help with excema

Arlene - posted on 07/15/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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hi all,

i was wondering if anyone who has a baby or child with excema? my 8 month lil girl's started off mild but is getting worse, we have a bath emoilent n hydracortison cream. is there anything that is not chemical i can use on her? i try to use everthing organic with her but i am stumped for an organic soloution to her prob, also can certain food make it worse?.


arlene :)

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Arlene - posted on 07/19/2009

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thank you all for your help. Ava grace had slight excema which has got steadily worse, a bit scaley,very red n angry looking. for 3 days she had cortison cream put on morn n night plus aqeaous cream twice a day to moisturise and also being bathed in an emoilent bath liqiud and it has seemed to clam it down, i dont like the idea of using the cortison everyday so as it has calmed will stop the use of it n apply when needed but i will continue with moisturising cream n 3 emoilent baths a week. also will be going back to my G.P (general practitioner) to discuss possible food reactions as i want to find the cause of it n not jus treat the symptoms. i live in Glasgow, Scotland (uk) n we dont have walmart here but i have manged to find a few fragrence and colour free products like a foaming wash, baby balm to use as a barrier cream when changing her and a sensitive shampoo. hopefully once i see the G.P i will be able to help Ava further. agian many thanks for your replys :) Arlene

Michelle - posted on 07/16/2009

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and another thing use a free and clear laundry detergent like ALL do not use dreft ... it's got perfume in it

Michelle - posted on 07/16/2009

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both of kids have eczema ... we tend to use oatmeal products but not aveeno as i find it dries their skin out... foods can make it worse if she's allergic to them i find it best when my kids are little to keep track of what i'm eating *i nurse* and what they eat once they start solids so i can see what they have issues with... it's how we figured out munchkin is allergic to cows milk and soy..

Erin - posted on 07/16/2009

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try elocon cream its a precription from the docs and has worked wonders for my son i only have to put it on when he flares up now instead of all the other creams putting it on every few hours and eventually he gets use to them and they start to not work i have been using this cream for six months now and he barly has eczema now.

Natalie - posted on 07/16/2009

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Aquaphor, aquaphor, aquaphor! My older son had terrible ezcema, he is three now and it is much improved, but I swore by aquaphor for the "down" times when it wasn't so bad, it seemed to keep a flare up away for longer if we caked that all over him...he had it really bad on his diaper area, and anywhere clothes covered him up a lot of the time, but hte aquaphor really seemed to help, and I used it a lot when I wanted to not use the steroid creams so much...those work really well, but I didnt' want to put them on him everyday, so I saved them for when it was so so bad. Also our ped told us that trying to reduce the number of baths is good, because the eczema gets worse as the skin gets drier and bathing really dries out the skin...and of course try to avoid any harsher soaps, which I'm sure you're already doing...good luck!

Janine - posted on 07/16/2009

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My son had a Christmas tree pattern on his back and gets it really bad in between his thighs. The doc at the time gave me this prescription cream but when I moved I lost Medicare. So for over the counter lotions-Aveeno is a natural oatmeal based lotion that works very well and Eucerin is another good one. I put it on them after every bath or shower. If you wanted you can put it on more than once but once you get a handle on it unless its a very serious case its actually pretty easy to manage. Just don't forget to put it on after the bath.

LaCi - posted on 07/16/2009

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I only knew one person with eczema, but I know she swore by an oatmeal concoction she would make at home. Maybe try a google search on homemade oatmeal scrubs and see if theres anything you might like :)

Even if it doesn't help the eczema oatmeal is always nice for bath time, so no harm there.

Ashley - posted on 07/16/2009

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My son has had excema since he was 6 mnths old, His poor toes and fingers even slpit from it, i found that Excema Care for kids is great start off putting it on 5 or 6 times a day, and the skin will soften up.

A dermotoligist also told me to bath him twice a day and put betaderm cream on him, but its perscription and i only use it in the winter.

Hope this helps.

Ashley - posted on 07/16/2009

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My son has had excema since he was 6 mnths old, His poor toes and fingers even slpit from it, i found that Excema Care for kids is great start off putting it on 5 or 6 times a day, and the skin will soften up.

A dermotoligist also told me to bath him twice a day and put betaderm cream on him, but its perscription and i only use it in the winter.

Hope this helps.

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