How to handle eczema on infant?

Updated on December 16, 2013
S.R. asks from Malden, MA
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My baby was diagnosed with Eczema when she was 3 months.She is now 4 1/2 months.We are using hydrolatum on her body which gives her relief but my concern is I end up using hydrolatum on her body,face and head about 5 times or more in a day.She constantly rubs her face with her hands and puts it in her mouth so im concerned about how much of the hydrolatum she ends up swallowing.does anyone know of a more natural cream.The doc asked us to stay away from lotions so im looking for a cream.I tried using olive and coconut oils but it made her eczema worst.Also is it something she will grow out of or will it remain with her forever.

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Sometimes eczema is the result of hidden food allergy, so try to eliminate nuts, eggs, dairy products from your child's diet. Some mom use aquaphor instead of soap at bath time and hydrocortisone on the patches and cetaphil cream everywhere immediately after every bath. That's done a great job keeping it under control. I believe Eucerin is also a very good cream to use instead of cetaphil. If symptoms got worst, consult a doctor.

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A.C.

answers from Boston on

a lot of the time eczema is the result of hidden food allergies. usually milk and / or eggs and such. you may want to look into that.
When my son had it bad we used bagbalm. you can buy it at CVS

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A.S.

answers from Boston on

My 2 1/2 year old has horrible eczema and has had it since he was 6 months. I've tried EVERYTHING - here is what I found to work the best. For tubs - California Baby sensitive skin body and hair wash -it's great. And for his body, the ONLY thing that doesn't make his eczema worse is Cerave cream. It's in a big tub - you can buy it at CVS. It's fantastic - I've told lots of friends about it who have kids with eczema and they LOVE it too. Good luck - I know just how frustrating eczema can be. I will say, it seems to get better in the warmer weather with more humidity in the air - so you hopefully are in for better days ahead.

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M.H.

answers from Hartford on

Hi,
I don't know if you have been to an alergist. My Son Had eczema real bad- The dermatoligist gave us a prescription.- The allergist was great He told us to cut dairy, wheat, soy( all most everything) from my diet( was BFing at the time) As soon as I stopped the dairy it did the trick. He still has some small dry patches, but not too bad. I would start there. The Allergist also gave us Protopic ( it is suppose to be better for the face). We were told the less ingediants the better. Aquaphor is good. Good luck.

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S.S.

answers from New London on

I understand totally. My daughter has had eczema since she was about 2 weeks old (completely covering her face). We tried creams from the pediatrician, but they were only a temporary fix. We ended up taking her to a ND (doctor of naturopathy) to try to fix her from the inside out when the pediatrician couldn't seem to do anymore. The eczema stopped showing up on her face but it was all over her legs and diaper area. One of the biggest suggestions I got from both doctors was to only give her a bath 3 to 4 times a week max.
We discovered that her eczema was probably related to a food allergy and since we took her there, her skin has improved so much.
I would suggest taking her to a ND and trying to figure out what is causing the eczema.

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K.N.

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You should check out this website for an all natural excema cream, made by a Dad. emilyskinsoothers.com or call ###-###-####

Hope it works.

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L.

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Hi S.-my son who is 9 months now, has had eczema problems since about 3 months old...i tried all the otc creams including lathering him up with eucerin cream...it helped a little but not much. I was researching online and came across a site that sells 100% natural eczema cream-and they guarantee that it will help-or your $ back...so, i bought a jar and i have to tell you that i have seen a huge difference in my son's eczema. he has it on his ankles and feet and doesn't scratch anymore...and the redness and scabs have healed. if you are interested it is called freederm-just do a search and you should be able to get to the site. I have heard that it is something most children do grow out of-but it doesn't seem like it goes fast enough.....good luck-i hope you like it if you decide to try it....take care L.:) mom ro

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M.H.

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I'm sorry your baby is uncomfortable. My son had it too. Here's what worked for us: I eliminated dairy and wheat from my diet. I was breastfeeding. And I switched detergents from an all natural brand (corn-based) to ALL Free and Clear. I didn't like switching to a petroleum-based product, but it seems that the corn-based detergent was contributing to the flare-ups too.

Please try not to put chemicals/creams/lotins on your little one's skin. I have done a lot of "body-burden" research on chemcials and all products except the truly "conscious" ones burden the body and can increase a person's risk for cancer, auto-immune problems, weakened immune systems, diabetes, neurological damage, thyroid problem, etc. down the road. Infants and children are especially at risk. Please try to avoid these at all cost, no matter how "safe" the supporting governmental agency claims it is. Tests for "safety" are, in all cases, limited, and are designed to detect only blatant, quantitatively-measurable, short-term effects. Long-term, elusive effects are not considered, and are hard to prove, and thus get eliminated in the results and safety evaluations. You'd be AMAZED at what our FDA, AMA, and CPA, and CDC let slide! A great, easy-to-read, introduction to body burden concerns is "Our Stolen Futures" by Pete....? Can't remember his name....ugh. Check it out! Everyone!

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S.I.

answers from Boston on

Your child almost surely has food allergies. It's ok. But get her checked out.
Instead of just treating the eczema, find out what is causing it.
The fact that olive and coconut make it worse may mean she is allergic to nuts and/or seeds. Hydrolatum is a petroleum product, so although may people try to steer away from them, the most it is going to do if she eats some is work as a laxative. Most other creams have allergens in them, so stick with the Hydrolatum till you find out for sure.
My son exhibited the exact same symptoms at the same age. He was reacting to my breast milk from anything I ate. I slowly eliminated things from my diet, but eventually my doctor told me to stop because I had cut the dairy, soy, wheat, eggs, and many other things out. I wasn't getting enough nutrients.
We got him tested, he's allergic to all those plus about 10 other items. At six months he went on Neocate hypoallergenic prescription formula and he was 1000 times better instantly. No more eczema. It was awful having to stop breastfeeding, but you can't argue with making a sick child well.
Detergents are also often another culprit. We use All Free and Clear on everything, and NO fabric softener (really bad stuff in fabric softener). Dreft is overpriced and doesn't clean clothes as well.
Good luck!

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D.B.

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I too am concerned about her ingesting the creams. Reliv International makes wonderful nutritional products for adults and a specific product for children - it was formulated by the same scientist, Dr. Carl Hastings, who formulated ProSoBee and Enfamil formulas which of course are trusted by millions. Reliv provides optimal nutrition in a bioavailable form, so 95-99% is absorbed - it helps the body's immune system to do its job from the inside out. Reliv is a food, not a drug, and is safe as a prenatal vitamin. Reliv customers have had tremendous results from a wide variety of ailments, including excema. My physician is thrilled with my results in lowering blood pressure, for example. Many Reliv distributors are moms working part-time from home, like me. You can contact me directly. However, I don't want you to think that I am just recommending this in order to make money. So feel free to contact Reliv directly at www.reliv.com or 1-800-RELIV-US. They will give you the name of a distributor, who will then work with you and even connect you with others who have used the product for their children. My primary concern is for your baby's health and relief from this persistent exzema.

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S.C.

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The product that I have seen the most success with is from a company called Melaleuca. This is a fantastic product for so many skin issues and especially eczema. It's called Renew skin therapy. It uses the healing power of tea tree oil. They also offer a bath oil that combines to make this effective. For more info - you can go to my website at www.collins.advancingwithus.com to see how you can get these and many more eco-friendly products for your home. Hope it helps because I've seen an amazing difference!

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R.S.

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Hi, I have had eczema all my life and have never had anything work until after having a baby, I happened to have some Lanolin nipple cream in the house so I thought I'd try it. Eczema gone the next day!! It would be great to put on a baby because they can and do ingest it when nursing. The only thing is that it is pretty thick and comes in a smaller tube...but I bet if you tried it, you may not have to use very often because it would help clear up your babies tough spots. Good luck!!

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M.K.

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Hi S.,

I'm sorry you're dealing with this. My son also was covered in eczema, and we didn't want to keep using creams- especially once we read the ingredients. Almost all of those creams are petroleum based, and then filled with chemicals and steroids. Your daughter's eczema is her body's way of telling you that something is wrong- most likely food allergy. If you are nursing, you should look into an elimination diet. This can be a bit of a pain for a few weeks, but it solves the problem by eliminating the offending food(s) and you have sanity and a girl with pretty skin again!! If she is on formula, you should talk with your doctor about a hypoallergenic formula. I've been through this with my son, and his skin always looks great and is itch free unless he eats something he's allergic or sensitive to! Other things to keep in mind are: lotions, bath soap, laundry soaps and chemicals you may use to clean. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Best of luck!!
M.

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D.K.

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my 11year old and 5 year old have always had eczema. It does lessen with age the 11 year old barely has any. The 5 year old still had itchy flare ups. We have always used oatmeal based creams such as aveeno and hydrocortosone cream prescribed by the pedi. Also at such a young age if she scratches when she sleeps try socks on the hands it works great until they are old enough to take them off! :)

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C.H.

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my daughter was born with eczema and still has a little at 2. We used the hydralatum, I hated it. Using hydracortizone first on the spots waiting a few minutes then applying gentle naturals cream helped. The gentle naturals is great, its unscented and relieves the itching and burning quickly for the poor baby, they even have a body wash/ soak to help the eczema. If that doesnt work my doctor gave us a prescription cream called mimex...it worked, but i think it may have stung a bit when first applied, so I tried to stick with unscented creams, like the gentle naturals or even eucerin, also, when u give her a bath, wash her with only water, no soap and only bathe her when needed or 1 to 2 times per week, baths and soap will only dry her out more.good luck!

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R.R.

answers from Boston on

There is some stuff called Genteal Naturals or something like that It has Whinnie the Pooh on in the box,it might help,

my son is 2 now and gets it really bad behide his knees and on his checks I have been using BAG BALM on the back of his legs and the Gentel Naturals on his face

Most kids will grow out of it, My son Clears up in the summer time but gets it all fall and winter.

Also to help combat it i use only aveeno soaps with him and mild lundry saops, i also only give him a full bath every 3 days and just give him a wipe down with a warm wash cloth other days,
Some lotions will accully make it worse and really ichy and even make there skin sting so do avoid them. try to avid anything scented, and if she gets it on her legs avoid jeans!! when i put jeans on my son he iches all day and crys his legs hurt, so i keep him in knet pants and sweats as much as i can.

Hope you can get her to stop eating the cream, it took a while for me to get my son to stop

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J.I.

answers from Burlington on

Hi S.,

I developed eczema in my second pregnancy, and when it got really bad I finally found an effective natural solution: emu oil! It is the only thing I put on my skin that didn't hurt. My daughter (now 3) has very mild patches, and I use it on her, too, though Weleda calendula lotion usually does the trick.

Emu oil is the rendered fat of emus. Apparently it has a lipid profile similar to that of human skin. It is expensive, but worth a try.

Good luck to you and your baby!

J.

PS -- Doctors have told me that little ones frequently do outgrow their eczema.

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L.L.

answers from Boston on

You might want to try Weleda's Calendula Baby Cream and California Baby Cream. Both are available at Whole Foods and you can get a small tube of the Weleda in the Weleda Baby Care Starter Kit which has other products that you might find helpful and it sells for about $15. Try to give your baby's skin as much air as possible and use all cotton clothing. Good Luck!

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K.C.

answers from Boston on

My husband owns a natural food store in Melrose (Green Street Natural Foods). He carries a product called Emily All Natural baby and Adult Skin Smoother. It was made by a acupuncturist in Ipswich. He made it for his daughter who was born with eczema. My husband also carries a emily soap. If you would like more information please feel free to email me. My girlfriend used the cream for her daughter and it helped her. I hope this may help you.

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L.B.

answers from Boston on

Hi- I have to say been there-done that...The hydrolatum is the best thing you can do, the least harmful to the skin and it worked for me as a cure. I say CURE for eczema. My DD has permanent scarrring from hydrocortisone creams I used on her as a baby. I applied the HP in the bath while they were still wet, and patted them dry.
Ingesting that tiny amount of HP won't hurt her, but the chemicals and additives in other creams and lotions can.
I also agree with the moms who suggested looking into food allergies, they sometimes can go hand in hand. My kids never had it when they BF'd only when they were eating formula and solid foods. Dairy and wheat are big offenders.
I also had good luck trying to use only 100% cotton clothing on the babies when they were small.

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D.E.

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Hi S., My daughter has eczema as well, she is now 4 yrs old. We do oatmeal bathes and there is also a topical lotion- Aveeno oatmeal that helps with the dry itchy skin. Let me tell you about something that happened to my child-- I brought her to an allergist at age 2yrs. He put her on Zyrtec liquid. She continued to take this once a day for the itching before bed for a year in half. I didn't think anything of it, because he is M.D. Come to find out all the enamal on her alot of her teeth was ruined, causing several cavities at the age of 4. Now we are dealing with a very expensive dental bill. Just a warning, don't use the liquid at such a young age, if offered, ask for the chewables instead. We learned the hard way. -----------------Beesdee

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G.D.

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I recently heard a statement that makes total sense to me. "If you can't consume it, don't put it on your skin." Have you gone to see what natural The DR said she could put her on the steriods but she knows I'm am against that until the very end. She said using aveeno lotions & creams and oatmeal baths I can use as much as I possibly wanted but that with the steriods I would never want to use it more than twice a day. I did find a eczema cream that had pooh and piglet on the front once, I believe at walmart. Maybe seeing a dermatologist or the natural health store owner would know more.

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J.S.

answers from Boston on

I've had eczema all my life and my daughter has a mild case of it now. As a child I was allergic to dairy, and cutting that out helped. For myself now and my daughter, I use aquaphor instead of soap at bath time and hydrocortizone on the patches and cetaphil cream everywhere immediately after every bath. That's done a great job keeping it under control. I believe Eucerin is also a very good cream to use instead of cetaphil.
As for growing out of, she may or she may not. I get re- occurrences of it during the winter when its dry and in the hot, humid parts of summer in the spots that get sweaty (on my feet when I wear sandals, behind the knees, inside the elbows). She will learn how to deal with it as she gets older, if it remains a problem.
Good luck!

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T.L.

answers from Boston on

My first daughter had eczema as well. It started about the same time as your daughter. As far as what helped, the only thing that helped was finding out what was causing the eczema and elimanating it. Eczema is a major sign of a food allergy so watch what the two of you are eating. As long as my daughter stays away from the things that cause the eczema she doesn't have any. Hope this helps.

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K.J.

answers from Boston on

My youngest who is now 2 yrs old has eczema and for the first year of her life it was pretty bad. I tried all the natural remedies from Burt Bees to Aveeno to everything I could find at Whole Foods and nothing relieved the itchy, scaley skin. I gave in and brought her to a dermatologist and asked for the purest prescription possible. He gave me a petroleum based product with only 2% steriod in it and I only applied it twice a day when it was really bad. After a few weeks it was gone. Her skin has cleared up on its own and I have not had to use it in a year. The dermatologist recommended using Cetaphil for bathing & the lotion as well if needed (he says it is so much better than Aveeno). I use that for her bath and I also started using goat milk based soaps too b/c the goat milk is very gentle and has shown to help improve eczema. Her skin has remained eczema free for almost a year. I hope that helps.

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A.P.

answers from Portland on

Eczema is usually a symptom of a food or chemical allergy. While lotions and creams will help relieve discomfort, they will not fix the problem until you find the true cause. Have you looked into Burt's Bees products?

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S.A.

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Dear S.,
Hello, I have an all natural product which has helped a lot of people with this condition. This product is 100% natural. It is derived from the mangosteen fruit! If you look into this product, you will see why it can do what it does. It can be consumed as well as making it into a gel form and put on topically. So, if she gets it in her mouth you are not to be worried! Right now our company is getting a patent on an intuitive skin care product with the same properties! All I ask is that you take a look and get a hold of me and we can answer any questions that you have! Your daughter is worth looking at this product!
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V.N.

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Get a humidifier and see the difference. Keep applying Aveeno and make sure you turn on the humidifier at night.

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T.N.

answers from New London on

my baby girl was diagnosed with eczema as well, and although her case of it is rather mild, I found the Aveno baby "cream" to work the best. we tried the eucerin and others as well, but like I said the Aveno works the best. It says on the tube that it is for severly dry skin including eczema. Give it a try.

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M.B.

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I and my son both have Eczema. The best lotion is Eucerine (not sure how to spell) make sure it is the one in the jar though. Much thicker. Also for my sons face I use Gerbers face stick. works very good. And if you want another secret...I use banana peels. I know it sounds weird but it sooths like no other. Peel a banana and rub the inside of the peels on your skin.

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R.H.

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Hi S.,
My three year old had Eczema on her face and arms I used Arbonne's baby lotion, and it all but went away. I love this product it is pediatrician and dermatologist tested. All thier products do not contain any lanolin. Which i recently found out many adults and children have allergies to. I love these products so much that I launched my own buisness in January of this year. I would love to send you a sample to try you will love it. My sister-in-law just recently started using it on my 4 yr old niece. She has tried everything and found that most products only work for a short time. So far she loves it also, It has only been a few days. Hope this helped

Becci

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S.B.

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have you tried aquaphor or just plain old petroleum jelly? it can make the baby quite slippery but, it may help.

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M.N.

answers from Boston on

I have had a lot of luck with Calendula cream. Its completely natural. It can be due to allergies either environmental or food.

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A.B.

answers from Boston on

Please get your baby tested for milk allergies, thats how my son started off, and it turned out that he was allergic. just an FYI. but also I use aquaphor and it is the best for excema, or you can get a rx of a cream called mimmyx from a dermatologist its steriod free. but please get your baby tested.

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S.W.

answers from Boston on

She's probably allergic to something, my niece was diagnosed with a milk allergy which caused her eczema. When they cut out all dairy, her skin cleared right up. She is now 5, and can eat some dairy without her eczema coming back, so they think she will eventually grow out of it.

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I just started working and marketing a really great wellness product. I would love to share it with you if you are interested. I am new at it so I would probably have a 3 way conversation with my partner. The products that we have are all natural and very safe for the whole family. If you would like to talk to me more please email me @[email protected]____.com
I would love to share the information with you.

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K.S.

answers from Boston on

Hi,
My little one is 22 mths and has eczema...They gave me samples of Eucerin/Aquaphor....They also told me I could use Aveeno...Did they mention any of these products to you?? Sorry I have to cut this short, but wanted to respond...

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J.F.

answers from Barnstable on

My son had the same thing. We use Aquaphor. It's worked great and there's no threat if they get it in their mouths.

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A.B.

answers from Boston on

Hi there,my daughter also developed excema after she was born.I tried all sorts of creams.I then found a cream online.I looked at the website and was sceptical as you do be,but i thought it was worth a shot.When the cream arrived i immediately put it on her.We then went to mall for few hours.I could not believe the change in her face when we got home.My brother-in-law thought i was messing with him,luckily i had taken pictures that morning just so i could compare.The name of the cream is Freederm HC,that is also the website.Its worth taking a look.Hope this works for you.Forgot to mention,once it cleared that first time it was never as bad again.You only need to use it occasionlly after.

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D.S.

answers from Boston on

My son responded well to Eucerin, the tub variety. And his was pretty severe. For the cream, I warmed it on my fingers to soften it, and patted it on for the really bad parts, quite a few times a day. I would give him a massage, and he loved it. We called it buttering the baby, and he would be happy hearing it was time to butter the baby, it became a positive time, not negative time to touch the boo-boos. Believe it or not, nipple cream workes wonders too, Lansinoh was a medical grade lanolin, which is edible, again, warm it between your fingers and pat it on. Magic. Expensive, but magic. Also, Aveeno oatmeal bath in the tub, and don't use harsh soaps. Ivory was good, and Pears gylcerin. The bath and soap really keeps it under control now. Yes, chances are she will have sensitive skin, but you can manage it. My son had reactions when I had milk, I nursed. So, I cut way back. And I switched to all allergy free laundry, and rinsed twice. Any time he would sweat, say on his sheets sleeping, the residue would trigger it. Getting it under control is the hard part, but then the keeping it under control gets easier. Good luck,

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M.C.

answers from Boston on

What does your baby eat? Eczema is a classic sign of food intolerance, often to dairy-base formula or if mom consumes a lot of dairy and it gets into the breastmilk.

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L.S.

answers from New London on

My breastfed baby got eczema when I ate eggs and drank milk. See if you need to eliminate things from your diet, like eggs, dairy, wheat. Also, watch what you are washing your babies clothes and bedding in. We used dreft and it is pretty safe for babies. Also, watch what kinds of lotions you are using on yourself that might affect baby. See if there are any chemicals in your house that she may be allegic too. good luck, there are some great posts on this thread.

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E.C.

answers from Boston on

I can understand your concern. I have my own homebased business with a company that has only pure and safe products. We have had great success with the body wash, moisturizer and baby oil that is in the Baby care line. I would be happy to mail you a sample if you care to try it on your child. You are very smart to worry about what goes on their skin...because it ends up in their organs in seconds!!
I would be happy to send you the sample. E.
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D.R.

answers from Boston on

I'm so sorry your little girl is suffering. My 4 month old has eczema as well. At bath time I use his baby hair brush with a little bit of baby shampoo to help get the dead skin off and after he is patted dry, I apply Eucerin. I apply Eucerin in the morning when I dress him. If he is really itchy I'll put a bit of hydrocortizone on (directed by my Dr.).

Have you tried to get to the root of why she has the eczema? Are you breast or bottle feeding? Have you noticed any changes in her stool? Many times eczema is a type of allergic reaction. Talk to your Dr. about this possibility.

Hope this helps.

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L.M.

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My son had Eczema as a baby and we took him to a dermatologist. He said to use Dove sensitive skin soap for baths and Cetaphyl cream. We also had some hydrocortisone creams we used when it got really bad. He is now 3 1/2 and has pretty much outgrown it. I still use only the Dove and Cetaphyl on him. He was a September baby and his skin drastically improved once the warmer weather arrived. Hopefully the nice weather will help your daughter too.

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R.G.

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My son had eczema badly as well. We were able to actually get rid of it completely by putting a teaspoon of flaxseed oil in some chocolate milk, once a day for a couple weeks. Of course, this was when he was 2 1/2 years old, so I understand you cannot give this to your daughter yet (in chocolate milk). But, you may want to ask your daughter's physician about it.
Good luck to you and I hope you get rid of it soon.
raelynn

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T.C.

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My son was exactly like your daughter. He was diagnosed with Eczema at 3 months. It was a very tough time to have him scratching all the time, poor little guy. I bought every product off the shelf and tried perscription meds, and many natural products, tried diet changes, tried everything. The best solution for us, to avoid him swallowing the hydrocortisone creams, was this fantastic combo of "Corticool" an over the counter hydrocorisone gel that absorbs into the skin super fast, and then I'd seal it with a top layer of "Eucerin" original moisturizing creme -- which goes on nice and thick and stays on for a long time. I would do this once in the morning and once at night and only give him baths every other day. It helped a lot. The trick is to never forget to do it, since if he has an outbreak, the scratching would make it worse. And by the way, he DID outgrow it. By around 12-14 months it is 95% gone. Sometimes he gets a short outbreak every few months but it lasts no more than a day. Hope this helps.

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A.B.

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I would consider food allergies. Look especially at dairy, wheat and corn. If your nursing try eliminating them from your diet and see what happens. You can get more info from a Naturopath. I hope you find a solution soon. The poor little thing!

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J.J.

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Have you tried anything from Arbonne??? There are great products that are all natural and will not harm your child. I can put you in touch with somebody if you are interested. Jenn

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B.C.

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I have had skin problems since I was a baby and so it was inevitable that it would be passed on. My daughter (now 3) had the same problem from the time she came out of the whomb. We used aquaphor, olive oil, and a prescribed steroid cream from her pediatrician. The steroid cream was the only relief. I strongly recommend the aquaphor. Also we have a Whole Foods and there's a couple of products from there that we LOVE California baby serious skincare calming botanical moisturizing cream (safe for face), and also a product similar to aquaphor called Emily made locally by and acupuncturist it's usually sold out so you have to ask them at the store or they have a website emilyskinsoothers.com Good luck!!

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C.L.

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my son have eczema... we use wedela baby products and their cream is goood. I use wedela's skin food cream (not baby products) but it works on my son. skin food cream is bit greasey but it s good to put on after bath time before bedtime. wedela is natural products.
orr u can buy california baby product.. there is 1 cream called first aid that works good for eczema. i found it in whole food store or go www.californiababy.com, i think.

we both have eczema. i found out that drink organic milk (as if u are breastfeeding) help reduce eczema skin... i dont know if that is true.

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B.M.

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My son has eczema and has had it since he was a few months old...turns out he has food allergies and my diet (while breast feeding) and his diet when starting to eat solids aggravated his skin terribly. A few common culprits are dairy, soy, wheat ect..

I maintain his skin by bathing him daily and using hydrocortizone (check with your ped) and aquaphor liberally. He also has a steroid cream, but I use it as a last resort. His skin is dramatically better. He has flare-ups due to heat, running around, but mostly from certain foods. I would look into allergy testing when she gets her blood drawn again. I was surprised to find out my son is allergic to milk (dairy), soy and a number of other things.
Your daughter may not have allergies, but it is worth finding out.

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T.I.

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Hi S.,
I use an over the counter cream call Triple Cream Exzema Care (it's also good for anyone with really dry skin... I've used it on my arms). It is made by Summers Laboratories Inc. You can get it a Babies R Us or a pharmacy like CVS. It's about $10.

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S.K.

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Hydrolatum (or the generic hydrolated petrolatum) is really the best thing short of the drugs - which are kind of scarey. Sucking on hands probably doesn't mean she is eating all that much - even though it might feel like it. My son had mild eczema (just his face) for about 9 months from when he was about 3 months to a year old. We'd grease him up after baths (it always got in his hair and people would tell me they thought he was hot and sweaty and I'd have to say, no he is just greasy!), not bathe him that often, and not use any soap when we did bathe him. The problem just kind of faded away as he got older. Anyway, I am not sure you will find anything truly 'natural' and among those effective. But you will also not be dealing with this forever, it is a problem that gets better as they grow. Good luck and I hope your daughter is out of the itchies soon.

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S.B.

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I use a product for my daughter that is 100% pure shea butter called by a company called Sheago Skin Love and they sell it at Whole Foods). Its really thick and works best when you rub your hands together with warm water before putting it on. It is AMAZING. It doesn't smell great but has no chemical, dyes, additives, etc (basically its right from the tree) and works for days at a time.

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L.C.

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Hello, My son had it terrible when he was an infant-- to the point that he scratched his scalp and face making it bleed. I tried EVERYTHING!!! I finally spoke to a pharmasist and he said, "well, you need to HYDRATE the skinn and stop the ITCH" === HYDROCORTIZONE!! It worked like magic!! I used it 2x daily -- the lowest percent you can find, and the petrolium type base, not the cream one. My pediatrician also recommended a small amount of Benadryl at night to help stop the itching at night. Do check with your pedi befor you do anything, but after I exhausted all over the counter, and prescription shampoos/body washes and holistic syrums, this is what helped us. and dont worry, she will outgrow this!! Best of luck to you! L. C.

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E.C.

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Did the doctor tell you to give he baby probiotics and take her off dairy? Or if you are breastfeeding to go off dairy yourself?

E.

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A.F.

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Hi S.,i have a 17 mo old and she was diagnosed with eczema at 9 mo, we also use hydrolatum and believe me i know what your going through my little girl eats it off of whwerever i put it,but i have tried everything and the hydrolatum works the best and i just try to rub it in as much as possible so that she can't get to much on her hands to eat it.You also might what to give her the colloidal oatmeal baths those help a lot. i also tried mineral oil in her bath that worked great also,but it is super slippery good luck

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R.K.

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My nephew has eczema and his dermatologist told my sister to only use petroleum jelly on his skin and a very mild soap like Dove when he has a bath.

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S.V.

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I have four children and they have all had it at one point. My family doctor recommended Dove soap and 100% cotton clothes with the first child (and Eucerin) and the other kids had it to a much lesser degree sticking to that. Synthetic fabrics don't cause it but they retain body heat which aggravates it. And Dove soap is more moisturizing than other soaps. Godd luck!

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K.B.

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HI,
I have heard from a newspaper column that rubbing the inside of a banana peel on the eczema helps. Use a fresh peel and rub it on once a day. It won't hurt to try it and it is healthy. I hope it works for your baby.
K.

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S.G.

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Hi S.,
Try bringing her to a Naturopathic doctor that can suggest some natural oils for her to take. You can put it in her bottle of a small amount of juice. If you are nursing, you can take Omega 3 oils that will help heal her skin. The doctor's choice is the best. Not all Omega 3 oils on the market are the best. You won't have to keep putting chemicals on her and the eczema could even go away completely. Go on line and look for a Naturopathic doctor in your area. It will be worth every penny.
Good luck,
Sue

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