Anyone Have a Little-one with Eczema?

Updated on February 04, 2008
C.B. asks from San Diego, CA
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I would love to know if anyone has found anything that works well in treating eczema. My 2 year old has been dealing with pretty severe eczema since he was about 6 months old. Nothing I have tried so far (cortizone creams, elidel, lotions, oils, ect...) has worked for my little guy. any ideas?

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First of all, thank you for everyone who reponded to my request for help with my son's eczema. I have compiled all of the over 40(!!!) messages that all of you wonderful mommys sent me and will attempt to try each idea until something works. I'll let you all know what works for us.

thanks again for all the wonderful and thoughtful help.

C.

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G.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have a 3 month old and I have only noticed this problem in the last month. Bert's Beez has been working pretty well, so I personally recommend it. My friend's little one has been using Aveno. Good luck!

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C.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have a 15 month old with severe eczema. What i do is keep his baths short. And i don't use any soap just plain water. I just pat him dry. And i use the hydrocortisone only on the spots where the eczema looks bad. (do not put it on face). And for the rest of his body i use cetaphil lotion.

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C.A.

answers from San Francisco on

What oils have you tried? I heard emu oil works really well. I had a small patch on my hand, and the emu oil does work. It sometimes comes back, but I keep using the emu oil, and it does relieve.

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K.L.

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C.,

Eczema is the worse. My daugther started showing signs of it when she was three months old. She had it real bad. Her skin was always itching, red and cracked and bleeding. We started with all the over the counter creams and they didn't work then we found Gentle Naturals Eczema Cream. That really helped. They also have a Soap that works great. For the bad break outs we got from our doctor Desoide. That worked wonders. But that is something you don't use everyday. You use it when they have bad breakouts for 5 days. At least that is how our doctor told use to use it and it worked. Some people say baths are bad. I feel they were good because we would use the gentle soap and then right after she got out of the bath we applied all creams on. Or as my husband and I would say "It's time to get Lubed Up" The two lotions I can tell you that don't work and this is not just from me, but other people I know that have children with eczema, is Ercerin and Aquaphor. The doctors tell you to use them but they are no good. Ercerin I found dried the skin out quick so you had to re apply a lot and the aquaphor was to greasy.
Like others have said go see an allergiest. I took my daughter at 6 months. I already knew she had reactions to eggs because she would turn red in her face and be very fusy when I ate them and then I would breastfeed her. We found out she was allergic to milk, soy, eggs, cats and nuts. A friend of mine said to try goats milk. Sounds weird but it TOTALLY WORKS. Goats milk is easier to digest. I started my daughter on Goats Milk at 11 months just because her eczema was so bad. We noticed a big difference the first week. My daughter is now 3 and has been eczema free for one year. We do have flare ups when she has to much dairy, or the weather but over all she is doing great. I hope this will help. Stick in there.

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C.S.

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Hi C.,
my three boys and myself also suffer from eczema, I too have tried a lot of different products and found that Aveeno has worked the best. I have had two different doctors also suggest to me that when its bath time to reduce the amount of soap contact with the skin, don't use bar soaps, and use a gentle soap for bubble baths, but no bubble is better. I use an eczema wash by Gentle Naturals, and that seems to help too. Its also possible that the skin irritation could be from an allergy, you also might want to check your laundry soap, that could be causing the irritation as well. Hope I helped you out in some way, and good luck finding the right products for your son.

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K.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi C., the only thing that worked for my little one and he still gets it on occasion was him seeing a pediatric dermatologist and the crean is called triamcinolone ointment rx only unfortunately, he has had the eczema for forever i think :) and is allergic to grass of all things and he is a little boy who of course loves the outdoors :) hope this works for you if you need some more info please email me at [email protected]____.com GOOD LUCK!!!!

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J.W.

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I know quite a good deal about eczema, I worked for the National Eczema Association and I have had bouts with it as well as my sister. Eczema is very complex and it all comes from the gut, and is often caused by Candida. If it is just Candida as mine was and my sister's as well, it can be best treated by a product called Threelac. It's all natural. It is a lemon powder, it tastes great, and it goes straight down to the gut and eats the excess Candida. You can buy it on-line, if you google it hundreds of distributors come up. If it doesn't work you can return the product with in 30 days so it's very worth trying even though it is a bit expensive. Good luck and let me know how it goes. J.

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R.B.

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Hello C. my name is R.. I have had experience with eczema with my twin girls now 5 years old. I cured my twins eczema in 2005 it took me 4 years to figure it out. I was getting ready to go back to work and came across this company that I had crossed paths with 18 years earlier. I discovered that the medications are only treating the symptoms not curing it and it will always be there unless they outgrow it. But chances are they will always have sensitive skin. I have info on all natural products that actually help exczemza and research info on these products. Now they tell you that what aggravates the skin is the shampoo that drips on their skin the soap and what you wash there clothes with. Now my twins I changed all of these products and it took one month to disappear now I still use these products and it has not come back and they had it severe. There are no chemicals or harsh fragrances now a lot of companies cclaim there products to be natural and when you research if you know basic chemicals you find it not to be true. These products have proof and I have researched it. Here are a couple of websites for you to look at if you have questions I would be more than happy to help.
Saferforyourhome.com and the company is Melaleuca.com Good Luck!

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C.H.

answers from San Francisco on

my daughter starting having some eczema around 6 months. i upped my dosage of fish oils (omega-3's are great for skin), although if she were over 1, i would have just given them to her directly. i also added evening primrose oil to my regimen (internally). the combination of omega-3 and 6 is great for eczema and psoriasis. i also started applying calendula cream to her skin when it wasn't flared up, just dry, and it seemed to clear it all up. california baby and weleda both make great calendula cream.

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V.W.

answers from San Francisco on

My daughter has suffered with this since birth - - - She is 7 now.... so far - - - the best thing that doesn't burn and make her scratch more....

1. keeping her nails short - she hates this being a girl
2. wash with Ivory soap - which is very drying and then apply vaseline immediately after patting the skin dry. I was getting worried about all the steroid creams and allergy medicines - - - tried to find things without alcohol - acid or ammonia in them - - - this was the best I found.

There was a new Suave soap with Shea and Cocoa Butter, but I cannot find anymore of it - - - so went back to this and it seems to work - - - also limit his daily bath to 10 minutes...

Good Luck!

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T.T.

answers from Sacramento on

The only thing that works for my two and a half year old is prescription steroid cream. We use Desonide. Ask your doctor about it.

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D.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

Eczema is a real pain. My 11 year-old suffered from a severe case of it for years until she was 6. I also tried everything I could get my hands on. I took her to a pediatric dermatologist and she recommended the only thing that helped my daughter. It's called Theraplex and I swear by it. You can get it without a perscription, but you have to ask your phamacist for it (it's kept behind the counter). It comes in a lotion or an oil and if memory serves me correctly, it's about $16 for a large bottle that will last you quite a while. I found that the oil worked best. When you rub it in, it dries without a greasy residue and seals the moisture in. Remember to take SHORT baths/showers. The doctor even told me not to bathe her everyday. Water is the worst thing for eczema. Well good luck and don't worry, most kids grow out of eczema before they hit 10! Yours, Deb

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R.P.

answers from San Diego on

please give me a call, i found a great product.
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I have severe psoriasis, my brother does too, I have 2 nephews with severe eczema, and a son with it also.

like i said gimme a call

my name is R.

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K.K.

answers from Jacksonville on

My son has it too. Try oatmeal baths and after the bath put Aveeno lotion on. I hope it works, good luck!

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D.V.

answers from San Diego on

Hey C.,

Both of my kids suffered from eczema, really bad. We had tried everything over the counter and persriptions, then we used a cream and a wash called Gental Naturals, it is with the baby stuff and is is in a green box, I know that right now they have piglet on them because I juat picked up some for a friend who has an older child who has it. Now after getting it cleared up, I can tell if we need to use the wash if my little girl's skin starts to feel a little dry then she gets a bubble bath with the special soap. Also lavender oil works really good it helps to stop the itching and is great for skin. Just try a bottle of both of the products from Gental Naturals and see how they work, it is the only thing that worked for my little girl and she had it really bad.

D. V

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D.F.

answers from San Diego on

Both of my kids have has eczema. When I had my daughter I was perscibed elocon and eucerin for her. But with my son he had it a little worse than my daughter. With him I was perscribed hydrocotizone, cetaphil was and cetaphil cream. I didn't like the hydrocotizone because it didn't work for his skin so I use the elocon,but the cetaphil wash and cream works.I even use it when he doesn't have a break out. Also when you was him don't dry him completely and just pat his skin don't rub. It helps soak the cream in and holds in the moisture.

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M.Z.

answers from Reno on

We moved up to Reno from San Diego Ca and with the severe difference in weather my son has come up with excema patches. The Dr prescribed a high dose hydrocortisone cream that we apply twice a day. You might want to try applying an over the counter hydrocortisone to a spot and see if it starts to help.

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C.S.

answers from San Francisco on

Hi C.
a few tips i found to be helfpful. One thing, dont bathe too much & if so limit baths to every few days,& use little amount of soap. If you can use a nonsoap based wash I found to best. Keep the temp of the water as cool as possible, hot water seems to irritate it. The best lotions to use after the bath is eurcerin or aquaphor.
As for as medication use, I got prescribed, Triamcinolone. It works like wonders.

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R.N.

answers from Los Angeles on

hello i have a 9 yr old daughter who has been dealing with eczema since she was about 4 months. It has gotten better but now its on her mouth around her lips. It just gets really dry and chapped and she can only use aveeno chap stick. My partner also has it around her eyes and back of neck. but it only breaks out when shes stressed or too much sun. I know she uses aveeno body wash and aveeno lotion. You might want to try those products they work pretty good but kinda pricey but worth it. Have u tried going to the Dr? I know they also aveeno products in the baby section. Try it and let me know.

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B.S.

answers from San Diego on

C.,
I absolutly know what will cure ezcema - I can't email it to you because it is something that I have to tell you about. Please call me or send me your number and I will call you!
I promise that I can let you know about something that will work!

Yeah!
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B.

answers from Las Vegas on

A lot of eczema is caused by food allergies. Have your doctor order a food allergy panel. It's a blood test. Once you stop giving him the offending foods the eczema will likely go away.

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F.T.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hello C., I have 3 with Eczema. Two of them grew out of it and one still has it. My youngest one one would get it real bad during the summertime. My second to youngest would get it real bad during the wintertime. So I had to deal with it year round. I came across a Product Called "Arbonne" This is one of the ONLY products that have worked on my children. Since then I've become a wholesale buyer to get the discount. I would love to go into detail with you. Please visit my website www.rejuvenate.myarbonne.com Let me send you a couple of samples to try on you child so you can see the difference yourself. Arbonne backs all there products 100% with a guarantee. The only thing you'll have to loose is the Eczema!

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T.E.

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My daughter was diagnosed with Eczema at around 1 year. She had little dry patches on her body and red patches on her face. Our pediatrician sent us to an allergist because symptoms of eczema can show up if baby has an allergy. So.... she didn't have any allergies. The doctor said this often happens when baby is transitioning from breast milk or formula to cow's milk. Sure enough, her symptoms subsided in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, doc said only put 100% cotton clothing on, use only perfume-free soap (Dove without perfume), and highly highly recommended the use of Cetaphil moisturizing cream (in a green tub). You can buy it at the pharmacy. After the bath (which should not be too hot), cover baby in cream. Also, don't use regular soap to wash clothes (dreft or other) and don't use dryer sheets. She also mentioned that symptoms are often increased with stress. Sure enough, when my daughter got a bad cold, her eczema came back. She was obviously distressed trying to deal with an illness. Anyway, keep stress to a minimum if possible. Those were her words of advice. Good luck.

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N.C.

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My son suffered from eczema, as well, from the time he was a small baby through about two years old. I tried EVERYTHING! Nothing worked, even the things his doctor suggested didn't work.

Finally, when he was about two years old, I found the product that worked! Have you ever heard of a company called Arbonne? Well, they have a product called Arbonne Baby Care, and it completely cleared up my son's skin within a week! I have used those products on him ever since, and he has not suffered with it. I also gave some of the products to my friend whose four month old was suffering from eczema, and she had the same response. Within a week, all eczema had cleared up, and her baby's skin was softer than ever.

Anyway, that is my success story! Let me know if you want more info on how to get the Arbonne products. I can tell you they are absolutely fabulous, and they work!

Love,
Nichole

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M.P.

answers from San Diego on

Yes, my 13 year old daughter has it really bad also. We tried everything and it didn't work until we found ABC Herbal Diaper Rash cream. I know it sounds crazy, but it really does work. It is by Arbonne. My daughter had a horrible case of it for about six months and has the scars to prove it. It was so bad that it spread all over her arms and legs. I went to the doctor and he even said to try Tagamet. Well it didn't work. A friend of mine is a consultant for Arbonne and while I was having a party she told me about the diaper cream. I figured ok i'm ready to try anything. It started working within 2 days and now it is easy to control.. If you want to find out more let me know.

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S.V.

answers from San Diego on

My son has eczema and has had it since he was a baby, he is now 9, they said he would outgrow it but hasn't yet. The miracle ointment I found that worked the best on him was Elicon (I think that was how it was spelled). Lately he has been using Triamcinolone, which doesn't work the same but still helps out. The doctors also told me to make sure that his skin gets plenty of moisture (ie. lotion) especially during the dry weather. Hope some of this helps.

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R.M.

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Hello C.
My husband and I raise our grandsons and we take boys out in the summer to our daughters softball and my oldest which is 5 now due to the sun contacted eczema. I did not know about the condition at first until I took him couple of times to doctor and they precribed lotion such as fougera. But the one thing we do is when he has a flare up is put vaseline on them after a bath or doctor did say lotion no perfume in it. I did ask if this goes away and doctor did say yes put protect child with sunscreen when going out in the sun. Hope this helps.
R.

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D.P.

answers from San Diego on

My daughter suffers from occasional eczema. I have heard from a friend that is a distributer of Young Living Essential oils, that eczema is a symptom of either a liver or kidney imbalance. She suggested that I give my 1 year old weak teas for cleansing the liver/kidneys. When I have done this the dry patches go away.

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S.H.

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C.
I agree with melissa on this one. Have you been to an allergist od a nutritionist? My son is 8months old and was diagnosed with a complete milk/soy protien allergy as well as other food allergies a few months ago. Until then we had tried oatmeal baths, and just abut every lotion/moisturizer out there, nothing worked until we cut the milk and soy out of his diet. The rash and driness cleared up in just a few days. I would start with the allergies, if nothing is working it is likely that the problem goes deeper then just dry skin.
Good Luck,
S.

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S.S.

answers from San Diego on

I use Arbonne Baby Lotion on my son and it works wonders when nothing else does!!! I've tried Aquaphor, Cetaphil, Burts Bees...you name it. You can buy it from a rep or sign up and buy it for cost. There's no minumum order as a rep and you don't have to sell it. =)

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S.B.

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I just took my 11 year old for her yearly physical. When she was four she would break out into hives. We took her to an allergists and they ran a ton of tests. Results came back and said that she had allergies to everything under the sun! She never had reactions to anything for YEARS. Dogs, cats, grass...nilch! Now she has started her period and is "hormonal", now she gets rashes around cats etc. She started to get signs of eczema light discolored patches on her face. The doctor said that allergies can cause eczema. Have your doctor check him out for allerigies. My daughter is using sprays and I have started to see a small change. Hope this helps a bit.

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D.A.

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My son had eczema until he was one. All I would do was bathe him i oatmeal and use aveeno for babies, there's a special one for eczema. It worked wonders. NOne of the creams and stuff they prescribed him ever worked. Also it is good if he's on some allergy medicine.

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Both of my kids have HORRIBLE eczema, my pediatrician has a special concoction that he's given me a script to, it's a mixture of aquaphor and something else called chromolin. Brad at the professional park pharmacy is the only pharmacy in town that can make it. Try it!! It's been a life saver for BOTH of my babies skin!! I've actually lived with it all my life too when finally a dr told me that it's just dandruff of the skin, he told me to wash my face in selsun blue, mine cleared up in days, however my pedatrician has told me that's too harsh for my babies (1 & 4). But maybe you could dilute it if you didn't want to go the script way.

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K.L.

answers from San Francisco on

My entire family has always suffered with eczema - I am 25, and still have breakouts. Recently, I saw little patchs on my 1 1/2 year old. The only thing to get rid of it is from a low does steroid cream that your pediatrican can easily prescribe.
We use a cream (doesnt have a brand name because its an off-brand) that is .1% mometasone furoate (the ingredient) Its very gentle, even for skin on the bottom and face (my daughter has the rash on her nose and cheeks, and has VERY sensitive skin). Eczema can be hereditary, or just a symptom of some random allergy that is often impossible to pinpoint.
Hope this helps - just talk to your pediatrician, and he/she will know just want to prescribe you!

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V.H.

answers from Las Vegas on

I would sugest having him tested for allergies. My pediatritian told me that eczema is an indicator of allergies. That aside the only thing that worked for my cousin was some sort of shot that her dermatologist would give her. Wish I could help more. :( ~V.

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C.W.

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My 6 yr old daughter has eczema too. When it's acting up, I put Aquaphor ointment on it. This doesn't totally "cure" it, but it definitely makes an improvement. I also noticed that it would get worse if she was in a bath with bubbles, so we quit putting bubble bath in with her.
I hope this helps!
C. W.

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S.L.

answers from San Francisco on

Yeah, I found bathing my daughter less and giving her very thick moisturisers often helped a lot. It seems the older they get the less the symptoms occour. Also try a lot of water.

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L.A.

answers from San Francisco on

I had two different experiences -- one was a preschool student of mine who had it badly on her hands. What helped her was staying away from the soap. My other experience is my youngest niece who has it REALLY bad. She gets it all over. And the only thing that really helped her was going in for allergy testing. Turned out she was allergic to all soy, all legumes (including peanut butter), dogs and cats, and then other things to a lesser extent.

Once her parents cut out the allergy triggers and got one of those big heavy duty air purifiers (look for bargains on eBay and Craig's List)... her eczema cleared up.

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T.P.

answers from Las Vegas on

HI C., My son has eczema too! Have you tried Lubraderm Cream? or Eucerin Cream? They both work really well on my son.. it takes a while to get it all rubbed in but seems to do the trick and helps with the itchies too :) Good luck!! Tiff

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C.T.

answers from San Diego on

Both my little ones ended up with Eczema but my 2 year old has it the worse. I ended up taking him to a dermatologist who prescribed triacinolone oint. 0.1% and I have to apply it about 3 times a day along with any good thick lotion that is fragrance free to the areas that are bad. I also washed his laundry separate with tide free NO fabric softeners and when I bathe him its with Dove deep moisture body wash. You may see your Pediatrician and see if they can refer you to a dermatologist so that they can do the allergy test to see if they are allergic to anything that may be causing the eczema to flare up.. Hope this helps

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J.M.

answers from San Diego on

I havent found anything that works either but there are a few things to make him feel better. Get the huggies body wash for eczema after using just that for about a week a noticed it starting to help also and old home remedy that my mom told me is mix up some corn starch like a paste and put it in the tub and just let him sit and play in it. It wont hurt him if he eats it and he'll actualy enjoy it. It will make him feel alot better.

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G.R.

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My oldest son had eczema when he was a baby up unitl he was about two. The only thing that really helped him was giving him a bath with colloidal (think that's how you spell it) oatmeal. Aveeno makes packets or it available at target or walmart. I'd run a lukewarm bath and put about 1/2 the packet in. To actually wash him I would make a paste of the oatmeal and water- not soap. Then I would let him soak in it for twenty minutes or so. After bathing I would use the lotion Aveeno makes for eczema on any red or rough patches. This would reduce the redness and itching immediately- and I think it helped eliminate the problem. Good luck- speaking from experience I know how frustrating this can be. :)

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C.V.

answers from Los Angeles on

Have you tried Calamine? It's the thick pink lotion. It works well, it is a little messy though. Is it possible that your son is allergic to dairy or wheat possibly? That can make eczema much worse. I've had eczema myself and had to change my diet and use lots of calamine. Hope something works, good luck!

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M.S.

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C.,

It possibably could be an allergy. We had the samething with my daughter and then after a couple of doctors realized it was an allergy to dairy products. The first doctor ran a test and said that she had NO allergies but my gut feeling was she did. I took her to another allergist who runs two test one to see if you were born with an allergy (the one everyone gets) and the other tests to see if you developed an allergy. Well she did have the allergy as I mentioned and has been eczema-free for quite sometime. Milk, soy, wheat and eggs are fairly common allergens for kids...you might try rotating these out of her diet each for a week at a time to see if there is any improvement...my son also had allergies when he was younger and now he is allergy free and also eczema-free, as well!!!

good luck on finding the answers, I know seeing these little ones ichy is rough.

M.

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T.D.

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Food allergies are usually the cause of eczema. YOu can bandaid it for pics with hydrocortisone but I wish the doc had realized what my daughter had allergies to. She is very allergic to peanuts and peanut products. Eczema is the body tellin you some thing is up. Check it out.

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M.C.

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Try putting a frozen bag of peas on the areas that itch the most. Also, make sure when you bathe him, the water is just warm not hot. Hot water irrates the eczema.

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S.P.

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My husband has allergies and eczema, he has tried many things, but is now seeing an acupuncturist. Since eczema is often a reaction to toxins, allergies, or asthma, my suggestion would be to try a homeopathic or Chinese doctor to try to pinpoint the cause. I hope your little guy gets better soon. My heart goes out to you, I know what a frusrating illness this can be.

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M.M.

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Hello, my name is M. and I have three girls. With my middle daughter she got eczema when she was about two. She is now five and still breaks out on her arms, legs, back and chest. I took her to the doctor because I found everything I tried has not helped her. The doctor gave us ointment called Triamcinolone Acetonide. So far that is the only thing that has helped her. I was also told that after a bath dry really good then put lotion on right away. I hope this helped you.

M.

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R.S.

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Aveno lotions and bath products have been recommended. I also had found a good eczema cream by johnson & johnson. But perscriptions from the doctor might be the best thing for severe eczema.

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V.C.

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I don't have a little one with skin problems but the skin on my husband's hands was peeling away. Some dr.s felt it was due to chemicals he had come in contact with in the Army. They became very sore. He saw several specialists and had prescriptions for all kinds of creams. One day my family MD suggested Cetaphil lotion and soap. She used it on her child after her daughter had a severe allergic reaction to a detergent. Anyway, my husband hands look great. All the prescription lotions went in the trash. The best places to buy are Costco or Sam's Club for the price. Good luck

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A.F.

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Hi,C.
I have 4 year old daughter that off and on her Eczema appears...Her eczema appears usually in the winter because she's too covered up with sweater and jacket....Or when she eats something new so I've been usind Cetaphil LOtin and The bar (cetaphil) soap for bath...Along with Hydrocortisone Ointment the 0.5% for her face and 1% for her body....Well Recently she's kind of not showing but yet I still somehow put some on her....The Cetaphil is pretty pricy but it's worth it...So Goodluck and God Bless...

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My son, now 5, has had life long eczema in addition to allerigies and asthma. We started using Renew lotion and other products from Melaleuca. They don't use chemical, but naturally derived ingredients from fruits and vegetables and it has made a huge difference for him. www.saferforyourhome.com

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M.B.

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Hi C.! Have you ever tried getting all of the toxins out of your home? My good friend has a young daughter with horrible eczema, and the only thing that finally treated it was switching her home over to chemical free products. It only took about two weeks and it has never been back since. Just a thought!

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H.I.

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me and my 5 month old have psoriasis. i use aquaphor, eucerine, and hemp lotions. they all came recommended by my dr. and seem to help alot. by the way, a few of us moms are starting a play group. your little ones are the same ages of the kids we have so far. if you are in the murrieta area and are interested, let me know.

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