Remedies for Horrible Baby Eczema?

Updated on February 26, 2010
A.H. asks from Richmond, VA
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my 3 month old has the worst eczema, we put mittens on his hands, but he still scratches his face until his cheeks have puss leaking out. the ped told us he's too young for steroids, but I'm afraid to put creams on his face for fear he'll end up rubbing in his eyes or mouth. anyone have any ideas or know of any baby band-aids I could put on his face so he can't scratch at the scabs?

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K.A.

answers from Seattle on

If you are breastfeeding try the elimination diet, try switching his formula to hypoallergenic... Use only cotton... Keep the nails short! That will make his eczema a little better. My dr also does not recommend steroid use on infants face... Try coconut oil, vanicream... The change in what he eats should make the biggest difference!

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L.T.

answers from Washington DC on

I have 3 children with eczema. My 18 month old has had it since he was born. It was just awful watching him cry and scratch. I tried lotion after lotion and what finally worked for him was California Baby Calendula cream. They sell it at Target, babiesrus and you can order it online. As far as the scratching I used baby mitts and tried to keep his nails cut. I wish you the best of luck!

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A.G.

answers from Norfolk on

my niece had it really bad when she was an infant until about her 8th grade year when it started calming down some but not as bad as when she was little. her nickname is "the crisco kid' you got it. after her evening bath we rubbed her down with regular (not butter) crisco. her father and i are both in the medical field and after talking with her peds, my sister finally agreed to try it. Success! she also made she em's nails were cut and sometimes she wore 'spcecial gloves' (dora winter stretch gloves) she is now a beautiful freshman in hs with no problems (except for the embarassing nickname she earned) hope this helps

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J.C.

answers from Richmond on

Ck into whether your baby has food allergies. My son suffered this an an infant as well (I also had it as a young person) and it has almost completely resolved itself once we discovered his food allergies. (milk and egg) Now he occasionally gets a rash in certain places that are easily taken care of over night and don't cause him distress. I would insist that he be tested for allergies rather than just treat the symptoms. Good luck

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L.M.

answers from Washington DC on

Eczema is a result of liver toxicity. Best to treat it from the inside out. When you use all sort of creams, (PLEASE do NOT put Vaseline or other petroleum products on your child's skin!! )you are basically putting a bandaid on the situation. The best way to deal with this is do the food allergy elimination diet. Most of the time it is a dairy allergy. That means no milk, including lactaid, no cheese, yoghurt, ice cream etc. There are plenty of non dairy choices available. Other common allergens are wheat, soy and corn. Take your child to a naturpath or a chiropractor who knows about nutrition. If you would like a rerferral, please feel free to contact me.
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G.B.

answers from Boise on

Have you tried magnesium oil on the skin. (you can finds it online).Also internally, try probiotics. Lactobaccilus and acidophilus. You should be able to find a powder form in your health food store.

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H.L.

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I'm going through the exact same situation as you. My 5 month old son has had really bad eczema for months now. The pediatrician has put me on a special diet (no dairy, eggs) to see if there's an improvement since my son is exclusively breast fed. There seems to be some improvement but not much. Also stick to the same detergent and don't use a lot of it when washing your baby's clothes. Make sure you're washing your clothes in the same detergent as well. Only use 100% cotton on baby's skin. And lastly I use Cetaphil to wash my son. His face, his body. And I'm constantly putting Vaseline on any irritated areas. That works wonders. It's not completely gone but its under better control. At night I'm also getting up whenever I hear him scratch. He's wearing the mitts too.

Hope this is a little helpful.

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A.E.

answers from Minneapolis on

I've found aquaphor to work great for eczema. Also what detergent are you using on your and his clothes? Even Dreft or Free and Clear detergents can cause a reaction. Perhaps you need to try a natural detergent like Allen's Naturally. Another thing is only give him a bath at maximum every 3 days and when you give him a bath try just water. I know we're trained to think that they need soap but it does help to eliminate it.

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N.B.

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My suggestion would be to try to treat the cause, as well as the problem. I have seen countless families get beautiful results with Melaleuca products. The Renew lotion is incredible - no harmful ingredients!!! Switching laundry and bath products would probably be beneficial too. Happy to share more. Some sites of interest: saferforyourhome.com; www.10Americans.com. Good luck!

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J.S.

answers from Washington DC on

Looks like you have received lots of great advice and I fully agree with making sure you are not using too many chemicals in your laundry. Not only in baby's clothes but also your clothes. My daughter had eczema as an infant as well and we found using Tide Free in the laundry helped. Our ped. approved putting cortizone on her skin at this age but I avoided it because I thought she was too young. Since your son is having such a bad time of it I would skip the ped. and take him to a dermatalogist who works with infants. He/She should be able to help you figure out how best to protect his skin so it can heal and advise on long-term care so that he does not suffer such an outbreak again. Good luck! I know it is heartbreaking to see a little one so miserable.

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L.B.

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Definitely stop using products you buy at the regular grocery store. I'm a big fan of Melaleuca products because they worked on my eczema (only one doctor visit in 6 years); they are affordable and come right to my door. Regardless of which products you choose, I recommend that you:
1) Get all the irritating chemicals off his skin switch laundry and personal care products (sheets, clothes, towels, soap, shampoos, floors).
2) Put him in organic cotton clothes only if possible, sometimes the chemicals in the synthetic clothing are a problem.
3) Not sure what/if he is eating anything yet, but stay all natural even if you have to make your own baby foods.
4) Eliminate any air fresheners (including lysol) and perfumes in the house as well.
5)

Once you change the things you can see how it works. If you are still having problems, I'd recommend having him tested for food and environmental sensitivities/allergies, let me know and I'll give you a referral (cause I've found a great one and had to go through some not so good ones). I can't find her card on my messy desk, right now, but will get her info if you are interested...

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A.M.

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oh i feel for him and you. my daughter had it appear at 3 mos also and it lasted until she was about 8-9 mos old. the california baby cream is the best thing i tried. its the calendula cream and target is cheaper than the baby store. we ended up bathing her once a week with unscented dove and then lathering her in it. it soaks in pretty fast and it is natural so i wasnt too concerned about her getting it in her mouth. i had to apply it 3 times a day and at night it worked well because she was still swaddled at that point so i kept her from rubbing her face during the night. she rubbed it so hard one time it too pussed up and bled. i freaked out. they prescribed a steroid cream for her but i didnt want to use it on her face because over a period of time it can cause lightning of the skin and i knew it was going to take a long time to get it under control. key is to put the lotion on as soon as you pat him dry after the bath - while the pores are open. dont use any colored or scented detergent or softener. we used cheer free. the cream worked the best out of all the ones we tried (must have tried at least 8). get a humidifier also to keep the air moist. socks work well too on the hands after he can get the mits off.

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D.K.

answers from Sioux City on

Stop using fabric softener and reduce the amount of clothes soap you use in you wash. I have two children that I went through this with. In the end it turned out to be the perfumes in the soaps.

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L.M.

answers from Providence on

My son too has quite severe eczema although my pediatricion did prescribe a steroid cream 1% she said it is completely safe. I also use Aveeno oatmeal bath in the water and the Aveeno lotions and soaps seem to work the best for me.I also had new someone who had twins with the same problem she used Vanicream (a little pricey) you can ask for it at the pharmacy although it is not a prescription. I know for sure that sells at Target I tried that also I do believe it helped some. Also try to bathe no more than 3 times a week. Moisture in the air with humidifier or vaporizer (cool) as far as putting lotion on his face I have been doing that since he was just a few weeks old and never seemed to have any problems with the lotion in his eyes. I will say my son is almost 6 months old he still has it but to a mimimum amount. Good Luck hope this was a little helpful

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S.H.

answers from Honolulu on

If you are breastfeeding, watch what you eat too because it goes into the breastmilk.
My Mom for example, anything oats or oatmeal or any citrus, causes eczema in her.

Try bathing him with Cetaphil. Don't use soaps or if it is scented.
Ask your Pediatrician for recommendations as well.
There is also Aquaphor ointment creams or even A&D diaper cream.
But yes, as a baby they may rub their face and /or it can get in their eyes etc.

all the best,
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E.K.

answers from Washington DC on

The only thing that has helped my childrens' eczema has been Renew Lotion and now the body wash too. There is an immediate improvement as soon as they put some on. It is ok to use on babies and will not hurt them if they happen to swallow to some of it, my daughter has licked her hands after putting some on, the only thing she got was a not so good taste in her mouth. Also, the Renew beat the Eucerin for penetrating and soothing relief, documented.

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G.D.

answers from New York on

use an emolliant such as eucerin or aquaphor the key to eczema is keeping the skin moist then take him to the pedatrician @ six months for a referral to the dermatologist and she'll be able to tell you if he's ready for a steroid ointment. My son has eczema too so every three months the dermatologist looks at his skin to make sure his eczema is under control don't use tide or any softners Ivory snow Dreft or dye free is good thats all you need for the clothes and unscented dove for the skin or a mild baby wash will do.

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L.J.

answers from Birmingham on

I wonder what type of detergent you are using on his sheets. Our daughter had worse skin conditions when she was a baby and it is still very sensitive but better. I tried baby detergents and anything I thought might be more gentle because she would break out where her clothes touched her. The only detergent that I could use for the 1st 2-3 years with her with was Arm and Hammer - no dyes, no perfume - on everything that she wore or slept on. That helped her face a great deal because she was a tummy sleeper with her cheeks on the sheet. I didn't use baby lotion but our dr. told us Eucerin or Lubriderm only. We like Lubriderm better. It's a constant issue that sure does seem much more common now than ever before with children.

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D.S.

answers from Tulsa on

use dove soap on his face go to about allergies .com dove is what they use and plenty of baby lotion. Go ask questions you will get answers.

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C.J.

answers from Houston on

I too experienced the same with my daughter when she was 3 months old. Her face was really bad and I felt horrible for her. When she turned 4 or 4 1/2 months it cleared and now her face is fine. During the summer months her eczema presented itself in the creases of her arms, popliteal area and creases in her neck. I took it upon myself to take her to a pediatric dermatologist. Her dermatologist treated her Eczema with Eledel cream which has done wonders and her eczema has disappeared. I now use it sparingly, every once in a while.

Hope this helps.

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M.P.

answers from Philadelphia on

Well I.m an adult with psoarisis but I remeber being little and my brother having eczema. Alot of new babies get this especially in the winter months, on the checks hands,belly. Keeping the skin moiste will help baby lotion or oil. Ask ur Dr if a light over the counter cortizone cream or otiment would be okay. Bath with very very luke warm water. /Any hotter will suck out the moisture from the skin.If ur heat in the home is dry heat use a humidifer to put some mositure in the air. Lastly google baby eczema and see what the experts say. The good ne.ws any baby I know grew out of it and never had anymore problems. hope it helped a little

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L.T.

answers from Dallas on

Hello A.,

I feel for you and your little guy. I know it is heartbreaking to see them suffer. My son is now 2 year old and we still experience eczema problems during the extreme weather but it has much improved since infancy. What worked for us was bathing him with "California Baby Shampoo". You can purchase at Target and it's pricey. We also have to use the Aquaphor or Eucerin lotions and ointments depending on where on his body he needs it.

Best of luck to you!

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K.G.

answers from New York on

Hi A.,
There was another woman on this site whose baby was scratching from head to toe and bleeding with excema and I referred her to a great company that has a great line of cleaning products, kids body wash, shampoo and a great lotion that is scientifically proven to work hands down over Eucerin, the number one dermatologist recommended lotion. She started buying the laundry products and kids products and her son's eczema has been completely eliminated!! It's great for psoriasis too! All of those lotions on the market have preservatives in them like formaldehyde...even in baby shampoos. Ours are safer and healthier for your family. I know you will be pleasantly impressed. If you want me to tell you about them, I would be more than happy too :)

A.F.

answers from Chicago on

Consider he may have food allergies. My daughter does (peanut, milk, egg and fish) and had HORRIBLE eczema since she was about 3 weeks old. We now have it under control, since we know and have eliminated all milk/dairy/egg from her diet -- I avoided the others already. We alternate between aquaphor (I know, it is like HORRIBLY THICK petroleum jelly) and regular old Eucerin. They were both recommended by her pediatric allergist and they are the only things that make it feel better and let it heal. I would not suggest any baby bandaids as if he does manage to get them off, they pose a choking hazzard (coming from a mom who had a baby eat one/puke it up after a peds shot visit -- woops). Good luck and if you need a referral to a good pediatric allergist (though they usually wait until 6 mos at a MINIMUM to test), let me know - [email protected]____.com

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