My two year old has been diagnosed with eczema.

Ayanna - posted on 04/04/2009 ( 188 moms have responded )

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Her pediatrician recommended dove soap as a cleanser and vaseline as a moisturizer. This method doesn't seem to be working at all for her. It seems as if though it makes her skin more drier than before. Any suggestions moms???

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Clarissa - posted on 04/04/2009

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My son has it on his tummy and we are now using...Aveeno baby wash for a cleanserand a two step moisterizer. Hydocordizone cream on the dry patches, because his pediatrician said it can be very itchy and then his lotion on top. We are using the Aveeno brand lotion right now but Aquaphor and Aquaphilic are very good too. The Aquaphillic lotion is non perscription, but normally you have to ask for it at the pharmacy because it's normally behind the counter. I have found that is it more like a lotion and not as greasy as the aquaphor. Good Luck...I hope this helps, it's no fun when we can't fix it for them right away!

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well my son has really dry skin and hasnt been diagnosed persay with eczema but it pretty much is and my doc said a&d and it works great on my sons face and maybe some aquaphor that could work the aquaphor is exspenive but that and a&D seem to be the only think to work

Amanda - posted on 10/16/2011

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Aveeno has both soaps and lotions for eczema thats what i use when my son has break outs

Candace - posted on 09/21/2011

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My son has eczema too. Whatever you do don't use baby products on her at all because they tend to have more water in them so they tend to dry the skin out more. We use the Dove soap also and as for a moisturizer we use Aquaphor after his bath. Don't give her a bath every night because that can make it worse. He gets a bath every other night and on the nights that he doesn't get a bath I just wipe him off with a soapy wash cloth. When you get her out of the bath do not dry her off, instead pat her dry. In the Winter, applying the Aquaphor ans then putting a sleeper on her will he keep moisture in her skin. In the warmer months we don't have any problems with his eczema so I just use a thick lotion like Nivea on him. It really helps.

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Samantha - posted on 10/03/2011

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My oldest son was two when they told me he had eczema as well! It showed up in the creases on his arms and legs...sometimes it got so bad it bled. After we realized that the Aveno baths and extra lotion weren't helping, his doctor recommended Desonide. it's a topical cream that cleared up even his worst eczema in less than a week. I'd suggest asking your doctor about it. Now 5 years old, my son doesn't have any more signs of eczema. :)

Toccara - posted on 10/03/2011

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For a couple of week our doc told us to give my daughter a bath with only clean water and it helped but we didnt know why it keep come back! Than they tested her for allercgy and we found out she can be around fish eggs peanuts and dogs. My hubby is a big fishermen and he like to cook it and fish is one that you can have any reaction just by breathing it! so he had to start cooking it outside and it have gotten better! she also use some medicated creams if you want the names just let me know!

Toccara - posted on 10/03/2011

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For a couple of week our doc told us to give my daughter a bath with only clean water and it helped but we didnt know why it keep come back! Than they tested her for allercgy and we found out she can be around fish eggs peanuts and dogs. My hubby is a big fishermen and he like to cook it and fish is one that you can have any reaction just by breathing it! so he had to start cooking it outside and it have gotten better! she also use some medicated creams if you want the names just let me know!

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MOSTLY NATURAL REMEDY!!!

Dove doesn't seem to wash off and for kids that are already itchy leaving soap behind is exasterbating matters.

For my sons eczema I spread the hydrocortizone cream our ped. prescribed over the really red/ irritated areas then lanolin on the areas that are a bit red or inflamed, but not weeping then over the rest of the body goes cocoa butter (more natural the better). Many creams out there are mostly petrol and other noxious chemicals that make the skin feel moist or smooth but that is really just a greasy layer masking the itchy skin underneath.

Reapply 2-3x per day until skin improves then switch to 1-2x per day to maintain moisture.

Make sure you are giving your little one lots of WATER to drink as hydration from the inside is extreemly important when it comes to fighting this battle.

Good luck

Makeda - posted on 09/26/2011

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My daughter had Eczema as a baby and everything the Dr gave her just didn't work. I was in the supermarket one day and over heard a parent telling another about how bad her twins Eczema was until she bought "Aveeno" and it cleared it up right away. I went and bought it straight away and haven't looked back since. Within a week it cleared it up a treat. She's now 2yr and her eczema has cleared right up, once in a blue moon she may get the odd patch of dry skin but then i start reusing Aveeno and within a few days its gone. Apparently its the oat-meal in the moisturiser that helps treat it. Good luck!

Dashanda - posted on 09/15/2011

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My nephew had it REALLY BAD till the doctor gave my sister (PROTOPIC CREAM) very expensive,but make sure you ask your doctor about it because it is a (steriod cream). I thank god for that cream he was suffering bad blisters,bleeding all the time he look like he had been sat on FIRE at one point of time.He is a very smart 9 year old now who harly every gets breakouts.Also use Aveneo oatmeal baths on her and don't let her stay in the tub no long than 5mins pat her leave her skin a little damp put a thick latery of cream on her and put the footies pj on her that way she doesn't scratch and the cream can soak in her skin.I hope this helps her feel better Good Luck

Amber - posted on 09/15/2011

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Aveeno makes a lotion that is for Eczema. When my oldest was diagnosed with it thats what the doctor recomended... It worked great for my two kids. Hope this helps..

Kacie - posted on 09/12/2011

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well i havent read all 177 replies, but having eczema myself since i was a child and still have it as an adult and my son having a mild case of it, i'll answer

frequent bathing makes it worse. Aveeno makes amazing washes and lotions for it. switching detergent helps alot sometimes too

Rebecca - posted on 09/11/2011

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My 6 month old daughter has eczema and my doctor recommended cortate. its an over the counter cream. and she also said to only bath her 1-2 times a week because the water was making her skin more dry and i put lotion on her every night before bed. Its cleared up alot she only has a few spots on her back left.

Ashley - posted on 09/10/2011

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Take her back to the doctor. I have eczema, never had it as a baby but I do as an adult. But I would suggest oatmeal baths. But be careful with those because your daughter can slip and fall. I used those a lot. I use the aveeno oatmeal baths. Also talk to them about possible triggers could be food she is allergic to or it could be soap/perfume/dyes in things. I would also suggest to change your laundry soap. I use the all free and clear. No dyes and no perfumes. oh and also have clothes for her that breathe very well. Certain clothes can make someone break out.See if that helps :) Eczema truely sucks but it is manageble

Marcela - posted on 09/09/2011

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Here is a brochure of the lotion as use for my daughter, http://pdf.melaleuca.com/BusinessCenter/...

Contact me if you want to try it, its a 100 percent money back grantee i have been using it since 2008 with my oldest daugther, They have referral program so their clients earn money when they refer a person, pretty awesome!

God Bless!

Amanda - posted on 09/08/2011

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What!? my daughter had eczema and we used Cetaphil Soap and lotion...my nephew however has it really bad on the insides of the back of his knees, and sometimes baby powder helps

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Over exposure to water makes it worse. Your skin needs more moisture, water takes away the natural oils on your skin.

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Yea no wonder its making her skin worse..dove soap makes my skin break out so bad.
Cornstarch in the bath water, pinetar soap or any soap without SLS(sodium lauryl sulfate) The SLS is a HUGE irritant. http://www.bagbalm.ca/bagbalm.ca/ This cream is designed for cows, however, it works so well. My sister has sever eczema and psoriasis, way worse than mine. Its so bad when she gets breakouts her skin literally tears apart from the inside and if you even bump her, her skin will bust open. She uses it and it because someone suggested it to her and it helps so much. I noticed a difference right away. I applied the cream and the next day my feet and arms(where i get it) were softer than they have ever been in my entire life.

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aveeno!! my daughter had the same thing.....doc said NO johnson and johnson to try aveeno...they even have an eczema wash

Leann - posted on 09/08/2011

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my daughter had that same problem and if you read the ingredient label it says it has fragrance in it were on the front it said it didnt the fragrance in any washes or shampoos dried my daughters skin out i now bathe her in california baby extra sensitive skin it free from common allergens and all nut allergens and it is all natural i found it at target but you can get it online at califoniababy.com its a little expensive but a little goes along ways

and i suggest getting her tested for food allergies they are a trigger for eczema my dadughter pediatrician wouldnty and i took her to a dermatologist and they told me to get it done right away

Heather - posted on 09/02/2011

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my daughter suffers yearly and what we do now is a special soap you can find at the grocery store or pharmacy is Aquaphore and the cream she uses is aquaphore or she also uses aveno lotion...she is a different person now! We went through tons of different things but Aquaphore is specific for skin trouble such as eczema...good luck i know what you guys are going through...oh my pedi also has me only let her take a bath or shower every other day...daily showers dry out the skin big time!

Kimberly - posted on 08/22/2011

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I swear 100% that TAR soap works like a miracle!!! I had Eczema when I was growing up.. It was HORRIBLE, all of my joints (elbows, knee's, behind my ears...) My grandmother sent me a few bars of tar soap in the mail from Chicago and I used it and it has never come back since... && Also, water is the ONLY way to hydrate the skin... There is no lotion or potions... simply water... I hope this helps... I swear by it.. Google it... (Tar soap/eczema)
Best~ Kimmie

Christelle - posted on 04/20/2009

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After suffering from Exzema foe 7 years myself and trying so many products, i was so upset to dicover that my 2 week old baby also had Exzema. After many different creams that contained the cortisime ingrediant, i wanted to try one that did not. So my local GP suggested a cream called Advanton. Not only did it mend my baby's skin within 7 days, it also cleared my skin after 7 years!!! We also use Dermaveen body wash for $12.00. Also the Dermaveen moisteriser daily helps keep the Exzma away. We only use the Advanten if the skin flares up on hotdays ect. Good Luck!!1

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I had the same problem with my son.  I was told the same thing.  The key is to let your baby soak in the tub. I let him sit in the tub until its cold and next thing I know no more creams or anything.  I even had a prescription cream and no longer need it

Heather - posted on 04/11/2009

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My son has it to and they told me to use Eucerin lotion. It is a little pricy but a little goes a long way. And they have some generic brands that seem to work just as well. :)

Elizabeth - posted on 04/11/2009

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they recommend dove because its soap free...so yuo may want to try another if its not working,,,,but when my son was little I bathed him in sorbelene cream...its cheap and its a moisturiser but its recommended....also you might want to see if his clothes are being washed by a harsh soap...My son had it really bad until he was four and now he doesnt have a spot of it....I hope yours does the same....fingers crossed

Andrea - posted on 04/11/2009

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The dermatologist told me to try to use CeraVe lotion. It is a little costly, but it helps. Or you can Cetaphil lotion. There is the Dove Clinical Strength lotion that is fragrance free that seems to be very helpful also.

Jennifer - posted on 04/11/2009

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i have had it my whole life nothing worked except for steroid shots which made me gain 30 lbs in 6 weeks so i dont suggest that but grapes seed oil is supposed to be the best. Cher has it all over her face and that is what she uses it has worked well and also this may not be as healthy but uv light like tanning that takes it right away and you can get that at a dermatologists office good luck it can be debilitating at times!

Alexandria - posted on 04/10/2009

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I want to share from my experience of dealing w/ the same problems myself & now my daughter. My daughter & I have sensitive skin problems. I've dealt w/ mine for 15 yrs & it has been the last few years that I finally got it under control & found products that actually work w/ no need for Rx. All these products I'm about to mention were recommended by my dermatologist & work the best for the both of us. All of the other cleansers or lotions were a waste of money, I've literally tried every OTC out there over the last 15 yrs. Cetaphil is the best cleanser for sensitive skin problems! - stick w/ this one for sure. For dry, itchy, rashy skin problems the best is Eucerin Calming Cream or pure aloe vera. For Eucerin make sure it says calming cream on the bottle. I have used hydrocortisone cream in the past & it tends to give me a light burning sensation that hurts, it aggravates my condition and I continue to itch after it so that failed. I just use the Eurerin calm cream or pure aloe vera. Always put the lotion or cream on immediately after the bath while the skin is damp (the skin absorbs so much more of it) & then as needed during the day. My Derm. also recommended this one: THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT, is we ONLY use detergent & fabric softener that is BOTH FREE OF DYES & PERFUME & not powder, liquid only. Use it for your child's clothes & the bedding especially. You can buy them anywhere now. I use brands ALL free & clear and Bounce free & clear softener sheets. Steer absolutely clear of Tide, even the free & clear, it's the worst for any skin problems. Don't use Dreft or Wool-lite either they have perfumes. The free of perfumes & dyes clean your clothes as well as any of those Not free of them. If it's only your child that has this problem, you can choose to only wash her clothes and bedding in the free of dyes/perfumes. If you do have any stubborn stains, I do use Oxy-clean Powder Free & Clear. It works great. Because it only comes in powder form, if you use it in the washer, put a scoop at the top when the water has completely filled and before it starts swish your hand in there to help dissolve the powder b/c even though it's Free of perfume/dyes, tiny powder specs, that may not even be noticeable, can get left on the clothes and those can irritate skin. Swishing it in the water w/ your hand just before the cycle works just fine for that. When I switched my detergent & softner, my daughter & I both noticed a huge difference in our skin. If all else fails, do go to a dermatologist even though it may cost you more money. If you have medicaid, like I do, ask for a referral from the pediatrician if all he has offered isn't working. All that I've mentioned is OTC & controls our problem with no Rx needed. Pedi. are great but Derm. specialize in skin problems so obviously they know more options. I hope this helps your little one.

Brittany - posted on 04/09/2009

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i have eczema very bad on my arms aveeno baby body wash works really well to help it not to flair up. other things can make it act up too like scented body lotions and washes food can also make you have a break out but ucerine cream does work very well udder cream works too the doctor told my best friend not to use baby oil on her sons eczema because it is scented and can cause irritation and pain from the scent good luck to you

Brittany - posted on 04/09/2009

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i have eczema very bad on my arms aveeno baby body wash works really well to help it not to flair up. other things can make it act up too like scented body lotions and washes food can also make you have a break out but ucerine cream does work very well udder cream works too the doctor told my best friend not to use baby oil on her sons eczema because it is scented and can cause irritation and pain from the scent good luck to you

User - posted on 04/09/2009

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two of my boys had pretty bad eczema when they were younger. I found that the alpha kerry range found in chemists worked the best, also bathing my boys with almond oil added to the bath helped as well

User - posted on 04/09/2009

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two of my boys had pretty bad eczema when they were younger. I found that the alpha kerry range found in chemists worked the best, also bathing my boys with almond oil added to the bath helped as well

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Hey Ayanna, 



I've dealt with eczema in different degrees with all the of my children, the oldest having the worst symptoms, and I've worked at a pediatrician's office for the past 4 years.  I actually got the best advice that worked for us from my kids allergist. He said to give a bath everynight with unscented soap (I usually use Dove sensitive skin, but you can find it in generic too as long as its fragrance free) because it removes allergens from the skin.  I don't know if you've noticed her symptoms being worse if you skip the bath but they always are in my kids case.  As soon as you get your daughter out of the bath, even when she's slightly wet use vaseline or aquaphor on her (greasy and gross but helps) once that soaks in or rubs off on all the furniture and your clothes,lol, put a fragrance free lotion on her (like the cetaphil or aveeno or lubriderm... you can get those in generic also).   A lot of the time the eczema is related to allergies and if you're not sure if she's allergic to peanuts or tree nuts I would stay away from cetaphil body wash (it contains something with tree nuts in it) but the lotion is ok.  When she's flaring up and itching the doctors I work for recommend 1% Hydrocortisone ointment as opposed to the cream because it is greasier, except don't use it around the eyes.  There are also a lot of different creams behind the counter at the pharmacy that don't require a prescription that work well, one is called Vanicream and its great.  Also if nothing you try works ask your doctor about prescribing Elidel, its a really great prescription strength treatment too.  If all else fails it might be good to see an allergist because I was told that allergies flare eczema and the best way to treat on a long term basis is to eliminate allergens, allergy meds, testing and shots have helped alot in our case too.  Also watch for asthma signs as the two can really be related. Sorry to be so long winded, I just know how difficult it can be.  Take care and good luck!  -Angie

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Hey Ayanna, 



I've dealt with eczema in different degrees with all the of my children, the oldest having the worst symptoms, and I've worked at a pediatrician's office for the past 4 years.  I actually got the best advice that worked for us from my kids allergist. He said to give a bath everynight with unscented soap (I usually use Dove sensitive skin, but you can find it in generic too as long as its fragrance free) because it removes allergens from the skin.  I don't know if you've noticed her symptoms being worse if you skip the bath but they always are in my kids case.  As soon as you get your daughter out of the bath, even when she's slightly wet use vaseline or aquaphor on her (greasy and gross but helps) once that soaks in or rubs off on all the furniture and your clothes,lol, put a fragrance free lotion on her (like the cetaphil or aveeno or lubriderm... you can get those in generic also).   A lot of the time the eczema is related to allergies and if you're not sure if she's allergic to peanuts or tree nuts I would stay away from cetaphil body wash (it contains something with tree nuts in it) but the lotion is ok.  When she's flaring up and itching the doctors I work for recommend 1% Hydrocortisone ointment as opposed to the cream because it is greasier, except don't use it around the eyes.  There are also a lot of different creams behind the counter at the pharmacy that don't require a prescription that work well, one is called Vanicream and its great.  Also if nothing you try works ask your doctor about prescribing Elidel, its a really great prescription strength treatment too.  If all else fails it might be good to see an allergist because I was told that allergies flare eczema and the best way to treat on a long term basis is to eliminate allergens, allergy meds, testing and shots have helped alot in our case too.  Also watch for asthma signs as the two can really be related. Sorry to be so long winded, I just know how difficult it can be.  Take care and good luck!  -Angie

Sherri - posted on 04/09/2009

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when my son was 2 months old he had eczema really bad. It was to the point that his skin was raw. Oh was he cranky. I order Arbonne Baby Care (ABC), it is a little pricey but it really cleared up his eczema. I used the lotion as well as the diaper rash cream, body/hair wash and the sunscreen it worked great. .com You should look into it.



Sherri

Heather - posted on 04/09/2009

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Quoting Stevie:



well my son has really dry skin and hasnt been diagnosed persay with eczema but it pretty much is and my doc said a&d and it works great on my sons face and maybe some aquaphor that could work the aquaphor is exspenive but that and a&D seem to be the only think to work






My daughter has eczema and her pedi suggested baths every other night so the skin doesnt dry out using aquaphore for her soap and also eucerin cream with vaseline in it!!! Jenns skin has been great ever since and shes even in and out of the pool ext!! Good luck!

Emberly - posted on 04/09/2009

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My daughter was diagnosed with eczema when she was 18 months, her doc prescribed hydrocortizone 1%, eucerine and aquaphore. She has it really bad in the winter and those products keep it under control for the most part.

Laura - posted on 04/09/2009

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also dove dries my skin out so i dnt think it wld help what soever for your bby girl

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My son has eczema since he was 2 months old!! So I feel your pain and his. The only thing I have found to work is Aveeno lotion it is sold at Walmart it has a dark blue lid on it. We use it twice to three times a day.I've also found out that when he sits on carpet with shorts on it seems to make it worst!! We go through this all the time!! So I hope this works

Laura - posted on 04/09/2009

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my daughter also has eczema shes 14months all over her torso legs and arms, i find bathing her in water no soap and wash her hair seperatly 4 nights out of seven. and using e45 cream morning and night, and keeps it well under control, hope this helps

Rachel - posted on 04/09/2009

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My son had patches on his legs and arms, and just recently on his chin. His pediatrician prescribed me hyrdrocortozine 1% and it cleared up in a few days. However, this is a steroid cream and it does thin out the skin, so you have to becareful not to slather your baby with it. Only put it on the dry patches. The pediatrican also told me to use Crisco vegetable shortening as a lotion after his bath. Because of all the fat in it, it helps seal in the moisture. Also, use perfume and dye free prodcuts for his bath and laundry.

Caree - posted on 04/09/2009

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My son has a "sensitivity" to dairy, thats why he gets his excema....but its really really hard to restrict all dairy so I use these creams...

Caree - posted on 04/09/2009

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My son has been fighting excema since he was 8 months old. I swear by "baby excema cream" made by gentle naturals. It really helps with the redness and keeping it moisturized....I used that and a steriod cream that the doctor gave me.



Here is a link below for the cream.... I swear its the best thing ever!

http://www.walgreens.com/store/product.j...

Autumn - posted on 04/09/2009

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My BFFs son was cured of it because he got in the birthing pool when his sister was born. The placenta cured him. Wierd but WAY cool!

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My daughter has really dry skin and the doc said to use Aveeno baby body wash! She has a bath every other day in warm water not hot, we use Aveeno Active Naturals Skin Relief Mosturizing Lotion (fragrance free) on her a couple of times everyday, as well as before bed and it really works well! The doc also said to pat her dry after she got out of the tub, do not wipe her dry and then lather her in the aveeno mosturizing lotion! I hope this helps! :)

Angelina - posted on 04/09/2009

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e45 worked a treat for my boy...also make sure u clean bed 2 a month making sure u get rid of all dust mites which like to live in mattress...i fould having hard floors and no carpets also help...and keep them away from any pets...if none of this work go back to docs they should give u a cream which comtains a small amount of steroids

Dallas - posted on 04/09/2009

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hey guys try robertsons eczma creme - u may need to look it up on line but it works great

Gemma - posted on 04/09/2009

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I have always sworn by E45 cream it has always worked for me and can be used as an everyday moisturiser too, also unperfumed natural soaps(can get from boots or the body shop) are for eczema. hope this helps x

Whitney - posted on 04/08/2009

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My son seems to have some exzema too and I have tried all kinds of creams for it, None of them work for very long. They handle the symptom for a short time and then you forget to put the cream on for a couple of days and it comes back!  I finally have decided that he is having an allergic reaction to something in his diet. As a child I had exzema as well and my mom told me that what she finally did was take me to a chiropractor and start getting me adjusted, they also tested me for food allergies there and I was seriously allergic to dairy products but we didn't know it. After my mom took me off of dairy and continued with my adjustments she tells me it cleared up. I am taking my son to a chiropracor next week to get him tested for food allergies and find out what he shouldn't be eating since he is eating table food now. I have already talked to the doctor and he told me from what I said he thinks he is allergic to something he is eating. I really feel this is going to be the ticket. You could check it out too.

Maria - posted on 04/08/2009

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Everyone says try this cream and that, but it seems that no one truly knows how their children get allergic at the first place. Try changing the formula for something healthier as soy milk if is a baby if it started on solid food try preparing his meals with organic fruits and veggies lots of water instead of sugary juices. Most of the results and signs on our bodies really are screming at us to start thinking smart and simple about what we put in our mouths. My son loves cow milk so although i try to give him soy milk he just rejects it. So since i started giving him Multivitamins from herbalife and most of the drinks from that brand help him a lot Specially the Aloe Drink , whenever he starts to feel fuzzy, or stomach ache or bad after the shots. so even if he eats the processed food from a fast food restaurant he never got back the rashes, or red itchy spots that he develop when he as a baby started the formula. hope this helps lots. I'n not trying to sell you herbalife products but since they are great on any human being who has cells and need nutrition, why not letting everyone know about the good results at least on my baby and all the people i know. SO IF any doubths don't hensitate to send me a message

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