My 5 Year Old Has Excema

Updated on November 03, 2010
A.G. asks from Pratt, KS
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My 5 year old daughter has excema. When she was an infant, it was so bad that she has scratches all over her face. She was reffered to a determatologist. He gave me some cream w/a prescription in it. This does not help her at all. We have controlled the dryness on her scalp by using T-gel ut her skin is still very dry. Last time we couldn't control the dryness, the doctor put her on steriods for 7 days. I hate the fact that the only way to help her skin is to put her on steriods. I have heard lots of bad thing about steriods. The doctor also told me that asthma and allergies go with excema.She has both. I have tried all types of lotions for her skin and have limiter her baths to every other day with luke warm water, but nothing seems to help. I am open to any suggestions.

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I want to thank everyone who responded and all the great advice. We are using aquaphor and I have put her on a diet with no milk to see if this helps. Its a start. We also have been taking her to the chiropractor beause she also has migranes a lot. We found out that her neck was out of alignment. When I took her to our family doctor, he said that she had childhood migranes and put her on a prescription.

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W.B.

answers from Kansas City on

Hi A.,
Have you tried Eucerin cream ? And huggies makes a baby hair and body wash that is hyperallergenic. I have to use both of these for my daughter.

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D.M.

answers from St. Louis on

My daughter suffers terribly from excema also. The one thing I have found that works is Vanicream. You have to ask the pharmacist for it, but it is available without a prescription. We limit her baths to every other day with lukewarm water and Aveeno liquid bath soap - even use the Aveeno Baby Bath when it really flares up. Limit her time outside, especially in the dry winter months. I put the Vanicream on my daughter at least 3 times a day. It works for her. Hope some of this works for you.

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E.R.

answers from St. Louis on

I don't know how bad she has it, but my boy is 3 and has had it since he was 2 months old. He is covered, but I maintain it pretty well without steroids. However, I do use them when the rash takes off. I have the best dermatologist for peds in the city. Her name is Dr. Bayless at Childrens hospital, if you haven't visited her, I would try it. She really helped me get rid of the initial rash when he was very young with medication, and I have been able to maintain it with just a thick coating of Aquaphor or even Cetaphil both in the am and pm. Especially this time of year, put a constant humidifier in her room. Hope this helps. My derm says that chilhood excema can be more disruptive to a family than childhood diabetes.

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C.C.

answers from Pocatello on

My husbands hands are dry and cracked. Renew lotion has saved is hands from bleeding and cracking. I use it for dry flaky skin and safe enough for babies to adults! Renew is non greasy and is cliniclly proven to work faster, better, and last longer than Eucerin, the leading dermatologist-preferred lotion. This nongreasy, total-body formula is light enough for daily use, yet powerful enough to improve the chronic dry skin of eczema. clinical studies prove that after only 24 hours, Renew leaves severely dry skin significantly softer, smoother, more moisturized, and healthier than Eucerin. On the average, it would take 4-6 applications of Eucerin per day to equal just two applications of Renew. Now my husband only needs to use it every other day!

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R.F.

answers from Salt Lake City on

A.,
I have a four year old who has some skin issues and recently had a really bad flare up, all the things the doctors gave me did not work. She was really bad for months. I finally tried a natural product called Xango and it cleared it up in five days. Research that I have done on the product all say it is very good for skin conditions. It's a juice-so is safe for anyone to drink-and it tastes great-made of a fruit called mangosteen that grows in SE Asia and traditional Healers have used the fruit for skin conditions there for centuries. There is also some scientific studies done on this that agrees with what the people over there have known for a long time. I love Xango so much I became a dist. for it. If you want more info on it watch this little youtube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GnztmbajVHQ&feature=re... xango story, (part one)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9lzVFyTcWs&feature=re... (p.2)

on that link you can watch a video clip about how the founders of xango found the fruit that the product is made from and some of the science they found which led to them starting the company. I work with the sister of the founders and so have access to some good info about it. If you're into a natural remedy it may be worth a shot.
I've also got a website with more info: www.mangosteenalliance.com/ford
Let me know.
Good luck.
R.

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L.C.

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Two things A....my daughter had that all her life....I took her to Children's hospital..they helped her...they said they make newer things constantly..at the time they used fish eggs.

and the second thing is extra emollient night cream by Mary Kay..cosmetics...

I sell it now...and my daughter is a grown woman..uses this for softness...just wish I would have been a consultant back then...also it is great for diaper rash...poison ivy..I am not saying it is a cure for anything...but it has helped me and my family and the people I sell it too..so find you a Mary Kay lady...
L.

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H.G.

answers from Springfield on

Hi A.!

I am a mom of two (ages 6 and 5). I also am a part of an awesome company that has products that could greatly benefit your daughter. Please contact me if you are interested.

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L.C.

answers from St. Louis on

Like a couple of others suggested, I would further explore the food allergy to get rid of the eczema. 2 of my 5 children have several food allergies and I am amazed at how much food can effect us. There may also be some yeast problems. After reading The Yeast Connection (I got it at the public library), I figured out that my infant's cradle cap was actually caused by yeast. Not all cradle cap is caused by yeast but hers was and went away when I treated it as if it was a yeast infection. Just something to consider.

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B.S.

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Hello I really feel for you. I have eczema and so does my 22 mth old boy. I had to stop using fabric softener in the laundry. I also didn't use anything on him that has perfumes of any sort. I would like to say that the Renew lotion from Melaleuca would help you, but I don't know that for sure. For me it just fuels my eczema to flair up. I don't know exactly what else to tell you. I wouldn't want to put my son on anything with steroids in it either. I hope this helps out some.

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C.D.

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Hi! Maybe I can help a little. My husband has ezcema, and his wole family (mother, brothers, sisters) He goes to the dermatologist every 3 months. He uses 3 different ointments: Triamcinolone Acetonide, Econazole Nitrate Cream, and Clobetasol. Try using lukewarm water on her face, and he uses a prescribe shampoo for his hair and scalp. Also, limit her baths to a 10 minute shower because hot water can make it worst. My husband takes showers and maybe 1 bath a week. The sun and heat can make it worst. My husband has a nephew and he has ezcema all over his body but, they keep in under control. It was worst when he was a baby, and a youngster. His skin would scale over and ooze. He wore long sleeve shirts and pants through the summers, and stayed indoors on very hot days. Oh, one more thing..ezcema is hereditary. Whenever your child starts to scratch, stop her from doing so because she can transfer it from her face to other parts of her body. I know it is hard. My husband still scratches..some days are good and some are bad. If your doctor isn't listening to you, try another dermatologist. Good luck and I hope I helped some.

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R.W.

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A. and Kyle,
When my granddaughter was 9 she went through the same thing, she was on so many steriods that we knew it was bad for her, but didn't know what else to do to get her some relief. There was a cream for this and a cream for that. She was even bleeding from the scratching. When she started using the Arbonne baby care products, the excema went completely away. What a relief for her! She is now 13 and when she has a breakout she puts on the Arbonne baby lotion and it goes away. She will be using it the rest of her life! I can send you a sample if you want. Just e-mail me at [email protected]____.com.

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J.H.

answers from Wichita on

I almost had a nervous breakdown when my daughter was a toddler due to the fact she would stay up all night itching. My daughter has food allergies, outdoor and indoor allergies. All which manifested through her eczema. She constantly looked like she was beat up by a cat throughout her toddler years. Its always scary to go to the dermatologist and hear them say "thats weird, can we take pictures?" We have gained some control over her Eczema/Allergies and Asthma (the Ashtma is new which she developed within the last year) We are currently on a regimin of Advair and Singulair which has worked wonders! My daughter bathes twice to three times a week, before she is even dry we smear her with Cetaphil creme (it comes in a tub at the pharmacy or target) It is wonderful. Our dermatologist suggested bathing her everyday when her allergies are severe (summertime when the pollen sticks etc). As long as you coat her with Cetaphil within 5 minutes of getting out, it actually seals in the moisture and helps out a lot. I don't like the steroids either, my daughter has them periodically when she has a tremendous reaction with her eczema, we have tried Pro-topic, straight hydro-cortizone etc, and nothing really seemed to help that well. I do recommend trying out the allergy medications, it really helps with the eczema. My daughter is almost 7 now, and her skin is finally getting back to normal. You might want to try a different dermatologist or allergist that specializes in Pedeatric. We have seen 3 different dermatologists, an allergist and a Pediatrician, it has taken us 3 years to find the combination that works well for her. Good Luck, I know it is frustrating at times. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, I feel like an expert on this subject. :)

J.

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C.O.

answers from Kansas City on

Both of my boys (5&3) have had eczema, allergies, and many ear infections. Do you ever try putting vaseline or aquafore on the worse spots, then cover with those huge bandaids? Target has the best large bandaids. They are clothlike, cheaper and come ten in a pack. We use a box a night at times, when it gets bad. Also, a mister/humidifer in her room at night?
Our last visit to the ENT, I know, why is ENT telling me anything about skin. But there seemed to be something to it. He said, sometimes, kids get a build up of the protein in milk. Then they get very itchy and red, but also it increased my kids ear problems. Anyway, we've been off of milk and milk products for 2 weeks and it really helps. They take a multivitamin, so they should be fine on the calcium front. Also, he said, we could start back with milk, one day on milk then three days off, to see how it goes. If they seemed symptomatic, then back off. I'm not saying it cured the eczema, but it seemed to clear up their red checks.
Lastly, my oldest has been on the steroid creme for awhile. He's been on 5 or 6 different kinds and it doesn't seem to have the bad affect you have heard. The steroid in the creme is different that any kind of "bad" steroids you may have heard about in the news. Plus, the dose is much lower in a creme form.

I definitely have not found a cure, because my boys still have scaley, sometimes bloody, itchy skin, but some of these things seem to help.

There's my two cents, good luck.

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M.R.

answers from Kansas City on

My daughter had a horrible bout with excema when she went away to college. She went to a family practice doc then a dermatologist, used the steroid cream, got shots & still was getting worse. Her best friend back home also was struggling with excema & came to visit me at that time. I asked her what she was doing to deal with it since it had been a struggle for her for years. She too was using the steroid creams, shots, etc. So I did some investigating on my own. I read about emu oil on the internet & thought it had to be a fluke. But in desperation, when my daughters hands/arms/feet & legs were all turning into blisters, I ordered 2 bottles of pure emu oil. I gave one to my daughter & 1 to her friend. BOTH of them could see the difference immediately. My daughter went off the steroid cream & no more shots. Neither girl has had any further problems since. I swear by the emu oil...as weird as it sounds... & really a cheap fix too! Plus all natural, no side effects.

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M.M.

answers from Springfield on

My daughter has had eczema since she was 4 months old. She lived in pajamas with feet for a long time because it was the only clothes that would keep her from scratching herself until she bled.
I tried all the doctor recommendations, I switched her to soy formula (soy is supposed to help wit eczema and she also has milk allergies), tried lotions from Eucerin to Aveeno. Finally I went natural and bought aloe body wash, shampoo and lotion and aloe gel and finally started seeing improvements. I used the gel several times a day until the eczema started clearing up well then switched to the lotion two to three times a day to help keep her skin moisturized. Since there wasn't any fragrances or chemicals in the natural products there was nothing there to irritate. Don't use wash cloths or anything when bathing, hands are gentler, and when possible let her body air dry after bathing. I usually wrap my daughter in a towel right after a bath to keep her warm and while I'm blow drying her hair, her body dried. I also switched to All clear, with no dyes, fragrances etc to wash her clothes, bedding etc in. She couldn't be on any carpet without pants on because crawling on it caused inflamation (chemicals in the carpet?). With areas that were super bad (her feet took the longest to clear up) I found the steroid ointment to be the most helpful. I too didn't like the idea of putting steroid cream on my baby. She is four now and I still continue to do this. In the winter time she gets really dry skin and in the summer in areas like the insides of her elbows, her arm pits and the back of her legs get irritated.
I hope this helps.

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G.B.

answers from St. Louis on

My heart goes out to your daughter. I've had eczema since I was an infant and went through a nightmare growing up with this skin condition. Puberty was especially hard for me. It's no fun going to high school with bad skin, be it acne or eczema. My mother was a trooper and worked with me the whole time. I've been to so many dermatologists and tried so many treatments I can't remember them all. None of them really worked and some did more harm than good. I'm 55 years old and when I was growing up dermatologists just didn't know how to treat eczema. It wasn't until I turned 50 that I finally found a dermatologist who knew what to do. Prior to that all doctors did was prescribe steroids. At the time my hands were so inflamed, even the palms, and near infection that I couldn't work. The itching was driving me insane. The dermatologist I found gave me these treatment instructions: Add Aveeno Bath Treatment-Blue Label to luke warm water and soak for 20 minutes, 3 times daily. Do not use soap. After bathing, pat skin damp dry and immediately apply steroidal cream to affected areas. I had to purchase plastic disposable gloves to wear over my hands, the kind used in food service. Over the plastic I used white cotton gloves. To other skin areas I was told to use Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream or Lotion. The cream works better because it's thicker and lasts longer. It costs about $12 a jar, depending on where you live. As a child I had eczema all over my body, especially in the bends of my arms and legs, on my face and neck and as I got older on my hands/palms. It is important to keep your daughter's skin moist. Dryness is what makes the skin itch. Soaking in the tub is what the doctor says is needed to add moisture to the skin and the cream you use after helps the skin retain moisture. The cream can be used on any part of the body, including face and scalp. Use a humidifier in her room and make sure she doesn't wear itchy clothing. Remove the tags at the neck of her clothing. When you wash her clothing, use mild soap and rinse twice. Also, you may want to talk to your pediatrician about possible food allergies related to eczema. I'm allergic to orange juice and tomato based products. My mother had asthma and my youngest daughter developed juvenile asthma and has sensitive skin. Above all, do what ever you can to keep your daughter calm and happy and teach her how to deal with stress. Stress aggravates eczema and unfortunately there is no cure. She will need to learn how to deal with stress and treat her symptoms for the rest of her life. Also, check out the Aveeno Eczema Care line of skin care products. Good luck to you and your daughter!

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J.T.

answers from St. Louis on

My daughter also has excema, just little patches here and there. I put hydrocortisone cream (which is a steroid) on it about every other day (it thins the skin so shouldn't be used for a long period of time) and I also use aquaphilic ointment (my mom works at the University of Iowa and they make that there)it is just like a powerful lotion and that seems to help. She's had other patches before that have gone away but this last one has been stubborn. I'm not sure if they sell aquaphilic ointment in the stores or not, if no I could probably send you some. Also I have been told that sunlight helps too. Good luck to you, excema is no fun. I feel your pain.

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J.M.

answers from St. Louis on

I do know that excema's not fun, my business that I work with called The Mom Team works with a group called Melaluca which everything's natural. I'm more than positive that the products we have would help ease your daughters excema, I've always had excema like skin and I have relatives whom have excema and the products that we offer has helped tremendously! Go to my site www.themomteam.com/mom2 and fill in the information to receive more information, you can be just a customer or also get involved in the business. Fill in the information and I'll give you a call so we can discuss these products more. I wish you luck!

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F.C.

answers from Kansas City on

Hi A. & Kyle--I can give you a sample of pure, safe & beneficial products that WORK and can send before & after pictures as well as a letter from a doctor who's now recommending & selling these products. If you are interested, I can get it in the mail to you immediately. No steroids. No chemicals. Just products that work and that you can trust putting on your daughter's skin. All Arbonne's products are backed by a 45-day satisfaction guarantee.You can purchase at a 35-80% discount. No gimmicks. If you live in the Platte City area, I'd be happy to bring you the products. You won't believe your REsults!!!

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K.L.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi, I am a mother of a 15, 12, 7, 3, 19mo, 8mo and one on the way. Some of my kids have had some form of eczema as well and my 19month old currently in which we are finding the root of his problem. He has had the worst case of all the kids. However, I had no knowledge about it like I do now. Although topical medicines might help, the root of the problem is not being treated. When a child shows signs of skin problems it is because of an issue on the inside manifesting itself on the outside. Even oral medications might help temporarlily, but it only masks the problem. Through constant study and research I have learned what is the cause of my sons eczema. He does not do well with peanut butter, milk & cheese so far. These foods have a common link which is the high protein content. We had already know that the peanut butter made his skin react within seconds almost causing a hospital trip except I got benedryl down him before his airway closed. The other reason I know for sure which foods my son is affected by is because he had been sick and was not drinking milk for two weeks and his skin cleared up smooth as a baby. Without thinking about it I gave him some cheese and immediately he broke out into a severe rash again. Well in getting more info I found that cheese has 7 times the amounts of proteins as milk which explains how he could react so severely to a single piece of cheese. Don't get discouraged but do look at these certain foods which are high in protein and eliminate them from their diet. It might take two weeks to see the rash totally gone but you will notice day by day a difference if you have removed a food that is the root of the problem. You can also look up foods on google with protein allergies. The list is like peanut butter, milk, eggs, fish to name a few. Hope that helps

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V.S.

answers from Kansas City on

My 6 year old has the same problems. A couple of months ago we took her to the doctor because hers got so bad and they had her on steroids for awhile and told us to use Eucerin lotion. That lotion was ok, but she was still extremely dry. My mom buys stuff from the Melaleuca company and gave me some lotion called Renew and it has worked miracles for her. Good luck.

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R.R.

answers from Springfield on

I am an Arbonne Consultant and I have had excellent results with clients who have been in the same position with their children and even themselves. Try Arbonne baby wash, oil and/or lotion. These are botanically based products so there are not any harsh chemicals or fragrances. It is a gentle formulation that has given excellent results. Contact me and I can get you a free sample so you can see how it does.

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J.H.

answers from Wichita on

Hello,

This is what I would suggest. Switch to truly natural products, not just a little natural.

Go through your cabinets and remove products that contain chemicals such as artificial sulfates, artificial phosphates, artificial preservatives, petroleum products (mineral oil, petroleum jelly), parabens, artificial colorants, and fragrances.

The products to be removed can and should include; any and all skin care (lotions, soaps, after bath oils, etc.), laundry detergents and soaps, fabric softeners, cleaning products, etc. Anything that may come in contact with her skin.

Begin using products made with only natural ingredients. No chemicals to cause problems. Begin by reading labels and understanding what the ingredients are in your products.

In addition, I would look into food allergies. Wheat, dairy, and soy are big ones that can lead to skin irritations among other things. I would start with removing wheat from her diet for a week. See what happens, then move on to the next possible culprit.

I have seen food allerigies and chemicals in products cause more problems.

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J.G.

answers from Orlando on

Melaleuca has a lotion has helped other babies with excema. If you still haven't found something that works and would like more info, e-mail me here on Mamapedia.
Thanks,
J. G

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A.V.

answers from Columbia on

My 9 year old son has it too. (I have a mild case) I have always used vaseline on his skin for moisturizer. Just at bed time and on especially rough spots during the day. Also, I'm sure you know this, but use a non scented laundry detergent. Dreft is especially great. "All" free works great too and isn't as expensive. I had to end up getting a water softener as well. Hard water is really tough on skin. even if limiting baths to every other day. Chlorine will become your worst enemy. It's very important as he gets older to make sure the spots stay very clean. My son had one on his arm that ended up infected and he got scarlett fever because of it. The more they scratch, the more germs get in. Best of luck to you and I hope this helps.

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D.R.

answers from Springfield on

My son had excema when he was younger and my daughter has very sensitive skin and will break out like excema. I started giving them both a shot of Mona Vie (super fruit blend with acai and 16 other fruits--just loaded with antioxidants). Any way, their skin problems went away. I've also heard from a Mom who had psoriasis as well as her son.
They used evening primrose oil capsules and it helped.

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M.G.

answers from St. Louis on

I have a 6 year old who has been seeing an allergist for 3 years. She is on Zyrtec and Cingulair every day. Her skin seems to be better with the medicine. She was also prescribed Elidel and hydrocortisone, using one for a week and switching back and forth. I don't know if this really helps, but she seems to have less dry, itchy skin in the winter than in the summer. Her doctor also said to try using Vaseline lotion. Just keep her well moisturized is all I can tell you and good luck!

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M.D.

answers from St. Louis on

eczema is an immune disorder. it can result from various causes, including allergies, irritating chemicals, drugs, scratching or rubbing the skin. my twins have it and until i recently went back to school for MA i didn't understand what is going on. my medical dictionary says using a Burow's solution. it also says to use room humididiers during the winter.

me i use the steroid cream, my son hates it but i use it. also in the summer i let him go outside in a little clothing as possible and soak up some sun. when the boys were younger i would put them in a patch of sun on the living room floor while they were napping. i use detergents that are dye free. and we use ALOT of lotion to keep the skin moisturized.

if you have any other questions you can email me offlist at [email protected]____.com

M.

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D.L.

answers from Topeka on

My 5 year old son has excema with the asthma and allergies also. We use only Ivory bar soap for his bath soap and Aveeno for his shampoo. This has helped a great deal. The biggest thing is your laundry detergent and dryer sheets. You must use a gentle one since these clothes are lying agains their skin all day and on the pillowcase all night. When he has the sores, we actually only put vaseline on them and he has been clear for quite a while.

Good luck,
D.

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E.M.

answers from St. Louis on

Both my boys have had excema since birth also, they are 14 and 6 now. We got a prescription for Elidel and it works great!!! Took me forever to find anything that didn't burn them or hurt when I put it on. Thankfully my oldest started to grow out of it when he was around 10 and rarely has problems with it now. I would talk to your pediatrician about Elidel.

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V.T.

answers from Topeka on

My neighbors child have horrible excema and I finally convinced her to go to Children's Mercy and see a determatolist and within a few weeks of seeing the doctor she has greatly improved. I don't know where you live but if it is somewhat close to Kansas City it is worth looking into. It is a wonderful hospital, we have to go there at least once a month. Good luck and keep me posted.
V.

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S.R.

answers from St. Louis on

Hello A.,
My son has excema,and allergies. So bad to the point where his legs and torso would bleed from scratching. After perscriptions and OTC creams this is what worked best for him.
Like ellise said Arbonne baby care products work great.The bath wash is the best. Also Aquafor or just plain old butter petroleum jelly @ night works. ( Lay it on) Also our pediatrician said to use liquid fabric softner in place of fabric sheets. The sheets coat the clothing and it rubs off on the skin causing it to be irritated. Good Luck.

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H.W.

answers from Wichita on

Just to let you know I have it also. I had to several different kinds of prescriptions before I found one that worked. You probably should ask your doctor to prescribe something else, until you find the right one to help you.

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L.W.

answers from St. Louis on

A.,
My daughter has had excema for as long as I can remember. She is almost 5 now. I use Protopic any time that she has an out break. I switched our laundry detergent when my son was born 15 months ago to Tide Free (I have a front Loader and All just does not work well in it.) I also stopped using dryer sheets and started using dryer balls. I have noticed some change however She is not near as bad as yours. My daugter gets it really bad at her elbows and behind her knees. I was told not to let her play in the bath or to sit in the tub with soap or bubblebath in it. How do you not let a child play in the tub?? So I just limit the time she is in it to about 15 minutes. I try to give her a bath right before snack so that she has to get out of the tub. I also look at the back of all the lotions and try to find one that does not have alcohol in it or at least not at the top of the list. Only because these are the ones that she complains burns her. I have sesitive skin and am afraid that she is going to be like me. I have never taken her to a determatologist. however my mom keeps trying to get me to do so. I notice that when my mom has her and washes her clothes (thinking that she is helping me out) she breaks out more. I have started just washing all of her clothes when she comes home from Grandma's even if I am told that they are clean because I do believe that switching to Tide free has helped some. I might have to try what some of the other sugested and take her off of Milk but man I do not want to be around her when I do that only because of how much milk she drinks a day.
I just read an article in our paper about excema and it just said that the important part was to stay away from perfumes and fabric softeners, wash clothing before wearing it, bathing instead of showers, and most importantly keeping the skin hydrated.

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C.F.

answers from Wichita on

I get excema really bad on my hands(blisters, bleeding, and oozing. I have tried all of the prescriptions from the doctor and the steriods, they help a little, but when I went to a dermatologist he recommended using cetaphil or CeraVe, I have also used the Aveeno lotions and whatever made especially for excema and they have worked wonders. But like others have said I would check into the allergies to food thats what my dermatologist said for me to do but I couldnt think of anything. I hope this helps.

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D.R.

answers from Kansas City on

Hi A. and Kyle,

I'm sorry to hear about your little girl's struggle with excema, asthma and allergies. My youngest is 13 now and I found out that a good nutritional and shower gel and lotions without preservatives that feed the skin cells has been essential for our 2 younger kids. There are several great products out there. I'd encourage you to find one that is pharmaceutical grade and follows GMP's. We personally use Usana. You can check it out at www.vibrantlife.usana.com . When I found out there was a 30 day money back guarantee, I was more than willing to try something new. It worked for us, so much so that we have made that our part time job. ;-)

Blessings to you as you seek health for you and your whole family.

D. R.

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A.C.

answers from St. Louis on

Have you had her tested for food allergies. I have babysat two kids with Eczema, both pretty bad. If they are allergic to milk or eggs you need to cut them out completely. Just a little idea.

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H.S.

answers from St. Louis on

My son had excema so bad that he looked like a giant sore of ooze...ughh. It was due to a milk and egg allergy. That was 5 years ago. Today we do the following - try to avoid feeding him food that causes a reaction (milk, eggs and nuts), use a gentle body wash like Aveeno, make sure within 1 minute of leaving the bath we douse him with a lot of moisturizer, keep hydrocortizone cream on hand for flareups, have childrens benedryl for a really itchy episode (it really helps). My son was on Elidil - until I got an email from my mother in law concerning children who were given Elidil prior to the age of 2 - there were some incidents of young chldren who developed skin cancer when they used Elidil. Elidil does work - but use it sparingly and as a last resort. When the flareup has subsided, stop using Elidil.

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R.M.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi!

My daughter had eczema since she was a baby and I found a great natural product that works. She is now 3 and has no problems. I was so impressed with this company, I became a consultant. I am now a manager with Arbonne International and I will be happy to send you a sample if you'd like. Link to my website is in my profile, just click on my name.

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W.R.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi, A.. Excema is an outward symptom of something else going on, so often, finding the cause isn't too difficult. Sometimes it seems impossible! Laundry detergent, fast foods, milk products---'just have to experiment. Nothing I have seen, including Arbonne, Aveeno, certainly not Vasaline (purified "lube oil"---like you use in your car, and like gasoline!) works as well as Melaleuca's Renew Lotion, and a Gold Bar. Finding the cause is so important, though! (Eliminating milk products would be a good place to start.) Melaleuca also makes a natural detergent, that costs less than Dreft, etc., and it works great. Contact www.Melaleuca.com, and they will send you information on those products, and you can buy them online. Good luck!

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S.A.

answers from St. Louis on

Have you tried oatmeal baths and let her soak in it? That seemed to help my husband.

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A.C.

answers from St. Louis on

my friend sells and swears by Arbonne. She got into the biz b/c their lotion saved her son from eczema. try googling Arbonne or email me and i will give you her email. i have eczema, and last week the Derm. put me on a great ointment. But I am 39. Nor sure you want your child on the same thing. let me know, though, and I will find out the name of it.

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T.C.

answers from Kansas City on

A.:

Have you changed your laundry detergent? You need to get "ALL" or any thing w/out dies & perfumes. Try that for a while, it helped my daughter tremendously!!!!

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E.K.

answers from Wichita on

I know this is not well known yet, so I would just like to educate anyone who doesn't know that mineral oil is VERY BAD for your skin, especially for eczema suffers, but also for everyone! PLEASE do some research before using any products with mineral oil in them. Especially check out the study done by John's Hopkins University. Please check your labels, you'll be surprised.

My 14-year-old who has had eczema all his life has a lot of BAD depigmentation and scarring from using products with mineral oil in them, some that were actually prescription (I've never allowed him to be on any steroid medications, so that certainly is not the cause of it). This of course increases his odds of skin cancer DRAMATICALLY.

If you'd like more information, feel free to contact me. Have a great day everyone! :)

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L.B.

answers from Columbia on

Don't know much about excema, but I have dry skin. I started taking flax seed oil and it helped considerably.
It's worth it to ask your doctor if it's ok for her to try.

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R.Y.

answers from Springfield on

A., I feel for you and your little one, my little girl is 5 now and we have fought this for years!! It got to the point she had a big bald spot on her head I was so scared it would never grow back (it did thank God) we ended up at a derm. he gave us a sample rx of Clobex I used I think 3 times on her head and it was gone I couldn't believe it!! It made her hair look greasey for days but it was worth it!
He also told me to use Dove shampoo and so far it has never come back in the head anyway. Now for her legs and feet are a different story we use a rx called diprolene af cream that works great on her legs, we only use it when she has a break out. Her feet were so bad she would cry when I would put her shoes on then I would cry!All rx would burn her and believe me we tried a ton of them a lady at churh gave me a bottle of the Renew lotion (melaleuca) and it worked on her feet (she calls it her warm lotion)! They will get to peeling a little and as long we use the renew we can keep it under control! I do use the avenno bath and it does wonders too. My dr. did give me a new sample rx of Atopiclair nonsteroidal cream I haven't tried it yet so I don't know how it works I'll let you know!! Well good luck and hope you find something that works and soon!! Rhonda

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R.Q.

answers from Springfield on

One of the best products I've found for eczema is a lotion called Renew. It's made by Melalueca and you have to order it or know someone who sells it. It's absolutely fabulous though. My girlfriend's daughter had it really bad when she was younger & it was the only thing that would keep it in check. If you need information on how to go about finding it, let me know. I have a friend who is a distributor for Melalueca. I use it all the time. Hope this helps!

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H.O.

answers from St. Louis on

Hello! My son has similar problems & much to my surprise his pediatrician recommended Arbonne products for him instead of prescriptions! Works great, they have some incredible products for excema. In their Intelligence line the Skin Conditioning Oil is wonderful to get it under control. Then we were told to use ONLY Arbonne baby products on his skin for bath, lotion, sunscreen, ect. They have a whole line of wonderful products for baby. And the best part is that they are all pure, safe, beneficial products that do not contain any of the harmful things most other baby products do. If you try it & like it the best way to get it is to sign up as a wholesale buyer & then you get a 35% discount on all of your orders! If you'd like a baby care sample let me know & i'll pop one in the mail for you! [email protected]____.com

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D.V.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi A. and Kyle,
I have 3 boys, two of them have terrible excema like you describe. We have tried all kinds of different things and finally went to a new dermatologist who prescribed a regimen that we now use. It has been the only thing over the years that has controlled the excema. The doctor told me that this is going to be a lifetime Rx for my kids, that they are always going to have to deal with it and control it. So, I am also looking into having them allergy tested, etc., because I feel so bad for them having to deal with this all their lives. Anyway, so here's what he prescribed:

1) showers if possibly, lukewarm water, very short
2) soap--unscented dove products
3) in the shower they use a product that I had to order online in the summer, but found easily in the winter--Oil of Olay Body in-shower Body Lotion (ultra moisture) they put this on right before they get out and just rinse it off.
4) After shower, pat dry, don't rub...then put on cetaphil cream (he stressed the cream, not the lotion)
5) then obviously he wanted us to eliminate dryer sheets, which I had a hard time doing, so I use all my detergents/fabric softener dye-free.
He also gave us a steroid Rx, that I haven't used, because this stuff worked w/out it.
Anyway, like I said, this was the only thing that helped us, we even tried the Arbonne stuff, but my youngest said it burned his skin. HOPE this helps...good luck.

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T.M.

answers from New York on

cod liver oil - sneak it in thier drink, it comes flavored nowadays vitacost.com :)

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K.G.

answers from St. Louis on

My husband had really bad eczema when he was younger. Dairy brought it out. Maybe try to limit that and see if anything changes?
My son also has some on his cheeks. The only thing that helps is Aquaphor, which is a diaper rash cream, but it works really well for him. The other option/thing that works is my husband's grandmother's homemade lotion:
1 bottle Johnson's baby lotion
1 tub Vitamin E cream
1 tub petroleum jelly
Whip it together with your mixer. Use like a regular lotion.
Good luck!

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S.G.

answers from Springfield on

My 24 yr.old and step-son both have some trouble with this. I know it sounds strange, but they take juice from the mongosteen fruit called Zango. It is a remarkable juice with proven curative properties and is full of anti-oxidants. It has no known drug interactions and is great for all ages. You can go on a web site mymangosteen.com/tellall to find out about it. I am not trying to sell you anything, just mentioning that when taken orally it is great, but they even took a cotton pad and put some directly on the skin and it clears up within a week for them.

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P.E.

answers from Springfield on

Hi A.,
The problem you are having with your daughter's skin reminded me so much of our son when he was an infant. He, too,
developed extreme allergies & asthma. His skin was so dry & scaley. Please e-mail me or call me so that I can share stories with you & what really helped our son. His breathing was so bad that he was taking 2 treatments a day; now, his skin is much softer, no excema, and he does not have asthma anymore. He still has normal allergies; but nothing like it was then!
P. E
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S.P.

answers from St. Joseph on

My 13 month old son was also diagnosed with excema. I am sure that his is very minor in comparison to your daughter. What has worked for us is Aquafor from Eucerin. Our doctor recommended we put it on atleast twice a day, once after his bath when his skin is still wet. We were also prescribed a steroid cream to apply to the affected areas. She also recommended the Aveeno baby oatmeal bath
that is especially for excema, which has also been helpful.
I also have had excema as a child/adolecent (along with my allergies and asthma) and the original Eucerin cream worked great for me, after years of being too embarrassed to wear shorts due to the rash on my legs, that I scratched in my sleep! I hope this will be helpful information for you.

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H.H.

answers from St. Louis on

Hi A. and Kyle,
My daughter has had eczema since she was a baby and she is 6 now. We keep it in check with Aveeno lotion (recommended by our pediatrician) and Eucerin Healing ointment on the really bad spots. We put the Aveeno on right after her bath and she has been doing great. On the days she doesn't get a bath sometimes we put it on before bed. We haven't used the steroid cream for a few years now. Hope this helps.
H.

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E.B.

answers from Phoenix on

Hi A.-
I recently read your posting regarding your daughters excema condition. You hate to hear of our little ones in discomfort!

Has anyone suggested trying Arbonne's Baby Care products? I have an 18 month old son and from day one I have been using all products exclusively. The diaper cream and body oil are especially fantastic when used together! I also use the body wash and lotion. He has responded very well to these products and the mothers that I have recommend Arbonne's products to have had nothing but successful things to say! One mother mentioned that she no longer had to see the dermatologist b/c the condition cleared up. Another told me that not only did her son's skin begin to clear up within days but he was sleeping better and not running fevers!

Arbonne's products are all natural and botanically based, fragrant free, no animal testing or bi-products. And most of all, products are approved by Pediatricians. My father is a pediatrician and pediatric oncologist and has referred many patients and nurses who's children have excema to me b/c he sees the success in using these products!

If you are interested in learning more about Arbonne's products, especially our baby care line, please don't hesitate to email me at [email protected]____.com. I always offer a 35% discount on products and sometimes can even extend the discount to 50 or 80% off! This month I have a special promotion on qualifying orders which you can receive a FREE gift, $20 in value! We also have a wonderful 45-day return/exchange policy if it doesn't work out at well as anticipated.

I hope you find something that works!

Best,
E. Brown
District Manager and Independent Consultant
Arbonne International
www.arbonne.com
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C.W.

answers from St. Louis on

HI, I have a son who also has excema. NOt nearly as bad as your daughter. I got tired of the creams from the doctor, as my son did not like them and they smelled. I sell Marykay and tried the Intense Moisturizing cream. No smell and my son would use it. It takes care of it as long as he uses it. Better yet, it is much cheaper than the prescriptions. You just need a dab each time.

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V.M.

answers from Kansas City on

My son used Aquaphor that his pediatrician recommended when he was an infant. It worked well, and now he's 2, we use Aveeno bath and lotion that is specially for Eczema. It also works very well and now that is all we use.
I also give him nutritional products such as Aloe vera juice and opc-3 supplements (powerful antioxidants) He doesn't itch and seems fine. My oldest son is 13yrs. and he did have asthma and allergies, the opc-3 has really help clear that up too. www.marketamerica.com/2bewell is where I buy the nutritional supplements. Ask if you have any questions.

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M.E.

answers from St. Louis on

Have you tried Elidel? It is a prescription treatment without steroids. It is safe for even two year olds. Also, try putting Eucerin cream (it's really thick) or vaseline all over her skin right after the bath. It moisturizes and keeps the moisture in her skin. Aveeno makes a "Soothing Bath Treatment" that is actually just ground-up oatmeal, and that has helped us a lot. You might try a gentle detergent (like Dreft, or All Free and Clear) for your laundry. Some foods can trigger reactions, also. Talk to your dermatologist about possibilities. You could also try a humidifier for her room, a mattress protector (goes completely around the mattress, different than a mattress pad), and hypo-allergenic pillow protector for the allergies. Keeping your floors well vacuumed also helps with allergies. Good luck!! I know first hand that this can be really hard!

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K.R.

answers from Kansas City on

My 2 year old son has it too. Someone just told me to try a tanning bed made for children. I haven't checked it out yet but they make them esp. for kids. Your not gonna find it at any tannery. I guess maybe a spa or docs office of some sort. When I find one I will let you know. I guess the children go in it for 20 to 30 seconds and its supposed to help a whole lot. Other than that, my sons acts up mainly in the fall and spring time or now cause its nice outside then cold. when outside goes from one extreme to the next thats when its worse. Love that Missouri weather. We use aquafor too and lotions. Hope you find something that helps. Good Luck.

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