Good product for 1-year-old dry skin condition?

Carol - posted on 06/07/2010 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My 1-year-old daughter has patches of skin that are so dry she scratches it until it bleeds. Anyone know of a product that works, yet is sensitive to a toddler's skin? Thanks!

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Brandy - posted on 07/08/2010

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Put ground flax seed in EVERYTHING. It is great for skin. My nephew had sever exema, my sister used the flax seed oil and it cleared up completely. If she slacked off or ran out for a few days the dry, itchy skin would come back. It was so bad her ped told her he was at risk of childhood asthma. HOpe this helps. Also, I use organic unrefined coconut oil on my babies. Older cultures believe you should not put anything on your skin that you wouldn't eat. Good luck!

Holly - posted on 06/12/2010

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Both of my kids have eczema. My 3 yr old son gets it the worst on his wrists and back of knees and my 8mo old daughter has a few spots on her arms but the worst and most difficult are 2 spots on her face. What worked best for my son are Cetafil lotion, aquaphor ointment, or Cerave cream (I just started using this one and really like this it; it is a great moisturizer but not sticky or greasy, however it is
more expensive) and to get things under control hydrocortison cream or ointment (but you should not use that for more than a few days). I have tried the Eucerin cream on both kids but have not found it to work very well. I can't figure out what works best on my DD, her spots flare up in some sort of cyclical pattern. I think I might take her to a pediatric dermatologist about it; of course I have been saying that for a couple months now and then she clears up and I don't actually go and then find myself saying it all over again a couple weeks later. I have recently read that nightly warm baths are actually now recommended as long as after the bath you pat the skin dry and immediatly apply a cream to lock moisture in. Even if you don't do a daily bath you may need to add a daily (or more often) application of a non scented lotion to your routine now. Also be warned that if the skin is broken hydrocortison may sting a bit, but you need to get the itch taken care of so she wont scratch and get an infection.

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Ivory soap - the regular old bars are good for kids with excema. It's really mild and doesn't dry out the skin. I used it as a kid and on my own children.

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Mary - posted on 07/12/2010

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the aveeno products are good. the oatmeal bath they have works wonders reducing skin irritation and itching.
you may want to seek your pediatricians advice if your child is itching until she bleeds!

Denise - posted on 07/09/2010

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My 20 month old developed kind of a small bumply rash on the backs of her arms & sides of her thighs. Our doc said it's keratosis. She said get Amlactin lotion, no need for a prescription so I got it at Walgreens. I've used it too just to test it out. It really moisterizes & softens and it's worked great on clearing up her skin. 2 thumbs up from us!

Daphne - posted on 07/07/2010

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Aquaphor is the best...I've tried them all. Even gone to dermatologist since my 5 year old is was baby. Since it is summer, make sure to watch what kind of sunscreen you put on. THe dermatologist said some of the ingredients flair up the eczema. He said stick with ones with zinc oxide. I also use Cetaphil for bath time....no smelly stuff!

Madhavi - posted on 06/22/2010

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Aveeno sometimes has oats in it, so if it is allergy situation I would think about it.

Geneva - posted on 06/14/2010

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Have you tried Baby Aveeno lotion? Luckily I haven't had to use it on my son, but I myself have had it work wonders with past skin issues.

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Natural shea butter works great for my little guy (and everyone else in my family). It naturally heals eczema, no need for expensive prescriptions and creams. My mother sells it and the feedback from customers is astounding! You can get it at natural food stores.

Jenny - posted on 06/11/2010

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Your daughter probably has eczema. Take her to the doctor and he/she can prescribe a creme to help it. My daughter has had the same thing since she was about 3 months. We keep the creme around and use it when it flares up...

Elizabeth - posted on 06/11/2010

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First, make sure you've eliminated potential sources of contact dermatitis (wool clothing, fragrance sprays, dye or fragrance in laundry detergent, bubble bath). I've found these treatment products to be effective, listed in order of gentleness: coconut oil, Aquaphor ointment, Aveeno Itch Relief cream/lotion, Eucerin Calming Cream, and over the counter hydrocortisone cream/ointment. You may want to see your pediatrician for a prescription for a gentle steroid cream, since this sounds like pretty bad eczema if it's not an allergy.

Xylina - posted on 06/11/2010

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My daughter had eczema when she was younger about your childs age and aveeno worked wonders, i cant recall which particular one i used but love that stuff it works great :)

Marlo - posted on 06/11/2010

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I use Eucerin Calming Creme Daily Moisturizer for my son. His skin was very prickly in certain spots. Or try the Eucerin Itch Claming Creme.

Desiree - posted on 06/10/2010

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we use hydrocortisone cream when areas are pretty bad. I even got a prescription one that is a little stronger than over the counter if the areas don't get better within a few days. Aquaphor works well too but be careful for areas that already keep moisture like under neck, etc. For daily moisturizing we use Aveeno baby lotion or Eucerin calming lotion. We also got rid of all the traditional baby soaps in the tub too and use Eucerin brand baby wash. The daily lotion and wash has made a world of difference. Be careful with allthose 'smelly good ones'... They smell better than they are for the skin. Baby oil is still effective though. Good luck! Hope you find what works! :)

Lindsey - posted on 06/09/2010

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MyChelle has an all natural balm that comes in a tube like chapstick. It is made for eczema. You can get it at Central Market.

Allie - posted on 06/09/2010

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I've had this issue with both of my boys and we've tried everything. Oddly enough, the most effective thing I've found is creamy baby oil. Slather it on after bathtime and it's worked wonders.

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