Managing eczema in babies

Carmen - posted on 09/05/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Her dr says to use hydrocortisone cream 4 a spot that started on her belly. It's since spread onto her back & shoulders. I dont really want to smeer this all over her torso. Im looking for a more natural way 2 deal w/ this. Any suggestions?

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Jennifer - posted on 09/07/2009

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We were told to use the hydrocortisone only when he's scratching. Regularly I just use (at the advice of the pedi) cetaphil lotion. He only has it on his tush (and used to have it behind his ears) so I put it on after baths. I just pat him dry so his skin is still moist and load him up. It really does help. When we first started using it he looked absolutlely awful but within a week you barely see it. But, if we stop using it, it comes back very fast. I also will use it in the morning with his first diaper change. The trick is to put it on when their skin is moist and the sensitive wipes leave him quite wet.

Chanequa - posted on 09/05/2009

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We try to avoid hydrocortisone as much as possible. Our pediatrician recommended Theraplex emollient. It's a superconcentrated form of petrolatum. It's over-the-counter but you may need the pharmacist to special order it. We apply it about 2-3 times a day to the problem areas and it works really well. Plus, it creates a barrier so that he can't scratch too much. That (and our bath routine) have kept his eczema manageable for about 90% of the time since we started doing it. We only need hydrocortisone when it gets really bad.

We bathe every other day (our doctor advised us to give very quick, lukewarm baths). If he has a bad flare up, we use neutrogena t-gel shampoo to bathe him (be sure to keep it away from his eyes); otherwise, we use johnson & johnson (our doctor also said aveeno would be okay). We use aveeno moisturizing cream.

Lynette - posted on 09/05/2009

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aqueous cream you can get big tubs from boots, you use it instead of soap in the bath as well, then hydrocortisone on the bad spots.

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Kimberly - posted on 09/25/2009

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All of these are really good temporary solutions, many of which I use with success. The thing that's helped the most was to eliminate certain food allergies out of my son's diet. I had eliminated all the environmental factors that could've been contributing to the eczema. His dad is allergic to wheat and the dr said there was a good chance that our son was too. He's been wheat-free for a month now and his skin is beautiful again. I haven't had to use any creams, lotions or medicines for a week now.

Melissa - posted on 09/17/2009

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hi, my son had bad eksema, i found that giving him coconut oil helped so much, i put a teaspoon into his bottle each day. or essential fatty acids are good too. this helps their skin to moisterise itself

Amber - posted on 09/14/2009

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both my daughters and I all suffer from this and sensitive skin. i was told to use aveeno or cetaphil lotions and body washes/soaps, never use anything with a scent or perfume in it with your laundry either.

Chrissy - posted on 09/09/2009

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aveeno makes an oatmeal bath that i found helps with the irritations. Hopefully your little one will grow out of it like mine did.

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My youngest daughter is 15 months and she suffers from eczema quite badly, I have tried so many creams but I have just come upon one that actually works and it is all natural, I would call it a miracle cream, it is called Moo Goo and you can get it from some chemists and health food stores or if you go to their web sit www.moogoo.com.au you can buy it directly from them.

I massage my baby down every morning & night with the soothing MSM cream & then when she needs it on the worst eczema spots I put the eczema & psoriasis balm on as needed.

I hope this has been some help to you. I love it and the fact that it works and is all natural is brilliant. I can't speak highly enough of the moo goo creams.

Amy - posted on 09/08/2009

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Carmen - I'm not just saying this because I am an Arbonne consultant, but our Baby Line has had amazing results for eczema. Even pediatricians carry it in their offices for this purpose. It's extremely hydrating for babies' skin. The products are all natural, paraben free, botanically based, formulated in Switzerland and made here in the U.S. If you send me your address, I'd be happy to send you a sample - I use the whole set on my 14-month-old son. It's the Body Lotion and Body Oil in particular that help with eczema. You can also find them on my website www.amyn.myarbonne.com but if you'd like I'll send you a sample first. I really think this could help you! Good luck.

Jacey - posted on 09/05/2009

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what i do for my little one is give him a bath at least 10 mintues in the water than i lotion him up with glaxo base ( a really heavy no sent cream) and that helps and the really tough spots my doctor gives me a steriod cream but i very sledom have to use that i think that i have once.....hope this helps

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