Infant Eczema

Updated on February 06, 2008
T.M. asks from Walkerton, IN
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My 5 month old daughter has had eczema since she was 2 months. When it flares up, it bothers her so much. We have been to the doctor and have tried various Rx and OTC products. We have an appointment with the dermotolgist in March (first opening!). Does anyone have anything that has worked??

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G.K.

answers from Chicago on

My son had eczema since he was one month old. After many Rx treatments and tons of Eucerin, we found out that he had a wheat and peanut allergy. He was diagnosed at 7 months old. We also tried a iquid antihistamine to keep it from itching.

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A.C.

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Find a local health food store and acquire about an ointment used for eczema. My sister used this ointment on her granddaughter when she was just an infant. I haven't heard any complaints or flare up with her skin, she is now 6 years old.

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N.R.

answers from Elkhart on

You mentioned going to the doctor, but how about an allergist. My son had eczema up until about 6 mos old. We then changed his diet to take in the possibility of allergies, and his skin cleared right up.

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J.W.

answers from Indianapolis on

Trisha,
My name is J. and I have 4 boys. The second to youngest has asthma and the youngest has eczema. I was introduced to an awesome company called Melaleuca and it has worked wonders for both our children. A product called Renew lotion is what I use to keep the eczema at bay along with switching laundry lines to theirs that is more natural and doesn't have any reidue to irritate the skin. It is totally safe and very cost effective, it is also deliverd right to your door. If you would like additional info about this or how to purchase these let me know [email protected]____.com this helps and good luck. J.

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J.P.

answers from Bloomington on

Our daughter has had the same since birth (she is now two years). Our doc. gave us a RX for hydrocortazone 2% and it works great at getting rid of any flare-up over night. It also helped with her scratching so much - which in turn let her sleep better! Every night and morning we put Aquaphor on her too - a bit greasy and annoying, but it seems to be working for us. Good Luck!

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S.D.

answers from Indianapolis on

Rx steroid cream worked for us. You can try something like hydrocordozone cream. I also found that PurLan (the pure lanolin ointment they give you for sore nipples when nursing) helped the dry patches.

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E.K.

answers from Chicago on

Have you had your daughter tested for food allergies? My infant daughter had eczema at 2 months(now 5) and it turned out she was allergic to dairy, eggs, and cashews. Taking it out my diet (I was breatfeeding) made all of the difference.

I had success with 2% cortizone ointment (ointment works better than cream) and Aquaphor. Limit bath times and slather on the ointment right after the bath.

Good luck

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K.R.

answers from Chicago on

My son had bad bouts of ezcema as an infant and I tried hydrocortisone, Aquaphor, vaseline...everything anyone suggested. Then when he was 10 weeks old, one of the Drs. at our clinic suggested giving him a bleach bath. She has twins with ezcema and had read a journal article that said adding a capful of bleach to your baby's bath water kills the bacteria that causes eczema. It worked for her babies, so I (skeptically) gave it a try. It worked wonders. I know you're probably thinking that I'm crazy, as did most of my friends, but it works and he feels SO much better. I alway follow his bath with hydrocortisone cream and baby lotion. And we use detergents free of dyes and perfumes.

Good luck!

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A.A.

answers from Chicago on

Hi T., am a mother of two beautiful girls. Six years and 23 months old. The only thing I can remember my aunt and I used on my little cousin was vaseline intensive cream. As you said, you'VE tried everything and the doctor has prescribed some medications too and nothing is working. Guess what? We were once in the same boat as you, try the vaseline and also find what trigger it to flare up. I know my cousin's flares was onions. Anytime he was around the kitchen and we chop onions, he seem to be uncomfortable. Well, I hope it works.
Good luck

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E.B.

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Hopefully the dermatologist can help with this, but my experience with eczema has been that no medicine really works wonders to make it go away; what you have to do is figure out what's causing it in the first place. I developed eczema on my hands after my son was born and realized that the hand soap I was buying, and antibacterial products in general, were to blame. When I stop using the triggers it's under control. I only use my prescription cream (Mometasone - I think it's only for adults) if I've been to other people's houses frequently and I have a flare-up, and even then it doesn't always work. Because of this, I sometimes even bring my own hand soap if I'm going out! With your daughter, think about things like laundry detergents, bath soap, shampoos, environmental triggers like pet hair, allergenic foods, etc. That's the only surefire way to beat it. And since eczema is an overreaction of the immune system, you want to prevent it in the first place so it doesn't stress out her body, rather than just treat the flare-ups. Good luck with your doctor's appointment and I hope she feels better soon!

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C.U.

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My best friends baby boy had severe eczema also, she got baby wash and cream from Melaluca....which are all natural and he hasnt had a flare up in months. If you want more details e-mail me and I will give you more info.

*As a side note, I do not sell these products, I just know what has worked for my friends son* C.

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B.A.

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Have you tried changing her food? My daughter had the same thing happen when she was two months old. Her eczema was so bad that she had puss oozing from her arms and face. Finally, the second pediatric dermatologist told us to change her food. Within 2 days her rash was gone and has never returned. It turns out that she was allergic to both milk and soy (which is rare). We used Similac Alimentum. It's expensive, but sooooo worth it!

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S.B.

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mustela brand stelatopia products, made for babies with eczema, have worked great for us!

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B.D.

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YES! Both of my kids including myself have had bouts...

Eczema is one of two things... Severe dry skin or it can be a result of a food allergy. Cetaphil is the only lotion that I have found that takes care of my sons on his face. It is OTC and I have found that the thicker kind works best. His Dr also recommended putting a small amount of Hydro Cortizone cream on his face before he goes to bed so that he will be less likely to get some in his mouth. Se said that it is very really very gentle and would be fine to use (Aveeno has one that I like alot!) Cortizone Cream is always what has worked best for me and while using the 2 together his eczema has cleared up great! But, like I said, it can also be from a food allergy so, as I am sure you know, pay attention to what she (or you if you are nursing) is eating. Hope this helps!

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K.D.

answers from Chicago on

My daughter has eczema really bad too, i give her soothe and protect balm from johnson and johnson, I think it works really good I do hae to apply 3 to 4 times a day.
Hope you find sopmething that helps =)

Kosis

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S.S.

answers from Chicago on

Arbonne Skin Conditioning Oil and Baby Lotion. I'll send you a before and after photo of a baby that had the same condition and used this "cocktail." You won't believe your eyes!
-S.

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H.S.

answers from Chicago on

T.,

I recommend any of the California Baby products. You can read about them at www.californiababy.com. The Calendula cream is highly recommended for anyone especially babies with eczema. Hope that this helps!

H.

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A.C.

answers from Kokomo on

I use "Renew" lotion. It is made by a company named Melaleuca. They manufacture all-natural products that contain no harsh or harmful chemicals. We also use their baby wash and shampoo. It cleared my girls' excema up within 2 uses. "Renew" has been tested up against "Eucerin" and beat it in every area by leaps and bounds. I would be willing to give you some to try. Just let me know... :)

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J.B.

answers from Chicago on

My son had it pretty bad and surprisingly i used hydrocortizone 1% cream on each flare up and it worked like a charm. My doc told me it's safe and you can use it as much as you need to. Give it a try!

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A.J.

answers from Indianapolis on

My daughter and neice and I have the same I thing...... a combination of the Eucerin, Precription hydrocortiosine 2%, and biweekly oatmeal baths keep the itching at bay. It is important to mositurize at least 2 times a day. Also after the bath rub some baby oil to soothe the skin. All cheap easy methods. If you are short on time mix the lotion cream and oil in a plastic container with a lid for the week. But make sure you keep her moisturized!

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K.B.

answers from Chicago on

My son had the same thing when he was an infant. Be careful what products you use for bathing. Avveno seems to work really well, and for moisturizer we use Aquaphor. You can find it by the lotions at any pharmacy. My DR. also reccomended hydrocortisone with only 1%. Good Luck
K.

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V.E.

answers from Chicago on

I have been using RENEW lotion from Melaluca for two years on my daughter. It has worked Wonders. If you need more info let me know. I can be reached at [email protected]____.com

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T.G.

answers from Chicago on

Many are going to tell you it is food allergies. While this maybe true with some it was not for my son. He too developed eczema at two months. It was horrible! There wasn't a spot on his legs or arms that wasn't red. He is exclusively breastfed, so I had to take all dairy & eggs out of my diet (I also happen to be a lacto-ovo vegetarian, so it was a pain but I did it) which I did for three months and there was NO change in his eczema. I was also slathering him with Eucerine every diaper change and after his baths. I just bought those new front loader washer/dryer combo and you can only use the HE detergent in it - not Dreft which I always washed his clothes in. So I bought ALL Free and Clear, no dyes or perfumes. I also began using Cetaphil's body soap and lotion. What do you know, with in a week all of his eczema was gone. I just wanted to give you another experience that was possibly not food related.

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M.F.

answers from Chicago on

Weleda baby cream works wonders! It is an all natural product that you can get from Fruitful Yield. A friend of mine has a daughter that has eczema - at least she used to. Once she started using the Weleda baby cream (every morning) she never had another flare up.

Good Luck

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M.J.

answers from Chicago on

T., when our son was an infant (he's now 19) he had horrible eczema. it covered his entire body! the dermatologist told us to slick him up with good old vaseline! it really worked. you might want to give it a try. messy, but inexpensive.

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L.A.

answers from Chicago on

I wash my baby in Cetaphil body wash, (I use a seperate baby shampoo for his hair)and lather him up 4 times a day with Aveeno Moisturizing Cream (made for eczema). Two days after a flare up and the rash hasn't returnd.

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K.K.

answers from Chicago on

Cetaphil soap and lotions. Aveeno oatmeal bath, comes in packets..hard to find.

Good luck

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S.L.

answers from Chicago on

I have 4 kids, 3 of which have the same problem. Oatmeal baths are great, Eucerin Calming Creme, and Hydrocortisone cream works well. And for the sleepless nights a little Benoydrl works along with the Eucerin creme.

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J.W.

answers from Chicago on

I agree the Arbonne products work well from personal experience...also try getting a shower filter that filters out the chlorine. Chlorine can actually irritate eczema. www.enviro.org is a good place to purchase them. They range anywhere from $30-$60. There are some that will remove the fluoride as well, which can be toxic to infants during the first year. If you are giving her formula, you will want to consider using good clean bottled water until it clears up. Do not use baby oil or anything with mineral oil for it will clog the pores and make the condition worse. The skin needs to breathe.

Good luck
www.healthyskinchicago.myarbonne.com

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E.N.

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Hydrate your baby as much as you can. If she will take water, give her as much water as she will tolerate without interferring with her milk intake. Do not bathe her every day. Try to bathe her about every 2-3 days and make sure the water is luke warm. Hot water drains moisture from the skin and that is the exact opposite of what you want. Good luck!

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L.K.

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My twins both had Eczema. My son had it on his face until he grew out of it at about a year old(sun did help him). My daughter had it just a bit until we went to florida and afer putting sunsreen on her it flared up on her shoulder. We had used Aquaphor until they were over a year then the doctor prescribed Dremasmooth oil. It has a steroid in it but can be purchased from the company without. I never put it on my sons face because it isn't for the face.It worked on my daughters shoulder. I would only recommend it for a part ofthe body the baby can't touch. Otherwise if you call the pharmacist they can recommend one without a steroid,it's a gel. i don't know the name of it though.. Also, use detergent without scent and no dryer sheets . Use Downy unscented. And use Avenno or California Baby bathwash.

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J.A.

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T.-
Your local pediatric chiropractor should be able to help you by checking your child for nervous system interference as well as dietary changes. Check www.icpa4kids.org to find one near you if you are not already under care.
Best of Luck!

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K.S.

answers from Chicago on

Arbonne's Baby Care Line works awesome. I am a consultant, and actually became a consultant b/c of how well the ABC line worked on my son's excema. I spend a lot of time trying to help mom's who are experiencing the same problem. Arbonne does no advertising, so the only way for people to find out about their amazing products is by word of mouth. If you go to my website, www.kristenstemple.myarbonne.com, and click on "Discover ABC", you will read a letter from a 15 year veteran in pediatric medicine who is now "prescribing" the ABC system to her patients with excema instead of jumping to steroidal treatments such as Elidel. You will also read exactly how to use the system to get the most benefit. To purchase product, you can shop online through my website by clicking on the "shop online" tab. All of Arbonne's products are botanically based, dermatologist and pediatrician tested, hypoallergenic, Certified 100% Vegan (meaning no animal product or by-product, and no animal testing EVER!), pH balanced and formulated with no mineral oils, dyes, or chemical fragrances. The ABC line is also formulated with no nut oils for those little ones with nut allergies. Nothing but Pure, Safe, and Beneficial for all members of your family. Whatever you choose, I wish you much luck, as I know how frustrating finding relief from excema can be. I've helped many mamasource mamas, I hope I've helped you too!

K. Stemple
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B.J.

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Arbonne Baby care is the best...I've seen it actually clear up on kids. My friend's pediatrician actually reccomended it to her. They are all natural products... you can buy a set which includes....wash,lotion, oil, sunscreen and the diaper rash cream and a rejuvinating cream for mom. Or you can buy them individually... I would for sure reccomend the wash, lotion, and oil for the eczema. I am an Consultant and I will give you my 35% discount if you are interested in trying it out. Just call or email me

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M.B.

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My son will be two in a few weeks. He's had pretty bad eczema since he was an infant. We've had him to many doctors - several different pediatricians, two dermatologists and to Riley a couple of times. (Eczema is tied to his bigger ailment...Atopy.) Vaseline does work great, and we also use the generic version of Eucerin cream. We slather it on both of our children right after baths & again in the monrings & evenings when necessary. My son also had bad diaper rashes due to his Atopy and the doctors at Riley (including a Dermatologist there) prescibed some wonderful meds to help with that -- that our regular pediatricians were not prescribing.

You're on the right track by going to a Dermatologist. He or she will help. Good luck!

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T.M.

answers from Terre Haute on

Both of my boys have eczema and like you I beat my head against a wall trying to find something that worked. The best thing I have found so far, don't laugh now, hair conditioner. Both of my boys have the scaly yuck on their heads really bad and they get itchy and such so I tried so Treseme conditioner. HELLO! The bad skin was just falling off of both boys. They still have a long way to go but my oldest says it feels really good. Also, I use coal tar shampoo on both boys and use the suds to wash over the body a bit. While my youngest is still in the tub, I let the water out and apply lotion without drying off. All these things combined seems to keep them fairly comfortable. Winter is the worst though. It will always be a battle then. Good luck. Hope this helps.

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K.M.

answers from Boston on

Hi T.,

The most successful thing I have found for my son's eczema is a mixture of Eucerin cream and Aquaphor (about 2 Tablespoons of each, mixed together in a container - you can store leftovers by putting a lid on) and then rub that on the body and put a little bit of 1% hydracortisone cream on top.

K.

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S.T.

answers from Chicago on

My son (now 9) had the same problem. Turns out it was related to food allergies. Regarding the eczema, we always slathered him with Aquafor. Magic relief came from Protopic - you can ask the dermatologist about that. Other people also have used Elidil, I believe. Good luck.

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J.G.

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My son is 6 months old and he has had flare ups since he was 4 months old. What works for us is to be consistent in his skin care, so he doesn't get to a full blown flare up. I slather him with eczema cream (we have tried Burts Bees, didn't work. Now we use Gentle Natural by Disney) twice a day, when he is getting dressed. We also have a humidifier in his room. His skin looks great, but as soon as I start to slack in putting his cream on, it starts getting dry and itchy again. We only bathe him once or twice a week, and I make sure to "grease" him up while he is still damp so that he will retain some of the moisture. His skin looks great now, we have not had to use the steroidal creams the pediatrician recommended for the tough spots.

I would not use Benadryl with an infant unless under the guidance of a doctor. Benadryl just helps with the itching,not with the actual eczema.

Good luck!

Jean

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A.H.

answers from Chicago on

We have a holistic pharmacists' column in our newspaper and they recommended plain old milk of magnesia. Just rub it in. Right (I thought) ....but I tried it on myself and my daughter. It works. I don't know how, but it really does. No side effects either. And very cheap. Good luck.

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M.W.

answers from Chicago on

Hi T.,
I have a money back guarantee on 2 products that have worked for my colleague's 5 month old daughter and my teenage niece. Both cases of eczema completely gone! Like you, the various Rx & OTC products did not work at all. If you're interested, let me know. I'd be delighted to tell you where you can buy these products.

In the meantime, avoid using Elidel and Protopic on your baby.
http://pediatrics.about.com/od/drugwarnings/a/06_eczema_w...

Also, check to see what baby products you are currently using that contains Quarternium 15. Products with Q15 will only add to your baby's condition.
http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/quaternium-allergy.html

~M.
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