K.F. asks from Mundelein, IL on November 15, 2007
Dermatologist Recs for a Child...
Hey mamas - I need a recommendation for a dermatologist for a 14 month old. My son has severe excema (or at least that is what his pediatrician called it) on his arms and legs. They told me the only thing I could do for it was to use a lotion with alpha hydroxy in it, but after 2 months, it has done nothing for it. I also use a non-soap based wash for his baths, which hasn't helped at all either. I have to believe there is something else I can do to help his poor skin! Have any of you seen a dermatologist for a child?? OR should I just let it be and hope it goes away as he gets older (as his doctor has told me). What do you think??
K.M. answers from Chicago on November 15, 2007
You are dealing with a lot and certainly don't want your munchkin to suffer. What you use to bath, the body lotions that you use, detergents, etc. can have a profound effect on anyone's skin. He is very sensitive and you must be sure to use the right kind of products for his skin. There are so many out there, but you really have to be careful not to make it worse, or keep trying different brands w/o getting results and wasting your time and money. I have a solution for you that you can try that is natural and money back guaranteed. The baby product line is specifically made for their sensitive skin types and it comes with body wash, body lotion, diaper cream and a sunscreen product. All pure, safe and beneficial. If you are interested, I can tell you how to get it. With one on the way, having product delivered to your door should be a life saver, especially since the price of gas is going up and up and your time will be extremely limited. Remember those first months with a newborn?? Now add your toddler to the equation. I can help you and you don't have to stress any longer. Let me know what I can do, ok? Take care of yourself as well. You need your rest and energy too.
M.L. answers from Chicago on November 16, 2007
Hi, my daughter's skin is prone to eczema, she is sensitive to lactose, eggs and citric acid- eliminating all helped. Also for a soap/ baby wash we use one not only without parfums/ dies/ parabens but also with no laureth/lauryl sulfates( JASON), same about lotion( Eucerin calming lotion and Trader Joe's pure jojoba oil). She rarely gets mild rush now and the best of all- she is much calmer and happy. But that's only in addition to any doctor you choose recommendations. Good luck with EVERYTHING. M..
J.D. answers from Chicago on November 16, 2007
Try Dr. Paller at Children's Memorial. She is the head of dermatology. Also, ecxima is usually a sign of an allergy, so I would try eliminating dairy, egg or wheat; maybe even get him tested. Atleast talk to your doctor.
The best solution I've found for my son was aquaphor 2x a day and hydrocortozone cream. Good Luck.
L.M. answers from Chicago on November 16, 2007
Hi! My little one has this too, so I know how awful it can be! I would recommend visiting an allergist instead of a dermatologist. Usually it is a sign of an allergy if it is all over their body. I am suprised at your ped. They can give you creams that help. I would also suggest using Dove sensitive skin body wash and eucerin cream. Put lotion on him several times a day. Hope this helps!
Oh and one more thing, if you aren't already, try switching everyone's detergent to All free and clear. Sometimes it is the laundry detergent that is hurting them.