my infant has severe eczema..help me

Ninad - posted on 12/11/2011 ( 25 moms have responded )

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my 4 mo old has had sever eczema for the past 2 months!! i have tried rounds of steroids, antibiotics and it all goes away when hes on the meds, but once hes completed them it all comes bac! :( i continued to keep him moisturized throughout the rounds of meds but nothing is helping. Dont know where to go from here..

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Rosie - posted on 12/30/2011

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if you breastfeed try eating 3 T a day of virgin coconut oil. also putting virgin coconut oil on the areas as well is supposed to be beneficial. petroleum products are horrid for the skin and should not even be used on adults skin. look up the benefits of coconut oil. i'm in love with the stuff. :)
dairy is often a trigger so look into switching the formula, or cutting dairy out of your life if you BF. :)

Ashley - posted on 12/13/2011

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We took my daughter to an allergist and dermatologist because it was so bad. I was told to give her a bath 2 x a day with 1/8 cup chlorine free bleach in it. Let her play for at least 15 minutes. At first I was like "WHAT?!" But it WORKED! :) like a charm!

Katherine - posted on 10/14/2012

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Go here: SolveEczema.org and read it carefully! It will work! 👍

Joy - posted on 12/29/2011

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I know where you are coming from. My 3 1/2 month old has had bad eczema since he was a month old. After trying everything that I possibly knew, including Aveeno, I took him to an urgent care. Come to find out he has an allergy to milk. He inherited eczema from me but the milk based formula he was on was flaring it up. I put him on soy and it became almost nonexistent. I switched to a dye free and fragrance free laundry soap, Aveeno hypoallergenic bath supplies and am using Aquaphor mixed with 1% cortisone cream, as prescribed and it is almost gone. Flares up will happen because eczema stays. We just have to deal with it and minimize the number of flare ups if possible.

Danielle - posted on 12/13/2011

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My son has eczema since he was about 4 months old. I use Aquaphor its in the lotion aisle at any drug store. A small bottle is $9 but last a long time. He has the eczema between his eyes by his nose, his finger nails and toe nails and on his legs. I put this on him once a day for a week and its gone with in a day or two but still use it for the week. His nails will always be bad as my husbands look just like his and its really hard to fix. When winter hits its always bad my son will be 3 years old soon. So it doesn't really go away, but I do also use oatmeal body wash and he aquaphor wash as well. It helps and he doesn't scream about anything hurting.

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Meghann - posted on 12/19/2011

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I would first change diet. Why put cream or steroids on something that islikely a reaction to food? My exclusively breastfed son has eczema, showed up at 2 months. I did lots of research and decided I should cut out dairy, now it is cleared up completely. I have friends who are doing the same. Studies are showing links between steroids and increasing allergies, specifically peanut, look that up too!

Kristia - posted on 12/19/2011

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try vaniceam lotion and robathol bath oil. completely got rid of my flairups and has worked for everyone i have told about it. you can buy it at the pharmacy counter most places

Anna - posted on 12/19/2011

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You should moisturize with petrolium jelly such as Vaseline or Aquaphor many times a day and especially after his skin comes in contact with water. Also, limit the amount of time in the bath. I aim for no more than 5 min. Unfortunately, the problem gets worse in the winter as the humidity in the summer works very well with eczema so you can try to get a humidifier. If you're breastfeeding, you can try figuring out if there's a food allergy. You might get lucky if it's a common allergen, such as dairy. In my case, my son is 19 months and I still can't figure out what he's allergic to. I've tried eliminating, doesn't seem to work. I'm suspecting he reacts to a combination of ingredients but mostly it's the environment as in the summer he had no eczema at all. Thankfully, most kids outgrow this problem.

Kheila - posted on 12/19/2011

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Eczema doesn't just "go away". I still have it from childhood and I'm 22. The only thing that has helped is Eucerine cream. Not the lotion, the thick heavy cream that looks like lard. I don't know if it'll help your little one, but I will say that eczema doesn't go away completely. Sorry. HTH

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My son and I have always had issues with a lot of different products and he has had eczema until I switched our shampoos and soaps to all-natural ones like Castille and handmade herb soap bars. Everything else makes our skin break out in rashes or his eczema comes back. Sometimes I put apple cider vinegar in the water to help with really bad rashes and they are gone in a short time. I also switched to a homemade laundry soap and cut corn syrup out of diets.

Sarah - posted on 12/18/2011

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My son has had eczema since he was 2 months old (now 2 years old). We use only Aveeno products on him; lotion, body wash, shampoo, ect.. Also, his doctor gave him a prescription for fluticasone cream. When ever he starts to have a breakout anywhere we put that on and it is gone in a day or so. Someone we know also recommended Arbone products. Their son had eczema and it worked. We tried them and it didn't work, but everyone is different so it is worth a try. Our doctor also said only give 2-3 baths per week as it drys up their skin and run a humidifier at night, especially in the winter months because the cold weather and heater can dry anyone up! Those who have eczema are also more likely to get allergies which can also cause flare ups. My son is allergic to a laundry list of things! Good luck! If you find any new ideas that work, do share please!

Sarah - posted on 12/18/2011

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is he formula fed or bf? I changed my daughters formula and found this cleared her skin? That and avoiding preservatives in body wash/soap and moisturiser.

Amber - posted on 12/17/2011

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My daughter has had severe ezcema since 5months old, she is now 3 1/2 years old. Her new dermatologist told us to do wet wraps. It cleared most of her patches within a week and has been in control ever since.

Steps:
1.Wet large towels and wring them out just enough to keep from dripping.
2. Place towels rolled up in a trash bag and heat in the microwave for 15-20 mins.
3.remove from microwave and male sure they arent too hot to touch childs skin amd burn but they should be as warm as possible.
4. Lather entire body with triamcinolone .1% ointment dont fully rub in
5. Swaddle child in very warm towels. Include everything neck to toes
6. Let the child rest in blankets until they become too cold (try for at least 30 mins)

Tips: do it at bedtime so child will doze off in warm towels or try distracting child by reading books or something entertaing

Leah - posted on 12/15/2011

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i've had eczema since i was 4 month and i'm now 25, Aveeno is good, worked for me and has helped my son who can get it bad in the winter months.
Don't know if ur in uk or usa or somewhere else but i got doublebase gel which is working great for me.

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My son (who is now almost 2) had severe eczema resulting in open weeping sores. Like you we had tried steroids and antibiotics which would work but he'd flare up when we stopped using them. We had also tried tons of different lotions and creams and nothing worked. Finally we tried vaseline and it helped his sores immensly so they wern't all dry and crusty. We also started trying to figure out if any foods were triggering it and we have found (by process of elimination) that dairy products make him break out. He can have a little dairy but once he has too much too many days in a row he will break out. He has not had a sore in almost 5 months. Occasionally we overdo it on the dairy and he will rash up a bit but no open sores. We continue to use a light coat of vaseline twice a day to keep his skin moist because he still gets dry skin if we don't, especially with winter. After a while the vaseline wears down his clothes a bit but replacing clothes every now and then compared to a baby crying and scratching himself till he bleeds is more than worth it!

Yeidi - posted on 12/14/2011

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Aquaphor from Eucerin! is over the counter and you can get it at walgreens. Its a type of vaseline so its very safe for babies in case they get it in their mouths! My baby boy had severe eczema too and this took care of it in a matter of days. I absolutely love it and recommend it!

Lindsay - posted on 12/13/2011

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You may want to take him to an allergist,my son has eczema too.His skin started to get bad when he stared to eat solids.we found out he had quite a few food allergies.his skin has improved alot.

Jodie - posted on 12/13/2011

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not sure if anyone has suggested it but my son suffered with eczema alot when he was younger and not much helped i tried alot till someone suggested organic goats milk soap and it cleared it up within a week and had no repeat cases once using it my be worth a try,i brought it from a chemist but it i also found it in health food shops.

Ninad - posted on 12/13/2011

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Thank you guys so much for your feedback! We finally got some results back from the derm and turns out my son has a staph infection as well. I guess since he has eczema, his skin is more prone to bacteria penetrating through causing infections such as staph. Yuck. So we are yet again on a round of antibiotics. She also suggested i use the Cera Ve Cream to keep him moisturized as Aquaphor and Vaseline only sits on the surface of his skin.

I will inquire about the bleach baths. I keep reading about it, just a little nervous about doing that to him. :(

thanks guys!!!

Kelina - posted on 12/13/2011

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do you have any pets? pets can severely afffect eczema. My friends sons had it so bad. Nothing she used would ork but when she got rid of their cat and dog, all of a sudden, not more problem! It will flare up occasionally but is easily treated.

Sarah - posted on 12/13/2011

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hi i started with eczema about 9 moths ago really bad on my hands and slightly around my eyes it was gettin no better only when i was using strong steriods i was sent for patch testing and im allergic to one chemical thats in makeup saop washing powder ect so now im very careful what i use i have to read the lables and simple is the best product to use on skin . its worth asking the doctor about patch testing i still have eczema but its getting under controll now because im keeping away from certain things its worth a try and also aveeno mostiuser is fab i love it really works for me hope this helps x

Kristy - posted on 12/13/2011

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I'm not sure if you are already doing this but...
1. Wash your babys clothes in a very gentle, sensitive, dermatoligally approved wash.
2. Rinse clothes twice to make sure all soap and suds are washed out before line drying hte clothes.
3. Keep skin moisturised. My doctor recommended 100% pure sorbolene cream, available from the chemist. It is thick and works well.
3. Have you got a steroid cream to use for when it gets really bad... i.e. you get it under control or it looks good for a week and then for some reason like hot weather or the environmnet it gets really red, itchy or sore and then you can use the cream to calm the rash down.
4. Wash bub in water only or water and 100% pure sorbolene cream.
5. Use face washer and towel that has been washed in approved detergent to.
I'm sorry i'm not much help. My duaghtr is almost four now and i have found that with all of these tips above and her diet i have finally got itunder control with minimal flarups. i do hope you find some relief soon for your baby.

Madison - posted on 12/12/2011

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have you tried an aveeno brand lotion my daughter has eczema.as well but it's the best I've seen it since I've started using the aveeno it doesn't completely clear it up but it seems to control it

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