7 Mo. Old with Eczema

Updated on April 02, 2008
B.T. asks from Philadelphia, PA
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Hi - I've seen other mom's discuss eczema before, but I can't seem to find that string of emails. So here's our issue. My daughter is 7 mo.old. She has had a mild form of eczema from about 6/8 weeks on. Recently, it has really flared up on her arms. We thought we had it under control with Eucerin calming lotion, but it doesn't seem to be working anymore. She is now totally formula fed (I stopped breastfeeding at 6 mo.) - my questions are: what kind of lotions have other moms used that they found to be effective? What kinds of foods have moms found that their children eat that cause a flare up? Has anyone ever switched formulas to help this condition? Currently we are using Similac Advance. Thanks!

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thanks everyone for your responses. We have switched to Aveeno baby products and are researching/testing possible allergies.

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J.H.

answers from Philadelphia on

I'd try changing her formula and start giving her probiotics (from a health food store--or whole foods) these fight it from the inside out! also, rub olive oil on it! the stuff works wonders!

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J.G.

answers from Lancaster on

Hi,

The things that worked best for my daughter who had severe eczema were the Avveno baby line of products, especially there lotion for eczema. It is in a tube with a dark blue lid. Also, we started giving my daughter probiotics in her drinks, and that seemed to help also. I get those at health food stores. Good Luck!

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L.G.

answers from Philadelphia on

My son had eczema (he's over 2 now and I would just call it dry skin at this point) as an infant and the euerin didn't work for him either. My ped. suggested cethaphil and it worked great. I used the lotion 3 times a day (when he woke-up in the morning, mid day diaper change/nap time and before bed). I only use cetaphil soap on him, even for his hair. I also only use laundry detergent without dyes or perfumes. I have to wash his clothes separately, even now that he is over 2. I still have to put the lotion on him but only 2x a day now. He doesn't have any food allergies and was breastfed so I don't know personally about the formula thing. I have a friend who's son has multiple food allergies and was on a special formula when she weaned at 9 months.
Good luck,

L.

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M.W.

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Hi B.,try changing your laundry detergent because even if you don't wash your babies clothing with it you still carry her and she rubs against your clothing and that is as if you did wash her things in it(Tide has fiberglass in it to break the dirt and it takes 30 something rinses to get rid of it).Also,there is a(miraclous) lotion that contains TEE TREE OIL called Renew Skin Therapy and it is proven to cure ezcema in no time.My friend Seri has 2 children that from an early age suffered SEVERE ezcema and the Ped. put them on steroid creams(STEROIDS AND KIDS DON'T MIX)ans she started bathing them with a french mill saop call Gold Bar with a consentation of T.T.O. and RENEW LOTION and the Ped. was inpressed with the quick results and encouraged her to continue doing this and took them off the steroids! To this day they are as good as new. I have an 8mon.Gracie who also benefits from this lotion in addition to the rest of the baby products from this company. My Husband and I LOVE all the products from this company , we converted ALL our household with them and I even decided to represent them , this giving me an oportunity to be a stay home mom.I'd love to help you and your little one so e-mail me at [email protected]____.com

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K.C.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi B.! I know how frustrating eczema can be.I have personally had it for 6 years now and 2 of the little ones I care for have it as well. I have tried so many things and I know it is difficult, in fact I had another mother just yesterday asking for advice. First thing is make baths closer to luke warm. Hot water makes it worse! Also, for me personally I have found citrus foods to make it worse, but that is not the same for the kids. I think each person is a little different in that respect so Id keep a journal of the food she eats and document when she has flare ups. This will help you realize what foods effect her. I use what is called Red Clover. I was on steroid cream and so were the kids for quite sometime. I hated it so I searched for an alternative. I found Red Clover salve it's almost 100% natural and clears up even our worst break outs up in about 24hrs-48hrs. Also, it does't burn when applying it, often lotions even eucerin and aquaphor do! I am an associate with Watkins which is where I get my Salve. They may also sell it in local health food stores Im not sure. My email is [email protected]____.com if I can help you any further. The good news is...Kids tend to grow out of Eczema. It's when you get it as an adult that your stuck with it.

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K.B.

answers from Harrisburg on

One of my triplets had it and no foods seemed to make it worse. We used Aveeno baby that says on the tube that it helps baby eczema. I think every baby's skin prefers something different. We went through so many things and this did help him.

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D.C.

answers from Philadelphia on

I've heard from pediatricians that aveeno works well for skin problems

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M.F.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi B.,

I really like Acid Mantle cream/lotion. It is usually behind the pharmacy counter, but is non-prescription. They can order it for you if they don't normally carry it. It is a bit pricey, but clears up my son's eczema and some spots I get every once in a while. I used to work in a pharmacy and our pharmacist highly recommended it. Good luck.

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H.A.

answers from Allentown on

hello my kids had this, i went to the dr and they gave us a special lotion, also when they were younger we bathed them in aveno, it works well you have to do it for awhile, my friends daughter had it severely and she went to a dermatoligist when she was a baby. I did use the cream you used it did help, but it depends on there body chemistry one it worked for one it didnt. i do not know what triggers it, but i would for sure try the bath, also health food stores maybe able to help you with all natraul baby things. good luck

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J.M.

answers from Harrisburg on

Hi I my two children both have eczema. What I usually use on their eczema patches is "Gentle Naturals" - Baby Eczema cream. There is a picture of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet on the Bottle. I also like "Aveeno Baby" Soothing Relief Moisture Cream. But I think that the "Gentle Naturals" works better when there is a flair up and I got them both at Wal*Mart.

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D.V.

answers from Philadelphia on

the cream that works best for my kids is called Acid Mantel. It is a prescription so get from your peditrician. It costs about $30 for a very large jar that will last a year. Also bath them only once or twice a week with Dove or Basis soap only. You can also try using olive oil or baby oil after her bath. I still use on myself.

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M.B.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi B.,
A friend of mine had eczema really bad...all over her body except on her face. It was in her ears and on her scalp. She went to two Internist, a Dermatologist and an Allergist. They tried all kinds of creams and lotions without success. They finally said they could not help her and sent her to a Homeopath. Unfortunately that did not help either. She was introduced to an intensive skin therapy lotion named Renew and converted her household cleaning and laundry products to ones without any harsh chemicals which can be very irritating to the skin. Within 2 weeks her eczema completely disappeared!

If you would like more information about how you can get these products at a discount...factory-direct prices, let me know. The manufacturing company is running a special offering $100 in FREE products and 100% money back guarantee. Definitely worth giving them a try RISK-FREE!!

Good luck!
M.

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S.H.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi B.- I have a long response but I'll make it short. My baby was diagnosed at 6 months with severe food allergies and I was made to stop breastfeeding. He had severe eczema that was on his face, arms, etc. He was also contact reactive and we couldn't touch him with the food on our hands. Similac is milk so maybe it is a milk allergy. My baby is severe with milk allergy and he is on a prescription formula that is not even available in stores. I would check into allergy testing for your daughter. or maybe try Isomil first which is soy based. I also live in MArlton so I can recommend a pediatric allergist if you'd like

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T.O.

answers from Lancaster on

My daughter had a bad case of eczema from age 4 months to 1 yr on her face, arms, and legs. She still has "flare ups" now and then, but what I found really works is Aquaphor Healing Ointment (made by Eucerin). Her pediatrician had recommended it and it works miracles.

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H.A.

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I had to use Aquaphor on my son because he had very mild skin from being born 3 months pre mature and diagnosed with extreme eczema. It has the texture of petroleum jelly. Use after bath sparingly. Anything with cocoa butter will help also. As for foods....give her anything with lots of Vitamin E in it. It will also help relace moisture in the skin.

(Mom of 5 and in college)

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L.T.

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Hi B.... lotions are never enough for eczema, its part of the treatment but your baby needs to see a dermatolog which will prescribe a steroid cream, mild enough for baby skin and you will see results over night.My soon as asthma and eczema, many times this 2 conditions are related.I use westcort, u will need a Rx for it.Good luck to you

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M.M.

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DO NOT USE Elidel. It is a prescription given by most doctors that MSN said causes cancer in kids.

I found that Arbonne's Skin Conditioning Oil works VERY WELL on flare ups. And it's all natural. My daughter is 5 now but has had eczema since she was about 1.

I also heard from other mom's that stores like Whole Foods have some good lotions for eczema.

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T.H.

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It is prob a combo of the weather change and not brestfeeding. There are trigger foods for eczema like milk, eggs, wheat etc. Have you been to an allergist or dermatoligist? They can help with all of that and give you a creams for when you do have flares that clear it up before it gets bad. I use eucerin aquaphor for over the counter, it works awesome for my daugher who is 3 and son who it 7 months. As for formula you can try a soy based formula if shes not allergic(my daughter was) or the hypoallergenic ones either nutramigen or allementium. they are expensive but this is what our allergist had us do and i never even tried anything else with my son. We used rice milk after formulas for my daughter as she was off formula and then eventually reg milk but she has to have organic becuase haveing the eczema and allergies she has issues with all the hormones and what not in reg milk and the allergist said to go organic with what ever we could do. Certain times of year like winter and any weather changes always flare up eczema and them its fine once it the weather evens out so just hang in there!! good luck!
T.

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M.H.

answers from Sharon on

I took my daughter and son to numerous doctors for this same problem, and probably a hundred prescriptions later found a foam called Verdeso (by prescription only), within one day the eczema had gone away at least 50 percent. Within 3 days it was completely gone and has never returned. The copay with my health insurance was 35 dollars, but truly worth every penny after have spending numerous dollars on oinments and creams. Ask your pediatrician for a sample, they may have one, also this pharmacutical company gives coupons to the doctors for 60 dollars off the copays sometimes so check to see if your doctor can get you one, it may end up free. Good luck, and let me know if this works for you it was truly a miracle for me. My daughter was losing all of her hair from eczema for over a year.

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B.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi B..... I"ve used Tea Tree Oil on my son's eczema with lots of luck, BUT he is 8, so I'm not sure about a baby. Maybe you can do an internet search on it, because it worked amazingly well with my son. You can buy it at a health food store. Good luck.

B.

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G.J.

answers from Pittsburgh on

I would start with ruling out food allergies. Find a reputable allergy doctor and they will do a blood test to determine if there are foods that your daughter is allergic to, then you can cut those out of her diet. Had eczema issues with a son and found out he was allergic to everything. There was no lotion that would help him as his problem was coming from the inside out. I had to fix the inside problem. The eczema did go away. That may not be your issue. A topical steroid (prescription strength hydrocortisone)might help if food allergies are not the issue. In that case, you would need find out what in her environment could be causing your problems, such as soaps or detergents. I was reluctant to use the steroid creams for a prolonged period of time. But a good allergy doctor can help you with all of this.

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M.B.

answers from Philadelphia on

My son, now 4, had bad eczema. He also had allergies. My sons allergies included milk, eggs, soy and peanuts. Aveeno cream worked for him initially until I realized there was soy in it. It worked for about a week and then the exzema got worse because of the soy. A cream I use on both my children is acid mantle, but you'll need a prescription from your pediatrician. That is what I think works the best. Also, because of my sons allergies, my doctor recommended giving him a new food for three days straight to see if the eczema would flare up. Also, due to his allergies, we put him on a predigested formula, but that was due to his milk allergy. He has since outgrown all of the allergies except the peanut. He also doesn't suffer from eczema either. I know eczema can flare up due to soy, some dairy, and certain fruits(my sister gets ezcema from grapes and chocolate). I hope this helps an dplease contact me if needed. Good Luck!

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J.J.

answers from Erie on

I work for a company that has samples of baby lotion and oil that have helped others in the past. It also comes in a free sample size so you can try it. It's worth a try - my company is Arbonne International and the products are botanical in nature. Please let me know if you are interested. Whatever you decide - good luck!

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S.A.

answers from Reading on

Hi B.! My daughter has eczema also. We use Cetaphil cream and cleanser. Eurcerin and Aquafor never worked for her skin. I can't even use the Dove w/ moisturizer to wash her. I use the Cetaphil cream b/c it's thicker then the lotion. She still occasionally has flare ups, but I usually can control it by lotioning her several times a day. Good Luck!

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J.M.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi B.,
My daughter had eczema pretty badly and we used Baby Aquaphor every day, and ALWAYS after baths. I also stopped using Johnson and Johnson baby washes (it dries out the skin) and started using Aveeno. Good luck.

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L.D.

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Hello, We struggled with some mild excema when my daughter was about 10 months old. We used some creams, but it always came back, until she was 3 1/2 and it got to the point of thick scab like rashes on her arms and legs and wrists that bled at night from intense itching. We worked with a homeopath on a constitutional level and also discovered gluten and dairy allergies. Most excema is due to one or both of those allergies. Also we learned that any sterodial creams suppress the symptoms instead of heal them, which may serve as a temporary fix, but not long term. If suppressed long enough it can manifest into Crohnes Disease later on in life. I strongly urge you to find a doctor who will work with you to actually look for what migth be causing the excema and not just something to make it go away quickly. Good luck!

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M.C.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi B. - I too am a first time working mom.
Our 10 month old son has the same eczema condition as you described in your baby.
The only thing that worked for us was using Borage cream (brand name Shikai) every morning and night. This helps keep his skin smooth an condition free. We buy ours from the Lionville Pharmacy but they also sell this at the Whole Foods Store in Downingtown. This cream is great because it is natural uses no petroleum (which can sometimes make eczema worse).
When the flare ups get bad in the creases of his arms, wrists, and legs we use cortisone cream. Our doctor said to use the cortisone cream 4 times a day for 3 days then twice a day for 4 days - it worked beautifully. We keep that around for the bad flare ups.
Good luck to you! Let me know if you want more info.
M.

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C.G.

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Hello. Both of my children have eczema, very mild. Our pediatrician gave a long list of creams to use, but our pharmacist (CVS) told us about Baby Aveno. For my kids it works really well. Also, I wash my kids with Dove white bar soap. I wash their clothes with Ivory Snow detergent, and use Downey Free fabric softner. I found all of these things to keep their eczema under control, infact they haven't had any flare-ups in a few months. With my daughter though it is worse in the summer. I also read an article that eczema is related to asthma, wierd huh? When my son was in CHOP for RSV the doctors asked us if he had eczema. We said yes and why. She said because of the RSV he had a greater chance of having asthma, and especially because of the eczema. However, I'm still not sure how they're related. I hope all of this helps you, and I didn't mean to worry you about the asthma thing, like I said I'm not really sure. Good Luck.
C.

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I.M.

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Hi, my son has been treated from the age of 6 months by an allergy specialist at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Our situation was very similar (he is currently 17 months) and it is still working. Not sure if it will work for your little one, but I did the following.

1.) Switched to Enfamil Nutramigen.
2.) Using only Aveno Baby products to cleanse & moisturize.
3.) Got some Hydrocortisone Valerate to treat flare-ups.
4.) And since, as I was told by specialist, studies have shown that eczema is linked with allergies and asthma, we got him skin tested for allergies. (He turned out to be allergic to a couple of items.)

You may want to check with your Pediatrician. There are studies and papers printed in this all the time. Even better, call for a consult with your local Children's Hospital Allergy Clinic (or remote site). Can't tell you what will come out of it, if anything, but it sure is worth the time and money to get a handle on things and comfort your little one. Good Luck!!!

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J.S.

answers from Philadelphia on

I use hydrocortisone 2-3 x daily with aquaphor....I have a son/daughter who both have mild cases of eczema. I used similac advance as well. My daughter did not develop eczema till age 2 1/2. my soon was much earlier at 7 mos.
I am not sure of where you are located but in the delaware county area there is a wonderful dermatologist...Dr. Rencic...you can visit her page at www.rencicderm.com
I hope you can find something that works.

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K.P.

answers from Pittsburgh on

I have had great success by using aveeno active naturals Hydrocortisone anti-itch cream. There are 2 kinds- you need to try the variety which has the word eczema on the box. My eczema is really intense this time of year and this cream has been my only relief. It works really quickly as well, check it out.

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K.C.

answers from Philadelphia on

My infant son has had eczema since he was 6 months old. Eczema can sometimes be a sign of something else, like asthma. It can also be hereditary. My ped gave me a prescription for him, but they also sell baby eczema ointment over the counter in the baby care aisle and that works too. You may need to switch soaps and laundry detergent too. My ped told me to use a non-soap soap when I bathe him (no baby soap).

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D.S.

answers from State College on

I have the same problem with my son... one thing will work for a while and then stop. So I go back and forth between Aquaphor and Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream. Good luck!

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J.B.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hello, my seven month old also has eczema and we use Aquaphor. It works really well.

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A.P.

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Hi, B.!
Yes, eczema is usually a condition brought on by a food allergy & is almost always caused by allergies to formula. I don't know the reasons for which you weaned & therefor if you would consider re-lactating, but that IS a possiblity if that's something that you'd consider.

You could try switching formula as well. You may have to switch to a hypoallergenic kind (which I hear are VERY expensive). IF at all possible, I would avoid soy since the phytoestrogens in it equal approximately 5 birth control pills a day.

You may be able to find some info on www.kellymom.com

As for lotions, I use NOTHING but L'Bri Pure n' Natural on my families skin & I have several friends who's kids have eczema & other skin problems & they have cleared up significantly with it. You can look at the site, if you like, at www.A..lbri.com

Hope you find something that works for you & your family!
A.

A.J.

answers from Williamsport on

My daughter had porcelain skin up until the day I quit nursing her and went to whole milk at one year. She then suddenly got HORRIBLE excema all over especially the creases of her elbows and knees. On bad days it would be all over her face and back too. My doctor said to take milk out of her diet for two weeks, but after three days she had lost weight and had dark circles under her eyes, and I didn't want to risk any lack of protein or calcium for her, so I went back to organic whole milk. No other diet alterations helped, and she only got healthy natural food. I talked to a lot of other moms with the same problem, and they all said it would pass.

Now at 2 years old, it has totally passed, I think she's been clear for the last 6 months or so. It cleared for no reason, totally out of the blue. I hadn't changed her diet. Once in a while she'll get a little patch at her wrists or arm/leg creases.

The best lotions are strictly gentle non scented non allergenic ones. You really can't cure it, and you don't want chemicals getting into her young skin. I used coconut (for cooking-not cocnut lotion) and olive oil just to keep her soft as well as a totally plain Jergens one. My doctor said to avoid all medicated lotions. Hang in there! It will pass!

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J.R.

answers from Allentown on

I've heard that some moms have had great success with Arbonne baby products, which you can only get through an independent consultant. I love the Arbonne products, although I'm not a consultant.

Ultimately though, eczema is a sign of a food allergy, although many pediatricians don't seem to pay attention to this. You can try eliminating various solid foods that your daughter is eating, but most likely it may unfortunately be a dairy allergy with your daughter, which makes it tough because I'm *so* not a fan of soy formula for babies because of hormonal issues. But since you have weaned, that may be your only choice. If you were still breastfeeding you would have to eliminate dairy from your diet.

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C.Z.

answers from Philadelphia on

hi there,
my 5 year old and my 20 month old have both had eczema on and off since being babies. i found out the J&J no more tears (the yellow one) made their eczema really bad and if i switched (my son can use dove, but my daughter can use J&J baby bath-white bottle red soap- or cetaphil) their eczema was much, much better. dry weather and sunscreen can make their eczema come out again, but we use 2 things. the first is a prescription called Acid Mantle that the doctor orders the pharmacy to add hydrocortizone to, the second is actually the Acid Mantle that you can get over the counter without the hydrocortizone. it's not cheap, but it really works well and most of the time i don't need to use the prescription.
Hope this helps.

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K.H.

answers from Allentown on

take your child to an allergist. she probably has an allergy that the ped isnt seeing. (most likely the formula)
eczema is caused by something the creams will just temporarily help the symptoms. and some of them will cause other side effects.
I would take her to an allergist and possibly a dermatologist

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D.P.

answers from Pittsburgh on

B.,
You sound like quite busy mom! My son does not have eczema, although I started getting eczema on my hands when he was about 6-8 mos. old and I swear it was from the allegedly "gentle" baby washes! Dermatologists always recommend Dove soap.
For my eczema, I have a prescription cream. But before it was diagnosed, I tried just about every cream/lotion known to man and none really worked. I read about a hair product (Silk Therapy by Farouk) was accidentally discovered by other eczema sufferers to help the eczema on their hands during use and actually took the burn out of my hands when applied like a lotion. I still use it. I've also really had some good result with the Aveeno line and I believe they even have O. targeting eczema now. I would also tell you that it is common to have more flare-ups in the dry, cold winter months than in the summer so maybe that's why you are noticing it now more. Also, make sure her skin is completely dry after a bath. Water just irritates it! Good luck to you!

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T.Y.

answers from Philadelphia on

Hi B., reduce the number of baths you give your baby to every other day. Don't use soap, try something with no dyes or perfumes and absolutely no alcohol. I've heard Cetaphil works. My sister uses Aquaphor for her baby and he cleared right up. It's amazing, two months ago he was covered from head to toe and now you'd never know. Also, sounds like your baby has a dairy allergy. You may want to try switching to a different formula. There are many problems caused by dairy other than the rash so it may not be a bad idea anyway. You can check out more about that at http://www.milksucks.com/sickkids.asp.

Also, make sure that you are using dye and fragrance free laundry detergent and fabric softener. Anything that touches your baby's skin can irritate it. I have dealt with eczema my entire life and I have always used the Eucerin Creme (the real thick stuff that comes in the tub). It has always worked for me. The lotion didn't work so well but the Creme always helped. I even used it for my son's diaper rash.

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S.B.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi B., I am a mother of two beautiful boys that both have eczema. The oldest is three and he began eczema around 1-2 months of age, his was very mild, I spoke to my pediatrician and found out that he was lactose intolerant. As for my youngest who is 4 3/4 months he has severe eczema and is allergic to milk. So talk to you doctor before you change formulas. As for lotions or creams, we found out that with the oldest aveeno baby calming lotion for eczema and cortizone 10. The youngest those seem to help, but we actually had to get a prescription cortizone to help his along with using the aveeno baby lotion, aveeno baby wash and shampoo, and lubriderm sensitive skin therpay lotion. If your child has big red,dry spots of eczema use the corizone on those probably twice daily. My best advice is to inform your doctor at your appointment of what is going on. You may also need to watch detergents, lotions, soaps, including yourself and family. Watch your perfumes too! P.s. try All free clear allergen fighter detergent or Ultra Purex hypoallergenic detergent,Ultra Purex soft hypoallergenic fabric softner, or there are some others you just really have to look.
Good luck.

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L.O.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi B.,
I have been through a similar situation. My son's ezcema (and breathing problems/congestion) as an infant were caused by the milk-based formula we used when I wasn't breastfeeding. Two weeks after we switched to supplementing with soy-formula, the ezcema was gone and so were the breathing problems. And one of our pediatricians kept telling us it was just colds! Thank goodness for my mother. The presence of ezcema, as I understand it, always means there is an underlying allergy. If you don't get relief from switching formula type (milk to soy), I strongly recommend consulting with a pediatric allergist. Lotion is not enough for ezcema, and the pediatrican should know this, but an allergist will know best what to do. Also, be aware that soy is one of the most common allergens, so you need to understand that your baby might possibly develop an allergy to the soy formula too.
Best wishes from our family to yours.

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M.M.

answers from Pittsburgh on

Hi B.,
I have an article about Eczema caused by NON natural soaps that was published by the Allergy & Asthma Today (mothers of Asthmatics) publication, Summer 2006 edition ~ Volume 4~ Issue 3 Titled "Hidden link between Detergent and Eczema".

I had already began using and selling natural goat milk soaps due to favorable results in my own skin conditions -- I was so happy to see this for it just EXPLAINED alot.

If you want to email me off list: [email protected]____.com or [email protected]____.com I would be happy to forward you a copy to view.

M.B.

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D.W.

answers from Philadelphia on

make sure not to wash the baby too much and be careful what you wash her with. normally, once to twice a week is enough. go on web md and see what they say about eczema. eczema can be caused by skin allergic reactions to detergents used for laundry,other household cleaners and also pets such as cats. use laundry soap that is dye and perfume free. arm and hammer and all make very good ones. eczema can also be triggered by children if they already have allergies or asthma. it can also be hereditary. i am 39 and was not plagued by eczema on my hands until i was 37 yrs old. my eczema is caused by the eyeglass cleaner i use at work- i work for lenscrafters. ask the peditatrician or see if she is too young to go to a dermatologist. try to eliminate irritants at home first. good luck.

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L.C.

answers from Allentown on

B., I would try Virgin Coconut Oil (expeller pressed). Go to a health food store and ask for it, make sure it is good for vegans to eat. We have a history of keratosis pilaris with bad flare-ups and it seems to do the trick better than any lotion we've ever used. We use it generously all over the body (even better after bathing) and now we can see the real skin in us by using something natural. I hope it helps! L.

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A.A.

answers from Lancaster on

You may want to try bathing the baby in aveeno bath products. Also keep the skin completely covered in cold air. That is the biggest trigger for my son. He is 7 yrs old and has had eczema issues since he was 3 months old. He doesn't like Eucerin calming lotion, he says it "burns" him. Other things to try are Gerber lotion with oatmeal, vaseline, and keep using Dreft or Ivory Snow for your daughter's clothing and bedding. I tried to switch to an off brand baby detergent and my son broke out from head to toe. We now use All Free and Clear detergent, which works well and is slightly less expensive than Dreft.

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J.S.

answers from Erie on

B. - My daughter had eczema when she was a baby. I finally took her to a Dermatologist and he prescribed me a lotion that had peanut oil in it. It worked like a charm. However, it will need to be prescribed. Good luck and hang in there.

J.

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P.W.

answers from York on

I had eczema for years and years and years.

What finally got rid of it was Country Comfort Herbal Saavy.
I went back and forth using two of the formulas. One is golden seal and Myrrh...that was the primary one and it helped it within days.

Second was the comfrey and chamomile formula, that restored my very scarred skin.

Haven't had an incidence since. Just do a web search, you can find it several places if you are interested. They also have diaper cream, which I used on the boys, it was wonderful.

P.

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