what else can i do about excema

Mary Carmen - posted on 02/01/2011 ( 124 moms have responded )

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Hi ,
My 13 month old daughter has a severe case of eczema all over body.
I have tried every type of lotion, body wash , cream & even milk. she has had it since she was 3 months. it has gotten better since then but still worse than other babies ive seen.
i have no idea what else to do. sometimes i feel like im doing something wrong. so if anybody else knows of something i can try it will be great. i just hate seeing my baby in so much pain & irritation all day

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Susan - posted on 02/06/2011

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I don't know if you have already tried/thought of this, but try eliminating any kind of standard baby soaps or bath soap. Most of the standard and popular brand name baby bubble baths, shampoos etc, have the most hideous chemicals in them, that may exacerbate her problem. For e.g parabens which are a petroleum based chemical - y ou might want to avoid.
There are some great Certified Organic baby products you can buy which do NOT contain potentially harmful and irritating ingredients like GAIA for e.g make excellent, baby shampoos and bubble bath and wipes are excellent, very mild.
Also check that your laundry liquid that you wash her clothes in is the mildest you can get, as this may irritate or make the problem worse.
I use a low scent laundry wash that has No harsh chemicals as I was very sensitive to the chemicals in standard laundry soap and even when I did a double rinse of my clothes and used less powder or liquid I still felt sick and got itchy skin, once I switched to the mildest product I could find, those issues went away.
Anyway just a thought.

Shannon - posted on 02/06/2011

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Eczema is the body's reaction to an allergen, and usually it is food allergies. Both of my kids used to get terrible patches of eczema on the backs of both of their wrists/hands, and it got worse in the winter. After seeing a nutritionist, she sugggested having them tested for food allergies. We did, and it turned out both are allergic to eggs. I took them off all eggs (even baked in foods) for 3 mos, and it went away completely! We now only have foods with egg in them once in a while, and never eggs by themselves. That was last yr, and it did not come back at all this yr., either. Lotions and creams will only treat the symptoms, not cure the cause.To help soothe the patches while you wait to find the cause, unrefined coconut oil is the best (not suntan oil - you can find it in the baking isle at the grocery store). Rub it on on several times a day, it is all natural, not adding chemicals to your baby's already aggrevated system. Best of luck - I really hope this helps you!!

Alona - posted on 02/08/2011

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Coconut oil works...I also saw this....
If you need a break from medications and their side effects, then trying an eczema herbal remedy may be your best bet. It is always best to address eczema holistically, focusing on treating your condition from the inside out. Here are five natural eczema herbal remedies that may help to clear up your skin.


Aloe Vera

The Aloe Vera plant has been used for centuries for a variety of skin conditions including burns and dryness. In fact, you will most likely find it as an ingredient in your favorite skin care product. So why is aloe vera an effective eczema herbal treatment? For one, aloe vera contains complex sugars, called polysaccharides, that naturally moisturize and hydrate the skin. Aloe also helps to kill bacteria, as well as increase oxygen availability to the skin cells. Aloe vera is also great for soothing irritated skin and prevent future infections.

You can find many topical products that contain aloe vera, but the best source is from the plant itself. To use, simply cut a leaf from the plant, and directly apply the gel to the skin. With time, Aloe vera will help to reduce eczema symptoms and improve the skin’s overall quality.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a powerful Indian herb that is used for both cooking and medicine. Curcumin, The active ingredient in turmeric, is an anti-inflammatory agent that can help to lower histamine production in the body. Turmeric also contains anti-oxidant properties that will help the skin maintain a youthful appearance.

Turmeric as an herbal remedy for eczema can be used internally and externally. Turmeric spice is readily available at almost any grocery store, and adding it to your meals may prove to be beneficial. Alternatively, you can find turmeric as a supplement at natural food stores. Create a topical treatment by making a paste mixing turmeric powder. Apply the paste to the affected areas and rinse with warm water.

Chamomile

Chamomile is one of the most popular eczema herbal treatments. The German and Roman chamomile varieties are the most commonly known plants; Germain chamomile is the most commonly used plant used a an eczema herbal remedy. Chamomile contains a compound called alpha bisabolol, an anti-inflammatory and anti-itching ingredient.

Chamomile is a topical treatment and can be found in essential oil and herb form. Chamomile oil, diluted with a carrier oil such as almond, can be directly applied to the skin. Adding chamomile herbs or flowers can be added to a warm bath to soothe itching and inflammation.

Witch Hazel

Originating from North America, witch hazel is a potent herb that has been used for conditions such as hemorrhoids and cold sores. Witch hazel is also a good eczema natural remedy, due to its astringent and anti-inflammatory properties.

Tea is a very popular way for administering witch hazel. To create a witch hazel tea, add 2 to 3 grams of witch hazel leaves to boiling water for about 15 minutes. Witch hazel tea can be taken two to three times a day. You can also find witch hazel in liquid form at any drug store. Bottled witch hazel can be applied to eczema problem areas as well.

Rosemary

Rosemary is one of the best eczema natural remedies because of its antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Rosemary is known for reducing skin inflammation and stimulating blood circulation. Rosemary also has a powerful aroma that helps to relieve stress.

Rosemary is available as an essential oil, oil capsules, and teas. The best way to use rosemary for eczema is by adding a few drops of oil to bathwater and soak. You can also opt to use topical creams and/or cleansers that has rosemary as an ingredient. Rosemary is also a uterine stimulant, so it should be avoided during pregnancy.

Before using any of the herbal remedies for eczema, perform a skin patch test to check for any allergic reactions. You should consult with your physician first before trying any eczema herbal remedy method.

Tabitha - posted on 02/06/2011

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My one and a half year old son has it on his face and legs and some on his arms. His doctor told me to just use lotion, veggie oil, or Vaseline, but that just wasn't doing it. So I went to Wal-mart and got some Cortizone 10 and started using that after a bath. Within a few days it started to clear up. So now whenever he breaks out I put Cortizone 10 on him. That is just what I do, you don't have to do that but I do cuz his face gets really red and bad sometimes. We are still waiting for a woman to call us for an appointment with a dermatologist to see if they can help me any better with it. We have noticed that Trevor normally only breaks out really bad in the winter when the air is dry. He hardly breaks out in the summer unless he gets really hot. Good luck and I would still talk to the doctor about it. I was just giving my input since my sons doctor wouldn't thrive to help us besides saying put lotion on it.

Annie - posted on 02/06/2011

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eczema normally means her body is trying to tell you she is allergic to something she is eating... If you find out and deleate from diet, it will be completely gone... Have seen in 3 times just in my family.. There is a blood test they can do and then book in to the hospital for a allergy prick test / for food.. often is milk, eggs, wheat, and gluten.. try changeing her diet to soy milk, gluten free and use egg substitutes when baking, Good luck

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Jenise - posted on 02/08/2011

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I had it and my son does too. You need to take her to an allergist and start her on allergy shots. I wish I would have known that when I was growing up.

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Gerri - posted on 02/08/2011

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I would highly recommend a dermatologist they deal in all sorts of skin problems, from what you describe it sounds like time for a specialist.

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I SO FEEL YOUR PAIN!! My son has had this since birth. A few things that I figured out are that we have to use All free and clear laundry soap and we have to use softener with NO perfume so unfortunately none of our clothes smell nice :( If you do use softener rinse them twice. My son also can not wear any type of snug fitting jammies or clothes. Leggings and all that cute stuff can be a BIG no no. We use Aveeno fig and shea butter body wash for him and goldbond shea butter lotion.The most important thing is to read labels and make sure IF perfumes are listed that they are FAR FAR FAR at the bottom on the ingredient list but we currently can't use any type on "smell good" lotions.

Donna - posted on 02/08/2011

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I would agree with muh of what Ninouska suggested, however one of the worst things you can do is chop and change things. I have a dermatologist for myself and a different one for the kids....the big thing they stress is that an existing outbreak can be dealt with in various ways, and if you get the irritation down to a minimal level, then there are several non-chemical means of dealing with it in the long term (oatmeal is one of the best with creams available and the old sock of oatmeal in the bath trick)
The biggest thing that stops you getting it under control is changing things like soap or detergents. They both said that if you make sensible decisions about what you use and stick to it, but don't use much if you can. Biological and non-bio make little or no difference in the long run, certainly less than things like a change in formula of your laundry detergent!
The only big no-no's were overly perfumed stuff and ANY fabric softener.
So use whatever you have to to get it under control, then just wait it out....btw a change in laundry powder usually takes 4 - 6 weeks to recover from round here.

Charise - posted on 02/08/2011

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My daughter had really bad excema. We stopped using her steroid cream after I developed a lotion. I make all natural skin products. Our lotions is made with beeswax, shea, jojoba, olive and essential oils. The best one we make and I find works best for her is the patchouli lotion. This time of year is worst for skin. but going natural is a great start. also less bathing! you can read about our stuff and our daughter at udderlyfreshsoap.com.

Marilyn - posted on 02/08/2011

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Eczema is a toxin related disease. There are many things in our lives that trigger an outbreak. By all means see an allergist. Most of us have no idea how many toxins and chemicals are in our lives everyday. We figure if the FDA approves it, it's safe. Not so! There are many safer alternatives today and they don't have to cost more to be safe. We've found amazing results just by making those changes. No dangerous steroids are needed. I'd be glad to help in any way!

Marlaina - posted on 02/08/2011

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Hi Mary, have you looked at the possibility she has a wheat/gluten allergy. This is very common and wheat/gluten is in most of our processed food AND SKIN CARE PRODUCTS. Read the labels on everything you giver her to eat and try gluten free skin care products lines like Noli-n-Nali. My kids use it and I use it too. I have gluten allergies and I watch my diet and using gluten free skin care has calmed my skin and my rashes, dandruff and itchiness has subsided.
Most baby products on the market for skin care have alcohol which dries the skin PLUS nut oils, gluten and SLS & parabins. Any synthetic fragrances can be irritating too so look for skin care with natural plant derived scents. Its amazing how much crap is in baby products so they smell better, suds up a foamy lather and preservatives for a longer shelf life for the retailers.
I love the Noli-n-Nali Organic skin care for momma and baby sooo much I recommend you try their shampoo, bubble bath, body lotion and the bum balm for her. If she had the eczema before food Im guessing its a skin care product. BUT if she started formula then and these rashes began appearing then she definitely has a wheat allergy
Hope this was helpful.

Ninouska Doval - posted on 02/08/2011

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First I would try to see what is causing the eczema. I have a daughter that had a severe eczema ever since she was a baby. It was so bad that since she is African American her skin looked like she had a severe burn. Upon further testing we found out that she had a severe allergy to milk and eggs and once we eliminated that from her diet her skin began to improve. The doctor also prescribed prescription strength hydrocoridisone as well as another prescription cream called Elidel. I want to give you a warning about these creams. Hydrocortisone can thin the skin in the areas where you frequently apply it so I would use it sparingly. The thinned skin makes her prone to infection and can make the skin worse. The prescription Elidel if given to children under the age of 2 can actually make her skin worse and has been linked to cancer in young users. You have to also have to avoid the sun and bathing in hot water. My daughter used to get up in the middle of the night crying and scratching fher skin rom her eczema until she bled when she was about 18 months. One night after she woke up crying with the same problem I went to apply the Elidel and she knocked it out of my hand. It was then that I realized that the cream was only making her skin worse and that she hated it. I stopped using it right away and was so thankful that I did. Years later I learned it was linked to cancer in young users.
Here are some suggestions:
Don't bathe her everyday instead every other day and don't dry her skin completely. While she is still a little wet apply a moisturizing cream such as Eucerin, Aveeno or even olive oil. They work wonders.
Get her tested for allergies. You would be amazed that if you find an allergy and eliminate it from her diet her skin can improve.
Avoid any detergents, fabric softners and scented soaps especially anything that has perfumes and scents. Those tend to make the skin worse because the dyes stay in the clothes and rub up against her skin constantly. You don't have to buy Dreft detergent. There are plenty of perfume and dye free detergents now that can be used. For soaps I would stick with Ivory soap. It is the best soap out right now for people who have eczema.
During the summer time avoid too much time in the sun. The sun actually irritates the eczema more. Have your daughter wear lightweight clothing to cover her exposed areas. If she is going to be out in the water, please use a generous amount of sunscreen; it will prevent a flare up.
Try to avoid introducing too many new things at once so you can see what works for her skin and what doesn't. Don't switch between detergents and soaps all at once and don't introduce too many new foods at once into her diet. Wait a week to see if there is a flare up between the new item. Unfortunately a lot of it is trial and error.

Keep it at! I know it's frustrating but if you follow the above suggestions you may actually see a real improvement. My daughter is now 8 years old and once we did all the above things her skin is completely cleared and her eczema is gone. Some of the suggestions came from her doctor but a lot of it was from plain observation and me changing my practices. Good luck!

Caroline - posted on 02/08/2011

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Hi, My daughters both get eczema-don't bath her everyday, it will dry out her skin, I use a brand of cream from England, which you can get in Target which is Boots Dry Skin Balm, it's in a white box with blue writing-it's the only thing that's worked since I moved here from the UK, also, when she's old enough to drink water, make sure she drinks plenty as that will help her as well. Hopefully she'll start to grow out of it when she's about 7/8. Hope this helps

Robin - posted on 02/08/2011

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I have struggled with eczema and dry skin with my son for about 2 years. He is now 2 1/2 and have resolved his issue with a lotion called Vanicream. I had tried just about everything, including scripts from the doctor. The scripts would clear him up and come right back after we stopped using it. My Sister-in-Law mentioned Vanicream to me. What she and I liked about it is that there was very little ingredients in it. I put it on him twice a day until it cleared him up (it took 3 weeks). I am now just putting it on him at night and have had no more issues. I now have a 7 mo baby girl at home with the same issue. I have started putting this product on her too. You want to regular Vanicream, not the Light version. We found it at our local Walgreens by the lotion.

Tracie - posted on 02/08/2011

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Try emu oil. It has helped my daughter. It little goes a long way, but consistency is the key. Research it. Hope it helps.

Tasha - posted on 02/08/2011

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My daughter had extreme eczema when she was a baby . We found out she was having allergy issues after bringing her to an allergist. They said you can treat the rash but you want to treat whats causing it. She still does have occasional breakouts (she is now six) when she comes in contact ith something she is allergic to . But again once we cut out the things they said she was allerigic to it disappeared. Now I am not the first parent that had this happened I have run into other parents with the same problem whose children have allergies. Something to look into.

Annie - posted on 02/08/2011

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Trust me on this one sweetie... My daughter had psoriasis all over her body, so I gave her oatmeal baths.... throw a handful of oatmeal in the tub with her, and after she gets out, use aveeno oatmeal lotion..... They will disappear! Promise, in one weeks, my daughter had clear skin, no psoriasis!

Glenda - posted on 02/08/2011

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Talk to your doctor/dermatologist about a cortisone/neomycin mixture in a petrolata base. It worked wonders in our family.

Suraiya - posted on 02/08/2011

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My son had it and was given tar cream made by the dermatologist herself, it worked quite well, he is 5 now and by the grace of God eczema free

Lisa - posted on 02/08/2011

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My 5 year old son has Exzema, and has had since he was five mos old. Try Aquaphor, it's a thick vaseline type. and try not bathing her everyday let her natural oils soften her skin. hew still has it but now its seasonal. Good luck

Gabrielle - posted on 02/08/2011

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We use Cetaphil (non-soap) for my daughter's bath, dye-free and perfume-free detergents and softeners, and Gold Bond cream after every bath and every morning before getting dressed. I have her drink a lot of water, too. Ezcema can be tied to allergies, sensitive skin, food allergies - a number of things. Definitely discuss with your doctor.

Sheri - posted on 02/08/2011

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I haven't read the other responses, but has she been evaluated for a dairy allergy? Often food allergies make skin trouble much worse. My friend's daughter has to be dairy free and not have artificial coloring in her food, and that has eliminated her eczema. Probiotics, like Culturelle (which you can find at most large drug stores) are safe and often helpful supplements. I hope something works!

Erika - posted on 02/08/2011

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Something that another post said reminded me of something welse that I do, We have shower filters to get rid of the chemicals in the water when we shower. I don't like showering, or drinking, chemicals, so I have filters, and am about to get a whole home filter too. if you use the bathtub/shower, you can just fill from the shower head.

Shilpa - posted on 02/08/2011

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Avoid Using soaps as they dry the skin. Use mild and natural soaps on alternate days. Try neem jel from Herbal Mystique - works well on infections if it's not too acute.

Angela - posted on 02/08/2011

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I have known people who have had success using essential fatty acids supplements, they do havethem in fruit flavored kids formulations (this is for taking orally), which can be found in health food stores. I have also known people who have used emu oil ( I think this is found online). Good luck, I know it can be really challenging.

Ashley - posted on 02/08/2011

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I use Baby Aveeno Eczema cream for me and my three year old and it seems to work pretty good....but myself might look into the food allergy theroy because i know i had some when i was young??? Good luck!!

Suzy - posted on 02/08/2011

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I have Boy/girl twins and they both have had eczema since they were babies (they are 2 now). I have found a warm but not too warm bath and then I apply lotion all over - I have found that Eucerin & Curel seem to make lotions with less perfumes and additives that would irritate them. Cetaphil als makes a very mild soap. Eucerin just came out with a bodywash/oil that some other moms said they use but I havent tried it. Then I apply aquaphore if any areas are having bad flare ups. The aquafore is pricey so I tried switching to regular old vasaline but for some reason that didnt seem to work as well for them. Their dr. said eczema is the condition of very sensitive skin and it can be tricky to find what is irritating the skin. It may or may not have anything to do with food allergies. Its worth getting checked but in my case there was no food allergy. I have found that eliminating polyester from their bedtime (100% cottom pj's & bedding) seemed to really make a difference. I think the polyester & especially fleece contributed. I dont know if it kept them too warm or didn't let their skin breathe, but I saw a lot less severe flare ups since. And I switched to detergent that was allergy free (no perfumes/dyes etc.). Going organic is too expensive for us (especially with twins) but if you have the money, that might help you. I do give them a prescrition steriod that works great but I dont like to rely on it too heavily. Especially since my daughter gets it on her face and the dr. said to be extrememly careful to keep it out of her mouth and eyes. I hope this post helps you. Good luck

Phyllis - posted on 02/08/2011

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My daughter is 10 and has been fighting eczema since she was a infant I have tried this ( Vitamin E Creme Swiss Collagen Complex moisturizing creme .. Genes makes it only place i have found it is Sams Club 9.00 a jar..If you used it everyday after a bath all the time you will see a different in a week or so..Sometimes we will need to get a prescrition of Triamcinolone Cream1% from the doctor and we use this all over her body for three days and then use the cream after everynight seems to work well for us if you need more info you can emal me at momof3_6920@cox.net

Cynthia - posted on 02/08/2011

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My daughter's was so bad, I was concerned she would get teased. Someone recommend I take her off of: wheat, milk, oranges, tomatoes (basically highly allergic things and acids) and she got much better. Since then, she has not tested as being allergic to those foods so I gradually add them back in, but she gets flare ups! Something natural that helped my daughter's skin is EVENING PRIMROSE OIL. I squeezed the capsules into her Eucerin (well Walmart equivalent) as well as some ST. JOHN'S WORT. It's a little messy b/c that is a dark herb but it cleared it up when it was at it's worst. Vitamin E oil helped too.

Robbie - posted on 02/08/2011

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I would seriously consider a food allergy. All my kids had severe food allergies as babies and they always got excema when they had an offending food. Cow dairy is the number one allergen so eliminating that (all traces, even in processed foods - you have to read ingredients) might be a good place to start. Eggs, soy, peanuts are the next biggies. If you can't figure it out on your own, a pediatric allergist would be the next step.

Paula - posted on 02/08/2011

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My son has that as well. Maybe not as severe. Once I stopped bathing him every night, it has healed up considerably. He does get cleaned every night - just not in the bath. Water can dry out the skin too.

Stephanie - posted on 02/08/2011

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Both of my daughters have severe excema also. We lotioned them up 3-5 times a day, used the prescription strength cortizone cream,and got a prescription for an oral anti-itch medicine all of which helped some but not enough. My doctor finally prescribed Derma-Smooth which is says it is for scalp pscoriasis but cleared up both my girls right away!! It is an oil I put on my girls at night after a bath. They leave it on overnight then I give them another bath in the morning to rinse it off. I use it as needed (sometimes every two weeks sometimes not for a month or two). It might be worth talking to your doctor about. Other suggestions are to make sure you are using soaps without any fragrance etc. We actually use Cetaphil body wash and I bought a special shampoo for excema from Babies R Us. I always wash all of their clothes, blankets and sheets in Dreft. Those things have really made a difference too!! Good luck!

Erika - posted on 02/08/2011

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For my sons' eczema we use Renew body wash and Renew Lotion. BOth of my sons have eczema, but my younger son has it just about everywhere, and it's worse in the winter. We love it and are very happy with the reults, also I love it because I can use it and pick up a glass of water without it slipping! We all end up "tasting" it every now and then, and it won't hurt you or your baby if swallowed

Karen - posted on 02/08/2011

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I know how hard it is to what your children in pain and suffering. Make sure you are using a dye and chemical free detergent on everything. Your products that you use may be causing more harm than good and you need a very gentle wash, lotion and cream that doesn't contain mineral oil. I used Arbonne's baby line or Miessence's certified organics as these are made with nothing but botanicals and can help. Is she on milk or are you feeding her foods with gluten? All of these things can be contributing factors to exzema. I can help you on the product end as I have been using chemical, dye and mineral oil free products for many years. You can help her by changing one thing at a time to see if it is the culprit. Process of elimination but you may be using the wrong products. Doctors are quick to prescribe strong medications for our young babies. Don't go there! I'd be happy to help out. It can be cured!!

Jennifer - posted on 02/08/2011

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Vanicream (over the counter), fragrance free everything: bath wash, detergent, lotions, etc. Hydrocortizone 1% use sparingly only on spots. do have her tested for allergies. however, allergies don't cause eczema, it's just a correlation. I have two kids with eczema who have gone to a pediatric dermatologist, so I'm very (unfortunately) familiar with eczema.

Geneen - posted on 02/08/2011

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I am so sorry that your little one has to go though so much. My daughter has it but I managed to keep it toned down. So many things trigger eczema, dairy, nuts certian types of fruit, washing detergent etc. You may want to keep a journal and moniter what your little one eats and through a process of elimation you can begin to narrow food down. Stay away from dairy, wheat, nuts. I use Tide or Cher when washing her clothes. They make a allgon free detergent that has no sent and dyes. Absolutely no fabric snofter or dryer sheets. Her beding, your beding and clothing should be washed like this. Also if your using perfume you need to stop, or anyone else handling her. I find that Aveeno works for us. Try putting baking soda in her bath water this will clam the itch. The prescibe cream we used is called Advantan it'sproven to be bvery good for her. We to use it alot but now I don't have to use it much now. Did you try taking her to a dermatoligst, not her peditrician they have some tricks up their sleves. Also hopefully you have no pets in the house, this can trigger it too and clean, clean, clean. Your lifestye as you know it will change. Please go on line can get information for your self there are some home redimes available that you can do. Eden's exzema is under control also cod liver oil promotes healty skin. She gets a spoon full every day. Good Luck and God Bless.

Megan - posted on 02/08/2011

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To Michele Droll-- They suggested bleach bath but I hate bleach. I do not have it in my house.....the stuff is so horrible. So they suggested vinegar bath. The vinegar nuetralizes the skin. Thanks!

Kimberly - posted on 02/08/2011

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My daughter also has ecezma. The dermatologist prescribed Cloderm (it works wonderfully). He also suggested using Cetaphil mild soap and lotion on her skin rather than other products. When she ate, was teething or went out in the sun, we put aquaphor ointment on her skin to protect it. Now we pretty much have it under control, but it was a journey. You can't get rid of ecezma, but you can tame the systems.

Christina - posted on 02/08/2011

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Hi
Eczema is a really annoying thing. Both of my boys have had it since three months as well. It seems to clear up in the summer but can get really annoying during the winter months. During the winter months I only bath them every second day. I add a little bit of light mineral oil to their bath water and keep bath time short. I've used a lot of different soaps and creams but the ones that i found worked the best were Dove's unscented baby wash....and Aveeno daily moisturize lotion/cream. In the patches where it's really bad I put on a little dab of Hydrocortisone cream to keep the eczema under control.
Hope this helps...

Cassie - posted on 02/08/2011

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Always use a good moisturizer, like almond oil, olive oil, any natural oil w/ no fragrances (no baby oil or baby lotion). Use detergents w/ no fragrances at all and no fabric softener for babies clothes. Your doctor should be able to give an antihistamin to help with the irritation, swelling and redness.... She does have allergies and this will help with her irritation. Lets see I have used Elidel which is not a steriod cream... You can also put a capful of bleach in bath water (this is a regular bath amount so modify for smaller water amounts). I know that people have also used listerine (I have) and dandruff shampoo (used sparingly) when mine gets bad... Aveeno for baby and oatmeal baths would help too. Good luck~

Michele - posted on 02/08/2011

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Talk to your pediatrician about a bleach bath. Research has just come out about it. It appears to be the miracle cure.

Amber - posted on 02/08/2011

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My sister has a little girl that had the same issue right from the start. They finally did blood work to see if she was allergic to anything.... Turns out it was eggs wheat and milk. My sister even took it out of her own diet because she was breastfeeding. Her baby cleared up right away! She's now 5 and has grown out of all those allergies.

Megan - posted on 02/08/2011

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My son had SEVERE eczema starting when he was 9 months old and he was so miserable for the longest time and we tried EVERYTHING!!! His doctor had us try every lotion out there until I demanded an allergy test because my gut feeling was that something was causing the eczema. Well, I was right! It turned out that he was allergic to milk, eggs, apples, dust mites, cats and some dogs. As soon as we changed his diet he cleared up within a few weeks and he was a completely different child because he was no longer absolutely miserable. Now he is 3-1/2 years old and he is doing good. He ended up growing out of the apple and egg allergy within a year but the milk allergy is so bad that it is going to take a while for him to grow out that one. He gets allergy tested every year to see how he is doing. If you have tried everything I would ask for an allergy test to make sure that the excema isn't been caused by something she is eating or drinking. Good luck!!

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My son was prescribed a steroid cream which really helps him when his eczema is bad. Have you tried cutting out certain foods to see if anything makes it flare up? With my son it is dairy. You could also ask your gp about wet-wraps.

Lydia - posted on 02/08/2011

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I know of someone who has had fantstic results for eczema and also asthma by giving their children raw milk which they pick up from a local organic farm. They read about it somewhere and couldn't believe how it helped. I have attached a link to an article i just came across.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/articl...

Good Luck!

Mererid - posted on 02/08/2011

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I used aromatherapy for my son, and later made up my own oils for family and friends with the same problem. The oils are soothing as well as healing. Try to talk to a qualified aromatherapist.

Juliana - posted on 02/08/2011

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hi i work in pharmacy so i have used on my little girl dermaveen lotion and washes, my bub was born with eczema though only slight , bio oil and alternate wheat products with their diet. alternate toast and weet bix etc so they dont have it everyday. My boss makes an excellent homeopathic cream called cell b cream its brilliant to use

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research h202 otherwise try using vinegar I used to have it bad also......washing at night with it......the vinegar worked for me and for my daughter who was 4 at the time she had it worse and does not have it anymore. The doctor tried everything that did not work I used it for myself and then tried it on here and we do not have it anymore......Try to get away from soda and really sweet drinks

Loretta - posted on 02/08/2011

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My oldest (now 21) had such bad eczema her hands and feet were always infected and swollen. Doctors back then told me it was just a skin condition and, like you, I tried everything. Finally someone put her on an antihistamine and she temporarily cleared up. Still, noone suggested I have her allergy tested--they just thought it was an immune system malfunction. Wish I could go back because when we finally had her tested in high school, she is allergic to just about everything environmentally--very few food allergies fortunately. We started treating the allergies and lo and behold, the eczema is under control. If I had it to do over again, I would have taken her off wheat (I know it was the introduction to wheat cereal that initially triggered the eczema) and had her allergy tested as soon as it was possible. (Sometimes they ask you to wait until they are 2) Sometimes each allergy is mild, but combinations of things can trigger them, so cutting out just one thing won't tell you anything--you really need to do the testing. (BTW, creams, not lotions--and avoid fragrance which stings rashy skin.)

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Anyone suspecting food allergy please take your child to the allergist. Do your research and find the best in your area.

Kateryna - posted on 02/08/2011

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Hi our son had it quite bad. Now he is free of it. I removed dairy from his diet, put him in only 100% cotton clothes and bath towels, and used cetaphil restore lotion and moisturizer, design specifically for eczema. I also had a bottle moisturizer in the fridge to use on him when it was really bad

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