N.W. asks from Charlotte, NC on August 14, 2006
My daughter has had eczema really bad since 3 months of age. I have tried everything, from prescriptions expensive lotions, socks on her hands to stop her from digging until she got old enough to take them off herself.I have tried Elidel but that did not work. My daughter would scratch so bad she would dig thru her skin and getting all bloody and bruise herself. The pediatrician had a great idea it was to put Eucerin cream on her legs at night and wrap it with saran wrap to let the moisture soak in. That gets her legs nice and moisturized, and he gave me the Rx Zyrtec as well. But she still itches really bad. I cut her nails as low as they can go. Anyone have any suggestions?
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N. answers from Miami on August 15, 2006
My daughter had some mild eczema when she was younger and she outgrew it. Have you tried looking into her diet. Maybe she has a sensitivity to dairy? Google "causes for eczema and diet"? I remember reading about this.
The best cream that worked for my Daughter was the Weleda Diaper Care Cream. This cream was refered to me by a lady whose daughter had terrible rashes, that no other cream would take away. So i bought some at nutritionsmart for my daughters eczema rashes. It worked better than the Elidel, and seemed to soothe and stop the itching. Here is a link. I bought mines at nutritionsmart by the baby products/shampoo aisle.
K. answers from Tampa on August 14, 2006
My son has been having the same problems with eczema. Someone told me about a product called Skin Zinc, they have a web site, you may have to google the name. I am going to order it for my son to see if it is as good as they say. Good luck with this, it seems like every one has an answer, but nothing works, poor kids having to itch all the time.
A.P. answers from Miami on August 14, 2006
The best thing is the Palmers Shea butter in the circular container. i used it for my eczema and my kids as well. I stopped me from itching and it also put so much moisture back in because it is an oil base! i can say from using it that it is really great and i know how bad it itches 0----- try it..
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V. answers from Boca Raton on August 14, 2006
my advice go to Wholefoods, buy organic raisins with seeds. Take a 5 tb.spoons of raisins, wash it in boiled cold water, put in 1 cup hot just boiled water, cover a cup and let it stend 1 hour( usually you can do it before night, and in the morning you can just warm it a little in microwave before each use, don't warm all, just a little, what you need for one time). Gently sponge with soft cloth your baby body and face every 3 hours and give her to drink 1 tea spoon every 3 hours too. In a week the redness will be gone, continue to do it 1 week after everything is gone. Do not use any creams in that time!
Believe me, it will help!
Best wishes to you, N.!
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Good luck, V..
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J.B. answers from Jacksonville on August 14, 2006
Our son is now 6 but has had eczema his whole life. We have tried a lot but here is what is working now. We bathe him once daily with lukewarm water and aquafor unscented baby wash. Then we coat him in steroid ointment (not cream) on the areas that are affected. We then, cover him with Cetaphil Cream and leave that on for the evening. We coat him again in the AM before we do anything else. He takes Atarax for the itching at night. Its very similar to Zyrtec (he takes that in the AM). If not, have you seen Dr. Kwong at Nemours? She's a pediatric dermatologist that might have some other ideas for you.
A.F. answers from Tampa on August 14, 2006
There is a lotion with coconut oil in it. It is recommended for women with stretch marks. Cocounut oil is a great natural moisturizer. You can buy it at any local pharmacy.
C.G. answers from Miami on August 15, 2006
Aveeno oatmeal baths, just let her soak in it and this will stop the overnight itching.
C. answers from Miami on August 15, 2006
my girlfriend's baby has eczema really bad and this was her advice:
This is the stuff I have used to keep Ariís eczema manageable. www.drugstore.com has good selection and prices (especially for the California Baby products)
I have been using Mustela products specifically geared towards babies w/ eczema and other skin problems:
Mustela Dermo-Pediatrics, Stelatopia: Cream Cleanser, Milky Bath Oil and Moisturizing Cream
I have also been using California Baby Calendula Cream which has worked really well. I keep in my diaper bag and use at bedtime, and several times a day.
California Baby also has a Shampoo and Body Wash for ďSuper Sensitive Skin.Ē I havenít used it, but it has gotten good reviews.
If her skin gets really dry (especially in the winter) I also use Aquaphor, Baby Healing Ointment
I also had a friend recommend Arbonne baby product line Ė I got samples so I am going to try it out. Iíll let you know...
A.M. answers from Kansas City on August 14, 2006
My boy had pretty bad exczema since day one.
We've used hydrocortisone, only when he gets the rash though.
What has helped a lot is 2 or 3 short baths (not to hot water) during the day.
I moisture his body (I use mustela or ABC from Arbone ($12.00 a bottle) because it's fragrance free, and also it's body wash (but just a little).
What does she get it from? Is it the sweat? heat? clothes?
Hope I was able to help. BTW his skin looks way better, so I am sure you'll find something.
K.S. answers from Tampa on August 15, 2006
I have Eczema, at one point and time it was so bad that I got an infection from all the scratching. I had one dermatologist that told me to use Lever 2000 soap. Other soaps dry out your skin, which is what Eczema is dry skin. That doctor also suggested to not take hot showers and when drying off leave a little bit of water on the skin, so the moisture soaks in. Cetaphil cream (not the lotion) was also a suggestion. The last thing is stress, which will make eczema worse.
--I used all the above to get it under control. While I don't use Cetaphil cream anymore, I do still practice the other things including, stress management.
--Stress managment is not something you can teach your toddler, but perhaps some of the other things will help.