my little girl has bad eczema...i'm out of idea's of what to use

Natalie - posted on 01/19/2010 ( 231 moms have responded )

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my little girl is 1 and has bad eczema i have had all the creams , steroids all what the doctor can give . it comes it goes i'm out of idea's can any one help please .......

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I don't pretend to be an expert but I have 4 kids. My two boys have perfect skin, my two girls have eczema. They are 24 and 14 so I've been dealing with it for a long time.My oldest daughter has even been hospitalized once because she got a staph infection in her open sores. Her whole body except for her face and diaper area looked like she had been in a fire. We had to peel her clothes off. Essentially that began our education on dealing with eczema. Our dermatologist at the time said the cheapest treatment is to keep her body moisturized and believe it or not said that shortening( yes for cooking) was very simple and low cost. We tried that and covered her with long pants/socks and long sleeves to prevent it from ruining everything she touched. It was effective but all of her clothes were ruined. Most creams have a "bite" to them, which of course is painful. Even creams that say they are hypoallergenic hurt her and were not effective. Finally I had a pharmacist suggest Glaxal Base cream and have now been using it for 22 years! It is the base for which they use to mix prescription creams. I usually buy generic brands because they are usually about half the price. On occation we have had to also use prescription creams as well but this base cream keeps their skin moisturized without the pain and without the permanent damage that cortizone creams can cause when used for prolonged times.My younger daughter's hands and shins get it the worst from sports equipment. It has been bad enough at times that she has bled through her jeans. Try not to use harsh detergents. For my experience Sunlight detergent works the best. It gets the clothes clean and irritates their skin the least! I don't like no name brands because I can never get my laundry as clean as I would like. We were also told liquid fabric softener was better that dryer sheets so that is another method I have always used. Sometimes a dry patch can get can "get away" on you but try to keep her skin moisturized all the time. It's the dry patches and little cracks that are a magnet for infections. When her skin is dry or itchy oatmeal is quite nice for relief. You can use commercial oatmeal based creams and bath aids(Aveeno) but using straight oatmeal is VERY effective and much cheaper! When you throw it directly in the tub you can have quite a mess but what I do is put a cup into an old sock or one that is missing it's mate and tie a knot in it. When you squeeze it in the water you get oatmeal "milk" throughout the water without the gucky mess! My girls still do this when their skin is bad. Little kids kind of have fun with the sock in the tub and all you have to do is toss it in the trash when they are done. I hope my suggestions are useful to you and feel free to share these ideas with others.

Michelle - posted on 01/19/2010

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Is she allergic to something? My son had problems with milk protien when he was younger and the result was eczema. So I cut down oon drinking milk (he got it from BF). Aveeno soothing oatmeal bath and the baby soap work great for soothing it!

Maureen - posted on 01/19/2010

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Aquaphor saved my daughter when she was little. Her eczema was terrible and she would have to see a dermatologist when it would get really bad but in between, we would use Dove liquid soap for sensitive skin and then when she would get out of the bathtub, rub aquaphor all over. It is very greasy but soaks in and really helped. The first thing though, is probably to go to the dermatologist to make sure there is nothing else going on.

Audrie - posted on 01/19/2010

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I know how that feels. My little boy has eczema and has had since when he was born really. Just real allergic to softners and clothing and stuff. So, I had to take him to the dermatoligist of coarse. So, he's been using, Ellidel, and all sorts of hyrocortizone and cortaid. I'd recomend getting her checked by a proffresional but cortaid works great and you can get it over the counter and some vaseline to help keep her skin moist. Also, Zyrtec has done wonders as well.

Maria - posted on 01/20/2010

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Good Luck..My daughter has it too & over Christmas break it was really bad, lesions in her arms, her ear lobes crack,face around eyes,lips OMG u name it it's every where on her. Dr's keep prescribing steroid cream & I use it but not all the time because it thins the skin and I can't use it on her face either. During the summer & we go to the pools it has chlorine in it and it's amazing it's like she's eczema free. I read this study they were doing just last year & it was on one with Meds and the other a bleach bath and they quit the med study because the kids with the bleach bath done so much better. I have tried it but not stayed consistent. It's a full bathtub of water to 1/2 cup of regular bleach. it recommends 2-3 times a week.it takes the redness away and the itching. The problem with my daughter is something starts working on her then it seem like her body gets immune to it so it stops working.

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Diana - posted on 01/20/2010

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I have two suggestions. First, have you tried non-toxic cleaners in your home? I see others have made that suggestion, as well - at least for laundry products. This website has some videos you can watch about that: www.HealthKat.com - click on "Non-Toxic Household Cleaning Products."



Also -- I found this written by Ellen Ravis regarding extreme Eczema on her 9 month old:



"Last summer my daughter visited us with her 9 month old twins. She stopped nursing when they were 3 months because they each had thrush.



"Her son had extreme eczema on his face and inside his elbows and knees. His ear was so bad it would bleed when he touched it. Many trips to the doctor and many different creams had not helped.



"She was confused and embarrassed, especially when people would stop and ask, 'What’s wrong with your baby?' We started him on Optiflora. We mixed the powder and pearl into his cereal or applesauce. After 5 days his skin was clear. She continues to give him Optiflora several times a week and more often when she sees any sign of a problem."



Optiflora powder is a prebiotic, and the "pearl" is the probiotic. You can actually find prebiotics, too, in a new multivitamin for infants and children. Here's a website to try: www.HealthKat.com, click on Digestive Health.



I hope this helps your little one.

Jenn - posted on 01/20/2010

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I've heard Aveeno is great my Friend has a son Jack who is 18 months and she swears by it. She said it actually lasts surprisingly long because you need such a small amount.

Talea - posted on 01/20/2010

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My little boy had really bad eczema too, it was so bad that his skin would crack and bleed in places. His ped. at OHSU told me to try vasaline. She said it worked the best out of anything she had ever tried. So I started giving him a bath every night and then right after I gooped him up with the vasaline. It has been the only thing that cleared his skin and it is cheap too. I use Vasaline baby because it also smells good. Good luck.

Adrienne - posted on 01/20/2010

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Aveeno is good! My husband uses it during the winter time. My 2 1/2 year old I just started using Daddy's Aveeno lotion on him since the baby one doesn't do much for him anymore. I also use the Baby Aveeno on my 1 1/2 year old. I hate it when it comes and goes all the time.

Courtney - posted on 01/20/2010

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instead of bleach use sea salt in her bath water, i went to a allergy specialist w my daughter and thats what he said to use & try the cetaphil soap bc its a soap substitute & it wont dry the skin out anymore! hope this helps!

Lacey - posted on 01/20/2010

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my 2 year old has the same problem and i use equate dry skin cream with added moisturizers twice a day everyday and it works wonders..he hasn't had a break out since i started using it...his doctor told me to use it instead of anything behind the counter b/c they usually don't work she said she used it with her daughter after everything else failed so get some its not expensive at all and i promise ya want be disappointed i wasn't

Leanna - posted on 01/20/2010

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my son is 7 now and when he was 2 he had it really bad it got that bad that he had to wear wet wraps after months and months off going to docs trying differnt creams i got one that i swear by its aveeno and i love it. i still keep it but its very rare that he needs it now

Carey - posted on 01/20/2010

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Ok, so I read most of the things everyone else wrote. I tried Aveeno, aquafor, eucerin, fragrance free stuff, nothing helped my son. Bascially I tried to find out what was causing him to break out, we went to a dermatologist, allergist, pediatrician, just about anyone who would listen. We even went to the emergency room a couple of times it was so bad. No one had any more information than what you have been given here. I'll tell you what works for my son, but it's all just trial and error, what works and what doesn't for your little girl. It's very frustrating, and at times irritating, but you just have to keep plyggin away until you find what works for her. The soap you use for her bath, if it's Johnson's could be causing her to break out. There are sevearl ingredients in it that are banned in other countries. But the United States allows it so we use it. I no longer use Johnson's. I use Earth Momma Angel Baby soap. It is a bit pricey, and I can only get it online, but since I've started using it, his breakouts are less severe. It is all organic. It could be he's outgrowing it, or it's really helping, but for him it's working. I also have many different creams and ointments. I use one for when I see him breaking out on his face, it's a prescription from the dermatologist, it's Desowen 0.05%. It's just for his face and I only use it when I see some spots. For the rest of his body, I use Topicort 0.25%. Since I changed his soap, I have barely had to use it, but I still do. It is just something she will either grow out of, or have forever. I hope this information helps. I know it's so frustrating!

Carey - posted on 01/20/2010

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Ok, so I read most of the things everyone else wrote. I tried Aveeno, aquafor, eucerin, fragrance free stuff, nothing helped my son. Bascially I tried to find out what was causing him to break out, we went to a dermatologist, allergist, pediatrician, just about anyone who would listen. We even went to the emergency room a couple of times it was so bad. No one had any more information than what you have been given here. I'll tell you what works for my son, but it's all just trial and error, what works and what doesn't for your little girl. It's very frustrating, and at times irritating, but you just have to keep plyggin away until you find what works for her. The soap you use for her bath, if it's Johnson's could be causing her to break out. There are sevearl ingredients in it that are banned in other countries. But the United States allows it so we use it. I no longer use Johnson's. I use Earth Momma Angel Baby soap. It is a bit pricey, and I can only get it online, but since I've started using it, his breakouts are less severe. It is all organic. It could be he's outgrowing it, or it's really helping, but for him it's working. I also have many different creams and ointments. I use one for when I see him breaking out on his face, it's a prescription from the dermatologist, it's Desowen 0.05%. It's just for his face and I only use it when I see some spots. For the rest of his body, I use Topicort 0.25%. Since I changed his soap, I have barely had to use it, but I still do. It is just something she will either grow out of, or have forever. I hope this information helps. I know it's so frustrating!

Contessa - posted on 01/20/2010

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What type of soap are you using try Dove unscented for sensitive skin? You may also try Aloe and Oatmeal soap available at natural foord stores.As well Aveeno Oatmeal bath soak or wash. Try a Gold Bond Lotion or a Pure Shea Butter located at most natural body product stores( Earthfare or Whole foods). For laundry detergent try something unscented for sensitive skin also. I hope that some of these ideas help you.

Ivonne - posted on 01/20/2010

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my son's allergist said the Childrens Hospital in Boston has a new idea about eczema--going against old thinking, give her a bath every day---clean her up, then fill the tub with clean water and soak in a bath with 1 cup salt and 1/2 cup vinegar for 10 min--every Monday and Friday, add 1/2 cup bleach (it's safe, just like adding chlorine to a pool, i dilute it before putting in the tub)--it sounds cuckoo, but it has really helped my son! after bath, put on steroid cream and warm vasoline within 1st 3 min out of tub---there is also some other cream name bactoban (sp?) i put up his nose---i guess they believe that eczema is caused by some type of bacteria, so you want to keep her super clean but well moisturized--hope this helps!

Ivonne - posted on 01/20/2010

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my son's allergist said the Childrens Hospital in Boston has a new idea about eczema--going against old thinking, give her a bath every day---clean her up, then fill the tub with clean water and soak in a bath with 1 cup salt and 1/2 cup vinegar for 10 min--every Monday and Friday, add 1/2 cup bleach (it's safe, just like adding chlorine to a pool, i dilute it before putting in the tub)--it sounds cuckoo, but it has really helped my son! after bath, put on steroid cream and warm vasoline within 1st 3 min out of tub---there is also some other cream name bactoban (sp?) i put up his nose---i guess they believe that eczema is caused by some type of bacteria, so you want to keep her super clean but well moisturized--hope this helps!

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I have a large eczema patch and tried the creme from the doctor which cleared it up initially but its back and I'm tired of trying that ointment. So, I'm doing all sorts of reading on it and what's resonating with me is that its my way of my body to tell me something is wrong. My acid/alkaline balance is off (probably due to my new coffee habit and worry creates an acid environment). So, I would look into the foods she is eating (bananas are slightly acidic in the body so balance it with a citrus fruit which is seemingly acidic but in the body is alkaline). I've read books by David Wolfe and Scott Ohlgren. Foods that are good for your skin include cucumbers (which you could juice and mix with raw apples juiced), bell peppers, etc. I would look for the root of the problem and not just the treatment. I've been fighting my breakout for 8 months so now I'm very ready to address the root problem and really feel it is an acid issue. Best of luck.

Rachel - posted on 01/20/2010

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my boy has had eczema since birth. his doctor actually told me i was bathing him too often! i ended up taking him to a dermatologist, where after trying a few different things, we established a regiment for treatment. he gets bathed everyday with cetaphil cleanser. immediately after the bath, he slathered with eucerine cream (has to be cream, not the lotion). i use elidel for flareups, but if they get bad i use cutivate and aclovate. i also give him zyrtec for the itchiness. all of these OTC things have generic forms, but i don't think the ointments do. i hope this helps in some way. i know it's hard to see your baby suffering and not know what to do.

Carrie - posted on 01/20/2010

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Not sure of the products you have used but my daughter has it really bad and we found out that she is allergic to some food items that have caused her's. I found that out by going to an allergist and he rechecked her allergies.. She is allergic to corn, soy, and nuts... once we stopped having her eat that stuff it was like night and day.. no more $100 creams a month. we just use aveeno lotion on her now... amazing.. never was brought up by the dermatologist that it could be cause by food... she is young so they may not be able to do the skin test on her but they might be able to do a blood test to check her allergies out... also make sure you are not using any perfume soaps.. they don't have the pretty smells but dove is a good one with out the perfumes of course...and same goes for the laundry soap.. use hyper allergenic soaps

Sandra - posted on 01/20/2010

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You could try a health drink called mona vie which is huge in america and has excellent health benefits for all ages- it is a blend of 19 different fruits the jewel being the acai berry which is higher in antioxidants than every other known fruit. I've been using it since September for ME and am reaping the benefits. The lady who introduced me to it has a teenage son who was attending hospital regularly with eczema on his legs- he is now almost free of any lesions. Look it up on the net. It's not cheap but what price health I say.

Stefanie - posted on 01/20/2010

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my daughter is 9 months old and also has eczema, allergies and was just recently in the hospital and now they are telling me she has asthma. the doctors there told me they just let their kids bathe in water at bathtime. (no soap) and limit their bath to 5-10 minutes. right after they get out, pat them dry, (dont rub) and then rub aquaphor all over them. its kinda like vaseline but it keeps the moisture in their skin. also i switched to dye and perfume free laundry detergent and i use "bounce free" dryer sheets. aveeno baby bath and lotions are also very very good. they also make a lavender one for nighttime and it has nothing in it to irritate eczema. i have been using all this on my baby girl and she is doing fabulous. her skin looks clear today.

Katrina - posted on 01/20/2010

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Try giving her a salt water bath. My little girl has it and when it flairs up I put her into a salt bath.

Katrina - posted on 01/20/2010

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Try giving her a salt water bath. My little girl has it and when it flairs up I put her into a salt bath.

Maggie - posted on 01/20/2010

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Post a reply! go to general pediatric and ask for the one oinmenrt with a 2 % prescription that help mine lil one. On the next day its like she never had it. When i go home i will check the brand name for u.

Kristi - posted on 01/20/2010

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My husband and I both had really bad eczema until we started using organic, non-paraben products. it took a couple of weeks to clear up but we haven't had a problem for 5 months. The best brand I have found is Avalon Organics. They have a very extensive child/baby line. If you can't find it at a store, the best prices I have found are at Vitacost.com.

Nikole - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son Hayden has had this since he was born. He's 3 now. When flare ups start I give him Cortisone 10. I've been using this new baby soap to clean him called Johnson and Johnson Moisturizing soap! It has been a miracle worker! I think that dry skin is a big cause of eczema and noticed that the more baby moisturizing soap and lotion I use really helps! There's also a disney eczema creme I got at Target that helps as well!

I hope this helps some!

Elina - posted on 01/20/2010

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My boy has eczema and we normally use 2 creams - Hydrocortisone Cream 1% and Themba natural cream from Little Herbal Company which works wonders...It comes and goes, and we don't know the reason, it's quite bad - weeping, blisters, etc, but those 2 creams help us to get rid of it.

Carolyn - posted on 01/20/2010

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i'm in the same boat. my son had it really bad a little over a month ago and it still isn't fully gone, but much much better. i've been bathing him in oatmeal every couple days and using eucerin lotion only after his bath. the lotion irritates the eczema if i use it every day, but not using it at all has proven not helpful either. for my son, bathing and using the lotion only every few days has helped best. his is almost completely gone now. hope this helps.

Denise - posted on 01/20/2010

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My ten year old son has had eczema since birth. I have tried all the soaps, creams, oils, etc. that the doctor has recommended. I found this website through a friend. I tried it and it works wonderfully for him. http://www.eczemamiracle.com/

Thelma - posted on 01/20/2010

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My heart goes out to you. We used Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion and Soap for our son. It did wonders. Its a little pricey, but worth it. You should see a change in about a week or so. Good Luck

Bridgette - posted on 01/20/2010

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Coconut Oil. That is the only thing that helped my friend's son. You can get it at a health food store. Walmart has it as well. Different grade but a lot cheaper. It is a solid above 78 degrees and a liquid below. So it will melt as you rub it on. I use it on my face for a face cream. It is also an antibacterial, antifungal etc.

Mary - posted on 01/20/2010

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Oh, i forgot to add using those scent-free, gentle laundry detergents helped, also.

Kelly - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter is 2yrs. old and she had severe eczema starting at the age of only 6 months. It was so severe my husband was afraid to touch her! We saw a pediatric derm. he was great. We did not want to use steriods because of how harmful they are to children that age. The one thing that saved us was we would bath her in a baby bath tub with a capful of bleach. it worked wonders! It sounds crazy I know!, but the doctor explained it to us , we go in a pool with chlorine and that is bleach. So it will kill and bacteria on the body which in this case is eczema. Give it a shot it can hurt, better than using steriods.

Stephanie - posted on 01/20/2010

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Glad I read your post before I added mine, My son also had severe eczema, head to toe as an infant. Until I switched to non scented everything, backing up with Eucerin soap and lotion for baths, there was no luck. Add the Aveeno oatmeal bath and you may have a winner right here.

Deb - posted on 01/20/2010

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My son had eczema when he was little. He is now 7 and hasn't had it, since he was a toddler. He does still have very dry skin, though and lotion daily is a must on his legs and rear end. With the creams and stuff - it is very trial and error. I like Aquaphor a lot, though. I bathe him less frequently, 1-2 times per week, unless he's really stinky. I use Dove soap for bathing or Caress, because they are milder and don't remove the natural oils from his sensitive skin. Good luck - eczema can be indicative of alleriges, so watch for those.

Rhonda - posted on 01/20/2010

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try taking her to a chiropractor, I've been taking my 3 year old daughter to one for about 1.5 years. when i started taking her the eczema was so bad that her bedsheets would be bloody every morning from her scratching so much, now there's a little itch every now and then, but way cheaper for me and better for her than the creams that the doctors prescribe.

Wendy - posted on 01/20/2010

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Try the organic virgin coconut oil (looks like wax but melts in your hand from your body heat). Keep body moisturized...then i put a little aquaphor over it. My son still battles eczema everyday and we have to monitor. still have not identified the main source. but coconut oil keep him moisurized the best.

Lisa - posted on 01/20/2010

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I had the same problem with my oldest son when he was about that age. The mildest soap is just plain ole Ivory soap. Then right out of the bath use vaseline to hydrate the skin. Those are the mildest things you can use. Eventually my sons went away.

Shannon - posted on 01/20/2010

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I have twins who are 11. They have had eczema for their whole life. We use All free and Clear to wash their clothes, and I have found that homemade soap (we use any with oatmeal) is the best to use. Most soaps and detergent has dyes and fragrances. These both cause it to worsen. Any baby shampoo or lotions are good. Also, my dermatologist recommends using baby lotion (or patroliem Jelly) 3 times a day. We use Cetafil CREAM also.

Claire - posted on 01/20/2010

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I used Avon Skin so Soft original Bath oil for my son's skin and that seemed to help a alot. Give it a try.

Sarah - posted on 01/20/2010

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I don't have eczema but a gal I know has two kids that have it and I get severely dry skin in the winter. She recommended Theraplex and uses it on her girls and said it is the only thing that works. I just ordered some last week and got it last night and I couldn't believe how it worked overnight. My daughter had red areas on her wrists that looked like a rash but was dry skin, and this morning, it was all gone except for a faint area. My hands were really nice this morning too. When I took a shower, it was almost like it wouldn't come off, but I guess that is what you want. Also, I notice on the top it is accepted by the National Eczema Association. You have to get the emollient with the blue on it, not the pink clear emollinet- that is an after shower type. It is pretty expensive but I needed something for my dry hands. I actually found in online and it was $35 for a an 8 ounce tub and that was the best price I found, they had free shipping too so that was awesome! Here is the link: https://polaris.lunasecure.com/theraplex...(direct)|utmccn=(direct)|utmcmd=(none)&__utmv=-&__utmk=225022617



Hope this helps!

Lisa - posted on 01/20/2010

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Both my sons have had eczema since they were infants. Luckily, here in Cleveland at the Cleveland Clinic they have a department specifically for Pediatric Dermatology and have gotten some great advice! I strongly suggest you take your daughter to a dermatologist to rule out any allergic triggers.



When I first took my oldest son to the PD, she prescribed Elocon, which is a pretty strong steroid cream, but his eczema was pretty severe. I even had to mix the Elocon with antibacterial cream on his scalp because it was so raw in spots.



Once we got it under more control, she prescribed Elidel, which didn't work for my son, but over-the-counter cortizone cream does. I also slather both the boys in Cetaphil every morning and night.



One good piece of advice I haven't gotten anywhere else but my beloved pediatric dermatologist is to get a spray bottle of water and moisten their skin before applying the Cetaphil so that it stays moist. That has really, really helped.

Barbara - posted on 01/20/2010

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We thought the same thing one summer until we realized that she was allergic to the dyes found in fabric. Red, black, blue, pinks, ect all contains strong chemicals. We were on creames, they would work for a little while and then the rash would come back. A red itchy raised sandpaper rash that would appear on her belly, under buttons (metal allergy), if clothes were new, she would get a rash. We had to only buy cotton blend and very light colors such as white, light pink, yellow. After doing this, she has not had a rash in over 2 years. Hope this helps.

Dana - posted on 01/20/2010

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My daughter has had eczema on and off, mostly on her legs. Lush makes a lotion, it's called dream cream- I used it on it because nothing else had worked and she has not had any since! You can order it online from Lush

Tammy - posted on 01/20/2010

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I should clarify that I meant the Neutrogena Acne Wash Oil Free (orange soap). I used the bar and liquid...both worked fine, and I usually only bathed my son every other day when he was really broke out. The doctor said that helps...along with tons of lotion to keep them comfortable!

Erika - posted on 01/20/2010

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Cetaphil and Aquaphor worked wonders on my little girl for her eczema. Spring is the worst time for her but this seem to do the trick I try not to give her steriods unless its really bad.

Sue - posted on 01/20/2010

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Spectro Kids Eczema care - there is a body wash and a cream. Neither contain steroids, so its safe for daily use on your child and you can pick it up at any drug store. It works wonders on my son - his eczema started when he was 2. We eventually discovered it was our laundry soap that caused most of his rash, though soaps with scents and dyes also cause him to break out. Stay away from bubble baths too - though the kids love them. Even if its says safe for sensitive skin, it still seems to irritate the eczema. There is also a mediated Spectro cream you can get over-the-counter for really bad flare-ups. Its pretty concentrated, but gets the rash under control quickly. Better than the prescribed creams from the doc!! Good luck.

Bethany - posted on 01/20/2010

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I have bad eczema too. I have also heard to use crisco but I will admit I have not tried it yet. I use.... I forget what it's called..... I got it from meijer, it has a white bottle with a green label with white wording, it says eczema in bold black letters up the left side of the front of the bottle. As long as I put it on at least twice daily it keeps it under control and heels it within 2 weeks but you have to wait until the eczema is completely gone before you stop using it. I, however am not smart enough to keep it on my eczema lol but I do know it works because I will use it until it is almost gone and then I stop and the eczema comes back lol. Hope this helps!

Erin - posted on 01/20/2010

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alot of babies (mine and my neice included) get eczema because of all the harsh chemicals in baby soap(e.g.dies, perfumes,ect.) my daugters skin is clear now, and all i use when giving her a bath is baking soda and occasionaly an all natural baby body wash that i buy online. johnson and johnson baby shampoo actually contains FORMALDEHYDE!

Jessica - posted on 01/20/2010

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my neice, who is 4, has eczema also. She had some blood work done in the spring and found that her skin trouble is due to bad allergies. The doctor had her on Zyrtec for years until she built up a tolereance and now has her on a different medication that statrs with a "Z" but I don't know the name.

I know that her parents use Aveeno lotion, but Sarna has helped too. Also her problems are aggrivated when she overheats, so she needs to avoid that. Her parents don't do a whole lot for this so I was glad to see some of the suggestions here that I can pass on to them! Poor kid gets so bad that she has scars from scratching and her eyes swell up and she is always sneezing.

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