What is good to treat Eczema?

Roxanne - posted on 02/25/2010 ( 79 moms have responded )

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I have a 15 month old that is starting to get "lil spots" that look like ring worm rashes. The doc said it was eczema. i know nothing about this and dont know how to treat it. i will look up eczema online and see what causes it and how to treat it, i just wanted to know what other mothers recommend.

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Ella - posted on 03/08/2010

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The creams will mask the symptoms. I would ask for an allergy test. Your child is probably allergic to something. And while the creams might alleviate the appearance or symptoms- the issue is that something is not right in your little one's body.. GL

Jazi - posted on 03/05/2010

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As a long time eczema sufferer myself, I know that there are many things to try - and that what works for one, does not work for all. for me, the best thing for a "Nasty Patch" that I may not have noticed before bed and scrached in my sleep or let go for a day. It always reacts really well to a paste made of raw honey and ground oatmeal (take oatmeal and run it through coffee grinder for a powder) slather on a layer and cover with a gauze pad taped into place for at least 1 hour, (it can go longer) wipe it off then take your cool shower/bath and moisturize. the raw honey just seems to really help the skin heal well. and now that my son is over a year old, it works great on his patches also, and it's not going to make him really ill if he manages to get some on his hands and puts it into his mouth like many ointments and creams can do.

For lotions and ointments, I can't use petrolium based products on myself or my son (they make me kinda purple when I stop breathing). I use Lanolin based ointments instead. Mine that I use on us are made by a local woman I know with natural oils for light scents and supposed healing properties, (food grade quality). But you can find these type products online - you just have to search. Goats milk is also very healing. It's the base in the soap and shampoo I use on us.

For laundry soap, I use Trader Joes laundry soap - powder formula. Works great - no oder, rinces very clean, and in a house full of allergies it's VERY important. I do not recomend ANY liquid formulas - even the ones marked "free". 1) you're paying for the water to make them liquid and 2) they have extra chemicals and additives that the body doesn't need. People in today's society absorb nearly 4 times the amount of chemicals into our bodies than we did 50 years ago. Rates for diseses are growing, new ones are springing up. Could this be the reason?

Sunblock is a very good thing to have - as being in the sun can really agrivate or initiate a flare up. And sunburn on top of eczema - let's just say it's equivilent to several four letter words stacked on top of each other as you try to treat it and allow it to heal. Best tip ever fr sunburns - viniger daubbed on the sunburn as soon as possible and then at least twice more, deepens the burn into a tan, rather than promoting peeling of the skin protecting against more burning. Unlike aloe which dries the skin out more, leaves the heat deep in the skin letting the burn continue to deepen and peel risking an eczema breakout and second burn.

Find what works for you, your child(ren) (and it may be different for each person in your house) stock up and pray that they don't change their formula. Good luck

Jazi and Zander

Courtney - posted on 03/01/2010

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My 15 month old suffers horribly with eczema, and has since she was only weeks old. She also has a lot of allergies that are possibly contributing to her skin issues. Her pediatric dermatologist said that her body is losing too much moisture so you essentially want to trap the mosture in, which is where the aqauphor (or similar products) comes into play. Every time you bathe your little one make sure to seal all that moisture in with a great petroleum based product. I really like to use a product by Gentle Naturals called "Baby Eczema Cream" which is fragrance free and slightly less greasy than aquaphor for daytime use. It works really well and you can get it at Wal-mart, Target, etc. I moisturize my daughter with it a couple times a day, and when her skin is getting really itchy I try to do it each time I change her diaper. Her dermatologist said that usually anything thin enough to drip from a bottle will most likely not seal the moisture in enough, which I believe is a good rule of thumb. I also use all fragrance-free products on her, like Dreft detergent, and a product from California Baby that is a shampoo/bodywash. We do have prescription ointments, but I try to avoid constantly rubbing steroids on my daughter and I do find that some of these other things help. I hope this helps! Good luck :)

Jayme - posted on 02/25/2010

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My daughter has this very bad because of her allergies. We have to use aquafore on her every night which is kinda like a vasaline.I put it on her after bath. Also use non scented soaps shampoos and laundry soap. I've found that makes a big difference with the eczema

Siobhan - posted on 03/07/2010

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Dump the creams ladies! Use an Amber Bead Necklace, its more likely to work than a cream and its all natural. If you look online you can find genuine ones but it depends on the country u live in. I got mine from a local baby goods store but they are all over the place. They are primarily used for teething but I have recently found lots of mummies use them for eczma and all of them found it worked. My baby had horrendous eczma on her cheeks from teething and the necklace made it go away completely and it has never come back. More info http://www.organicislandbaby.co.nz/shop/...

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J - posted on 04/24/2014

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Have you tried TruKid? They have an eczema cream that's made with zero chemicals or fragrances and made only with safe, good-for-you ingredients. We've been using it for two years on my four kids and we love it! I've met the creator/CEO in person and she's a lovely mom - concerned with the health of our kids and our planet =)

Catrina - posted on 12/18/2013

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I recommend Young Living's Sandalwood Moisture Cream. It is an ultra-hydrating moisturizer infused with pure essential oils. MSM - a naturally occurring, plant-based chemical-- softens skin and promotes elasticity. It's more on the expensive side but it works! My baby had eczema on his arms for a year and it was becoming worse. I tried everything and finally tried Sandalwood. I noticed results almost instantly, and it's completely gone now. I won't use anything else. Http://www.youngliving.org Sponsor & Enroller number is 1385528. Happy Living!

Katy - posted on 10/20/2013

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My son has had eczema since he was a month old. First we tried Aquafor which worked great for a while, then talked to his pediatrician who recommended 0.5% hydrocortisone when he was still a baby. That works good to treat an outbreak but for everyday maintenance we used Eucernin to coat his skin once a day. That works great at keeping his skin moist however should never be used on their feet as the oil has a negative effect om feet. My son now also has Hand & Foot Eczema they call it. Didn't really see a reason for a different name but it causes the skin on the bottom of his feet & between his toes to peel off. They get very itchy & dry, worst in the summer with the rubber type open toe shoes he'd worn at school and just peel away making his feet very raw & sore. Apparently the rubber & plastic in the shoes, as well as Eucernin on the feet, just too much oil. His pediatrician recommended a prescription hydrocortisone 2.5%, where o. ver the counter maxes @ 1%, to be used twice daily on his bad spots. She still recommended the Eucernin in between breakouts as maintenance on his poor dry skin, just said to make sure to keep it off his hands & feet. Stick to the hydrocortisone, I tried various brands & special eczema creams but nothing works better at making the rashes go away. If a basic 1% hydrocortisone cream twice a day doesn't work, then I recommend speaking to your pediatrician about getting a jar of the heavy duty 2.5% cream jar. Its amazing... Wish I wouldn't have waited so long to accept it. My son is about to turn 5 now...

Michelle - posted on 04/21/2010

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Ethical nutrients makes a product called 'Eczema Shield'. It works from the inside out and has been back up by clinical trials. It's not cheap but it's a great product.
You can find it in most pharmacies, it's keep in the fridge so you may need to ask the pharmacy assistant for help.
Google for more info.

Katrina - posted on 03/18/2010

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My nephew has really bad eczema. My sister has tried everything from prescriptions to home remedies. One product that worked excellent for him is a topical cream called Freederm. Here is a link to the website. http://freederm.com/ The site looks a little pushy but I can assure you it is well worth it. I wish you the best of luck.

Kristy - posted on 03/14/2010

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hi my son has realy bad eczema, i cant use any creams with added fragence or alchol, suncreen. i use a bath oil from the chmesit and paw paw cream this realy worked. my son breaks out with eczma whan he eats the wrong foods like tomatos or oranges.

Jessica - posted on 03/12/2010

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My son's pediatrician recommended bathing him in a mild soap (I use Dove for sensitive skin) and putting hydrocortisone cream on him a couple of times a day. I sent some to daycare with him and she put it on him once a day after naptime. I also put it on him after his bath each night. Good luck finding what works.

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my daughter had same thing and dr. didn't know what it was....gave us all kinds of creams!! It showed up on shoulder and was round like ringworm. I finally was able to get rid of it myself....AQUAPHOR!! It is a MIRACLE LOTION!!

Diana - posted on 03/12/2010

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Eucerin is what we use before each nap, first thing in the morning etc... Make sure its not food allergies causing issues as well.

Louise - posted on 03/11/2010

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My 15 month old twins have eczema. Our ped recomended no soap, only baby dove extra sensitive when absolutly needed, and a cream called glaxil base, also she told me to use 100% cotton clothing on them, if they sweat in poly, it will cause terible break outs.

Amanda - posted on 03/11/2010

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My 16 month old was diagnosed at 4 months. He seems to have flare ups more often around the change of seasons and in the winter when his skin is very dry. I use an Eucerin on him for a daily lotion and an oatmeal based bath. We don't use anything with fragrances on him, even laundry soap I have to watch- dreft or All Free and Clear seem to be the best. I also have to be careful with my fragrances I spray them on my undershirt so if he comes into contact with my clothes he wont break out. His skin got the worst it has ever been this past winter to the point where I was in tears about how bad it had gotten (thinking it was something I had done wrong or used) and so I didn't even want to take him out of the house. His doctor recommended using hydrocortisone cream, especially when the ring worm type spots appear, and Eucerin. I take a little of each (a little really does go along way) and mix them in my hands basically so it is 50/50 of each. Then I massage into his skin. His doc recommended doing this twice a day for a week then going to every other day and slowing decreasing. It really did help the redness and irritation. I would also recommend making sure your baby's nails are trimmed. My little guy will dig when he is itchy and make it worse. A lot of people have recommended Aveeno as well. But one thing I didn't think of until we talked to our doctor was some lotions which are claim to be for eczema actually make it worse because they have alcohol in them which dries the skin. So it really is worth spending 10 or more dollars on a large container or aquaphor or eucerin because it lasts a long time (I bought our container of Eucerin 4 months ago and there is barely a 1/4 inch gone out of the container). Best of luck to you and your little one.

Katherine - posted on 03/11/2010

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Aveeno baby products are awesome, especially the lotion. And be careful w/ new products like soaps or even bath bubbles - they really seem to activate it for our son!

Ashley - posted on 03/10/2010

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we stopped using Johnsons except for her shampoo, and switched to Aveeno baby wash, and an Aveeno oatmeal lotion, definately made a difference. Plus, I use Burts Bee on her bottom only thing that ever works, but she also has to use Nyastin and sometimes an antibotic oitment, three oitments! on her bottom she has a yeast infection from a uti that wont go away. = (

Kia - posted on 03/10/2010

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Yeah both of my kids have it and the doctoer gave them this oil called Derma-smooth. But I use non sented soaps and detergents. And the key is to keep their skin moisterized. Good luck

Donna - posted on 03/10/2010

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I have eczema and my son sean has it also, the only thing is try try and try don't wash your child everyday but make sure to keep the skin moisturized. also watch out for his/her breathing as asthma can develop, they sometimes go hand in hand. with regards to the washing power try the non bio.

Katy - posted on 03/10/2010

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i use hydrocortizone on my sons' and the spots go away. i also use free and clear detergent on all of his clothes, that helps, its an allergic reaction. my son has had this since he was 1 month old all over his body from head to toe, he's 16 months now and he only still has one small spot on his leg, the rest is gone

Larissa - posted on 03/10/2010

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my daughter has eczema and she is 27 months old my son also has it who is about the same age as ur child i have never treated my kids i just keep them clean and try to keep them out of to much heat as possible which makes it flare up really bad u can buy stuff at coles supermarket to put on it try and use a soap free agent to cath ur child in also!!! good luck
the best way to seek treatment is to go to the chemist and just ask the ppl behind the counter

Karen - posted on 03/09/2010

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I feel for you as I have eczema myself. I was praying that my daughter wouldn't get it and thankfully to date she hasn't. I find that allergies flare mine up bad and so I have switched everyone in the house to ALL free and clear laundry soup and try to stay away from things that irritate my skin. I also us Aveno bath wash and lotions on the baby as they tend to be milder with the oatmeal base which also soothes the skin. They do sell oatmeal bath stuff which comes in a packet and yes it smells like a bowl of oatmeal when you mix it in but it does wonders for the dry itchy skin caused by eczema. There are also a ton of prescription creams out there but unfortunately most of them are too strong for the little ones. Hope this helps a little.

Samantha - posted on 03/09/2010

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I have eczema and my 1 and 2 year old have it as well I have it on my face and on my neck, my son has it all over is legs and but and on his face, and my daughter just has it on her face, I use cetaphil Moisturizing lotion, cleansers, and bar soap, on all of us and it works great, I was using a prescription lotion that was like eucirine, but, I lost it, it worked even better than the cetaphil lotion, I also have elidel, witch is steroid cream and it thins your skin and increases your chance of skin cancer. Especially in small children because of there increased exposer to sunlight, I would never put it on my children. But, the products work great and they even have that baby eczema stuff with like baby pooh bear on it along with cradle cap medicine, my son have cradle cap as well.

Amanda - posted on 03/08/2010

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eczema runs in my family so of course my daughter got it, but only a few patches here and there but they always seem to come back UGH! but i heard from someone to put vagisil on the patches, sure enough i went and got some dollar store vagisil and the spots havent come back since. she gets a spot here and there but i put that on it and it clears right up! sounds weird but i really think you try. it worked for many people that i suggested it to!

Chrissy - posted on 03/08/2010

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I have a 15 month old as well and a few months ago I discovered the same "lil spots" that look like ringworm rashes. I used to bathe him every night, but since I finally realized that it was eczema, I now bathe him every other night. I have been using Aquaphor after his baths and it seems to be working great! He had it so bad all over his back and across the front of his tummy. I think the best way to treat the eczema is to keep using the creams that were made for it (Aquaphor seems to work the best for my son) and not to give your baby a bath every day...try every 2 or 3 days to keep his skin from drying out too much and keep re-applying the creams a couple times a day. Eczema you will notice is worse during the dry winter months. I hope this information helps!

Nita - posted on 03/08/2010

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My son and I are both redheads, and I have used Cetaphil/Aquaphor lotions from the beginning. Also, you might consider switching to Tide Free detergent, which is free of dyes and perfumes. I also haven't used Bounce dryer sheets in years and haven't missed them. Also, I don't bathe my son too much -- every two or three days is plenty -- I just wash his hands and feet every night before bedtime. Hope this helps! Good luck!

Nicola - posted on 03/08/2010

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hi, my son has just turned 16 months, he has got eczema, the doc gave him diprobase cream which helps with dryness but he also has hydrocortisone cream for when the eczema flares up, which is really good, but strong so u only need a bit on but only use it when u have to. hope this help.

Ashly - posted on 03/07/2010

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My son has eczema as well. It was pretty bad when he was an infant but has gotten significantly better. He was prescribed hydrocortisone and talc (?), but i stopped using these ointments since they're steroid based and I didn't want his skin to become dependent on it. There is a cream called Cetaphil that worked very well. Now we just use Vaseline; all of the moisturizers are Vaseline based anyway. This is working and clearing up the dry patches. The key is to apply the moisturizer as many times a day as you can. I also use Dove soap. They have a hypoallergenic fragrance free soap bar for sensitive skin. Good luck!

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We had the same problem and it was due to a food allergies. My DD is allergic to milk. It got better after we stopped giving her dairy. I also use the aquafore cream which helps.

Amanda - posted on 03/07/2010

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I know there are a tons of posts on this already but thought I would add my two cents. My 3 year old daughter suffers from eczema on a very mild basis. We use vaseline, just on the areas she is having issues with, we don't coat her in it, no need and it prevents the skin from breathing. I've seen others say they bathe their child every day but don't do this, it causes the skin to dry out even more. At 15 months a child (even one who doesn't have eczema) doesn't need to be washed more than twice a week.

Genevieve - posted on 03/07/2010

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If you are in Australia "Grahams" have a cream and a bath oil. If you don't have access to these then just bath your child in water with some olive oil and almond oil.

Jamie - posted on 03/07/2010

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I'm not sure on getting it cleared up once it gets bad, but I myself get eczema if I don't keep my hands moisturized. I have to use Aveeno Skin Relief. The other Aveenos don't seem to help quite as well. And just a little fyi, if you do use the Aveeno, baby aveeno lotion is the same thing as the regular Aveeno daily moisturizing lotion. It's just more expensive because it is for baby!

Meghan - posted on 03/07/2010

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My 16 month old son has eczema on his tiny hiney...I got some prescription ointment that clears it up very well. I use nothing but sensitive wipes/diapers/laundry soap/etc and it didnt help clear it up. I have heard that straight aloe vera will zap it. Although, I havent tried it just yet. I was told by an old country lady that it took 1 week of putting the aloe vera on and it never came back. Of course every baby is different and every cause is different...try it all til it works!!

Sarah - posted on 03/07/2010

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My daughter has eczema too. I first noticed it on her back and thought it was ring worm, so I treated it like ring worm. Her skin just got irritated worse, so I asked her doc, and she said it was eczema. I used Palmer's Cocoa Butter in the round tub thingy and Vitamin A & D ointment and it went away on her back, only to show up on her forearms. Her doc said not to bathe her everyday, and when we do bathe her to use lukewarm water and not let her stay in the water long (baths in the kitchen sink are perfect for this). Her forearms are nearly cleared up, so I'm just waiting for the next spot to come along. Good luck, at least it's not something life threatening, right? :)

Tavia - posted on 03/07/2010

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my lil girl had eczema since birth her Dr. requested hydrocortisone 1% after bath only 1x a wk b/c of her sensitive skin and apply the topical as needed works great. i depend on it still.

Nicole - posted on 03/06/2010

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Our little guy had the same problem and our doctor recommended aveeno baby products, we tried everything else and so far the Aveeno is the best!!

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My youngest daughter has eczema. I use dove soap for baths and vaseline after baths and in the morning. Also, try using a "free and clear" laundry detergent.

Tiffany - posted on 03/06/2010

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you can get that cetaphil soap since they are not supose to use soap soap to bathe with then you need to keep lotion on her but make sure it has no perfumes in it and the thicker the better. i use aquaphor on my son lather them up and just keep putting it on also do not give her a hot hot bath just luke warm and not everyday. i hope this helps bc i know it is difficult to deal with.

Tracy - posted on 03/06/2010

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Our daughter has it too. We only bathe her three times a week and use the new blut Johnson and Johnson soap which is made for everyday use. When her eczema is really bad we use the Aveeno oatmeal baths. Those work wonders. Also, lots of Aquaphor, especially after baths.

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My daughter also has it and the dermatoligist had suggested bathing every 2 days and using cetaphil and for the bad spots he has prescribed a cream. I lotion her up at almost every changing and the medicine I only use where she is really bad on her face. Hope this helps!

Nicole - posted on 03/06/2010

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my daughter has eczema as well. We have tried a lot of things but i think that the one that works the best is aveno that is in the pharmacy section. They have hydracortizone and also intense moisturizers. They work really good!! Another thing that has really helped is no scented lotions. That was really hard because i wanted her to smell like baby. Good Luck!!

Tine - posted on 03/06/2010

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It's probably food related, so look at what he's eaten recently. Could also be caused by chemicals - contact eczema, so check what detergents, pesticides, etc you use, or what he's come into contact with elsewhere. The only thing I'd reccomend putting on it is breastmilk if you're still feeding,or aloe vera, but only straight off the plant, not out of a tube because they usually have preservatives added. Other than that, homeopathics can truly work miracles with eczema, so if you know of a good homeopath (ask around, perhaps in health food shops if you don't) definately try that!
Good luck!!

Wendy - posted on 03/05/2010

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best thing for this kind of eczema I've found is Elocon steroidal cream, (prescription only) supported with QV cream from chemist twice a day. My little boy was quite bad earlier on but has grown out of it. The elocon was the only thing that would work on the lesions. You could try dermaid from chemist but I didn't find this as effective.

Ashley - posted on 03/05/2010

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i'm suprised to hear that gentle naturals cream seemed to have worked for everyone else. honestly when we put that on our baby it made it so much worse, and it would turn bright red! i agree that every baby is different. but you have to try everything you can!

Jennifer - posted on 03/05/2010

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try to keep baths to a minimum as they dry out the skin. I use Aveeno Oatmeal bath for my daughter who has bad eczema. When/if it is really bad use Doak Oil in the bath. (It smells horrible but it works) you can get this at a pharmacy, I got it at Shoppers.
Put lots of moisterizer on, if itchy put a cortizone cream (see your doc) then vaseline over top (acts as a barrier), then pj's or clothes.
Hope this helps

Beth - posted on 03/05/2010

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I agree with Brandy. Triple Cream is amazing. It's a little expensive but it does work. My 16-month-old has moderate exzema on his back and legs. His ped suggested Aquafor but I had already bought the Triple Cream and he said that was OK, and to use it in conjunction with a prescription steroid cream. I also like the Gentle Naturals exzema cream but it is really greasy! I will try the hypoallergenic detergents as well (love Dreft but it is not fragrance-free!).



Oh, and make sure your baby wears 100% cotton clothing ONLY!

Emmeline - posted on 03/05/2010

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My 15 month old daughter also have it! and i notice when it gets real good and hot it gets worse i been using everything and it seems like nothing is working i used everything! Dont know what to use or do?

Charlotte - posted on 03/04/2010

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It seems that each child reacts differently. I also did not want to continue to use cortizone creams on my 15 month old, so have tried everything. Have found that limited time in water (which is a shame because she loves it) and trapping in the moisture is vital. One of the best products that I have found is a locally made cream using bees wax and propolis. Also Sudocrem at night on the bad patches works wonders. Breathable, cotton clothing is a must - no synthetics. My Dr says it can't be, but I am convinced that she gets worse when she has had a lot of wheat - so I try and limit that. Finally I try and moisture her from inside out - she has a capsule of fish oil on her porridge in the morning (smell makes me want to gag but she seems to be fine!). Rich in omega-3 fatty acids - seems to help the skin and very good for the brain, so you can't go wrong! Good luck

Ashley - posted on 03/04/2010

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hydrocortizone cream 1%. best possible fix. i tried EVERYTHING and the most simple did the job the best =)

Rebecca - posted on 03/04/2010

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My daughter has terrible eczema, we've tried so many different creams and treatments, but there is one brand that we can only get on script that works perfectly. I think every child is very different so you might have to try many brands to find one that works!! The doctor id probably the best to talk to, or most states have ezcema clinics ran through a hospital. I was told lots of soap free baths help to keep it at bay as well!

Sarah Marie - posted on 03/04/2010

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hi my son had it for a while hes 15 mths now and its gone my friends son had it and her doctor told her to stop using johnsons products on him cus apparantly they aggravate eczema.and i used acqueos cream and lots of unfragranced natural moisteriser.xxxx

Susanne - posted on 03/04/2010

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Hi ya,
my little one got the same, our doctor gave us Aveeno cream and bathoil and it works a treat, but simple things like E45 could work.

Ashley - posted on 03/04/2010

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Hi my little boy who is 15 months now had eczema really bad, he had it all over and we were trying everything. My husband then was looking online and found a 100% all natural cream with a money back garantee if it didn't work. The cream is called Magicream and you can find it on ebay. Now you only get 2 little 10ml jars of it but you us it in a little amount and it goes a long way. Now my son had a very extream case of eczema and now he is clear of it and it took 24 hours to see a huge diffence and in less then a week it was all gone. I didn't even use up the 2 tiny jars of it but i bought more and will put it on everytime i give him a bath which is around 1 a week and it doesn't seem to be coming back. I truly think everyone who has eczema should try this it really works. Hope this helps.
Ashley :)

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