my son has got really bad eczema

Cathy - posted on 05/04/2009 ( 30 moms have responded )

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my 3 year old son has got really bad eczema on his hands and feet and i have tried loads of creams even steroid creams and nothing seems to be working, he wakes up in the night scratching it, any ideas what i can use to make it better?? he starts nursery in september and i would prefer it if i could get rid of it before then. please help

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Oh, and just wanted to share with you what my doctor said about allergy testing. She said not to do it until after 5 because kids under that age typically test false positive for many, many things because they are still developing at such a quick pace and still forming their immune systems.

I was told to just watch carefully for what could be causing it. I am currently keeping a food diary.

If you do get him allergy tested, make sure you have him re-tested when he is 5 or 6 to rule out anything that was false or her may have grown out of!

Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 05/07/2009

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My son who is 11 months and has always breastfed has had moderate to severe eczema since around 2 months old. In order to help take away some of the irritation my ped recommended putting baking soda in his bath water, and it seems to help. I cover him in Aquaphor 2 to 3 times a day, and it seems to keep it at bay a bit. We are going to have him tested for allergies after a year.

T_cjones108 - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Cathy:

my son doesnt really eat veg, i try to give it to my kids but they are really fussy eater and they just throw it on the floor.



what you can do to get them to eat veggies is cook the veggies eg: carrots, broc, cauliflower! then stick the cooked veggies in a blender or food processer and mix till its a paste! then you can add it to almost anything and they wont even know its there :)

T_cjones108 - posted on 05/06/2009

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Quoting Cathy:

my son doesnt really eat veg, i try to give it to my kids but they are really fussy eater and they just throw it on the floor.



what you can do to get them to eat veggies is cook the veggies eg: carrots, broc, cauliflower! then stick the cooked veggies in a blender or food processer and mix till its a paste! then you can add it to almost anything and they wont even know its there :)

Elizabeth - posted on 05/06/2009

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i work in an allergy clinic and we see children with eczema all the time, after they are tested they take allergy shots and within 6 weeks most cases we have seen a major inprovement.

Amy - posted on 05/06/2009

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Oh one more thing i forgot - after the bath pat dry - don't rub (it irritates the skin)

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You've gotten great advice that eczema is due to some underlying condition such as an allergy. Am in the middle of tracking what's behind my 2.5 year-old daughter's eczema right now!!!

The best thing we've found is to use real, virgin coconut oil. We get it from Tropical Traditions (you can google them) - I don't even look in the stores because many are so processed and I don't have the time to sort through them. It moisturizes her skin like Eucerin or any other expensive cream we've tried can. Plus it's totally natural and super healthy for her skin. Remember that skin is your largest organ so it absorbs the ingredients! Just google or wiki "coconut oil" and you'll see all the health benefits :)

Just remember that while the coconut oil is amazing, it can't solve the underlying allergy.

Good luck finding what it is. I am having such trouble pinpointing my daughter's cause :(

Heather - posted on 05/05/2009

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My son has eczema (he is 10months) I only use aveeno soaps and lotions (lotion morning and night everyday), bathe him every 2-3 days (not daily, it dries out his skin) and I give him probiotics. Since I started all this I haven't used any steroids and it has improved tons. Still has a flare up every now and then but TONS better than he was.

Cathy - posted on 05/04/2009

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hi thanks everyone for the advise, i am taking him to the doctors this morning to see if i can get him tested for allergys, and to ask for some creams u have recommended, i have also purchased a wash ball that u put in the washing machine with babys clothes instead of washing powder, when he was about 1 he was drinking fresh milk and when he stopped drinking it his eczema cleared up for a while. he also couldnt take dairy products either they would make him sick.

Amy - posted on 05/04/2009

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Hi Cathy



I have eczema, and so does my 1 year old little boy. These are the things that i have found has worked for us:



Use QV bath oil (no soaps or any 'regular' baby products)

Avoid talcom powders

Don't use fabric softners in your washing

Use a washing liquid specially formulated for babies (much easier on the skin)

Moisturise with pure sorbolene cream (not one with glycerine)



Hope something works for you and your little man!

Candice - posted on 05/04/2009

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Yeah it can be anything from the food ya eat or the wash powder you use to wash your clothes to the fabric of his clothes it can even come down to dust mites which ya can't help but there are alot of things that can cause eczema

Dayna - posted on 05/04/2009

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I have also heard of eczema being caused by food allergies. My breast fed 11 week old son has a mild case and I was told it might be something I was eating that caused it. I have also stopped using soap as one of the other ladies recommended, it seems to have helped. My doctor also suggested Cetaphil Cream which works great.

Candice - posted on 05/04/2009

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hi,

My daughter now 7 years old has had severe eczema since the age 2-3 i have a cupboard just full of differant creams for her but nothing ever helped it but just recently i tried aloe vera on her skin which has done wonders.



I found a aloe vera plant then split the leaf with a knife then rub the leaf straight onto her skin a couple of days doing this and she has cleared up once she clears up i use cream to skin her skin from oing dry but when she does break out i use the plant agin for a couple a days in done wonders for my dauhter.

Jannah - posted on 05/04/2009

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Because eczema is usually caused by underlying issues with either food allergies or the immune system, I think one of the ladies mentioned getting tested for allergies or seeing a naturopath to discover the problem. As for topical relief though my cousin had issues with two of her children and has tried everything from natural remedies to expensive prescription creams and has found a product that works extremely well at relieving the itch and taking away the rash. If you would like info about the product line, e-mail me at d.j.meeres@shaw.ca and I can give you the website for the entire Baby Care line that also works well for psoriasis and extremly sensitive skin types.

Best of luck!

Tisa - posted on 05/04/2009

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My daughter (now 5) had HORRIBLE eczema on the insides of her elbows from the time she was 18 months until she was almost 3. It was so bad that we had to gauze and tape her arms, or she would scratch them until they bled. We tried everything we could think of, and the thing that we finally found that worked was a prescription cream from the doctor combined with a certain kind of soap---I can't remember what the soap is called, but you can buy it at Meijer, and it's in the baby section, in a teal bottle with Winnie-the-Pooh on it, and says its specifically for eczema. They have body wash and a tub soak...those were the only products she could use until she was close to four.

Jocelyn - posted on 05/04/2009

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Hi Cathy, have you tried taking the chemicals out of your house and using only natural based products. I work with a Health and Wellness company that carries only natural based products and they have a lotion that I have personally witnessed get rid of ezcema. They carry everything from vitimans, cleaners, make-up, laundry detergent, etc. If you want to know more you can email me jocelyn_gagne@hotmail.com

Thanks

Jessie - posted on 05/04/2009

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Do not hold me to it, but I believe it is. As far as the lotion goes, it doesn't have to be the name brand, just as long as it is the oil based, the dr. prescibed my son the eucerin cause that crap is expensive, and just try to put it on two to three times a day. hopefully the weather will get better for yall, I know how it is.

Brittany - posted on 05/04/2009

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Quoting Berecca:

i know that this is going to sound silly or even gros but you know that niple cream with lannolyn in it. well use that on it. it will protect the broken skin while healing the cells. its safe for them to eat too. its sticky so maybe do it before nap and bed or something. it works on adult eczema too. huggs.



I'll try that with my fiance too, thanks! I was wondering if you know whether or not eczema is hereditary. My daughter's pediatrician commented on her really dry skin and told me to use eucerin instead of baby lotion. After she said that i told her my fiance has eczema, she just said it's too early to call it eczema because most babies have dry skin. I can't afford to get the eucerin right now because of all the rain, my fiance has been missing work, but I've been using baby oil instead of baby lotion.

Jessie - posted on 05/04/2009

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My son has the same problem and on top of the creams, I have to put lotion(eucerin or Vaseline is preferred per my Dr.) three times a day. He also recommended that he uses dove unscented soap for washing. He still itches every once in a while, but it is not as bad.

Nikki - posted on 05/04/2009

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Aveeno makes an oatmeal bath thing that is awesome and worth a try- I checked with child's peditrition to make sure it ws safe and she assured me it is all safe as long as she doesn't eat it if drinks bath water it's not going to harm her just if eats directly out of package. it's worth a try



http://www.drugstore.com/qxp16475_333181...

Cathy - posted on 05/04/2009

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my son doesnt really eat veg, i try to give it to my kids but they are really fussy eater and they just throw it on the floor.

Cathy - posted on 05/04/2009

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hi willing to try anything just feel so sorry for him when he is constantly scratching all the time. i will take him to health visitor to see if they can get him tested.

Jessica - posted on 05/04/2009

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make sure he eats plenty of vegetables... get a variety of colors. Adults can get a form of eczema if they don't eat enough veggies... it's do to a deficiency in the body

User - posted on 05/04/2009

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i know that this is going to sound silly or even gros but you know that niple cream with lannolyn in it. well use that on it. it will protect the broken skin while healing the cells. its safe for them to eat too. its sticky so maybe do it before nap and bed or something. it works on adult eczema too. huggs.

Brittany - posted on 05/04/2009

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My fiance has eczema and lotions make it worse. The only thing we've come across that actually helps is the Palmer's Stretch Mark stuff I got when I was pregnant. He used it more than me.

Cathy - posted on 05/04/2009

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hi thanks for advice i dont use soap i mostly use the blue johnsons baby bath, i will try not using it and see if that helps, the eczema is slowly spreading on his face now aswell i just hope it doesnt get worse on his face

Jayne - posted on 05/04/2009

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if you use johnsons product id try going with out dont use no soap or bubbles and try to use baby wipes with alo vera in them my 4 year old daughter has it really bad but when i stopped using johnsons it healped a lot to now only flares up now and again

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