what is the best cream to use for her eczema

Daisy - posted on 12/18/2012 ( 39 moms have responded )

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she is scratching so much and her eczema is flurring up. It also, interfers with her sleep. I do not know what to use on her. I tried hydrocortizone 2.5, vaseline, and oatmeal nothing is helping. I feel so bad that I can't take it away. PLEASE! If any one has an idea or know more or less what might work, Im all ears.. thank you:)

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Nicki - posted on 01/28/2013

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Ive tried it all too girl and the only cream that helps that has helped my daughter's skin almost immediately is a cream from mexico. It's called Gelmicin my mother in law gets it for me when she goes across but you might be able to find it online or something. Sometimes Desonide and (dr prescribed) or hydrocort help, you just have to continue alternating creams and hope that as your child gets older it'll eventually go away (That's what happend with my oldest daughter). Hope I helped and if anybody knows any home remedies or other creams feel free to keep me posted. Thanks in advance.

Shanna - posted on 12/23/2012

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My daughter has it and either Cetaphil Restoraderm or Aveeno Baby Excema cream do wonders

Deanna - posted on 12/23/2012

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Camomile tea. Make a chamomile tea. And there are a couple things you can do here. You can let the tea cool and put it on a towel. Put the towel on the eczema for at least 15-30 minutes of you can. Do that about 2 or 3 times a day until it is gone. Another is to let the tea bag cool, and put the bag on her, putting something non-absorbant over it (plastic wrap). Leave on for no more than 20 min.
If you going to use the bag, you can drink the tea. Never use boiling water. Make it like you would a bottle for formula. Use about 75 degree water.

If the eczema won't go away, you may have to look at the triggers. Eczema is an allergic reaction. Is she allergic to something? Most triggers are stress, chocolate, dust, laundry soap (one of the biggest triggers), temperature (too hot, too cold), the type of heat (dry heat from electric heat), pollen, lotions, pet dander, hot water (baths), and being around second-hand smoke are some majour triggers.

Have you talked to her doctor about getting tested for allergies? My nephew is actually allergic to grass, and some people get it from strawberries. Maybe make a journal of everything for a month and see if there is anything there that causes them. I hope any of this helped!!!

Lindsay - posted on 12/19/2012

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Try the Eczema moisturizer by Cetaphil, it has worked wonders for my sister! You can find it at Shoppers and probably Walmart or Superstore. Hope it helps!

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Kimberly - posted on 09/27/2018

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Cetaphil worked for my older child.
For my younger one, I have managed to control it using oats paste before her bath and applying VCO (Virgin coconut oil) onto her skin after her bath.

Ashleyrosa859 - posted on 09/16/2018

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My newborn baby had eczema and extremely dry skin. I use foderma serum along with Oatmeal bath and it worked wonders. Long story short, no more Eczema and no dry skin. Great product.

Mariajuliotto - posted on 09/14/2018

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I've been using foderma on my son's severe eczema for about two weeks now. This is the only thing that seems to be working for him.

Pereznancy048 - posted on 09/08/2018

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My kids have had eczema since the day they were born. foderma serum is the best non-prescription grade serum to help them with their skin.

Graceq424 - posted on 09/07/2018

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I try as much as I can to keep my boy clean and tidy. Along with this in diet fish is a must. And as an anti-eczema lotion, I am using foderma for months and condition of my baby is really well now.

Sknezevic506 - posted on 10/31/2016

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Foderma serum works very well on my daughter eczema. It absorbs easily and helped the itchy rash to disappear. Of course, once you stop use the rash comes right back.

Ashley - posted on 01/30/2013

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My peditrician recommended Cetaphil and Aquaphor. Both have worked very well for my daughter.

Sarah Elizabeth - posted on 01/28/2013

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Pat your little one down after her bath instead of rubbing with a towel, and try curel brand lotion. It may help to ease the bad spots. Try using non scented soap, detergent and or softener on her clothes also. If you want an instant soother, frozen peas applied to the areas that have broken skin may help immediately...then pat dry and apply some curel. If it gets too bad, ask your pediatrician to recommend a dermatologist to suggest treatment of her delicate skin.

Launa - posted on 01/28/2013

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DO NOT USE AVEENO. Every dermatologist I've ever met has said it's borderline toxic. We use Triple Cream. http://www.drugstore.com/products/prod.a...

You also need to consider allergy testing if she is old enough (over the age of 2). Almost every eczema flair is an allergic reaction.

Consider your laundry soap. Maker sure it's free and clear or that you're making it yourself. Fabric softener is a big no-no.

You say oatmeal isn't helping. What kind of oatmeal? I put organic rolled oats in a sock or stocking and tie it up, throw it in the bath, and use just that in the bath. 1-1 1/2 cups per bath. Enough to turn the water white. I rub the girls down with the sock full of oats so that the slime will coat their skin. No soap or body wash of any kind. Even ones that say "eczema" on them are damaging. The last thing you want to do is strip the oils from their skin.

When using hydrocoritzone or any other steroid, I always make sure I have an ointment and not a cream. Creams burn and sting the damaged skin.

When the flares are the worst, apply an ice pack until the ointments have a chance to soothe. The ice will numb the area.

Alexis - posted on 01/25/2013

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Aveeno Baby Eczema is the only thing that works for my sons with very severe allergies.

Taisha - posted on 01/22/2013

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I use the Neosporin Ezema lotion on my 9 month old and works great! Super gentle and effective!

Laura - posted on 01/21/2013

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My 7 month old has got ezcema and I no you should keep it moisturised but I moisturise it on a morning and the heat fron the bath seems to flare it up on a night so I smoother her in sudocreme which does dry things out but it seems so soothe it and stop irritating so it does work. Hope this helps xx

Kathleen - posted on 01/11/2013

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I feel ur pain. My four year old son has severe excema . I have been to two dermatologist and two allergist. After trying countless lotions we are finding Vaseline creamy formula is working but we use that in combination with Rx steroids. Lotions alone would not calm down his flare ups. We also have done bleach baths to help fight any infections( they sound worse then they are, just like going in a pool). We are hoping to have allergy testing done soon. He also have allergy med each morning and a rx each night to help the itching.

Starr - posted on 01/02/2013

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I would stay away from ointments. My daughter has eczema really bad, I started noticing when I used a petroleum based ointments it flared up even more (Aquafor, vaseline, cortisone ointment etc, even prescription steroid ointments). We have a prescription steroid cream which works well but also the cortisone over the counter cream, not ointment works just a good. I have read that a lot of ppl with eczema are also allergic to petroleum based products which is funny because most doctors tell you to use ointments for eczema! If she is particularly itchy I would give a little dose of children's benedryl, since they say that eczema is allergy caused a lot of times I have found the benedryl does give some relief. Be sure to use a good sensitive skin lotion to prevent flare ups. During a flare up, it most likely will sting.

Purityseven - posted on 01/02/2013

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Try Atomy products,100% natural health and wellness products.
Olive Oil and no process foods only homemade.
My son was the same.

Andrea - posted on 01/01/2013

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Baby oil gel every night after bath and before bed. Did this for my kiddo after trying everything else. Works great.

Dawn - posted on 01/01/2013

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Go see a dermatologist. I have to do that. My daughter was the same way...her excema looked like an open wound with puss and I tried lots of creams, suggestions....I even paid over $50 for a perscription from my dr that didn't work. I took her to the derm and he gave her an ointment with a little bit of steriod to use when the excema got really bad and it was gone in a few days. I also use non-perfumed soaps..and I use 7th Generation diapers/wipes and laundry detergent. Her breakouts are very mininmal at this point. We use CeraVe moisturizing cream and a hydrocortizone cream from the derm. Good luck

Molly - posted on 12/30/2012

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Aquaphor HEALING OINTMENT Advanced Therapy. We got this at Walmart. I used to apply this cream on my dd four to five times a day - after breafkast, before the afternoon nap, evening and at bedtime. When I did not follow the routine religiously it was back.

Davene - posted on 12/30/2012

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Hi Moms i'm new! My 2 year old has it and we have tried just about every cream there is. So far the prescription stuff works but in between using it he gets tepid baths then he is slathered with a mixture of aquaphor and eucerin. When the itching gets too bad i give him a cool bath and then pour calamine lotion over him. I don't use anything scented when it comes to washing his clothes, there is no smoking in the house but when he visits his grand parents for too many days in a row (sorry mom) he will flare up (they smoke). I know the foods he is allergic to so of course he doesn't have those and things i know trigger it that he likes are very limited. it's truly a trial and error type of thing but during that time you will be frustrated and feel very helpless. I know I did!

Angela - posted on 12/27/2012

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My son had terrible eczema, to the point where people would stop me and ask what it was. It was on his cheek so I had to be careful of what I used. Only thing that worked was Vaseline! Cheap alternative compared to all the prescriptions!

Lindsay - posted on 12/27/2012

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Bag Balm, about $8 at Walgreens is the best thing that I have been able to find. My daughter's feet were cracking and bleeding from eczema and nothing else has worked as well as Bag Balm. It comes in a green tin. It's great!

Brid_margaret - posted on 12/25/2012

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my 6 month old son has excema from his chin to his toes. his neck s the worst. I could nt find anything to keep him moisturised. anything I put on (emulsifying cream, camomile oil, burts bees, aveeno) did nt lst longer than 10 minutes, and he felt like sand paper again. So out of sheer frustration I phoned a dermatology nurse specialist I trained with as a nurse 20 years ago.She still runs her clinic daily. I told her the doctor said 'moisturise him' but nothing worked. SHe said bath him daily in a warm, not hot bath, a thin film of emulsifying ointmtent only pre bath, and apply parrafin gel ( got here in Ireland in pharmacy for 11 euros) two hourly. i took a deep breath at two hourly, but sure thats how often his nappy need changing anyway. it is improved. Not gone, but improved, softer skin. when his neck is very bad, I got a prescription for .05% steroid cream.I put vaseline 2 hourly on his neck. I am trying to continue breast feeding, until he s one, and have a dairy free diet. oh and it all gets worse if I let him scratch it, even for a second! so long sleeve sleep suits that cover his hands, short nails etc.. good luck I know it can be very upsetting and frustrating...

Nicole - posted on 12/23/2012

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If its persistent you should probably see a dermatologist. I had to take my 4mo old to one because he has it so bad and the 2.5% didn't work on him either. We now use only non scented soaps and detergents and CeraVe moisturizer and a 5% cream prescribed by the Dr. They will be better able to help you find a solution. I hope it helps I know how terrible this is. Good luck!

Maggie - posted on 12/23/2012

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Cj's butter stick! My daughter had big crusty spots and we used cj's. It was softened up the next day and gone after about a week. It hasn't come back, either. You should look into what is causing it. She may have a dairy allergy!

Amanda - posted on 12/21/2012

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Vanicream, aquaphor, or coconut oil (from the grocer's) for moisturizing and Aquanil Cleanser to wash with. Steer clear of all fragrance products, anti-bacterial soaps, and some clothing may also be making her react. Eczema also reacts worse in the winter with the cool air, less bathing as well (every other day vs. every day.) It could be your detergent, have you switched it since her outbreaks started? Don't use anything marketed for babies, they generally have more ingredients than brands for adults.

Angela - posted on 12/20/2012

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Hi, my dd used to have eczema under her knees too. But she started using neem cream and the problem has subsided. You may wish to check the cream out at specialty organic stores. Hope her condition improves :)

Julia - posted on 12/20/2012

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Has she been tested for allergies? Eczema is an allergic reaction most of the time and finding out what she is allergic to will help. Her doctor can also prescribe an ointment that will help it. My son and I both have allergic eczema and have creams to use if it gets out of control. Other than that, very mild soap, moisturizer, hydro-cortisone, and mild laundry soap and softener as well.

S. - posted on 12/18/2012

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Try Keeping it highly moistured with aveeno moisturiser then put the hydrocotizone once or twice a day, literally moisturise her as much as you possible can. Keep nails short and pat dry. Good luck, skin conditions are horrible I suffer badly and now my 2 & 4 year old do too.

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