why does my daughter have dry flaky skin?

Courtney - posted on 01/24/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My daughters skin is always dry I bath her everyday and apply lotion but her skin is dry and flaky on her face,elbows and legs. My oldest daughter has eczema but its on her back and arms but its just little bumps. My youngest is red and blotchy and her skin is always dry. She is going to the doctor tomorrow but her peditrician is an idiot and I'm about to get her a new peditrician but its really hard with us being military. What should I do about her skin?

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Tara - posted on 01/24/2010

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my daughter suffered as well and i used everything from baby oil to vaseline and den to e45 cream which really did help and bathing her everyday made her skin worse even when i was doing that which i thought she needed she doesnt try bathing her every second day in baby oil inthe water it should make a big difference hope this helps

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Samantha - posted on 01/25/2010

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I actually have the same issue with my son, and we are also a military family, so I don't really like the peds either. I'm trying to go to a civilian doctor soon. But I was given advice by a nurse pal, who recommended hyrdrocortizone once a week after bath, and there's a prescription moisturizer that starts with an a...can't remember it off the top of my head suddenly. But it goes on after bath every night and both stop the redness and dryness. She mentioned it's often caused by sudden exposure to cold or new areas and could be sign of new allergy. And being a military family, I'm sure you have probably moved as often as I have so she could've been exposed to something new her body reacted to. BTw, my son's condition is on one cheek, so it could start anywhere.

Courtney - posted on 01/25/2010

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Thanks for the help. I will try some of these. the aveeno i cant try because my oldest is allergic and if she even rubs against someone with it she breaks out. The peditrician said its eczema and told me to use the cetyphil lotion and body wash like i do with my oldest. and I will try the baby oil in the bath. she had her shots today so she is sleeping pretty hard. thanks for the information great help!

Melaina - posted on 01/24/2010

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I agree with all the suggestions above, having dealt with a son covered in eczema myself. I have found that olive oil works better than baby oil. It soaks into the skin better. But I use both. My son has a bath most days, as it is part of his bedtime routine, but I only use soap on him a few days a week. I also use Vaseline Intensive Care lotion on him, or Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief lotion. Both work well for us.

Laura - posted on 01/24/2010

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Try using Vaseline for sensitive skin. And when you give her a bath, dont let her sit for to long. 2 of my kids have such severe eczema that they are always on antibiotics cause it is always infected. And once I started using Dove soap for sensitive skin and the vaseline after their bath, it got so much better... That and they do have a humidifyer with a warm mist in their rooms to help... Good luck to you...

Naomi - posted on 01/24/2010

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i find putting a few drops of natural oil in there bath really helps! Stay away from all products that contain sulphate( soap) in them, stick with all natural products. i find johnsons products are the worst they have more alkaline in them then some harsh cleaning chemicals

Amanda - posted on 01/24/2010

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What kind of soap do you use? I've got quite a few friends who's children have dry skin issues and they were able to tie the issue back to the kind of soap they were using (brands and whether or not they were scented -- those perfumes can be a big irritant). My daughter has sensitive skin and we finally landed on Aveeno and it works wonderfully for her (she uses their creamy body wash that's specifically designed for dry skin and then we use their lotion that goes along with the body wash). My husband's Aunt turned me onto their products because her daughter had eczema and Aveeno worked for her.
Hope you are able to find something!

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