Can anyone help with ezcema?

Laura - posted on 11/05/2009 ( 53 moms have responded )

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Hayden is 14 months old and has had ezcema since he was born. I have tried EVERYTHING! We go to the dermatologist in Dec. Does anyone have any tricks up their sleeves?

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Tiffany - posted on 11/05/2009

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My son had excema really bad. Dr told me to take him off of milk when he was 1. Excema cleared up within 2 months. He is now 3. He will get little patches here and there if he has any milk products. I keep him off it for the most part. You might look into that. His dr said usually excema is a milk allergy.

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Jennifer - posted on 09/18/2012

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My son has ezcema too since he was born. I started giving him Juice Plus whole food supplement because he was always constipated too and it seemed to have cleared up the ezcema.



Good luck, I know it can be so frustrating.

Jessica - posted on 04/30/2012

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Yes! Yes! Yes! My daughter has had severe ezcema since she was 2(she is now 7)- bleeding, itching, oozing, flaky scalp with sores from itching, all over her face and whole body. Sores literally everywhere! We both had many sleepless nights full of crying and prayer. We did go to an allergist and found out she was allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, treenuts, and coconut(which is literally in EVERY soap, shampoo, and lotion in some form). But even taking all these things away she was still tore up with no help and no clearing up of the eczema!! We have been going to doctor after doctor for 5 years and none of their creams and lotions were doing anything. Finally this past December of 2011 I bought some dead sea salt by Adovia online. I put 2 cups in her bath every other day- keep in mind her coconut allergy so I use no soaps, shampoos, or lotions, I just put her in the bath let her soak for about 10 min. and get her out.Her skin has done a 100% turn around! She has almost no more sores on her arms and legs, her scalp doesnt even have a little bit of flaking! Her face still looks a little dry sometimes but no more redness and peeling!!! When I brought her back to the doctor in Feb. she was amazed and kept saying over and over, " I don't even want to admit this but what you are using has worked way better than anything we have given you!" I am so happy and amazed:) She still itches a little but NOTHING like it was. I have before and after pics that would amaze you. The only problem I am having with her right now is the back of her neck and I think it is mainly from the sun so I have started leaving her hair down to block it. I am so thankful to God for letting me find this sea salt and I really hope it can help someone else too!!

Courtney - posted on 11/12/2009

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my daughter has had ezcema since she was really little too, the only thing that works for her is the AVENO BABY lotion it is specially made for ezcema! its not that expensive either you can find it at walmart.

Jeannie - posted on 11/12/2009

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My son also has ezcema since he was a few months old. He has mostly outgrown it now, he is three. He still gets patches on his knees and elbows sometimes. Our Dr. recommended that we bathe him every night, and then use a precription called Locoid Lipocream. Then we would apply a layer of Eucerin. They carry a generic at Walgreens. It is rather expensive, but well worth the money. The good news is most kids will outgrow it!

Cheryl - posted on 11/12/2009

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Apart from using the mildest (NO FRAGRANCES) of ointments and soaps, I know that I used aqueous cream on my daughter at the time, 3 times daily, but the main thing that has helped and cured the problem, without going to the Cortisone creams, is always using PEARS SOAP to bath her. She seems to be an allergic baby, and she should always use Pears, which you can buy at Clicks.

Stephanie - posted on 11/11/2009

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My nephew had ezcema really bad when he was a baby and still has it till this day. He would itch so bad when he little that he was like a big scab. He still suffers with it today but has learned to control the itching, One thing that I know my sister and I have tried because it is in both family lines, ask your doctor about a cream or lotion with a steroid in it. I can't remember the name of the lotion but being your little one is only 14 months, I dont think he could take the meds my nephew does now. But, when he was younger she had a cream for him with a steroid in it.

Sharon - posted on 11/11/2009

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Hello, my son suffers is 2 and has had eczema since birth as well. In the beginning hydrocortozone would work, but eventually that was not enough. You definitely need the dermotologist to step in. I'm in the military and our clinics won't prescribe anything strong enough for him. We're up to a mixture of 3 steroids. What I've learned is keeping them lotioned up will make it worst (at least for my son). Check the ingredients, usually the 1st thing is "water"--which means that's the largest amount in the solution. You must remember that too much water actually dries your skin out. If you already have dry skin...you get the picture. Vasoline is a good substitue for lotion and to be honest, I've also used those Crisco bars--both are 'water-free' and keep him moisturized. I hope this helps.

Carolyn - posted on 11/11/2009

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hi my daughter and I both suffer from eczema and have tried everything. Last year my doc told me to try a very old way of treating it and neither of us has had it since! When you bath your child put a cup of oatmeal in a muslin and run the water over it in the bath its amazing how well it works also keep the muslin to rub on any flare ups. According to the doc the ingerdient to most creams for eczema is whai is in the head of the oatmeal so this way cuts out the cosmetic ingredients which on a very few can aggrevate the flare ups! Hope this helps

Janelle - posted on 11/10/2009

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My kids both have had it and we go to the dermatologist as well he has them on this cream called Desonide cream 0.05% it works great it clears his eczema up in a matter of 2 days

Jamie - posted on 11/10/2009

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My lil boy has had it since he was born as well, he is now 17 months. We go to a dermatologist regularly. We use a humidifier every day in all seasons in his room, it keeps the skin from getting so dry. We use only Cetaphil lotion and cleanser on him. We put the lotion on morning and night. When he gets a bad outbreak we use the steroids the dermatologist gave us, but only if it is a bad breakout. I also wash his clothes in only Dreft. Hope this helps!

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My kids and myself all have ezcema and the only thing that has ever worked is Eucerin. I keep bottles all over the house!!

Heather - posted on 11/10/2009

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Our son is 15 months old, he has had problems with Ezcema since the beginning. Our pediatrician recommended so many different lotions and oils and right before we went to the prescription stuff I was in Target one day and tried some Burts Bees Baby Buttermilk Lotion... his arm was rough, so I put some on him...put it in the cart (along with the baby wash) and when we got to the check out about 15 mins later, his arm was so much softer and better....SOLD!!!
We do use a lot of lotion and after every washing to keep him Ezcema free... his face and eye lids get really rough if we skip it, but hey its not too expensive, almost completely natural, and smells good.
Good luck...

Korenne - posted on 11/10/2009

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My son has ezcema, and the pediatrician prescribed Elidel for him. so far it has worked good.

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My daughter is 3 now and we used Aveeno oatmeal products: bath, baby wash, and lotion. (unscented of course) These were a great help, she has still had a few bouts to where we had to use the steroid cream prescribed by her doctor, but we only use that occassionally. For the most part keep the skin hydrated.

Melanie - posted on 11/10/2009

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My oldest had ezcema when he was an infant, but has outgrown it in his last 3 years. My youngest is 23months and has at a severe case of it since birth. I've gone through all kinds of over the counter ezcema creams but nothing works. Later the pediatrician prescribed Triamcinolone Acetonide. It's great and really keeps my little one from itching til he bleeds.

Leslie - posted on 11/10/2009

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also I decided to try several things before the cream or prescription creams with steriods in them, I wasn't comfortable using a steriod cream for long term damage and if used for very long term use it can scar the skin. with the lotion I am using and the soaks I have never needed the steriod cream. I did have to give her a little benadryl for itching at first but its under control and she doesn't itch at her bottom or face anymore.

Leslie - posted on 11/10/2009

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my daugher has ezcema on her bottom and sometimes will get some on her torso and face. A nurse suggested to me after you wash them in there bath, add epsom salt to the water and let them soak and then heavily moisturize after you get them out. The epsom salt helps heal and keeps it from flaring up again. I started using this lotion my mom gave me when I had a horrible sunburn all over her body and bottom and she has been completely clear since. The lotion she got in Hawaii, its called Sun solutions, I have ordered some since I don't live there, but I tried all the creams and lotions Dr and people suggests and this works the best for my little one. Its about $18-20 a bottle, but do try the epsom salt in the bath. Good Luck.

Melody - posted on 11/10/2009

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My son has had ezcema since he was 14 months old. He is now 21 months old. I have found that if you use Oatmeal Lotion made by Johnson's it will help better than any other baby product. I use lukewarm water with a little bit of baby oil. I also switched to the Suave 3 in 1 Watermelon scented wash that is a shampoo too. My son's skin has been clear for two months. He does complain of his neck itching every so often so I put his prescription strength hydrocortisone on his neck three times a week and it helps.

ANGELA - posted on 11/10/2009

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My daughter has a mild case - just a few patches on her lower back. Dr. gave her Rx for 2.5% Hydrocortisone 2x's day. Reduced inflammation and itching significantly.

Elisabete - posted on 11/10/2009

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my kid has atopic skin, Cicalfate or Leti At4 is the only thing that keeps him better in 3 days. the names of the medicines are from Europe, Portugal, i don´t know if ots the same there.

Lakeshia - posted on 11/09/2009

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BOTH MY KIDS HAVE ASTHMA AND THEIR SKIN CAN REALLY BREAK OUT MY DOCTOR TOLD ME TO USE EUCERIN AQUAPHOR CREAM. IT WORKED LIKE A CHARM ALL OVER THER BODIES. NOW NO RASHES WHATSOEVER. NO EVEN DIAPER. GOOD LUCK!

Eronne - posted on 11/09/2009

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you might not believe this but my girlfriends husband makes a cream out of Neam (an East Indian tree) and bog mud. I have used it to cure diaper rash, ezcema, psoriasis, athletes foot and other skin ailments. It's not a commercial product yet but maybe you could google something similar. The inside of my sons arms used to bleed from his ezcema..The bog mud cream cleared it up entirely in three days and IT NEVER CAME BACK!

Jessica - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hi Laura,

My son has had ezcema since he was a born. He is now 21 months and it seems to be undercontrol. His pediatrician advised to use hydrocortizone 1% only when there was a really bad flair up. Because we didn't want our sons skin to become dependent to the cortizone, we looked into Calendula Cream by California baby. It's all natural and it seemed to do the trick. We only used the Calendula cream for about a month then it was stritctly moisterizing with Cetafil or Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion. Now, after each bath he is lathered down all over . The key is to keep babys skin moistutized. Hope this helps.

Krissy - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hi. I have 2 year old twins and my son got excema when he was about 1 year old. I tried everything and finally a friend recommended this product to me and it was gone within two weeks and has been free and clear from excema ever since. I would absolutely LOVE to help you!! It is the best product by far, but only available online. Email me @ kwright007@carolina.rr.com and I will tell you all about it.

Elana - posted on 11/09/2009

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i am esthetician i work with skin all the time. my son also gets flares up of eczema on his face if his skin gets too dry. any product with petroleum jelly in it...eucerin, aquaphor, etc..will not solve your problem. it creates a barrier that helps keep moisture in but does not actually heal the skin. it can sometimes make it worse. the skin can dry out even more when its not constantly on the area because the skin gets too use to its moisture trapping effect. a steroid may work for a little but his skin will eventually get used to it. you need to use an all natural professional skin care product, i recommend a bioelements moisturizer. it has healing ingredients that help soothe the irritated and sensitive skin. call around to local spas in your area to find one that sells bioelements. it can be pricey...dont pay anymore than 30 or 40 dollars, but it lasts if you dont overuse it and it WILL work. also use a pH balanced, soapfree, unscented baby wash, luke warm water, and then apply the moisturizer after bath and throughout the day if skin gets dry. DO NOT pick at or irritate the skin anymore...be patient and understand eczema can be treated but not completely healed.

Krissi - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hi Laura~ I'm new to Circle of Moms. I posted on another area about this. It breaks my heart! My daughter HAD eczema as well- she is 15 now and eczema free. Would love to help you. Please send me a message.

Krissi

Charity - posted on 11/09/2009

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My son is 20 mos. old and has had it since he was 4 mos. old. I have used Cetaphil gentle skin cleanser on him and eucerin plus intensive repair CREAM. It has helped along with occassional children's zyrtec when the pollen count is high.

Cheryl - posted on 11/09/2009

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Hi there. try no soap at all but a nice warm face cloth and alot of fresh air.

Ashly - posted on 11/09/2009

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i have it but thank goodness my 2 yr old daughter doesn't.. the best thing is to stay away from anything scented and as little water contact during a break out as possible. use aveeno products as much as possible or just oatmeal product with no scent..

good luck..

Catherine - posted on 11/09/2009

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Ezcema runs through my family (my grandma, my dad, both my brothers), and my son was lucky enough to get it as well : \. However with all the things we do for him, you have to feel for the spots now because all the redness is gone! Here's what we did

1) Aveena oatmeal for baby (no perfume) baths every other day (with Aveeno oatmeal shampoo for baby)
2) Only 100% cotton clothes. Trust me anything else traps moisture next to the skin and makes it worse. We ditched all the snugly polyester body suits and he's a lot better for it.
3) A prescribed hydrocortizone steroid cream, applied to the spots morning and night for ten days and then off for ten days and then ten days on again until you can't see them anymore.
4) A humidifier in his bedroom
5) He used to have some on the lower back, which was covered by his diaper, so we "let him run free" for about an hour or more after his bath or whenever (usually once a day) to help dry it out.

Good luck!

Sarah - posted on 11/09/2009

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My son is 2 1/2 now and used to have pretty bad eczema. Best and simplest thing that helped him was cutting back to only 1 or 2 baths a week, lotion every day and using a humidifier in his room. Good luck!

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You can also try giving him some Zinplex junior . I think it is a good idea going to see the dermatologist, my daughter had ezcema, and at different stages, different creams worked. Trying to keep him moisturised is good advice. We are also looking at her dieet, but that is a bit more tricky.

Kerri - posted on 11/08/2009

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I found the lotion Aquaphor works the best! It is very thick...kind of the consistency of vaseline...somewhat pricey but IT WORKS! My middle son had it when he was a baby & I used that for a few mos & have not had to use it again until recently (he's 4 now)!

Jessica - posted on 11/07/2009

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My son has eczema and is 3.5. My son is extremely senitive to most scented stuff on the market. So bad I could only use 1 brand of diapers and wet wipes (Huggies). He gets it mainly on his cheeks and back of his arms. I use ALL laundry detergent but can also use regular Tide on him too as I have to look for stuff to accomadate the eczema on top of finding something he doesn't literally break out in a rash from and those are 2 laundry detergents I found that work (my son has a high sensitivity to scents and Tide is the only scented thing I can use on him). I also use Johnson & Johnson's bath & body wash for bath time and I do bathe him daily. I did end up taking him to the doctor who gave him a steroid cream (he's on hydrocortizone cream now b/c the first prescribed cream quit working at the age of 2). The hydrocortizone cream works wonders for my son b/c regular lotions don't work. Make sure you keep his skin moist. Hope this helps

Kelly - posted on 11/07/2009

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the best thing is Hydrocortisone Valerate USP 0.2 % it is a ointment. my son and my mom & my other family members suffer from all types of ezcema. ask ur peds doc to write a script for it. hope u get some of the right answers. good luck in Dec

Michelle - posted on 11/07/2009

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Quoting Mandi:

my 18 month old has had skin issues since he was a few month old... first switched washing to him in aveno wash and putting aveno lotion on him every night... than switched to derft laundry degt. and it got worse when he started eating finger foods... made a couple of trips to the ped office and got some different creams but nothing worked finally we went to a dermatologist who decided to test for food allergies and sure enough my son has a mild egg allergy.... one of the tips I got from the dermatologist was give a bath every night and once done with bath don't dry the child off completely just pat the child dry and than put vasoline over the affected areas and than put child in pjs (like the footie ones) to wear they cant get to the spots to mess with them. My son's was the worst on his ankle so we have to do the bath/vasoline every night and than have a cream we put on it and than put a damp warm sock on him and than a dry sock and than his footie pj's and it only took about 1 week to clear up; I am still doing it thodrugh cause we go back to the dermatologist in a few weeks.



dreft actually isn't good for their skin as it has perfume in it

Cecile - posted on 11/07/2009

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My daughter had eczema as an infant. Now that she is 2 1/2 she hardly ever suffers from it. 1% hydrocortizone cream works really well. Definately don't bathe daily. My daughter gets a bath about 2-3 times a week. I've found baby oil really works well. After the bath when her skin is all wet, I lather her body in the baby oil. Then I use a towel to wipe off the excess baby oil. Then I lotion her body. It's been almost a year since my daughter has suffered from any eczema.

Andrea - posted on 11/07/2009

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I just found out my daughter has eczema and my doctor told me to only leave her in the tub for like five minutes. Then put on a moisterizer for extra dry skin followed by aquafor or eucerin three times a day. She also gave us a steroid cream to use. So far it has been helping. Hope this helps

Mandi - posted on 11/07/2009

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my 18 month old has had skin issues since he was a few month old... first switched washing to him in aveno wash and putting aveno lotion on him every night... than switched to derft laundry degt. and it got worse when he started eating finger foods... made a couple of trips to the ped office and got some different creams but nothing worked finally we went to a dermatologist who decided to test for food allergies and sure enough my son has a mild egg allergy.... one of the tips I got from the dermatologist was give a bath every night and once done with bath don't dry the child off completely just pat the child dry and than put vasoline over the affected areas and than put child in pjs (like the footie ones) to wear they cant get to the spots to mess with them. My son's was the worst on his ankle so we have to do the bath/vasoline every night and than have a cream we put on it and than put a damp warm sock on him and than a dry sock and than his footie pj's and it only took about 1 week to clear up; I am still doing it though cause we go back to the dermatologist in a few weeks.

Renee - posted on 11/07/2009

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My little guy is 4 and he has had ezcema since he was born. It was pretty bad when he was an infant but it gradually gets better. Our petiatrican gave him some 1% hydrocordsone for his face and the body she prescribed 2%. I also have used a creme over the counter that specifies that it is or ezcema...it is more of a creme then a lotion. Keep Hayden cool...heat will irritate his ezcema too..

Brandy - posted on 11/07/2009

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My daughter gets a light case of it now and then and my doc also thought it could be an allergy to the perfume in her diapers. We use Aveeno for everything (bath and lotion) b/c its natural and most of their products are unscented. My doc also prescribed the Triamcinolone ($4 Walmart Rx) for when she seemed bothered by it (it was on her back/booty area). As she's gotten older it's popped up less and less (but I have also continued to use the free and clear stuff, including laundry.) I was told it could be caused by eggs and chocolate (as opposed to anything milk related - she was nursed) and when I watched her diet for those things, I did see a correlation.

Carrie - posted on 11/07/2009

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My son has this as well. Instead of going to your doctor and paying for the prescriptions, I would try Eucerin Lotion. It seems to help, it can be expensive but a little tube lasts me months.

Karen - posted on 11/07/2009

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I use the over the counter cream not ointment. When he is sleep rub it on take a plastic bag an wrap it up. Make sure it is completely tight....This allows the pores to open and the cream to do the work. My children all have ezcema except my son who has asthma....per their asthma allegry dr....ezcema is asthma but it is on the skin.....Go figure....So, I really do not have a major problem with it any more.....

Amy - posted on 11/07/2009

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Two of my kids have it and the first thing I did was take them off of cow milk.
As soon as they started the soy within a week they were better. I watch their citrus intake as well too much and they are scratching up a storm.
Good luck hope this helps

Michelle - posted on 11/05/2009

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both my kids have eczema.. make sure you are using a detergent that is free and clear not only for his clothes but yours since he's in contact with them for us all free and clear works best... u r going to have to be very brand specific once you find what works...both of my kids can use burts bees baby wash, try to skip a bath here and there if hes' not dirty..it does get worse as it gets cold out. eczema can typically be related for to an allergy of something *and unlike what the other poster said it DOES NOT usually mean milk allergy although that's a good place to start*

Christina - posted on 11/05/2009

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My daughter and I both have ezcema. When my my daughter was a baby her dermatlogist proscribed her Elidel. As she got older it lost it's affect, and when she was about two a nurse told me to try hydrocortuisone mixed half and half with aquaphor. You can buy these over the counter and mix them yourself. My doc did call it in as a prescription, and the pharmacist had no problem mixing it. You could also try trimcinalone(may be spelled wrong) We also have used the Trimcinalone by itself and had it mixed with aquphor. Personally I like the mixture better. It does feel slimy, but works wonders, and eventually you don't need to use it as oftens... Good Luck

Lesa - posted on 11/05/2009

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hi laura my daughter had the same condition and still does but i keep it under way we got a sample of my daughter hair tested and it was great we hav'nt looked back we got it done in new zealand the company is called Allergenics she was intollerant to dairy, wheat, night, shade veges, gluten she is now 2 1/2 and she is able to eat alot of things but in moderation as well if you would like to talk to me i would be happy to help in any way iv'e got so much information and with this we hav'nt looked back

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my daughter had ezcema since she was born. she is 2 now & I think she is more aware of herself scratching. and my daughter is actually clean freak which is a plus. :-) so 1 time she was scratching her arms so bad that I just said "eeww Malaya your arm is very dirty... stop scrathing... dont touch it" and lord & behold... she just stopped scrathing after that.

Jade - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hi. I have it myself, I have had it since I was really young. It starts out with "bubbles" that get really itchy, and then turn into peeling. It can get to the point where I can't even touch my hands to anything because they are so sore. Since there is alot out there that can cause a reaction, I have learned to stay away from any oily or greesy creams, i use Aveno hand lotion, (and it's so far the only thing I can use) also, starch. (like what is used in the laundry.) Stay away from perfumed sops and lotions.

If your son has the same type I do, My dr once told me the pain is caused because the bubbles get big and cause pressure. He said that i could take a clean "needle" and pop them. (just have a cloth handy) Sometimes I would put a bandaid over them once I popped them.

I hope this has been some help. Good luck!

Shayna - posted on 11/05/2009

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Hey there,
My son or myself never personally had eczema, but my mother has suffered from it for years! She has a very severe case of it, especially in her hands. It really flares up bad this time of year, it makes her very itchy to the point where her skin falls off & she is bleeding. There is not "cure" for it, the only thing that helps her alot is a prescription she gets from her doctor for a special cream (not sure what it is called, but the doctor certainly would). I don't think anything over the counter will work that good (depending on the severity of it) I would definitely take him into the doctor and get the prescription as I'm sure it is very hard on him!!

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