K.C. asks from Naperville, IL on February 22, 2009
Itchy Head - Naperville,IL
My son is 13 months old and has ezcema and it is on his scalp. He is itching it until it bleeds. His head is also very dry. I am using Aquaphor on his head and body. The dr also gave me persribed a lotion for his body. Does anyone have any experience with dry red spots on their baby's head and what did you use to help treat it?
J.R. answers from Chicago on February 23, 2009
L.M. answers from Chicago on February 23, 2009
it's especially made for ezcema and other hard to solve skin issues. http://www.shikai.com/publications/borageChildrenSkin.htm
J.W. answers from Chicago on February 23, 2009
If you go on the archives, you will find a ton of info regarding eczema on here. Eczema is typically a secondary food or chemical allergy. Dairy being the primary cause and peanuts the second in food allergies. Stuff that contains mineral oil does not help, but only clogs the pores...read your labels on the products you are using. Try California Baby, which is made for kids and adults with sensitive skin or skin conditions. You can buy it at Target. Use baking soda in his bath at all times. Chlorine is the other major cause of eczema and can aggrevate it. You can buy shower filters that clean out the chlorine making the water chlorine free for $30-$50 roughly. The book, Is This Your Child? By Dr. Dorris Rapp who is a pediatric allergist discusses this in her book, you can buy it on amazon, it is a great read and a must on every parent's bookshelf. You can find her on YouTube as well.
J. W. MPH
A.F. answers from Chicago on February 23, 2009
I would check out with an allergist that he is not milk allergic. We had our now 19 month old daughter on breast milk, then cow's milk formula, then cow's milk at 1 yr and she always had eczema but we didn't realize it could have been caused by the milk until she suddenly had a peanut allergy (by accidental ingestion at a daycare facility at 12 months old! hrmph!) and we had her allergy tested at 17 months (I was waiting until I gave birth to my second..now 3 mos). The allergist believes the milk (she is milk, fish, peanut and egg allergic) is what caused her eczema and she would also scratch till she bled! We always just slathered her in Aquaphor or Aveeno but that just controlled the eczema but didn't make it go away. We switched her to soy and rice milk and it totally went away....now, I would not just try the switch without seeing an allergist first. Eczema is commonly the sign of a food allergy. We see a great allergist that handles children in Des Plaines and they have a few other offices in the city and burbs but I don't think they have any your way in Naperville. Let me know if you want the name anyway.
PS- if it is an allergy, it is much easier to switch their milk source at 13 months when they are just getting used to it than it is at 18-19 months when they are opinionated little toddlers ;) Trust me!
M.A. answers from Chicago on February 23, 2009
I used my belly oil on my daughter's scalp. My doctor recomended Olive oil, but I found that stinky and less effective than the oil I was rubbing on my belly. It has vitamin E and almond oil and other stuff. Can't remember the blend exactly, but it has a picture of a pregnant woman on the front and is in a clear bottle. It's sort of golden in color. Mother's Special Blend? I don't think it's Mother's Love. I get it at Whole Foods and it worked great on her head. Another really super good one is coconut "oil", which is actually solid but turns liquid when it touches your skin. That one is very long lasting. I discovered this later after her scalp improved, but I honestly think it might have been even better for the scalp than the belly oil.
S.S. answers from Raleigh on February 23, 2009
a whole house humidifier does wonders. at least get a vicks moist heat for the bedroom. ezcema gets worse when its dry. also if you have a water softener switch your salt to see maybe if you spot a difference
A.H. answers from Chicago on February 23, 2009
Try t-gel shampoo or selson blue. You can also use the hdrocortisone 1% (prescribed) and euricine lotion (over the conter).
K.M. answers from Chicago on February 23, 2009
I have used Arbonne on my children and the hair and body wash, lotion, and baby oil work great for dry skin, ezcema, baby acne,... If you want samples to try email me ____@____.com luck.
S.E. answers from Chicago on February 23, 2009
Rub some olive oil on the itchy spots. Better to use something natural than chemicals that can cause further irritation. Plus you probably already have it in your kitchen.
M.H. answers from Chicago on February 23, 2009
We put hydrocortisone 1% ( I think I am spelling it right) and keep lotioning our guy as he was doing the same thing. Creame takes the itch out. You may want to see a dermitologist if it does not go away.