Is it eczema?

Lynde - posted on 05/09/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )

16

7

1

My daughter is almost 20 mos. old and she has this itchy patch on the inside of her left elbow. It's been there since she was probably around 6 or 7 mos. old. She used to have it on the back of both knees, but those went away. And on her right elbow, it's not as bad as her left. She only itches it in the middle of night when she's sleeping. Very rarely that she itches it during the day when she's playing. I don't think she's allergic to any food because I feed her almost everything and she doesn't have any reaction to it. I'm planning on taking her to see her pediatrician, but I'm wondering if any other moms are going through the same thing..and what you are doing to help it get better. Thanks in advance!!

6 Comments

View replies by

Sierra - posted on 05/11/2010

103

10

2

My 6 month old daughter has bad eczema, and what I found that helps is a thick cream with Calendula in it-heals it in no time! If you live in the U.S. there is an eczema cream at Meijer with aloe and calendula. Whatever you use, make sure it is a thick cream, absorbs well and doesn't just sit on the skin..for example Eucerin. it has a lot of mineral oil which doesn't get absorbed to heal and prevent dryness. That made her eczema worse!

Sarah - posted on 05/10/2010

78

15

1

I've heard that Vanicream or Cetaphil work well. And I've heard good things about Halo's technical comfort clothing. It's made to help reduce irritation and itching and is approved by the National Eczema Association. For more info, go to www.halosleep.com

Lynde - posted on 05/10/2010

16

7

1

Thanks Jessica, Heather and Angie!! I will try some of the tips you ladies suggested. I used to put her in long sleeve shirts, but then I stopped cause she would get really hot at night and I read somewhere that that could make it worse, which it did. I also used to put aquaphor on her and didn't notice it getting better so I switched to cetaphil, this worked for little bit but now I don't notice it helping out at all. She has leg warmers so I'll try that method tonight!! Thanks again ladies!!

Angie - posted on 05/09/2010

16

49

0

sounds like eczema. here are some things that have helped my daughter's eczema (we have a steroid cream prescription, but I try not to use it) - short baths, in lukewarm water, using dove soap (sensitive kind) - no fabric softner or scented laundry detergent - using aquaphor

Heather - posted on 05/09/2010

2

19

0

my son's had eczema too, but your child's sound different than his. since Jessica thought was eczema, i'll add a note...vaseline can be really good! it's cheap and don't have to worry about long-term effects like with prescriptions. also humidifiers in their rooms can help if you live in a dry climate like we do. also a sock or even a little wristband/sweatband can work well and be lighter than a leg warmer for keeping it covered. that's also a great idea to cover burns or other owies. :) hope she does well!

Jessica - posted on 05/09/2010

223

1

34

sounds like eczema. My daughter also has it. Hers is environmental, not food. We use aquaphor, but recently it has gotten so bad that the doc gave us derma smooth and it works really well! you may have to cover it at night. I know it's hot but maybe see if you can find some leg warmer type things to keep on that arm at night so she can't mess with it as easy! My daughter sleeps in a onesie and socks so she can't get to her ankles as easy. She also has it behind her knees and her elbows. blah! Elocon, Derma-Smooth, and Aquaphor are good things to have around! Good Luck!

Join Circle of Moms

Sign up for Circle of Moms and be a part of this community! Membership is just one click away.

Join Circle of Moms