A.M. asks from Winter Park, FL on August 08, 2007
Baby Eczema - Winter Park,FL
I am having the worst time with my son's Eczema. His face always has dry patches and he scratches at it. I have tried EVERYTHING! Does anyone know of something that will work that would be safe to use on a baby's face? My Doctor saw him today with my husband and she said that she was concerned about the scratches on his face every time he is in the Doctors Office. I feel like I am being accused of something when I feel like I am trying everything. Please HELP!
B.L. answers from Houston on August 12, 2007
A.- my son had eczema, too, and the doctor recommended Aquaphor ointment. Like someone said, it's similar to Vaseline, but it also contains mineral oil. It comes in a white tub with a blue lid. It worked really well for my son- so well that I started using it on my lips (because they chap easily) and it's helped more than anything I've ever tried. I also like Eucerin Calming Cream or the regular Eucerin- it's great for dry patches and gentle enough for babies.
M.B. answers from Fort Myers on August 09, 2007
Have you considered what's causing it? Food sensitivities can be a HUGE trigger, as well as your water quality.
My son had horrible excema all over, especially his legs, and he would scratch until he bled. We have now figured out that he cannot have milk,or peanut butter. Now it's all gone. Also I know that having a good water treatment/softener can help tremendously.
As far as treating the actual symptoms..have you tried giving him oatmeal baths, and using aveeno lotions? Sorry that's the best I have to offer. The real trick is to find out what's causing it. Milk should be your first suspect.
Best of luck, I know it's hard.
M.R. answers from Orlando on August 09, 2007
I know exactly how you feel my baby girl is 11 months old and I started having problems with her eczema when she was about 2 mths. We tried everything, but I can't believe your doctor is not more helpful. First our pediatrition had us use hydrocortizone .1% very lightly on the areas and aquaphore which is like a thick vasoline. Now she has us using this topical oil called derma-smooth that we put on every night. It has helped us so much, she still has some breakouts but we got it under control. You should also watch what your son eats when he has break outs that could have something to do with it. I feel for you but ask your pediatrition about the oil. But for now i suggest hydrocortizone the lowest % over the counter very lightly, but please ask your doctor first, I am definitley not a doctor, let me know how it goes. Or if you have any new takes on horrible eczema
A.M. answers from Fort Myers on August 08, 2007
I am a District Manager with Arbonne, and I have a lot of clients who swear by the Arbonne Baby Care lotion and baby wash! I will email you a private message, and you can let me know if you want some samples of it!
M.P. answers from Orlando on August 09, 2007
My daughter who is now 15 months dealth with Eczema. I also tried everything, even the script they wrote and it DIDN'T work. I was at my witts end when my mother in-law brought over some Arbone lotion she had purchased $12( not sold in stores, only catalogue). I used it overnight and the next morning and I am not kidding, what a difference. Many people that I have run into that have used this product just love it. I hope this helps. If you need more info on getting this let me know. (I dont sell it personally.
J.R. answers from Lakeland on August 09, 2007
i don't know if this will work for you, but i just used regular j & j baby shampoo(the yellow one) for cleansing the face and then applied aveeno lotin. it worked FAST for both of my kids. GOOD LUCK!!
I.Y. answers from Gainesville on August 09, 2007
I am so sorry for your little one. Luckily my son did not suffer from eczema, but I DO!
It is a life long battle that was bad when I was a child, got worse during my teen years, and came back after I had my son, and even now as I type this (my son is now two). I am now 26. So you do have a long journey if your son is anything like me. I remember seeing my mother cry for the first time in my life, when she saw how much I suffered as a child from this ailment (I believe I was 6 or 7 years old at the time). Living in FL does not help either, with this recent heat wave!
What has helped me tremendously is washing with fragrance free products like Cetaphil (it is expensive so I use the Walmart brand which is the same exact thing), I use this to shower with as well as a facial cleanser. I've been told Aquaphor is good as well for babies, I have never used it myself. I have used Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream also. They also have a Gentle Naturals Baby Wash you may decide to try. I stopped using Gentle Naturals only because they changed the formula recently, and to me the smell is off putting. They have baby Pooh characters on the packaging, and you can find them anywhere, Walmart, Target, CVS...
Eucerin Original Cream is the best. Costly too! Again I use the Walmart brand in the tub, which is the same thing, but only costs $3 as opposed $15 a pop! Put this cream on right after a bath, don't even bother rubbing it in. The skin will soak it up on its on accord and his skin will be so supple (especially if you did this before bedtime).
RX or OTC cream containing Betamethazone helped me a lot, and more recently my Dr RXed an ointment called Triamcinolone within 3 days my rash was gone.
Good Luck and I hope your little one can find relief!
L.Z. answers from Punta Gorda on August 08, 2007
I used Eucerin for my daughter. Also my doctor said if it got pretty bad to use Aquaphor which I did a few times. Also the told me to use Aveeno and still do ..
L.D. answers from Gainesville on August 09, 2007
Hi, my daughter has A-topic dermatitis which is in the family of Eczema and we bath her in Aveeno and the doctor gave us a sample of Ecxema Oil is a RX but it works..in about 2 days her dry spots and everything were gone. Its worth a try.