S.B. asks from Saint Paul, MN on January 21, 2010
Eczema - Saint Paul,MN
My 21 month old daughter started to develop eczema about 4-5 months ago. At first it was a light amount here and there and whenever I'd put a cream on it at night it would go away. But now it just keeps getting worse! Her doctor told use to use Vanicream and hydrocortisone, but it doesn't seem to help. Her eczema seems to be mainly around the diaper line from back to front and lightly on the elbows. We're starting to wash her clothes in Dreft again and bathing her in Aveeno Baby wash, basically making sure her skin is free of any fragrances and dyes. I'm asking for any advice on treatments and do you think it would be worth it to switch her diapers to one of those all natural organic brands? Thank You for any advise you may give!
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M.W. answers from Des Moines on January 23, 2010
J.J. answers from Minneapolis on January 22, 2010
Both my girls have eczema and the dr was telling me the same thing (vanicream and hydrocortizone)....what I've found that works the best is called "Corona"...it's special medicated balm. I've only been able to find it at Fleet Farm (as I think it's original use was for horses). Works like a charm--my two year old actually requests it. Good luck to you!
C.L. answers from Minneapolis on January 22, 2010
My son had some issues with this too and we used Eucriene Calming (sp?) lotion, its expensive but it works. I was also told to apply this twice a day and especially right after a bath. My girlfriend read about putting bleach in the bath water, not much, 1/4 cup. She tried this with her daughter and it worked great. My son doesn't have too much trouble with this lately, so I haven't tried that. Depending on how bad it gets, you may want to look into allergy testing. It usually is linked to food allergies. I had eczema really bad in middle/high school, but its been much better for years... Good luck!
A.P. answers from Tucson on January 21, 2010
I have 3 kids and my youngest of 15mos has eczema (he can thank me for this!). We battled it rough while he was an infant, but once we started using Triamcinalone (prescription,low dose steroid ointment that comes in a tub like aquaphor) along with aquaphor he immediately started to heal and sleep better! We use it minimally and only as neeeded. Ointment based medicines seems to work better for us just b/c they hold in the moisture better than creams.
If she has irritation along the diaper line, first I would make sure you're changing her frequently enough (the wetness could be doing this). Switching diapers and seeing what happens is a good thought-is it possible to do cloth? Maybe they are just too tight or she is sweaty/wet in that area? Not sure if you mean diaper line around tummy or legs. Once you've got control of the eczema, you could lube the area in between diaper changes w/ eucerine or aquaphor-this may provide enough of a buffer.
Instead of dreft, try arm and hammer free and clear-I switched to this from using all free and clear years ago because it is cheaper and the same-no perfumes and dyes. The dreft company really markets towards being a "baby detergent" but not only is Arm and hammer much cheaper, it is exactly the same!
Also, stay away from the aveeno cleanser as it still may irritate her sensitive skin. Cleanse with cetaphyl cleanser for hand washing and bathing her (Walmart has a generic brand that is a third of the cost-the equate cleanser and it is on the beauty aisle). Even just a good rinse is helpful to get the salts rinsed off her body which can irritate her skin. You can accomplish this in the a.m. when she wakes up by using a warm, wet wash cloth and blotting the areas of concern (I had to do this for my baby head to toe until we got control of his eczema). And be sure to lube her up w/ eucerine (walmart also has a generic eucerine) or aquaphor immediately after bath-pat dry then lube, lube, lube everywhere! We even lube our son's head-looks a little greasy right after but it keeps his scalp moist and no dry skin there!
Try oatmeal baths if her skin is really dry-put oats in a blender and then add the powder to her warm bath water (just make it a no hair wash night that night!). This is similar to the aveeno oatmeal bath stuff you can buy.
Also, something else to do that really works for us is make sure she is getting yogurt (we like the yo-baby organic, but they do make organic lowfat too) and/or organic cottage cheese (which has all the good bacteria that yogurt has-regular cottage cheese does not!). Acidophilis, bifidum, and those types of "good" bacteria are very beneficial to the skin. Also, plenty of high quality fruit-dark berries-again organic is best, my kids even enjoy the frozen berries thawed out. All the vit c is good for skin too (and has a natural antihisthamine which helps with itching-when I have serious bougts w/ eczema I up my vit c intake by double or triple and it really helps-you just pee out what your body doesn't need so it is safe).
Speaking of food-have you ruled out food allergy-try eliminating one thing at a time from her diet for 2wks and see if she improves (thought if you use the med I mentioned she will improve). Common triggers are dairy, wheat, eggs-but if she has been fine with them up until now it may not be the cause. Something to think about.
Hope this helps. I sure do understand and feel for you and your daughter-both from the perspective of having it myself and also trying to help my little guy as well. Your daughter may be old enough for benedryl/zyrtec if itchies get real bad but check w/ ped first.
All the best and happy healing. -A.
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T.H. answers from Minneapolis on January 22, 2010
I personally wouldn't change the diapers you are using unless you are using something with perfumes. I personally use the generic (cheap) diapers because they don't have perfumes. Our kids both have exzema and our daughter is around the diaper area as well. What we did is we are washing all of her clothes seperately in Purex Free and use a dryer sheet (no fabric softner) and the dryer sheet is the generic and it is free of perfumes and dyes. A couple other suggestions, your doctor can give you a perscription for 2% cortizone which will help clear it up and then we use Eucerine Plus lotion for really dry skin. Also, in the tub make sure to use lukewarm water, the warmer the water the more it will dry out the skin and you can add something call Robathol (not positive of spelling) it is a safe oil that can be ordered by the pharmacy to add to the bath water, it helps the skin absorb the moisture and coates it lightly to hold in the moisture. It is completely safe so if your little one drinks the water in the tub they will be just fine. I hope this helps.
J.W. answers from La Crosse on January 22, 2010
I found what worked for our daughter who was prone to eczema was to cut her baths down to once a week, use lotion after each bath (NOT Johnson and Johnson though, Aveeno is okay but try to find an organic brand) and to be honest, what really did it was switching to bar soap (NOT from the store!). We actually get ours from a WAHM mom online. Pure Castile soap is good or sometimes a goat's milk soap or oatmeal soap is good too. Most of the stuff you can buy from the store though has chemicals that tend to be too harsh for babies. Even switching to Dr. Bronner's (a soap you can get from the local co-op) was causing dryness more than likely because my daughter has a sensitivity to citric acid.
I've been able to use the free and clear version of detergents okay but now use Charlie's soap (mainly because we can find it easily here in South Korea and it doesn't cost anymore than the Tide here costs).
Eczema CAN be food related, especially if you are having trouble in the diaper area, that may be something to look into. Otherwise, you may want to look into another brand of diaper (some babies react to different diapers) and make sure to keep at the diaper changes. Frequent diaper changes is a must so that the skin does not get too irritated. I used to allow no more than 2 hours to go between changes (and changed poopy diapers immediately).
Good luck! You may find yourself trying all kinds of things but I know for us, switching to a bar soap that doesn't have a lot of extra ingredients was a big key and now, I'm finally able to bathe my daughter a little more often. I still don't over do it though because she still tends to get a little dry.
J.R. answers from Davenport on January 22, 2010
Well, at 21 months you could consider starting to potty train, so she can be in undies for most of the day and you could switch to a cloth diaper for bedtime. Or you could just switch to cloth for all day, at 21 months, you chould only go through 5-6 diapers a day, and if you know shen she poops (what time of day - usually babies have a bit of a daily schedule) you could try putting her on the potty for just that nad you could have her poop-trained, so you wouldn't have to deal with poopy cloth diapers.
Also, Dreft does have dyes and perfumes, I would recommend All free and clear for sensitive skin - my daughter is VERY sensitive and all free and clear is the only one we can use, she ever breaks out in hives from other free and clear (Tide) and anything with a scent or color to it.
I Use the Baby Aveeno cream wash and their soothing cream in the dark blue and white containers, as well as these products:
Of course with all these scent free and natural products, you baby deosn't have that "commercial baby smell" of dreft and johnson and johnson, but it is all worth it for a healthier, happier baby! There are also Huggies natural diapers, and Severth Generation which are free of lots of the bleaches and stuff other brands use. Where you say the patches are, sounds like it may be more irritation of scratchy edges and stuff, rather than just the chemicals int he diapers (or it would be all over her bottom) so that is what I was thinking cloth would be gentler.
S.G. answers from Rapid City on January 22, 2010
My son had that when he was your daughters age also. It was food allergies and when we figured out what he was allergic to, it cleared right up. His triggers were milk, chocolate and peanut butter. Take her to an allergist and have her tested.
B.G. answers from Rapid City on January 22, 2010
you might want to look into her having a milk allergy- my daughter had a milk allergy and it also came out in the form of eczema.
A.F. answers from Minneapolis on January 22, 2010
My daughter has psoriasis and that is the same thing the Dr.'s wanted to use on her I think. I didn't like the thought of it because the one cream you could only use once or twice a day because it could burn her. I eventually just switched stores to a health and wellness company online. Her psoriasis has gotten way better, almost no existent. I would love to share this company with you so you could try it. You can email me back at ____@____.com luck!
Y.S. answers from New York on January 22, 2010
I work for a company that provides pure safe and beneficial products. I used the baby wash and lotion and took care of my son's eczema. The company is Arbonne International-- they don't use mineral oil which clogs pours and is in all skin care products.
check my site: www.yarinasencion.myarbonne.com-- the products are AMAZING and botanically based. You won't LOVE them! All the best!