Deal with Small Eczema Patch on Face

Updated on August 14, 2008
M.I. asks from Norfolk, VA
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Hi Ladies,
My 7 month old son has a small patch of eczema on his left cheek that won't go away. I called it his drool patch but he really doesn't drool on it anymore. Its been there on and off almost since he was born. Recently its been worst, looking crusty and very red for a few week straight. It doesn't seem to bother him and he doesn't scratch at it. I don't think it's a food allergy since he's had it while he was just breastfeeding. Any recommendations? I use the baby eczema cream on other small patches on his legs and get a good response. Thanks.

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Thank you everyone for your very helpful responses. I got the aveeno lotion and put it on his cheek about 5 times a day for the past two days. A warm bath (not hot) helped remove some of the flaky skin. Now his cheek is smooth but I can still see slight coloration. As many of you suggested (and I was aware of before) I need to determine if he is allergic to anything. I'll also keep using the cream religously. Thank you for your gracious encouragement.

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C.S.

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I think when we had that same problem, we had to get a cortisone (fluticasone) from the dermatologist.

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Melaleuca has a lotion that cleared my son up when nothing else worked. Its called Renew. Try ebay to try it out, or www.melaleuca.com. If you want to sign up as a member, let me know! Their laundry products are economical and do not irritate eczema, even the scented ones!

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The best stuff for eczema that I know of is Arbonne's Baby Care Line, especially the wash, oil and lotion (great for cradle cap)....I can send you testimonials from pediatricians on it. My husband even uses it on his face and it has changed his life. The line has a heavy base of oatmeal and shea butter among other things..no parabens, no dyes, chemical fragrances.

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M.C.

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My son and daughter get these. I use Aveeno calming lotion. They have one that is Aveeno Baby Calming too. It worked for us.
M.

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C.R.

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My daughter has eczema too and we use Aquaphor for places on her face. We have a prescription cream for everywhere else. The Aquaphor has always worked for us.

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Hello M.,
I have a 10 year daughter that has eczema since she was 5 months old. The key is to get it under control now. Bathe your son in lukewarm water, because hot water will dry the skin, which will irritate the patches of eczema. Use a very mild soap like Johnson's Baby bar soap is excellent for his condition. Also, keeping his skin moist and washing his clothes separately from the rest of the families in a mild no perfumed detergent. As of today, by daughter has chronic eczema because I couldn't get it under control at an early age. So I created an all natural skincare line that helps dry irritated skin. I am currently building a website at Holisticgreentea.com, but meanwhile if you would like more information, please feel free to contact me at [email protected]____.com.
Thanks!

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Try coconut oil!
Heard it was not only good for us to eat, but put on our bodies too.
Did that with my sons feet that were badly burned by the sun, after a few days of soaking him in vinegar water, I put on coconut oil and we all were amazed that tehy were 90% healed up by the next morning!
Just read on eczema and coconut oil.
Let know know how it works!!
Internally would be good too!

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When I was having problems with eczema with my daughter, someone on this website recommended Vaseline. I used it twice a day for a couple of weeks and it cleared up even the last stubborn patches. Just plain old Vaseline did the trick! Hope it helps!
B.

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I used Eucerin cream on both my kids. Buy the tub and not the squeeze tube. The tub's is thicker and it is almost like crisco.

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Aquaphor, Aquaphor, Aquaphor, works on everything! I just love this product. This is exactly what my son's doctor recommended for the exact situation. My son had it under his lower lip because his chin had a dimple and it would pool there.

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My boys both had / have severe eczema - they also have food allergies milk, eggs, peanuts and nuts. I would ask your peds office about referral to derm if your babies eczema persists. The baby could just have atopic dermatitis but I would watch the introduction of foods very carefully. Eczema can be a sign of allergies. Also - babies are exposed to allergens in breast milk but might not show extreme allergic reactions until they are off of breast milk. If you later suspect allergy see allergist. I live in Suffolk and am a member of FASGOT (food allergy support group of Tidewater). www.fasgot.com We meet at CHKD 5 times a year and deal with eczema, asthma and allergies.
Good Luck!
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My baby boy had the exact thing since about the time he was born. I took him to the doctors and they recommended putting hydrocortizone on it 2-3 times/day. I also thought it was a food allergy, but they assured me it wasn't. Anyway, I did the cortizone off and on for about 2 months, whenever I didn't use it, it would come right back. He just turned 1, and about a 2 months ago it just stopped reappearing. Hope this helps. Just a use a little and that should do the trick.

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I'd get a dermatologist rather than the pediatrican to check him out so you can see if it really is eczema and not something else (someone else mentione staph infection, which is a possibility, or it could be psoriasis or one of many other things). If the eczema cream works elsewhere on his body but not on this patch, the patch may not be eczema. It's interesting that he's had it since birth. Skin conditions can look like each other -- it took us ages to get my husband's form of eczema diagnosed properly and still our regular (non-dermatologist) doctor tries to tell us it's other things when the dermatologist has done biopsies, allergy tests etc. to get the right diagnosis! Good luck.

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My son also had eczema as a baby, and we used prescription hydrocortisone cream on his really bad patches. Since your son's patch is so close to his mouth, I would try Aquafor lotion. I also used this on my son (and still do for any dryness or irritation) and it's a wonderful product. FYI, you can also use it on your lips as a lip balm..it has no scent or taste and it's great in the winter!

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Marguuerite.

Hi, I feel your pain. My nephew has very chronic eczema that his parents have difficulty controlling. I have housewife's eczema on my hands and occasionally on my feet. My own kids had some problems with mild eczema including dermatitis when they were small but grew out of them with only occasional flareups.

The most imoportant thing is to keep the area free from bacteria and moist but not wet. Apply a thick salve such as Vaseline or Auqaphor or Eucerin from the tub immediately after washing his face and bathing him. I massaged my son with Auqaphor after every bath for months and just placed him in footed sleepers to keep it on.

Use cetaphil, melalucca, or a baby wash designed for eczema. Only use free and clear detergents or washing soda/sodium carbonate (not sodium bicarbonate) to clean his clothes. Add vinegar to your rinse cycle and no fabric softener.

All baby detergents unless organic have irritating chemicals and fragrances. Vinegar will rinse cleaner that other rinse agents and promote softening of fibers like a fabric softener.

If you can remove any unnecessary floor coverings where he is laid down for tummy time or always keep a clean, freshly washed with the above regime, blanket handy to keep him off the carpet.

Wash his bedding as above every other day.

I know all of this washing sounds crazy, but if it is a dust mite issue this will drastically reduce the symptoms.

Also, rent a steam cleaner if you have carpet and used vinegar in hot water to clean the floor...if you do use a soap get one from Shaklee or Melalucca

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Hello M.,

Rest assured that you definitely are not the only mommy to go through this. My sweet baby daughter had the exact same problem, but it was on her right cheek. It is so hard to pinpoint exactly what it could be. After months of trying to narrow it down to a food allergy, cutting back on all use of dryer fabric sheets(or even liquid),and used doctor recommended Cetaphil for Sensitive Skin lotion, we discovered that a harmless looking Organic Baby Mum Mum rice puff crackers had milk in them. My daughter is allergic to dairy. I discovered it after her 9 month check up. Her Pediatrician suggested additional food supplements like baby yogurt and adding formula to her morning cereal. Hives occurred after each attempt. To make a long story short, I didn't realize the rice puff crackers were the culprit until after her hives break outs. The cause could be allergen(is he crawling yet?) induced from the dust mites in the carpet or sensitivity to perfumes, diet induced, or you may never find the culprit. We put Cortisone 10 on it but it didn't completely rid her of it when it wanted to be persistent. It may not be your sweet son's problem, but I hoped to maybe help give you some ideas or comfort. There are children out there with worse conditions. We're lucky this was the only one. Take care & God Bless!!

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My son had it too and but on his right cheek. His pediatrician gave us a cream for it but I can't remember the name but it is a steroid but it totally cleared it up. He had no side effects. I would check with his dr though. Nothing we used over the counter would work on the spot on his face though it sometimes would work on his arms and legs. The spot on is face didn't bother him either but sometimes when he got them on his arms and legs he would scratch them and they would get infected which would mean a round of antibiotics. And the cream worked everywhere on him. He still uses it. Good luck.

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My son has the same small patch on his cheek and it has been there since about 3 mo old. We tried the hydrocortizone cream, which seemed to help temorarily, but it kept coming back (and its not good to use a steriod cream very long). Our pediatritian recommended Eucerin cream (the thick original works best; the calming cream made it worse) and also we only wash his face with cetaphil. Before, we had been using head to toe baby wash (J&J) on his face also, and that seemed to make it worse. He is 11 mo now and the patch is almost completely gone.

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My son is actually on the way to see a derm today for what sounds like the same thing. First they told us it was ring worm, then they said no it was a staph infection, but the medicine they gave us isn't working. Try using some tinactin or aveno baby. I am not sure what it is since the doc can't even figure it our but we are worried about scarring, since it is flaking and peeling and it has been there for about 6 months and really won't go away.

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Same thing happens here but our patch comes and goes. I asked my pediatrician about it and he recommended cortizone. Without it he saids it won't go away. So far, it's helped to minimiza the area and on some days, it's almost gone too.

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Eczema is usually related to allergies. Since he is breast fed the dermatologist would probably recommend a gentle detergent for bed linens and clothes and a non dryer sheet softener. Apparently the later can irritate skin. Our dermatologist recommends Eucerin cream and Cetaphil lotions and cleansers.

D.

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have you tried aquaphor (it's like vaseline)? my 17 month old gets rashes around his mouth just from just having his face wiped all the time. if i just put some aquaphor on him right after, then it stays clear. my oldest used to have the same issue and he's 3 now and it's gone away.

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Hello,
Have you tried the baby aveeno? I use it all of the time with my kids and I have a friend who daughter had really bad eczema especially during the winter months and she used prescription ointment and it did not work nearly as well as the baby avveno. it is also safe to use on the face. good luck

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H.

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Hello M.,
My son had eczema when he was a baby. ( he is now 7 and has no signs of it). I took him in to doctor constantly, they gave me cream after cream which didnt work.
I went to Walgreen's pharmacy one day and was browsing the baby isle. i found this stuff call ECZEMA wash for babies.
( it was in this teal box with acorn,leafs and teddy bears on it). trying to find relief for my baby boy i purchase this product.
I kidd you not, after washing him with this stuff about 3 times. I seen improvement. I continue to use it until was all gone, It cleared his skin up without any traces of the eczema.
Hopefully this can help your little one

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My daughter had eczema on her face beginning at about 6 weeks. The doctor said it was "normal baby rash", but I didn't believe him. She was exclusively breastfed, so I began eliminating things from my diet. When I removed dairy products, it went away, when I ate them again it returned. I stopped eating/drinking dairy products until she was about 8 months old. Then the doctor said to try them again. This time no rash - BUT she ended up with ear infections. When I finally made the connection and stopped the dairy again the ear infections cleared up. I had her tested for allergies at 18 months and she tested allergic to milk, egg, citrus, cats, and dust mites. So, I would investigate the allergy connection - whatever you eat passes through in your milk when you are breastfeeding.
Hope that helps!

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Renew lotion from Melaleuca is fabulous on eczema. Check out melaleuca.com; and saferforyourhome.com. Good luck! N. B.

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Hello! My son (nearly five) gets a bit of eczema on his face, too. Round his eyes, mostly, and often when he's a bit run down or tired. It's in our family (my sister and nephew have it quite dramatically!) so I'm quite relieved it seems to be such a small area so far. I've used something called PROPOLIS, which is a natural product, and it's great. It calms the skin down and helps it heal and smooth over. My sister swears by it, and both she and my nephew use it a lot. I've been using it as an alternative to anything more drug-based -- particularly steroid-based creams -- and I would really recommend it. One thing, though: my brother has allergies to pollen and it really didn't agree with him.

Hope that helps!

P.

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I agree with the aquaphor. I love that stuff. But I would also look into allergies. My son was exclusively breastfed and was allergic to nuts, eggs and pork. It's a wonder I couldn't figure out what was causing his reaction. I never thought to eliminate all of them from my diet at the same time.

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It is important when you have one of these chronic type symptoms that you take a minute and look at the big picture. After multiple trips to the doctor, he told me that eczema is a symptom of a TON of different things and was hard to pin down a cause in most cases. I had it on my eye lids, face and fingers and had no luck with OTC creams and ointments nor the steroid stuff. It always came back.

My recommendation is to begin creating a home that is safe and promotes better health by taking a close look at the products you use on or around your son's body. Are they actually safe and do they promote better health? If you are not sure, check them out on http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com
to see if they are "suspect".

About 6 months after converting my home (cleaning and personal care products), the eczema disappeared and has not returned!

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My son has small eczema spots all over. They go away completely if I give him a teaspoon of flax oil every day. I have been doing this since he was 4 months old. He LOVES to take it off a spoon, especially if it the lemon flavored kind. Barlean's is the brand name. Flax oil is also good for brain development, and a huge list of other things! good luck!

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