My 6 month old has pretty bad eczema (very dry skin) on his hands and legs. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to heal it?

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Jenna - posted on 02/19/2009

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My son had the same problem at that age, he is now 3 and it hasnt come back since, go to the chemist and get a creme from them, over the counter for infants for ezcema, dont use harsh soaps on him and use as much babay oil as possible. i think it might be a stage just like my son it will clear in a week or two or it might be a life long thing, go to the chemist, try the creame and if that doesnt work then i suggest a pediatrician, shame it cant be comfortable for him. Good Luck

Helena - posted on 02/19/2009

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My son had some very dry patches on his skin, and I started using Keri oil in his bath in place of any soap washes, and an all natural baby shampoo. I also found an amazing cream made up by a chemist here where I live. I'm not sure what is in it but it works wonders. It may be worth asking around your local chemists to see if any others do the same.

Jessica - posted on 02/19/2009

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i would get it looked at by a dr to be sure its not needing anything stronger then 1%cortisone cream. my 3 sons all have eczema,one method i cant try is oat bath as my oldest reacts to oats(breaks out in worse case of eczema) sorbelene cream,and dont add baby wash to ur bath it will dry the skin. try water only if u feel the need to add something add baby oil.alsokeep a food diary like write down what you eat (if you breastfeed) and what bub eats and reactions and the times it took to show up also its worth writing down the names of soaps,laundry powders etc you use so if you need to show a dr they can help pinpoint allergies.

User - posted on 02/19/2009

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Try using a rooibos teabag in your son's bathwater, let the teabag float around, it will stop the itching. then get an aromatheraphy oil lavendar and chamomile or teatree (that you can use on children but first ask the pharmacy), then put that in the bath aswell and then rub on the affected areas.



Try and get products that have rooibos in them aswell.  I know Annique's range of baby stuff is wonderful and they work.



Also get your baby tested for allergies, as this causes eczema, and maybe you can prevent allergic rhinitus asthma (which my son has).



 

Nicole - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son had bad eczema on his face and used to scratch until it was raw. Over the counter cortisone 1% worked a little but I went to the doctor and got a prescription for the 2.5% which worked much better. Also I used Aquaphor lotion. It is a more like petroleum gel than a cream but it worked in relieving the dry skin.

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I can give you great advice about baby/young adult eczema; I’m twenty-eight with five wonderful Kids, three of which have different levels of eczema. I have found prefect way to calm the itch and lower the sight of the dry scaly patched.  only bath your baby two or three time a week, water will cause more dry spot to break out and make the ones present worse, next use; Aveeno baby Soothing Relief Creamy wash, Third after every bath and any time as need for break outs, rub Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream on all effected skin. You can buy both of these products in any retail/grocery store that sells baby products.  These are all natural and low allergen ways and yes it really works.  I hope this helps!

Katy - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hiya! My son suffers with eczema also, aswell as allergies to dairy and egg which can give him rashes if they touch his skin. I found that bathing him only a couple of times a week helped, as too much bathing can actually dry the skin out more. In his bath I use Oilatum, which is quite greasy/oily but it does make the skin feel lovely and soft. I used to rub it in to the problem areas at bath time and leave it on the skin for a while before washing it off. After trying several creams on his skin, I now use Aveeno. I get both products I get on prescription from my GP as it could get very expensive otherwise. I have found both products to be very useful! My son is now 22 months and I still only bath him every other day. I used to apply the Aveeno as much as I could throughout the day, but now tend to just put it on him after bathtime as he is not as bad as he used to be. It still flares up every so often in patches but he is much better than he used to be.
I'm sure that it is probably just a case of trying a few things and finding out which ones work best for you and your baby. I hope you find something soon. Take care x

Kristyn - posted on 02/18/2009

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I would reccomend talking to your doctor or pediatrician, honestly its the way to go. I have bad eczema after having my daughter and my doctor prescibed a cream for me that comes in mild or strong doses, it works amazing for me and there might be something for your son. Also, make sure your putting cream on him after contact with water, when your skin starts to dry after being wet is when they will worsen with the eczema, so keep him moist, and that will help.

Lisa - posted on 02/18/2009

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my daughter does to and i found that aqueous cream worked really and it is very cheap to buy

Lynda - posted on 02/18/2009

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vaseline vaseline vaseline! it works wonders on my daughter (although she mixed race) and as long as i apply every nite after bath she has no probs! she hasnt suffered extreme eczema (sore or bleeding) in over a year! i found it was trial and error findin what worked best for her skin. good luck!!

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i think QV oil in the bath is great ,then use the QV cream when they get out also the lucus paw paw cream is excellent ,but im not sure where you are from so you might not get it there ,also 1/4 of teaspoon of salt in the bath can help :)

Jami - posted on 02/16/2009

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Use EGOZITE i had the same problem with my son and my mum did with me.  USe any form of vitiman cream in the bath and then egozite cream for every other reson , nappy changes, dry skin, massaging everything. Don't use frangence wipes or body washes, use only moiture products. GOOD LUCK

Lindsey - posted on 02/16/2009

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My daughter also has terrible eczema on her legs and hands and cheeks, and the dermatologist told me to use a cream called Cerave. It is over the counter, you have to get the one in the jar not in the pump... seriously the stuff worked amazing. the eczema patches are almost all gone. the only thing is that you have to use it like 4x a day. good luck.

User - posted on 02/16/2009

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hi ive been using cornflour in a stocking in the bath it makes the water yukkie but it helps more than any cream or ointment sounds silly little old wives tale its cheap and it works good luck!

Elizabeth - posted on 02/16/2009

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I am a health counselor and yes there are ways to heal eczema. First know that this is a symptom of something. Is your baby eating new foods? using new detergent or skin care products?  Eczema is usually a reaction to something. First rule out the foods (dairy, soy, sugar and wheat can be culprits), etc out. Also try evening primrose oil directly on the skin. You can also try Shikai Borage lotion (available at whole foods) both evening primrose and borage have "good" oils in them that are excllent for healing eczema. Your baby is very sensitive, be aware of everything that goes on and in your baby!

April - posted on 02/16/2009

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My son is now almost 5 years old and has had SEVERE (to the point of bleeding) eczema since he was about 3 weeks old. I can happily say that at about 3 years old it was pretty much gone, but up until that point we had to watch everything he came in contact with. But we were also told that eczema and allergies go hand in hand. Which we realized ourselves. We would feed him eggs, and he was allergic so he'd break out from that, then for a week or so afterwards the eczema would stay flared up. So pay attention to the foods he/she is eating (or if your breastfeeding, what YOUR eating). We were told only bath Logan about twice a week, and moisturize with Eurcerine (don't know how to spell it). We get it from the doctor, but you can buy it over the counter too.
Also.... while Logan was still too little to take them off, we would coat his legs in the Eurerine cream, and then put tights on him. He'd wear them during the day under pants, and at night under his pjs. That helped a lot. He was scratching so bad that he bled a lot though, so it was very severe! :(
Good luck!!! And just know that they do usually outgrow it for the most part! :)

Melissa - posted on 02/16/2009

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I have been using the baby Aveno (soak for the tub and lotion after) so far it worked for his legs, but his hands just don't seem to be getting better.. Thanks for the help, I will try some of your suggestions!

Christina - posted on 02/16/2009

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our sons dr. told us to use a moisturizer on his skin... the best to use is cetaphyl moisturizer, twice a day and especially after baths... the allergist told us to us a little bit of bleach in the bath water... not to much because it is supposed to help... i haven't tried it yet as i forgot the bleach when i went to the store... hopefully that works for you!!

Jemma - posted on 02/16/2009

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My son is 4 in March and has always had sensitive skin with eczema an allergies to mosquitos etc, it is horrible we have to be careful with everything we use, i use persil sensitive an the doc has given me lots more to use on skin, been as bad as getting steriods it's horrible but i have tried alot an found that something that works good on another child with sensitive skin may not work on him... best thing is to test things to see what works best.

Jane - posted on 02/16/2009

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i'm having the same problem, my five month olds face is covered and is so sore. gp prescribed diprobase but it isnt doing much for him and i've tried aveeno also this hasnt helped. my brother in law is also a sufferer and he has just told me that e45 lotion is excellent and much better than the cream which didnt work. apparently the lotion is much more absorbant and really helps. will be trying it very soon. good luck

Audrey - posted on 02/16/2009

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try using "all" free and clear for babies to wash his cloths in, and then for his little body what i used when my daughter was a baby was either aveeno baby and a cortisone 1% cream, if that does not help i would advise taking him to the pediatrician maybe they will have to prescribe something if it is severe i hope this helps have a blessed day

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