My 4 year old daughter has a problem with exzema. Can anyone help?

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Beth - posted on 03/06/2009

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I swear by "bag balm".  It is 'utter cream'  totally safe and natural.  Ask the pharm if you cant find it.  Sometimes it is in the pet isle.  put on a thick layer at night.  I wait till my son is sleeping then do it.  During the day we use utterly smooth lotion (sold at target). 

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Hi! My son has had exzema since he was six months old, he's almost 5 now. He gets it around his eyes, backs of knees, hips, elbows, back of hands. I have tried many prescribed steroid creams, but now have been using Execalm from the health foods store, natural and works well, been using it for two years now. Calms the flare ups and lessens the itch. I also keep his nails very short so whe nhe does scratch in his sleep, etc he can't break the skin. Aveeno oatmeal for skin in bath works well too. Glaxal Base lotion that you can get in Walmart, drug stores works well for moisturizing as it is the base of all lotions, no fragrances, etc. Still haven't figured out what triggers his flare ups, but can now control it better when it does. Hope this all helps. Have a good day!

Tawanda - posted on 03/06/2009

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 "RENEW'! I have two boys, 3 & 9months., with eczema. I was introduced to a great product called "renew" that works well for them.  After using renew my boys stopped having breakouts.  A company by the name of Melaleuca carries this product as well as a host of other natural based ecosense products! If you want more info just contact me tawandajames2@yahoo.com

Jenny - posted on 03/06/2009

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My 2 year old daughter has eczema and we took her to a skin doc. They put her on Protopic which works really well when it is on "outbreak." But the doc also suggested to us this moisturizing lotion callend Cetaphil, that you can get at your local drug store or Wal-Mart even. It does cost more than most but it keeps the skin moist which is very important with eczema. He said use that all day long and after baths. I also use free and clear everything. The soap he told me to use is the Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe, he said that was very mild for the skin. Keep rough and tight fitted clothes off your baby. Don't let your child get real hot and sweaty when they sleep! My daughter has a very mild case but I know how terrible it can be! Take care and good luck, hope some of this helps

Kristen - posted on 03/06/2009

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when my son had it, the doctor said to stop bathing him all the time. that was when he was little and really NEED a bath as often as i was giving him. bathing dries out the skin. doc also said to apply lotion (Eucerin, Aveeno, Nuetrogena) on damp skin to help it soak in. my son also had a few allergies which im sure contributed to his skin flaring up.

Allana - posted on 03/05/2009

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Hi Ravynn.  Unfortunately, my family and I are all too familiar with eczema.  The main thing that has helped me and my daughter is to get allergy tested for everything!  My daughter was covered head to toe in eczema by the time she was 6 weeks old.  We had her allergy tested at 3 months and eliminated egg, dairy, shellfish, and seeds from my diet (she was reacting to my breastmilk because I was eating foods she was allergic to) and within a month all of her eczema was gone.  We also started using Vanicream every night and giving her Cod Liver Oil to help with dry skin and inflammation.  We also started her on a whole food supplement that helps with your immune system- I can give you more info on that if you like.  I think approaching it from many angles is the most effective.  Good luck!  Eczema can be miserable.

Mikayl - posted on 03/05/2009

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Try "Eucerine for ultra dry skin" generic walmart brand.  dont get the expensive stuff.  It does the same thing!!!!  If it doesnt go away talk to your doctor and ask about a cream "Nystatin" it  works wonders!!!

Sean - posted on 03/05/2009

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All of the moms who have posted have given you really great advice. My daughters dr described exzcema like this - "It is the itch that rashes." Meaning that the rash is the result of an irritation. Even when there is no rash present make sure the areas most affected are always moisturized. I finally gave up the bath at about 4 years of age and started putting her in the shower to minimize her time spent in water. Soaps dry out the skin and when you bath your child they just sit in the soapy water. Even as a pre-adolescent I still had her using Johnson's Baby Shampoo. My dr. also told me to shampoo the hair just before they are done bathing as shampoo is the hardest on the skin.

Traci - posted on 03/05/2009

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We use Aveeno & Aquaphor for horribly dry skin but I've heard they work for Exzcema as well. We also use a detergent (for the entire family) free of scent & dye.

Marie - posted on 03/05/2009

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I have always used Aveeno lotion for my boys. Arbonne International also has a great childrens line of lotions that also works! Good Luck

Marci - posted on 03/05/2009

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My son had this problem too when he was little. He had it so bad that his little cheeks would crack and bleed. We had tried all the creams, and lotions both over the counter and prescription. One day we had a guy come by to give us a demo on a water softner and once we saw what was in our water we decided to buy one. Not only did this cut down on our cost of laundry soaps, shampoo's etc. but within two weeks my son did not have anymore skin problems. His cheeks never bled anymore and it cleared the exzema up completely. We absolutely could not believe the difference that it made and because of how well it helped his skin my husband decided to go into the business of selling/renting softners himself. I hope that this has been somewhat helpful and it is worth a shot if you don't already have a softner. Good luck to you!

Callie - posted on 02/25/2009

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My son had eczema really bad on his neck. The Dr. recommened using aquahor from Eucerin, but that just made it worse. Finally it was getting so bad and so itchy that I was going to go buy Hydrcortizone cream but while I was walking around Target I found California baby Calendula cream. This stuff is AMAZING!!!! I highly recommended it. It is a little expensive but it is SO worth it andit's all natural! It cleared his eczema right up in just a few days! I hope it will work for you!

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Milk and other dairy products is the culprit in my daughters eczema. I cut back on that and the eczema goes away. I put hydrocortisone on it in the mean time.

Stacy - posted on 02/24/2009

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Both of m kids have excema and you don't need to spend a lot of money to treat it. Use a laundry detergent that has no dyes or perfumes (I use Tide Free). Use fabric softeners that are also perfume-free. I only use Dove Sensitive Skin (no dyes or perfumes) soap as told by my Dermatologist. I use Vanicream lotions and sunscreens (found at any drug store chain). There is a heavy lotion for winter and a lighter one for summer. For the really dry spots I swear by Aquaphor. That stuff is great for dry lips, face, feet, you name it. Good luck!

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My daughter has had eczma as well, and we found that hers was greatly influenced by diet. She had some light food allergies that contributed to it. Once we got rid of the milk/dairy products, her eczma cleared. It can also come from seasonal, envionmental allergies as well. If other things don't seem to work, you may have your little one allergy tested.

Jennifer - posted on 02/24/2009

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My 13 month old was recently diagnosed with eczema as well. So far we use Aquaphor on a daily basis to keep him moisturized. A friend suggested California baby Calendula cream which you can get at any whole foods or natural products store. I also have a friend who's daughter has it and she suggested adding baking soda to their bath. We've started doing that (just bought the Calendula cream so can't say one way or the other yet on that), and the baking soda has done wonders for his legs and arms. Keeps him really well moisturized. I also keep a cool mist vaporizer in his room so he doesn't get dried out overnight. Good luck!

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Hello my son used to have it really bad and I broke down and asked for a perscription from the Dr. it worked and has never came back. We only used it a few times till it went away.



A friend of mine son also had it and she used emu oil and said it worked great. Since my son's never came back I didn't end up buying any.



hth



Wen

Olivia - posted on 02/24/2009

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Hydrocortizone ointment...the cream doesn't do much...for when the exzema is red. If you feel a rough spot, but not red, I use Aquaphor.  Use about twice a day and it works like a charm. 

Maureen - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi Ravynn, My daughter had the same problem. We would the cause was the laundry detergent used. I now use shaklee laundry detergent and household cleaners. They work fantastic and really made a difference.
www.shaklee.net/elitehealth
Maureen

Noreen - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi! My son also experienced this and we bought CETAPHIL cream. Worked great and it smells good. Its available over the couter.

Amber - posted on 02/23/2009

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I have to say that the Arbonne baby line really is great!! Also, my cousin's son had really bad eczema and nothing seemed to help. As it turned out he it was caused entirely by stress. Once my cousin got out of the situation she was in, his eczema cleared up with in a couple weeks. Look around at your child's environment and see if there might be something bothering her.

Debbie - posted on 02/23/2009

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OILATUM IS GREAT, I USED TO USE IT ON MY LITTLE LAD. BATH HER IN IT EVERY NITE, JUST EMPTY A CAP FULL UNDER RUNNING WATER. IT CLEARED UP MY SONS WITH EVERY DAY USE. YOU CAN BUY IT FROM ANY CHEMIST.

Katy - posted on 02/23/2009

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Have you tried Arbonne's baby line?  It is the only thing that works for my friend's baby's skin.  I use it on my toddler's skin too in the dry months as it doesn't sting or irritate.  I'm an Independent Consultant & would be happy to help you.

Jeanne - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi my daughters have this problem also more in the winter. I use Johnson's soothing natruals loation at night and it works great. I just but this on before bed or after bath.

Kelly - posted on 02/23/2009

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We have great remedies for exzema. My sister in law has it really bad and I told her about this product and she uses it and it really works. Please check out www.themomteam.com/kelly08 and I know it can help your child and more stuff that can help the whole family. Any questions just let me know.
lastski2@yahoo.com.

Nicole - posted on 02/23/2009

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Hi Ravynn, I would first recommend changing your bath soap, shampoo & laundry detergent. Most brands use formaldehyde as a preservative which is first of all a carcinogen & is very irritating to any skin especially sensitive skin as those suffering from eczema. I would love to share with you a great alternative to these as well as all of your household products that contain caustic ingredients that adversely affect your families health. Feel free to contact me at 507-283-4754 or ndilly@iw.net. www.livetotalwellness.com/nicoledilly



Thanks Nicole

Victoria - posted on 02/23/2009

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My son has the same problem, he actually has Diamond Blackfan Anemia, a very rare blood disorder and has to take steroids for treatment. So his skin has always been very dry and irritated so at our last appointment with the dermatologist at St Jude she told us about an over the counter barrier called Cerve, we found it at walgreens it is kind of pricey but in almost 4 years it has been the one and only thing for us that works!!! In addition to the barrier cream Cerve also makes a cleanser that we use on our son when we give him his baths!! Try it, it's wonderful!!! hope this helps

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I don't know of a cure for exzema in conventnal medicine. You can try alternative methods lke homeopathy. You need to get in touch with a good classical homeopath (the one who prescribes a single medicine at a time). Two good ones I have used are David Johnson and Dr. Leela D'Souza at www.homeopathy2health.com. Hope your daughter feels better soon.

Samantha - posted on 02/23/2009

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There are many useful things ou there to help out with eczema. My daughter Kaitlyn has it. The doctor recommended Hydrocotizone over the counter. Centrophil soaps and lotions. Eucerin cream or prescribed hydrocortizone. The dr also said that even though it may say hypoallogenic doesnt mean that it does not contain certain perfumes or chemicals sensitve to childrens skin. Our dr also recommended all detergent because its die and perfumes. The thing that has helped Kaitlyn tremendously is using a prescribed creme called riamcinolone Acetonide Cream USP, 0.1%, Eucerin Body Wash (they have two kinds..one reg and one sensitive skin), Eurcerin  Moisturizing Creme.  This has helped tremendously. I would recommend seeing her dr and also letting it be when the eczema flares so she can see the severity of the breakout. They do have resources online but the dr that sees her all the time is the best. I wish you lots of luck. ive also been told it could be a result of others perfumes, colognes, sprays, household cleaners detergetns and also types of material or food.

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