What's the best cream for dry skin on my baby?

Amanda - posted on 12/27/2009 ( 216 moms have responded )

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My son has severe dry skin, all over his body....Aquaphor seems to be the only thing that helps, but its GROSS to put on him nightly. Suggestions?

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User - posted on 12/31/2009

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I use Serna. It is a lotion found usually with the itch medicine. My daughter has eczema so bad that it has left scars on the backs of her legs. If i use Serna every other day, it seems to keep the itchy outbreaks away.

Melissa - posted on 12/31/2009

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Arbonne Baby wash, my kids had dry skin and excema and this winter used this and it is magix havenot had to use hydrocortisone cream once this year. You can ge it online if you want discount though email me and I will let youknow how to get for cheaper

Emily - posted on 12/31/2009

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Hi. My daughter had the same problem when she was a baby. I found that bathing her in cetaphil would help. But what actually cured her of the dry skin was applying vitamin E oil directly to the skin. I purchased a bottle of Vit E in the gel tab form. After every bath, I would grab a vitamin and poke a small hole in it to get the oil out, and just apply to all of her dry spots. After a few weeks of use, her skin had cleared up. I believe this could work for you to (and at a low cost). I have my mom to thank for telling me about this. I'm glad I have others I can pass it on to. Good Luck!

Celine - posted on 12/30/2009

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100% shea butter worked perfect for my baby with "ecsema". For body massage, change cream,... and not too much soap when bathing and very mild natural or oil.

Shelby - posted on 12/30/2009

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California Baby Calendula Cream. It's non-greasy, light, but works like a dream on everything from dry skin, to excema, to diaper rash, to cradle cap. I sell it to many many mamas and mow of them now swear by it, too.

Leeanne - posted on 12/30/2009

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have you tried olive oil (or aother pure vege oil like almond or something). It is cheap, safe and effective. Things like vaseline are petroleum based so I'd try to stay away from that. I say only use something that you don't mind getting in their mouths when they are young enough to chew or suck on any part of their bodies (hands, feet, arms can all go in the mouth/be sucked on)

Allison - posted on 12/30/2009

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Baby oil in the bath and afterwards as well, don't over do it and it won't hurt him when he puts his hands in his mouth. Keep it simple... I raised 4 boys and now have 5 grandchildren.

Vonda - posted on 12/30/2009

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How old is he? Is he getting enough liquid for his age? Maybe he has psoriasis? Or, some other disease? Has he been to a doctor? If he's getting enough fluids, and has seen a doctor and been diagnosed as normal, then, the best bet ever is vasoline. Put a big, huge chunk of it in his bathwater and it will stay on him as long as you just "tap him dry". Another possibility is that he is allergic to the soap that's being used. I know I can't use any soap/shampoo that has SULFITES or SULFA based product in it. Depending on the strength, it can cause all different kinds of problems for me. Most important: if he is a baby, over the "newborn" phase, this is NOT a normal condition. (I have over 35 years of experience with children of all ages). He should be seen by a doctor to be sure he doesn't have a disease or condition that requires medical treatment. If you don't have insurance, every hospital in the U.S. is required to accept all emergency cases. Go to an emergency room and the Devil with the costs. You can always file BK if necessary. Hope it works out for the little guy and for you.

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Stay away from bubble baths and try adding the Aveeno oatmeal bath treatment to his bath water. Also, if he's not itching, the Eucerin may not be the way to go. Olive oil works miracles, and you can also try mixing he Aquaphor with Aveeno creme to make it more lotiony and less gooey. (this works for my six year old who has mild exzema on his upper arms and elbows.)

Lisa - posted on 12/30/2009

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Aveeno baby didn't work for my twins. Mustela products are what work really well for us.

Megan - posted on 12/30/2009

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There is a product that I've used on my daughter since she was born, for her eczema, it's called Renew lotion, it non- perscription, affortable and totally safe for the whole family as it is non- toxic. I can tell you where to get it and other products that have helped out my daughter in preventing her skin from becoming irritated.

Claire - posted on 12/30/2009

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Arbonne makes an amazing baby lotion and oil. I actually use the baby oil when I do clinical presentations to show how well a lotion or oil that does NOT contain mineral oil or petroleum derivatives absorbs into the skin. Aquaphor is more of a protection barrier...not a healing lotion because as you stated...it's GROSS because it just sits on top of his skin! I also use items in the baby line for some of my clients with eczema or psoriasis.

Beverley - posted on 12/30/2009

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My son has eczema and I've tried everything. The only thing that works for us is hydrocortisone then a liberal application of Gold Bond Healing Lotion. It's the only cream that you can still feel on his skin hours later. In addition I make my own bath mix which helps alot: instead of buying Aveeno Oatmeal baby bath powder I make my own. Simply buy a huge box of regular Quaker oatmeal flakes (not quick cook kind) and grind them up in your blender or food processor until you get a smooth silky powder. I do a whole box at once then keep it in a tupperware container in the bathroom. One big scoop per bath does the trick. It is exactly the same content as the Aveeno oatmeal but costs about 1/20th of the price! I have to say that my own powder dissolves even better than Aveeno in the water because I grind it very finely (albeit leaving the water looking murky). I then add a few tablespoons of baby oil to the water as well. I'd definitely try it!!

Kylie - posted on 12/30/2009

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I have a 12yo who has very bad eczema have tried lots of medicated and natural creams and washes. I found oatmeal washes and" Moo Goo" cream sold in australia but is also on the net to be the most effective. Good luck keep trying until one works for you .:o)

Angela - posted on 12/30/2009

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The best lotion ever is this stuff called RENEW Lotion. It is made by a company called Melaleuca. If interested in more info. let me know. Angela

laker4@windstream.net

419-399-9227

www.internetceomoms.com/alaker

Diana - posted on 12/30/2009

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there is a lotion in the avon book, it's called moisture therapy body lotion, there three different kinds under moisture therapy get the one that is called A+C+E PRO VITAMIN, it has lot's of moisturizing in it and another is INTENSIVE MOISTURE THERAPY, both of them have lot's of moisturizing in them, a+c+e is a lighter lotion and intensive is a heavyer lotion

Carolyn - posted on 12/30/2009

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We used Aquaphor too, but then started with Cetaphil Cream.....it is awesome. Basically like a cold cream so it is really light. We also use the Cetaphil bar soap for bathtime....very non-drying,

D - posted on 12/30/2009

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i can suggest Cetaphil cream that comes in a jar use this along with the aquarphor it really helps. I have three kids with eczema and it works.

Elizabeth - posted on 12/30/2009

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After trying lots of lotions, Cetaphil seemed to work best for my daughter.

Jill - posted on 12/30/2009

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My baby Riley has always had really dry skin. I put baby oil in the bath when I'm finished washing him up. It seems to help a lot better than any lotions I've used.

Kerrie - posted on 12/30/2009

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cetaphil has been awesome for my LO. We also use the soap and his eczema has really cleared up. Good luck!

Carrie - posted on 12/30/2009

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My son had horrible eczema. I tried every lotion and cream under the sun. I even tried making my own using oils and bee's wax. Nothing worked, until I broke down and bought the expensive Aquaphor. I know it's gross, but it's the ONLY thing that helped my poor baby's itchy skin. I know that's not the answer you probably wanted sorry.

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Boudreaux's Butt Paste is really good and you can get it at Walmart. I'm a Mom of 2 grown kids and Granny to 5 little ones. Desitin is excellent as well. It contains Norwegian fish oil but it doesn't stink. Every chance you get, let your little one go without diapers to air out his skin. A rash will flourish in a dark & damp environment (such as diapers.) Best of luck sweetie!

Melanie - posted on 12/30/2009

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We use Vanicream on our kids. My son has sensitive skin and it's nice and creamy, but not greasy. Love it!

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Try a base cream such as GlaxoBase. Shopper's drug mart and Walmart have their own store versions which are cheaper. It was recommended by my doctor for my preemie girls. It is a base cream which means that there is nothing added (it is the product that other products add their stuff to). Very mild.

Karen - posted on 12/30/2009

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A doctors advice is the best. I would use a bit of corn starch in bath water. It makes it soft on skin. Maybe the baby is lacking something in his diet. This is best seen by a Dr. A lot of times they just grow out of it.



I had one other thing to suggest use special soap for his clothes frangrance free and put threw rinse cycle 2 times. Include all bed clothes. Mine was allergic to soap additives and skin cleared.

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Yes I waould also suggest cutting back the baths...to just a couple times a week. And do check the allergy route.

Anne - posted on 12/30/2009

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My best suggestion is not to bathe more than 2-3 times a week unless he gets really dirty. My daughters skin used to feel like sandpaper from being so dry. When i cut back on her baths, her skin greatly improved.

Jeanne - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Jeanne:

I use Aveeno baby on my daughter.



After going to a dermatologist when she was 8 weeks old, we have used the Aveeno baby ever since. We have also tired the Aveeno baby oatmeal bath when she is really bad. We took her to the dermatologist because her skin was so bad and she had an infection from scratching at her face. We also, as recommened by her derm., give her a bath almost daily and then lather her with the Aveeno baby to lock in the moisture. It seems to work even if it is more work for us. She is now 16 months. We have also found out (the hard way) that she is slightly allergic to cats and severely allergic to eggs and peanuts. It has been quite a year for us. I sure hope your little one doesn't end up having any allergy problems. If you do, or anyone else, feel free to send me a personal message. Best of luck!



Jeanne

Molly - posted on 12/30/2009

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Pure shea butter. There is a soap company in PEI that makes the cream and soaps. My daughters skin was very dry and this is the only thing that helped.

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I have four children...two of them had exsema which is dry skin...often caused by an allergic reaction....sometimes just a result of very dry skin....I used hydrocortizone 1% cream...You can get it over the counter in the pharmacy area of the store if this is what your child has...You might show your doctor and ask for suggestions....My daughter had very severe exsema and the docotr perscribed eledel (sp?). It worked well but I had to consistently use it....both these creams worked and rubbed in ...not greasy or messy.

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VIRGIN COCONUT OIL & ALOE



I get really bad eczema, with bleeding too, really painful. It has no ingredients in it that you can't pronounce and really hydrating. Aloe is the best of the two for getting deep into the layers of skin to hydrate, but sometimes it can leave a rusty color. So to use at night, put on areas that don't show during the day and pjs that are dark colored or you don't care for that much.



Hope he's getting better soon!

Jessica - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting ROSEMARY:

HI! HAVE U TRIED CETAPHIL MOISTURISING CREAM? IT HELPS MY GRANDSON,HE HAS ECZEMA.TRY PUTTING IT AFTER BATHING ALL OVER HEAD TO TOE. YOU MAY TRY AVEENO OATMEAL BATHING ,YOU CAN FIND IT WITH THE BATH WASHES AND THE CETAPHIL WITH THE FACE CARE PRODUCTS USUALLY.. GOOD LUCK


I love that stuff! My mother used it on my brother when he was a toddler and I use it on my kids!! It works great!

Beth - posted on 12/30/2009

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Quoting Amanda :

What's the best cream for dry skin on my baby?

My son has severe dry skin, all over his body....Aquaphor seems to be the only thing that helps, but its GROSS to put on him nightly. Suggestions?



My son has had extremely dry skin since birth.  It is genetic in our family.  He has something called Ichtheosis.  I have found that glaxal base works well, it's a good moisturizer and not perfumed.  Perfumed creams can be very painful for him.  The best thing is to give him is Udo's oil when he is old enough.  The doctors never suggest this but a chiropractor suggested it to my sister's son (also suffers from the problem).  It works wonders.  You will likely go through gallons of cream but Udo's oil works far better because it supplies the natural oils to his skin that he is missing. You can get it in liquid or pill form. Difficult to give a child as it tastes bad and the pills are big. My son takes about 8 pills a day or I try to get him to take the liquid form as it is much cheaper.

Alisa - posted on 12/30/2009

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My son has really dry skin as well and his Dr recommended Eucerin. It works really well, hope this helps!

Kelly - posted on 12/30/2009

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my baby has bad skin all over especially the face we have tried loads of creams coz some work for a few days but dont last, we are on diprobase cream at the moment and it is working we havnt had any flare ups in a while and you can also wash in it, euemocream works well, e45 did nothing and double base cream made it worse. also put vasaline on after wards especially the face coz going from cold to hot can make skin worse, also if you have the heating on try putting a bowl of water in his room at night coz this will act as a humidifier,(excuse spelling mistakes) or wet clothes on the heaters this wont dry the air in the room. and also use non bio washing powder, hope this helps if you use my method.

Jamie - posted on 12/30/2009

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Baby Eucerin products are the best!!! It works for everything!!! takes the red out of diaper rash in less than a day. I use it for my kids eczema, it's better than even an Rx. It is $7 for a tube of of the Aquafor but it goes along ways and it best of all it WORKS!



I see what you mean about all over the body though. Eucerin makes many other products, try a lotion rather than the vaseline type

Rhonda - posted on 12/30/2009

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Aqueous cream is a good one and you can use it in the bath!! Its not too greasy and is absorbed quickly. There is also Cetraben emollient cream that's another good one.

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Also, when my children and g-children were babies--after bath I would apply baby oil on a washcloth and just use that all over their body and it worked wonders, they never had dry skin.

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