My sweet little 18mnth old boy has terrible eczema and I have tried EVERYTHING to help and nothing has helped so far. I cant bear to watch him suffer anymore. Any remedy suggestions?

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Caroline - posted on 04/23/2009

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if u live in a hard water area u might need a filter there is something in hard water that causes excema to flare up also blackcurrant juice can flare it up my eldest suffers from excema not so much these days but a lot when he was younger it could be something that they will grow out of. good luck babe hang in there u will find something to suit ur baby xx

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Ann - posted on 04/29/2009

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My son's pediatrician has prescribed Desonate gel, it is the only thing that has worked for me. I also stopped using the J&J baby lotion (pink bottle) good luck!!

Aideen - posted on 04/28/2009

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Yes you have to bath very regularly to stop the skin drying out but make sure to PAT the skin dry so as not to aggravate it and use the lotions & potions afterwards.
I work as an Oncology Nurse (cancer patients) and we use Aveeno for some of the skin side effects such as rashes, etc and it works an absolute treat.

Aideen - posted on 04/28/2009

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Oh i forgot to say that add a couple of handfuls (be generous, in other words) of Sodium Bicarbonate, the stuff you buy in the supermarket, into every bath and its a very natural healer.....good for sore bums too, esp nappy rash.

Dayn'l - posted on 04/28/2009

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My daughter is 9 months old, and she has eczema terribly. I used aveeno EVERYTHING! Thats the only way I can keep hers under control. Body wash, oatmeal bath, moisturizing wash, lotion....everything. I got her the regular johnsons & johnsons bubble bath...she broke out EVERYWHERE...I gave her oatmeal bath two nights in a row, and lotioned her up really well through out the day, and it cleared up.

Shayan - posted on 04/28/2009

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Hey it may sound wired but put a cap full of bleach in his bath water... I have it too and I tried it it works I got it off the news. The bleach kills the germs on the skin. After the bath pat dry him and add hydrocortisone cream... Hope dat works for u

Aideen - posted on 04/28/2009

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If all else fails, try Zirtek liquid you can buy it over the counter and my daughter is 6 so she's nearly grown out of it but it works a treat with the itching esp at night and helps her to sleep too

Delanne - posted on 04/28/2009

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my little man spent 2yrs in hospital wraapped in wet bandages & also with 3 secondary staff infections from everything they were putting on his skin ,he was allergic to al lcreams no matter wat creams they were as they had preservatives in them i wrote everything down they put on him & discovered this & 1 doctor listened to me out of 50 & he tryed ointments Elocon ointment & also Hamilton oil in the bath & Eucerin ointment , thankgod he hasnt been back in hospital since then & i stick to wat works which is these things plus a new wash i found called olivara wash its hard to get but well worth it, also no dairy or wheat products in his diet its a hard rd to be on but persistence & time will get u thru dont listen to a doctor who has met u 4 -5 minutes always get a 2nd opinion! also a naturopath rubbed this cream into him that burnt all of his hair off & his skin so beware even if its natural dosen't mean it works for your child... Good Luck!...

Chloe - posted on 04/26/2009

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When you're bathing him put an old stocking full of oates in with him. It stops it from being itchy and it heals away within a week or two just like a sore.

Lorraine - posted on 04/26/2009

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Quoting Eilidh:

I would recomend salcura products if u can get them, (uk based company but sell on the internet) i suffer from both eczema and psoriasis and use the intensive spray. wen my daughter developed a patch of eczema it cleared it up totaly in a very short time! it also works wonders for nappy rash. and my dad and sister both use it for flare ups of eczema too. its an all natural spray and can be used on anyone over 12 months old but they also have a version for babys, it stinks of t-tree or something but is well worth putting up with the smell! lol
Also both my dad and sisters eczema flares up with cows milk and my dads also gets bad with bananas and when using soap products with lanolin in them.
Agreeing with a previous comment i have also found extra virgin olive oil to help and previously have found lavender oil to work really well on my psoriasis and eczema but im not sure if your supposed to use it on young children. Hope things get better for you both x



Thank you! I will look it up. Ive been using the olive oil and It is helping. I used it on my excema too and its clearing up nicely. Thanks again!

Eilidh - posted on 04/26/2009

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I would recomend salcura products if u can get them, (uk based company but sell on the internet) i suffer from both eczema and psoriasis and use the intensive spray. wen my daughter developed a patch of eczema it cleared it up totaly in a very short time! it also works wonders for nappy rash. and my dad and sister both use it for flare ups of eczema too. its an all natural spray and can be used on anyone over 12 months old but they also have a version for babys, it stinks of t-tree or something but is well worth putting up with the smell! lol

Also both my dad and sisters eczema flares up with cows milk and my dads also gets bad with bananas and when using soap products with lanolin in them.

Agreeing with a previous comment i have also found extra virgin olive oil to help and previously have found lavender oil to work really well on my psoriasis and eczema but im not sure if your supposed to use it on young children. Hope things get better for you both x

Mallory - posted on 04/24/2009

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My 2 year old suffered from eczema for over a year. We tried all kinds of prescription creams but none would really help. I started using the Baby Aveeno bath wash and cream (not the lotion: lotions have alcohol in them that will just dry out the skin even more). He has been eczema free for a while now, but I still continue to use the Aveeno daily. He also have eczema on his bottom. I was using Pampers diapers and finally switched after I couldn't get the eczema to go away. As soon as I switched to Huggies, the eczema disappeared! Hope that helps.

Kimberly - posted on 04/24/2009

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Try oatmeal baths. They were one of the few things that worked for me as a child. You should probably monitor him to see if he might have fabric allergies too. Kids clothes are not always cotton....why I don't know....and that might be making it worse. Other allergies might be the problem too. I had it horridly as a child and making sure I only wore cotton, didn't have any foods I was allergic too, and oatmeal were the magic things for mine.

Tina - posted on 04/24/2009

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my friends twins suffer from eczema. One twin she uses pawpaw cream, the other twin has been put on goats milk & taken off any kind of citrus friut. Since then both of them have cleared up really well.

Connie - posted on 04/23/2009

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Have you ever tried 1% Hydrocoritisone cream? You can buy it at the drug store and it's really cheap. My son had it on his cheeks when he was a baby and it was so bad that he looked like he was burned. This seemed to calm it and take away any itching. The prescriptions from doctor's did not work. He has never had another flare up.

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Hiya. My son has terrible eczema and is allergic to most of the normal creams like E45 and that. I find hydrocortisone cream isnt very good for his skin but he has an ointment caklled elocon which works wonders. also Aveeno moituriser is excellent. and he has emulsiderm to put in his bath. Also try not to bath your son to much as this takes essential oils out of the skin. Try sctratch mittens to stop him scratchin. My little boy who is nearly 3 and half now had to have them taoed on when he was younger just to stop him and let the skin heal because he used to scratch himself till he bled. he still does scratch till he bleeds sometimes. also I notice his eczema flares up more when the weather changes from warm to cold and back again etc. nightmare at the mo cause the weather is so variable. Hope this helps. any other questions just ask x

Michelle - posted on 04/22/2009

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No problem - cow's milk is really not the great thing that it appears to be - it can cause a lot digestive problems - especially in kids with compromised immune systems (which the majority of excema children have). Soy milk is not that much better - there is an incredible amount of estrogen in soy - which is why it is recommended women in menopause drink lots of it.
Goat's milk is really good stuff - goat's have incredible immune systems and pass a lot of that through there milk. It is much easier to digest and easier on their intestines (where 70% of the immune system is housed). I really recommend trying it.
Also try the extra virgin olive oil - just pat some on him when he gets out of the bath - it really helps provide a natural barrier to keep bacteria out!

Good luck - I know it's tough!

Lorraine - posted on 04/22/2009

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oh thanks so much girl! I have actually been wondering lately if the cows milk could be part of it and thinking about taking him off of that. Ive tried probiotics and they didnt help much, but I bet if I try all of these things together it'll work. Thanks again

Michelle - posted on 04/22/2009

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Hi - my son suffers from extreme excema - like itchy, bleeding open sores sometimes - one his face, body, legs. I took him to two different pediatricians and three dermatologists. I've tried lotions and creams, prescriptions, zyrtec, claritin - NONE of it worked.

So I finally took him to a licensed naturapath (sp?) and she had so many great insights - starting with the largest secreting organ in the body is the skin - so if there are internal things going on - it could be causing the excema. So she immediately told me to take him off cow's milk and putting him on goat's milk. (which I buy fresh because of where I live, but can be purchased powdered at almost any health food store), then giving him probiotics to help rebuild his immune system. (which can also be bought at any homeopathic store). Topically she suggested nothing but Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil - I went with the olive oil.

We are four weeks in - and you would not believe the change. His skin is almost completely healed. He has stopped scratching and itching all the time - not a single new sore in that time.

I was very skeptical at first - but I'm sold now. I've done the research myself now, as well - and goat's milk is SO much better nutritionally anyways, and the probiotics are wonderful - my daughter and I have even started taking them. If you are able or willing - I suggest trying it - it doesn't hurt if you can't get help from your doc and nothing else is working.

Jade - posted on 04/22/2009

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My little sister had really bad eczema and my stepmum had a homepathic remedy which u can buy over the internet... she used to make it herself and put it in the bath... its called "KOMBUCHA" its a fungus but heals everything!! x

Lorraine - posted on 04/22/2009

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Thank you so much for your suggestions. I have tried all of them exept the Cetaphil and Aquaphor. I have begged his Dr to refer to a dermatologist and they just wont send him. I will be taking my son to the dr Tuesday and if they wont send him to a derm this time I will be switching Drs. Thanks again!

Erin - posted on 04/22/2009

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Try Elocon oil you need to get a prescription from the doc, but my little boys eczema was so bad he was bleeding this cleared up so well and only having to put it on once a day was soo much easier than all the other creams, try it you wont be dissapointed! we dont use it all the time now as its helped that much :) good luck xx

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My 7 year old son has had eczema since he was born. we also tried many many things until we found something hat worked for us. We don't use towels, too abrasive for him, he either drip drys and we put on eucerin glycerin cream to dry him off. I have also discovered an oatmeal soak at at store called Lush were I live (Nova Scotia, Canada) and it lasts for 1/2 dozen baths for us.

Renee - posted on 04/21/2009

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Something I found helped my daughter was just plain old paw paw cream. And avoiding really warm baths, just cool baths seems to help. I found with the cortizol creams that the eczema seems to build up an imunity to it and comes back worse.

Hope this helps.

Renee

Amanda - posted on 04/21/2009

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Here are a few things I've learned as a nurse and with my daughter who has a number of issues with her skin too.



1. Lotion - Cetaphil, Aquaphor, Aveeno, Lubriderm are all good lotions. If you are on a budget any lotion will work good, but you might have to apply it more, and make sure the lotion you buy is fragrance free - Lotions with fragrance have alcohol in them - defeating the purpose of lotion!

2. Ointments - Hydrocortisone cream, his doctor would have to perscribe that.

3. As much fun as it is to give our little ones baths, less is better with eczema, and use lukewarm water, hot water drys out skin. Also, use fragrance free soaps like Dove.

4. Wash his clothing in hypo-allergenic laundry detergant, and use fragrance free softner.

5. Dress your son warm for bed, but not too warm, sweating can excerbate symptoms.

6. Be careful what your son is exposed to: cig. smoke, pets, extreme cold, heat and chemical irritants, like soaps, and some foods can make eczema worse.



Take your son to the doctor, they can refer you to a dermatologist and allergy testing to pinpoint the exact problem. I also copied a link to Mayo Clinic it is very informative.



http://mayoclinic.com/health/eczema/DS00...



Hope some of these suggestions help

Amanda

Debora - posted on 04/21/2009

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I have two children that suffer from this and we use Eucerine Lotions and creams. Also aveano oatmeal bath helps so much with the itching. My ten year old still begs for the oatmeal baths when the itching is really bothering him. We also got a Rx for pro-topic and it really seems to help. If you try it keep in mind that it flairs up a little bit first then goes away shortly after that. Hope some of these ideas are helpful. Good luck!

Valerie - posted on 04/21/2009

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My daughter and I both have it, Cetaphil lotin works amazing for both of us, also hydrocortisone cream and this sounds weird but making a paste of corn starch with a little water works wonders. Hope it helps!

Valerie

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