Does anyone have a child that suffers or has suffered with sever eczema?

Tasha - posted on 11/03/2008 ( 37 moms have responded )

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If so, please let me know what you did to help treat it or what you have tried to do...I've been dealing with this problem with my son for 11 months...I think its time for it to go away!

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Catrina - posted on 12/18/2013

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Jennifer - posted on 09/15/2010

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My daughter is 3 and shes had since she was 1 i had growing up i finally grew out of it arround 16, my dr gave me desonide cream it works really well.

User - posted on 09/15/2010

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the best is cerave cream and cleanser works wonders!
also cut down on baths and not more than 5 mins!

Candida - posted on 02/10/2009

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Sarah - posted on 02/04/2009

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My son had eczema from about 6 months to 3.  We've only just managed to keep it under control, although it is still there and still drives him crazy some times. We had him allergy tested and the results were not conclusive, but showed that he had allergy to wheat and grasses.  I took all wheat out of his diet and tried to keep him off the grasses (especially if we'd just mown), but it didn't seem to make much difference (and it's so hard to do this with a toddler).  I also use a 0.1% ointment to try and reduce the inflamation.  When it was at it's worst we used a cream called 'invisible Glove'.  It smells like honey and is all natural.  Doesn't necessarily cure it, but reduced the itch and definitely reduced the severity.  My son appears to have 'grown out' of most of it - it's reduced by 75%!  All I can say is keep persisting with creams to reduce irritation. Good luck!

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i have found throughout my son's 14 years with eczema and a hospital stay with it on his 3rd b'day that the bathwashes and creams with an active ingredient of COAL TAR works the fastest and most effectively. they have become increasingly hard to find in chemists though - the hospitals buy most of the stock. but it's worth searching for.
The womens and childrens hospital in Adelaide use this as well as wet bandages underneath dry pressure bandages - if it's really severe they give you a cream with a mild steriod compondent under a general moisturiser with 5-10% glycerine to speed up the healing process.
I hope you find something that works,
Renee

Melanie - posted on 02/01/2009

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my eldest is 11yrs old at ten we were told to have him allergy tested and boy im glad we did it turns out that we were poisioning him with GLUETIN since then no eczema an he suffered pretty badly!! now hes not frustrated neither are we an hes better behaved Eczema is allergy baised an the best treatment is to get to the roots of it, your house will be happier for it trust me im speaking from experience GOOD LUCK:-);_)

Lexi - posted on 01/29/2009

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My son had eczema and I was told by one of the ped. in Florida to use hydrocortisone cream and it cleared it up, but then we moved to Maine and it came back, not just on his face but also on his back and behind his arms. The pediatrician here recommended using a cool mist humidifier in his room and he hasn't had a bad break out since.

Lisa - posted on 01/29/2009

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hey tasha my daughter has suffered eczema since she was born, we went to the doctors with her...and they prescribed her with all kinds of creams, but none of them worked in the end we got referred to a dermatologist and he gave her cutivate cream and that worked wonders, now we have to take her back next month though because her skin has become immune to the cream

Barbie - posted on 01/29/2009

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Dani has pretty bad eczema and we use a prescription strength cortizone cream when it gets bad.  In order to prevent it we try to only do baths every other day or so and when she does have a bath we use lots of moisturizing cream on her.

Nikki - posted on 01/29/2009

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My son had eczema at birth. The dr said to use vaseline because he was too young for anything else. I went to Walmart to get vaseline, when a woman there recommended Baby Eczema Cream by Gentle Naturals. OMG, the best stuff in the world! My son is now 2, and has hardly any problems with his eczema.

User - posted on 01/29/2009

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My daughter had eczema for three yrs from birth. She was constanly wrapped up like a mummie in coaltar banadages. We tried everything washing her and the clothes bedding etc in just water.we had been told previously by a doctor to get rid of all carpets, pets and cloth furnishings!!! this made no difference as my cats were not going anywhere lol. we had all the creams potions and lotions going and nothing made even the slightest diffence.



Eventually we saw the top bloke on the subject who said he had never seen a case so bad in this area before. He asked me what she was eating. Guess what it was the baby formula milk I was giving her because I couldn,t fed her myself. It took until she was three for it to totally clear up. She is now eleven and still has the rare flareup now and again but it is managable. My third child is also affected so I just put him straight on soya formula so no dairy for him for a while. I didn,t know they put cows milk in formula and it amazes me how many mums still don,t realise that they do. Try cutting out on food item at a time and see how you go for a couple of weeks, cover the dry areas in an emoliant like emulsiderm I found aqueous cream didn,t do much.



 

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Never use soap! Melaleuca's Renew Intensive Skin Therapy is clinically proven 7x more effective than Eucerin on moisture retention. Not hard on the budget either! Also comes in a bath oil. My son's excema was terrible. I tried everything on the market. Not until I started with Motivated Moms did I realize that there was a lotion out there that actually works! Send me a message and I can hook you up!

Ellee - posted on 11/08/2008

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Both of my boys have eczema. My doctor suggested using vanicream. Cleared it right up. Still use it to this for everything and for when their eczema acts up in dry weather. Also helps with cradle cap. Here is a link to show you what I use. You can also find it at some target stores behind the pharmacy counter. Good luck. copy and paste into your address bar and it'll take you right there!



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Faith - posted on 11/08/2008

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My daughter, now 4, has had it since day one. Tried everything, including prescriptions, (steroids on babies scare me), then I got some new advice from a dermatologist. She said to let her soak in a bath for 20 minutes a day, no soap except for once a week. Right after the bath lube the baby up with good old vaseline. This creates a barrier that keeps the moisture in. Long sleeves and pants are a must to not get everything greasy. In between baths, I have found that the Melaleuca lotion, Renew, is awesome. Hope this helps.

Jennifer - posted on 11/08/2008

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My friend does and I asked my acupunsturist about it. She said that her child was most likely allergic to Wheat, anything with wheat in it.

Sumiati - posted on 11/08/2008

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Hi Tasha,my daughter has Eczema and I have been using Medihoney.You get it from the chemist and its great.I do tend to use the cortisone cream the chemist gave me,but I like the medihoney cos its all natural.Hope this helps you:)

Claudine - posted on 11/06/2008

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I used mustela products: http://www.mustelausa.com/stelatopia.htm...

and ordered them from www.drugstore.com, as they consistently had the products in stock.. Also on really problematic areas I used "Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment." My daughter's pediatrician was against the use of "steroid" type creams and gave me a prescription for "MimyX Cream"...which was expensive, but worked very well. Good Luck!

Gina - posted on 11/06/2008

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My son had very severe eczema from 3 months on (he's 10 1/2 months now). First off, I realized he only had breakouts when I ate dairy, so I cut out the dairy and he was much better. Second, we went to a pediatric dermatoligist and he advised us to start using Cheer or Tide free laundry detergent. He actually told us dreft is bad for skin too. Also from his recommendation we stopped using fabric softener sheets completely because they coat you're dryer and stay present for a few loads after and switched to dryer balls instead. We got the prescription hydrocortisone cream, which is great when he has a breakout. To help PREVENT dry skin i purchased "Robathol" bath oil and soak him in a tub with 1/2 cap of that every night, then when he's out of the bath I immediately put Vanicream lotion on. Vanicream is a daily moisturizer you can use and it's free of EVERYTHING so it doesn't irritate the skin, my mom and I also have eczema and use this now and we LOVE it! Vanicream also make soaps, shampoos, and much more depending on the severity of your child's skin problems. You can get vanicream from Walgreens, but it's usually behind the pharmacy counter. Robathol you have to purchase online at www.psico.com, you can also buy vanicream from that website. Lastly, when you have a child with eczema you should soak them in a tub daily for at least 10 minutes and put lotion on immediately after. On days when you need to do a soap bath, the soap should be done at the very end of the bath and you should never let your son actually sit in the soapy water since that will suck all the moisture back out of his skin. Again, you want to lather him up well after you get him out of the bath. I know how frustrating this is and wish you the best of luck. If you have any more questions, let me know, I did a TON of research and went to our normal pediatrician and a specialist about this.

Shauntelle - posted on 11/06/2008

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Hello there,



I have twins that both have had eczema issues since their preemie birth... we too have tried absolutely everything - I found that the Glaxal Base Cream (which sometimes youu have to ask a pharmacist for - but recently i found out on the shelf at Costco) works best to keep it under control, but for bad breakouts of it we use a hydrocortisone cream ... but seriously I can't think of the last time we used the hydrocortisone, since the Glaxxal works so well.

Candida - posted on 11/05/2008

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Yes,My daughters pediatrician recommended that I stop using commercial baby washes and lotions.She said for me to alternate between Baking soda and regular Dove soap.Three days Baking soda four days Dove Bar.And after each bath use a body cream such as Keri or Eucerin oh and Cetaphil for severe cases.

Trish - posted on 11/05/2008

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Hi Tasha,My 2 year old suffers from Eczema since he was about 6 weeks old.We took him to a skin specialist who recommended he eat Vaalia yoghurt as,it has more good cultures in it which might help the condition.He also told us to only wash him in a wash called Oilatum which ,you can get from a chemist.Also he told us to buy a cream called Dermeze and smother on the affect areas .It is also available over the counter from the chemist.When it was really bad he had the chemist mix up a cream which was 1 part steroid to 3 parts Dermeze.That was only to be applied sparely and in small spurts as,the steroid base can thin the skin if used for a long period.The steroid is called novasone.It is only available with a script and,you can ask the chemist when you buy the Dermeze with the steroid to mix them 1 to 4 for you.It cleared it up so well and,then i just continued to wash him in the oilatum and then apply the dermeze to the areas he had eczema.He had it really bad with open weeping scabs on his face and skin folds and,nothing works till we tried this.I hope this helps your little man!

Dani - posted on 11/05/2008

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My son had it, Eucerin creme (the real stuff in the big jar, very thick) was the only thing that helped him.

Mikel - posted on 11/05/2008

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Hi there, we have been dealing with this on our son's neck. It's discolored his dark skin. Our Dr said to switch bath products to California Baby brand and then to use Cortisone cream on it. So far, the Cortisone cream seems to help, we haven't switched the shampoo yet. Good luck!

Katherine - posted on 11/05/2008

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Yep, mine has it. He was reacting to foods such as strawberries, tomatos, preservitives. He is 3 now. Still has it. Also harsh shampoos or frequent baths in bubble bath solutions that arent Ph Balanced affect their skin.



We use to just bath him in a mild milk soap even days and then just water on the odd days. Then after, did baby massage with moisturisers.



He has aristocort cream, moisturisers, and antihistamine. We had an allergy test which helped and we looked at what he was eating and looking at his reactions.



Talk to your doctor, they might give you a referral or give you better advice.

Heather - posted on 11/04/2008

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Hello Tasha. My son has had eczema since he was born (he also has peanut and sesame seed allergies). As an infant he had "weeping" eczema on his face and thankfully that went away. In his younger years, his fingers and feet would crack and bleed. While trying to keep eczema at bay, make sure your son doesn't scratch too much. Mine rubbed his foot raw on the sidewalk as a toddler. The cortisone creams help with the eczema when it is red and inflamed, but to keep just dry skin issues, vaseline worked best. Now, that he is twelve, he just seems to suffer from very dry, itchy skin with some periodic rough patches (the allergist when he was a baby said if by puberty it had not cleared, it was a life long condition). It is a constant battle with keeping on vaseline or lotion; especially for a 12 year old boy. What I have seen work best, is just constantly keeping lotions and creams on (apply at minimum morning and night). Just try baths, lotions and keeping any know irritants away. I hope this helps as I know it may be something you deal with, to some degree, throughout his childhood.

Sandy - posted on 11/04/2008

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My husband has had it all his life on small parts of random appendages. The doctors says it's hereditary and may never go away entirely. Just don't let baby gnaw on treated areas. heh. :)

Debbie - posted on 11/04/2008

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Hi Tasha, have you had your son allergy tested at all? It sounds like he has it pretty bad. What about trying a milk free diet? Maybe he has a milk allergy that is causing it to flare up. Here in the UK we use something called 'wet wraps' for eczema which involves applying lightweight cotton suits/sleeves which have been soaked in an aqueous cream/water solution over the children after they have had their creams applied. I don't know if you have something similar where you live? The 'wet wraps' can be left on overnight under pyjamas and can be reapplied for the day in severe flare ups. I have seen great results using this technique (I'm a paediatric nurse). The good news with childhood eczema is that a high proportion of children will eventually grow out of it. I hope this is helpful x

Ali - posted on 11/04/2008

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Have you tried good ol' Bag Balm? Comes in a green square tin... kinda greasy, but really does the trick! You can probably find it at any drug store. If I recall it even has a cow on it. I used that as a kid and it worked miracles on my eczema and felt good too... soothing!

Leighna - posted on 11/04/2008

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my 11 year old has had eczema since she was 2 weeks old..tryed all the presciptions that would work just long enough to get my hopes up than come back with a vengence.We use perfume-free everything,cut down her # of baths and use a cream each day (its called glaxil base cream) and we seem to have the upper hand now...hope that helps

Tasha - posted on 11/04/2008

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He's been on steroid creams, antibacterial creams, fungal creams, yeast creams, etc since birth pretty much, and it will NEVER go away. It may clear up for a few days and i get excited, and then it comes right back...10x worse.

Sandy - posted on 11/03/2008

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Mandy has it had it on the tops of her ankles and behind one knee since birth. The doctor prescribed a eucerin type cream for daily application and triamcinolone acetonide 0.1% ointment for when the affected areas become red. The ointment keeps the eczema at bay for a day or two at best. The cream helps to soothe the areas and keeps them from itching.

Danna - posted on 11/03/2008

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My child had molluscum when he was a baby. I got something from molluscum.com that worked unbelievably well on his problem, but it said that it is really good for eczema as well. Any time he has eczema now we use it and it clears it right up. It is called silver cure, the soap is wonderful and the ointment is good too.

April - posted on 11/03/2008

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My son has had it since he was born and he is 2. He has a steroid cream prescribed from the doctor he uses in severe breakouts, on a day to day basis we use Oil of Olay Quench the purple bottle and it has done wonders.. I haven't had to use his steroid cream for quite a few months

Tasha - posted on 11/03/2008

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Sigh...it's so frustrating. It's really hard to keep the house completely spotless of everything they say is going to be an irritant. I do wash his towels in the Free soap and all of his clothes, rags, bed sheets, etc. But thanks for your response!

Kira - posted on 11/03/2008

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My son had eczema for the better part of the first year of his life. We ended up going to the doctor and they gave some prescripition hydrocortisone cream and we had to wash everthing in the house in dreft and stay away from perfumed items. once we started wsahing everything including towels, sheets, and our clothes in dreft that help tremendously!

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