eczema

Rachel - posted on 01/06/2010 ( 44 moms have responded )

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My 10 month old has really bad eczema, i have tried so much to try and relieve it for him. nothing is working. i have tried steriod creams from dr's, pinatasol, goats milk soap, qv flare up, saltwater,baking powder, rolled oats bath, even bleach baths as recommended by pediatrition. i have a referal to see a skin dr but cant get in there till march, i was wondering if anyone could help me out with recomendations so i can help him sleep and not be so itchy until i see dr?

i hate seeing him like this, i just dont know what to do!!!

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Jessi - posted on 01/21/2010

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i use the aveeno for babies who have dry skin and eczema on my 19 month old son. he has haad eczema since he was 6 months old. i try to only bathe him every other day to also help his skin from drying out. i use the lotion everyday and the lotion plus steriod creams when he has an outbreak. make sure your baby is getting plenty of fluids bc it will help the body fight from the inside out. also make sure your baby isnt getting too hot bc this could cause an outbreak. the bleach baths help but they are for people who carry staph infection.....i know bc my baby is a carrier of staph. well good luck

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Ana - posted on 01/25/2010

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I don't know if adults and baby's are the same because i have it in one hand and it was really bad, the cream prescribed from my doctor use to feel like burning! so i tried a cream that is called VITACILINA , 3 times a day and my hand was good as new! you can get it over the counter i got it at walmart, also use dove soap for his body, good luck!

NIKKI - posted on 01/25/2010

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Have you tried a humidifier? My daughter has eczema and i use the creams and special baths and put a humidifier in her room right next to her bed and it got so much better. Good Luck!

Cassie - posted on 01/23/2010

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My four year old had eczema which she's had for years, and Curel Lotion is a amazing to provent out breaks as well as treating out breaks. You can find Curel almost anywhere, about $6-8 a bottle, but well worth it. The Natural and Original formulas are my favorite. I know a few young children that use Curel, and it's never failed.



Best Wishes,

Cassie

Sherane - posted on 01/23/2010

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well rachel i have 3 children and 2 of them had eczema so bad they would bleed from scratching. so i know how ya feel. i have also tried everything the doctor has prescribed and it would only help during the day,so at night i would bathe them in the oatmeal bath and saturate the body with the aveeno oatmeal lotion. then put long johns on them. hopefully that helps.

Melanie - posted on 01/23/2010

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My son who is 6 months old has really bad eczema too. We tried steriods too and they wouldn't work, at least not that well. Then he deveolped broncittis, so we had to have him near a humidifier all day and night to help his breathing. It also helped his eczema. We have now set up humidifiers all around our house and so far his eczema hasn't returned, and that's with us not using steriods. Our doctor said the dry air in winter makes the eczema worse and that the humidifier helps put moisture in the air which then helps his skin. He also said to let my son sit in the tub every night. Then take him out of the tub without drying him off and rub him down with lotion or baby oil. I haven't had to try that yet, but maybe it will help. He also suggested that I switch to soaps and lotions without dye or fragrance in it, like Aveeno. We also had to change our detergant to free and clear so that it wouldn't have dyes in it either. He gave me a lot of other ideas that I can give you if these don't work. You can try it. I hope that it works. Best of luck.

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my baby gotit as soon as i started weaning i agree its certain foods that make it flair up...u shoud keep an eye on what u feed baby and look for a reaction

Erin - posted on 01/22/2010

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A really good friend of mine had this issue with her baby and ended up being able to help alot by changing her baby's diet. The eczema was an allergic reaction to soy lecithin and lactose. You might try a different diet.

Ragan - posted on 01/21/2010

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My dermatologist suggested I swap detergents, soaps, lotions, and give your child a bath everyday(water is a good moisturizer). Here is a list of things I swapped to. They work great!!!! My son did have severe eczema with something also called pitirisis alba. He would bleed in some spots and had a lightning of his skin from prolonged eczema. Now you would never now he has it.

ALL free and clear detergent (swap your whole family-linens, towels,etc)

Dove sensitive skin bar soap

Aveeno cream for eczema apply it within 3 min. of bathtime!!

Only used steriod creams for severe breakouts and only put it on that area

antihistamine to help with itching

I hope this helps it was wonderful for my son.

Ashlyn - posted on 01/21/2010

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hi, I had eczema REALLY bad when i was younger and it started flaring up when I got pregnant as well. i know adults can do and take things that are different than babies but I have a couple remedies that have worked for me as a baby and adult. whole milk, soak a washcloth with warm whole milk and lay it on the eczema for about 5 mins, it moistens the skin and helps to get the dry infected skin off. after baths try Keri oil, you can find it ANYWHERE, its like baby oil but it has some ingredient that is AMAZING. I would use the Keri Oil after taking an oatmeal bath and within like three days it started clearing up and stopped itching after only one time. But do it once in awhile not everyday for 3 months, because the oatmeal is good for the skin but will eventually dry it out. GOOD LUCK!!

Christy - posted on 01/21/2010

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my niece had really bad eczema and we bought Aquaphor. you can get it anywhere pretty much and its great, her ezcema starts to creep back up like twice or three times a year when the weather changes but the aquaphor stops it everytime. goodluck.

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Hey, Rachel. My friend's baby had eczema really badly as well. She was nursing her and she found that when she totally cut out sugar from her diet, her baby's skin cleared up. I don't know if you're using formula or breast milk, but if there is any way to cut out sugar that might help. And actually, she thought her baby had candida (yeast) that looked a lot like eczema. I guess candida feeds on sugar. She could tell if she even had a little bit, like in some kind of processed food. She even didn't eat much fruit because of it's sugar. It's really hard to cut out all sugar. But it's definitely worth it if it works. Hope that helps!

Jessica - posted on 01/21/2010

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I agree with the Aveeno. My son had it so bad it looked like he had chemical burns on his entire body and I was constantly washing blood and puss out of clothes and sheets. We went to the dermatologist and they gave us prescription creams and told us to give him 3 baths a day using the Aveeno baby bath cream and lotioning him up after every single one...Also: Vaseline!! Lather him up till he's one giant grease ball! :) I know it's gross, but the Vaseline protects his skin really well, especially when it's really cold outside. My son is so so so so so much better now. Oh, and when you take him out of the bath, don't dry him all the way. Pat dry him. And don't use anything with dyes or fragrances in it. Anything we still do with my son is we have to double rinse all of our clothes when we do the laundry. And we have to use detergent without any dyes in it, like I said. Try Ivory Snow detergent. It's pretty expensive but it works. I hope that helps. Good luck, I know how hard it can be!

TYMESHA - posted on 01/17/2010

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AWW I HAD THE SAME PROBLEM MY SELF AND NOW MY 2 YEAR OLD HAS JUST GOT IT USE A HYDRCOTIZONE CREAM AND VASELINE AND AVENO BATHS HELP TOO

Crystal - posted on 01/17/2010

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I have eczema myself, I use Curel lotion several times a day on it, which feels better and makes it go away :)

Chantal - posted on 01/16/2010

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ohh dont use anything with mineral oil in it.... mineral oil coats the skin and doesnt allow it to peel off and with eczema you need the skin to peel.... thats why i use triple cream it doesnt have any in it..

Chantal - posted on 01/16/2010

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have you tried triple cream? my son is 5 months and has it really bad to.... ive been using it especially after baths and its working so far and ive only been using it a wk. Hope it gets better i know my son hates it...

Jen - posted on 01/16/2010

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Hi Rachel

I have suffered excema all my life and now my poor son gets it too....BUT, it is what we eat that causes it!!! I personally have a rection to CHOCOLATE!!! How annoying is that!! I found out when I was about 9yo and once I went off it, it went away. I currently have a flare up because I over did it at xmas time but I know in a week or so (if i stay strong and away from the good stuff) I will be all cleared up. When I was breastfeeding, my son would get it whenever I ate chocolate too...but now he is clear!!!

I found out by being tested by a chiropractor....it sounds insane, but they are amazing. It will just be a matter of finding out what it is you have a reaction to and you should be able to control it. Contact a local chiro and ask if they do allergy testing.

My son was tested by a chiro at 6 weeks so it's never too young.



Good luck :-)

Tracy - posted on 01/16/2010

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My son also has excema, its mainly based on allergies and if its in the family blood line, my son is allergic to dairy so he drinks soya which calmed the excema down and I bath him with Elizabeth Annes Sensitive bathwash because he has a reaction with fragranced things as well, I use a cream called aqua forte (specific aqueous cream)after his baths which is used in excema cases and if there are any reactions that come up then I use an ointment called persivate which I mix with vaseline as an emergency solution

Lacey - posted on 01/16/2010

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Eczema is really difficult to treat. My son has had eczema since he was around 8 months, he is 5 now. I have also tried the stuff the doctor's give but that doesnt really work. However, I would suggest that you give a warm bath every other day using Aveeno baby soap and also add some of that soap to his bath water. Then when he gets out, lather him very very well with Eucerin (its a very thick lotion). When it really bogthers him put some anit-itch cream on the flare ups. Hope that helps you!

Keisha - posted on 01/16/2010

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I experienced the same frustrations with my daughter. The only thing that worked for me was Vaseline and Johnson’s cocoa baby oil. I’m sure to give her a bath every other night (Dr. Recommendation), however if she played rough I never skip a bath. I apply the Vaseline or the oil immediate after the bath leaving a thin layer of water on the body to seal in moisture. I also clean her with a wash cloth throughout the day and reapply moisture. I can always tell the difference in her skin when she has to be left with a caregiver. It’s time consuming but I’m pleased with the results!

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I suffered from severe atopic eczema and dermatitis from the time I was an infant until I was about 14 years of age. It was absolutely excruciating and I know the struggle my Mother had to try and control the condition and to try and control me. As with any child, the itchiness was overbearing and I would usually wake up bleeding and sweating with blisters.

Thankfully i grew out of it and apart from having dry, sensitive skin that needs lots of moisteriser now, I don't have any other symptoms.

Have you thought about having him allergy tested? I ask because diary, wheat, some fruits, food with artificial flavouring and colouring was totally out. Switching my diet with alternate foods (soy milk & soy products, wheat-free breads etc) helped significantly. Cortsoid based creams will only help temporarily to fight the inflammation but they don't work long term and the flare up usually comes back once they are stopped. It's a double edged sword.

One of my biggest saving graces was when my Mother started using Lucas PawPaw ointment (http://www.lucaspapaw.com.au/). It's a simple, natural oil based ointment that can be smothered and usedd as frequently as you like. It does take a good few weeks to yield results and you need to make sure your child stays fairly cool because the cream (being oil based) makes you feel hot and sticky. Still, it helped me get over the worst and I still swear by it. There are a few other products that will work wonders too but they all seem to have an oil based component to their products. Eczema sufferers are missing a layer of skin. This means that they are more susceptible to dry and sensitive skin. Allergies usually go hand-in-hand with this condition (as do other allergy related conditions: Asthma, Hay Fever etc). The missing moisture element can be assisted by increasing the amount of natural oil products that are ingested. Flaxseed oil capsules can be sut and emptied into food (if they can't be swallowed). Aloe is cooling for hot skin etc

I would highly recommend researching this condition. Millions of info pages can be found on the internet and I would advise experimentation with his diet (and avoiding anything that is acid based: Oranges, Strawberries etc). There is also a lot of eczema remedies to be found and although it can be a costly adventure, I'm sure you will find something to help.

Devin - posted on 01/15/2010

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HI Ladies,

I feel your frustration. Eczema is one of the most challenging conditions for people of all ages. 1 in 18, are affected, and that stat is from about 5 years ago, when I had originally started looking for help for my son, so I’m sure it is even more common now.

I would agree with the gals that said go get tested for any allergies. If you have those answers you may be able to find the cause, and have it stop all together.

I am not a fan of medicines and such, even though we had tried some steroid creams, and nothing seemed to help. I turned to a more natural approach, and all eczema, dry skin or rosacea, for my son, my husband and I was cleared up!

We’ve done a few major things over the past 5 years to fix it!

First, we had the allergy tests, and then started eating more foods that are naturally full of Vitamin E, which helps a ton. Things like, blackberries, avocados, plums, almonds, broccoli, etc. Plus we got rid of all the commercial brand soaps, especially things like the Johnson and Johnson baby shampoo!!

Then, I actually started working with a wellness company, and we started using their all natural intensive skin therapy, and I’m telling you within 48 hours…problem solved!!!

And it works for eczema, rosacea, psoriasis, dry skin from diabetes or climate, etc, it’s AWESOME!!!


If you want a link to get it, send me a private msg and I’ll get you hooked up!

Sarah - posted on 01/15/2010

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I am 23 and have eczema for 21 years. I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING UNDER THE Sun as well. Vaseline intensive rescue moisture locking lotion is currently working. Nothing works for long esp in winter. Oatmeal baths do work sometimes. Put rolled oats in a panty hoe in the water and rub the"milk" on his body and after he's out let it dry on his skin. Take reg baths every coupl of days. Good Luck not much can be done. Its a sad fact. i feel bad for the little guy!!

Keli - posted on 01/15/2010

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I would take him to an allergist and have him tested for food allergies....eczema is associated with allergies and that is how we found out our daughter was allergic to peanuts. Good luck!!

Julieanne - posted on 01/14/2010

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Hi Rachel your poor baby I was looking at Ireland am yesterday morning and there was a lady on it she was a dermatologist she had some ideas about how to help people wih skin conditions here is her email address (kelliohalloran.com) hope it helps.

Nicola - posted on 01/14/2010

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My nearly 1 year old gets eczema flare ups. The health visitor gave me emulsifying ointment to mix in his bath, Went to see the doctor because that wasn't doing much to help and she gave me hydrocortisone cream to put on when it becomes inflammed. It always settles it back down

Ayrjia - posted on 01/13/2010

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Though Eczema is a skin condition it has been linked to food allergies and other alleriges. Topical creams will, of course, help with the symptoms, but not cure it. If you fine that your child "grows" out of having eczema maybe thay have grown out of that particular allgery. A lot of people have allergies early in life that do not affect them as teens and adults.

Good luck!

Aliza - posted on 01/13/2010

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my seven month old has it too. my pediatriciansaid to keep his baths warm, not hot, and under 5 minutes. and to wash him with regular dove bar saop. also to put aquaphor on his skin a few times a day and a steroid cream only when it starts to flake. hope it helps!

Tina - posted on 01/13/2010

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My stepson had this really bad when he was younger and my niece as well. For temporary relief ICE is awesome!

Dora - posted on 01/10/2010

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Hi, Racehl
My son is also 10 months old and has eczema. We use Zyrtec, recommended by the pediatrician. It helps relieve the itching. He also uses steroid creams, it helps but he has his bad days. My son will be going to dermatologist soon to get somethig else. Hope this helps a little. :)

Heathr - posted on 01/10/2010

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Quoting rachel:

eczema

My 10 month old has really bad eczema, i have tried so much to try and relieve it for him. nothing is working. i have tried steriod creams from dr's, pinatasol, goats milk soap, qv flare up, saltwater,baking powder, rolled oats bath, even bleach baths as recommended by pediatrition. i have a referal to see a skin dr but cant get in there till march, i was wondering if anyone could help me out with recomendations so i can help him sleep and not be so itchy until i see dr?
i hate seeing him like this, i just dont know what to do!!!



 



Dear Rachel,



 



My son has always had excema as well.  He is now going to be four and it is still bad.  Try using dove sensitive skin soap to bath him and only 2x a week.  Also, try giving him real goat's milk, enzymes are easier to digest.  Use fragrance free lotions 3x daily.  At night, give him a very minor dose of benedryl for children, it does encourage them to go to sleep.  My son also deals with constipation.  I hope that this helps.



 



Heather





 

Chrystal - posted on 01/10/2010

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my three year old son also has eczema and my next door neighbor went to a skin doctor about her daughter n had told me wat they recomended i used it on my son n hav had no problems since.Wen i went to the doctor i told them the name of the cream n said that it works great with my son the cream is called Celestone-M ointment its the clear one!! n as well to keep it moisterised they recomend QV moisteriser!! hope al this helps u out!! it is like five dollars sumthin for 2 tubes of the celestone if on healthcare.....

Samantha - posted on 01/09/2010

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My daughter has the same problem and it can get very bad. Her doctor gave me Fluticasone prop .05% cream (generic for cutivate), it works pretty well although I also put cream on her during the day. You just have to find the really good thick creams.

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My daughter, has had severe eczema since she was born, My G.P's advice : Cover in baby oil after a bath, then pat dry with a towel; Avoid ALL soaps and shampoos; Use betadine on infected areas; Keep moisturised. I have found a wonderful eczema cream called (surprisingly) 'ECZEMA CREAM' that has been marvelous, and can clear up a new rash overnight. Her eczema doesn't cover her from head to foot now, but creeps back awful quickly if we're a little lax with the routine. All the best.

Miranda - posted on 01/09/2010

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My son is 8 months and he also has eczema really bad. The only thing I've found to work is 1% hydrocortisone cream- it can be bought over the counter. Apply it twice a day. It may take about a week before you see the results, but it works miracles!

Julia - posted on 01/08/2010

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My son had the same problem and I kept trying what dr.s told me to do. I had one who gave me the advice of doing a hydrocortisone cream and then eucerin lotion on top of it to lock in the cream, if that didn't work then the aquaphor cream worked as well. I also had to put him on soy milk formula and no more breast milk because ezema is actually a form of an allergic reaction so when I changed his diet a bit he did get better. The eucerin lotion on top of hydrocortisone cream worked wonders for Michael. I would lotion him up nightly after baths and then again in the day if I could before work or right after diaper changes. It took a bit to get better but I just kept at it. It will get better, keep your chin up!

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I have found both pawpaw ointment and invisible glove to be really helpful while still keeping it natural. If possible try to avoid steroid creams, but sometimes that is not always possible if it is really bad.

Pauline - posted on 01/08/2010

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My 2 year old daughter has the same problem. My GP recently prescribed the oilatum plus for her that she uses in the bath. I've been using it for couple of weeks now and so far it seems to be working.

Jojo - posted on 01/08/2010

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awww i know how u feel my daughter had it bad when she was a baby, now shes 3 and grown out of it a little but ive always suffered with it myself too.The main thing that helps me and my daughter is to keep moisturised and clean, which can be hard with kids lol. We have a cream called Aqueous you can use it in the bath and as a normal cream have you had it before? i always use baby oil aswell when we get out of the bath by putting it on wet skin and dabbing it off. you can also get a cream called hydrocortisone, you an use it on babys but only a little im sure you might have tried it already. Theres allsorts that can irratate it as we know lol, it could be something that they eat? i was told not to eat or give my daughter anything that was acidy, its just finding those things and tryng to avoid them, im 23 and still finding those things out! hope i might have helped you a bit i know how you feel. x

Jaye - posted on 01/07/2010

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Go to your gp and ask for 4% lpc parafiin cream its made from road base its awesome i put it on my daughter at night within the morning all the redness is gone just a bit dry then i use dermeze she is nearly 2 and had this cream since 8 months n excma is under control nearly gone

Randi - posted on 01/06/2010

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Wow, that is really unfortunate but I know where you are coming from. My thirteen year old has it too and its bad. Thankfully the eucirin cream works for her so she doesnt have to have a steroid cream. I cant give you any advice but I wanted you to know I am hear with you on that one.

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