Baby Skin Excema) PLEASE HELP I DONT KNOW WHAT to DO ANYMORE

Updated on May 28, 2007
L.H. asks from North Brunswick, NJ
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Hi all,
it's me again help im at my wits end...i have tried everything on my baby's face you mom's sugguested alot o things. Aquaphora, gentle touch cream, and even aleveno
nothing seems to be working she is 5 months old and i have to put gloves on her hands because she is scratching her skin so much im going crazy with this a doc at urgent care sugguested to me to put neorosperin on her face because it was leaking a bit of water it worked for 2 days started to heal but is bck again i think i need to take her to a baby dremotagist i know i didnt spell that right it is 5 am here but please any other sugguesting................................

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Just wanted to say thank you all for the advise i found something very good that my baby's skin is beautiful now no more patchy dry spots i used a 1% cortize with her vasaline healing creme it works wonders thanks again

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E.B.

answers from New York on

I also tried everything- sometimes you need a prescription- it might notr be excema and over the counter may not be ok- she could also have an alergy to some of the creams you use. I even had to stop using the baby wipes and use a clean WHITE washcloth and warm water. I was using the wipes to wash my daughters face and hands after she ate. Good luck and hnag in there

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K.B.

answers from New York on

My son had the same problem although he was about 7 mths older. After a trip to the ped derm he gave me a prescription topical steroid that did work. Eventually he started getting very bad diarrhea and some itching/rash on his body. I then changed from milk to Lactaid since it was determined (by me) that he was allergic to milk. Well over a year and no problems at all. Yes go to the dr/derm but don't rule out allergies of some sort although he seems kinf of young and not yet on much other than cereal/formula/breast. Good luck!

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M.B.

answers from Boston on

Hi L.,

I have a friend who had the same problem with her baby. She tried Renew lotion which is sold by a private company and it has worked incredibly! I actually know many peple who have had success with it and even those with pesoriasis. I hope I can help in some way. Let me know if you want more info. Just email me at [email protected]____.com a great day

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M.G.

answers from New York on

Hi,
My son is 4 and he and i tend to break out in hives when we come into contact with something we're allergic to. I know it's not the same but there is a product that is sold over the counter at drug stores to stop the itching. It's called sarna and it comes in a white bottle with a squirt top. It immediately stops the uncontrollable urge to itch. hopefully it will help your baby to stop scratching her face and allow time for it to heal. anyway, i hope this helps- good luck!

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C.K.

answers from New York on

poor baby, my daughter also had excema as a baby but now she is three and has since grown out of it. I used to put her in a hot bath and cover her in Johnsons' baby oil gel with aloe. It would help to soothe the outbreak and eventually stopped them from occuring.

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S.C.

answers from Austin on

Did you consider it could be her formula or if you are nursing it could be what you are eating. Keep a journal and eliminate foods.

Good luck.

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C.S.

answers from New York on

Hi L.,
I work with Melaleuca. As many of the members mentioned, Renew lotion does work wonders for excema. My 2 yr son has excema. As soon as I started using the lotion, he never had another outbreak. I immediately joined the company. Visit my website to contact me so I can tell you about the company and the other natural products that can help you and your daughter.
www.workathomeunited.com/u2can
Best wishes,
C. S

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K.S.

answers from New York on

Hi L.,

My son had severe eczema from 2 weeks of age to about 5 months. Poor thing had patches all over his body and red raised bumps on his face.

I took him to a dematologist who specializes in baby care and she prescribed 0.5 cortizone and a steroid, locoid. She also said to keep him greased up with vasoline and cetaphil lotion.

Also as others have said, wash her clothes separately with baby detergent and anything that comes in contact with her skin and no dryer sheets. Limit baths for your baby as they do dry out their skin. Don't use those baby washes. We used Baby Aveeno. Don't use those baby lotions which contain perfumes. My son was sensitive to the J&J baby lotion. As I said, we used Cetaphil which was wonderful and we use the baby Aveeno baby wash. His skin has since cleared up and now I sparingly use the J&J baby lotion. The main thing is to always keep her skin moist. Carry your lotion & vasoline with you and just keep her greased up. And hang in there...I know how disheartening it is but it does get better.

K. S.

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L.L.

answers from Burlington on

Hello L., I have a frind that has twin boys and they had excema when they were itty bitty and they are now 3 and have no skin problems and her solution was to get the chemicals out of her house. she now uses all natural products there are a lot of harsh chemical in shampoos and lotions that you would'nt know. let me know if you would like to try them its worth it isnt it. I hate to see babies suffer have have 2 boys myself.

L.

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K.F.

answers from Syracuse on

L...

Hi! I don't know what suggestions you got before, but I will tell you what I used for my daughter. She had extemely bad eczema from 2 months to 1 yrs old (it finally cleared up). I was using Aquaphor and it did nothing. So I switched to Cetaphil. Use the cream that is in the tub. Also, my pediatrician said to give infrequent baths because the water and soap dries the skin out. I use Johnson and Johnson hypo allergenic baby wash (it's in a blue bottle not the typical yellow bottle). It did get to the point where my pediatrician had to prescribe a steroid, but I tried not to use it to much. Also, make sure that you lotion her 2-3 times a day and especially after a bath when her skin is damp. Finally, when my daughter turned a year old, her skin started to clear. I thought the day would never come!! To this day (she is 2 now) I still have to lotion her once every other day in her problem areas (behind the knees, elbows, and face sometimes). Keep your chin up it will get better!! Hope this helps...

K.

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M.L.

answers from New York on

http://usa.weleda.com/products/baby_care.asp

All the products listed in the baby care area of this site has worked wonders for my son's severely dry skin and eczema (which he had as an infant). Oh, btw even the flouride free minty tooth gel works great for those moms that don't want to give their kids the bubblegum flavored stuff!

Check out the site to read about the Calendula Creams and ointments... the formulas are concentrated so very little is needed. I always found the stuff in drug stores to be too perfumey, too drying and too irritating... when my cousin recommended the Weleda products to me a few years ago, I was wary but seeing my son't irritated skin just prompted me to try anything and I'm happy to say it worked!

Hope this helps you baby girl - good luck! Let us know how things turn out :)

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J.D.

answers from Syracuse on

I have heard that Melaleuca Renew lotion is the only thing that really works on excema. They are a pyramid company where people start their own businesses and sell their all natural products. If you don't know anyone who sells it you can buy it online www.melaleuca.com but you will find it cheaper on ebay. People I know that use it swear by it! Good luck!!

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E.G.

answers from Albany on

Hi L.,
My son had excema pretty bad, his skin would look like it had a scab on it. Have you tried Eucerin cream? It has to be the cream not lotion. If that doesn't work my doctor prescribed my son a prescription cream that cleared it right up. Good luck!

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J.T.

answers from Albany on

HI,

My son had patches like that behind his ears. They would get itchy, red, and raw to the point of bleeding nad leaking fluid. I also tried everything until my sister who's a physician suggested I ask my MD if she thought it could be fungal. She had me try lotramin and it cleared up after a few days.

J.

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J.D.

answers from New York on

L.,

You seem to have tried the over-the counter, fix it at home approach to the very best of your ability. It's time to get her to a doc. My son had patches like this on his face, and I'd have SWORN it was eczema, and I get it so I know what it looks like. It was contact dermatitis, from eating eggs. He wasn't allergic, but the protein in the egg white irritated his skin. I'd have never known. If the doc can't fix the problem, he'll refer you to someone who can.

Jess

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C.C.

answers from New York on

I went through the very same issues with my daughter who is now 9 months old. Thankfully after long last, her skin has cleared. These are all the methods I used for about 7 months. Each work but when they stop working I switch.

Vitamin E oil
Aveeno Baby cream for Excema
Cortaid (this works, it stops the itch) it is an adult cream but, when the rash is at its wore I still go for the Cortaid.
Selsun Blue shampoo. I don't know why this works but it does. You can wash her hair, and add a little in the tub (DO NOT GET IN EYES)
Vasaline
Flak Seed Oil
Candula (THIS IS EXCELLENT CREAM)
Air, no clothes, no diaper, just air.
100% Cotton clothing. (ONLY)

Good luck.

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N.M.

answers from New York on

Hi L.,
I hear ya!!! My son went through the exact samething. Take the baby to a baby derm. They will put you on this stuff ( I forget the name)...:(. But I do remember that in the winter month's my sons exema got very bad and he would scartch sometimes drawing blood. I'm sorry i wasn't much help. But remember I have sympathy

N.

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D.G.

answers from Albany on

Hi L.,

I don't know how to treat your daughter's skin but what I do know is that you should follow your instincts and bring her to a dermatologist. You know what is best for your daughter.

Good luck,

D.

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C.D.

answers from New York on

My daughter has a mild case of it too on her cheeks. It is getting better as she gets older. It did seem to "peak" when her baby acne started. Her skin would get so dry it would peel and get so red and raw. My dr suggested Aveeno baby lotion and the Aquaphor but gave me a perscription for a hydrocortizone cream if it didn't get better. I never filled but I did put just over the counter cortizone cream on her cheeks. It did help but what worked best was Desitin w/ the Aquaphor over it (so she wouldn't get the Desitin in her mouth). I figured if it will help diaper rash why not her cheeks. And it did. I don't know if that is any help but you can email me if you have any questions.

C.

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T.F.

answers from New York on

Hi L. H., my son and daughter both have eczema. It is under control right now thanks to Cetaphil lotion. Their pediatrician highly recommended it. It cleared the eczema within days. Cetaphil also comes in soap, body wash and cream. I'm not sure if you tried this yet, but it worked for us. Good luck!

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M.L.

answers from New York on

We have eczema issues too, and my son had it BAD at your child's age, too. I used anti-itch cream. You can give them a teaspoon of benadryl, too, which is what their doctor recommends for itching. I give them baths in aveno, and we use the cream. It's the soap you use too. Stay away from perfume soaps, that could be breaking them out more. Use ivory, or Johnson's baby soap. And stay calm, so they will be calm, too.

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T.W.

answers from New London on

I have eczema pretty badly on my hands and my daughter has a few patches on her arms/back. I use a cream called Udderly Smooth. I found it at CVS and Rite Aid in little tubs (it has a cow spot pattern on it). Hope you find something that helps!

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K.S.

answers from New York on

Hi!! My son had the same problem, the only thing that I found that works is called Arbonne. It's slightly expensive but works wonderfully. You can only buy it online. Let me know if you need any help as I have an account with them! good Luck!

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R.D.

answers from Albany on

hi L.,
my daughter has excema too, t first i was using cetaphil and that didn't work to well. i switched maybe a month ago to aveeno baby. i use this soothing relife creamy wash and soothing relief moisture cream. they both have natural colloidal oatmeal in them. plus i use this lavender and vanilla calming comfort lotion. they all have worked very well. i'm sure u probably already know keep the fingernails short. i hope things work out.
R.

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D.F.

answers from Rochester on

a little bit of vitamin e oil a try.(make sure you get a low IUs. too high may not be good) mix a little drop of it with the baby lotion (aveeno would probably work the best) and gently rub it into the dry areas. if that doesn't work definately bring the baby to a dermatoligest. my cousin had baby excema when he was really little and my aunt tried this and it worked.

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J.M.

answers from New York on

Hi L., sorry to hear about your experiance with Excema. My daughter was born with excema on her face. Now still at the age of 3 this April, she still gets very dry skin all over her body. I do use aquaphor to maintain her skin but when it will not work her pediatrician told me to use Cortizone 10 spearingly. It worked really well and really fast.

Hope it works for you too.

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A.O.

answers from Hartford on

I would talk to the doctor about a cortisone ointment. I use it daily mixed with some Huggies Shea butter cream and it keeps my daughters eczema under control. I slather her up after every bath and if her skin looks a little dry. The perscription says to use it twice a day but sometimes that can be too much. It all depends on the baby and the doctor. I know how frustrating this can be. It took so long for us to even find this particular combination of treatment that I thought I was going crazy! I hope this helps.
A.

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J.A.

answers from Syracuse on

My son has it too. I used Magic Rash Balm from www.jacksmagicbeanstalk.com and that helped.. the ezcema wash in the green bottle you can get at drugstores too helps... Nature's somthing is the brand name. I recently started to use a goat's milk lotion called Petit Chevrie which is wonderful!

Mostly I try not to use too much soap or fabric softner... fabric sheets tend to be the biggest problem for flare ups... sometimes not using any sheets or liquid softners in her clothing at all can stop the majority. Also allergen testing is not a bad idea.

good luck!!!

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S.M.

answers from New York on

I am really sorry none of the over the counter lotions have helped your little girl. At this point you should take her to the dermatologist...Good luck!!
S.

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A.G.

answers from New York on

Did you try the Arbonne ABC baby sample I mailed you? It cleared my nephew's eczema. he had it all over his body. It's all natural with no dyes or perfumes, which can irritate skin. Also, switch to dye free fragrance free detergent.

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K.

answers from New York on

I'm sure you've received a bunch of responses to your question of what works best but I've actually just read about one of the products from Mary Kay being wonderful to clear eczema it's the Extra Emollient Night Cream & used for super dry skin it contains petrolatum, beeswax and mineral oil to help protect, condition and seal in moisture. I personally use it to prevent stretch marks (I'm 35wks pregnant) on my belly, hips & thighs & on my hands at night because they are usually so dry that they crack in the winter & so far so good! I can mail you a free sample if you'd like!

www.marykay.com/kristincasey

Good luck & hope this helps!

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B.B.

answers from Rochester on

Hi L.,
My daughter has had excema since she was an infant. Some foods actually trigger it really bad. I tried many things first, I tried cetaphil lotion a few times a day with her and I saw a difference in 1 day.It also helps my sister's adult excema. She has it really bad and she saw an improvement with her hands fast. Good luck in what you choose to try.

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L.D.

answers from New York on

Hi L., I'm L.. I know of a lotion that I have heard works wonders on eczema; it's called Renew Intensive Skin Therapy and it also comes as an oil. It's naturally derived and instead of using animal tallow-based glycerin, it uses glycerin made from Malaysian palm and palm kernel oil. It also uses the soothing, healing, antiseptic melaleuca oil, which is the highest grade of tea trea oil. That's why so many people with chronic skin conditions love it. And since it's natural, I'm sure it would not be harmful to your precious baby. Sounds like you've tried just about everything else. Send me a note and let me know if/when I can call you. I can tell you where to find it. God bless!

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S.G.

answers from Jacksonville on

I read some of the responses. Someone emailed me this site. Notice that it's dated 2/8/07 but ... I just received it today.
Go to the site (listed at the end) and check it out. There were also some other items that may be of interest in the Children's Health section of this site.

From HealthNewsDigest.com
Children's Health
Cancer-Causing Chemical Found in Children's Bath Products
http://www.healthnewsdigest.com/news/Children_s_Health_20...

I just thought I would send it out in case someone hadn't heard about it (like me).
S.
www.workathomeunited.com/S.

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A.G.

answers from Rochester on

im not sure but i know there is a cream that has baby winnie the pooh on it that says its just for excema.i hav enot used it befor but maybe its worth a try..i was it at wal mart in the baby stuff and in the pharmacy.

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C.B.

answers from New York on

My daughter is now one and her excema is pretty much cleared up, but was terrible in the beginning. All over her face, belly, behind her knees. Those little gloves used to come off her hands at night and she would scratch till she would bleed so we turned to putting socks on her hands. Our doctor suggested alergies were probably the cause and he had us try a formula where the milk proteins were already processed. The new formula helped some and he gave us prescriptin cream to put on areas other than the face. We also use a cleanser and cream/lotion called Cetaphil. I find it at any drugstore or grocery, but also at BJs. After some research we discussed trying soy formula with our Doctor and it made a huge difference for us. Our doctor indicated that most children outgrow this by 18mths. Our daughter is 14mths now and on regular milk doing great. Good luck.

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D.P.

answers from Albany on

I don't know if I responded to you or someone else the last time but either way I will say it again: When all else fails use Melaleuca! It's the # 1 product and works in a day or two. I know a lot of people that swear by it and would even put money on the fact that it will work. I have seen first hand how a 3 year old's excema was completely gone by the 3rd day, and she had it everywhere! Trust me it might not be the easiest thing to get a hold of but it is the best. I found the on-line site for you. The lotin is what I used but they have everything that can be used on a daily basis to fight off flare ups. Everything from soap to vitamins. The lotin is called Renew (which I say someone else had mentioned). Trust us both ... you wont find anything better!

http://www.melaleuca.com

Good Luck!

J.N.

answers from New York on

Hi L., poor baby, she must be terribly uncomfortable . I may have a solution. I am a Skin Care Consultant with Arbonne Internationl Pure Swiss Skin Care. We have a product line for babies. Some of what you are using maybe too harsh for her even though they are recommended to you. Why don't you take a look at Arbonne Baby Care and there is a Set Special that includes a free gift for you. www.arbonne.com ID#15294783 (please use my ID#)Let me know what you decide.
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D.D.

answers from New York on

Hi,
I am a mother of three, two girls and a 7 month old boy. He also was born with excema which runs on both sides of the family. My girls also had it when they where young. What has worked for me is starting with the diet. I don't know wether you breastfeed or bottle feed but if she is on formula that is milk-based I suggest changing to soy-based. Dairy aggrivates excema. Also I had found this wonderful product which I don't have the name to at this moment but also have had a hard time finding lately, I will provide it if I find it again because it worked wonders. Since then I have been using A&D ointment which also works quite well, you must apply a good amount a couple of times a day. Also it some times helps if you don't bathe her everyday the water can aggrivate the skin. Just keep the area clean and dry and apply A&D ointment as much as possible and change her diet. Also the AVENO baby wash for excema/dry skin works well. If you can get pure Shea butter that is also a good moisturizer for excema but it has to be pure from the african stores.
Hope she feels better it is such a painfull thing.

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A.G.

answers from Rochester on

I would use a lotion with tea tree oil Paul Mitchell makes a tea tree lotion ask your hairstylist to get it for you!! Or straight tea tree oil which you can get at your drug store. Tea oil smells bad but it works. Good luck and hope that helped you and your baby!! I would still take her to a children's Dermetologist.

A. G

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A.M.

answers from New York on

Hi L., Try VASELINE! I know it sounds too easy... but I have been using it on my kids since birth and it's the ONLY THING that has ever worked for them! TRY IT!
Good Luck!

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B.L.

answers from New York on

L.,

The most important thing to do is find out the cause of the eczema; if you're breastfeeding, try eliminating dairy,soy, wheat, corn, (see kellymom.com and type in allergy in the search box--should bring up resources for elimination diet). If you're using formula at all, discuss with your pediatrician and see if you can go to a hypoallergenic formula like Alimentum or even Neocate so not on dairy nor soy. (Alimentum has predigested dairy proteins but some babies can tolerate that; Neocate has no dairy or soy at all). I'd suggest trying calendula ointment by Boiron, a homeopathic ointment that has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Discovering the cause of the excema is most important tho; perhaps a nutritionist could also be of help. If breastfeeding, by all means continue, or if you'd consider it, you could re-lactate if you were breastfeeding or even if you weren't before. Some babies do fine on breastmilk and run into all sorts of allergy issues with formula.

Good luck and poor you and baby!
B. Latterner, BSN, RN, IBCLC

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T.H.

answers from Rochester on

Hi L.,
My son has very bad excema. He would scratch till it bleeds. His joints were the worst... they were just red and crusty. His doctor at first recomended lotions for dry skin... I have a closet full of barely used lotions. Because he was so young he didn't want to start anything really strong or have me take him to a dermatologist. He told he to use hydrocortozone 1% cream. It's a itch cream. It over the counter and safe. I was surprised in the difference it made in one use. During the winter I do have to smother him in it, but nothing has worked like it. My favorite is the Cortozone 10 with or without Aloe.
T.
PS- wash everyones clothes in baby detergent. My son would rash up when anyone held him right in the spot on his head where it touched peoples clothes

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V.D.

answers from New York on

My son and daughter suffered from eczema when they were babies so bad that there faces got puss sputting out...it saddened me so to see them that way...there pediatrician gave them nystatin and it worked great..ask your pediatrician to try it...god luck

i am 38 with three children daughter laila 3, son 8 and my niece who my husband and i have custody of she just turned 15 years old yesterday....

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N.B.

answers from New York on

Take her to the dermatologist. My daughter (now 3) had very bad eczema. She still has it but not as bad. I tried a zillion things and eventually ended up there anyway so I would tell you in my experience to just do it now. Since my daughter had it mostly on her body we did the oatmeal baths and they worked so well. However, her poor little face isn't as easy to deal with.

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C.A.

answers from Rochester on

My son who is 6 months now went to after hours because he was sick and the doctor on duty noticed how bad his face was. He gave us a prescription for a steroid cream. I used it 2x daily for about 4 days and he cleared up. At his regular check-up the doctor said its a stronger form of hydrocortisone. She says it's a viscious cycle because when it gets irritated he itches and makes it even worse. I COMPLETELY understand. I have only had to use it twice and stop as soon as he clears up. It starts with an F so you may want to talk to the pediatrician about hydrocortisone or a slightly stronger prescription. As far as the rest of the dryness on his body goes I am finding that Aveeno for extremely dry skin is working, and using the humidifier in his bedroom at night. Good Luck. I truly feel your pain. Cris

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K.M.

answers from Syracuse on

I use plain old hydrocortozone for my sons eczema. It takes a couple of days, but it works. Although I'm wondering if it might be an allergy. Have you checked the food she is eating or maybe the baby soap you are using? It could even be your laundry soap, laundry softener, dryer sheets, or baby wipes (if you wipe her face with baby wipes). Maybe even the perfume you wear. Good luck, let us know what works.

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J.C.

answers from New York on

use eucerin it works, as well as dove products, aguaphor, aveno

C.S.

answers from New York on

This is what you need to get:
http://www.purebaby.com/products_pb.php
Its out of stock until Mar 2007 it says. Once it gets back in stock it wont last long, so check back often. They have the baby bath and the lotion. (The baby bath is in stock) I never had to use the baby bath, but a friend of mine swears by it. I've also seen this product in Babies R Us. I was there last week though, and they didnt have any.
Have you tried oatmeal bathes?? Also, I've read breastmilk can help. Do you breastfeed? If you do, put some breastmilk on the itchy areas. Or, find a mom who has some breastmilk you can have! Good Luck!

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J.M.

answers from New York on

What works best for me is bathing my child every day, contrary to the old school of thought. As soon as she is out of the tub, I blot her body with a towel so she is still damp. Obviously not too hot of a bath, because that can dry the skin also. I then immediately use a generous amount of Aquaphor and/or Cetaphil. The key here is sealing in the moisture(water) with the ointment. My doctor has also recommend Hydrocortisone 1%, to be used only in small amounts and areas. Also dry winter heat inside a house is terrible. You want to use a humidier to add moisture to the air, which in turn helps the skin stay moist.
Good luck, and let me know if it works for you.
J.

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D.S.

answers from Albany on

Okay, at the risk of sounding like a fool, my daughter was fine and suddenly one day starting having this horrendous rash all over her face, starting at the chin and working upward. The cause? The new dryer sheets I was trying. Try washing your daughter's clothes, especially bibs & things near her face and neck, in something very plain like Ivory and just rinse very well with water. No softener, no dryer sheets. Just see if it helps.

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K.S.

answers from New York on

Hello,
I would take your daughter to see an allergist.
It may be an allergy that is causing the problem.
Hope things get better.

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S.P.

answers from Glens Falls on

I have used thr renew lotion on my son and i love it! it has made such a difference. Also eczema is an autoimmune dissorder so she might have an allergy to foods, petrolum products (often in lotions and detergents,and shampoos) even dust. My son's eczema is triggered by eggs, perfume, smoke, petrulum pruducts and stress. you can do food elimination to see if that helps.

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R.M.

answers from New York on

Hi L.. My youngest daughter has had excema since she was a few weeks old. I have taken her to so many pediatricians and dermotologist. She would bleed and pus from scratching so much. The miracle cream that worked for the bad areas (like behind ears, elbow and knee creases) was called "protopic". It is very expensive so I hope you have insurance. A little of this cream goes a long way. After a week of applying the Protopic, she was totally cleared up. I have been using generic Eucerin cream (Walmart has an Equate Brand for only $4 a tub) on her entire face and body every day since then, and it has prevented any flare ups. I would strongly recommend you try these two things because your daughter has nothing to lose.

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J.M.

answers from Rochester on

My son has the same promblem with his skin, escpecially his cheeks. The only thing that worked for us was cetaphil. We use the bar soap and the cream religiously. It cleared it up but he still gets flare ups. He just turned one and now I'm thinking about getting him referred to a dermatoligist for a steroid cream for his cheeks when it gets really bad.

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