Excema.... HELP!

Updated on February 10, 2009
B.S. asks from Lees Summit, MO
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I am hoping that someone can help me with Excema! My son has it bad! We have been to the Dr four different times over it. Each time we were given a different strength of cortiesone cream. We currently have 1%. This past week we took him back and were given an antibiotic becuse there was a secondary infection in the excema because it had gotten so bad. They also gave him a steroid, Prednisolone, which I DO NOT want to give him. Sometimes he will be fine... and then he will have a bad breakout. It's in all of the typical places... his feet, hands, face, and the creases in his elbows and knees. I tried switching to soy milk, and that didn't work. I currently use Aveeno body wash. Then I cover him with Aveeno lotion, put the cortiesone cream on the bad spots and seal it with Aquaphor. Does anyone have any excema tricks? I am also wondering if anyone has given their child the Prednisolone. I looked it up, and the side effects are AWFUL. Help!

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A.M.

answers from St. Louis on

My children have excema and I combine Eucerin cream, vaseline, and the 1% hydrocortisone into a paste and it usually hydrates their skin pretty good. I usually only have to apply it maybe every 3-5 days depending on the dryness of their skin.

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H.J.

answers from Kansas City on

When my daughter was an infant she had excema pretty bad too, all over her body. The pediatric dermatologist made us switch to unscented Dove bar soap, and after her bath put the cortisone cream on- that is what he gave her too, and then a very thin layer of vasaline. I know it sounds crazy, but we did this every night and it cleared up in about one or two weeks. We still do everything but the vasaline and she is now 4 with no major problems. Even in this terrible cold dry weather. I hope this helps.
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K.B.

answers from Kansas City on

I work for the best Dermatologists in the area and their advice is to put Vaseline or Aquaphor on the affected areas, and do not wash with soap unless you absolutely need to. Hope this helps.

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C.G.

answers from Columbia on

I have not actually tried these things for eczema, but I really think it would help. Have you heard of Emu Oil? It is very absorbant, penetrates deeply into the skin layers, and is all natural. Here is a website: http://www.emustore.com/ or, you can just google it. It's NOT greasy feeling like Aquaphore. Also, aquaphore is made from mineral oil. Mineral oil is the byproduct from crude oil (gross!). Remember, whatever you put on his skin, he will absorb into his body and blood stream. I wouldn't use anything other than natural and organic products on him.

Also, the Aveeno lotion you are using has irritants and harmful ingredients in it, even though they claim not to. (check out this webpage: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/wordsearch.php?query=ave...) It contains petrolatum, which is the same as mineral oil. Not sure exactly which kind you are using, but you might want to look into something else.

A better option is Kiss My Face, Olive and Aloe lotion (or any on this webpage: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/browse.php?category=baby.... I LOVE it, I even use it on my face, it is soo gentle and I haven't had dry skin all winter. It is completely natural and has NO harmful, irritating ingredients. Here is the website: http://kissmyfacewebstore.com/products/body-care/natural-...
I buy it at HyVee in Columbia, at Gerbes, or a local healthfood store. It's usually in the healthfood bath/body section of regular grocery stores (in bigger bottles than what's on that webpage).

A good start may be to put the lotion on, then the Emu oil over it to help absorb it deeply.

I also know that food has a lot to do with excema. A great book for you to read about food allergies is "If It's Not Food, Don't Eat It" by Kelly Hayford, C.N.C. It's really a great book, and cheap on Amazon.com.

best wishes!
C. G.

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S.D.

answers from Topeka on

Don't give your son to warm of a bath and don't bathe him everday every other or 2 will help out a great deal also lather him up with his regualr lotion several times a day.

M.B.

answers from St. Louis on

Let me just say Im sorry your little man is going through this. My daughter has it and it will bring you to tears, both of you! Its gotten so bad she stratches it until she bleeds while shes sleeping. I almost threw her in the car @ 2pm one night and took her to the hospital because there was blood all over her bed! Some things that helps us, I have a little baby so I wash both of their, clothes, sheets, blankets, basically everything they come in contact with in baby detergent. I buy the off [email protected]____.com can also use that free and clear stuff but its more expensive. Soap~ Dove unsented, nothing with fragrance, it will irritate them. Her Doc perscribed CeraVe Lotion, I bought it @ target pharmacy to put on right after her bath, its been working really good. I also do use a really low dose of cortizone (perscribed). The way the doctor explained it to me was the side effects are rare and its if someone would smear it on their whole body everyday. I only use it on her when she needs it, and a small amount. I wont put it on her before bedtime because I think it makes her a little itchy so I dont want her going to bed itchy, I put it on her when I can watch her. For some reason my daughter has real problems with excema when she gets hot, I only let her sleep with a sheet so she doesnt get hot and itchy. It is under control now but in the summer is when it is really bad for her, its horrible, shes covered in it during the summer. They say kids usually outgrow it, and hopefully she does, because trying to avoid things is becomes a huge part of your life. Some other things to avoid, dryer sheets, they make it go crazy!! Nothing with fragrance, wool is very bad for it too. After awhile you will learn what they cant tolerate, but it is a long stressful road. I hope it gets better!!!

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P.P.

answers from Topeka on

It sounds to me like your little boy has food allergies. You might try to remove one food at a time from his diet and see if that makes a difference. If that food doesn't make a difference, add it back and try try another. If he eats eggs, I'd start there. The next thing I would try would be citrus fruit, then wheat, etc. etc. I don't know if doctors do allergy tests on such little ones. But I know I had terrible excema as a child - and food allergies were the culprit.

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T.H.

answers from Kansas City on

Bummer! I have not had to personally deal with this, but know some who have and they say that the Disney Babies excema cream works great. I think you can get it at all stores in the baby section. Also I do know one gal who resorted to smothering her baby in olive oil at bed time. Sounds yuck, but she said there were results, the only side effect being that your child smells like a roast chicken! :)

As far as the Pred. goes, it is true that in order to have the really nasty side effects, you have to be on it for extended periods of time. So maybe you can do it to get results and then wean him off of it again. It does work fast, it is also prescribed for people with really nasty poison ivy and although I haven't had excema, I have had that and it helps a lot!!

Sounds rough, I hope it gets better for all of you!

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P.D.

answers from St. Louis on

Hello,

I am sorry I am just know reading this email. You have to try this product called Renew. It is made buy a company called Melaleuca. You can check it out on this website.
You can normally only get it through some one that is a customer.

It works wonders! You. may also consider switch your laundry product over to more natural ingredients.

P.

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J.H.

answers from Wichita on

Hello!

I highly recommend you try Calendula-n-Honey products from Daisy Blue Naturals. They have a whole line made specifically for this that work GREAT! No artificial preservatives, no parabens, no sulfates, no phosphates, no petrochemicals, no artificial colorants, etc. Only safe and natural ingredients. PLUS, the products are made so you only have to use a little bit at a time, therefore they last longer! These products will tame the itch plus they will also help to keep it away. Use the products daily for best results. I've seen it work time and time again.

You can purchase them through www.3743.daisybluenaturals.com or email me at [email protected]____.com

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D.K.

answers from Kansas City on

Oh, I so feel your pain! My daughter was five when she started her exzema. It's a daily battle! She's eleven now and does not have it much anymore. I'm not sure if it's due to moving to a new climate last year, if our new house has a humidifier built in to the furnace, or if she's just outgrown it. She was miserable most of the time so I know your son is too. We even had allergy testing done and discovered that her allergies were minimal and almost exclusively airborne---pollens and grasses. So I noticed her flareups mostly at the start of fall and spring.

I only used the steroid cream when absolutely necessary. She took Zyrtec daily which I don't recommend because she was groggy and cranky constantly. When we went to the dr. the first time, he put her on some type of prednisone and she gained 5 pounds in less than two weeks. I didn't like that side effect at all. So the way we managed was this:

In winter, keep a humidifier in the bedroom.

Only take a bath every 2-3 days and kept it quick and not too hot.

Don't towel dry off immediately. As soon as you turn the water off, slather on gobs of Aquaphor, Eucerin, or Lubriderm. I like Eucerin best. It's greasy, but it helps seal in the moisture from the shower.

I used fragrance free laundry detergent---even Dreft and Ivory Snow irritated her skin.

Ocassionally, we had to take an antibiotic to treat the secondary infection caused by her scratching. She clawed the bends of her arms and wrists and even between her fingers all the time. It's impossible to keep little hands clean, expecially under the nails, so her problem was always there. I'm not kidding---years of rashes! We just got used to them and the horrible questions from her teachers and friends about why her skin has those rashes. It was such a hard time for both of us because we did everything we could to manage it, but it was a beast!

I was skeptical that the dr. said she'd grow out of it, but she did! I think prepuberty hormones have helped her oil glands produce normal amounts now.

I hope you can find some of our tricks useful to you and your son.

Good luck!

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R.F.

answers from St. Joseph on

Give him the prednisolone you won't regret it and he will feel so much better. Make sure your laundry soap and fabric softner are fragrance free. Be careful using any lotion with fragrance or petrolum as this always seemed to make my son much worse. My son is now 15 and has not had an outbreak since he was about 13. Now we are dealing with acne so a whole different story.

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L.Y.

answers from Springfield on

Have you heard of Jordan Essentials, used to be called Country Bunny? It is made in Nixa MO. The lady that founded the company did because of the problems her hubby had with excema. All their products are from natural ingred. I use their products, but especially when my daughter, 10, has a flare up with her excema. I'm glad I met my Bunny Lady, Brenda Jones in Springfield MO. I know she does personal shopping out of the area and makes frequent trips to KC area. I can email you her # if you like.
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J.B.

answers from Joplin on

I really sympathize with your situation! I know of several people who have suffered with excema, particulary children.
I will make this short and sweet. I know of a natural juice and also a cream that is toxin and chemical free. Therefore, side effects free, that many people have had wonderful results with. It is a mangosteen fruit juice. The ONLY one with the whole fruit puree in it.
You may go to my website to learn more. www.choose2bwell.com
The cream would be from the Glimpse skin care, which also has the healing phytonutrients of the fruit in it. If you would like more information, I would be happy to meet with you or to send you some info. Wishing you the best in your search. Blessings, ~J.

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D.B.

answers from St. Louis on

Please have him tested for allergies. They swore up and down my son had excema (I went to the "leading" dermatologist at Wash U), we treated him with all the creams, steroids, etc. which had a little effects but never cleared it up. Then we found out he was allergic to milk, eggs, peanuts, shellfish, cats and dogs. Once he was no longer exposed to the allergens in any form, his excema cleared up and he has beautiful skin. While we were treating for excema though, Protopic was the cream of choice. It made a substantial difference.

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R.Y.

answers from Wichita on

go to a dermatologist and ask for elidel, a cream. the only thing we found in higher dose cortisone and other steriod creams was bleaching out my daughters skin. don't give the prednisone unless you have no other option. it is not good for anyone unless there is nothing else, and there is. Good call with the aveeno we used cetaphil and have moved to ivory bar soap for long term, due to cost.
Good Luck, R.

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C.E.

answers from Lawrence on

First of all, I totally feel for you and your son. It is SO not fun dealing with exema. I've had it off and on for most of my life. Here are the things I've learned about controlling it. First, never use hot water. It makes it so much worse. Avoid lotions and soaps with fragrance. If he gets upset when you put a lotion on odds have it it burns. Some of the worst for me were gold bonds and vaseline products. Keep a cold humidifier in his room. The more moisture I had the better and a vaporizer made it worse. Prednisone sucks for long term, but as a short term to clear up a particularly bad outbreak I never had a problem. But I also never took it more than twice a year.

The one miracle cure I've found lately is lotion from Restoration Hardware called "No Crack". It's seriously what it's called and if you can make it into one of their stores they don't blink an eye when you ask for it. But make sure to get the unscented one. It's very heavy but doesn't take long for the greasy-ness to go away. And although it seems a bit expensive it lasts. This has worked better for me than any cortizone creams or prescriptions.

Good luck!

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M.E.

answers from St. Louis on

Melaleuca (www.melaleuca.com) has lotion called Renew. Clears up Excema, and it's money back guaranteed. Their website is sometimes a little confusing, I can help if needed. Good Luck!

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A.B.

answers from Kansas City on

Keep in mind that any dietary switching needs to be done for at least 3-4 weeks to be sure you're eliminating all of the build up from the body. Much eczema is caused by diet, so watch other high allergens like eggs, wheat, and soy (in addition to dairy, of course).

My 11 month old has suffered from eczema since about 2 months old. I take him to a pediatric dermatologist at Children's Mercy, and they prescribed a variety of steroid creams. They also prescribed the atarax that someone mentioned below. It is an antihistamine like Benadryl, but it works better for kids with eczema than Benadryl.

Eczema happens when kids with a genetic predisposition get dry skin. The skin gets hard and thick and begins to itch. The kids scratch, it gets rashy and infected. Most kids with eczema are also colonized with staph, so skin infections come very easily to them. There are some studies in the works now that are trying to find out if eczema is related to yeast. My doctor also recommends giving him multidophilus powder to combat any yeast that may have colonized him. It is natural and safe, though not cheap.

If you use steroid creams, use them at least 30 minutes before using any moisturizer. Lotions and creams are not strong enough for eczema, so ointments like aquaphor and vaseline are best. If you apply the moisturizer right after the steroid cream, you are just diluting the steroid. Long term side effects of topical steroids can cause the skin to thin permanently, but the dermatologist explained to me that that will not happen if you apply it only to the thickened areas which need to be thinned in order for the moisturizer to work.

Keep him moisturized. I put vaseline all over my guy before every nap and bedtime. He hates it, but it's the only thing that works! Use only dye and fragrance free detergent, no dryer sheets, and wash frequently. Adding a little bleach to their bath can help. Bathing every day is more moisturizing than not, as long as it is not too hot and ointments are applied immediately afterward. Keep his nails trimmed and filed to help prevent damage from scratching. We use cetaphil to wash in the tub.

Eczema is worst when the air is dry or the child sweats. Good luck! Studies show that mothers of children with eczema have higher stress levels than mothers of children in the NICU.

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C.B.

answers from St. Louis on

I have a son who will be 10 next month and we have been dealing with this since he was a baby. He has even had sinus surgery, with the hope that his eczema would improve. He also has a tendency to get secondary infections, it is so bad. Anyway, recently I have started a new treatment that seems to be working. It will be hard to do on a 1 1/2 year old but... Anyway, I give him a 15 min. bath in warm water with 1/2 cup of bleach in the bath. When he comes out, we cover him with vasoline mixed with either Protopic or Mometamsone (switch these every other day), then cover him in wet white cloth strips (old clean t-shirts), then wrap with saren wrap. Then I use my husbands old socks on his hands and feet for comfort. My son will sleep with this on his feet. My doctor rec. that we keep this on for 60 minutes. He also takes Zrytec daily for the itching. This is the only time that I have gotten his skin actually looking normal. It is a lot of work, but it has worked for us. I can go on and on about suggestions, write me if you have any more questions.
C. B

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L.W.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi there! I am sorry but I just read your request. My son has had the same skin issues that yours has since he was born. My daughter has them too but not nearly as bad as my son does. We had him tested for food (and other types) of allergies but the allergy specialist said that with them this young it could give false results and they could grow out of it real easy. We were then sent to a dermatologist who gave me some GREAT pointers on helping my sons skin out. First of all the ointment cort can be used every day. Some doctors say that it can't but it can. There isn't any harm in using it daily to help those bad spots. They also told us not to use the normal soaps on him but to use Dove Soap. They also said to use Aquaphor for the entire body. They also suggested to use Vaseline on the body with a very VERY thin layer to help with the dryness. I do not know anything about the medication but that above is the information that they gave us for my son. Good Luck!

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K.K.

answers from St. Louis on

My daughter has mild issues that started when she was a baby. They first gave her a prescription for Elidel and it worked on out breaks, but that was recalled from use for children - Oh great, that made me feel wonderful. I decided no more mediciine if I can help it.

What I found after trying every lotion and soap (between my daughter and husband) is from www.Melaleuca.com. I use any flavor of their Bath Bars and Renew lotion. It's like a miricle occured for both of them. (Plus, somehow, their products last longer than other products...so not as expensive as it might seem - and if you watch for sales...you are all set.) The trick to it is putting the lotion on after every bath and every time it appears like there is an itchy spot. (By that I mean, don't wait to use it until you see something. You can actually feel it before it happens, but just do this as preventative maintenance.) I think this stuff is outstanding. Both my husband and daughter's skin is as if they have normal skin now.

Here are the links to the stuff:
(If you decide you like it, you should just sign up to sell it and take the discounts yourself)
Lotion:
http://www.melaleuca.com/ps/index.cfm?f=ps.productDetail&...
Soap:
http://www.melaleuca.com/ps/index.cfm?f=ps.productDetail&...

You can find the lotion and the certain scents of the bars are on sale this month.

Best of luck to you, I hope this helps your family as much as it does mine. (It's way more natural as well!)

D.H.

answers from Kansas City on

That is the steroid cream we use for my youngest and it works just fine. She hasn't had any ill effects from it. She only uses it on really bad break outs. She does douse herself in lotion daily. This time of year is worse. Summers are great, the sun helps her lots. Good luck and God Bless and Merry Christmas.

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K.B.

answers from Wichita on

Good Morning Bridget, Our 15 mo. old youngest Gr son sounds like your little fella. What our Ped said was what ever the prescription of creams or ointments the trick was to place in on the child when Wet right out of the bath. Then place the lotions over the top of that.
We have tried all types of creams and lotions also. They help for a time. The colder weather is going to wreak havoc on everyone with extra dry skin. I used to smear my boys up with vaseline and put the footy PJ's on them, that worked best for me at that time. LONG time ago.

He told us when cases get really terrible to even wet the PJ's. Keep moisture on it.
Zane's script consisted of Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream .025% with Hydrocodone cream over the top. 2 x a day.

I pray the best for you and your little man.
God Bless
K. Nana of 5

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J.M.

answers from St. Louis on

Is it prednasone in a pill form? Or orapred chewable? or a steroid cream? Your son is not even two, and let me say the prednasone is the most nasty tasting pill...Yuck! Orapred is atleast flavored. But really, I wouldnt worry about a 5 day dose of it.There are side effects to be concerned about,mostly for long term users...like years. My son who is almost 11 just finished a 5 day course of pred, for his asthma. He took 60 mg a day. The only thing I would have done diffrent is I would have dosed him w/all of it in the morning, rather than spacing it out 3 times a day. This is because he had a hard time falling asleep after his evening dose.
Hope this helps.Good luck!
By the way, I took pred for two years, and during my entire pregnancy, in doses form 5mg to 60 mg...even had a iv of the crud running through my veins. All for my disease of ulcerative colitis.This was 10 plus years ago, and have thus far sufferd no ill effects from the pred.

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E.M.

answers from Kansas City on

My sons excema was horrible when he was younger. I took him to a dermatologist who gave us a prescription for Triamcinelone which is a topical steriod and works better than the cortisone. He also recommended using Cetaphil body wash and Creamy Vaseline for a moisturizer. Products like Aveeno were not recommended to us. Keep the ointments in the fridge (not the vaseline) so that when the itching starts up the cold relief will work faster. We had to use the Vaseline 2 - 3 times a day at first but it was well worth it. I had to switch all my laundry products to free and clear like Purex. He is 4 now and only has an outbreak every once in a while. As far as the Prednisone, I know the side affects are horrible but it will help him feel so much better! My son has had to take it a few times for his asthma. It makes him hungry and irritable but only for a few days. If you really want to get his excema under control I would recommend seeing a dermatologist and not his regualar doc, we tried that and got nowhere. Good luck to you and I hope you find some relief for you kiddo! E.

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A.C.

answers from St. Louis on

My daughter's dermatologist recommends lotion without any kind of fragrance or dye, also I use a bar of soap that is fragrance and dye free. I only bathe her every few days and just sponge her off on days that she doesn't take baths. I lotion her twice a day with a scent free cream and also a cream called CeraVe one after another. The dermatologist gave her a prescription for Fluticasone cream that I use twice daily on her outbreak areas. Since we got it cleared up and kept up with the lotion twice a day we haven't had problems with outbreaks in a while.

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V.Y.

answers from Wichita on

I have psoriasis, which means my skin regenerates faster than normal and flakes off, gets red and itches. A dr. in Oklahoma prescribed ultravate for me. It worked wonders w/a lotion called Aquacare. Any lotion works as long as it has 10% urea in it. And yes that is what you think it is. But check it out on line. My psoriasis has practically disappeared. Be careful though when I moved to Kansas, I couldn't get the ultravate. Got a prescription of something else. Works ok, but the ultravate worked better. Check with your doctor. Good luck.

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M.E.

answers from St. Louis on

I use eucerin cream on my son, it really seems to help. He also had to be on an oral steroid once for a respiratory thing and it made him unbearably crabby, but it did the job and he only had to take it for a few days.

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D.T.

answers from Kansas City on

Here's what I have found in the Essential Oil Desk Reference:
Eczema is the inflammation of skin and most often is due to allergies, but can also be a sign of liver disease. It is usually the result from internal factors, such as irritant chemicals, soaps, and shampoos, or allergies (gluten, lactose, etc.) Skin becomes red, flaky and itchy. Small blisters may form and if broken by scratching, can become infected.
Recommends the following Essential Oils: Lavender, German Chamomille, Myrrh
These can be diluted 50:50 with a carrier oil such as Olive Oil and applied to the irritated area. You can also add one or two drops of oil to his bath water. Lavender is safe to apply directly to children's skin undiluted. You'll just have to find what works for him.
It is recommended that you use therapeudic grade oils such as those from Young Living. If you would like to find out more about Young Living Essential Oils and their products (they also offer shampoos and bath gels that are non irritating and made with essentials oils) visit http://www.youngliving.us and sign up. Use my distributor number ###-###-#### to purchase anything.
Lavender is very safe for children provided it is pure and therapeudic grade.
Please dont' hesitate to contact me with any questions!
I hope this helps you and your little one deal with something that could bother him for the rest of his life, it would be a shame to not try the natural remedies before the steriods. Good luck!

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A.D.

answers from Kansas City on

Poor kiddo! Winter is the toughest time for eczema. My daughter just gets dry patches, and that's bad enough!
I would make sure there is a humidifier or vaporizer in his room to keep the humidity up, keep up what you're doing, and I'd go ahead and use the Prednisolone. (also called Medrol). It's a short course, so you won't see most of the side effects that are listed. Most of those side effects will start cropping up after a month or more of continuous use. With a short course of the med, you should see rapid improvement of the itching and rash, which can quiet down the "cascade" overall and might help delay the return of the eczema or make it less severe. As side effects, you might see a boost in energy and/or appetite, possibly some irritability or insomnia...but my guess is that they recommended a week or so of it, and any side effects should be mild.
Keep up the good work and hang in there!

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C.O.

answers from Kansas City on

My 19 year old daughter has excema and we battled it for years her Dr. prescribing many diferent things. None worked and can cause more harm. I finally found Emu oil it is all natural and no side effects. It is the only thing that helped my daughter. You can find it at all natural stores or you can go to www.herbalhealer.com where you learn all about it for yourself.
Good luck,
Crytal

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K.E.

answers from Kansas City on

My son has eczema and I use the eczema bath wash in his bath along with the Aveeno bath wash. The eczema wash is in a blue bottle and has winnie the pooh characters on it they also have a cream that is good as well. The only place that I have been able to find it though is Target in the baby isle. Hopes this helps.

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K.S.

answers from St. Louis on

My son that is now 8 has Asthma and had a bad case of excema. As a baby he had it on his face so bad that I didn't want to take him anywhere since people would say rude things to me. But, I loved the prednisolone. However I hate the side effects that it may have(weight gain) it did help him. He has food allergies to eggs and peanuts. Another thing to try is the Dove body wash and unsented skin so soft that you can purchase from my site www.youravon.com/kstaab I am trying the skin so soft body wash on my son now and i will let you know the outcome of that. we just started it so I will get back with you on that.

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L.B.

answers from St. Joseph on

Well the Prednisolone WILL work but keep in mind it is a short term solution...if both of you are losing your mind over this right now it would be something to start him on. I will warn you that steroids have the side effect that I call "roid rage"...there will be times when you will think your son is NOT your son but some sort of demon spawn...he will be fussy and crabby...it is a side effect of the steroids and only diminishes when you stop the medication. The UP side is it DOES WORK and rather quickly.

I will tell you I have gone through this roller coaster for 3 years with my daughter and here's what I have learned...creams hurt more than ointments (burn wise) because they are stronger...if they are hypersensitive you need to ask for the ointment version. When they are extremely angry red (almost like welts) we have used Triamcinolone Acetonide ointment 0.1%. Apply it after a bath...STOP the AVENEO...it has fragrance in it and it is only going to compound the issue...Dr's will tell you to use Dial or Dove, I will tell you to use Vanicream or nothing at all. Pat them down, apply the ointment...let it "dry" for a few minutes then apply the Aquafor or Vanicream lotion as a sealer and put him in some snug fitting pjs/long johns. Keep up the process and do it 2x a day until it clears up. You can stop the Triamcinolone when the rash stops looking so angry and can then use the Hydrocortisone as a maintenance but keep up the Aquaphor/Vanicream or else you will be going right back to whence you came.

If you have itching compounding the problem we had a liquid prescription for a drug called Atarax (generic). It will knock him out (drowsy wise) but it does stop the infernal itching which is a godsend because if they start itching it just makes the whole thing worse.

I would also recommend you getting some kind of humidifier for his room to keep it a little more moist since the dry air tends to exasterbate this.

I would also abandon a peditrician for this and move to a dermatologist...if you are in the KC area I would recommend Dr. Hoii at Children's Mercy...she tagged my daughter in 5 minutes in what other Dr's hadn't been able to do in 2 1/2 years. Good luck to you and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

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S.W.

answers from St. Louis on

www.sliceofnature.com order a container from this lady. you will NOTbe disappointed . awesome shea butter!

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S.R.

answers from Kansas City on

I to sufer from it, I get it all over my body, It sounds like you are doing a great job with the lotions and body wash. You also might want to try and make sure that the bath water is not to hot, if to hot that will dry out the skin also. Pat him dry instead of rubbing him dry when he gets out of the water. You also might want to try and wash his clothes in a detergent that is FREE, like all free, or I think tide free. It is free of perfumes and dyies. The prednisolone just makes it go away faster, I have given it to my daughter but it was for croup. But do not like giving her a steroids either. You can also try giving him an oarmeal bath like aveeno oatmeal bath.

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S.M.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi B.!!!

My name is S., and I have a 2 year old little boy that had excema so bad that his skin was wearing away behind hid knees, on his back, and the bends of his arms. I put him on the product that Teri was talking about 5 months ago. It took a little while to work (about a week or so) but its completely gone!!!! My baby finally has relief!!! I gave him one scoop a day in his lil cup with cold water and now still to this day it is gone!! No creams, although I lotion him after every bath. The best part is no steriods or drugs. let me know if you have any queestions
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A.M.

answers from St. Louis on

My son had excema since he was a baby, and now he is almost 5 and it is MUCH better, so with time hopefully it will get better. DO get tested for food allergies. We found out this way that he had a bad PEANUT & NUT allergy. I use Prednisolone and i was hesitant to use it too, but i use it sparingly for flare ups- for a few days, and when things look better I just use aquaphor. Someimte I also mix it w/ neosporin if he has been scratching it a lot and it looks like he has broken the skin...(bloody, etc)
Good Luck!

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S.B.

answers from Wichita on

Both my sons have had bad excema, but this year it is much better. I'm not sure if my youngest has simply "outgrown" it (he's 2 1/2) or if the changes I made helped. He was also on steroids last year and I hated it! I was determined not to let it happen this year and I took a trip to Food for Thought, a local organic store. They have a huge "body bar" where you can buy all natural products and I got body wash, bath bubbles and lotion. I tried this because I found that even Aveeno has some chemicals in it that can irritate sensitive skin. My boys are so much better this year, and that's all I use! I thought I'd share in case it works for you too!

Best of luck,
S.

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G.T.

answers from Kansas City on

my daughter has it from a small child andnow as grown adult. We used a mild soap and always stayed with the same brand. shower or bath with warm water only for a short time. no bubble baths, except for 1-2 times a month. Lotion after each bath from head to toe. use the cream on the spots instead of lotion. use no perfume type products for they dry the skin. we used tide non perfume for clothes. we used oil of olay for soap. I found melaleuca for lotion and other natural products now, that can be found on internet. Allergies to food is not the problem. Make sure he drinks alot. People will sometimes think that this is a ringworm but is not. My granddaughter is showing signs of the excema also. this will be an ongoing problem sorry. If you find a product that works do not change. G.

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B.B.

answers from St. Louis on

Ok. Topical cortisone does not help me and did not help my children. I would suggest that you do use one round of Prednisone (and yes, the effects will probably drive YOU nuts) but he will clear up quickly. Don't bathe this child in a bath. Spot wash him with plain lukewarm water and a washrag and only use gentle soap (like Aveeno) when he really needs it. Use an extremely moisturing cream like Eucerin and keep it coming. Just my .02!

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A.S.

answers from Kansas City on

Hi Bridget,
My daughter, 1 1/2 at the time, used to have what she would call "itchers". They were on her arms, neck and sometimes chest. We did try topicals but no luck but when our family started drinking MonaVie, an all natural fruit blend made of 19 of the world's most nutritious fruits, all of the "itchers" went away. I know it sound crazy but she has not had any outbreaks in 1 1/2 years.
The juice has been wonderful for so many different health issues for our family, but mainly, it is an all natural anti-inflammitory and works on the body from the inside out.

Check this out, www.thegreatproduct.com/scoggin you can read about the juice benefits. If you are interested in trying a bottle for your son, please let me know.

Cheers,
A.

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T.D.

answers from St. Louis on

Bridgett I have product that I GUARANTEE will work or your money back. We have a 30 day money back guarantee - no problem. The product is manufactured in Chesterfield MO by Reliv International. The product I refer to helps my grandson remain symtom free. I also had my salon lady, Sarah in Fenton, MO give her child the product. It is delicious and symtoms start to dissapate in a week or less for two children I am referring too. It is the ONLY patented isotonic sports drink on the market. Available in 3 flavors: Lemon, Orange (tastes like tang), and Cool Punch. One scoop a day with water. Hydrates the cells from within where the problem starts. Eczema is simply dehyrated skin cells at the cellular level. Call me: T. Downey ###-###-#### The corporate website is: www.reliv.com Dr. Carl has received many awards for his work in this field. He comes from Mead JOhnonson and was on the team that developed Enfamil and Ensure. He also worked with the Weight Watchers food line; he has been with Reliv since its inception 20 years ago. Like I said, guaranteed to make a difference or your money back.

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A.T.

answers from St. Louis on

This is going to sound simple and maybe even stupid. But Take WHOLE OATS and put them in a clean sock and tie off the open end with a rubber band. Then throw the sock in a warm bath and soak for 13-20 mins. This will take several times to work and if your son is so young he may not react well to the prednisolone I know my son didn't when he was prescribed it after a terrible asthma attack. It was necessary though to improve his lung strength after such an attack. I'd say try seeing someone with some natural cures before going with general medication. I had a friend who went on a very specific vitamin/ natural lotion regimine for here Psoriosis and cleared it all up. She had to do it every day and keep from eating certain things but it helped her. Sometimes things like swimming in a chlorinated pool help. It just depends on the child. But try the oats it really works. I hope it works for you.

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C.W.

answers from St. Louis on

Our first pediatrician told me that our son was just an "excema baby" and we did all the creams, steriods, lotions, etc. We switched peds and our new one told us that excema is usually CAUSED by something. I stopped ALL milk products and after 3 weeks, his skin started to get better. He is now 2 and has no excema at all... but we also do NO milk at all (including any whey protein, casin, etc.) Some kids who are allergic to milk are also allergic to soy. It did take several weeks to see results.

Don't just work on covering up the problem... Try to get to the root of it.
Good luck!

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D.V.

answers from St. Louis on

Oh boy, do I feel your pain. My 9 yr old son has had excema since he was a baby off and on and lately it's been more on than off. We went to the dermatologist last year and he prescribed a whole regimen that we follow...only unscented soaps (we use dove) free and clear laundry detergent and we're not suppose to use fabrice softener(which I still use, just use the free and clear stuff) and a bunch of other stuff that we do, but it just wasn't clearing it up. So we just went back 2 weeks ago and he was prescribed elocon cream which we put on twice a day and the doc suggested we use benadryl at night to cease the nighttime itching. Both of these things have been a miracle for my son. In just the short time we have started with these 2 things, we've seen a 95% improvement. And, I don't hear him scratching in his sleep anymore. I would make sure you see a dermatologist to prescribe something, not just your childs pediatrician...I love ours, but she gave us some other ideas and things that just didn't work. Hope this helps and good luck!

A.M.

answers from Kansas City on

girl i hear you. and i have asked on here, too. all the suggestions were great, all the little tips and bits of advice, but i'll tell you, the ONLY thing that has helped my son is this lotion called DERMAREST. walgreens has it for about ten bucks. my son did not respond to anything the dr. gave us, and all the little hints did nothing to relieve it. and he gets it at all times of the year, no matter what the weather or temperature. since i got the dermarest, i put it on once, sometimes twice a day, and his skin is SO much better. it is literally the only thing that has helped. it is a little expensive and that's why i put it off so long, but once i did i was kicking myself for not trying it sooner. he literally had eczema constantly, from the time he was just a couple weeks old. it NEVER went away completely. the dermarest did the trick. i can't sing it's praises enough (and no i'm not a dermarest salesperson!) i am confidant that if you try it, your son will have instant relief. within a day there was a major difference with my son. good luck and i hope something works for him, even if it's not dermarest!

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D.Z.

answers from St. Louis on

My grandson had excema at about 5 months old the dermatologist gave her a steroid cream for him plus told her the avenno line to use also. She was also told he had to much clothes on. I never dreamed that he had to much on but after he told her that she did not put as much clothes on. We bought a dyson animal vacuum to make sure that there was nothing in the carpet to aggrivate his skin in the line of hair or dirt. You may even have to switch dr. until you find one that is just right for you.

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D.L.

answers from Topeka on

We do all the same things you do except the Aveeno lotion. I discovered one hugh thing with my son was our laundry detergent and then other people holding him with different laundry detergents and perfumes on. I didn't care for that medication either, I refused it for my son and researched a life change we could do. First thing was I took him to a dermatologist instead of our family MD, that helped a great deal!

Good luck,
D.

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J.G.

answers from St. Louis on

Diet has a lot to do with it. Like someone said, you need to avoid foods for 3+ weeks on some sort of elimination diet. Natural products work the best. I know many people have good results using Shaklee for their excema.
J.

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G.B.

answers from Kansas City on

I use a steroidal ointment on my son when his excema gets bad and have had great luck. I think it's called mometasome. I actually use it on myself too. One or two applications is all we ever need.

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B.S.

answers from Kansas City on

My son has excema too. His isn't serious or anything but anything with mineral oil/petroleum products makes it worse or it stays the same. When I made an effort to use shea butter (no alcohol, mineral oil, or petroleum products), burt's bees baby oil, and less frequent washing (Or sponge baths) so I wasn't irritating the skin- the change was dramatic.

If his skin is bleeding, and he has an infection from it- using the prednisone may be your only option. My son has been on it for asthma and it is one awful drug, but it does the job well.

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T.C.

answers from Kansas City on

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