My 11 Week Old Has Developed Eczema

Updated on January 08, 2010
L.W. asks from Fresno, TX
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Hello Moms! Happy New Year!

My 11 week old little princess has developed Eczema. For those of you who have a child with Eczema, what products have you used to help your little one?

Thank you!

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So What Happened?

Hello Everyone! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experiences and successes with me! I really do appreciate you guys...from the bottom of my heart! We first noticed the Eczema on New Year's Eve and her doctor's office was closed. I spoke with her doctor today and she suggested what many of you have suggested...Eucerin and Aquaphor. Also, she said to bath her in unscented Dove every other day. I thought she would say Aveeno because I know there products are very gentle. I will do what the doctor ordered and prayfully her eczema will disappear soon.

I wish each of you a Healthy, Happy and Properous New Year!

L.

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R.G.

answers from Houston on

L. - you can try the others but I recommend Melaleuca's Renew lotion - clinically proven to be 7xs more effective than Eucerin. It comes in a lotion and a foaming bath soap. I love it and it has cleared up so many skin issues in my family. Email me directly if you want to find out how to get it.
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E.H.

answers from Killeen on

Hi L.,
I don't know if you found a solution yet. But I have helped moms with this for years now and it has worked. It may sound strange but has been tested. It is an eye cream that is being used. I used it on my son as well as adults. And also something called BiOmega. You are welcomed to message me if you need more info.

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A.W.

answers from Houston on

Lubriderm lotion and hydrocortizone cream. You can use both at the same time. My daughter has had it since she was a newborn also. She is six now and we still control it with the combination of these two things. Good Luck! =)

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T.R.

answers from Houston on

If you are breastfeeing cut out all milk and eggs and see if it goes away. If the baby is on formula switch to one that is hypoallergenic and very expensive!

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V.L.

answers from Houston on

my daughter has it VERY severe, but here is what we do and it is now controlled. We bathe her and use creamy aveno Wash. We only let her play in the bath for no more that 10 mins. Then we pull her out PAT her dry. Apply aveno CREAM while skin is damp. We let that dry and then over the bad spots we apply aquaphor to seal in the CREAM. Then clothes so it does not rub off. Now she is 19 months and had a horrible flare this winter and had to get special cream from the docs, we used it for about 6 days and went back to the regimen and so far so good. She is also on allergy medicine which helps. Also change child's bed linen every other day and wash clothing in FREE detergent. The more you can reduce bedbugs the less they eat away at the dead skin on the spots. I got rid of her bumper and give her clean linen every other day it totally helps

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L.D.

answers from Sherman on

Get rid of all milk products for a while. Usually the child has a sensitivity to milk. If you are breastfeeding, stop drinking milk. If you are using formula, use the soy based.

I have eczema. My mom has eczema, my daughter has eczema.

To ease the rash, rub straight OLIVE oil on her little body then follow with aveeno. Olive oil can penetrate the skin and condition. baby oil will only sit on the surface.

hope this helps. eczema also gets worse in the winter.

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J.H.

answers from Houston on

Your daughter could just have it because but sometimes it appears because of a food allergy. Ask a pharmacsist but they have special creams you can use for it. Aquaphor and Cetaphil are good creams and lotions but for something stronger ask the doc. You might look into why she has it.

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S.B.

answers from San Antonio on

We use Eucerine cream and aveno body washes and oatmeal baths.

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R.D.

answers from Austin on

My daughter was born with mild eczema and at 2 years still gets it during the winter. The best stuff by far that I've found is made by Mustela. Here's a link to what it is called:
http://www.diapers.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product...
I have tried many different products in the past and this one seems to be the only one that actually makes her red/rough spots go away. I put it on her before bedtime and usually in about a week (or less) her eczema is gone. I also use the Mustela Bath Oil
http://www.diapers.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product...
and Body Wash/Shampoo
http://www.diapers.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product...
I usually bathe her every other to every 4th day and since I do it right before bedtime, it's a great time to put the lotion on afterward.
There are times when she will get really red, irritated spots that I'll put Eucerin Aquaphor on to protect them and really seal in the moisture, but it's not a great thing to use on the face since it makes her hair stick to her cheeks and she doesn't like that.
Her pedi said I could use the 1% hydrocortisone cream, but I really don't like the idea of putting steroids on her, so I never did. I also bought a dye-free detergent for her clothes and skip the fabric softener & dryer sheets all together. This past summer, her skin was looking really good, so I started washing her clothes with the rest of ours and she seemed to be tolerating it fine, but then winter hit. All the dry heated air really makes her skin worse.
Good luck with your little one!

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S.A.

answers from Houston on

You didn't list what your child's doctor recommends. Phisoderm. It's quite simple. Did your doctor recommend not bathing daily as this will aggravate your child's sensitive skin?

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T.P.

answers from Houston on

My twins had eczema and I took them to allergist to rule out any food allergies and intolerance. I use Aquaphor on their face all day long and it cleared it up very quickly, any time it comes back I keep using aquaphor. Baths were twice a week to minimized drying out the skin and I used Aveeno baby moisturizer.

J.B.

answers from Houston on

As another mom said, with my first boy I had to use all the "free" detergent his whole first year. I am due any day now and was shopping for this stuff again and found that bounce makes a dryer sheet that is "free" as well. Last time I had to buy liquid downy, which was the only brand I could find free of fragrance etc and it was pain. I also washed all our clothes in the fragrance free detergent and fabric softener the first year. I also used Aveeno products for bathing and lotioning and they helped a lot. I also found this little stick thing, I think it was in the Johnson and Johnson naturals line. It looks like a little stick of deodorant and it's green. It is for dry patches on the cheeks. I used it every night on any dry patch he had and it worked wonders! If I am out and remember I will try to get the exact name for you and send you a message. I am suffering from a serious case of pregnesia right now, but I will do my best!! Good luck, after about a year of so my son's skin really started to clear up. Now at 2 1/2 we don't have any worries about it at all. Happy New Year!
p.s. I forgot to tell you that my pedi told me to use hydro-cortisone cream on him three times daily. I never made it three times but usually did it morning and night, so you may want to check that out with your dr and see what they say about it. It helped my son a lot. Best wishes!

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M.B.

answers from Austin on

My daughter developed eczema a little eczema on in the bends of her elbows, knees and ankles when she was just a couple of months old. I was nursing and changed a few things in my diet like not drinking soy milk, not eating peanut products and limiting dairy and her eczema went away. When she was about 6 months old and starting solids she got it terrible on her face. I started giving her essential fatty acids such as Evening Primrose Oil and it went away. She gets a small spot on her face when she eats certain things but that'a about it. You can get a good Evening Primrose Oil at Whole Foods in a capsule, open up the capsule and put it right on her skin. Eventually you can give it to her orally. The doctors probably told you it was normal for a baby to get eczema and that it's not caused by food. I didn't believe that. Do you own research. Take in to consideration what you are eating if you are nursing, what she is eating and what vaccines you have giving her.
Good luck!

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M.S.

answers from Houston on

Happy New Year and congratulations on the birth of your baby girl. I have three girls who, like their mommy, have eczema. For infants, slathering Vaseline on a still-wet baby after the bath works great. Our pediatrician and dermatologist both recommend CeraVe wash and lotion (available at CVS and rather expensive, unfortunately). When my first daughter developed dry skin, we switched from Johnson's baby wash to Aveeno products, but even those are drying, according to our pediatrician. So, we use CeraVe. My sister, who also has children with eczema, uses the Aveeno oatmeal bath which seems to be very soothing. Good luck and stay hydrated!

B.B.

answers from Houston on

My daughter developed eczema around the same age as yours. We had to use things like All free and clear detergent and aveeno for her baths. Benadryl cream helps too but the best thing has been the ointments the doctor prescribes. It has been a life long battle for us, but it's been managable. Good luck!

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K.G.

answers from Austin on

My infant developed Eczema as well. I tried all the over the counter stuff and nothing really worked. She does not have it really bad like some cases I've seen pictures of but bad enough to kind of always be there in different spots and bother her from time to time. The Dr. prescribed an ointment with prescription strength cortisone. That as helped but we might have to change it to a higher strength.
He also said it's important that when we bathe her, just about a 10 minute bath it does help to hydrate the skin and to use only little non-fragrance soap like Aveeno Baby, and be sure to rinse her off good, and if she's not very dirty don't use any soap at all. He also said that you must put lotion on them immediately after towel drying, within 2-3 minutes after getting out of the bath to lock in the moisture Aveeno Baby, or we use Eucerin lotion now which I have found to be better and I like it too. My Dr. says that most of time they outgrow it. Hope this helps and best of luck.

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J.B.

answers from Corpus Christi on

7 years ago i switched to Melaleuca products for my home. That solves a ton of common problems like asthma, allergies, eczema, etc. It's members only shopping at wholesale prices. www.melaleuca.com is the site and www.melaleuca.com/ps to see the product line. If you have questions or need the referral, let me know. I'm glad to help. J. Baird ###-###-####

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A.L.

answers from Austin on

Great advice so far, but I want to add just one little something: we found that all-natural lotions made our daughter's eczema worse. She had a milk-protein allergy, which she has since outgrown, but many all-natural lotions contain whey (aka milk protien). Johnson's baby lotion immediately after the bath (while skin is still damp) is what we ended up using for her ezcema, along with very sparing use of prescription hydrocortisone cream. And use the smallest amount of soap you can get away with. We also washed her clothes seperately from ours, and skipped the fabric softener altogether.

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J.J.

answers from Austin on

My 4 year old still gets seasonal (dry winter) eczema. We've used various Dr. prescribed ointments but they don't work any better than Aveeno Soothing Relief baby lotion (we also used the wash - dark blue bottle). Now that he's older we've used Cetaphil which also works. Rub the lotion on once a day or after bath - and rub all over not just rough patches as the skin works together as an organ. One of my ped. also suggested Olive Oil for my second son as a newborn for very gentle, mild, and effective moisturizing.

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A.B.

answers from El Paso on

Aveeno Creamy Baby Wash and Lotion
Aquafor--cleared it up FAST--two or three times daily

Don't worry, most kids grow out of it by two. My little boy had it BAD--red sores in his elbows and knees--but once we found out what it was, it was manageable and disappeared around 18 months.

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G.H.

answers from San Antonio on

Never wipe the face with anything other than a wet wash cloth. Bath only every day unless nessasary and use hands instead of a wash cloth. Don't use tide detergant. Aveeno products work great, especially the loition (the regular one with the the green around the pump) and the sunscreen. There is also a seriod ontiment I get from the dr when it gets really bad.

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A.C.

answers from San Antonio on

Congratulations on your little one!

We use dye-free, perfume-free detergents, washes, creams everything including on the towels and washclothes (anything that touches the skin). We've also over the years learned about different allergens that have aggravated the problem.

The best OTC stuff we've found? AVEENO oatmeal products (dye-free, perfume-free), EUCERIN, Downy-free (Bounce free still had something that aggravated! but many, many people have great success with Bounce) and ALL free & clear (works better than most "free" detergents).

We were told that eczema can be aggravated by stress, environmental allergens and ingested allergens. So far that's held true...good news is he hardly ever has a problem now and we have slowly been able to reintroduce certain items (detergent) into his life w/o problem...and his eczema was horrible from the start!

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L.J.

answers from Houston on

The soap I use is called Super California Baby, only at Target, for hair AND body. Use lukewarm water, always, and 100% cotton everything!
Bless her!
Good luck!

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M.G.

answers from New York on

what weird um..."advice".....cut the skin off?

anyway. moisturize well after bathing her. use somthing super duper gentle like aveno scent/dye free body wash and scent/dye free detergent.

my son gets eczema on his legs, it's related to his food allergies and my pedi perscribed cortizone cream but since your little one is so new to the world i would call your pedi before useing cortizone cream. my son is 2 and i still use it very sparingly. good luck and remember never feel silly calling the dr to ask questions thats what their there for. :)

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