One Year Old with Exzema

Updated on September 05, 2008
L.B. asks from Copperas Cove, TX
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Hi, my daughter was recently diagnosed with a mild form of exzema. My pedi recommended that I use Aveeno, but it has not helped. I thought that it could just be from the chlorine (she went to swimming lessons for 6 weeks), but the lessons are over and her legs still itch her like crazy. I obviously do not want to keep reapplying steroid creams to her skin. Does anyone know of anything else I could use to help her itchy legs? Thanks so much!

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WOW-thanks so much for all of your advice! I am going to try a couple of the lotions that were recommended, and I am also going to switch to Soy milk and see if that may help too. (pedi recommended trying that today) She also gave me a steroid cream prescription, but I am going to try all other avenues before I use it. Thanks, again! I love this site!!! :-)

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B.J.

answers from Austin on

hello my daughter and I both have exzema we use unscented dove to wash with and wash all new clothes..good luck

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L.L.

answers from San Antonio on

I suffered from eczema most of my life. I tried all sorts of medications and perscription steriod creams/lotions/ointments. Finally, when I was in my mid 20's I saw a dermatologist who prescribed me Protopic. I've used it as needed for the past 5 years. It is a miracle drug and has inproved my quality of life. There is also another one called Elidel. The package insert says they are not for children under 2 yrs old, but I know some as young as 12 months that have had great luck with them. They really do work when nothing else does.

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E.M.

answers from San Antonio on

My name is E.,34yo and a single mother of 3 children-15,12,8.My 12yo daughter has a Etopia Dermatitis and she also has the same itching problem.Her Dermatologist recommended Eucerin Cream,bought at Walgreens/Walmart.It has worked wonders on my daughters legs and especially the itching.You MUST use it everytime,after she has contact w/water on her skin or the itchy areas.After every shower or bath,thats the first thing you have to do to stop it and not give it time to itch or begin.Its great, she's had it since she was born and we have used it every since.Believe it or not,,,,it works.

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K.P.

answers from Houston on

My daughter just got over her bout with eczema and she had it nearly everywhere. I used the steroid foam for 2 days and it started to clear up. However, since that's not working try hydrocortosone (which is over the counter and my pedi told me to use it)and then apply Vaseline over that in the morning and right before bed. I had my daughter wear sleep n plays 24/7 so the Vaseline didn't get everywhere (it's messy I know). I really resisted the Vaseline, trying other creams first but I finally gave in and used it and after 3 days it was nearly gone! It's now a week later and she's looking great! I've switched to putting moisturizer (either the Aveeno or Johnson & Johnson Soothing Naturals) on during the day and vaseline at night. I'm just going to keep this up to see if it works. I hope it works for you!

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O.C.

answers from Austin on

L.,
Go to this site and look at some pictures of babies with exzema www.InsideMangosteen.com, click on photos,
you will see a baby with this and read their testimony on how xanthones helped with in just days.
If you need to speak with Mariah, she lives in Pflugerville, she would talk to you about this.

thanks,
Oly

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M.G.

answers from Houston on

I use California Baby products or Burts Bee baby products....they are organic or all natural and really great...you can find these online or at Wal-Mart, Target and some drug stores...

Make sure to lotion, lotion, lotion!! Especially after baths. I also use All free and clean laundry soap on all of our laundry.

M.
http://www.homemadegourmet.com/marylou

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J.H.

answers from Houston on

Try Cetaphil and Aquaphor lotions and creams.

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M.C.

answers from Houston on

Hi L., when my daughter was a baby we used Gentle Naturals lotion for her eczema and it helped alot. It is not a steriod cream and you can buy it at Walgreens, grocery store, Walmart..almost anywhere. My daughter is 5 now hardly ever has it anymore. Goodluck!

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T.S.

answers from Austin on

Hi L. - My son also has eczema, as do I, and the only thing that has helped both of us is Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash. Make sure you get the sensitive skin version, as there are a lot of Dove body washes. It definitely has helped, to the point where I don't have to use any cream on my son, and I only occasionally have to use cream on my hands. Hope that helps!

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B.R.

answers from Austin on

Nikken makes an all-natural cream for joint pain that actually works wonders on skin conditions, too. It's called CM Joint Complex. Because it doesn't contain any drugs, it's safe for children, and doesn't cause any side-effects. You can purchase it from www.nikken.com/brendaramsey. Just click on the "Shop Nikken Products" link.

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L.F.

answers from Houston on

Hi! my 2 yr old was diagnosed w/ eczema when he was a newborn but recently had his first big outbreak. The back of his legs and the inside of his elbows got really raw. We used to use Aquaphor ointment and it used to work fine until his outbreak. We found out that he became allergic to it and was making his skin worse. Now, we use Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream during the day and Aveeno Overnight Itch Relief Cream and if necessary Aveeno Anti-Itch Cream. We also give him a bath with Aveeno Baby Wash. It has helped so much but it did take time. Don't use steroid creams because the body gets used it and won't be able to go back to regular creams. Hope it helps.

L.H.

answers from Austin on

This sounds crazy but it works....there's a laundry BAR soap that you can find at HEB usually in the laundry soap section, it's called "Fels Naptha" and it's a brown bar. Washing with that soap stops the itching for a time anyway and dries up the blisters. I discovered it as a camp counselor for all those mosquito bitten campers. Hope it helps.
L.

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T.T.

answers from Houston on

1 Cup of Armond Hammer Baking Soda in bath water...my dauthter has had exzema since birth and right around her 1 year old birthday my cousin told me to try this...it really works and all natural:) God Bless, T. T & Brooke Jolie...

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D.M.

answers from Houston on

Hi L.,

We had to use dandruff shampoo all over our daughter. Or try an anti-fungel cream. Also, Dove for sensitive skin and give her some fish oils regularly to moisturize from the inside out. Have her drink lots of water and check to make sure she does not have an allergy to products you're using in your home.

Good luck!
Deborah

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T.S.

answers from Houston on

I know that topical creams can help, but the underlying problem is probably an allergy to some kind of food. If you are willing to alter your diet you can probably figure out the culprit. It may or may not be an easy thing to eliminate; a surprising number of people are allergic to the most common things in American diets, like wheat, dairy products, eggs, soy, and corn. Check out a website called askdrsears.com for more info. Good luck!

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M.W.

answers from San Antonio on

You have already been told this but I would like to reiterate the need to investigate allergies. My son has had reactions (excema, nasal allergies, severe itching, etc.) since he was born. First don't use baby soaps or lotions; they use many harsh cleansers and frangrances. Start elimating things slowly until you find the culprit. Change your detergent and softerner to the "free" kind (no frangrances, etc.) Get mattress and pillow allergy covers (Walmart has cotton ones). Wash all bedding and towels in super hot water; if your washer has a "sanitary" setting, use it. If not, boil water on the stove and add to the wash load. Put any stuffed animals that you cannot wash in HOT water in the freezer when they are not being played with. These tips are to eliminate dust mites. I would also recommend finding a pediatric allergist. When kids are so young the tests are 100% accurate but it's better to be safe than sorry. We have our son (now 8 yrs old) tested once a year since he turned 6 before that he was tested every 6 months. Things may have changed in 8 years but I recommend "prick testing" instead of blood tests because they show how sensitive they are to each individual allergin. Don't give up; your baby is REALLY itching and I hate to see kids suffer so much if we can help them. Good luch.

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M.T.

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Hi! My daughter is almost 2 and was diagnosed with a mild form of eczema as well. There were no lotions or creams that were the miracle cure. I liked eucerin lotion and I coat her ankles and feet at night with vaseline and then put on socks. For the itching we use benadryl only when I feel it's necessary at night. We also had her tested for allergies-just took a small vial of blood out of her arm, and we found out she was allergic to eggs which can make her eczema worse. So no eggs, zyrtec in the am and benadryl at night if necessary and we try to keep her as cool as possible. When she gets hot and sweaty it gets worse-very worse. I bath her with Dove for sensitive skin, wash her clothes in dreft and don't use anything with perfumes in it. I only dress her in comfy loose clothing. Hope this helps. I know it's frustrating-we are still dealing with it. I hate having to give her benadryl but I can't stand seeing her scratch herself until she bleeds either. Hopefully they'll grow out of it like the docs and books say! Good Luck...M.--Mom of 2--5yrs. and 2yrs.

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R.

answers from San Antonio on

All of my kids have eczema due to allergies. We also have had flair ups after swimming. What works for us is lots of slathering with aquaphore and good old vasaline. My youngest (1.5) has been sooo itchy lately, I have to cover her in vasaline and then dress her in long sleeves and long pants. This helps a lot. Also, don't be shy with this stuff. We reapply (as reccomended by the pediatrician) 2 or 3 times a day, but especially right before bed and after a bath.

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A.B.

answers from Odessa on

Our 18 month old has really bad eczema and dry skin all over. His allergist told us about a lotion and cream called CeraVae that you can get at Walgreens. It does cost a little more than most lotions/creams, but seeing the result I will never use anything else on him. He also has to use a prescription cream daily, but have seen a significant improvement since using the CeraVae.

Good luck!

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M.T.

answers from Austin on

my daughter has exzema and my doc recommeded aquaphor you can get it at walmart it is where the makeup and lotions are..he said put it on and let it soak in then put baby powder on top and it has really worked for us its great stuff

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K.E.

answers from Longview on

Hi. I actually have exzema and have had it since I was your daughter's age. The best thing to do is get a prescription for the cream they give you. If that is not an option you can always just rub any kind of cream with steriods in it. Something like an anti itch. Triple antibotic and the sort. The best thing to prevent is to not get too hot. It's irratated on me when I sweat. The chlorine could be a HUGE factor in why she has had an outbreak it in. Anything that would slighty irratate you skin could cause her to break out with a rash. Mainly just make sure she doesn't scratch it. Just makes it worse. Also lots of fluids makes it better. All it really is, is cronic dry skin. Hope I helped out. Best of luck.

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J.D.

answers from San Antonio on

Myself and my two beautiful girls are victims of excema as well. I have found that bathing wi/ baby oil works really well. for a little one i realize can be quite messy. Try creamy baby oil after bath. Also, I believe its Gerber not sure exactly what brand it is, but in the baby section of walmart there is an excema cream. It smells nice. Its really thick and a little pricy but it works really well. I use Aveeno baby bath for my youngest though on top of the creams..good luck. Its the most aggravating feeling on the planet.

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M.N.

answers from Austin on

Aquaphor is a miracle! Be consistant and it shoud be better in a few days.

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T.E.

answers from Houston on

For my son I use Eucerin Calming Creme Lotion. I have been using it for 2 years on him.
I also have gone back to using Dreft detergent for his clothes.
Good luck ,i am fighting the ezcema battle,too.

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D.W.

answers from Houston on

Hi Laura, I use a all natural theraputic salve on my daughter called Remede for my daughters ecxema. My husband has itchy skin and he uses it too and it works very well. Check out this link http://www.nadinethompson.com/catalog/

Let me know if you would like to try it, as it is not in stores.

Sincerely,
D.
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L.B.

answers from Houston on

Hi. My son had ezcema also and when the lotions from the store didn't work she prescribed me Westcort. It is a little bit stronger than the cortizone over the counter and it worked wonders. Even now at 14 he still uses when it gets bad during swim season.
Good Luck!

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L.H.

answers from Killeen on

Hi L.,,,
i've had exzema all my life i'm49 i use nothing but baby bath ,shampoo,but give her oat meal baths and Bena dryl will help a lot ,,just put baby lotion on her dry skin.
O.K. mom you will have to becareful with laundry soap that will brean her out ,,you RE GOING TO HAVE TO WATCH everythuing you xhange and how she reacts to it

good luck L.

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D.A.

answers from San Antonio on

I agree with not wanting to use any more steroid cream. I have found a wonderful product call emu oil, works on a variety of things, would be worth trying and you can get it on the internet. Hope all goes well and I hope you find something to work for you.
Blessings,
D.

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J.C.

answers from Houston on

My son is only 5 months but my pedi prescribed me some cream for his face and dove soap for his body... Good luck

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P.P.

answers from San Angelo on

I would try the aveeno oatmeal bath. My daughter had a really severe form of eczema and it was so frustrating for us both. She would scratch non stop and even cause herself to bleed from so much scratching. The steroid creams worked as well as all the aveeno baby products. Our pedi also prescribed an allergy medicine that she takes daily. I hope you find a fix soon!

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C.B.

answers from Austin on

One thing I have learned is not to use any products with a form of mineral oil in them. This is very drying and irritating to baby. Which I hate to say is more than 98% of the baby products on the store shelves. Have you heard of Arbonne products? They have an awesome baby line and the baby oil and baby wash is known to help excema. I have a sheet that explains it and what products to use. I am not sure how to upload that sheet so if you are interested send me an email and I will pass it along. These products have helped my son which dry patchs and also skin redness and irritations. Plus my 4 week daughter now has baby acne and the oil is helping with that as well! [email protected]____.com Good luck!

A.W.

answers from Houston on

Hi L., My son is 13 mos & has had eczema since he was 3 mos. His pedi said to use Dove Sensitive body wash (Walmart carries an the Equate version which is less expensive). She also gave him a prescription lotion called Kenalog that is mixed with Lubriderm Sensitive lotion. We only use the steroid cream when he has flare ups but if we use his prescription lotion after his bath every night, he seldom has flare ups. The prescription lotion is really expensive but anytime we've tried to stop using it the eczema comes back. When he's clear we try to only use it every other night & use Lubriderm sensitive lotion every night in between. I had to get it from the pharmacist because its hard to find on the shelves. My mom has eczema & uses CeraVe lotion from CVS. Its expensive ($13/ bottle) but helps her. Good luck!!! Its been a constant battle for us.
A.

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A.E.

answers from San Antonio on

Hi! My son too had exzema at about a year. What I found helped the best was to bathe him in Aveeno oatmeal bath. Babies "R" Us carries the Aveeno oatmeal bath for babies. This helped sooth the itch and my son was able to sleep comfortable. Hope this helps.

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C.V.

answers from Houston on

L.,

My sons had eczyma, so I know your frustration. We only apply the steroid cream during the first sign of outbreak, when the patch is bright red. Once it begins to tone down, we stop the steroid cream and instead apply a layer of lubriderm, then vaseline over the lubriderm 2 - 3 times a day. That dual system seemed to help trememdously. The key is constant moisturizing and we find that the vaseline protects and keeps the lotion on the area longer, instead of getting wiped off.

good luck and be vigilant. It will get better!

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J.L.

answers from Austin on

I know I am late here, but I am really shocked that I didn't see anyone recommend Melaleuca's Renew Skin Therapy Lotion. I got rid of eczema on my face with this lotion and it has never returned. It is the best lotion out there and has beat out Eucerin in clinical trials. It's amazing.

If you try some of these recommendations and they don't work, give me a call. You'll be amazed.

J.
Austin, Texas
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J.S.

answers from Killeen on

This is just heartbreaking to me! People think our household products must be safe if the store is selling it . . . think again! If you're using toxic laundry products on your children's clothes and then putting those clothes on their sensitive skin, in many cases, it doesn't matter what creams, lotions, ointments you're using. Not only what we absorb through our skin, but what we inhale and ingest can be harmful. Not only eczema, but allergies, asthma, etc. may be attributed to the use of products we think are o.k. to use . . .

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H.C.

answers from Austin on

Have you recently changed car seats?!

Our toddler developed eczema due to a reaction from the flame retardant chemical that the car seat cover is treated with.

The pedi dermatologist prescribed a steroid cream, which we used for a few days. We now have to be diligent about keeping his skin moist. We use soap/shampoo sparingly (like every other day or so).

Good luck.

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A.B.

answers from Houston on

Try Dermarest lotion. The same thing happened to my one-year-old, and a friend recommended it as the only thing to help both of her daughters' severe exzema. I found it at CVS and it really helps. Every time she flares up, I put some on and it is gone like magic. Good luck!

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J.S.

answers from Killeen on

L. B.,

My daughter, now almost 8, was dianosed at about 8 months with exzema, i can tell you we have used everything under the sun, from steriod creams and oatmeal baths. There are two products i would recomend, first Eucerin, its expensive!, but very worth it, and its just lotion, perfect for sensitive skin(they use it in burn centers) and the other is perscription, but not steroidal, it called Sodium Hyaluronate 0.1% lotion. It works faster than the Eucerin,and it makes her normally flaky, ashy skin so very smooth! We use this over her entire body, even works great around her mouth and face, where she gets alot of break outs! Hope that helps!

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N.G.

answers from San Antonio on

Hi sweetie. I feel your pain. My husband has excema, my 8 yr. old son has excema, and I have a 3 yr. old w/severe excema. We have seen several docs/specialist/allergist.

First of all, chlorine is actually good for excema. It takes away the bacteria on her skin. Washing it off when you get home though, is a must. (I'm sure you know that) My pediatrician even suggested that I put a small amount of bleach in my daughter's bath water.

May I suggest that you see a dermatologist & try the medication "Hylira, the .2% form. A pediatrician cannot give you this strength. It is NOT a Sterioid. It is safe to use 2 - 3Xs per day. It has made a world of difference w/my little girl. Also, the BEST cream I have found is in a white jar w/a blue [email protected]____.com's about $4. It is their generic brand for Eucerin Cream. It says "Walgreens Therapeutic Moisturizing Cream" on the jar. IT IS EXCELLENT!!!

I have tried every kind of lotion available to man it seems like. Aveeno can work sometimes, but not when my daughter's is really acting up, because IT HAS ALCOHOL!!! this makes their poor little skin burn! Make sure to read the ingredients on everything. There are 2 types of alcohol found in Aveeno: benzyl alcohol & cetyl alcohol.

Also, hard water is bad for their skin. Keep a diary of things she eats as well, certain foods trigger outbreaks, but I haven't made the connection w/my daughter's.

I really hope this helps, and feel free to contact me anytime!

N. G

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S.J.

answers from San Angelo on

Both of my kiddos (now 2 & 3) have had severe excema since they were babies. We use aveeno for the bath and put Eucerin CREAM all over their bodies. It has seemed to really work. We do use steroid cream on particular spots if needed and have a perscription cream too. We have also recently changed my daughters sheets to t-shirt sheets to help with itching at night. Hope this helps.

S. Jameson
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E.S.

answers from Houston on

My daughter was also diagnosed with exzema when she was one. Our pedi said to use Eucerin cream. There are alot of different types but we get the real thick kind in a jar. It is expensive for lotion, but it works. Good luck!

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D.R.

answers from Houston on

I would love to help but I really need to talk to you to find out some more info before I can really give you my best advise. My # is ###-###-#### home office. I am a Wellness Consultant and would love to help.

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S.H.

answers from San Antonio on

Hi L.,
Check out this website:
http://www.oil-testimonials.com/7532

You may be able to find an essential oil that will work on your daughters skin irritation.

Feel free to contact me. I will be happy to help you with any questions you may have. I have had remarkable results using Essential Oils with my family, pets and myself. All natural is always better for us all and our environment.

M.I.

answers from San Antonio on

Hello, I'm a mom of two girls (3yrs and 20 mos). I shop with a wonderful wellness company called Melaleuca. They offer an amazing lotion that has helped so many people deal with eczema and many other skin issues. Their Renew lotion has been clinically shown to be 7 times more effective the Eucerin. I have several testimonies from other moms that have tried everything and have seen great results once they switched to this lotion. Swimming is such a wonderful activity for children, you don't want to have to limit that from her life. I would be sure to have her rinse off all the pool water when she finishes swimming and then apply the Renew lotion. Another thing that can really help is using products that do NOT contain all the harsh chemicals like many store brands. Our wellness company offers all your personal care and cleaning products without all the toxic chemicals to irritate your child’s skin. I would love to share the details with you and help you give your daughter relief from her eczema.
M. - www.livetotalwellness.com/freedom

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J.W.

answers from Houston on

YOu have a lot of repsonses and I don't have time right now to read them all, so sorry, if I say something someone else has. I have 4 kids, my 2 sons ages 4 and 9 have severe eczema. My advice is to investigate online to find out all the info you can. Dairy and soy products are a big trigger for many kids. If youread labels those 2 products are in almost anything. My oldest is also affected by environmental allergies, dogs and cats. If you are not aware yellow food dye is also bad for kids with skin problems. Without going into detail right now about how many things we have tried and what has worked and not worked my advice for the moment would be tea tree oil. Put some on a cotton ball and dab it on the itchy spot. It will immediately take away the itch. You can also add a few drops to the bath water. IMO it doesn't smell great, but whatever works. Aquaphor needs to be used almost hourly when flared. After the bath, put it on while still wet. You might want to look into a probiotic supplement because digestive issues can cause eczema also. If you have any other questions please feel free to email me.

I also want to add, swimming is not bad. The chlorine will disenfect any wounds. It is important to immediately wash off after getting out of the pool and them apply aquaphor. Aquaphor or vaseline is also good to use before swimming because it will help create a barrier for the chlorine.

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M.T.

answers from Austin on

My daughter had eczema at 1 month old and we have been using Cetaphil cream on her (she is now 4 months) and the eczema has not returned. We also only use sensitive skin Dove bar soap on her. All of the special baby soaps are VERY drying to sensitive baby skin. Good luck!

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R.S.

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Hello, my name is Becky and my girlfriend has a daughter with Exzema also and she has tried all kinds of products and nothing really worked all that well. I heard that Jojoba Oil is really good for Exzema and she tried it and said it worked the best. Jojoba oil is the closest thing to the skin's natural oil and with Exzema the skin isn't producing enough oil. If you have trouble finding it I am a rep for Sensaria Natural Body Care (www.mysensaria.com/beckysspa)and would be more than happy to order you some. All Mamasource moms get a 10% discount. You can contact me at [email protected]____.com or ###-###-####. I hope this helps.

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C.N.

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Sorry to hear about your baby's eczema. I went through the same thing 23 years ago with my son. In his case, cow's milk formula and cow's milk proteins in my breast milk were the culprits. When I stopped drinking milk myself,and switched him to soy formula, his skin cleared up completely. It stayed clear until he was a teenager, when the eczema came back. Food allergies play a huge part in eczema, as do stress and environmental factors like relative humidity. Our son's allergist recommended a moisturizer called Cerave (hard to find and fairly expensive), which helps a lot to keep his eczema at bay. Keeping the hot spots moisturized should make your baby more comfortable, too. You're right-- steroid cream should not be use often or for long periods of time. Maybe you will have to have skin tests for allergies done if the eczema persists, but in the meantime, see what limiting cow's milk does, and try Cerave. (Some CVS pharmacies have it. ) Good luck!

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B.L.

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My pediatrician recommended Eucerin Calming Cream. Both my boys had baby eczema, but theirs never seemed to itch-- just caused tiny little bumps on their arms and legs that you couldn't really see but could feel. I'm not sure if the Eucerin would stop the itchies-- I'm sorry!

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A.N.

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My daughter also has mild excema. I see that you have lots of advice, but I would like to add what has worked for us. Lubriderm lotion all over every night before bed and cortizone cream as needed (only in spots where needed) on top of the lotion. I do have a prescription cream when it gets worse for her, but 90-95% of the time, the Lubriderm and cortizone combination work and keep it under control. Also, I only use the Johnson's baby wash and no other kind of lotion on her, not even baby lotion. I used Dreft to wash her clothes just until last year and now I use Tide free and her skin stays pretty clear these days. It gets worse in the summer when she swims daily and sometimes in the winter when her skin dries out.
My daughter is now 5 and has had the excema since she was 6 months to a year old..
Good Luck to you and your princess!! =)

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T.R.

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Hi L.,
2 of my girls have mild eczema and what has helped the most (after trying every moisturizer available and recommended) has been to eliminate dairy, give fish oil supplements and keep their skin very well moisturized. The best moisturizer I have found is plain crisco vegetable shortening! It's cheap and won't hurt if they eat it! If I do all of these things I am able to keep it away. Hope you find something that will work.

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M.Z.

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hello L..
my name is M. and my neice/husband both have exzema, so i know what you are going through. i went to the doctor and they perscribed antibiotics (they did not work) so i went to walmart and purchased this creme called euricine i dont know if im spelling it right but it works its a thick cream like substance and it works really well. my husband works outside in the sun and his exzema problem has really gotten alot better the bottle cose between 9-18 dollars but its well worth it.

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