HELP! Dont Know How to Help My Daughter

Updated on November 14, 2008
V.C. asks from North Charleston, SC
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My daughter who turns 2 in feburary has really bad ezama. It looks like it going to get better then it gets worse. I dont know what to do. I called her doctor and he prescribe her a cream to put on it. It worked for a little bit but now its worse. (the worse it been yet) We made a appointment with a dermatoligist but its not until the 13th. What can I do to put my baby at ease. She straching all day. We asked a doctor (not hers because he is on vacation) what we can do and she said there is nothing sept keep doing what we are doing. We just came from maryland where it was cold and I think it had something to do with it getting a little worse. What should I do? its to the point it looks like there are scars forming. Should we take her to the hospital. I dont have problem skin but my husband family do and they tell me to keep putting cream on it.

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First I want to thank everyone for their help. We did take her to a skin doctor and he prescribe something a little stronger. He also told us it might have gotten worse because of the cold she had. She still has the cold but he skin looks alot better now I am worried that her skin is permently scared.

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T.W.

answers from Atlanta on

Hello V., my name is Terrie, but my friends call me Goose. I have 3 grandchildren, a 6 year old girl, & a set of twins (boy & girl) that will be 3 in February. There are no skin issues in my family, but my daughter in law had the same problem when she was young. When my first grandaughter was problem she had it too. But thankfully hers wasn't real bad. But when the twins were born the girl twin was eat up with it. There were places on her arms/legs that were starting to scar also. The cream from the doctor really didn't help much. So my daughter in law heard about the Crisco. Now the only bad places she has on her arms/legs were the ones that were starting to scar, but they are almost gone as well. It works wonders, and stop using any lotions with fragrance or bubble baths. So I hope this helps and good luck!!!!!! Goose

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J.R.

answers from Atlanta on

my niece and granddaughter also have excema, we treat it with an oatmeal bath,some benedrayl, and eucerin cream. It works for both of them. hope this helps. oh yes cold weather makes it a lot worse.

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C.H.

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Hi V.,
A few people have said this already. You need to go to a professional who'd knowledgeable about food allergies. Most family doctors and pediatricians have little knowledge in this area, which is unfortunate because children often have food sensitivities when young that become allergies if undealt with. Because there are so many processes and body parts involved in digestion, the symptoms can range from top (ear infections) to bottom (rashes). There's a great book called Prescription for Nutritional Healing I recommend for all families. It says 75% of childhood rashes are due to allergies of milk, eggs, or peanuts. The most likely one is milk. Other possibilites include allergens in the environment such as detergent or mold. AS far as treatment, I'm sure you will want to use some things that treat the rash, like Benadryl, but if you just treat the rash without dealing with what's causing it, the allergy will manifest in other ways and/or get worse. I also recommend probiotic (there's some tasty liquid varieties at Harry's Marketplace in Marietta kid's love, and while you're there, pick up Prescription for Nutritional Healing for more suggestions) as it will boost your child's immune system, which it needs to fight the allergic reaction.

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P.T.

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I know what your going through. My now seven year old suffered from eczema for years. It does get better. This is what worked for us:
while she is so uncomfortable right now, benadryl for the itching, so she doesn't scratch. Oatmeal bath will help sooth her skin. Pat her dry when she gets out of the tub, so her skin stays moist. Get some jojoba oil, tea tree oil and natural shea butter (can get from a place like Whole Foods) After you rub her down make sure you apply a eucerin or lubriderm lotion on her skin and don't rub it all the way in!! This acts a protector and will provide the skin with some moisture when it needs it. Aquaphor works great on the scarring areas and the shea butter so she doesn't scar. The jojoba oil works great in the bathtub water as a maintence in between the break outs. Limit the number of baths. This only dries out the skin. Try every two days or every other day. Make sure you are using a free of everything detergent to wash her clothes, bedding, etc. Until you know what allergen is causing the eczema, refrain from using strong perfumes, air freshers, cleaning products, etc. Keep her in a pull up or panties as much as possible, clothes help irritate. Extreme weather situations will bring it on. My son got his worst breakouts in the start of winter and summer. Once the breakout gets really bad a steroid cream seems like it was the only thing that made it better. Find out what the her triggers are. It may be something she's eating or environmental. Eating lots of fruits and vegatables seemed to help for us. If she is a picky eater try a Juice Plus vitamin. I comes with all the fruit and vegatables she needs in a vitamin. Again it does get better we rarely have any problems now and if we do it's a small area begind his knees or in his arm bend. I hope this helps. God Bless!!!!

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V.H.

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Yes it is drier down here. You need to rub your daughter down every night with Aquaphor or Cephtil? at least. My daughter's dermatologist actually prescribed a lotion gel type stuff that is $100 a bottle (TGfor insurance). Also you should take her to a dermatologist not just her regular ped. doctor. You will probably need a stronger cream like flucionide (spelling is probably off) that has a steriod in it. Also if the ezcema is on your daughter's belly or on her feet, she make have a nickel allergy and the metal buttons on her shoes or jeans are causing it. As you can tell my daughter has it too and it is bad lots. You can give her Benadryl liquid to help her stop the itching and let her sleep. If she continues to scratch through it then you may have to get a prescription for Hydroxine or Orapred. Anyway, check with dermatogolist. If you are in the Conyers area, try our doc...Dr. John Fountain...Family Dermatology. I actually see him too. Skin problems are heriditary. Good luck.

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C.M.

answers from Charleston on

All i can say is I know how youfeel. My son is 8 months now and he had terrible eczema. we used aquaphor 6 times daily, doused him in it, and got a script from our doctor called atopiclair. we bathed him aveeno oatmeal bath and washed him in luke warm water and cleaned him with cetaphil using no washcloth. this has seemed to work very well...our sons skin is all cleared up. sometimes there will be a slight flair up once and a while but nothing like it used to be...you just have to continue to do this forever and keep them on a strict regimine. it will take some time to clear up depending on how bad it is. do not look for immedeiate results. i would say give it a month. oh yeah and bath only every other day.

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T.P.

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We've had similar problem with our daughter. It ultimately turned out to be a food allergy problem. One thing that did help was a good quality fish oil supplement. Nordic Naturals makes a couple that are guaranteed to be free of metals and environmental pollutants and they're chewable. You can get either Pro EFA junior at The Natural Choice in Greer (my shop)or DHA junior at Creative Health in downtown Greenville or Earth Fare on Pelham Rd. Both supplements do contain soy so if that's a problem for your little one you might try a different brand.

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B.J.

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Hey V. We suffered through this same problem with my oldest son using the creams from the doctors and visiting the dermatoligist in Atlanta for children. My son even went w/o a bath because they said water was drying him out ! After a trip to the ocean at 4 months old he was clear for nearly 2 months so once a week I would let him play in a tube of luke warm sea salt water ( I bought the sea salt at the herb store) and my son is now 11 and only has spots every now and agine that we can control with a spray bottle of sea salt water ! I stopped using all RX creams that could cause him harm in the future when I could control it with a natural source ! I hope this helps ! It worked for me and my sons. Oh by the way I had 2 more sons who never had 2 go through what my oldest had to experance thanks to the sea salt !

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M.P.

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When my daughter was about 9 months, she developed an itchy rash all over her body. People kept saying it was the laundry detergent, but I would say "Of course it's not the laundry detergent- we use Dreft." Guess what- it was the laundry detergent. As soon as we changed it, her rash went away. The doctor said it was "contact eczema" which I guess means it was eczema caused by something she came in contact with (duh!). To make her comfortable, cut back on baths and use an extra-rich moisturizer- love love love the Aveeno line. Maybe ask the doctor about a medicated lotion (Gold Bond?) or ask a pharmacist to recommend something- they are always a wealth of knowledge about unheard of remedies.

Good luck.

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L.S.

answers from Atlanta on

My son is 13 months and we have been through the same thing. While nothing will make ezcema "go away" there are somethings that helped. Wash with mild soap (cetaphil) every other day. Use Aquafor on the entire body two times a day. Can be quite messy but keeps the skin will hydraded with a nice layer of cover. No other over the counter lotion seemed to even start to help. Spread it on quite thick. The last thing was a steriod cream that the dermatologist gave us. None of the pediatricians we went to ever suggested it and the ones they gave us never worked for more than a day. It is called Cutivate. It will knock out the bad places and with two a day aquafor treatments it should help.

Keeping the skin covered will help with scratching. Also a humidifier by the bed can help too. Dry heat is the worst for it. Hope this helps!

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C.H.

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My son has his also, we knew when he was 2 also and were were also prescribed a hydrocortizone cream that has lasted about 2 yrs now b/c all u need is a dab.My son will even break out around the lips of he eats something like chocolate. It helps if you buy soaps and laundry detergants that are gentle on the skin.My son's has gotten better as he has gotten older so maybe ur sons will too.

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N.B.

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Hi, I am another Mom with a child with eczema. He was diagnosed at the wee age of two months. I am opposed to steroids so I started researching natural methods to control eczema. The creams don't work anyway! I found a site on the internet that said to avoid these following foods: dairy, chocolate, wheat, and soy. He had bad gas has an infant and so I cut these items out of my diet. His gas disappeared, but as long as a child drools the sensitive skin will break out from the acids in the saliva. By the time he was one his skin became crystal clear. Eczema suffers tend to have dry skin so winter is the worst season. I keep a bottle of Grapeseed oil (oil is better than lotion b/c it soaks in) in the bathroom. While the body is still wet I rub oil from neck to toe. He is 3 1/2 yrs old and is still on this diet. It's a hard one for most to follow. My husband doesn't but I do so that he feels included in all our meals. We've tested the foods in his diet but they cause mild reactions on his skin. I also read that any food containing more than 3-5 items is a no no for eczema sufferers. His condition has forced us to eat healthily...all the time! I keep chocolate stashed for my indulgence after bedtime. He loves spelt bread and yogurt(the cultures make it ok to eat). Please feel free to contact me for more information. I have an article that I could send. I control is eczema without expensive lotion and tonics. Good luck!
Sincerely, N.

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K.W.

answers from Atlanta on

I wouldn't take her to the hospital, but you can take her back to your pediatrician if you feel she needs to be seen before the 13th.

I would try giving her an Aveeno oatmeal bath daily and using Eucerin lotion (the kind in the tub, as it is much thicker than the kind in the bottle.) You can also try some hydrocortisone cream on the really bad areas. You can also try and give her Benadryl as it will help with the itching, however Benadryl will make her sleepy so you may want to only give it before bed.

When you put Eucerin on her, make sure the areas are covered with clothing...like at bedtime make sure you put long pyjamas over the areas. Hope this helps.

I want to second what I read below about Melaleuca. Their Renew lotion is phenomenal. They also have a Renew bath oil that I bathe my daughter in. Also they have something called Melaleuca oil and MelaGel, I apply those to the areas on my daughter that are the worst. I put it on right before bed and it helps wonderfully.

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E.C.

answers from Sumter on

Eczema can be caused by so many things, it's definitely best to see a dermatologist. I can tell you though that I know a lot of children who have done really well with food regulations and probiotic supplements. One of the most commom causes can be milk products. Check some sources online for probiotic information and try making a record of food intake that you can bring to the dermatologist with you. That would be a good place to start. Good Luck

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T.T.

answers from Atlanta on

One of my daughters has skin issues, also. Her doctor said it was OK to use hydrocortisone 1% - no more than once per day. She also recommended Baby Aveeno Lotion. Both have worked wonders with her skin. I use the Baby Aveeno Lotion after baths and as needed. I use the hydrocortisone right before bedtime, since I can only apply it once daily.

Good Luck,
T.

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B.R.

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Hi V., my daughter has had bad eczema for most of her 5 years. Just lately, it has flared up again. I think it's the change of weather and different allergins.

Last year, at this same time, we found a new pediatrician, who just happens to have eczema, who told us eczema is bad skin and allergies. You might check with your doctor's office and see if you can start her on children's Claritin. I'm assuming they prescribed a hydrocorizone, it just may not be strong enough to get rid of it. I'd keep using it along with Eucerin or a good thick moisturizing cream.

Literally after years of no answers, this new doctor upped her hydrocortizone and put her on Allegra. For everyday, we've had good luck with Arbonne Baby Wash (I use it for body and hair) and Arbonne Baby Oil with Eucerin on top of it. Arbonne does have a lotion but it stung her open wounds. And No I'm not an Arbonne Rep. We still have outbreaks, but she is so much better and so is her behavoir.

Other things, I'm sure you know, but don't use soap, limit her baths and don't use any detergent with a fragrance. If your detergent does have a fragrance, a wash with white vinegar will get the scent out.

I know I'll see responses about the use of hydrocorizone but that is the only thing that gets rid of it - even it's temporary. When you have a child who is miserable, can't sleep, looks horrible (can you say fight with a barbed wire fence look?) and you aren't sleeping because she can't, you'll try almost anything.

Hopefully your child will outgrow it. From what I hear, many do. I feel for you and your family with this horrible condition. Good luck.

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A.S.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi V., I also have a two yr old daughter with excema. Change in season and climate does irritate the skin. What kind of cream are you using? We tried everything and nothing seemed to work until the doctor prescribed Triamcinolone Acetonide ointment. Its not a cream, but more like a vaseline. It works immediately. Also we use the Walmart versions of Cetaphil lotion and skin cleanser(exactly the same ingredients). As well as free and clear detergeants. Another thing that helps on a daily basis is a cool air humidifier in her room. The warm air one didn't do as good of a job.

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M.B.

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My children have eXma (quikie spelled =-) but you would never know it! We use Pau'd'arco both internally and topically.
You can get it at brighter day in several forms:
as a tonic that you can add to their drink
as a bark that you can steap into a tea/body rinse
as a cream (you may need to special order this).

I have used all of them! I found for us the cheapest way to go that worked for us is to get the bark.

boil water add in a bunch of bark then turn down the heat and steap for atleast 1/2 an hour- do not boil the bark.
This makes a tea- strain out the bark.
You can add the tea to bath water- put it on a wash cloth and wipe them down with it and/or (and I always do this as it needs to be treated internally) put the tea in a sippy cup with added water and make them drink it.
As long as I diluted it enough my kids had no problem drinking it- including my toddlers. Sometimes I would add some peppermint or strawberry leaf to it to make a more tasteful tea- but not often as I made the tea to use both internally and topically.

A friend of mine whose children was suffering profusely from it did the tonic in the begining and then switched to tea daily added in their drinks and then used the cream to initially clear up the skin and then used it as needed when their where flare ups- if you saw her children today you would NEVER KNOW they had eXma!

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C.B.

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The best thing I can recommend (and it sounds a little strange) is Crisco. Get the plain kind , not butter flavored. Cover her head to toe in it and put her in a cotton, footed sleeper all night and you will be amazed by the difference in the morning. My boys do it once a week to keep eczema under control. PS Do not wash her until the next night, fight the urge to clean her up the next morning. Wash the sleeper in a little Dawn detergent and the oil will come out. Good luck!

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A.A.

answers from Columbia on

Hi, V. . I am really hoping that I can be of help to you . I understand your concerns and frustrations completely . I have three children who have eczema . My oldest son is 7 and he has it pretty bad and my other two children have very mild eczema. There are many reasons why eczema may flare up - including extreme temperatures and allergies . My son's doctor sent him to an allergist to see what he may be allergic to because often times, eczema and allergies go hand in hand . Your daughter could also be eating or in close contact with something that she is allergic to and it can cause the eczema to get MUCH worse . So an allergy test is always very helpful to control her eczema. I find that this steroid cream called LOCOID LIPOCREAM works very well for my son. I just apply a little on his face and on the itchy, break-out spots after he takes a bath. The first day you use it (after a bad breakout like hers) you may not see much of a difference. BUT if you continue to use it everyday for about three to four days- you should definitely see a big improvement. I think that most doctors try to avoid writing prescriptions for steroid creams unless it is really necessary , as continuous use can cause thinning of the skin . I use it right now because I just don't know what else to do and it seems to help him a lot . I myself , am in search of a natural remedy to use daily because I know that the steroid creams are merely a "quick fix" and could cause him harm in the future (I sure hope not ).There is nothing worse than seeing your child in pain or discomfort and not being able to help . It's a feeling no mother wants to or should have to feel . I hope this helped you at least a little . :) Have a great day.

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C.D.

answers from Atlanta on

My daughter also has eczema...Our journey sounds similar to yours...The things that may help your daughter - that did help us was allergy testing and elimination of all allergens (for us this was dairy, soy, beans/peanuts, tree nuts)..We eliminated all soaps, cleansers, strong household cleansers for the bath. We got a filter for the bathtub to filter out cholorine in the tap water. We use Aquaphor religiously twice a day plus prescription cream when she is really broken out, but that does not happen much anymore since eliminating the food allergens and working with a naturopath on some dietary things...Another thing to think about is her level of hydration overall (ie, is she drinking enough water?), the level of humidity where she sleeps...Oh, and clothing - we use mainly cotton clothing as other fabrics seem to irritate her skin.
As far as the immediate issue of itching, perhaps you could call the pediatrician and ask if there is anything oral you could give her - I think Zyrtec is one brand often prescribed..If you are not adverse to medications, of course. It sounds like if the cream was working and now is not, perhaps the pediatrician also needs to see her in the meantime and see if there is anything else that can be done.Usually the presciption creams are only used on the flaring areas, but there should be also something your peds would tell you to use daily to help prevent the flare-ups by keeping the skin well-hydrated and lubricated. Watch for any areas where your daughter has itched a lot and drawn blood - sometimes this can lead to infected areas. If you have concerns, I would definitely take your daughter in for another appointment with the peds. Also, you may try a food diary and see if any of the foods she eats is correlated with breaking out a lot.
Every kid with excema seems different in terms of what really helps them and what they are really sensitive too, but hopefully our journey will give you some ideas of things to look at and discuss with your pediatrician.

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M.S.

answers from Augusta on

Eczema is sometimes an allergic reaction to a food or something else. My daughter had eczema as an infant and it ended up being caused by a milk allergy - which she outgrew around 1 year old and hasn't had a problem with it since. It could be made worse now because the air in the house gets dry from the heater running, so a humidiier may help. If you use laundry detergent or fabric softener with fragrance in it, that may irritate her skin as well. I suggest All free & clear, it may help a bit. Good luck!

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J.T.

answers from Spartanburg on

Many times eczema can be caused by something in the diet - usually dairy products. My daughter got eczema when she was about 12 months old - the same time we started giving her cheese and cow's milk. We stopped the dairy, and it went away after about 6 weeks. A few months later, I tried giving her cheese again, and it came back.
If you do try an elimination diet, know that it can take 6 weeks or so for the skin to heal. There is a lot of information online about it if you look too. I hope this helps! It is heartbreaking to see their delicate skin so red and inflamed.

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M.G.

answers from Atlanta on

Hey V. -- I know how you feel my son suffered from this also and I know how helpless you feel.. My son would wake scratching all night and until he would sometimes bleed... I made a few simple changes w/o using expensive steroid creams that don't work... and today my son is eczema free!!! Let me know a good time for us to chat today... and what number to call you on...

My number is ###-###-#### and [email protected]____.com

M. ~ Mom to Zion 3yrs old and baby Eaden on the way...

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L.W.

answers from Charleston on

My daughter used to have it really bad to where the line on her big toe would crack open b/c of it. They gave me a really strong steroid cream that said only use 3 times a month. However they allowed us to use it once a day to get her over the bad outbreaks. We lived in California at the time. Now that we are here in South Carolina it isn't as bad. She has mostly grown out of it and now we can just use over the counter stuff b/c she has dry skin now instead of the bad exzema like before. Try asking about it. I know they say you have to be careful b/c steroid creams can "thin" out the skin but we found it to be our savior!!!

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A.A.

answers from Atlanta on

I would try vasoline, thats what I did for my son (2yo) until his Dr. prescribed a better med. And honestly it works better than the med. I also bathed him in Aveeno oatmeal bath, this helped A LOT! I hoped I helped some.

***A mother of two boys, ages 5 and 2****

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L.O.

answers from Atlanta on

I suggest checking for allergies--either food or detergents/soaps. Talk to the doctor, or do some research on the Internet about what foods/chemicals cause reactions like that.

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S.L.

answers from Atlanta on

I am on the same track with Tracy G... all my god children (my daughter was spared that) had eczema really bad... and the only thing that worked was Crisco.. the white Crisco in the can. It is an old time remedy that really works... nice oatmeal bath and grease them down like a turkey with Crisco... Hope all works out for you...!

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D.H.

answers from Savannah on

I have gotten into herbs several years ago with a lot of luck and I wanted you to know that there are lots of things to try for ezama and some are probably in your frige or pantry, but the best thing I have tried is plaintain. It has been used for thousands of years by native american indians for help in healing, skin soothing to casting. If you are interested let me know.

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J.W.

answers from Athens on

I work in a ER and you don't want to take her there. The cold does make the excema worse as do a lot of baths because it just dries the skin out and that is the biggest problem. You need to keep her lubricated with vaseline and also the cream prescribed by your doctor. Put her (dress her) in sleepers or something where she can not get to her skin. You can give her benadryl or another antihistamine to help with the itching. Keep her hands clean by washing them frequently as all this scratching and picking at her skin will also make her more susceptible to MRSA (staph infection)..................................................................................

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M.

answers from Atlanta on

Does your daughter have any food allergies? I found out that what I thought was ezema was a dairy allergy. She also has dry skin too, but when I cut out the dairy it clears up. Maybe your daughter has a food allergy to something. I have also found that Arbonne baby lotion has helped the best. Better than the creams my ped. precribed. I know it is like Mary Kay and you don't want the home sales girls to hassel you so I buy mine online. My daughter's doesn't sound as bad as your daughters' but I hope this helps.

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T.M.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi V.,

You've probably already solved the mystery by now, but I just read this and wanted to let you know that it is most likely caused by 2 issues: 1) Lactose allergies or 2) the fragrances and dyes that companies put in their soaps and body washes. I am a skincare consultant with Arbonne and have seen this issue MANY times. Let me know if I can help!

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B.W.

answers from Atlanta on

If you simply want to relieve the itching, you might try Aveeno's Oatmeal bath. Available in most grocery and all drug stores, it simply soothes the skin.

Hope this helps.

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T.G.

answers from Charleston on

Hi V., I am in the same boat as you. I have a 2 year old little boy with eczema. He has had it since he was 1 month old. I know you feel so helpless watching them scratch away and being miserable and the dr won't see them until a later date. It sounds gross, but it helped eased his itching. Crisco. Rub that baby down like a butterball turkey :) Don't put it on real thick, but a light layer will help ease that itching. My son goes to a dermatologist down at MUSC in Charleston. They are great! He is on a cream called triamcinolone (not sure if i spelled it right). It doesn't clear it up 100% but it sure looks 100% better, if you know what i mean. The good thing is the dr keeps telling me by the time they are 4 or 5 they usually outgrow it.
You can email me at anytime at [email protected]____.com if you want to chat.
Take care & Good luck!T. :)

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R.C.

answers from Spartanburg on

We use Dove soap with our son. It's really improved his eczema. The doctor also suggested Crisco, but since my son in often bitten at daycare by the same little boy, I didn't want to improve his flavor. But I saw someone else suggested it, too. One thing the doctor told me was to use ointments instead of creams. Those stay on the skin better. I hope this helps even a little.

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J.A.

answers from Atlanta on

I have the exact same problem with my two year old son, and we just went to the dermatologist on the 20th. Here's what we have started and it has really helped:
Coat him with Vaseline before bedtime (and any other time you can)
Use detergents that are free of fragrance and dye (like Tide Free or Cheer Free)
Only use soap on him in the tub if he is visibly dirty. Otherwise, just use water (I am having a hard time with this one, but it's what the dr said!) As soon as he gets out of the tub, we immediately him off and apply creams or Vaseline.
We are also using two prescriptions creams as well.
The doctor also said, "Anytime he scratches, STOP what you're doing and apply Vaseline or cream" I hope that helps!

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S.S.

answers from Macon on

I watched a little boy that had it really bad. He would lay on the floor and move back and forth to scrath his back and back of his head. He cried all the time and ended up with sores on him from scratching. One thing the doctor told his mom was to keep fleece materials off of him. Put him to bed in just a diaper or light clothing. I am going to have to tell his mom about the Crisco and see if it helps him. I did notice with him and I am not sure if it would help with your situation but his mom smoked alot in the house around him and when he would come back to my house on Mondays he would be all broken out but by the end of the week he would be clearing up. I also did not smoke around him though. I smoke outside and had a smoking shirt that I wore so he came into very little contact with smoke at my house. Keep at it with the dermatologist though. There has to be some way you can keep it cleared up. Poor thing. Good luck with you. Keep us updated.

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J.P.

answers from Atlanta on

My 8 month old daughter has it and if I use any detergent other then Drift or any body soap other then Dove she has a really bad reaction. The dr. gave us some Hydrocortizone cream with steroids but after some research I found that after using it long term it can cause the skin to thin and that causes more easily burning and other problems. So another dr in the same practice said to use nothing but plain Vaseline. So everynight we rub vaseline on her before we lay her down. It really works!

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T.T.

answers from Atlanta on

Hello i have the same problem with my youngest child i went to the doctor and they could not help so at first i got so mad i cried , then my mother-in-law ask if i ever thought of a dermalogost{i think that is how it spelled}i said no then i mad a appointment and went and they cleared it up they where great.
hope this helps.

T.

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T.A.

answers from Atlanta on

My daughter has eczema pretty bad & my mother had a real severe case. Both improved with a change in diet. I am nursing so when I switched to an allergen-free diet my daughter improved drastically, but I wasn't getting enough nutrients & calories so I had to add some things back into my diet on occasion. Dairy & eggs are the worst for her so I try to eliminate those completely. I also use eucerin cream 3-4 times a day, aveeno body wash and limit her time in the tub. The times when it was really bad I used the 1% hydrocortisone, but I try to stay away from steroids, even mild ones. My neighbor used a virgin coconut oil that she said worked wonders for her twins with severe eczema, but it didn't work for my daughter at all.
Also, my mother had it so bad that she had all sorts of scars that bled & my grandmother put socks on my mom's hands so she wouldn't scratch. My mom grew out of it & has the most beautiful skin you could imagine. She has no scarring & her skin is extremely soft. I always wanted her skin & I never knew she had eczema until I had my daughter and they told me about her condition as a toddler.
Poor Baby...I understand.

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M.H.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi V.,

Melaleuca brand Renew lotion is the only lotion I have seen that actually heals excema. (I don't use the word "cure")I have seen others that assist the healing process but this product continues healing even if you don't use it for a few days. It also works with psoriasis, rosacia, lichen planus, diaper rash, and several other conditions. I can send you literature if you would like. Melaleuca is a licensed pharmaceutical company that uses their Research and Development department to find the best things in nature, scientifically. Renew has been through independent double-blind testing against Eucerin which is what most dermatologists reccommend. My 89 year old father that suffered all of his life no longer has excema or psoriasis. We use it all over his body, face, bottom for diaper rash and his skin is like a new-born.

There are other issues that you might want to address like what soap she uses and your laundry detergent. (Most have horrible abrasives)Also the ladies that mentioned food allergies have a good point. Nutrition is a must. Allergies AND Excema don't exist within a strong immune system.

If you are interested I can help you. I speak on these topics to mother's groups, etc. I'm not a sales person but Melaleuca is a customer referral company and someone has to introduce you to the company. My cell is ###-###-#### if you are interested.

Regards,

M.

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C.M.

answers from Athens on

Hi V.,
That sounds so much like my daughter about 2 years ago. I had her to the dermatologist twice and she actually got a secondary infection all over her body because she just couldn't stop scratching. Her sores would open and bleed. The doctors finally confirmed that it was eczema. They gave me prescription cream for her, but I didn't feel comfortable using that on her because she was so young. I found a company that has more natural things incliding a cream for extra dry skin/eczema and it has been awesome. Her eczema is totally cleared up and her skin is nice again. You can email me directly and I'll give you the info. [email protected]____.com

Best of luck and I hope this helps.
C.

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D.L.

answers from Atlanta on

Have you ever tried aquaphor ointment. And oatmeal baths? My granddaughter has excema (like I did as a child) and that has helped her during outbreaks. I hope she is doing better. I heard that vaseline clogs the pores, so please check that out first.

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B.

answers from Augusta on

My son had the same thing when he was a baby and I had it in the summer when I was a child. There is a creme at the store we got ours at target, called Pure naturals baby ezama creme , they also have a body wash. and Aveno makes an oatmeal bath powder that you just sprinkle into her bath it helps a TON. also track what she's eating or getting in contact with , she may be allergic to something. It could also be the winter weather, try a cool mist humidifier in her room , in the winter the air drys out and adding the moisture back into the air helps with dry skin etc.

HTH , good luck

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B.P.

answers from Atlanta on

When I was a little girl I had terrible eczema. I went to so many different doctors and dermatologists and etc. Each had a different cream or lotion and each had different regiments and nothing worked. Finally, we found a doctor who gave us a sample of Elocon. You aren't supposed to use it on your face but you can put it everywhere else. I swear to you it's the only thing that worked. To this day if I see a patch starting up I will use this cream!
My girlfriends child suffered with eczema from infancy on. Her entire body was covered in it and it would bleed and crack and was terribly painful for her. They had tried everything but found nothing that worked. I suggested she call her daughters pediatrician and request that they call in a prescription for this. She had it so bad that initially she would apply the Elocon and then would wrap seran wrap over the section of skin that she had applied the cream so that it wouldn't get wiped off from her clothes. They did this for 2 weeks and I can tell you that she no longer has this covering her body and is now free to wear tank tops and shorts to school without being ridiculed by the other kids. Her daughter use to cry and ask why she had been born in her skin. They would only bathe her a couple times a week and they couldn't use soap because the soap would inflame her skin and the water from the bath would dry out her skin so bad that she was worse off after a bath then she was beforehand. This cream has cured her problem. Now it's just maintenance. When they see a dry patch starting up they apply the elocon and within a day or two it's gone.
I can't tell you how important it is for you to get this cream for your daughter. I used the 10mg Elocon and this is what I told my girlfriend to ask her daughter's pediatrician for and this is what they use as well. I am POSITIVE that this will work and I hope that you call her doctor and get this for her ASAP. Good Luck!! This is a miracle cream and I know you will be so thankful for having found it. I can't wait to hear back from you once you get this and see the results on your child's skin!!!

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