Baby Eczema

Alicia - posted on 02/01/2009 ( 12 moms have responded )

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My son who is almost 8 months old now, has suffered from Baby eczema since he was born. As well as bad allergies. He's on Nutramigen because we found out he was allergic to the 4 different formulas we tried. I have to bathe him twice a day and put aquaphor on him like crazy. But still, he will break out in hives and be very pinkish red! Any one else going through this and have any tips they can offer? I feel so bad for him because he itches like crazy! I give him Benadryl, which takes the edge off, but doesn't help that much!

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Alicia - posted on 02/04/2009

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Andrea! Thank you so much for your input. :) I appreciate it! I will def. give it a shot after I give a week go at Betseys recommendation of the Cal Baby Cream. Wouldn't want to try two things at once... I've made that silly mistake before... lol. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond though. :) Thank you for the wishes and prayer. I hold on to faith strong. My son was born with extremely intense jaundice when he was born and stayed in the hospital 7 days. 5 days in to it, we learned that because during the last month of the pregnancy, his leg was caught in my rib, it caused him to develop hip dysplasia in which he had to be in a brace for 3 months. And then he developed cradle cap beyond belief. Once he jumped over those bumps, this eczema has just gotten worse, and worse, and worse. I'm sure he will trug through though. These are extremely tiny bumps in life. :)

Andrea - posted on 02/04/2009

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Alicia, my daughter had eczema very badly as well (from birth).  She really had it bad, blotchy, itchcy skin and very crusty scalp. I know I spent hundreds of dollars on over-the-counter products.  I tried to stay away from the steroids as much as possible.  Of all of the products that I tried, I liked the products by "Mustela" the best.  They can be ordered on line, Drugstore.com had the best prices.  I also found them at full-service line Bath and Body Works stores as well.  They have a whole line for baby eczema:  lotion, soap, shampoo.  If it's any consolation, my daughter's exzema started to get better by the time she was about 14 months.  Now we just have very minor breakouts behind her knees, under her arms and in the folds of her arms at the elbows.  Hopefully, your baby will outgrow this problem as well.  Saying a prayer for you both ... hope you find something that brings comfort to you and the baby!!!

Betsey - posted on 02/04/2009

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Great! I sure hope your son gets some relief. It is awful to see all of the red patches and know they are in pain. My friend just told me that her kids use a body wash from this same company. She said the website is diaper.com. I am going to buy some for my kids to use. I can not find a body wash that doesn't make it worse. Good luck! I can't wait to hear how it works.

Alicia - posted on 02/03/2009

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And Pamela, no I have not tried the Baby Dermatologist yet. It was going to take 2 months for them to be able to see Shane and I stupidly skipped it thinking he would get better. But I am setting an appointment for the earliest as of tomorrow morning because I have to do any and everything to make my boy not itch! I know when I itch from a mosquito bite or whatever, it drives me nuts..,.. I can only imagine for him.

Alicia - posted on 02/03/2009

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Betsey! You rock. I heard of the Cal Baby stuff... and was weary of trying it because of the fragrance. But I am buying and trying now! Thank you so much for responding. And yes, the Aquaphor is HORRIBLE. My sheets are done. And from having it globbed on his face all the time, my chin breaks out from it! HORRIBLE. hate it. despise it. lol.

But thanks again. I will let you know how it goes. :)

Betsey - posted on 02/03/2009

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My son also has eczema. HIs doctor also recommended Aquaphor (which I did not like..I hated the grease stains it left). I have used Gerber Oatmeal lotion. For his big flare ups I use California Baby- Calendula Cream. This is natural product and works great. I put it on my son at night and by morning the red,itchy spots are gone. Hope you find something that helps!

Pamela - posted on 02/03/2009

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There is a product formulated by Arbonne International that is made from plants and is 100% pure and safe. There is no animal products or by products in the formulation and it is specifically formulated for babies and children. Many many mothers of children and babies with eczema use it...Please contact me at pambooker@myarbonne.com for more information as well as before and after photos of people who have used it. Thanks.

User - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter has really bad eczema. I had to take her to the dermatologist where they gave me a cream, lotion, bath wash and a spray. But they told me to bathe her like 3 times a day for 20 minutes and pat her dry instead of toweling her down. The spray they gave me helped for a while, when she would start scratching and screaming we would spray her. It was like a cooling mist. I have tried just about every other lotion and cream but nothing seems to work. I have to take her back to the dermatologist soon. Have you taken your son to the dermatologist?

Alicia - posted on 02/02/2009

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Yeah, I've tried the steroid creams. Which worked wonders. But I was constantly worried because when Shane gets tired, he rubs his face... and I was worried it would get in his eyes. It was good to put on before bed, because he slept all night and I didn't have to worry about him rubbing... but I was just uneasy with it and stopped using it. I only use aquaphor and Cereve cream on him as his moisturizers and aquaphor as his body wash. I'm going to check the bottle and see if that Q-15 stuff is in it. I didn't even know about that. The pediatricians tried recommending me to give him bleach baths. Which is big negative. Maybe I'm being a little over protective, but steroids and bleach... theres gotta be another way!!!!!!!!!!!

Jamie - posted on 02/02/2009

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There is a product that Melaluca sells that will cure it in days.  Email me if you want more info MonkeyK0507@aol.com

Gen - posted on 02/02/2009

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HI there! My son started  to get eczema at 6 months old. He is now 3. Allergies and eczema go hand in hand. But what people don't realize is that most of the time it's not food or allergies that cause it, it's the harmful chemicals put into all these lotions, body washes and such. I had to use everything fragrance free. Johnson & Johnson, Huggies, Aveeno, all have harmful things in them. Quaternium-15 is a carcinogen! That is what causes the breakouts almost every time!



I now I have found the most awesome lotion to use on my son. And its' all natural. I must tell you, I lotion him up 2 times a day, and the eczema is completely under control. I had him on steriods and this does an even better job! I didn't like using steriods on him! This lotion works for several different skin issues.



This stuff is amazing and trust me, I tried it all before figuring out what the problem was!



I also use a soap and shampoo made by the same company and I have no worries! Not only that but they make laundry soap as well! And it all has fragrance!!



If you are interested in hearing more about the stuff-  let me know!



 

Lynne - posted on 02/02/2009

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Hi i know how you feel my son Sam had eczema from a baby really servere we tried everything from creams lotions and changing his diet but as you have probobly found most creams burn.



I found that when it was really bad a steroid cream would help and we also used an anti hystamine medicine we used fenegan which is also a mild sleeping formula.



I know it seems bad now but when my son reached age 2 he grew out of it.

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