A.Z. asks from Green Bay, WI on July 30, 2008
I have had eczema as long as I can remember and recently, my two year old has become afflicted as well...he keeps getting terrible rashes behind his knees. We have tried prescribed steroid cream, Arbonne Baby Care lotion, Eucerin, Lubriderm, and the cream that says it's for eczema and has Winnie the Pooh on the front (he's sleeping and I'm not willing to go in his room to see what brand it is! lol) None of these has worked and I feel so badly for him....does anyone have any remedies to suggest?
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Wow...thanks for all the responses! I am looking into allergy testing and have adjusted his diet a bit to experiment and see if something he is eating could be causing his skin to break out. For now, the hydrocortizone cream seems to be working, but it's good to be armed with so many other options too :) Thank you all!
S.P. answers from Minneapolis on September 07, 2008
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J.S. answers from Minneapolis on August 20, 2008
My seven year old daughter has struggled with terrible eczema for her entire life. She literally scratched until she bled. We tried every cream and lotion, special diets, allergy testing, etc. Then I tried "Baby Butt Paste" and within 2 days her rashes were gone and have not come back. We use it like lotion twice daily. It's very inexpensive and can be bought at Target or Walgreens.
J.B. answers from Minneapolis on August 03, 2008
My little guy has a few spots that are stubborn and refuse to clear up, but the best relief I have found for him is 2% hydrocortisone cream, applied a minimum of three times daily. Anything less and the itchy patches spread. Consistency seems to be the key to success here.
SAHM of seven
B.W. answers from Minneapolis on July 31, 2008
I first off want to say steer clear of hydrocortizone for children. It has been linked to cataracts in the eyes, and since kids have thier hands all over, its not safe. Plus it weakens the skin and amkes it more susceptable to breakouts in the future. Best to avoid it all together.
I think most people think that eczema is a skin disorder when its really not, its internal, and caused by an allergen like a food allergy (for my son is dairy protein), or another allergen.
My son is mostly triggered by dairy protein, but if he has too many strawberries or oranges, he breaks out as well. His eczema was triggered shortly after his birth by a nurse who gave him a bottle of formula against my wishes. His body wasn't ready for anything but breastmilk and it triggered the allergy.
Anyway, you have to get to the bottom of what is causing him to break out. Keep a food journal and you'll notice a pattern after eating a certain food or being exposed to something he breaks out. Keep the area clean and dry. Pick up some tea tree oil (in the pharmacy by bandaids, etc). Mix a few drops with cool water and use a wash cloth to dab it on the area's affected. It will nto only help with the itching, but it will help dry it out and pull the fungus out.
Next find him some acidophilus caplets. My son takes these http://www.webvitamins.com/product.aspx?id=21467 it will help the good bacteria in his body to flourish, which in turn will fight off the bad bacteria that is making his body spill it out as eczema onto his skin. Also a good EFA will work wonders. My son uses http://www.webvitamins.com/product.aspx?ID=16621
Hope that helps. Eczema is awful. My son, when he has a breakout, has broken, bleeding, crusty oozing skin that causes him pain. Its awful to see and even harder to treat when all you get from doctors is 'oh rub a little aquaphor on it and it'll be fine' when its NOT fine, nothing modern medicine will tell you will help.
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J.S. answers from Minneapolis on July 31, 2008
I know this may seem weird. But our 2 year old had eczema and it was getting progressively worse. We kept having to use stronger and stronger steroid creams, which I did not like. And we were using the pooh cream too. Oddly enough we took her off of dairy. And no soy too. She is on rice milk and her eczema was gone in three days. It was like a miracle. People who have allergies to milk and dairy it can show up as eczema. And those people are usually allergic to soy too. She is completely eczema free now. If I were you I would try switching to rice milk and keep the dairy servings down to three a day. And see what happens. She can handle some cheese and yogurt and stuff like that but milk was the worst. I would try it for yourself too. It can't hurt. Plus our doctor wasn't very helpful about it. They just kept prescribing stronger creams and when I suggested taking her off dairy they didn't think that would help. So sometimes I guess you just have to experiment on your own. Give it a try and I hope it helps. I know how annoying the eczema and all the creams can be.
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L.F. answers from Sioux Falls on July 31, 2008
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C.F. answers from Green Bay on July 31, 2008
Even though it seems like an external issue, it is an internal one. The body is reacting wrongly to the food the child is eating. Eliminate sugar, msg, high fructose corn syrup, gluten, dairy (sometimes) - the child must increase consumption of essential fats, like organic unrefined coconut oil, avacado, fish oil - veggies, and limit fruits. An elimination diet will be the most effective - check out the website for Body Ecology. My friend's son had excema all over his body a year and a half ago, and now since getting chiropractic adjustments, changing his diet, and detoxifying - he no longer has any....I recommend using unrefined coconut oil on the skin if you want to do anything topical. It's all about the health of your gut - 70% of our immune system resides in there - if it is not healthy, then we are not.
This is a committment - it is NOT easy - but a healthy child is the reward...
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T. answers from Omaha on July 31, 2008
My son's Dr. uses Vanicream on her daughter. She said she puts it on her daughter every time she changes her diaper. I have used it on my son during the winter when his skin was extremely dry and it worked great. It isn't on the store shelves, but you can go to the pharmacy counter and ask them for it. I got mine at Wal-Mart.
Y.E. answers from Minneapolis on July 31, 2008
Eczema is just a cover term for skin rash with unknown causes. But skin rashes are caused by something. Most commonly a food or chemical allergen. Have you or your son been tested for food allergies (IgG or IgE blood tested not skin prick tested). It may be worth checking into. Now that your son is two, he is old enough to be tested and you may find it is one simple thing like oats or dairy or corn. Once a food that is an allergen is eliminated from the diet, comfort is usually on the docket within 4 days to a week for children (sometimes sooner). Just a suggestion. We had rashes too and found a food allergen and now both my girls are rash free and enjoying life and sleep so much more. SAHM of 2 beautiful girls 2 and 4, with a wonderful hubby/daddy.
J.O. answers from Wausau on July 31, 2008
I have a friend who has excema and what seems to have worked for her was eliminating all the "common" allergy foods: milk, eggs, nuts, tomatoes, etc; and going then to basically a Celiac's Disease Diet. She also said that her skin condition improved when she stopped her anti-depressants.
Don't know if any of that will be helpful to you, but I thought I would throw that out there.
Oh, I also came across an article online that mentioned a connection between excema and yeast infections, and saying if you followed a Candidia diet it helped with the excema too.
S.C. answers from St. Cloud on July 31, 2008
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