009

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My oldest son had eczema and the doc prescribed some cream, it didn't work, so I went to "the body shop" and got some Hemp Body Butter, it totally got rid of it. He had the eczema at about 1yr, he's now 4yrs (almost 5) and had not had a recurrence and I haven't used any cream on him since he was about 1 and a half yrs old.

Sarah - posted on 04/28/2009

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My oldest son had eczema and the doc prescribed some cream, it didn't work, so I went to "the body shop" and got some Hemp Body Butter, it totally got rid of it. He had the eczema at about 1yr, he's now 4yrs (almost 5) and had not had a recurrence and I haven't used any cream on him since he was about 1 and a half yrs old.

Lori - posted on 04/27/2009

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Elidel is a perscription and it works wonders! A tube will last forever but well worth it!\

Sherry - posted on 04/27/2009

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the baby oil and creams from ARBONNE are amazing!!! it clears it up right away.

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Use a soap free wash in the bath, soap or anything with any tiny bit of 'soap' in it will dry the skin out and irritate it, there are heaps of soap alternatives in the Chemist, or supermarket. talk to your chemist about certain creams you can use cos there are alot of natural alternatives out there. Doctors seem to prescribe Hydrocortisone Cream so quickly, but if used for too long it thins the skin. I work at a pharmacy so I see lots of kiddies come in with excema. Alpha Keri is a good alternative to soap, and it soothes the skin too. Im sure there are plenty others to choose from too. Good luck!

Heather - posted on 04/27/2009

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My son had very bad eczema when he was small. So bad that it would bleed. Our pediatrician sent us to a dermatologist and he gave us I believe it was like 4 or 5 creams and oils and they all really helped and cleared him up. But, he also gave us a cream to use everyday. I would recommend going to your doctor and going from there.

Samantha - posted on 04/27/2009

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we used .5% cortizone cream and it worked wonderfully. We also switched to using dove soap in the tub instead of baby soap or shampoo.

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I use aquaphor for Vil's, you can get it at target or wherever. You may even be able to get a prescription that may or may not be cheaper depending on your co-pay.

Amanda - posted on 04/27/2009

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My son has eczema. Our pediatrician said to bathe him as infrequently as possible and only with a very mild soap in areas that are not affected. Then, apply cooking oil after the bath before he is dried. Worked like a charm.

Patti - posted on 04/27/2009

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My daughter was treated with several different prescribed medications. After she grew out of her eczema though, a friend of mine found CRISCO to be a cure-all for it! Everything her doctor gave her, caused a severe reaction for her son, so her pediatrician recommended crisco - and it completely went away!

Kelsey - posted on 04/27/2009

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I'm not sure if this will help with eczema, but it helped my daughter with her diaper rash when nothing else would. Its called Corona....yes its for horses, cattle, etc...but it works.. I got mine at walmart you can ask the pharmcy where its at and they should have it, otherwise you can order it online or look at it online to see what it looks like www.coronaproducts.com sounds crazy but it might work! Good luck!

Kmichele - posted on 04/27/2009

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please do not use vaseline or vitamin E. they clog the pores. Since my eldest daughter had severe eczema and would itch badly. I recommend highly neosporin for the cracking and the itching..its very gentle and since i had it on my hands, i used it and it healed quickly. Doctors may prescribe lachydrin 12% but it burns although works. or Elocon...but try neosporin first.

Josella - posted on 04/27/2009

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Both my son and daughter had eczema. My son's cleared up at the age of two and my daughter still has a few spots on her body. The doctors have prescribed numerous creams from dermasmooth to triamcinolone. The dermasmooth worked for a while but her body became immune and did not respond. Through my battle of finding the right cream for her I grew agravated that none worked. I research calendula and tried the soap and lotion and I am glad to say that since August of 2008 I have been using it faithfully on her and I have seen major results where dry, scaly spots actually cleared up. I recommend you try that for 6 weeks to see if there are any improvements. FYI the calendula lotion (which you can but the Tom's brand of Calendula and honey) is kind of pricey.

Kristin - posted on 04/27/2009

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You may want to consider having your daughter tested for allergies. My daughter had chronic eczema that did not seem to go away even after trying every bath and body cleanser and lotion. Food alergies can be the culprit and changing her diet may get rid of the problem. For my daughter it was a peanut and seed allergy and once I cut sunflower oil out of her diet (it is in most processed foods like chips, cookies and crackers) her skin cleared up nicely.

Other things our allergist recommended that really helped minimize the rash- bathe twice a day in a cool bath (hot water aggrivates the rash), use Dove bar soap directly on the body- no wash cloth, clean water rinse, pat dry- do not rub. Immediately after bat apply Cetaphil creme (not the lotion but the creme that comes in the white tub) generously all over her body. We were able to cut back to one bath a day after about a week. The allergist had also prescribed a cortizone cream for target treatment which we still use occasionally for flare ups.

Hope that helps! I was at the end of my rope after trying everything.

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I'd check your daughters diet first. All else will just cover the symptoms, but not help the problem.

Try a nutritionist or a chinese doctor.

Carmen - posted on 04/27/2009

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Hi there - our daughter had really bad eczema too and we ended up using the cream from Aveeno that others mentioned. But we found these clothes from the company Halo - we get our sleepsacks from them - The fabric on the clothes...(ummm, Technical Comfort) i think is what i think finally made it go away. her skin could stay dry and cool....we haven't had one problem since we started sleeping her in it... strange but true!

Christy - posted on 04/27/2009

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Eucrin...I found that it works the best. I make sure that I slather my asthamatic son with it as soon as he gets out of the bath and it seems to really work. You can often find a generic at the grocery store or Costco sells at a discounted price as well! Good luck!

Nicole - posted on 04/27/2009

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I actually got prescribed Eucerin. The one in the tub. It is very think. I have been using Bert's Bees Shea Butter Hand Repair Creme and Hand Salve and it has worked great! It's a little pricey but you can sometimes find deals on-line.

Karrie - posted on 04/27/2009

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The only creams I found to relive my sons eczema were Triamcinolone corticosteroid cream(prescribed). Then when it was basically under control I started using Mimyx cream. The Mimyx used to be prescription only but now it's not andvyou should be able to ask a phamasist to order it for you but it is VERY expensive like $100 for a 5 oz tube. You only use a tiny bit and now I only use it when he starts to have trouble. I know you were probably looking for just regular lotions/creams but I never found any that worked well for my son and had to go this route. We have been able to GREATLY reduce eczema with diet too we found out that he had several allergies that made it flare up constantly. I would talk to your doctor about getting the steroid cream. I used it the most at first. Good luck!

Sara - posted on 04/27/2009

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I also forgot....we give our daughter a bath, then spray (we put in a spray bottle to make is easier) her with this oil we got from our local drug store called RoBathol (not baby oil) it was kinda expensive, but you get a huge bottle, then we lather her with Eucerin. This keeps her silky smooth and I like to use it to. It's easy to do (except they are like a greased pig sometimes :) ) But it's so worth it!

Sara - posted on 04/27/2009

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I would speak with your doctor about maybe your daughter having an allergy. My daughter who just turned 2 had eczema really really bad. I had assumed she also had allergies, but our doctor didn't want to prescribe an allergy medice before she turned 1 (I think that is rediculus) Anyways, after about 6 rounds of antibiotics and 3 rounds of creams he finally agreed to try singulair and Zyrtec together. Withen the week her ecxema was gone! It had gotten so bad that it covered her whole body, face and all. We had an appointment with the dermatologist the next week and by the time we went we had nothing to show him. He said the doctor should have tried the singulair a long time ago. That was when she was about 10 months old. Now she takes Singulair daily and we don't do Zyrtec unless she's needs a little extra boost (it also helped with her having what he called a "cold" all the time and needed breathing treatment). I hope this helps, because I know how upsetting it was to see my little girl with ecxema all over. I actually cried...Good Luck!

Vanessa - posted on 04/27/2009

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My two youngest girls have eczema. The doctor prescribed a 1% hydrocortizone cream which worked great, and it's available over the counter. If that doesn't help I recommend a dermatologist. My 5 year old kept getting break outs and we found out she was allergic to our dogs. So we had to keep our dogs outside the house.

Gayle - posted on 04/27/2009

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All of my kids have eczema. A friend told me that it is a food allergy. So I had my baby check she was 1 years old at this time. She has many food allergies. Mostly Milk and Eggs. After 2 weeks of having none of the foods that were on her allergy list her eczema went away. When she gets any milk or eggs her eczema will come back.

Gayle - posted on 04/27/2009

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All of my kids have eczema. A friend told me that it is a food allergy. So I had my baby check she was 1 years old at this time. She has many food allergies. Mostly Milk and Eggs. After 2 weeks of having none of the foods that were on her allergy list her eczema went away. When she gets any milk or eggs her eczema will come back.

Nicola - posted on 04/27/2009

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Try Cetraban - as a general day to day cream to keep moiturised (available on perscription from doctors), bath them in Oilatum and only bath a couple of times a week not every day (again can get on perscription), and finally Hydrocortisone cream from docs really works for bad flare ups. Alternatively, if that doesn't improve might be worth getting a blood test done to see if if its an allergy related eczema. My son had a patch of eczcema on his arm for two years, we had a blood test done, cut out what he was allergic too and it cleared up the eczema completely, and now he just has the occasional flare ups. Good luck hope it gets sorted

Julianne - posted on 04/27/2009

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my son had bad eczema too.. i bought the intense hydrocortisone cream 1% and it cleared his skin in about two days!! Its about five dollars at the drug store my doctor recommended it.

Tonya - posted on 04/27/2009

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I use the oatmeal bath by aveno it works good and it in not medicated..also there is an eczema cream for kids (gentle naturals) that is also not medicated and it is at target in the baby section...you also might want to watch the laundry soap adn fabric softner that you use it can make it worse...and the lotions that you put on you can also cause her eczema...i have been dealing with these ways for all of my kids and it has really seemed to help...

April - posted on 04/27/2009

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You can use any lotion that doesn't contain any perfumes. For instance, any lotion that has a smell to it, toss it. My daughter has terrible eczema. My doctor told me to give my daughter a bath twice a week. I was like what. But it worked. Water dries out the skin.

Lisa - posted on 04/27/2009

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I use Eucerin dry skin therapy plus intensive repair enriched lotion for my son at least twice a day to help keep it at a minimum and from cracking. We've tried many different lotions and this is the only one that has helped. When he flares though, he needs a steroidal cream to get it back under control. Something else that works, depending on the age of your daughter, is plain vaseline at night covered by cotton wrap or socks if it is on hands / wrists and ankles.



It is best to keep baths short and use a moisturizing soap for sensative skin - do not use antibacterial. Right after toweling off, apply the lotion to help seal in moisture.

Anthea - posted on 04/26/2009

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I have just been tackling this problem with my 3.5-yr old, who seems to have developed it suddenly. I tend to choose natural where possible and found many people on the internet suggested extra virgin coconut oil applied about 4x per day, particularly before bed was quite successful. I don't know what has caused it yet, but in the meantime, this certainly can't hurt...and I had it in the cupboard. In fact she has shown a significant improvement in less than a week (combined with bathing rather than showering and elimination of bath soap/shower gel). I'm only concerned about going out in the sun as the weather gets hotter. I understand that a children's fish oil supplement taken internally also helps, so I have started her on that too.

Anita - posted on 04/26/2009

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My doctor recommended Eucerin or Cetaphil creams. They are both over the counter and work great on my daughter. Of course I did get a prescription for her as well. I usually only use the prescription when needed.

Sherrie - posted on 04/26/2009

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For my son, we wash him with Burts Bees baby wash. Use Cetaphil creme (actually Walmart has a generic thats just as good) and for the "itchy spots" Baby Bee skin creme by Burts Bees

Renee - posted on 04/26/2009

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With my son, I use nothing but ALL clear laundry detergent, use snuggle free softener (only once a week and never on underwear), unscented and non antibacterial hand and bath soap. Eucerin now has a oil based body wash that I found a Walgreens. I asked my doctor and she loved the idea. I use it on my son at every bath, then use Eucerin Lotion (the thick cream in the winter, and the thinner pump lotion in the warmer months). Also, I do not give him a bath every day. I know it sounds bad, but water takes out the essential oils our body needs and especially for those with Eczema. He is 4 now, and we had a terrible fight from the age of 9 months to 18 months before I started doing what I described above. As always, talk to your physician about anything you try, and remember every case is different. I am sure with all of the "suggestions" you are getting you will find something that works! Best of luck!!

Sandra - posted on 04/26/2009

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my daughter has VERY bad eczema, and the doctor tried three diff meds, finally Elidel cream worked WONDERS. ask the doc. i also found that Aveno baby lotion helps her itching a lot. There are several Aveno baby lotions, but the one i use specifically says it is good for eczema.

Stephanie - posted on 04/26/2009

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Cortisone cream works ok but the underlying cause of my son's eczema was rampant environmental allergies. He got eczema first then developed asthma, but when he started singulair (not an antihistamine but a luekotriene inhibitor that solves the underlying problems of allegies) it went away almost entirely. Looks like your daughter is pretty young still, but a talk with your doctor can at least get you on the waiting list for a pediatric allergist. It's a looooong wait.

Danielle - posted on 04/26/2009

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My son has it and I was told to switch to dye free and fragrance free soaps. I use the laundry soap ALL which comes dye free and bounce which also come dye free. Also you could switch to Dove for sensitive skin. Other than that I use Eucerin cream which helps.

Lauren - posted on 04/26/2009

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Believe it or not, I used Aquaphor on my son's eczema. It worked wonderfully. Helped it heal. :) Aquaphor is great for lots of things!!!!!

Lauren - posted on 04/26/2009

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Believe it or not, I used Aquaphor on my son's eczema. It worked wonderfully. Helped it heal. :) Aquaphor is great for lots of things!!!!!

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