recommendations for eczema.

Brianna - posted on 10/29/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My daughter has had eczema since she was 6months old. It has burned her elbows, but since we started using Lotrisone cream, her elbows still have dark spots on them, but no rash. However, the cream is a prescription that her doctor writes and she only writes it out for a 7 or 14 day supply. Does anyone know where I can get a tub of it? Or does anyone have any better suggestions about what I shoud use on her skin besides Eucerin, Cetaphil, Cortisone Cream?

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Patty - posted on 10/29/2009

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Hi Brianna. I sympathize with you. It is so hard on us moms to watch our children suffer like that. My daughter also suffered with eczema as a baby. It improved greatly when we moved from Denver to Phoenix, but did not go away. She had really large red blotches behind her knees and inside her elbows. You may have already tried this, but... we quit using ANY soap on her skin. All soap was drying and irritating. She is 14 years old now and still uses shampoo only - she shampoos her head and then lathers down her entire body with the suds. We also used Eucerin cream (NOT lotion). Quite often, eczema and asthma go hand in hand. Has your daughter developed asthma? If not, be watchful! Blessings to you!

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Amanda - posted on 10/29/2009

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hi there both my daughters (6years and 10 weeks) get eczcma and i use aveeno cream on them and it works great!!!

Pamela - posted on 10/29/2009

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We found out when my grandson was born he was allergic to Johnson and Johnson baby products, we tried many, he had raised red bumps and dry skin like Eczema. Most of the products had mineral oil and alcohol in them that is drying to skin. We found some products made by Avalon Organics they have a baby soap, lotion and an A, D & E baby protective ointment. It works wonders. You can buy it at some Target stores, yes it's a little pricey there, so I found I can buy it through Vitacost.com much cheaper. We stopped using drier sheets and use Baby Dreft for laundry detergent. He is almost 10 mos. now so we don't have to use it as often but he does have times when his cheeks get scaly or the backs of his arms and such. If yoyr breastfeeding, another thing that seems to work well for the face is breast milk just squirt it on their face or cheeeks rub it in and let dry. Next day as smooth as can be. Breast milk works for alot of things even clogged tear ducts. My grandson had a clogged tear duct for like almost 6 mos. he was going to have to have surgery. I can testify to this one for sure.

Belinda - posted on 10/29/2009

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my daughter had it really bad on the inside of elbows and behind the knees, she used to make them bleed all the time. i bath her in luke warm oatmeal baths (put oatmeal in a foot stocking and run water through stocking) this helps with the itching and i changed my laundry powder to a skin sensative one (OMO sensative) and stopped using fabric softener and stopped washing her with soap i started using shower gels and still do all this 6.5years later and she hasn't had eczema for about 6years, i found that creams made it get worst as at keep it moist, hope this helps

Karyn - posted on 10/29/2009

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My son has it and he's the cold/dry season type. He would go so far as the blistery type itchy bumps, nothing crusty or burny. SO, once we noticed that the medicated creams we were applying and oral meds we were feeding him weren't working and making matters worse, I took it upon myself to go herbal. I first started with his diet, and thankfully, he eats pretty healthy and clean. He has nearly zero fast food, drinks and only likes water and occasional orange juice, and low on sweets. I changed his clothing to 100% cotton and everything else that may come in contact with his skin. I use ALL - Free Clear detergent on all clothing, sheets and basic laundry that comes in contact with him. I use only glycerin soap, (neutrogena fragrance free body bar) on his body and in hair. It rinses clean and fast. And last but not least and super important in his daily routine, I steep about 6 bags of chammomile tea in the morning/afternoon in a medium sized pot with water up to about 1 inch from edge of pot. Let that sit until bath time and add tea (without bags) into bath water. We call it his spa bath! And he just loves it. It smells good, leaves his skin in the smoothest of conditions, and really leaves his hair so incredibly soft! It's super cheap too! I forgot to mention... i also use a warm mist humidifier in his bedroom durin nap time and bedtime. It keeps the skin hydrated and keeps the break outs to a minimum.



I hope some of this helps!

Maria - posted on 10/29/2009

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Have you tried Palmer's Cocoa Butter or Aveeno? They have mild and natural ingredients that's easier on your baby. CA Baby also is a great product, over the counter. Cost a lot less than the prescription ones.

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Hi, I've had eczema all my life. I used lots of different medication throughout the years. I found a good moisturizing lotion works great, one without fragrances. I love the Hemp Body Butter from The Body Shop (not Bath & Body Works). It really seems to last on my skin. Other tips, be sure that your washing your child’s bedding often, the dust mites and dog/cat fur really seemed irritate my eczema. Your child may be sensitive to the type of laundry detergent and/or dryer sheets/fabric softener. Try using fabric softener instead of dryer sheets and double rinsing the clothes. I also found keeping the area dry was a huge help, you can use some cornstarch in the creases of his knees and inside of elbows.

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