Infant Eczema - Bellevue, NE

Updated on February 17, 2008
C.B. asks from Bellevue, NE
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does anyone have any ideas on helping an infant with eczema? poor thing has tons of dry itchy patches all over his back...arms...and legs...i have used hydrocortizone on all the spots but it still seems to come back...anyone have a child with eczema?

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S.S.

answers from Huntington on

Try Aquaphor Lotion. It works GREAT!! Almost clears my daughters wind chapped face over night!! Also Aveeno works really good!

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B.S.

answers from Indianapolis on

my daughter will be 2 in january and went through the same thing last winter, the doctor actually told us that hydrocortisone can cause more harm than good. she recommended we use dove body wash and a special lotion Aquaphor. It looks a lot like vaseline...but it works. we use it everyother day at bed time and her skin looks great. Hope this helps....good luck

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V.S.

answers from Louisville on

My sisters little boy who lived with me for two years had it..One THE POOL...it helps the skin so much..dry out the spot and keeps them cool. TWO...oatmeal bath..about 3 a week or how ever much you think..THREE...a heavy cream....helps keep the spot cool and will help with the drying.. Hope that helps..Best of luck

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L.K.

answers from Fort Wayne on

There is a lotion that Aveno makes for dry skin/eczema that seems to help my daughter. She doesn't have it quite as severly as your little guy does, but every little bit helps! Good luck!

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C.M.

answers from Omaha on

C.~
Hi, my olsdest daughter ia four and when she was younger-about 18 months or so, she got dry-red patches and her doctor said it was eczema. He suggested that we try aveeno for starters. It worked pretty well throughout the winter....I bathed her everyother day with the body wash and used the lotion everyday. It might work, guess its worth a try:) Good luck....I was an Air force wife for a while also...God Bless your husband for serving and you and your son for supporting him.~C.

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S.S.

answers from Sioux Falls on

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M.E.

answers from Lexington on

try Aveno oatmeal lotion and bath products. They are very gentle and the oatmeal in them promotes healing and helps to retain moisture. try rubbing lotion on his skin while it is still slightly wet...it will help lock in the moisture.

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S.S.

answers from Indianapolis on

I have a 4 month old daughter with eczema along with myself and my 8 year old who also got it when she was a baby. As far as my 4 month old we put hydrocortizone on her as well. We also put Lubriderm on her. This helps with the dryness and helps moisturizes her skin. You don't want to put anything stronger on because it can really damage their skin. Be sure and put the hydrocortizone on several times a day. I put it on 3 times daily.

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S.

answers from Lexington on

Hi... My daughter is 9 months and was dx with eczema @ 3 months. Our doc told us to bath daily in water only no more for 10 minutes, if soap was needed to only use it areas needed and to wash hair last and make sure all shampoo is rinsed from body. Also, apply 0.5% hydrocortisone cream @ night(avoiding face and hands) and a moisturizer. We use Vanicreame, it is an over-the-counter cream but it is special order for most pharmacies. An ICU peds. nurse told me about it. It is great, we use it in the morning and at night after her bath. Also, per our doc we wash her clothes in Dreft and rinse twice and use the Downey free. Soft cotton clothes are the best. Since we started her treatment her eczema is very, very mild. We only have to use the 0.5% hydrocortisone cream occasionally with the Vanicreame on a daily basis. Best of luck.
S.

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J.T.

answers from Lincoln on

Arbonne baby care works GREAT and its pure safe and beneficial. I use a small amount of hydrocortazone (sp?) and then put the baby body oil on top...takes care of it almost overnight. I'm an Independent Consultant if you need any..thanks!

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D.A.

answers from Des Moines on

My son is 9 months now and had horrible eczema. I tried the hydrocortisone 1% like the dr said and it just kept getting worse. She finally gave me a prescription that makes it go away only while I am using the medication. You are not allowed though to use the medication on his face so a friend recommended Mary Kay night cream. It is a really thick lotion. I started using that on his face and after a week it was gone, so I have now started using it on the rest of his body and its getting better. Now I just apply it once a day to his face to be sure the eczema stays away, and once his body clears up I will do the same for it. Otherwise the dr can give you hormone pills also. I like the Mary Kay because its cheaper and works.

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K.B.

answers from Omaha on

My friend's 2 kids get it bad in the winter. She swears by 2 things: Aquaphor and Eucerin(sp.?) Both really moisturize the skin. I can also personally tell you that aquaphor is great on burns and sunburns! I found out about it because they used it to treat my grandma's chemo burns.

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T.R.

answers from Lexington on

My daughter had it bad also. The only thing that helped her was some cream called Elidel. It is expensive but it works.

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A.B.

answers from Lincoln on

My nephew has eczema and my sister has tried many things that didn't work! I starting selling Arbone and they have a baby line that is so awesome and the lotion is GREAT!!! He likes it because it doesn't have a funny smell and it doesn't have a "girly smell" as he will say. IF you want to know more let me know!! A.

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A.V.

answers from Iowa City on

My now 9 month old son ended up with eczema a couple of months ago and there are actually several things that you can do...One is eliminate scents and coloring from his soaps, and laundry detergent..I use ALL free and clear and for bath time we use a bar soap i think its called pure and natural but it is also supposed to be free of the skin irritants. You also need to make sure that you keep his skin moisturized with so lotion like aquafilic its available in the pharmacy section-these are all of the things that my doc told me to try and it worked. He no longer look s scaly like a fish and he is not itching.
Good Luck!

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J.M.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hello
This is my first post. My 4 year old daughter has Excema. REALLY bad! She is on 3 prescription creams. and a oral med. for the itching. She is also on Zinc supplement. They told us (her dermo dr.) that since her zinc was low she would never heal. That could be a good reason also that some of your kids havent healed quickly? Just my opinion. My Abbey has several medical problems. She has Kabuki Syndrome. She is fed through a g-Tube also. nothing by mouth. I was wondering that I have read many of you say that alergies have been linked to excema. What types of allergies is my question? Our Dr. has never mentioned that.? She does have Asthma and CLD from birth. Since she doesnt take anything by mouth and only drinks Nutren Jr formula could it be a milk based allergy?
Her excema has gotten alot better since the zinc has been started but it's still not completly gone. I am open to any suggestions that I could bring up at our next dr. appt.
I have Yahoo and AIm if anyone wants to chat anytime. AIM JenniferMartin5 and Yahoo abbeysmomjenny Thanks for reading this!

Alittle about myself. My name is J. I am a SAHM of 3 daughters 11-10-4 and I also have 2 stepdaughters 15-10. I have been married for 5 years. I live in Pittsboro.

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C.W.

answers from Louisville on

Hi C.,

My son had it too and I also used Eucerin cream which is great. My ped. also prescribed Elidel which worked ok. Since it is the winter time and getting dry you may also want to only give baths every other day unless he really needs one. And when you do give baths, don't let him sit in it too long. It dries tehir skin out and watch what kind of soap you use. Aveeno worked well for us for bath time. Good Luck!

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B.P.

answers from Omaha on

My daughter had the same thing. Our dr said to get something called Hydrolatum. You have to ask for it at the pharmacy behind the counter. Put the hydrolatum on twice a day, and the hydroquartazone on once a day until it clears. Then, keep using the hydrolatum b/c your daughter likely has dry skin and that will keep the eczema from coming back.
Good luck!
-B.

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A.

answers from Indianapolis on

My daughter has eczema and I had to take her to a dermatologist. But if you talk to your childs doctor they can perscribe a stronger hydrocortisone or another ointment. My little girl used to scratch til she would bleed....She ended up with Triamcinolone 0.1% prescription and an over the counter product called Eucerin original moisturizing creme.She also has a hydrocortisone cream 2.5% for her face because the Triam. is too strong for it. My daughter also has asthma and several food and enviromental allergies. You may want to talk to your boys doctor about possible allegies.

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K.J.

answers from Omaha on

We use Aquaphor (from the makers of Eucerin).

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D.B.

answers from Cedar Rapids on

This is going to sound crazy....try Oil of Olay quench....my little girl is covered in dry skin...should say was covered in dry skin...it cleared it up within 3 days.

Hope it helps.

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M.C.

answers from Huntington on

My daughter has had a few battles that they have diagnosed with Eczema. I have done a lot of research on this and found that a cool mist humidifer helps this. Her last episode of Eczema has been over 6 months ago. Seems to working for us!!! We bought a Crane Humidifer that doesn't use filters and seems to be highly rated!!! They sell them at Target for $30+. I own 2 and am looking to purchase another for child #3. Another tip is moisturize the child well!!!! We use nothing but Cetaphil Cleansing Soap and Cetaphil Lotion. It is for Sensitive Skin & Hypoallergenic!! Also use the Aquaphor....Really thick and messy but works!!! Really helps!!!! Like I said, she hasn't had any problem with it for over 6 months now!!! Good Luck!!! Works for us!!!

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D.H.

answers from Louisville on

C.,

My daughter has eczema as well, but is under control. When she was an infant, it seemed to be much worse. They often grow out of it, but until then try the following:

Gentle Naturals Eczema Wash and Cream.

Also, don't put your infant in the bathtub everyday. Try giving a bath every other day, but only for about 5 minutes. Apply the cream at least twice a day. Also, use a small amount of hydrocortisone on the areas for about 1-2 weeks.

If you don't have the Gentle Naturals, then use Aquaphor; that stuff is great! I use that every day to prevent diaper rash and I also use it when I notice dry areas of my daughter's skin as well as my own skin.

Good Luck!

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J.J.

answers from Lincoln on

C.

I have lived with eczema all my life, it's a bummer. So far my son has been lucky with that anyways. But my nephew hasn't. My sister buys some special over the counter lotion especially for babies with eczema by aveeno. Give a shot. Also she gets the aveeno bath oatmeal mixtures and soaks him in that. She said that since she has been doing that it has helped him so much.

J.

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T.C.

answers from Omaha on

my 3 year old also has eczema. when she was an infant it was horrible. her little wrists and ankles would crack and bleed, making me want to cry. her pediatrician prescribed her elidel and it worked wonders. we had a routine in the evenings where i would turn on the humidifier giver her a bath with some oil and just rub her down with lotion afterwards. the humididty in the air can help a lot with the dryness in his skin. and all of that physical contact did wonders for bonding at helping her sleep as well!

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A.W.

answers from Indianapolis on

Honestly i don't think that there is a cure for it. YOu can get itchy medicine for your child and rub it on there. LIke Gold Bond Medicated cream to help ease the itching.

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A.B.

answers from Louisville on

My daughter had eczema whwn she was an infant. The only that really worked was Eledel. We took her to the doctor and he prescribed the cream. It worked wonders!!

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M.C.

answers from Charleston on

Hello!

My 2 year old daughter has eczema. It used to be really bad. On her tummy, back and especially face. We used Elidel and it helped. She turned out to also be allergic to milk and eggs which after we quit giving her those things it has gotten a lot better. We also make sure to put lotion on her.

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S.M.

answers from Indianapolis on

C.,

My 5 year old daughter has eczema but only on her legs. What I had to stop doing was bathing her using baby wash, bubble bath, etc. She did really well with Oil of Olay soap. The lotions (Cetaphil and Aveeno, lotions for dry itchy skin) work as long as they are fragrance-free but I use Vaseline on her and she no longer complains about her itching and she doesn't scratch anymore.

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C.H.

answers from Omaha on

I definately second Aquaphor. This stuff(like vaseline) works wonders. My son is a year old today and we have been using Aquaphor since he was 4 months old. He has had eczema on the inside of his elbow forever and nothing worked. We tried elidel,cetaphil,hydrocort. all of it. We finally told the docs that we wanted to try one more thing before trying steroid creams. The Aquaphor works overnight. We put it on him in the morning and then at night. If his arm looks really bad like it did this past week, we coat it on him every couple of hours and it clears up within a couple of days.

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K.L.

answers from Des Moines on

My daughter had this too and her doctor gave us samples of Elidel(very expensive if you have to purchase) and it worked perfectly. I would ask your doctor for some samples and see if it helps. She hasn't had the problem in probably 16 months.

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A.G.

answers from Sioux Falls on

My seven month old baby also has eczema. The new Aveeno for babies cream that says it treats eczema is WONDERFUL! We also use the Aveeno baby wash and it works great. It is not recomended that you use hydrocrotizone for more than a day on infants. Also running a humidifier in the house helps.

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G.L.

answers from Omaha on

Ask your doctor about Elidel. My son used to have eczema on his face cheeks. It really soothed the itchiness and healed it up.
Hope this helps,
G.

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D.P.

answers from Indianapolis on

lotion from burt's bees is really good. my oldest has it. good luck!

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A.J.

answers from Indianapolis on

My daughter has eczma and we use eucerine lotion on her.It seems to help alot.When she was a baby we used Gentle Naturals baby cream,it is kind of greasy and smell's mediceney but it kept her skin moisturizied.We also got a perscription for elidel from her pediatrician and that really cleared it up.The elidel was very expensive though.Hope you find something that works.

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R.D.

answers from Cedar Rapids on

Oh C. I know just what you are going though...no fun for the litte man, or you. I have tried just about everything out there and the only way I have been able to keep the eczema gone was by giving my little guys baths that are not very warm (think indoor swimming pool)and then while there skin is still really moist, lathering them head to toe with Aveeno, it contains no mineral oil (which all other moisturizers have) and mineral oil prevents other lotions from penetrating deep into their skin. It has worked like a charm...I so hope that this works for you, best of luck!

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R.J.

answers from Omaha on

My grandson had just a few patches of dry skin when he was an infant. My daughter got a prescription cream to put on his spots. He is 4 yrs old now and doesn't even have the condition anymore. R.

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K.H.

answers from Indianapolis on

My daughter has the same and our pediatrician recommended Cetaphil and Aquaphor. Aquaphor is a wonderful. I can put that on her at night (it's pretty thick so I ussually put it on at night under her pj's) and by morning they have almost dried up. I use Cetaphil during the day - it's not as thick and soaks in much faster and then use Aquaphor at night. I would recommend this to anyone. They are great!

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S.F.

answers from Indianapolis on

My daughter has the same problem, usually in the cold months though & thats it..I use Aveeno moisturizor for eczema..For her bath, i use the Eucerin bath, it's fragrance free & I have used it since she was about 2 months or so old, nothing else, it is a bit pricey, but worth it..I have also used the Eucerid healing ointment/cream, it is good too..I was told just to avoid any fragrance type hath washes and or lotions, even the ones they can soak in...Good luck!

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L.F.

answers from Iowa City on

My son, who's three, has eczema all over his legs, arms, and belly. To the extreme point of blisters (fingers) and he once got impentigo from one of his eczema spots having a break in the skin.
We've talked to his ped. and he's had use switch to Cetaphil (we use generic) to bath (he might have sensitive skin). We've tried Aquaphilic (just whipped up vasoline). And now he's on a steroid creme that is prescribed. It works GREAT! I actually started thinking he didn't need it any more- and we ran out at the same time- but his eczema has come back with a force. So luckily we just picked up his prescription today.
Hopefully that helps. I'd say talk to his ped. and see what he/she suggests.
L.

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K.S.

answers from Terre Haute on

My son has it on his face when he was 3 months to 12 months...the doctor prescribed him aquafor. It's in a white container. I kept it on his face all the time...he looked shiny but it worked. My friend also used it on her arms and she said it was the only thing she found that made it go away.

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J.C.

answers from Indianapolis on

my son's had eczema all his life, best thing in the world I've found for it is to give him oatmeal baths when it flares up real bad & also to use Gentle Naturals eczema cream, Kmart has it for a couple dollars a tube & the tube lasts a real long time. it works great on Brody.

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M.B.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi ~ My name is M. Bunce and I own Everything Bath. I hand blend all natural bath, body, and wellness blends using essential oils. One of the blends I make is for children with eczema. It has shown very positive results over the last 2 years and is now being carried in several stores in the Indy area. Please visit my [email protected]____.com or call me if you are interested in more information.

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N.P.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hello,

I used baby eczema lotion that you use in the bath from Walmart. My baby girl had it a little when she was weeks old and that was the only thing I could find for infants...the problem was finding the time to wash her everyday...I also had 1 and 2 year old girls at the time. Then I found Eucerin Calming Cream (at walmart or the PX/BX may mave it) appropriate for use on children and used it on her when she was only 5 - 6 weeks old and she responded very well. She is now 7 months and I no longer use it at all. I only used it for maybe a month or so and never had to use it again for her, however she did not have it as bad as your son seems to.

Hope this helps,

Nickie

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J.J.

answers from Omaha on

My son has eczema. After trial and error, we found that the Arbonne baby wash is the only thing we can use on him that doesn't cause a break out. I can also use the Arbonne baby lotion on him w/o any problems. We tried product after product and hope we can use the Arbonne stuff for a while. We did have good luck with California Baby products for several months before he started to break out. I picked that up at Wild Oats. Have you tried switching products?

My son also has seasonal allergies. There is some relationship between the two. This winter we will take him to a specialist for further help.

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S.S.

answers from Charleston on

My eight year old son has eczema and has had it for a while. We also tried the hydrocortizone and it did not work. His doctor gave him triamcinolone and it really works. There is no cure for eczema that I know of but there is treatment and this treatment works.

S.

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K.B.

answers from Omaha on

My son does not have eczema, but I do. In addition to the Triamcinolone Acetonide .1% cream I take Zyrtec. I am not certain at what age antihistamines can be taken, but it's something to ask about and keep in mind for the future. As others have said, give your son baths less frequently wash his hair less so he won't sit in soap suds for long. Pat his skin dry instead of rubbing, and use lotion while the skin is still partially wet. Good luck!

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W.C.

answers from Lexington on

note: If you're breastfeeding, certain things you eat can exacerbate it....like broccoli can cause gas....

It's been three years, but my son had it for over two years and the only thing I found that worked were script samples for some ointment i think was called bactadine? Unfortunately I know thats not the correct name, but the ointment worked insanely well in just a few days' time...have you asked your pediatrician?

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B.J.

answers from Indianapolis on

Yes, my daughter had eczema on her face at 2 months old. I thought her face was chapped and continueously applied vaseniline. It never went away, so I took her to the doctor they precribed her a medicine called Elidel (wonderful medicine). So, if I was you I would take him to a baby dermatalgist or even your own baby doctor (my daughters doctor precribed hers). To this day, I'm very careful about the product I use on my daughter (2 yrs old). My daughter also suffered from extreme dry skin. There is a place (I think it's Aveno) at Castleton Mall that sell natural lotion, bath soap, shampoo, etc.... (pretty pricey but well worth it)that I started using on my daughter especially the lotion for senitive skin ($30.00) that never broke her out. I hope that helps a little!
A little about myself. I am a mother of 1 daughter and have 3 neices that live with my husband and I (2,10,13,9). I work f-t and my mother babysits.

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A.N.

answers from Indianapolis on

My six and a half month old son has eczema (I do as well). It is not fun to look at but it really doesn't bother them too much. His pediatrician prescribed a steroid cream that I use on them when they get bad, but it doesn't get rid of it. It will get better in the Spring though(at least mine does b/c of the weather change). So contact your son's pediatrian and see if she will prescribe a cream for it.

I hope this helps a little.
Good Luck!
A.

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H.J.

answers from Huntington on

C., my baby is 7 months old and he has a few dry patches on his neck and behind his ear. His doctor told me to try vasoline. hydrocortizone did not work for me either. I have not tried the vasoline yet.. my son does'nt act like he is bothered by his to much. it might be worth a try. What has your doctor said??

H..

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M.

answers from Omaha on

Hi C.!
My children also had eczema when they were younger. They were put on elidel at the time. I do have to say now that I have started using the Arbonne baby products (wash, lotion, baby oil)and also their skin conditioning oil & rejuvinating creme. They have not had another dry patch since. Just some info for you - stop using products that have mineral oil or any form of petrolatum in them and sadly enough anything with perfumes/scents in them can be very drying. It tends to make it worse.
If you are interested in finding out about the Arbonne products I could help you out. Hope you find something that works for him.
M.

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H.B.

answers from Indianapolis on

Ok I have eczema and the only thing that I have found that works for me is Blue Star Ointment. After about 2-3 days of application it worked wonderfully!! Hope this helps

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S.J.

answers from Charleston on

Where do I begin?? First you need to wash his clothes seperately from yours. Do a rinse cycle first to wash away irritants. Then wash his clothes in All Free, wisk free or any "free" laundry detergent. All makes the allfree dryer sheets as well. Cetaphil to wash him in the tub and is good to use the Cetaphil lotion as well. Eucerin cream is good as a lotion, too. Talk to your doctor. If he has mild to moderate then they'll probably give him elidel. That didn't work for my daughter. She is on the highest steroid cream. Cultivate. It hasn't made her gain weight or anything, it really helps. Fish, eggs, and wheat can all be triggers of eczema. Talk to your doctor, mine gave me an info sheet on the triggers. Just try to use fragrance-free, soap-free, hypo-allergenic products on him and his clothes, blankets and anything really he comes in contact with. Good luck. Most kids outgrow it by age 5. My daughter is 3 and she's doing better.

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J.K.

answers from Evansville on

My daughter Eliana has eczema although we only have small bouts of it now. Basically some outbreaks in the winter time. I use all natural products. If you want to know more about them please email me [email protected]____.com

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S.Z.

answers from Minneapolis on

My first daughter had something similar (patches of irritated dry skin) - it also was Eczema. Everyone has given great advice; I'll just add what I did to clear up my daughter's problem, (she had extremely sensitive skin).

The most important was to make sure her clothes were washed in sensitive soaps and softener (products with no perfumes etc. since they were on her skin all day!) I made sure to use the sensitive version of laundry detergent for EVERY item of clothing (including all towels and of course bedding). I only used fabric softener sheets, but now they have a sensitive liquid version that I use.

For bath time I switched to Gentle Naturals Eczema baby wash and used their Eczema cream on the affected areas, (it helped protect her skin from other irritants and sealed in much needed moisture - it's kind of greasy though).

My pediatrician also recommended using Aquaphor products which I found to be even greasier than the Gentle Naturals, but worked equally well.

Good luck - hope you find something that works for your son!
S.

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K.

answers from Louisville on

My 2 year old has it really bad too...I just have to keep the hyro (perscription) on her every night and if i miss a night, i can tell because it comes right back. My step son also had it really bad and with age, his has almost gone away!:)

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S.D.

answers from Indianapolis on

Talk to your peds doc, but I believe Elidel is ok for babies. I have used it for myself and it worked very well, haven't used it on my baby.
~S.

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A.M.

answers from Louisville on

My little boy gets that too. It will probably get worse as thiw winter approaches. I use Eucerin lotion on him, the Aveeno baby products are also good. All of it's expensive. But you can find generic baby Aveeno at Target, just look in the baby bath products. It also might help to use a moisturizing baby wash.

Hope it gets better!

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L.A.

answers from Lexington on

hey C.,
my son and myself have eczema. the best thing that i have found when we have an outbreak is Zinc Oxide, it takes the itch out without the burning of the hydrocortizone. But in between my son's dr. told me to use vasoline on the rough patches, and to make sure you use either the vasoline or lotion every day. Hope it helps.

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C.A.

answers from Indianapolis on

I also used Arbonne baby products as the other posts suggested. Eucerin works too and they have a baby line now.

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D.M.

answers from Charleston on

Hello, My son is 19mts old and we fight with this all year long. I also use the Hydrocort & Cetaphil(otc) lotion and bar soap. If you don't let much soap scum in the water it also helps. The Dr. told me to only use the Hydrocort for 3-5 days then stop for a few. inbetween some of those days I mix the Cetaphil with a little Hydrocort. Winter is really bad for children with dry skin, but there is nothing we can really do other than keep putting lotion on their skin several times a day. Sorry I know this really doesn't help much other than you are not alone.

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