Child with Eczema

Updated on September 25, 2008
S.L. asks from College Station, TX
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I have a daughter with mild eczema. Sometimes after she has been swimming in a chlorine pool she breaks out in a horrible rash that itches. It is mainly on her trunk and legs. I first thought it was sunscreen but I've narrowed down the ingredients and don't believe this is the problem. Just wondering if anyone else has any dealings with this and what I can do to help her feel better.

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A.B.

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Go to CVS and by Dermarest Eczema Medicated Lotion. In just three applications in three days, my daughter's eczema disappeared. It is a wonderful product!

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Hi there!
I have a son with eczema and I have been using the most wonderful products that keep the eczema away!
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T.V.

answers from Houston on

Chlorine from a pool is of course similar to chlorine bleach and a simple natural way to counter act chlorine bleach is white vinegar.

What I would do is fill a small spray bottle with straight white vinegar and spritz her down with it directly after getting out of the pool, if you can rinse her with plain water first that would be great but if not just go for the vinegar. Then once you get home into the shower/bath with her. The vinegar is also a great way to help the pH of her skin, it often realives itching and is great for flaky scalp even without eczema.

Good luck!

p.s. Melaluca is a great company and the products I have used from the are FAB!

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M.G.

answers from San Francisco on

One thing you may want to look into is if she may have celiac disease. Two simple blood tests will let you know, but it is very important to keep her eating gluten until she receives them or your results will be inaccurate. My eczema and hives, as well as my daughter's, ended up being because of that and we only ended up finding out after years of trying to figure out why we were having these breakouts. Celiac disease is very common, just not well tested for, and it comes with a host of allergies and chemical sensitivities that quiet down after the gut starts to heal. You will have to identify and stay away from any allergins including those found in personal care products until that happens if this is what she ends up having (for example we need to avoid gluten, corn, soy, chamomile and aloe). If you do find out that it is the case, there are many wonderful blogs out there (glutenfreemommy.com is a good one) that will help you to learn to cook anything she may desire to eat (chocolate cupcakes, lasagna), and there are great places to eat in Austin that cater to such a diet...Wildwood, The Steeping Room, Whole Foods.

Hope you find what you need to help you through this!

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R.L.

answers from Houston on

My son also has mild eczema. It's very important after swimming that you give her a bath and use mild soap to wahs off any chlorine. Chlorine will over dry the skin which causes an eczema break out.

After the bath use any lotion for sensitive skin. Baby oil may work but since it has fragrance added to it, it may not. Neither me or my son can use baby oil. But vaseline intensive care lotion, Johnson & Johnson 24 hour moisture, eucerin, lubriderm or store equivalents, work great. (I adore the Johnson& Johnson 24 hour moisture!!!) It's important to use warm (not hot) water and mild soap during bath time. We use all natural glycerin soaps, there are many people who sell online we get ours here:

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5370704

Also I can use Dove and Oil of Olay without any reactions. (I have many skin sensitivities too!)

I don't agree that you should take her to a specialist, most pediatricians can diagnose eczema and prescribe something if needed. We've tried Elidel but I was not impressed. So far the best perscription is Lubriderm with Kenalog (a cortico steriod), it works great and fast!

If she does break into a rash after swimming just keep moisturizing it and it will go away.

We also use clear and free detergent for our clothes, and I use baking soda in the washer. Baking soda not only cleans and freshens the clothes but acts as a natural fabric softener.

You can also put some baking soda in the tub to help with the itchies!!

Good luck!

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M.M.

answers from Houston on

My son had mild eczema when he was a baby and we found out he had peanut allergy. The doctor gave me Eucarin cream which is sticky and grosse. I bought some Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream from Walgreens and it works without that sticky tacky feel. His eczema went away and I use it when his skin is dry. It cost around 7 dollars for a tube they also have a body wash that is good. It has winnie the pooh on the tube and it is blue. Hope this helps. I would also suggest getting her tested for food allergies.

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D.E.

answers from Houston on

My girls are 6 and 8 and have dealt with this thier whole life! Ask your pediatrician for lubriderm lotion with kenelog. It is a compound prescription and works year round. Wouldnt know what to do with out it!

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P.K.

answers from Houston on

We had to get a prescription for my son and that is the only thing that has helped. Try your pediatrician.

M.I.

answers from San Antonio on

Hello, I'm a mom of two girls (3yrs and 17 mos). I shop with a wonderful wellness company called Melaleuca. They offer an amazing lotion that has helped so many people deal with eczema and many other skin issues. Their Renew lotion has been clinically shown to be 7 times more effective the Eucerin. I have several testomionies from other moms that have tried everything and have seen great results once they switched to this lotion. Swimming is such a wonderful activity for children, you don't want to have to limit that from her life. I would be sure to have her rinse off all the pool water when she finishes swimming and then apply the Renew lotion. Another thing that can really help is using products that do NOT contain all the harsh chemicals like many store brands. Our wellness company offers all your personal care and cleaning products without all the toxic chemicals to irriatate your childs skin. I would love to share the details with you and help you give your daughter relief from her eczema.
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D.K.

answers from Houston on

Good Afternoon. My daughter has had that before. The doctor told us to get wet before getting in the pool and when she gets out of the pool. She has not had that problem in the past year, so maybe she will out grow it. The doctor says it is from the chemicals in the pool every where you go they may do it differently and some over due it. Good luck and I am happy to have helped hopefully.

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H.P.

answers from Houston on

DO NOT use a prescription if you can help it, especially if it's a mild case. Eczema is something that she will grow out of, and you do not want to introduce pharmaceutical drugs to her system at this early age unnecessarily. The breakouts serve a purpose, and you never want to stifle that. (Eczema is not a disease to be treated but an outlet for allergies. Some babies have runny noses or diarrhea; others have eczema. This is her immune system's way of getting into gear and evaluating her surroundings in preparation for protecting her over the course of her life. If you try to stop it, then you could be giving her medicine for the rest of her life.)

(The Melaleuca products work because they use tea tree oil.) Keep her skin clean and soothed with tea tree oil and a good moisturizing/hydrating lotion/cream. Avoid perfumes and dyes as much as possible. They don't affect the eczema condition itself, but they irritate the skin. Vaseline has a really good moisturizing lotion. Burt's Bees vitamin e oil is good. Keep it from drying out. The chlorine in the pool will dry it out; that's why it gets I.. That's what chlorine is put in the water to do, so that something dangerous can't be spread from person to person. Rub a liberal amount of petroleum jelly onto her problem areas before she goes swimming. This will help to lock out the chlorine. You might have to apply it more than once. Be sure to remove the petroleum jelly and clean with tea tree oil and moisturize it after swimming. Having the petroleum jelly on at any other time will lock out the air that it needs and lock in the toxins that her immune system is pushing from her body.

Give her plenty fluids (to keep her system flushed), because her body is really trying to get rid of some stuff.

Take good care.

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J.D.

answers from San Antonio on

Lots of lotion. Try to stick to Aveeno's. Also in the baby section i think its made by Gerber not sure. But its excema cream. works like a champ.

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D.R.

answers from Houston on

I have used and so has several of my friend a great lotion for an on-line wellness company. this is a members only company but I can show you how I set up my account. Just to let you know this lotion has save my sister-in-law $200, because the cream the Dr wanted to put her daughter on was $100 per tube and the tube was small. hope this helps contact me for more info.

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S.S.

answers from Houston on

Hi, my 2 yr old daughter has Eczema too. I use "Eucerin" dry skin therapy Original moisturing cream. It is very thick cream.I apply atleast 4 times in a day & it works.U can buy this from any CVS or Walgreens.I hope she will feel better.
S.

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K.C.

answers from Houston on

S.-
I have twin boys age 14 with the same problem. They have had a mild case of eczema since they were babies. They especially get it worse during the summer/swim time. We use a cortizone cream prescribed by their dr., however, over the counter cortizone cream may help. Try it! My boys would complain about the itching and sometimes about it even aching. Don't let it get too bad before using the cortizone. Good luck with your darling daughters!
K. C.

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K.G.

answers from San Antonio on

my son also has eczema so I would like to see the answers so I have to respond.

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J.W.

answers from Houston on

If it is just mild you are lucky. My sons have severe cases and they have not and will not grow out of it. BEFORE you get into the pool, put vaseline on her. It will make her slippery, but it will help block some of the chlorine from getting to her skin. As soon as you get out, take her to the shower by the pool and wash her off head to toe. Then while still wet apply aquaphor. That will seal in the water and help prevent the drying out. As far as sunscreen. I would still use the nutregena sensitive skin. Children with eczema are very sensitive to anything applied to them.

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V.K.

answers from San Antonio on

this happens to my oldest daughter. her eczema only flairs up in the summertime especially after swimming. Our dr. recommended using cetaphil soap and lotion. all other lotions burn her skin, but this relieves the pain and itching of her eczema. use the soap everytime you bathe her and make sure to get the pool water off when she gets out and try to bathe/shower her right after. we use the lotion a few times a day, and it clears it up.

Good luck!

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K.K.

answers from Austin on

My son has eczema as well and when over the counter hydrocortisone didn't help, we went to the doctor. She prescribed a 2% hydrocortisone...I thought only 2%? Over the counter is 1%? The rash disappeared almost immediately. Also we have to rinse after we get out of the pool and limit bath time to less than 10 minutes. Hope this helps.

Eczema can be round patches or wide spread, different form but same species!

A.R.

answers from Houston on

ARBONNE makes a grat baby sunscrene and a few other products tht will really hlep. Let me know if you would like to try it. I can help you get your hands on some.
Peace Mama,
A.

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J.R.

answers from Houston on

It's possible she is allergic to the chlorine!

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M.C.

answers from Shreveport on

I put sunblock on my daughter followed by a layer of vasoline. The vasoline blocks the clorine from doing to much damage. Yeah she's greasy getting in and out of the pool, but it saves us days of rashes and no pool at all! Hope this helps. ~M.

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V.B.

answers from Austin on

Hi,

I've read thru all the responses but didn't see anything about what's been working for my 7 yr old so if any of the other ideas don't work for you, you might want to consider giving it a try.

Long story short--after MANY trial/errors I bought/cont. to buy several of the biggest tubs of NOXZEMA and use it to control her skin issues--I use it all over her skin EXCEPT her "privates"...we water rinse that. The ingredients soothe her skin long after she gets out PLUS if she's feeling stuffy, it really helps her to breathe! It's been around for YEARS so yes, it's the facial cleanser the older generation used way back when. It's a really interesting story of how a pharmacist originally invented this for dealing with sun burned skin but it's medicinal properties have been found to help so many other skin issues; you can go to Noxzema.com or here's another link for you to read more.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noxzema

If you look at the label it's another way of saying NO-Excema. (;o>)

I too invested sooo much $ for Dr. visits, Rx (steroid based etc.), OTC (Aveeno, Benedryl, etc lotions/creams) as well as special soaps/washes (i.e. Aveeno/oatmeal baths/soaps didn't help, even Dove & the other expensive ones (some were extremely painful b/c the "mild" cleansers would trickle onto her "privates" at bathtime and no matter how long we rinsed with water, it would still be itching long afterwards).

Unfortunately, none of these worked to heal her skin, which no longer was soft/subtle as a young childs' skin should be and it looked like she had goose bumps all the time on her arms/legs, the inner elbows and back of her knees would be so chapped/raw and red with large balls, overall her skin was SO dry and of course the itching drove us all crazy.

I obviously try to keep perfumes, dyes etc. at a minimum and try to use natural remedies whenever I can to keep from "overloading". If I'm "out of stock", I use the generic feminine body wash from my local grocery store b/c it does not contain any harsh additives/alkiline.

Let me know if this helped you!

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R.

answers from San Antonio on

My kiddos have eczema also and the doctor said it is very important to slather them with eucerine cream after swimming because the chlorine in the pool dries thier skin and makes eczema worse.

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T.L.

answers from Waco on

It may not be a chlorine allergy but it may be that the pool has too much chlorine or not enough allowing the bacteria to build up and is reflecting on you poor daughter. It would really make me wonder what the pH level is or something a long those lines? Try the sunscreen without the pool or test the pool's pH.

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S.T.

answers from Houston on

The best thing to do is avoid chlorinated pools. Chlorine is an irritant and a chemical that is really bad for you. IF it bleaches out clothing, what is it doing to your body? Drs often recommend infrequent bathing, so I should think this goes with the swimming as well...

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A.C.

answers from Houston on

I bought this cream from walmart and it works especially for that. My son is feeling relief.

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C.S.

answers from Austin on

my baby has eczema and all I do is use cetaphil daily wash and cream after as well. it works miracles.
Good luck, C.

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K.K.

answers from Houston on

You probably need to see her doctor to give you some prescription cream to use sparingly when she has a rash like that. You can try lotion (Eucerin is what we use, but it is better to help prevent the rash but not always clear it up) but if it does not help right away check w/ the doctor. Eczema can lead to permanant scarring and even infection if not treated, and it is also miserable for the child suffering from it.

Good luck!

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L.W.

answers from Houston on

Unfortunately Eczema is a pesty little skin disease without a real cure and is very annoying. My daughter has a pretty bad case of eczema depending on the weather and hot days are the worst.

For swimming I would say pure vaseline or anytype of petroleum jelly works like a charm. "water and grease don't mix" the petroleum will act as a barrier on the skin protecting it from the chlorinated water. I would still apply a thin layer of sunscreen prior to applying the vaseline.

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V.O.

answers from Austin on

Our daughter has it as well. We have a nebulizer when it is really bad, but try not to use it too often. We also have a prescription cream that we use as well when her breakouts are more severe. As a maintenance, our Dr recommended using lotion with no perfumes (we use Lubriderm) or use petroleum jelly as soon as she gets out of the bath to help keep the moisture in. Both of these have been great as preventative measures.

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J.P.

answers from Austin on

Son has the same problem. We take baby soap to the pool, and take a shower right after we get out. Then when we get home, I get him undressed and put Cetiphil lotion all over him. The lotion was recommended by his dermatologist and does great for helping the rashes stay away for a bit. It's really hydrating and imediately stops his "itchys".

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V.L.

answers from Houston on

My daughter had it also as a baby, and still has a few problem spots that I have to treat. She is on Zyrtec that has helped with it very much. I wash her bedding 2-3 times a week, and she never wear the same pajamas more than 1 night without a wash. To treat the spots under the advice of our doc I quit giving her a bath, and sit her in the tub and use a hand held shower. That way I do not let her sit in water for long periods of time. Then I apply avenno lotion while her skin is still damp. After the lotion dries a bit I apply Aquaphor over the lotion to seal it in. Reduces the spots over night!! Her's is worse in the winter, but water exposure does bring them on. There are many theories out there that say that bed bugs make it worse so I heard this from my doc when she was a baby, and I started changing her crib bedding every other day and a fresh blanket daily when she was older and it almost went away! Good luck!

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C.S.

answers from Austin on

Hi S.! I have three girls too! Mine are age 4, 2 1/2 and 8 months. My middle daughter has horrible eczema, and mostly I keep in under control with Melaleuca's Renew lotion and Renew bath oil. Sometimes I need to use prescription cream though when it gets really bad (like after swimming!). If you are interested in trying Melaleuca's skin therapy lotion, they are a catalog company and I can help you get set up with a wholesale account: www.SaferHomeNaturally.com

C.
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K.G.

answers from Houston on

my daughter had skin issues (psoriasis, etc.) the doctors all said it was something different. she was sent home from school because the nurse said it was ring worm. treated her for a week. it wasn't ringworm. the next month they sent her home saying it was chicken pox. it wasn't. it was very frustrating that doctors couldn't figure it out. finally i knew through mother's intuition that it was a chemical reaction to something. i began researching and took her off all shampoos and bath products. even if they say gentle tear free like johnson's baby shampoo, they contain some of the harshest chemicals. we began using california baby shampoo and body wash. it all went away and her skin looks gorgeous. even though it comes out after your daughter has been swimming, it is most likely chemicals already in her that she is having an allergic reaction to. they carry california baby now at target in the baby section and health food stores. the lotion broke my daughter out, but the body and shampoo wash was her answer. she will probably have to use it the rest of her life

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M.M.

answers from Austin on

If she truly has eczema, you'd do her favor by taking her to the dermatologist to get special medicated cream. On the other hand, a GREAT lotion to use is Curel. It doesn't contain mineral oil, which causes moisturizers to just stay on the skin. You might also consider only using DOVE bar soap. It's the ONLY soap out there without any drying agents. My mom has eczema really bad, and these are the things she uses to combat it :) Good luck!

J.S.

answers from Killeen on

Renew Lotion has been proven to work 7x better than Eucerin. AND exposing delicate skin to toxic products only aggravates these types of conditions. Consider a switch to a better, safer, money-saving alternative. I'm happy to share more if you're interested.

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H.H.

answers from Longview on

My youngest son has been fighting with eczema his whole life and we have finally found a cream that works. It's a prescription called Locoid. As for swimming, try to rinse her off as soon as possible and bathe her when you get her swimsuit off if you can. Then immediately put the cream on her. As for soap, we use Aveeno baby and it works great. Cetaphil is horrible for his skin for some reason, it always breaks him out worse, while it worked great for my oldest daughter. My son is also on Zyrtec and it has helped his itching quite a bit. I think you have to find just the right combination of treatment for your child's skin.

Just wanted to add that we use the Aveeno baby sunscreen for him too.

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M.F.

answers from Houston on

I went through the same thing with my son. I have since switched his bath soaps, lotions, and my household cleaning and laundry supplies to Melaleuca brand, chemical-free products. It has made a huge difference in his break-outs!! I would recommend these products to anyone. If you need info on how to get them, email me and I can hook you up.
M. F
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A.D.

answers from Houston on

Have you had your child checked for allergies? Chlorine is a known allergen. The heat from the sun during the day can also trigger eczema. We have been dealing with similar problems in my grandson and have found that the chlorine is a big problem when he goes in the pool. When he gets out of the pool we have to rinse him off immediately and if he gets overheated on a hot day he also gets mild eczema.

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A.V.

answers from Austin on

We shower right after the pool and apply cetaphil (walgreens equivalent or walmart Equate brand equivalent work just as well).

I have been using Cetaphil on my daughter ever since she was an infant (she had bad eczema and had to be treated with cortisone cream). I apply it on her body at least once a day, sometimes more when her skin is really dry.

It was recommended by our dermatologist and has worked well for her (and me).

A.

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M.N.

answers from Longview on

The same thing happened to my seven year old and I started bathing him and washing his hair really good after swimming and after a couple of days it cleared up. I think I also gave him some bendryl for the itching.

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M.I.

answers from Waco on

My 2 year old son also has eczema, but unfortunately he also allergy to oats. He has been prescribed a steroid cream which I have to put on him every night. I have heard alot of people speak highly of the aveeno oat bath for thier children with eczema, so you may try that if your daughter has no allergies to oats.

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P.G.

answers from Houston on

My daughter has eczema as well and the doctor prescribed her some cream that hasn't really worked. I've found out that the best thing for eczema is Cetaphil lotion/cream. It costs about $11-$13 but it's great! We use the lotion/cream and the soap. Prior to that a doctor who I use to take her to prescribed some cream w/steroids in it. That worked well, too but to keep from going to the doctor, paying your co-pay and then having to buy the medicine, just go to Wal-mart or Walgreens or CVS and buy the Cetaphil.

Let me know how that works.

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J.S.

answers from San Antonio on

The pool is the problem. Shower right after. If it is your own pool, you might consider turning it into a saline pool.

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O.C.

answers from Austin on

Hi S.,
Look at these pictures;
www.Insidemangosteen.com, click on Photos,
you will find a baby with eczema and how this juice helped him. look into it.

thanks
Oly

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K.K.

answers from Killeen on

any water will dry out the skin, but chlorinated water does in faster (not sure of the reason, probably something aboutthe chemicals).

As soon as your daughter gets out of the pool, get her into a bath to get the chlorine off of her body and them I would use aquaphor, cetaphil, aveeno, or any other hydrating lotion on her and put a bit extra on her problem areas...

Good Luck...

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M.D.

answers from San Antonio on

Hi S.,
My oldest daughter (13) has mild eczema. My pediatrician recommends using nothing but Dove soap and using baby oil following a bath or shower "before drying off". This helps lock in the moisture. Also, drying off afterward will help eliminate the "oily" feeling you have after applying the baby oil. When her skin condition is bad enough, we will use psoriesyn(sp?)skin cream. Hope this helps. The older she gets, the less frequent she gets rashes! So, I'm very Thankful.

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B.G.

answers from Houston on

My son has a bad case of eczema so we have had some dealings with it and with the dermatologist. He also breaks out after swimming, but it is his entire body. The reason is that they water and chlorine is drying out her skin and causing the rash to flare up. When you have eczema you have to keep the skin very very moisturized. I recommend applying a heavy cream after she gets out of the pool or even taken her to the dermatologist. Also, it is a good idea to keep her in loose cotton clothing. When they get hot it can also cause a flare up. The doctor told us that it is something that they can grow out of but may never. My son is 21 months old and it is worst this year then last. Good Luck!!

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C.W.

answers from Austin on

My son has the same problem. Our Dr. wrote him a perscription for Elidel. It works, it's expensive but works great! I have found that the Mary Kay facial sunscreen does not upset his skin like other sunscreen. Hope this helps, I know how miserable it makes them.

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A.N.

answers from Houston on

My daughter also has eczema and the summer is the worst since she is out in the sun and in the water so much. I find that usually I can control it with Lubriderm lotion and Cortizone cream. You can apply both together. If this does not clear it up, ask your peditrician for prescription cream. I have one for my daughter (can't remember the name of it) that we use only as needed.
Good Luck!

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B.L.

answers from Beaumont on

I agree with the women recommending Melaleuca's products! I had eczema (not mild by any means) on my arms for almost 10 years before we found Melaleuca. I tried every lotion on the market, prescription steroid creams ($$$), and every wives' tale I heard. When my daughter started developing it as well, I knew something had to change because I refused to put steroid creams on her. We got all of the chemicals and toxins out of our home and started using Renew lotion and have both been eczema-free since! It's been a year now and we haven't had a SINGLE flare-up, and we swim a few times a week. We don't have to limit fun activities anymore, which is so helpful with a young child.
Let me know if you have any questions! I have no doubt in my mind that this will help your daughter!
~B.~

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L.H.

answers from Killeen on

if you have it narrowed down then that is what you keep her away from i've had Eczema my whole life i'm 50 i did'nt out grow it i inherited mine so dont worry that may not be you case 97% of child eczema is out grown,i as an adult use nothing but baby products for bathing found a laundy soap yrs ago i do not change anything so as not to cause an out break avenno products are very good ,over the cortizons for mild break outs help asnd benadrly for the itching works great
goodluck L.

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C.K.

answers from Houston on

I know this is a little late but the Fall is usually a time when eczema flairs. My two daughters have had it since they were born. After numerous trips to the Allergist and Dermatologist offices, we have a pretty good routine. My youngest daughter had a similar breakout after swimming lessons at our Health club. We went to the Pediatrician who gave us Amoxicilin. That cleared her eczema up fast and never had I seen her skin look and feel so good. I currently use Protopic on her face and Desonide Ointment on areas where red then cover the entire body with Aquaphor. We also use Dove soap and Free & Clear detergent.
Everytime we go swimming we cover the kids with Aquaphor or vasilne, long sleeve swim top and a swim cap. After swimming, we rinse, use Dove soap if available and apply more Aquaphor. It is tedious but it seems to do the trick.
The medications make the skin pigmentation blotchy so be careful when using and wash your hands. I try to use the meds only when the kids are really bad.

I hope this helps.

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L.B.

answers from Corpus Christi on

Take you daughter to the doctor have her tested it may not be what you think it is. Been there.

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