What can I use to keep my 7 month old from his eczima?
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Alison - posted on 08/05/2012
What works for some people may not work for others. All kids are different and it is very difficult to determine the cause of their eczema.
My son,now 4, had severe eczema since he was 4 months old. We tried everything. Anything that said it cured, helped or soothed eczema, we bought it. I even tried rubbing rooibis tea bags on his skin. Nothing worked. We went to several doctors, dermatologists and allergists. Without even testing my son first, one allergist told me I was a bad mother for keeping my animals(1 dog and 1 cat) with my son looking the way he did.
After a trip to the dentist who saw my sons skin, we recommended an allergist whom he had seen a few years back. With some hesitation I called the doctor and set up an appt. The doctor told me eczema is more than a skin condition. It is an allergy to either food, chemical, pollens, molds and dust. We started treatment, Ultra Low Dose Enzyme Activated Immunotherapy or Low Dose Allergy therapy (LDA) for short. It is basically allergy shots. Every 8 weeks my son gets 2 shots of the allergen. He has to eat a very restrictive diet the day before during and after the shot. He cannot be exposed to any chemicals, molds or pollens. If I could put him in a bubble for those 3 days I would.
We have been doing the shots for a little over a year now,(could take up to 1-2 years for results) and he looks and feels so much better. He still flare ups, but they are much more managable now.
I'm not sure the severity of your sons eczema, you may want to experiment with his diet. That has a lot to do with it. With all the additives, chemicals and toxins in todays processed food, their tiny bodies don't know how to metabolize these things and show up as in your case and mine, eczema. Artificial flavors and colors have noticeably effected my sons eczema. Immedietely after eating anything artificial he get red and itchy. We eat all organic food, just to be on the safe side and rule anything out. Obviously eating organic is a personal preference but it does help, A LOT!!!
If your interested in the LDA go to www.drshrader.com, there are tabs on the left side. The second one down EPD &LDA click that and on that page you will find a link to physicians around the country.
Christy - posted on 08/05/2012
Mine has it too. Aquaphor once or twice per day is great for prevention. Benadryl cream stops the itching. My doc told me when she was little that short infrequent bathing would be best. And it always seems worse when it's hot outside. Good luck!
Fehrin - posted on 08/03/2012
Goats milk soap you can find liquid stuff or a bar. I used the bar goats milk soap on my son in the bath and it cleared up pretty quick. The doctor told me to stay away from prolonged baths. You can always follow it with aveeno eczema lotion.
Vanessa - posted on 08/03/2012
seriously so many people suggest tons of eczema creams etc and I have tried everything from steroid prescriptions to compounds to aveeno baby etc. I heard about Cetaphil Restoraderm Bodywash and lotion and decided to buy it.. its around $20 per bottle but lasts a long time and my son went from cracked itchy skin to almost perfect skin in like 3 days!!! after the 1st night we could see the improvement! seriously dont waste money on crappy eczema creams that help only a little and short term! you can get it at any drug store but make sure it has RESTORADERM as thats what you need =P my son can stay in the bath for like 30 mins now and have no issues he always uses the bodywash so when we travel we take it with us and after his bath he gets creamed and we put a long sleeve shirt on him because he hates the wetness of the lotion. My son has been using it for about 7 mths and he rarely has any signs that he even has eczema. I have a whole shelf in my bathroom full of "eczema" creams but the cetaphil is the only one that worked long term for me.. steroid creams are very bad to use also so before you get a prescription that will only help for a few weeks try it out! I wish someone had told me this like 2.5 years ago when my son 1st got eczema he was only 10 mths old and his arms would crack so bad we thought they would bleed. gl I hope this helps!
Nicole - posted on 07/30/2012
I agree w aquaphor. My pediatrician also suggested changing to Aveeno baby wash and lotion. It could be the fragrance irritating his skin. My youngest daughter has eczema, and using the Aveeno products and the aquaphor made a works of difference for her, along w the prescription stuff. :) maybe you need to switch laundry detergent? She was also very sensitive to my laundry detergent that I used for my clothes.
Mandee - posted on 07/22/2012
My little one has bad eczema, and little over the counter worked for her skin. You can try aquaphor/vaseline. Don't use other creams, they actually can make it worse. If that doesn't work, the doctor can prescribe a prescription cream but it is greasy and didn't get rid of it entirely for our little one but made the winter months bearable.