Looking for a Shampoo for My Toddler with Ezcema

Updated on November 29, 2008
G.V. asks from Olean, NY
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My 24 month old daughter was diagnosed with ezcema about 9 months ago. She gets a rash on her face, which doesn't itch her at all. Her rear end and head itch her pretty bad, but she doesn't get the rash there. She has a lot of hair so it doesn't work to rub something into her scalp. I use Aquaphor on her face and rear end and that seems to help, but I can't find a shampoo that doesn't make her itch. Any suggestions?

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L.S.

answers from New York on

hello,
the absolute best!!!! is "mustela stelatopia for dry and eczema-prone skin" it is $13, which is pricey, on other hand i am now at the end of second bottle and my son is going to be 2 in septebmer, so in the end not that pricey! I use three pushes for the whole body and head. It is great!!! i use it for whole body and as a shampoo. He had dry skin with eczema when infant, from the time i used this absolutely NOTHING! i bathe him every day with it and cream him after with cetaphil. I don't really like mustela in general, smells to parfumey and it contains parabens, EXCEPT this one "stelatopia" it doesn't have any smell, is very gentle and it even foams. I LOVE IT!!!

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L.W.

answers from New York on

Have you tried Selsun Blue? My doctor recommended it for my infant with cradlecap. It really helped!

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J.C.

answers from New York on

Hi, I thnk you should not put drugs on her skin - hydrocortisone.

There's a reason why she's getting eczema, and I truly think it's a food she's eating. My son had eczema on his arms when he was 8 months old. I had him tested for food sensitivities/intolerance. It was coconut. Coconut? Well, Palm Oil was in his formula. I changed formula and eczema went away. (he also had mild sensitivities to wheat, corn, egg and milk).

Please have her tested to eliminate the problem, not mask it. I went to a Naturopath.

Good Luck
J.

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B.D.

answers from Albany on

I do daycare and one of the kids I watch was covered with ezcema from head to toe. The parents used to slather him with Hydrocortisone 2x a day. Then someone tipped them off that Bath & Body Works' Juniper Breeze body lotion has some sort of effect on ezcema. They bought a bottle and it worked! All my friends who have had ezcema also try it when it flairs and it works for them too! Good Luck!

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D.Z.

answers from Binghamton on

Hi G.,

If you don't want to put harmful chemicals on your daughter, check out Melaleuca's Original Shampoo. www.melaleuca.com

It works wonders for my 9 year olds "crusties" cradle cap that never went away.

D.

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M.R.

answers from Syracuse on

Check out www.livetotalwellness.com/mmr and the Melaleuca.com site! These products are fantastic for ezcema, especially the Renew lotion.

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A.Y.

answers from New York on

Dear G.,

I was recently in Chicago visiting my newphews, and i noticed that my sister has a baby wash made by Aquaphor, maybe they make a shampoo as well or maybe you could try using that, also, I have used Aveeno baby products on my own son who seems to get a lot of skin irritations, and it has worked very well.

Maybe you can look into those products. Hope this is helpful.

~A. Y. - Jackson, NJ

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D.A.

answers from New York on

I had a similar problem with my daughter when she was 3. I started using the Arbonne Baby Care (ABC) products and saw great results with my daughter. I use the ABC Hair and Body wash every other day when I give her a bath and her cradle cap is now "managed". She also has ezcema on her legs and I use the ABC Body Lotion (or Oil) daily and it also "manages" the ezcema, it does not cure it. Ezcema is something that hopefully she will grow out of.

All Arbonne products are botanically based and contain no mineral oil, chemical dyes or chemical fragrances. They come with a 45 day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied withthe prodcts, so you really don't have much to lose if you try the products.

From experiences such as this using the Arbonne products, I decided to start my own home based business and I now sell these products, which I fully believe in. If you are interested in trying some products out, go to http://dinaallan.myarbonne.com/ and you can purchase the products there. You can also contact me via email from that website if you have further questions.

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S.M.

answers from Buffalo on

My son has eczema too and we use California baby shampoo and body wash. You can buy it at Target, it's not hard to find. We also stopped using aquaphor and switched to cetaphil. My friends hubby is dermatologist and recommended it. It does seem to work much better. Good luck!

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K.C.

answers from New York on

My son had horrible Ezcema. A couple of things i would mention...has she been tested for Celiac Disease? Allergy to wheat and gluten? I would bath her in the Aveeno oatmeal bath and use Selsun blue shampoo, just be careful because it's not "tear free" , but it works.

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L.W.

answers from New York on

Try California Baby, it is very gentle. I find it to be worth the expense. Good luck!

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S.A.

answers from Rochester on

G. V, I use Young Living Products, and have since 2001. The childrens products are wonderful and I highly recommend them. You can call me if you have questions or are not already an oiler yourself. I would also stop all sugar intake asap.
S. B.

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A.H.

answers from New York on

I have ezcema on my scalp and ears only. I find hot oil treatments - buy them in the store - use once a week.. help so much. I use VO5 shampoo.. and it helps too. I condition my hair with a good conditioner every day or two.. put a hat on the baby... this will help her not to itch. also when she falls asleep put gloves - mittens on her hands... it really helps not to scratch. Use olive oil when it gets bad... or even basitracin (antibiotic cream) if she develops a sore.. leave in for an hour.. good luck (i'm 45 and have had it all my life.. it gets worse when it gets cold out)

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C.S.

answers from New York on

Aquaphor also makes a baby gentle wash. Not sure how good it is on the scalp though.

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L.S.

answers from Buffalo on

Hi G.,
Just one more affirmation for Melaleuca's Renew line. It can't be beat for curing eczema. If I can offer further information, please let me know.
L.
www.LiveTotalWellness.com/L.

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S.V.

answers from Rochester on

My sister uses Burt's Bees baby shampoo on my niece who also has ezcema. Good luck.

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D.

answers from New York on

Have you tried something organic. Something that is totally natural with not alot of chemicals in it. Mostly natural ingredients. Try your local health food store. Like Wild Oats. Or, stop by your local library and check out this great book. It's called "The Green Pharmacy" and it's natural/herbal remedies for aliments. There may be some thing in there that suggests a cream or ointment that can be applied to the head. He includes lots of recipes. You don't need to give your daughter what he says, but you could look for shampoos that have some of those herbal extracts to help.

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K.C.

answers from New York on

Long Post, sorry but I need to give you the safety information as well as the reasons for my suggestions.

I know this sounds crazy but I am a NY State Licensed Aesthetician and have been in my field since 1987. There is a magic potion that I wish I had a dime for every time I recommended it!

I would also like to say that I have always specialized in the medical aspect as I want concrete results not a promise in a jar!

I also used this when pregnant and even though I gained over 70 pounds I didn't get a single stretch mark, I leave it in my hair over night to condition it, I put in on my face and body after I shower, I even have used it on my daughter since she was three days old;

AnnaMarie's Organic Olive Oil!!!!!!!!!

It has to be this one specifically or it is not the same. It is made from olives grown on an organic farm in Portugal. The owner; AnnaMarie Cordiero, is a third generation olive farmer and either personally over sees or her spouse does the same the entire process. In general when buying products that are organic you get the best quality by getting them from countries with less money. This is because they have spent generations doing things manually instead of more expensive (everything in life costs time or money, time can't be used to buy products) to produce. Most of the farms are run by families so although it doesn't cost them anything extra for man hours pesticides are out of pocket.

The best time to buy the oil is in the fall and try to get it at a farmer's market. I say this because although sold in stores the cost is higher. It is shipped over as soon as the weather cools down. The oil cannot be exposed to extreme temperature changes so it cannot be sent when it's either too hot or cold. The other issue is supply, there are almost always more people wanting oil then there is oil so buy early.

You may be lucky enough to meet AnnaMarie herself. I have to say though she doesn't like to have the oil spoken of publicly if it's not intended for ingestion. Some of the gourmet stores do take offense. I also eat it on everything.

Although you can use the olive oil by itself, you will get better results if you combine it with essential oils.

Your daughter is very young. Always check with your doctor before adding anything to the oil. The oil itself is always safe. I also taught Aesthetics for some time which is why I have a tendency to give more details then most. Aromatherapy has been practiced for centuries. There are a few basic safety things you need to know;

-Unless you have formal training do not go outside these boundaries & if there is any type of adverse reaction call a Dr. immediately. I would personally give benedryl but am not giving medical advice. This is for informational purposes only.

-Never put any essential oil directly on the skin with a baby or child, with adults you can generally put Tea Tree or Lavender oil directly on the skin with out any problem

-Do not ingest the oils

-Do not use more then the recommended amount

-Do not use if you have asthma

-Do not mix oils together unless you have safety information on all of them & their combination, remember they still create a chemical compound

-Make sure you buy from a reputable source & do not keep the oil in the bathroom or kitchen, do not keep past recommended time period

-DO NOT EVEN HANDLE ESSENTIAL OILS IF PREGNANT UNLESS YOU ARE DIRECTED SO BY A HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL- DO NOT EVER BREAK THIS RULE, I thought nothing of mixing a combination of oils for a friend while pregnant, I was being careful not to touch them, At 5 months pregnant I started bleeding!!!

This is one of my recipies & have used it on my own daughter but cannot since this is only for informational purposes you agree that if you do use this you will hold me harmless from any liablity, today's society is very litigious & I don't want to be sued if someone doesn't use the exact ingredients I state and has a problem.

Mix two ounces of olive oil with 5 drops of Tea Tree Oil & 10 drops of Lavender Oil, store this in a dark glass container. Massage about a teaspoon full of the mixture into the scalp. Since you said she has a lot of hair you can always first massage the oil into her scalp then use the mixed one. You can also use this on her body but do not use more then one and a half teaspoons of the mixture you made on her in a 24 hour period. I would leave it on her scalp for about an hour, longer if your at home. I would then use very basic baby Castile Soap because they are not as alkaline as most commercial products.

I know you are using Aquaphor now but it is petroleum based. I am not obsessive, I even eat meat, but don't really like the idea of putting these products on an adult, I really don't like the idea of putting them on a baby. Remember your skin is your largest organ and it absorbs what is on it. Petroleum based products also tend to block her pores which would result in an even worse rash.

The other thing I would really recommend is make sure you bring her to a dermatologist. It is always best to have skin conditions confirmed by someone who sees skin day after day and year after year. I did an internship with a dermatologist after graduating from school and it was amazing. I got the same exposure a medical student would have. Any general doctor, whether it's a pediatrician, internal medicine, family, OB/GYN just doesn't have the same experience as a dermatologist. They don't deal with colds, or broken bones, etc., just skin. On the flip side if you ever have a procedure requiring stitches somewhere visible, make sure it's a plastic surgeon, they make much smaller stitches that don't leave scars as visible as a dermatologist.

I wish you the best of luck and please let me know how you make out. If I can help you further please feel free to email me. I am not currently practicing due to an injury so this is not an attempt to solicit business.

Kim

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M.K.

answers from Syracuse on

My two year old also has eczema, gets pretty bad at times. I alternate between selsun blue and aveeno shampoo with oatmeal in it. The least amount of showers/baths you can get away with the better, water and soap are awful on eczema. Also make sure your daughter is hydrated and try to track if certain foods make her prone to worse eczema. I have tried everything and anything when it come to eczema so feel free to message me if you have more questions.

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J.S.

answers from Rochester on

I use Young Living's Lavender Shampoo and their kidscents (kid's version) as well for my daughter and I. The Lavender shampoo is excellent for eczema as it is made with Therapeutic grade Lavender Essential Oils. The shampoo does not contain any chemicals such as sodium laurel sulfite....
Send me a line for more info if you'd like
also you might want to think about cutting out the milk and carbs, many times these trigger eczema.
I hope this helps!
J.

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M.M.

answers from New York on

G.,

My daughter has very sensitive skin and has done well with Arbone Baby Care (ABC) Hair and body wash. If you do not have an Arbonne rep near you drop me a line and I can connect you with my rep.

M.
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K.H.

answers from New York on

Try Davies Babies - by Davies Gate. I have been using it on my son since he was about 9 months. They have a baby wash for skin and hair and a great lotion too. I originally got it as a gift and had never heard of it - turns out it is great and does not bother his exema - he has been exema free for a long time with only occasional small outbreaks - not caused by bathing. check out http://www.daviesbabies.com/ I now use the all over body wash, the body balm and the diaper cream - they are not cheap but they work great and I would swear by them for something that does not bother exema. Good luck.

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L.V.

answers from New York on

My son also was diagnosed with ezcema when he was under a year old as well...he is now 6yrs old. I tried everything and the only thing that I found worked was "Dove 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner". I started using it on him when he was about 15 months old and still use it today. It seems to moisturize his scalp. Hope this helps.

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P.S.

answers from New York on

T/sal shampoo is what I used for my son's ezcema in his hair just a little will do the trick. Also I went to the beauty supply store and found a product named BETNOVATE that took away the rash on his skin. Vaseline is the active ingredient in Aquaphor so don't waste your money on the expensive stuff. After I bathed him I would mix the betnovate(dime size portion) with the vaseline and it took away the itching and rash. He is nine now and no sign of it has returned? Remember ezcema is an allgeric reation for Asthma?

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C.H.

answers from New York on

When my kids were babies, they all had really bad cradle cap (and eczma) my pediartician told me to use Selsum Blue. It helped with the cradle cap, so it might help for your daughters itching. if it was safe for my newborns your daughter should be fine, just be sure not to et it into her eyes. maybe start off by using it every other night and see if it helps. Selsum Blue is actually indicated for dandruff which comes along with itching, so it should help your daugher. I think they even have a formula that is shampoo and conditioner in one and it does not smell like medicine. Good Luck!!

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M.Q.

answers from Albany on

Try a mild shampoo/body wash with tea tree oil in it .It works wonders for itching and rashes.

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A.G.

answers from New York on

Hi G.,

One word - ARBONNE!! Their baby line has an AMAZING hair & body wash - everything is 100% pure, SAFE & beneficial made ONLY from 100% botanical ingredients. Please email me for a sample if you would like. Aquahphor is petroleum based - think (petrol / oil ew!) and only coats the skin. It just sits on the surface and suffocates it doing nothing beneficial. Check out their website to see before & after pics!

:) A.
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A.F.

answers from New York on

my understanding is that eczema and cradle cap are the same thing, so try a cradle cap remedy.

D.D.

answers from New York on

I used good of fashion glycerin soap when my kids were young and had ezcema. My daughter does the same with my grandkids. It works wonders at keeping the skin in good condition.

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D.R.

answers from New York on

I've used Aveeno baby for my son who has ezcema and it works really well for him.

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