My Baby Girl Has Very Dry Skin, and She Has Scratches and Red Bumps All Over.
September 21, 2010
Can someone help me? I have tried everything and nothing takes away her dry skin... she has scratches all over from her scratching herself. She has open sores on her ankles calves and on her cheek. I have tried hydrocordizon creams vegetable glistern, all types of lotions, changing the detergent, body soap... you name it I can bet I've tried it. I am so sad for my little baby girl.
Well I think I found something that works. It is from Aveno it's called concentrated anti-itch lotion. It has calamine in it as well as oatmeal. I got it yesterday and used it twice on her and I am already seeing results. I know she must be allergic to something, but being that she is on medicaid we can't take her to all these specialists. I am fighting to get some type of allergy test for her. It breaks my heart to see in her eyes that she doesn't feel good. I hope this lotion will continue to help her and that her body doesn't become immune to it.
I would recommend dercut (Pekana) or calendula (heel) they are homeopathic remedies that are great on skin issues like that. I would also recommend finding out foodallergies, some kiddos are very sensitive. I had one patient's grandson be so allergic to egg that even if the mom ate it and kissed him he would get the most horrible red rash and bumbs on his face. Keeping away from perfumed cleaning products as well will help. Good Luck!
Hello, this will help you tremendously! For eczema! And dry skin. I have amazing insurance, and the doctors could tell me close to nothing about eczema/dry skin. After hours of research this is what I found. Don't let your baby eat anything soy, anything milk. I nurse my son and I drink Almond milk. It taste just like soy milk. No corn, eating corn is the worst for his dry skin. No peas, potatoes. And avoid too much sugar in one thing. Lastly, nothing red. Ever since I found this out. And I avoid eating it or feeding it to my now 1 1/2 yr old. He has not been red or itched in the last 6 months. Unless I or he accidently eats something that had soy in it or more sugar than I thought it did.(which has happened about 3 times in 6 months. For the dry skin I use aquaphor. Use it after a bath, white taking a nap, and at night time. Basically 3x a day. Always after a bath, that is the best. I touch his skin, and although i know its dry under the Aquaphor it feels as if his skin is being hydraded because it doesn't feel dry at all. Hope this helps!
***Just started using "Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Body Lotion" and his skin actually seems more elastic and much more softer! About 35% softer! And I am talking about the NEXT day! I am actually putting Aquaphor on his right side of the body and Gold Bond on his Left side, to see if I see a difference. Up until now the difference is Aquaphor keeps it soft UNTIL it is completely absorbed (about 12 hrs) and Gold bond stays soft about 2 days and actually seems to HEAL the skin. Does not feel as scaley. Will update when I see even more results.
My son had the same problem. It turned out to be infant excema. His doctor gave him a perscription for a cortisone cream and it started healing in 2 days. The over-the-counter creams did not help at all. He also suggested using Eucerin lotion immediately after baths to help lock in moisture. That did seem to help with the itching.
Have you tried coconut oil? It is antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal!!! It's all natural so doen't contain all the chemical ingredients and toxins that are in lotions and creams. You can get it at Market Street, Central Market, Natural Grocers, or Whole Foods. I buy the organic, unrefined kind. And if she happens to eat some, no big deal- it's good internal as well! You can use it in cooking too! Seriously, I HIGHLY recommend this to be the very next thing you try. It is an awesome moisturizer. I use it on my face and for baby massages, and for diaper rash. Enjoy the smell too!!
If your little girl has open sores now, it's time to take her to a doctor. She needs something strong. This same thing happened to my son who is now 4. The doctor gave me samples of aquaphor mild bathing wash to bath my son in. He also gave me samples of something called Palgic (and oral medicine). After three weeks on that, my son's excema looked a whole lot better.
I also have a friend whose daughter had a worse case of it than my son. She eventually got to where she gets her daughter an allergy shot once a month and still uses the aquaphor lotion, a dose of benedryl and night and a dose of Zyrtec in the morning.
Have you taken her to the doctor? She may have a severe case of eczema and made need a prescription strength analgesic. Have you vacuumes out the vents? There may be allergens that you are not aware of there. Aveeno products are really good for sensitive skin. There is an entire line of oatmeal based products that are helpful with eczema and sensitive skin. Plus, the lotions are great moisturizers without being really heavy on the skin.
sounds like a food allergy to me.
maybe she is sensitive to dairy? (I know of several children that have eczema flare ups when they are consuming too much dairy, and I know that I break out and get itchy when I have too much dairy as well)
There is a product line you can only buy online at melaleuca.com - they have a Gold Bar soap that has no "real soap" in it but has tea tree oil as an ingredient. I have used this for years and actually friends and family back home ask me to send them some every year - it is the only saving grace between them and very itchy skin all winter.
Your baby may also be exhibiting a reaction to her food through her skin - she may be gluten or milk senstive (jst a thought)
About Me: I'm a mother of 2 grown children and now a "nana-mom" raising my 4 year old grandddaughter - the delight of my life.
I'm a registered nurse and I second the Melaleuca suggestion. While lotions and creams may help the symptoms, it doesn't take care of the underlying cause of the condition. Our daughter had eczema and allergies really bad when she was little and it wasn't until we switched our entire household over to only Melaleuca products that she got better. She hasn't had any problems for almost 4 years now. No matter what route you go, the important thing is to:
1. get a Dr.'s diagnosis - you need to know what you are treating, and also that will help you to find the cause of the problem.
2. replace ALL cleaners, soaps etc. in your home (unless you want to do it one by one to try and find the cause...but it can be multiple causes also)
3. don't give up hope!! Something is causing her body to react this way, it just may take a little time to figure out what:)
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Our little girl (8 months old) has the same issue. Switching to soy formula helped some. But the best thing has been to use Aquafor and keep her dressed in sleep & plays (long sleeve, footed pj's) so that she can't scratch anywhere. The doctor is prescribe a steroid cream, but I only have to use it maybe once a month.
It sounds like eczema which is caused by allergies, usually something touching the skin, but it could be something she's eating. If you're breastfeeding still, be sure to drink plenty of water. If you do formula, you might want to look into possible sources of food allergies, the most common are dairy, soy, wheat. Eliminate all soaps containing Laurel Sulfate sometimes called Amonium Laurel Sulfate. Try California Baby products, Target carries them as does Sprouts & Whole Foods.
Dont use any fabric softner or dryer sheets and run all her clothes and blankets through a second plain water rinse cycle to be sure any detergent remnants come out of the clothing.
Do some google searches on the above chemicals and eczema, some websites might have more suggestions.
My older son gets eczema, especially on the back of his knees and crook of his elbows. I got a steroid cream from the Ped. she told me to mix it half & half with neosporin when he had open scratches. Kids can sometimes get staph infections from scratching and having open sores. After the scratches, I applied a very small amount directly to the skin. I wasn't too thrilled about using the steroid cream, as I would have preferred a natural route, but it cleared it up within a week or so. The other suggestions above also came from the Dr.
Try the ABC line from Arbonne. I have used it for over 3 years with my children and any kind of skin rash/irritation always clears right up. I used the wash, then oil and then lotion. Go to their website for more info or find a consultant to get it 35% off the wholesale price/
sounds like she has eczema. My daughter mainly gets it on her inner knees and elbows. She also has an eczema prescription. Lately she has it more on her hands. We have her wash her hands so much that they tend to sore up. The prescription seems to burn her a little if she has a bad case. The only solution for the burning is vaseline that soothes and relieves the itch. Hope this helps...
We use Baby Bee by Burt's Bees and it is wonderful. My son has/had the same thing, and I put it on him daily now with cooler weather and it keeps his skin nice and soft. BUT, I would test a little patch of skin first to make sure your child is not allergic to it.
You have received such wonderful advice already and I do hope that some of it helps your baby girl! I noticed that many of the moms are recommending the wonderful Arbonne ABC Baby Care line. I am an Area Manager for Arbonne and would love to get you some full size products for free. Please let me know if you are interested and I will have them shipped to you as soon as possible. Blessings! C.
The topicals, while necessary to treat the immediate issue, are only treating symptoms, not the underlying cause. Food allergies are certainly a possibility; perhaps even probable, so an elimination diet is definitely a good idea. And eliminating chemicals in the home is also highly recommended. In addition, nutritional supplements can be very helpful, particularly probiotics and Essential Fatty Acids.
I would recommend dercut (Pekana) or calendula (heel) they are homeopathic remedies that are great on skin issues like that. I would also recommend finding out food allergies, some kiddos are very sensitive. I had one patient's grandson be so allergic to egg that even if the mom ate it and kissed him he would get the most horrible red rash and bumbs on his face. Keeping away from perfumed cleaning products as well will help. Good Luck!
poor little thing. try this, please! wash all her clothes, sheets, towels and wash cloths in Charlies Soap. it's a natural soap without any harmful surfactants. do not use fabric softener. you will probably need to wash everything at least 3 times to remove the residue from other detergents in her clothes and in the washing machine. research this soap online and considde using it for the whole family. if you miss the good smelly stuff, meyers and method both make great fabric softener and dryer sheets made with all natural products. it will make a diffrence. in the mean time try taking her to an osteopathic doctor. sharon dennis in arlington is great.
Have you ever tried Arbonne products? They have a baby line of products that is wonderful. It is recommended by pediatricians and great for eczema (dry skin). There is a Body Wash, Body Oil and Body Lotion...amongst a few other products. You can only purchase through an independent consultant....I am a consultant and would be happy to send you a free sample if you would like.
Feel free to contact me and I can answer any questions you have and get your info for the sample. You can see these products at www.arbonne.com
I wish you the best of luck. It's not fun when our babies are not comfortable and we feel like we are at a loss!
Oh, I didn't mention that I am a Mom of 3 boys...6, 3, & 1 and they only use Arbonne!
Anything that you are using can cause this E-mail me and I will give more info that might help ____@____.com son when through this too.
Everyday products with toxins and the toxins contained in them
Dove Beauty Bar Quaternium 15: Formaldehyde-Carcinogen. Causes cancer, dermatitis, neurotoxic, sensitizer-poisonious, irritant to the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes. ButylatedHydroxytoluene, (BHT) Carcinogen.
Johnson's Baby Shampoo Quaternium 15: FD&C RED 40: Carcinogen, and causes dermatitis.
Crest Tarter Control Toothpaste Saccharin: Carcinogen, contains Phenol If you accidentally swallow more than a pea -sized amount of this, you must contact the Poison Control Center immediately. This warning does not appear on the tube.
Tide & Cheer Detergent Detergent: Can cause temporary respiratory tract irritation. Symptoms include stinging, swelling, or redness. Sodium Silicate: Can be corrosive. Can cause burns to the eyes and tissue damage to the skin, as well as cause burns to the mouth, throat, and stomach if swallowed, Sodium Sulfate: Corrosive, Severe eye, skin, and respiratory irritant. Can cause asthma attacks. Thisodium Nitrilotriacetate: Carcinogen
Note: Tide powder contains fiberglass. If you use this and your sweaty and itchy, it’s the fiberglass in your clothing from the laundry detergent.
Clorox Sodium Hypochlorite: Corrosive. Sensitizer: Can be fatal if swallowed. Eye, skin, and respiratory irritant. Especially hazardous to people with heart conditions or asthma.
Cascade Sodium Hypochlorite Sodium Silicate: Can be corrosive. Can cause burns to the eyes and tissue damage to the skin, as well as cause burns to the mouth, throat, and stomach if swallowed.
Test: Put some liquid cascade on aluminum foil - put it over the sink and see what happens.
Fantastic, Formula 409 Butyl Cellosolve: Neurotoxic. Eye and skin irritant. Damages central nervous system, kidney, and liver. Readily absorbed through the skin. Damages blood and body’s ability to make blood -- listed as a pesticide.
Windex Aerosol Glass Cleaner Butyl Cellosolve (see above) Isobutane: Neorotoxic.
Lysol Disinfectant Dioxin; Carcinogen. 500,000 times more deadly than DDT Ethyl Alcoohol: Eye, skin, respiratory tract irritant.
If you want to take the guesswork out of it, have her tested through Enterolab for food intolerances. She is likely reacting to food. Biggest culprits are usually gluten and dairy. www.enterolab.com. No doctor referral needed. Easy easy easy stool test. Send in specimen. They email you the results. Will save her many health problems over the coming years. Good luck.
My 2yr old daughter has eczema and her doctor gave me Eucerin cream and a list of ways to treat and prevent it. After two weeks her Eczema cleared up!
At bath time he told me not to keep her in the water too long because the warm bath draws out the moisture in the body. After bath, pat her dry and lather the Eucerin cream all over her body and dress her as usual. It will seem gross to leave her slathered in cream, but it acts as a barrier so the moisture doesn't escape. You'll want to keep her skin covered in this cream as much as possible.
Have you tried flax oil? My daughter had very dry patches on her elbows. I put flax oil on them and it went away quickly. I now give all three of my children a flax oil pill once a week and they are all very healthy. You may try it.
My nephew breaks out from food allergies (especially wheat). The only thing that has helped him other than staying away from the things that they know makes him break out is a product that the doctor gave them. The name of it is Pleo Muc Ointment 3X. It is made in Germany and distributed by Pleomorphic Product Sales inc., Glendale, AZ 85306. It is manufactured by Sanum-Kehlbeck GmbH & Co. KG
2 things: 1) My son had some infant eczema - for those non-flare days, we used Aquaphor ointment, great for moisture. For the flare-ups, the ped gave us a prescrip for a steroid cream that we then had the pharmacy compound with some Eucerin or Cetaphil lotion. Worked wonders. Also use Aveeno or Arbonne baby wash and didn't give him a bath every day.
2) I have had eczema for a large majority of my life. I use Aveeno body wash, unscented. Have for years, and I very rarely have breakouts, maybe once a year since I started using it.
My 6 year old has eczema. I use Arbonne's ABC line on her. I has taken all the dryness and itching away.
I am an independent consultant for Arbonne.
The products are a lot healthier then even the prescriptions drs give you. All of our products are botanically based, dermatologist tested (baby products are also peditrician tested), hypoallergenic, no animal product or by-products, never tested on animals and contain no mineral oil.
Im not here to push my products on anyone, just here to tell you how it has worked for my child and give you another option.
It could be eczema -- and what I would try is to remove all dairy from her diet (milk, butter, yogurt, and *anything* containing "hidden dairy" like casein (dairy protein), whey, lactose, etc. i.e. margarine, most breads, canned tuna (with sodium caseinate), lunch meats (with lactose), hot dogs, cool whip (contains casein), sherbet, some rotisserie chicken (but Central Market's is ok), foods with lactalbumin, lactoglobulin, or bovine scrum albumin, some calcium-fortified food and beverages, etc. etc. Some diaper ointments and baby washes even contain dairy, so watch out for those too.
The thing is, many people claim to go dairy free and say it didn't make a difference in their or their child's eczema. It's tough to say that, though, because often they are not really as dairy-free as they thought they were. And additionally, it takes at least 2 weeks for the dairy protein to clear one's system, sometimes longer, so keep with it for a good while!
Another cream to try, in case you haven't, is Calendula cream. It's worked great for my kids' issues, maybe it can help yours?
The problem is internal. Anytime you have something show up on your body it is a symptom of something wrong inside. Sometimes you may put something on it externally and it will clear up, but it will show up later on and maybe in a different symptom.Get her to a certified nutritionist. A good one will be able to test her and find out the cause of the problem. They also won't give her or prescribe drugs that will have side affects. I use Michelle Burris 214 - ###-###-####. She is the most knowledgeable person I've ever run across, better than any doctor I've ever used. She's been able to solve problems for me that no other doctor or medical professional was able to do. She may have a food allergy such as gluten or dairy which can lead to serious health problems later on. Most of the time a regular doctor doesn't know what tests to do. I know of several people who had their regular doctor run these tests on them and they came back negative. When they finally went to a nutritionist they knew which kinds of test to run and it showed that they were in fact allergic. When they eliminated these things from their diet their symptoms went away. Please feel free to call me T. O'Connor ###-###-####
C., I also recommend the Melaleuca products. Please contact me if you want a FREE sample. I have several friends and colleagues whose children had simimlar skin problems, and they can offer some actual testimonies as to its effectiveness. The soap and lotion have been irreplaceable for people that I personally KNOW who had tried numerous other recommendations. I can also give you a handout that specifically explains the clinical testing that they have used to prove their claims. Send me your email address, and I will help in any way I can. I know how difficult it is to watch your baby, and feel helpless to come to her rescue.
I would take her to the periatrician to make sure what it is. SOunds like exzema to me. A friend of mine has a son who gets it so bad that he has open sores on his body from scratching it. She had to put him in natural fiber clothing that had no dyes and he uses prescription creams that help. She also gives him wrap treatments when he gets bad. My husband has been getting bad exzema on his hands and she sauggested trying Aquaphor Lotion before we go to the doc (to save money). She thinks it is the best one you can get without prescription. Good luck! I hope this helps!
You need a diagnosis. It may or may not be dry skin. I thought my son had a certain condition and was shocked I was completely wrong when I got to the pediatrician. I was doing all the wrong things. Get you baby girl in quickly before the weekend.
I FEEL your pain! I am so sorry to hear this. I am going through the exact same thing with my 5 year old son. His dry skin/eczema, psorasis, rashes, and cracked, broken skin has been going on for at least a year now. Like you, I have tried EVERYTHING. I took him to a dermatologist, who prescribed a steroid cream. It worked, but then when I stopped using it, his skin got bad again a couple weeks later. I kept going back, and got more steroid cream, until a friend (not the dermatologist, but a friend) told me to stop using the steroid cream b/c too much use of it will thin out the skin! So scary!! So I quickly stopped that. Then I took him to a gastroenterologist, b/c I thought maybe he had an intolerance to gluten. So, they tested his blood for Celiac, and it came back negative. Then I took him to an allergist, and they did a skin test on him for wheat, and it also came back negative. Well, thank God for friends, b/c another friend told me that Celiac and wheat testing can produce inaccurate results. She said that cutting Gluten out of someone's diet can clear your skin! SO that is what I am doing. Today is day 6 (out of a 2-week experiment) of my son's gluten free diet. It's hard to say just yet, but his skin does appear to look a little better. I heard it does take the full 2 weeks, though. It takes 2 weeks for all the gluten/wheat to exit the body. Last weekend, I went to Whole Foods and bought a lot of gluten-free foods. You can also try Central Market, Market Street, or Sprouts.
In the meantime, put Aquaphor (as much as you want) on your daughter's skin. It does help - doesn't cure it, but helps. Someone suggested Tummy Butter - said it is heavy duty. I will try that after these 2 weeks. If you decide to try a gluten-free diet for your daughter, remember that even one bite of gluten food can screw things up. You need to be very strict for 2 whole weeks. If you have questions, please email me at ____@____.com, and I will be happy to help you. Remember about cross contamination - if you are putting a frozen gluten free waffle in the toaster for your daughter, you will need to put tinfoil in your toaster, since gluten food is always in there. Best of luck and I feel your pain! M.
I didn't read all your responses but please don't use vaseline it is the worst thing you could do. I use Renew lotion and bath oil from Melaleuca on my girls and it is the only thing that healed their skin. I would be happy to talk with you about it. I promise you it is the best thing you will ever use/do for your little one.
My daughter has egzema( severe dry skin) and we use dove body soap only(dr recomended it), and lotion right after she gets out of the tub or shower, not too many baths or showers cause it dries out her skin more. The dr also gave her some perscription cream for the parts that bleed and are the worst. Oh and before she puts lotion on after her shower she pats herself dry to where there is still a light layer of water on her body. It holds in the moistier when she puts the lotion on. My daughter is older though so you might want to ask the pedi before using the dove soap, but definately all the other stuff you can do will work for a 10 month old. I hope this helps. Good Luck finding something that works. This does for my daughter. You have to do it everyday(the lotion thing).
Bless you and your baby girl!! Poor thing.
1. Check your detergent, and do a second rinse with some white vinegar (1/2 cup to a cup per load) Detergent in basic and vinegar is acid, so it will neutralize the pH of the clothing, that might really help.
2. I rep a terrific skin care company, Arbonne International. I have some 3 day sample packs, and would be glad to gift you with one of them. I only ask that you use it exclusively for 3 days, and tell me what you think about it.
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Hi C., you have received alot of GREAT advise!
Yes, it is always best to check with your doctor. Just note if baby does have eczema what the dairy in take. That will make it worse. Watch what she eats and see if she scratches more after she eats certain food. You may also want to use eucerine lotion. That helps my son and neice a ton.
wash your little girls clothes, bed clothes and towels in
Ivory snow and rinse twice with cold water. Put only cotton clothes on her. Do not use any fabric softer at all on her clothes. bed linens and towels ad wash clothes.
she may be allergic to her PJ's.
you should use a non soap product on her skin. Purpose is the name of a good one. a good non allergic lotion on her.
I do this for myself to be cofortable.
My son has sensitive skin also, have you tried the Aveeno oatmeal bath? I would try that and coconut oil.
I get coconut oil at Sprouts in the isle where the olive oils is. Get the virgin (unrefined) coconut oil...it's a solid oil at room temp. I put it in his bath.
Recently he scratched a rash on his bottom until it bled, and his hands are so chapped they are all red and starting to crack. We used coconut oil in his bath and the rash is going away and his hands are almost cleared up after one use.
It is pure and should not create any type of reaction.
My son had same issue but on his back and butt. I first stopped bathing him everyday and stopped using soap on his body - only pits, feet and privates. I changed the water temperature to very cool (more like pool water). And use Eucerin lotion twice a day. My dermotologist also gave me 2nd skin which overlays on the lotion or steriod so it is not whipped off with diaper or clothing. I know how miserable it is to watch them scrath their skin off, literally! Good Luck.
First make sure she does not have Eczema. If she doesn't have Eczema, try using Cetaphil soap and lotion. It's for dry sensistive skin. It's a little pricy but it's worth it. I use it for my son. I hope this helps.
Hi, my name is O. Kent and my daughter had the same problem for years until I tried Cetaphil soap, moisturizing cream and body wash. These are the only products that I use on her body that seems to work.
My girl - 18 month old has the same problem. It is eczema. What i did was to put lots of vaseline after she goes to sleep. that cleared everything out 2 days later. the Dr. also gave her some strong steroid for her arms and her body. good luck!
Have you taken her to a dermatologist? I would do that first. I have a friend who is a derm and he recommends Cetaphil Cream (the kind in the jar) for dry skin issues and eczema. If they can't find a solution then I would investigate allergies and take her to an allergist. Best of luck!