what can i do for baby excema? can some foods trigger a reaction?

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Rachel - posted on 07/16/2009

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dont use baby soap but in the hair... the yellow or pink colors in most baby soaps and lotions make it worse. i was directed to use DOVE SENSITIVE SKIN... did make a big difference and for lotion i use Aveno baby.. not the light blue bottle.. the dark blue one... it says treats excema right on it! for bad spots the best that worked for my son is using Desitin.. but i got the clear kind.. it really helped his super bad spots

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Stefanie - posted on 07/19/2009

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My 2 yr old has terrible eczema in the winter. I treat it by washing her with plain yogurt instead of soap as soap is too drying for her skin. Then I use Emu Oil as a "lotion" after her bath. If certain places get really bad I apply Vit. E oil before bed and it usually looks better before morning.
I know some foods, like dairy, can sometimes trigger it for some children. Not true for mine though. You will have to do an elimination diet to find out for sure.

Oh! You can also give your child an oatmeal bath. I put a 1/2c oatmeal in a food processor and blend it into a flour and then put it in the bath water with some Epsom salt.

Arlene - posted on 07/19/2009

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:) after 3 days of both creams being used im glad to say her skin looks soooo much better, you couldnt miss the red patches on her back n torso but now you have to have her right infont of you in and in bright light for you to notice it so im very happy its at least calmed down. tomorrow its a bank holiday so the surgery will be shut but 9am tuesday i will be phoning for an appointment to see my G.P (general practitioner) to discuss possible food reactions as i want to find the cause of it rather than treat the symptons.

i really wish i had discoverd this network when i was struggling to cope with breastfeeding and a baby suffering from colic n acid reflux, as im only now getting over or coping with post natal depression. i think i would have been shown the same help n support and not felt so alone in the 1st few months. i will keep youse posted :) arlene

Afrin - posted on 07/17/2009

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hi arlene,first stop all fragnance stuff like soap,powder..and also wheat food and also sea food. Used emmoniet cream daily apply twice on whole to moisture body it will prevent from itching.

Meilani - posted on 07/16/2009

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Quoting arlene:

thank you moms :) your info n personal experience has helped me understand her skin condition better as i dont suffer from dry skin neither does my partner so its hard tackling a problem you dont really undrestand. i got her a non fragrence, non colour, dermalogicly tested foaming wash designed for dry skin to excema, also have an aqueuos cream to moisturise her skin inbetween the cortison cream. im also going to eliminate some foods to see if that is the cause of it flaring up, in the meantime i will take her back to the doctor for further advice (although i feel the advice ive read today given by you all has been more helpfull!) ufortunately we dont have walmart here in scotland but will google search to see if i can find the products that have been suggested, again many thanks, Arlene & Ava Grace :)


good luck honey let us know what happens ok! maybe you can find something online and have it shipped to you if possible

Arlene - posted on 07/16/2009

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thank you moms :) your info n personal experience has helped me understand her skin condition better as i dont suffer from dry skin neither does my partner so its hard tackling a problem you dont really undrestand. i got her a non fragrence, non colour, dermalogicly tested foaming wash designed for dry skin to excema, also have an aqueuos cream to moisturise her skin inbetween the cortison cream. im also going to eliminate some foods to see if that is the cause of it flaring up, in the meantime i will take her back to the doctor for further advice (although i feel the advice ive read today given by you all has been more helpfull!) ufortunately we dont have walmart here in scotland but will google search to see if i can find the products that have been suggested, again many thanks, Arlene & Ava Grace :)

Rebecca - posted on 07/16/2009

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i buy mine at target in the baby section at my store, it is next to all the diaper ointements

 



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Quoting Rachel:

dont use baby soap but in the hair... the yellow or pink colors in most baby soaps and lotions make it worse. i was directed to use DOVE SENSITIVE SKIN... did make a big difference and for lotion i use Aveno baby.. not the light blue bottle.. the dark blue one... it says treats excema right on it! for bad spots the best that worked for my son is using Desitin.. but i got the clear kind.. it really helped his super bad spots





oooh where  can i find the dark blue label...I dont think i seen it walmart here but ill have to check again I seen the light blue one but I definitely want to try the dark blue one now!...Desitine? are you talking about the diaper rash ointment? thats interesting





 

Rebecca - posted on 07/16/2009

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my oldest had severe eczema. we had to switch him off of formula to soy formula. turns out that it was the gluten in the milk that was triggering it. he was also put on a really heavy prescription cream. don't remember what it was called. as far as the food allergies, it will be trial and error. but you should take them to the doctor just so it doesn't get infected (in extreme cases) good luck :o)

oh and definitly stay clear of anything with perfumes or dyes in it. all makes a great "free" formula for clothes. aveeno (dark blue bottle) lotion treats dry spots great and plain old dove sensitive skin is a great soap.

Meilani - posted on 07/16/2009

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ill have to look into that Desitin clear ointment Ill have to see if that works on my daughter... :) I just tried the Gold bond for bug bites and that works wonders!! my husband says it doesnt work for him but it works in a instant on me....unfortunately I tried using it on my daughter but her eczema was a little too raw i think b/c she started screaming it burned...so that was out! thanks for the info....and I hope you get the help you need too Arlene!

Rachel - posted on 07/16/2009

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yeah its hard to find at walmarts.. if it is there its not in the baby section .. its in the cosmetics, lotions, hair products area instead... i usually have better luck finding it at Target though. walgreens never has it. and yes the desitin i'm talking about it diaper rash ointment.. i tried all sorts of things but did this one day and it seemed to help a lot! its a white tube of it .. i usually find that right in the baby area at walmart. my sister still has excema and she says she loves Gold Bond... of course its not cheap but if you look in the sunday newpaper there is almost ALWAYS a coupon for it

Meilani - posted on 07/16/2009

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Quoting Rachel:

dont use baby soap but in the hair... the yellow or pink colors in most baby soaps and lotions make it worse. i was directed to use DOVE SENSITIVE SKIN... did make a big difference and for lotion i use Aveno baby.. not the light blue bottle.. the dark blue one... it says treats excema right on it! for bad spots the best that worked for my son is using Desitin.. but i got the clear kind.. it really helped his super bad spots


oooh where  can i find the dark blue label...I dont think i seen it walmart here but ill have to check again I seen the light blue one but I definitely want to try the dark blue one now!...Desitine? are you talking about the diaper rash ointment? thats interesting

Rachel - posted on 07/16/2009

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also i know some children it gets worse in sun.. others it gets better. you'll have to see which it is for your little one

Meilani - posted on 07/16/2009

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oh another thing....perfumes on your or dad or grandparents could also be a trigger....I hated the fact that i couldnt wear smell goods anymore...but thats what I did...sometimes air freshners would trigger me and my kids reactions...pets and sometimes make up too can be itchy....hope you get straightened out soon!

Meilani - posted on 07/16/2009

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well first talk to your pediatrician of course...I have had eczema since i was little and now my daughter and my youngest son both have extreme eczema...first you definitely want to make sure your lotions have no fragrance at all!...I was a lover of baby Johnson Lavender lotions and all that great baby smell good stuff...but now were just plain ole janes lol food could be a cause you may need to get your little one tested my youngest has milk egg and nut allergies and cats...my daughter hasnt been checked for allergies yet but her skin is so bad she has an olive complextion but you will see white spots from her where her eczema has been its really bad between and the back of her elbows, wrist and the back her knees, my son gets it behind his ears and his legs as well...I have outbreaks on my face which can be embarrassing lol but anyway...my kids are on triamincolone and oral meds to help stop itching like zyrtec or atarax...cetaphil is great but i would only use the lotion i dont like the soap...i just have issues because it dosent sud! so i feel like the kids are not clean lol...so i switched to aveeno with the green label on it that says "fragrance free"...even the body wash will say "fragrance free" I use tide for for washing dtg, thats the only one that wont break us out...key thing is when you look for soaps and stuff dont pick up stuff that says unscented....because I use to do that with dove soap...well we still broke out and couldnt figure it out...well duh!! i looked at the bottle ingredients and it said fragrance! lol so just be careful..always check the labels out...Hope everything goes well for you!

Cassandra - posted on 07/16/2009

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My little brother has eczema until this day and he is 17. But you can use aquafor. its expensive and you can buy it at walmart. its like grease and you just have to rub it in. and you dont need alot. He puts it on everyday. but it is very good.

Renee - posted on 07/16/2009

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I would take her to the doctor because they can prescribe something stronger that you need a prescription for. I am not sure what it is called but it is a cream that you can only use for a few days at a time because it is so strong and then u have to give it a few weeks break.

Arlene - posted on 07/16/2009

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she has the hydrortisone 1% cream n diprobath emolient but it seems to be spreading n getting worse

Renee - posted on 07/16/2009

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Hi Arlene. It depends on how bad your baby's eczema is. My son also has it and my Doctor told me just to use basic plain creams. I lather him up twice a day all over. Just baby sorbolene or QV cream is best. Some foods can trigger it - oranges, eggs. It could be allergy related as well. If it is really bad (scaly and scabby) you would probably need to take him to a doctor. You can just buy hydrocortisone cream over the counter at the chemist but the doctor can prescribe something stronger if nothing else is working.

Renee - posted on 07/16/2009

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Hi Arlene. It depends on how bad your baby's eczema is. My son also has it and my Doctor told me just to use basic plain creams. I lather him up twice a day all over. Just baby sorbolene or QV cream is best. Some foods can trigger it - oranges, eggs. It could be allergy related as well. If it is really bad (scaly and scabby) you would probably need to take him to a doctor. You can just buy hydrocortisone cream over the counter at the chemist but the doctor can prescribe something stronger if nothing else is working.

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