C.C. asks from Dulles, VA on December 17, 2008
Dry Skin - Frederick,MD
My daughter has very dry skin on the backs of her upper arms. My husband has the same thing, so I guess it's hereditary. Does anyone know what might cause this and what a good remedy might be? I've tried regular Johnson & Johnson lotion, but that doesn't seem to help at all.
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Thank you all for your great responses. I think I'm going to start with more Omega 3's and one of the lotions that was suggested. I've tried Aquaphor, but it didn't make a huge difference. I'm also going to try the stuff on my DH. He'll be happy to benefit from a good quality lotion.
A.S. answers from Washington DC on December 18, 2008
my son had that problem, we couldn't use lotion because it didn't hold him at all, we use cream instead of lotion. example instead of saying lotion, it should say cream and when they get out of the tub, don't dry completely than use the cream. also mention it to her doctor, they might have something
H.M. answers from Washington DC on December 18, 2008
My son has eczema and we use eucerin cream (lotion evaporates too quickly) or aquafor cream (it's like a thicker ointment) both are rather expensive but i have found little else that works. His is on the backs of arms and outside of legs as well as "hot spots" all over at times. He got an rx from the doctor that is non-steroidal called, atopiclair, that's good too,(but expensive also)but we use hydrocortisone if it gets really bad. (sparingly though and not every day) (**1% on body and 1/2% on face**) hope this helps!!
A.D. answers from Washington DC on December 18, 2008
My son had dry skin on the front side of his armpits. The doctor said to try Eucerin (sp?) or Aquaphor. Both can be found at Target, Walmart, drug or grocery stores. Aquaphor is made by Eucerin but is much thicker. I would coat the Aquaphor on my son (not easy since tough since touching his armpits made him giggle and squirm)after his bath. It really did the trick.
A.B. answers from Washington DC on December 18, 2008
Olive oil, jojoba oil, and vaseline all work as lubricants. (I prefer olive oil in the summer and on my face always, and vaseline in the winter. A light film of vaseline on infants and toddlers.) A good lotion is Lubriderm. A doctor once recommended Eucerin cream for my daughter, which was very thick but worked. For soap, you might want to try Dove. All of these tend to help people with dry skin and/or eczema. I stopped using Johnson & Johnson products, which smell great but can irritate sensitive skin. Eczema tends to run in my family and my husband's family, so when our son started breaking out around 5 mos. we switched to olive oil and Dove immediately. No problems with him or my daughter.
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Z.B. answers from Richmond on December 18, 2008
My daughter has very dry skin, too. It is somehow connected to her asthma. Anyway, in the winter she gets these bumps all over her and it is called keratosis pilaris (someone else mentioned here, too). I use something called Dermadoctor KP duty. It is very expensive but it works wonders. I order from Sephora but you can order it directly from www.Dermadoctor.com. It was highly recommended and does everything it promised. You only need a little bit especially if it is just on her arms. It "eliminates dryness, crustiness, flaking and rough red chicken skin bumps." You can also try AmLactin moisturizing cream. It is cheaper than KP duty but still pretty expensive. You can get it at CVS. It also works great on VERY dry skin. It has a mediciney odor but it goes away quickly. My daughter's problem is pretty extreme and the AmLactin did a great job but she just needs a little more help. What I have noticed, in this case, is the cheaper lotions/creams just don't cut it. You may have to spend a little more but if you use it wisely, it will go a long way.
Hope this helps.
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S.T. answers from Washington DC on December 18, 2008
K.F. answers from Washington DC on December 18, 2008
Wow - great variety of responses! I agree with all the moms that it could be any of an assortment of things, BUT in my experience, my DSD also had the dry skin, and little bumps...her arms almost felt scaly. I never knew what it was...but she didn't seem to mind. I wasn't married to my husband at the time, so I didn't take her to the doctor for it, but after we got married, I noticed it went away...so maybe it was just her age and she grew out of it (which I'm sure your daughter will also since it's the same location, etc), or it was the diet change (her grandma would give her junk food/kid food that was higher in fat, sugar, etc, but I give her low fat/low sugar foods high in fiber and protein). If you are already giving her daily vitamins, healthy foods, etc, then I'm sure it's just an age thing and she will be fine in a few years. :)
K.P. answers from Norfolk on December 18, 2008
Try using Cetaphil lotion. My daughter has very dry skin and this ususally clears it right up. It's a bit pricey compared to regular lotions. You can get it anywhere Wal-Mart, Walgreens etc...
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E.H. answers from Washington DC on December 18, 2008
It could be Keratosis Polarisis. My daughter has it. She gets dry patches that can get a little red and bumpy on the backs of her arms, cheeks, and upper thight. We've been to the dermatologist when it gets really bad. It is hereditary, and will eventually go away on its own (when she is older teen-adult).
We treat her skin with Cetaphil lotion and Eucerin Plus intensive body repair lotion. Both of then together works great and keeps her skin from getting really bad, which usually happens in the winter.
E.T. answers from Washington DC on December 17, 2008
Try another lotion and make sure to keep her in long sleeves. Young skin is very tender and can dry easily in the cold.
L.M. answers from Washington DC on December 28, 2008
I'm a little late on this thread.
I agree about the dietary changes; especially the Omegas. Excema comes from the liver not doing it's job in the most efficient way. . Acupuncture can also help with this. Keep your family well hydrated with good quality filtered water as well.