What can I do about Eczema

Jennifer - posted on 07/26/2009 ( 105 moms have responded )

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The presriptions don't help. She scratches all the time and has ugly patchy rashes everywhere. What do I do????

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Christa - posted on 08/02/2009

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The best thing is Renew Intensive Skin Therapy. Email me if you want to know where to get it. It truly is the best for Eczema. rickchrista@fairpoint.net

Brenda - posted on 08/02/2009

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Not too long ago I read an article about Bleach Bathes online. I know it sound crazy, but you should look it up here online though. It's suppose to work miracles. My little sister suffered from severe Eczema all her life....it is so sad to watch a child suffer through it:( Good luck! I hope you find something that works well for you.

Jennita - posted on 07/30/2009

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My son too has eczema. I use aveeno products for him that cater to eczema such as soap, soothing bath treatment which comes with five packs in it and lotion. I also use hydrocordison 1% which is truly a life saver for him. Another thing my doctor told me was to not bath him everyday so his skin won't dry out so much. I hope I helped. :-)

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Christa - posted on 08/02/2009

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The best thing is Renew Intensive Skin Therapy. Email me if you want to know where to get it. It truly is the best for Eczema. rickchrista@fairpoint.net

User - posted on 08/02/2009

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my girls have it also and I use all hypoallergenic things to wash them and their clothes and bed sheets. I use aveeno and cetaphil lotions and it seems to work well. The wash with dove soap or soap that has no fragrance. good luck it is frustrating

Natalie - posted on 08/02/2009

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my son was just the some, he used to scratch until he bleed. i went to a pediatrician who used sorboline and diprosone, and did wet wraps for a week. this cleared up the eczima and now i just use the sorboline. every now and then i might use the diprosone if it's flareing up.

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hi jennifer......

our little little boy had eczma, we used an oatmeal based bath wash, but at the moment we're using a glyceril type cream to keep him moisturized so his skin doesnt dry out. good luck

Elizabeth - posted on 08/01/2009

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When my daughter first broke out with Eczema the Dr. tried to give me steroid creme. i did not like this so I asked how to avoid it from coming out again. The Dr. told me that wheat makes it break out even more. I found this to be true. It does make it hard to find foods without wheat but it is worth it. The Eczema breaks out bad on her face so I try to avoid it at all costs. The Dr. also told me to use Sarna. CVS is the only store I have been able to find this lotion at. I also use peanut oil that you can find at www.hillderm.com. It is called Hill Moisture Riser and it is not expensive. I use this with her creme.

Ada - posted on 08/01/2009

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My 4 yr. old child has Eczema and my best decision was taking him to a naturalist doctor after trying with a lot of doctors. Everything that he eats is natural (organic) and all his medicines are natural (Flax Seed Oil, Neem, Primadophilus, Coconut Oil to his skin or Neem lotion). Try to find a naturalist doctor because the medicines prescribed by regular doctors has secondary effects. He had the worst Eczema for more than a year and right now his skin look great. And also pray every single day...that is going to help you also.

Erica - posted on 08/01/2009

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my youngest son has horrible eczema. he used to get patches on his face and all over his arms. talk to your doctor and see of they can perscribe you aquaphor. It is a super thick cream that after mys sons baths i just lather it on and let it soak in. he looks like a ghost also there is a steriod ointment that he is on for the really bad spots its called flucinonide ointment we use it sparingly because it is a steriod and he is so young but one application and the spot completely dissappeared hope this helps

Kenyetta - posted on 08/01/2009

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I don't know if you found anything yet, but I also tried everything for my son. Some made his eczema worst, some bleeched his skin, trust me I know it was terrible, but I tried Aquaphor products and my son is now three and has not had a bad breakout since I started using it @ 6mo. old

Joanna - posted on 08/01/2009

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Hi, my eldest daughter had the same problem as a baby. We tried her on goats milk which worked for a while, but her skin got worse again so we put her on Soja milk. We didn't use any soaps on her skin at all, just wash your daughter down with water after naps / meal times etc. and dab dry. Only dress your daughter in 100% cotton, synthetic fabrics don't let the skin breathe. Also check the wash powder / liquid, I find persil sensitive to be the best for my girls.
The creams I tried on my girls were, Dr Bachs Rescue Cream and Sudo cream. The Sudo cream worked really well.
My eldest girl is now 5 and doesn't have any signs of Eczema. Hope this helps you, good luck!

Stacey - posted on 08/01/2009

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my son has eczema my doctor just gives me a special cream i dont really remember the name of it,but if you use it daily after every bath even during the day it will help clear it up atleast a little,mine only gets his in the winter though and in summer he is fine so im not sure if it will work for u or not...but when i find out the name of it i will be sure to post it on here but it has to be prescribed by the doctor

Amanda - posted on 08/01/2009

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My son has a mild case of it, try using grin and giggles baby lotion and body wash. I also use All degerent for sensitive skin and downy fabric softner for sensitive skin. Those should help they did wonders for my son!

Keara - posted on 08/01/2009

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I'm not sure what prescriptions you are using but you can ask your pediatrician for Fluocinolone Acetonide Ointment. This can be applied 1-2 times a day. We notice a difference within a few days. This works well for my son. We also use Eucerin anti-itch lotion. Also we use Aveeno for bathing.

Kelley - posted on 08/01/2009

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my 15 month old was born with eczema so bad his skin looked like it was dying all the time!! same here prescriptions only worked a few times then they would stop...one dr. told me to give him a bath EVERYDAY without fail! don't even have to use soap just put him in the water and let me tell you..in one week such a difference, also vitiam a helps..i can always tell when he skipped a day of baths...try it..it may work!!

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There are so many different medications and lotions to try and help with the eczema, but what you need to try and sort out is what is causing the eczema - this is often a food intolerance, and frequently dairy. Try reducing or cutting out her dairy intake for a week and see if that affects her eczema. In my experience an increase in yogurt intake can bring out eczema in a lot of children.

Felisha - posted on 08/01/2009

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My daughter has eczema... I use Aveeno oatmeal in her bath just sprinkle half the package in her bath water and let her soak.. I was also recommended to not wash her body EVERY day, I mean yes give her a bath and wipe down some dirty parts, but maybe only wash with mild soap every other day. I also use the Aveeno oatmeal lotion and rub it on her every night and sometimes just throughout the day on spots I see on her. The Doctor also gave me a hydrocortisone cream to use if she starts to itch uncontrollabally. Honestly, this seem to work the best. Stick with one brand.. I tried Cetaphil and different things, then I started Aveeno wash and lotion and stuck to that.. like you I was in this boat of trying all these different things.. hope this helps!

Stephanie - posted on 07/31/2009

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We use Omega 3 DHA, (fish oil) every night mouth. My 17 month old takes the strawberry flavored liquid at twice the dose on the bottle. He loves the way it tastes and it cleared his skin up. We always take it before bath time because it makes him smell fidhy otherwise.

Breanne - posted on 07/31/2009

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my son has eczema too his doctor put him on some cream but that wasn't helping for him. one of the people i know told me to try distilled water and lemon juice. i know it sounds funny but it seems to work for my son so you can try it and see if it works for you.

~Proud Mommy~

Stephanie - posted on 07/31/2009

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Eucerin Cream and Westcort cream, mix 3 parts eucerin 1 part westcort cream, only use it until eczema is gone then get a really good moisturizer it helps!!

Rhiannon - posted on 07/31/2009

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i found that oilatum bath ointment in their bath and then afterwards rub in vaseline moisturiser, its only new but it works really well as my daughter has eczema and dermatitis and all the creams that were precribed were no longer working

Diandra - posted on 07/31/2009

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Keep the area clean.....to clear up the rashes you might have to use a wrap on the area.....put the ointments on the rashes and then wrap with medical guaze....worked on my daughters hands one summer, cleared it up really good...hope this helps you

Heather - posted on 07/31/2009

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My son had it real bad and the doctor had me use Aveeno Baby for eczema.It worked great to this day I still use it. My other advice is to talk to your doctor you may need to go to a specialist. Good luck

Symantha - posted on 07/31/2009

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Both of my girls have really bad eczema and nothing was helping! I ended up changing peds. because nothing they were telling me do was working. Everything the first doc. told me do was wrong. When you bath her make sure she stays in the bath for atleast 15 so the water doesn't dry out her skin! The doc also gave us four prescriptions: a steroid cream, zyrtec, kflex (because her eczema had gotten so bad that it was infected), and a medicted lotion! On top of all that she had to sit in a bath with bleach in it. The best lotion that I have found is Gold Bond Ultimate soothing lotion with chamomile!! It soothes and calms irritated dry skin, I put it on her two times a day and it really helps the itching and her eczema is now almost gone!!

Kareema - posted on 07/31/2009

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I forgot two things: Make sure she is completely dry after her baths and then moisturize her really good. Secondly....you dont have to bath her daily. That will help with the dry skin. Hope this helps. And remember...this too shall pass.

Kareema - posted on 07/31/2009

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oh yeah...i forgot two things.....make sure you dry her off really good and moisturize her well. also dont bath her everyday and that should help. I am prayerful this helps...if I think of anything else, I will be sure to pass along that info. Stay strong....this to shall pass!

Kareema - posted on 07/31/2009

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What prescription is she on???... we use Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment 0.1% and it worked wonders. We also only use Dove body wash, and Nivea lotion. At night we use Baby Eczema Cream by (i think) Johnson and Johnson (it has pooh and tigger on the tube). I hope those suggestions help...good luck!

Cynthya - posted on 07/30/2009

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my two nieces have problems with this. try all the different creams and lotions and find what works best with your kids. also remember to moisturize her really good after her bath. and if it's not going away it may be infected and needs to be looked at by her physician. that's why my nieces was never going away and it would also flare up really bad at her joints.

Jeanette - posted on 07/30/2009

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Both my kids had this real bad. I used all that crap the doctor gave and it didnt work. The Aveeno Soothing relief moisture cream worked real well. Other wise you really just wait till they out grow it. My son is 4 and it is completly gone.

Amanda - posted on 07/30/2009

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hi wall i knw exacly wat u mean i get eczema bad it cld b acidy foods the wether that r making it bad try put mitins on hr hands thatl stop hr frm bein abil 2 scrach if u ned mr help jst ask

Lizddy - posted on 07/30/2009

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Hi Jennifer! My daughter had the same thing when she was younger and she had a milk protein intolerance. Your baby could also have a food allergy, so try to get rid off possible food irritants slowly to see if something in her diet could be causing an allergy such as dairy, nuts, orange juice, etc. Also, try to avoid synthetic clothing and switch to 100% cotton clothing since synthetic fibers such as polyester can worsen eczema. Do not use chemicals/fragrances on her skin, try switching to California baby's super sensitive skin line, I did that this with my daughter and her skin improved dramatically. Instead of using lotions with chemicals, use pure 100% almond oil as a moisturizer throughout the day and specially after each bath. Avoid hot water baths since they can make eczema worse. Good luck!

Sharon - posted on 07/30/2009

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2 of my 3 sons have eczema. I have tried every lotion and potion under the sun. I find that diprobase works for us, I also use an over the counter 1% hydrocortizone cream. It seems to keep it under control. I had out 22 month old on soya milk for about 8 months as I thought it would help it was only after he was hospitalised with a bad infection in his eczema that a nurse told me that soya products actualy made it worse not better because they have to add so much to it to make the milk. Hope this helps you.

Christy - posted on 07/30/2009

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my daughter had it & i used eucerine cream & cortizone w/ aloe....it took some time but it went away completely....now just 2 keep it away i use utterly smooth its cow utter cream but they sell it at walmart

Brondlyn - posted on 07/30/2009

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How old is your child? Your doctor should have gave you a list of things to use for eczema. My middle child has eczema and we use dove soap and mild detergent for her. It also depends on her age because sometimes its worse when your child is smaller. My daughter is 11 years old now and its rarely flares up. Season changes can cause it to flare up too. So try using dove soap not ivory because my pediatrician told me that does not make it better. Change your detergent that for sensitive skin and sometimes what the child eat can affect the eczema.

Aimee - posted on 07/30/2009

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okay so i see that you had tons of feed back on this question which is awesome!!! :)

my lil girl has had eczema since birth as well... we have gotten prescriptions (which worked) but they got to be pretty costly and so when it ran out sometime we got in a rut.

i have tried everything (most everything that has been said here too)... the absolute best thing we have found (and way cheap) and it makes it clear up in about a day and a half is HYDROCORTIZONE creme... you can get the cortizone-10 or whatever. we even have started using the EQUATE brand at wal-mart. i have no complaints and neither does my lil one who is now not so little (she just turned 6). :) so i hope that this helps you!

Megan - posted on 07/30/2009

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use cetaphil lotion you can get it at Walgreens, use everynight after a bath and when you get her dressed in the morning, i swear by it. My daughter has really bad at times and i started useing it and i love it

Tonya - posted on 07/30/2009

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My son has eczema. His doctor prescribed Triamcinolone Acetonide Ointment USP,0.1%. It has worked pretty well. Otherwise, try Dermarest. It is available at Walmart.

Ann - posted on 07/30/2009

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I use All Free for all of my childs clothing, towels and sheets. It is a bit of a pain to have to wash his stuff seperately but it has really helped!!! Any deteregent will work. Also we use Dove for Sensitive Skin Soap or the Avenno bath. Good luck to you.

Kim - posted on 07/30/2009

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I have used Aveena Eczema formula, or Bath and Body Works "Look Ma New Hands". These seem to help. Also since it is summer, take her in a pool, chlorine helps!



We also switched to All Free and Clear for all the families clothes!

Lisa - posted on 07/29/2009

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We had a problem with eczema till I got a lot of good advice from our dermatologist and a family with a history of skin sensitivity and eczema.



The main key is a cream or ointment moisturizer, I had the best luck with Aquafur. The reason moisturizer is important is that sensitive skin tends to be dry, and dry skin cannot protect itself from abrasions and irritants..so you get inflamation and eczema.



Avoid perfumes, they are one of the biggest irritants out there yet you find them in so many products. make sure everything you use for skin or clothing is perfume free.



Becareful with laundry detergent, Tide may get out any stain you could think of but it is going to cuase skin problems for people with sensitive skin. I had good luck with Dreft. Use the extra rinse cycle on your washer. Don't even bother with fabric softener, it isn't good for your skin and you don't really need it.



Don't use soap unless your baby is actually dirty! Of course use it for washing hands, feet etc., but don't pour bubble bath in the tub! Wash hair and use soap at the end of bath routine...not the beginning so that they are not sitting in drying soapy water the whole time. Shorten bath times, pat dry (do not rub, it is too abrasive for sensitive skin).



Aveeno lotions can sting sometimes so be alert if it seems like your baby is irritated by a lotion.



Always wash new clothes before use (they are treated with harsh chemicals sometimes for shipping and display purposes)



Mineral sunblocks like Earths' Best are best for sensitive skin, although I have had good luck with Neutrogena and Aveeno spray sunblocks not stinging. (by the way...I have sensitive skin as well and I can tell you first hand that the Water Baby brand of sunblock is painful!)

Melissa - posted on 07/29/2009

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My little boy has mild eczema and I use Aveeno medicated lotion and wash! With the wash, you don't use a cloth. You use your hands! This may help. It seems to have helped my little boy tremendously!

Samantha - posted on 07/29/2009

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Hi Jennifer,



Our dermatoligst suggested 1 teaspoon of flax seed oil a day. He said it has to be treated from the inside out. He also suggested putting a teaspoon of clorox in Josephs bath water (a baby bath tub) once a week. I haven't done this yet though.



The flaxseed oil combined with aquaphor has been great so far. Hope this helps.



Samantha

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We use hydrocordozne(spelling is wrong) cream and it seems to work really well. We put it on my son right before bed and cover it with pants or a long shirt and by morning it is gone.

Sharyn - posted on 07/29/2009

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It sounds like an allergy is affecting her eczema. My son is allergic to dustmites, egg white, coconut, peanuts, tree nuts... It does affect his eczema considerably!!!!

Brooke - posted on 07/29/2009

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Sometimes they have eczema because they are having an allergy to something. My son had a milk protien allergy. We used the hydrocortizon cream and that helped him.

Lisa - posted on 07/29/2009

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lotion lotion lotion your baby up every morning and night especially after baths.. my daughters (all 3) have eczema. if that doesnt work then take him/her to the doctor it might be a dairy allergy. I started giveing my kids lactose free milk and it seems to be working a little bit. try to tell her not to scratch ... just a thought take care LISA

Shamera - posted on 07/29/2009

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My daughter has eczema real bad and her doctor told me to use fragrance free and scent free body wash and lotion. I use aveeno for everything. They even make a lotion for eczema and body wash. Also try to wash your babys clothes in ALL free and clear detergent because it has no fragrance or dyes in it. Try not to let there skin get dry.

Jennifer - posted on 07/29/2009

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The best thing we have used is the Renew lotion. Please let me know I can send you a sample.

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