K.W. asks from Muncie, IN on December 30, 2008
4 y.o. With Bad Case of Eczema
My four year old daughter has had Eczema on and off since she was born. In the past I have taken her to the pediatrician and gotten a prescription for a skin cream. She has been there so much lately for illness that I hate going back for this. I have tried Gold Bond medicated and Huggies baby lotion. She has Asthma so I know it is linked to that. She has some large horrible patches on the inside of her thigh. Any suggestions?
So What Happened?™
Thanks for all of the great responses. I decided to use hydrocortisone and Vanicream. I checked with the pharmacist first. His reply was that if that didn't get rid of it nothing would. Well, it's almost completely gone. I will probably continue to use the Vanicream through out the winter. She doesn't usually have the problems in the summer.
A.S. answers from Kokomo on January 09, 2009
S.P. answers from Indianapolis on December 31, 2008
Have you had her tested for allergens?
My grandson had it but is better now that he is avoiding those foods that he is allergic to.
C.S. answers from Cincinnati on December 31, 2008
I have found using dove soap to be helpful when my daughter was that age. But now I go to Whole Foods and get a soap that has Neem oil in it. Neem is from a tree in India. Neem is GREAT for the skin; for eczema and acne, dandruff, etc. I really prefer a soap that has both neem and tea tree oil, but the only one I know of so far, I have to order online. I really helps with my hand eczema and my DD's eczema flare ups (she's 13 now).
L.M. answers from South Bend on December 30, 2008
K., my daughter had terrible eczema trouble between about 4 months and 9 months. The good news is that it's been much better for her since then, and our doctor said that a lot of babies improve as they get older.
We had our pediatrician recommend a dermatologist, which was the most help. (Our pediatrician was just not used to seeing such a bad case of eczema and really didn't know how to treat it.) The dermatologist put Clara on a combination of Vanicream moisturizer (which is expensive, but definitely worked best of all the lotions--they sell it at Walgreens or at pharmacies) which we put on her every time we changed a diaper, and a hydrocortisone prescription which we alternated with another cream called Elidel, which works on the immune system. She also had a staph infection on her skin because of all the itching, and so he treated that as well with an antibiotic. We also started bathing her every other day and just slathering her with Vanicream when she got out of the tub.
I hope that helps. I really feel for you--our baby would get so itchy at night that she had trouble sleeping, and I hope you're not having that problem!
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G.H. answers from Canton on December 30, 2008
Have you tried putting bsby lotion on it after a bath and during the day. When my son who is now 2 gets the eczema that is usually what i do. Sometimes when i brush his hair i put lotion on his hair first then brush it. I have used johnson's baby lotion and the bath ones. AS FOR THE RASH BETWEEN THE LEGS I ALWAYS USED PINK SALVE (6.00 AT DDM)IT WORKED GREAT.
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C.O. answers from Cincinnati on December 31, 2008
My son who is now 9 had horrible breathing issues and was diagnosed with asthma when he was 2. He started having eczema issues when he was 4. We used the creams prescribed by the pediatrician and lotions. What finally seems to have cured him is using homeopathy. My son has not had any breathing issues for almost five years now and no eczema for almost 3 years. I had a good homeopathic physician and also kept in touch with our pediatrician (who did not know much about homeopathy or take much stock in it). The asthma can be tricky to deal with and required trying to not use traditional meds and sticking with homeopathy. We were not homeopathic purists, but eventually got to where we didnt need the traditional meds for him. You will need to find a homeopathic physician in your area. For the eczema you can try using the homeopathic remedy called sulphur. It is the most common remedy for skin conditions such as eczema. You can find it in the health food store. I would start with at least a 30c dose. If you can find 200 potentcy that would be best. It is extremely safe and can be used at the same time as the other meds. Hopefully if you are near a large well stocked health foods store someone can help you with information on handling and dosing. With homeopathy it will either help or do nothing. If your daughter is using any steroidal meds, the homeopathy will not work until she is off of the steroids and they have cleared her system. Of course whatever the choice in treatment continued use of good moisturizing lotions is important. I wish you the best of luck these things are difficult and draining to deal with. I know you will receive lots of advice and I hope you will find what will work best for your daughter.
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D.G. answers from Cleveland on December 30, 2008
If I was you I would go and see a Pediatric allergist. My son goes to a great one downtown cleveland and your insurance should cover it. They will help you find the reason and give you some suggestions as to how to handle it.
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J.A. answers from Cincinnati on December 31, 2008
K., many adults and children have great results curing or managing eczema with Arbonne ABC baby care products and Arbonne conditioning oil. Arbonne's products contain no artificial dyes or fragrances, no mineral oil, and no animal byproducts. They are hypoallergenic, dermatologist tested, and botanical. If you'd like to know more about the products, let me know. I use them on my own children.
J.R. answers from Columbus on December 31, 2008
Hi K. - my niecs had this problem and she did grow out of it - and it always appeared on her legs and around her behind. All the lotions you have been recommended are very good and do work. Another thing I did not see recommended for you to do along with a good lotion is an oatmeal bath. It will help.
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B.C. answers from Fort Wayne on December 31, 2008
Hello, I myself have a daughter that has eczema, she is 5. I took her to the doctor and they prescribed an expensive lotion that seemed to make it worse. So I bought aveeno lotion and it took care of it almost imediatley. So give it a try, I also use it and it makes my skin supper soft. Well I hope this helps you.