Skin Issues with Eczema

Updated on April 02, 2008
J.B. asks from Redlands, CA
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L.S.

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Have they been seen by a dermatologist. My son had it. The dermatologist gave him an oil it is great. There is a medicine (prescribed)for the itching if it is really bad. Cetaphil lotion and cleaner are also good. I use the cleanser to wash his body. It could also be used to wash their head if it itches.

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S.P.

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I have used Omega Essential Fatty Acid for my eczema problem in the past. You can buy Omega-3 Gummy Bears at Costco that taste great. I know my nieces that are twins had the same problem as well as their twin brothers and after many visits to the dermatologist she tried the EFA's and it helped clear up the problem. It could also be an allergic reaction to food, laundry soap, bath soap or lotions. May have to try a process of elimanation.
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S.H.

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the only thing that worked for my daughter was "baby eczema cream" by gentle naturals.. it works like majic... and they have other things as well.. for the bath too..

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J.E.

answers from Los Angeles on

Yes. Organic Coconut oil from Premier Research feels great and soothing on this and does not add additional skin toxicity. Another suggestion would be castor oil from the same company as it also heals and gently detoxifies. The main problem your nephews have is heavy metal toxicity, likely either from the mom's overload (metals cross the placenta) or from vaccinations and other skincare products the children are being cleansed with.

We see a lot of this in our office, and as a mom, I know it is 'scary' to hear that something could be 'off' or 'wrong' with your child, but I assure you that we 'treat' so many children, nutritionally and topically for this condition and they get well and fast. Otherwise they live a life full of problems and it is so sad when it is reversible.

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M.L.

answers from Las Vegas on

My daughter had eczema, and the doctor had me switch to cetaphil soap and lotion. We never had a problem after that.

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M.T.

answers from San Diego on

Hi, I am 57 years old and when I was in high school I had eczema so bad my hands would crack and bleed. Years later and many doctors I was prescribed 2 creams by my dermatologist and now have minor break outs and as soon as I put the cream on it subsides in about 2 days !
One cream is for my face and one for everywhere else. The one for my face is Desonide Cream 0.05% and for my body, Diprolene 0.05%. When I first started using it, it did take a while before it was gone. But now if I put t on as soon as I see it, it doesn't take long and it takes the itching away by the next day.
Worth a try, good luck
Sharon

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H.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have had Eczema my whole life and I am 30...my 20 month old daughter now shows signs also...I have researched this issue for years. I have found a few things that would work for kids
1. Only use detergents that are free of dyes and perfumes
2. Use the extra rinse cycle on the washer
3. Have their mom stop wearing perfume
4. Only use Cetaphil to wash their skin ( target )
5. With a perscription get Atopicair ( gentle enough for young skin)
6. Without perscription get aquaphor ( target)
7. some say eczema can be an allergic reaction to candidas yeast but this is VERY controversial
8. I forgot make sure that cleaning products are dye and perfume free
I hope this helps they also say most kids grow out of eczema :)

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A.B.

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I also have two children, Jialen turning 8 and AJ turning 6
they both have eczema. They've been using some kind of ointment medication for their eczema? I have been using this ointment called Triamcinolone Acetonide it is somekind of steroid ointment and use gently for itching and eczema treatment and was subcribed by our doctor. This were to be use 2-4 times daily by applying it to the affected area and also applying lotion to it would also help. The dryness of the skin causes eczema to also itch severely. It is always best to apply all these after shower or after washing up. There are lotions available over the counter in your pharmacy and it is always best to consult with your family pediatrician.

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C.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi, I'm sorry to hear about your little twins! That's not easy. Have you gone to the doctor? In addition to the medicine they prescribe, there is a great website called http://earthwormherbals.com/ that sells completely natural eczema products for all ages, including infants. With my experience (I have eczema and so does my son), it helps somewhat with the itching (I need something stronger to help with the intense itching), but it really helps to heal the skin. It's so soothing and the herbs are incredible. You can contact Hila, the creator, and she can recommend exactly what products to use. She's really resourceful. Good luck! C.

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E.G.

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Hello...My daughter had some issues with eczema as well. Luckily I am a skin therapist so I know a bit about this. The best thing to do is cleanes it with a gentle soap like Cetaphil, (available at most drug stores) and use hydrocortizone cream 2 times a day for 7 days. If the problem persist, continue using the cleanser but take breaks from the cort cream only using it in 4-7 day introvoles.

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K.K.

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My daughter had a few bouts of eczema, and luckily it never got too bad, except for the first time and the doctor gave her some cream which helped.

But what she and I figured out was that it was triggered by peanut butter, which she loved. She figured out later, she could eat one sandwich and still be ok, any more and she the exzema would return.

You and your nephews parents may want to look into food allergies, even if it is just a food diary. I know this doesn
t have to do with the scratching, but if you can prevent the eczema, you won't have to deal with the scratching.

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R.N.

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Hi J.,

It just happens, I met a nice gal at a boutique last month that sells natural soap products she created to help her daughter that had a problem with eczema. If you go to www.naturallathers.com you can view her products, read her story and the testimonials. I purchased a couple of bars only because they looked and smelled great. I love them! Can't go wrong with natural products! Hope this helps!

R.
Sophisti-Cakes
Tustin, CA

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T.L.

answers from Los Angeles on

How old are the twins?
Eczema is some sort of allergic reaction, so covering it up or preventing the kid from scratching is not the best way. Try working at the source... he could be allergic to dust mite, detergent, some food.. etc. Eliminate one by one, remove the source is the best way to heal eczema.
In the meantime, keep the problem area moist by cream/ lotion, keep the bath water warm but not too hot. Use oilatum or other bath oil if possible.

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J.R.

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Hello, My daughter has the same issue, since birth. She is now 6. What we have done all along, on advice for he ped, was this. After your nephew bathes, pat him dry and apply
hydro cortisone. Then directly after apply Eucrin brand lotion. This brand was specificly suggested by the doctor. This does have to be done right after he gets out of the bath, when his pores are open. This helped my daughter so much. Good luck and please let me know if this helps!

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R.P.

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Both of my children have eczema. This is what is working for us:
1. Fish oil supplements--We use Nordic Naturals. They have several versions for children. They're chewable, taste good, no toxins, no artificial extras.
2. Bathe daily, lukewarm water, pat dry and immediately slather on a good, thick lotion. We use Eucerin.
3. Apply hydrocortisone cream for flare ups. Ours is prescription 2.0%.
4. Cool-mist humidifier in bedroom.
5. Benadryl at night, when necessary, to prevent scratching.

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F.L.

answers from Reno on

He needs to see a dermatologist to make sure the problem isn't more than eczema. Also, eczema usually is related to an allergy of some kind - food or other. My daughter has latex allergies as well as not being able to wear other than clothes that are made of 100% cotton. So some foods and some clothes make her itch. We have used several types of over the counter lotions as well as prescriptions.

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A.V.

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My daughter (now age 4) was born, head to toe, with eczema. We did everything we could with over the counter and prescription creams. She was taking benedryl everyday to help with the itching. We put mittens with duck tape on her hands and dressed her in onsies to keep her from scratching so hard that she would bleed. It was horrible. At age one I took her to an allergist and guess what, her eczema was caused by a food allergy. Once we took corn and any corn by-product out of her diet (and my diet, since I was still breat feeding her) her eczema cleared up. She still gets an occasional outbreak, usually around halloween (sneaking candy:)) and if she has play dates at a friends house. But it is now so manageable and no more benedryl!!
I hope this helps.

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L.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi,
Try Really Raw Honey. This is pesticide free and totally unheated and unstrained. I have a friend that has eczema. She put some honey on her hand and never again has had it in that particular spot. I am diabetic and as you know our healing time for cuts or burns is very very long. I had bad scratches on my legs and put some, covered it with band aids and in two days it was completely healed. Try it even in surgery wounds. I buy it at Whole Foods or you can order online www.reallyrawhoney.com

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B.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.,

My grandson has diaper rash really bad and my daughter got him him some stuff called " Acid mantel", it's a PH balancer. I picked it up for her and the label said it was for eczema as well. It was doing the job on his diaper rash in just a few hours after use. Not many pharmacys carry it, since it is old school and after many calls I found it at Watson's in Orange circle. Not cheep $20.00 for a small can of it. Well worth every penny.

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J.P.

answers from San Diego on

Both of my kids have excema and I do as well. 1% hydrocortizone cream works wonders! You can buy it over the counter at any pharmacy. Our doc said to use it 5 days on followed by 7 days off. Then repeat if necessary (which, during the summer months I usually have to repeat the process for a couple of months). Only use it on the areas of inflamation. I've used it on and off my whole life and it works almost immediatly to take away the inch. Also, try to eliminate causes of inflamation (smelly detergents, bubble bath, sunscreens (find one that doesn't cause inflamation), ect...

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H.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.,
This might seem like a weird solution, but both me and my mom use this for our eczema. We both have really bad eczema on our faces, especially on the sides of our noses, and on our scalps (my scalp looks like it is pealing from a horrible sun burn all the time, it's so bad)and we both use the Nutrogeana T-Gel Shampoo on our scalps and a littel bit on our noses to control it and it is working great. I also use the Mustella Hydra stick durring the day to keep it moisturized (you can find it at The Right Start and I think Bath and Body Works has now started to cary Mustella and some beauty supply stores do as well). The T-Gel smells up to high heaven, lol, so I also use a leave in conditioner spray to cover the smell and if you use a lotion with a little fragerance on the skin you can't smell it. But it has worked great for us, I hope that it works for your nephews- let me know if you try it. Good luck!
Take Care-
H.

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C.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

J.,
What did the pediatrician say? If it's really that bad, shouldn't he give something to them?

Have you guys tried giving them a soothing oatmeal bath?
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D.M.

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Hello J., I am a mother of a two year old boy and my son has had eczema since he was about 6 weeks old. I would recommend taking him to a dermatologist, they can prescribe him with a cream that would help. They prescribe my son with Protopic cream and it works really well. The other thing that works is using a lotion with no fregrances, or any dyes in them. My son uses a cream called Vanicream, we have tried all sorts of other creams and that is the only one that has worked for him so far. YOu can't buy it in the store but if you have a walgreens around you, if you talk to their pharmacy
they can order it for you, it's not cheap though it's about $16.99 for a one lb Jar but it does last a long time. I hope everything works out for your nephews! Good Luck and I hope this helps!

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C.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Dear J.,

I too have experienced extreme eczema problems with my son....1st off they need to have the wound cultured to make sure that he does not have a staff infection. After 3 years of seeing different Dermatologist...finally one of them cultured the open sores and discovered that my son had a Staff infection and that is one of the reasons steroids and all the prescription creams did not work.

The other thing that has worked amazingly well...The Arbonne Baby Care products. If my son, who is now 8 years old, uses the Arbonne Baby wash, to bath in and wash his hair...and uses the Arbonne Baby Oil and Baby lotion...his skin stays in great condition. If he skips a couple of nights...we start to see problems. Arbonne's products have no mineral oil, chemical fragrances, dyes, SD-40 Alcohol or lanolin. I was shocked to see that most dermotologist were reccomending that I put lotions and creams on my son that were full of chemicals and mineral oil...no wonder my son was not getting any better.

Because I saw such amazing results with ARbonne...I became a rep. Please feel free to check out my website www.catheypainter.myarbonne.com or e-mail me with any questions. [email protected]____.com

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T.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

A couple of things that worked with my son; Aveeno oatmeal bath. I think they have a baby brand of Aveeno; however, I think it is the same thing just a little smaller size. I always bought the adult one and just used 1/2 of the packet because it was cheaper than the "baby" brand. The other thing I used was Weleda Calendula Baby Oil (not sure of spelling) to help stop the itching and moisturize the skin. I always bought this at Mothers Market, but there may be some other health store that carry it. Burts Bees also makes a baby lotion (I think it is Buttermilk?) that seemed to work well and it smells so good!! Finally when the babies are going outside be sure to put a protectant lotion on the dry areas. The best one I found was Aquaphor. Our pediatricin recommended this as a moisturizer, but I don't think it worked well to heal the dry areas. But it worked great to protect those areas from the cold and/or wind. I would put the Weleda oil or Burts Bees baby lotion on in the morning and before bed. And every time we went outside I would be sure to put the Aquaphor on as well. Hope they get better soon!

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S.D.

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eczema is definitely a hereditary weakness, however it can be kept under control by diet. dairy products are not helpful for people with eczema and you don't have to omit them, but definitely limit them. also, starchy thing - bread, crackers, cookies, chips - all enable inflammation so to greatly reduce those things is good as well. being a skin condition is would be good to boost the boys with essential fatty acids such as EPA-DHA. boost their intake of avocado, nuts, olive oil, fish and maybe give them a supplement of epa-dha. they make a child friendly chewable form with strawberry flavoring you can get from health food stores. also, their mom should apply a salve like burt's bee's res-q remedy - the salve that is good for bites and rashes. the oils in it will be good but also there is comfrey leaf in it that should sooth the itchiness. my heart goes out to them and you . it is not enjoyable to see people suffer with that stuff !

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D.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

my son is 7 he also suffers from eczema and scratches real bad i know that sometimes hydrocotizone works and you could also buy some aveno oatmeal it goes in the bath tub and always keep the lotion on him i use eucerin the thick lotion and its not sented make sure his nails are always cut cause my son has also scratched so bad that he has cut hisself and then it can get infected if they have any dirt in their nails but really thats the basic stuff i hope i was some help

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G.R.

answers from San Diego on

Hi,
I know you got several responses but no one mentioned that many children who are allergic to milk/dairy and soy will still pass the allergy test. There is something in dairy that is not included in the allergy test. We have been through that already! The doctors swore up and down that the test shows she was NOT allergic to dairy. I took her off of it anyway for awhile and she is much much better!!!!!!! Milk is for baby calfs to turn into big fat cows! We are the only species who nurse as adults and from another species! It will be hard but to see their twins healthy again will be worth it!!!!

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D.K.

answers from Los Angeles on

I am pregnant with my 3rd and got a minor case of eczema. My doctor recommended Aveeno bath soak that helps relieve itching and hydrocortizone cream. That really helped and it only came back one more time. Doctors may also suggest using Eucerine lotion, but when the itching is severe it doesn't work. I would first have the boys mother ask the doctor about what I used. My first son had it mildly as an infant, it is a pain in the rear. Good luck and hope those little boys get some relief !

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B.B.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

i, my 1 year old son, and 5 year old daughter all have eczema. oatmeal or baking soda baths can help. aveeno makes an entire line of products from baths to soaps to creams to lotions just for eczema. my poor son was a lizard for the first three months of his life. make sure your inlaws are using non-perfume and non-dyed everything: lotions, soaps, detergents for clothing and bedding. "all free and clear" is very helpful, and i think "tide" makes a version also. NO FABRIC SOFTENERS!!!!! this really tends to aggrevate the situation. cortizone creams can help in a flare-up, but he should really see his pediatrician if its as bad as you say. they can prescribe oral medications to help clear up this episode, but its really a maintenance issue. breaking open vitamin E capsules and rubbing the oil on the ithching parts can help soothe also. good luck. also, it could be something they are eating that they are allergic to, like eggs, wheat, milk. my daughter's big trigger is lactose, where mine tends to be wheat and my son's is eggs. i really suggest a lengthy visit to the pediatrician

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A.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Try Arbonne Skin Conditioning Oil and Baby line for wash and lotion. I have seborhea (sp) and cannot live without that Oil!! Go to www.arbonne.com. You can order the retail price or get signed up for 35% off with no minimums. You can use my number #15390430 to get you started on the 35% off. I am telling you honestly, nothing has helped like this line of products (no chemicals, dyes, fragrances, or animal by-products). It has saved my life, honestly. This product has no mineral oil either, as mentioned in some emails. I tried steroids (Elidel) and aquaphor and Eucerin (which have mineral oil). Nothing has worked like this line of products. I am not trying to sell them to you, in fact, it is ok with me if you dont even use my number above to get started at 35% off, I just believe in this product a lot. It is definitely worth a try, and everyone can use it if it doesnt work on your nephews, and it wont make it worse.

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M.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.,
One thing to keep in mind is that the skin is that many toxins leave the body through the skin. This can relate to skin conditions like eczema. The job would then be to identify what substance it is that the body is getting rid of. I could be an allergy or sensitivity of some sort, either from a food, or from a chemical, such as soap. I would suggest starting with soap, and switching to a natural type. I did this with my son, and we used California Baby, which made all the difference. The other options would be to check for food sensitivities - milk, dairy, and wheat are usually the top of the list to check.
All the best!

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J.E.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J., My twins also have a little eczema issue and we just use cordizone cream and it works great. Have they tried it? J.

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C.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

I too have eczema and one of my twins does too. We' ve found that it is directly related to allergies (for us food allergies). I recommend that they request an allergy test. They can do them fairly painlessly now-- through a blood draw--- I would just have them write down the foods that are in their diet on a regular basis and have them added to the normal things they test for. My kids are allergic to milk, eggs and rice. As soon as I eliminated them, the eczema got MUCH better. I would also recommend changing to free and clear laundry detergents & washing them with cetafil rather than soap.

Make sure that they only use fragrence free & preferrably pure lotions like Cetafil, Aveeno etc.

Lastly--- hydrocortisone should be tried 1st (in addition to everything I said above) but the DR can prescribe things like Elocon (which is a stronger topical steriod medicine)

Good luck.

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L.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

My nephew has eczema. His is pretty much under control but it took a while to find out what worked for him. It is kept in check by eliminated foods he was allergic to, washing anything that touches his skin with fragrance/dye free detergent, bathing with Cetaphil and using Vasaline balm daily instead of lotion.

He has Sarna lotion, as well. Sarna is an anti-itch lotion and it is for eczema-it is medicated but steriod free.

Also, this will sound really weird, but I've been reading about banana peels being used to treat skin conditions. To use for eczema, rub the effected area with a peel and leave overnight. Depending on the severity of the condition, results can be seen in as soon as 7 days. The next time my nephew has a flare up his mom is going to try the banana peel method. There is certainly nothing to lose!

Good luck! I hope you find something that works for the little guys.

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P.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Several of my kids had ezcema, and it is very challanging to treat.
You don't mention the children's ages. That would be important information.

There are two main issues with ezcema; first, what is it that the children are allergic to that is triggering the ezcema. It can be food, pets, plants and trees, dust, laundry or other soaps, or any combination of these factors. Stress may make the ezcema worse, but it usually starts with allergies. If the ezcema is bad enough, and the child is old enough,(3 or older) I would find a pediatric allergist in your area to administer skin testing to find out what the child is allergic to so you can control the source of the problem. Next, secondary infections are a big problem with ezcema. The child scratches, introducing bacteria to a moist area, and infections set it. My advice; keep nails short, use anti itch cream or spray, keep area uncovered (taping can make it much worse)keep child's hands clean. A doctor can also perscribe ointments that will help, too.

Rest assured, the child will probably out grow ezcema, and the nasty looking scabs that occure usually do not cause permenant scarring. But it is unsightly and uncomfortable for the child. You probably can't make it go away, but with luck, you can keep it under control until the child gets older.

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K.D.

answers from Green Bay on

my grandmother had eczema and she used a special soap that you can get from walmart. i know that it is brown but i dont remember the name of it. the doctor also gave her a special cream to put on it. i would ask the dr if he has any creams.

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C.K.

answers from San Diego on

my son had that too

desonide 3x a day
by prescription

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S.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.,

My son had the son same problem & Gold Bonds has been the only lotion that really helped him. Your doctor can also give you a prescription medicine, but, it has steroids so I tried to avoid as much as possible.

Another tip my mom gave me was to NOT use hot water when bathing/showering, go for the lukewarm (but not hot) temperature setting. The hot water tends to feel good in the shower, but dries out your skin even further.

Hope this helps!
S.

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J.L.

answers from San Diego on

Hi J., Try Tea Tree Oil, you get it at the health food store, here in San diego we get it at Henrys, it is some good stuff. J.

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N.D.

answers from Reno on

My two boys, ages 3 and 2, have excema. They have the most trouble in the winter months and with stress. We see a Dermatoligist once a year, but there is one thing that we do everyday that helps alot. In the mornings the boys get covered head to toe with Cetaphil cream, the thick stuff that comes in a jar, and after bath we use a little vasaline mixed with a splash of water, then long sleeve shirts and pants. Once in awhile if the itching is bad and they have made huge woulds we give a little Benadry to ease the itch. It has been bad enough that the spots have gotten onfected so you have to be carful with treating too much of this at home, they may need something stronger then over the counter creams. Alsway watch to make sure that the spots that they are scratching is not bleeding and open to infection! Good luck, but I advice seeing a doctor.

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C.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have a daughter who suffers from eczema as well. Some days she will scratch more than usual especially if she forgets to moisturize her skin. Has your nephews been moisturizing their skin, stay out of hot showers and baths, and putting lotion on immediately. Trying a non soap cleanser, or just ask the doctor for the best control methods. The skin has to be kept moist with a cream or lotion.

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S.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

ask the dr. about elidel?

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G.P.

answers from Las Vegas on

Try omega 3 in 1 bottle a day.

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S.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

Have him tested for allergies (Skin test done by an allergist).

Put the approved lotions/creams on IMMEDIATELY after he gets out of the bath, like within 30 seconds so the pores are still open and ready to absorb the lotion/cream, etc. (By the way, do not use bubble bath or allow him to "sit" in soapy water, it drys out the skin.)

I did not have time to read the other posts, so if this is a repeat, sorry. Good luck. My little one had it from 5 months to 16 months. They usually outgrow it. If your nephew has sores, ask their mom to ask their doctor if she should put neosporin on them or something. They can get infected and cause a much larger problem. He might also benefit from some oral Benedryl. It will stop the itching from within his body. It may make him tired though and I'm not sure you should do that on a daily basis, it's worth checking in to though.

Edited to add make sure everyone in the family uses the dye-free detergent for their clothes. If not, then when anyone holds the baby, it gets on his skin. In other words, you cannot just wash the baby clohtes in the special detergent. Also, get DYE FREE and PERFUME free DRYER SHEETS! (if you use them) It's easy to forget that part even after you washed the clothes properly.

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K.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

J.,
I am not an expert, but I've heard really good things about Ayurvedic Medicine and Eczema. One thing I heard from a friend in this regards is that putting sesame oil on the skin can be very helpful for both the eczema and soothing the itching.
Good luck.

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A.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

I suffered from eczema as a child and I'm seeing the same trend in my baby. What I found worked best was to eliminate as many perfumes and dyes in items that touch the skin. So look for perfume and dye free laundry detergent, lotion etc. The other thing that helps is to filter the bath water because of the amount of clorine etc in the water. Look online for filter options that can work for you. There's one that comes in a ball form that you swirl around in the bathwater and it removes the clorine etc that can irritate the skin. Good luck!

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S.V.

answers from Los Angeles on

My son had it when he was young and we used cortizone and that helped.

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V.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have a client/friend that has eczema and she uses a product called Extra Emollient Night Cream by Mary Kay Cosmetics to soothe her skin. It has greatly improved her skin and she swears by it. It is a very thick cream that is safe for use by children as well as adults. If you have a Mary Kay representative you can contact her for some. If you do not have a Mary Kay representative, I would be happy to service you. We also have a 100% product guarantee.

My name is V.. I am a Sales Director and have had my business for almost 8 years. I work to serve others and I would love to be able to help your nephews. I can be contacted through my website at www.marykay.com/vweber6. I also offer a 25% discount on first orders of new clients.

Blessings, V.

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R.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

when eczema is so bad it is a good idea to look for allergies or irritants. It can also be caused by some vitamin deficiencies. Keep looking for the cause. Good luck.

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C.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi There - I am late in responding, and I read through all the responses quickly to see if anyone had my advice-and I saw one person (Robin A.) way down that also recommended FREE DERM. My son had a bad case on his arms-after 2 dermatologists and 2 pediatricians recommending all the other things mentioned below (cortizone, a prescription cortizone, keeping moisturized with lotion, Aveeno bath, etc.) nothing helped. I found FREE DERM on line, and figured I was willing to risk the $30, in case it was a scam and it worked fast and so well!! Milk and egg allergies is something to check. Also STRESS will bring it out. My son was 6 and had his breakout was right before and after his brother was born....I think he was stressed about the change in his life, although he never verbalized any negative thoughts. We haven't had a breakout since.

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L.J.

answers from Los Angeles on

Mix mineral oil and vaseline all over the affected areas, three to five times a day, it's like magic.

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E.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

I was/am a lifelong sufferer of eczema. In the early days I can remember having eczema behind my knees and in the folds of my elbows. I can remember being slathered in hydrocortisone cream and told not to scratch. By my early 20s, with a mouth full of amalgams and immediately after a vaccination (Hep B), I had progressed to full blown generalized and systemic eczema, and a much more potent cortizone cream. Finally, while pregnant and two days after a tb test in which they inject tb specimens under the skin, I came down with fluid filled eczema over my entire body, along with an enhanced allergic response to EVERYTHING. I was allergic to many foods, but most of all, to minerals and metals.

I finally graduated to steriod shots because no potency of cream was powerful enough to combat my eczema. I loved the effect of the steriod shots and resolved to live on them until I was told that steriods damage organs, and that steriod creams thin and damage the skin. I also found out that PROTOPIC and ELidel are both black box items, linked to cancer.

This began my descent into natural medicine, where I found out that my principal allergy was to sugar, cats and mostly, FOOD. Using a naturopathic doctor, I was finally able to be free from steriod shots taken in succession for a few years. I've got my quality of life back and homeopathy also contributed a great deal.

I would advise any mom to only use creams as an emergency. One should endeavor to find out the cause of allergy and either treat it or eliminate consumption of the allergen. I chose to treat it using homeopathy, and allergy acupuncture (NAET). Using creams is only a temporary fix; it only suppresses reactions and eventually the eczema locations begin to spread. Suppressed eczema usually gets worse over the long haul.

It is important to note that there are many different forms of eczema, as a child I only had the dry granular form. Eventually, I experienced the dry, hard scaly kind, then the moist oozing variety, and then the fluid filled dyhidrotic form, which is one of the worst. They do not all get treated the same way.

Good moisturizers, I should say, barriers for the dry varieties is Aveeno medicated lotion, which has camphor and menthol and is very soothing, followed by either Vaseline, Crisco shortening (the white solid), or Eucerin. Tapioca starch is also very soothing in the bath tub. Someone mentioned mineral oil, NEVER USE THIS, and don't try baby oil on it either. I can't tell you how much these two items itch severely on top of broken skin with eczema.

For the nephew who has the bad wound-like eczema on the ankle, check with the doctor to make sure it is not infected. A really strange thing with eczema is that sometimes it will clear or heal using antibacterial wipes on the area.

Good luck!

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D.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.!
Sorry to hear about your nephews eczema....
I might have an answer,I am an independent consultant for Arbonne International, it's a health and wellness company.
I've seen some pretty severe cases of eczema cleared up with our products.

I don't want to make a profit off of your nephews condition...I only want to help if I can(I will give you the products at MY price)
If you are interested contact me Or you can check out the company at arbonne.com
Thanks,D.

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D.M.

answers from San Diego on

Hello,
My 8 month old daugther has eczema too. We use Aveeno baby wash and lotion for eczema, she can get it anywhere. Also, she should speak with her childrens Dr first but Cordizone works wonderful too. Also, try to only give them a bath every other day and don't let them sit in the tub to long, All that has a big effect on the eczema..

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E.S.

answers from San Diego on

Try Aveeno. It works wonders for eczema. Try the lotion and bodywash together

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D.W.

answers from San Diego on

Hi J.,

I suggest that you try the Arbonne Baby Care skin care products on your nephews to ease their eczema. It's the best out there and will definitely help! Arbonne also has a 45 day money back guarantee just in case - what have you got to lose?

Blessings,

D.
www.debiwigchert.myarbonne.com

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T.A.

answers from Visalia on

Hi J.,

I'm so sorry to hear how your nephews are suffering. It breaks my heart to hear of anyone having to deal with any illness. Has your nephews parents taken a look at what kinds of products they use to wash the boy's clothing in and the cleaning products they use? All these types of products can contain harsh ingredients like bleach, formaldehyde, etc. that can cause skin irritation and Contact Dermatitis.

I would recommend that they switch out all the store brand products that contain these types of ingredients to more eco-friendly, family safe products. I've been using the Melaleuca brand of products for over 3 years now and my chemical sensitivities are now zero in my home. Melaleuca uses plant-based ingredients, and natural ingredients like baking soda, vinegar, tea tree oil, etc., not the harsh synthetic ingredients most store brands contain. We also have an excellent product called Renew Skin Therapy Lotion that has helped many children and adults suffering from eczema.

Please give your nephews parents this info. Have them research formaldehyde (found in many household and personal care products), bleach, phenol, sodium hypochlorite (also known as bleach and in laundry room products). Also, just because an ingredient is not on the product label, doesn't mean it's not in there. Big Manufacturers are not required to provide full labeling to consumers, meaning they can leave the most harmful ingredients off the label.

Also, be careful of steroid creams such as Elidel for Eczema, the side effects can be very dangerous, especially to children.

Your nephews parents can also contact me if they like to learn more about Melaleuca and their products by going to www.livetotalwellness.com/T. and filling out the request form.

Wishing health and wellness to you and your family,

T.

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J.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

Many people with eczema have a significant decrease in their symptoms if they elimiate dairy and/or wheat. Have them try it for 2 weeks and see if their symptoms improve. Changing their diet and the triggers can be much more beneficial that medication.

C.L.

answers from Las Vegas on

My best friends son has extreme Eczema and I told them about Renew Intensive Skin Therapy from Melaleuca. It was studied and double-blind tested against Eucerin and was better at controling dry skin even as severe as Eczema.

Here is the link for the product info.
http://www.melaleuca.com/ps/index.cfm?f=ps.productDetail&...

Best wishes,
C.~
http://www.TotalWellnessInfo.com

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S.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.,

My sister swore by emu oil...it's from emus which are part of the ostrich family. One of my nieces had it so bad, it was even in her scalp. My son has eczema as well. I use Arbonne products on him. They are pure and safe, and have no added frangrances or chemicals. It really helps him. You can look at www.arbonnedreams.myarbonne.com for more info. Also, have their parents tried cutting out dairy and sugar? That may be a huge culprit as well. Good luck!

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S.V.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J., I wish you could see some of the before and after photos I have with this type of condition. I am a Regional Vice President and Independent Consultant with Arbonne International. Our products are "Pure, Safe and Beneficial." Many of the creams available on the market are loaded with mineral oil, animanl by-products and chemicals. Your son would benefit from a regular regime of pure products. Please get in touch with me and I will send you some samples! [email protected]____.com or Website www.S..myarbonne.com

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J.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

I've seen some of the worst cases of eczema in my life in the office of our NAET practitioner. And the moms are very very happy with the progress their kids are making. Go to naet.com and find a practitioner. It's allergy related.

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H.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hello J.

PLease pass along this information for your nephews eczema...There is a product called Derma-Smoothe/FS ...it is prescription only, it is AMAZING...My daughter calls it the "MAGICAL OIL". EVERYONE who has children with Eczema needs to know about this. Its really saved my daughter a whole lot of discomfort and has saved her delicate skin from being scabbed over from her constant "itching" of the eczema spots.

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S.F.

answers from San Diego on

Just a quick thought. I have been told by various people over the years that they had eczema all their life and later found out that elimination of dairy took it away. I just throw it out in case the are just using western medicine technics and haven't looked into the natural route.

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M.M.

answers from Los Angeles on

LOOK NO FURTHER!!! I PROMISE THIS WILL WORK!!!

My son developed eczema at about 3 months of age. It was so bad he was almost hospitalized with skin infections. All the creams the dermatologist offered were loaded with steroids and it really worried me to put them all over my son's body since he had it from head to toe. I couldn't, however, leave him in pain. I searched high and low for a natural remedy and spent hundreds of dollars on things that seemed to burn his skin or just simply did not work at all. But I am glad to report, I have finally found our cure. It's SHIKAI BORAGE DRY SKIN THERAPY CHILDREN'S LOTION. You can find it at www.shikai.com.
My advice is to use the steroid creams or ointments on their skin until it is under control (no more open sores-this shouldn't take more than 3 days) and then use this lotion morning and night after a bath. After that, as long as you use it on a daily basis, you will never see the eczema again! It has no scent and it does not burn their skin like some lotions. It's all natural and the best part for me is that I know it works. I have recommended it to numberous parents who have all reported fabulous results. My pediatrician was so immpressed with the results of my son's skin condition that he now recommends this lotion to the parents of his suffering eczema patients. My son is now just about to turn 3 and we have not had another bout with eczema since I found this lotion. It's been over two years. And I know he hasn't outgrown the problem since when we are in a rush and don't use the lotion in the morning I have noticed him begin to itch, but as soon as I apply the lotion, he is relieved.
I know eczema is heartbreaking for you as a mom. No one wants to see their child suffer. I wish you the best of luck and please let me know if it works for you because this honestly has become my mission to help other moms of kids with eczema. I felt that I would never find a cure for my son and it is such a relief when you find something that really works. The best to you and your babies!
And thank you to J. for reaching out and passing on this news.

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C.W.

answers from San Diego on

Melaleuca Renew Lotion. It will clear it up. All natural product. Respond back to me and I'll help you get it.
C.

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J.H.

answers from San Diego on

Hi J.,

I have numerous stories and testimonials of children with terrible eczema who were finally relieved with products from Arbonne. Please contact me if you would like a free sample.

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District Manager & Independent Arbonne Consultant
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Working with Arbonne to enhance the lives of women and their families.

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T.

answers from Las Vegas on

J.,

Try cutting dairy and soy out of his diet and/or get a allergy blood test for him. Eczema is almost always caused by food allergies and pretty much everyone I know who has it, it is a problem with dairy or soy or both. If you remove ALL dairy and soy from his diet (including stuff hidden in foods), you should see dramatic improvement within a month. My 18 month old is allergic to dairy and soy proteins. If he get any dairy or soy protein in his diet, he will have eczema patches on his arms and legs within a day or so. As long as he's dairy and soy free, he's eczema free.

So the first thing you would probably ask is, so what does your kid eat? LOL We do primarily "whole" foods. Meat, potatoes, rice, veggies, fruit. He eats really well and is big and healthy.

Everything you do to treat eczema is not nearly as effective as eliminating the problem. Many kids with food allergies will outgrow them if they have a period of time where the food is eliminated and their system has a chance to heal.

:-)T.

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S.K.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.,
From birth I noticed that my 5 yr. old daughter had eczema. I've never known how bad it can be because I started using Arbonne baby products on her right away. Recently I change to an all organic product. She broke out in a horrible case all over her body and it took two weeks of bathing in Arbonne to get rid of the eczema and her cuts from scratching. Arbonne is wonderful. My good friend sells it. You can contact her at [email protected]____.com , she is local and probably willing to meet with you. I wanted to mention that though Organic is awesome, depending on the produect it still may strip the skin of it's natural oils. Arbonne doesn't.
Also, I have had psoriasis since high school that is non-existent thanks to Arbonn and my brother suffered for years with a sever case of psoriasis and his is gone thanks to the products as well.
Wherever you get it. GET IT! It doesn't hurt to try something for relief of those precious kids.
S.

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A.W.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.,

My daughter of 16 yrs old used to have eczema while she is growing up and very bad also. I applied calamine lotion. I changed the detergent that used to wash her clothing. I used baby's detergent and also some fabric might contributed the itches. Also change some food and drink because I have my daughter see the allergist doctor and she was tested on what she is allergy of. That makes it difference also. Then we stay away with those food and drink that makes her allergy for awhile, but once in a while, I have to introduce her back with food and drink that she is allergy of it. I think we should do that to get some immunity with food and drink allergy. But if it is getting worse, please see allergist doctor because it might be serious that he needed to be treated by allergist doctor. Also stress is a factor of having those eczema allergy. Good luck.

A.

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K.T.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi! I know you have probably heard enough, but I really feel I need to share my friend's story. Christine is a dietician at the hospital where I worked for 25 years (I'm a peds nurse). SHe had bad eczema. She started Juice Plus, which is fruits and veggies in a capsule, or gummie form and had great response. Her skin cleared beautifully. Eczema is inflammation and abnormal response of the immune system. Fruits and veggies aid in inflammation control. Go to www.karen4betterhealth.com. Call K. ###-###-#### Thanks!!

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M.P.

answers from Las Vegas on

I know that Baby Aveeno has products made especially for that condition. Have them becareful with the soap, lotions or detergents they use. They may cause his skin to be irritated even more. I have heard that oatmeal bathes are really good for soothing the skin. Good luck.

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K.R.

answers from Santa Barbara on

Your nephews are allergic to something, most likely gluten/casein. They need to take him off these foods to see if this will clear it up. If not, then they need to do a food sensitivity test (not with your regular alergist, their tests are not sensitive enough). Immunolabs has a test or Signet is another sets of tests that give results that register. Depending where they are, they will most likely have to seek out a natural doc to get this test. My daughter had eczema all her life until we discovered this and her life is so much easier now!

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N.G.

answers from Visalia on

My son had it on the back of legs when he was little. It was awful. Be sure and not use any soap on him in the bath tub. Only a mild baby soap. Better to get Phisoderm. Then This sounds crazy but tree tea oil will help with the itching.
After many years with it..its just went away and then he got it on his hands. But lotion seems to help.
N.

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J.B.

answers from Las Vegas on

My daughter had eczema so bad for 10 yrs her hands were completely covered in it, they were red and cracked and from a distance she looked like she was wearing gloves...saddest thing in the world. We took her to a natural doc, changed her diet and the "gloves" are gone. I don't think ppl realize just how badly eating the wrong foods can affect our skin so much.

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R.M.

answers from Reno on

Hi J.:

I have the perfect solution for you about a product from a wellness company. Our 2 year old was born with eczema under her arms and after using it everyday for about 3 months it was totally gone. I market this product..email me and I will give you more information.

Charlene

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A.D.

answers from Los Angeles on

My grandson was born with bad eczema. Euciren cream applied often during the day was and remains, he is now 3, a miracle cure.

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I.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

WOW...looks like you've gotten a lot of advice on this already. My son is 9 mos. old and also has eczema so I will tell you what I do. I don't think there is any ONE answer but there are some things you can do to help on a variety of fronts.

-avoid detergent
-avoid synthetic fabrics
-be mindful of food allergies
-keep the skin from getting too hot or too dry

I bathe him as infrequently as possible to avoid drying out is skin. We try to make the bath not too hot as well. Because avoiding detergents is important to not irritate the skin, I use Cetafil to wash him. Another good option is California Baby, Super Sensitive, Bodywash and Shampoo (available in the baby section at Target). After the bath I use Aquaphor all over his body to seal in the moisture.

To keep his skin from drying out I use Eucerin "Original" (the white paste in a tub) all over his body when I get him dressed in the morning and again at night when I get him into his pajamas. I also use Cortizone cream on any active eczema (red patches). I get a prescription strength from the Dr.

I also run a cool mist humidifier in his room at night.

We use a baby detergent for his laundry (Dreft or equivalent). No fabric softener. We bought the rubber balls for the dryer to help with static cling (you can get them at Babies R Us) and they work great. I also try to dress him only in cotton (no synthetic fabrics).

He is allergic to cow's milk and soy so that is out (since he is still on formula, that's not a problem for us yet...he just has special formula). But as others have suggested, food allergies may be playing a role for your nephews as well.

Best of luck!

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M.Y.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.,

I don't know how to help with the wound but I know that there's a cream that helped my son tremendously. When his eczema flares up we apply it twice a day and it's usually gone almost immediately. It's not a medicine. It just helps to maintain moisture in the skin and keep it from drying out and itching. Our pediatric dermatologist recommended it. He said to give him a 5 - 10 minute shower, no baths! After that, blot him to a damp dry and rub the cream in while the skin is still moist.

I used to think that the creams you get at Bath and Body and stuff like that were good but they're nohing compared to this and will actually make eczema worse because of the scents and stuff in them. The cream I'm talking about is called "Vanicream" You can ask for it at the pharmacy desk and get it without a prescription but you won't find it on the shelves, you have to ask. Like I said, it's not a medicine. It's a cream that the pharmacists use to mix other medicines with. It's done wonders for my son's skin and I use it too now. I've recommended it to several other MamaFriends who also love it for their kids and I hope it can help you nephews.

M.

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E.V.

answers from Los Angeles on

I don't know if this will help you but i will give it a try. My daughter and i have eczema as well. when i was little my mom used the usual oatmeal baths and cortisone. My daughter just broke out really bad and we thought it was a flare up. nothing that i have ever tried worked. the doctor finally did a allergy test on her and found out she is allergic to eggs. the reaction was sudden and she has been expose to egg for a while ( bread and such). now the rash is calming down. check to see if this might be a problem for them. it might be a type of hive. to calm my daughter down this is her routine, take benadryl, take a oatmeal bath, and get a rub down of triamcinolone (prescription steroid cream) and Aquaphor by Eucerin. this is what keeps her calm. By the way the cream is not harmful, it is 0.1% and if you mixed it it brings that down and still works while keeping them moisturized. I hope i have been some help.

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R.G.

answers from Los Angeles on

The only other thing I can add, is to be sure not to use any fabric softener sheets in your laundry. Using a "Free and Clear or Free and Sensitive" liquid fabric softener works better. Also, a perfume and dye free soap. Aquaphor makes a great liquid baby wash that I have just found out about. It is available at some Target stores, but also at Drugstore.com.

I have had eczema my whole life as well as psoriasis, and now my 4 year old niece is covered in it. Another possible contributor to the eczema is dairy products, anything with milk or milk by-products in it (specifically for me, it is anything with Sodium Caseinate). I am also allergic to dairy and I notice that when I do consume dairy products, my eczema and psoriasis both tend to act up more.

I hope this helps. It is definitely not fun to have eczema as a child, but it seems to be more prevalent these days than it has ever been.

Good luck!

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N.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.

My daughter also has really bad eczema. We found that eucerin aquafor works great. It is really thick but does put moisture back into the skin. Also you can use hydrocortisone with pain relief. This really helps my daughterI dont know how old the boys are but keeping them in footy pajamas might help. This way they cant use their nails to scratch. Hope it helps.

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K.Y.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi. My son also suffers from eczema. His is a mild case though. His Dr's have recommended Eucerin lotion (it's over the counter) 3X a day, especially just out of the shower. We're using the daily lotion all over, and a "dry skin" version on the affected areas. When the rbeak outs are bad, we use cortizone. Be careful with the cortizone though, used for too long it'll discolor his skin. For the scratching, at night I've used socks on mmy son's hands. But it's not easy. The quicker you can get the eczema under control, the scratching will subside. Good luck!

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J.P.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.,
I have had eczema my whole life and now my six year old daughter has it. We have found several things that help. First if their skin is dry and rashy, a warm sea salt bath helps. Make sure you always put lotion on right after a bath. We use Lubriderm and it does not seem to bother either of us. Also on the area that is realy bad and he wants to itch, use zinc oxide. You can get it at Right Aid and it is inexpensive. I use this on my daughter when ever she starts to get a rash and it take care of it right away. One other thing we found that irritates our skin is sunscreen! The only one I have found that does not irritate us is also found at Rite Aid and called Ocean Potion organic all natural 30 sunblock for kids. Hopefully this will help.
J.

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W.Z.

answers from Los Angeles on

my daughter had eczema. We used regular medicine (cortisone) which was useless, tried oriental medicine, and other treatments. AFter five doctors and four years of no sleep because of scratching we found a homeopathic doctor who tracked the eczema down to mercury in my daughter's shots at 6 months.
Once he gave her the homeopathic counter, her skin healed.

She still has occasional flare ups, but has a normal life now and they are NOTHING like they were. We also notices that dried fruit products (the non-healthy version) exacerbate the skin.

As a help, oatmeal baths helped a great deal, as did vitamin E applications.

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R.J.

answers from Los Angeles on

Try Shea Butter an African Cream that comes straight from Africa. Its an Herbal remedy found at any African outlet store not the 1 u would buy in the regular store over the counter. That has alcohol and other chemicals in it. There is another company that is all herbal products also. It is called Yves Rocher which u can go on line and get products. I have dealt with dry skin 4 yrs and this company has all herbal products and my skin is smooth and young lookn now. It does work. I have referd friends and family and they have been amazed from the results.

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D.V.

answers from Las Vegas on

eMail me separately and I will give you names of products that have been tested and patented (I believe) with eczema issues.

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H.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

hydrocortisone then Aquaphor 2 times a day. Both are over the counter.

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J.I.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.,

I am not a doctor but I do have very sensitive skin. Normally people with skin problems are allergic to seafood and dairy as well as wheat products and nuts. Check if that's true for them.
I also follow diet which is prescribed by Dr. Peter D'Adamo. So far, this is the only diet which works for me. Mind you, I've been dieting since I was 11 years old and I came across Dr. Peter D'Adamo 10 years ago. I am now 43 years old and maintain my ideal weight and I am super healthy - no yo yo dieting. His book "Eat Right 4 Your Type" Diet base on you blood type.
Good luck!

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C.O.

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J.- my daughter had the same problem. she would scratch her head so hard she would make herself bleed. she would just rake her face and head and it would leave wounds all over herself. it was horrible. we tried EVERYTHING, however the only thing that worked was this chinese herbal ointment (all natural, created especially for infants by a doctor) that my sister's friend gave me. it worked like a miracle- we applied it on her eczema and within a day- it COMPLETELY disappeared. the problem is, the label is written in chinese and we don't know what it is called but if you know someone who reads chinese, i will be happy to email a photo of the label to you. or you can call me and i maybe i can find out where you can pick some up from my sister's friend. i tell you, this is the only thing that worked w/ only a few applications- she has it about 2 months ago and it has NOT come back since. her skin is literally newborn smooth and beautiful and she no longer scratches. contact me for more info if you'd like.

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B.D.

answers from Las Vegas on

my daughters suffer with it really badly. Here is what my pediatrician suggested:

soak in a long, long bath, like to the point of wrinkles. apply lots of moisturizer and cover overnight

bag balm

aveeno eczema cream

aveeno eczema bath

My pediatrician also prescribed a topical steriod cream to help with the inflammation

hope that helps

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C.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

HI There...
I am sure you have had several responses on this issue (because its so common). My son who is 3 now, has suffered with this since he was born. It got drastically worse in the last 3-6 mo (bleeding & scabbing non-stop). We had a RAST test done by the doctor at 18 months old & determined he was allergic to soy, dogs, aspergillis mold, & egg whites. After eliminating all these products, he still had the eczema (only to get worse within a year). I put him on majority organic foods & watched everything he did.
Finally I began doing the same as you & wrapping his ankles, only to find it taking the dead scabs off & making it raw. I felt so bad for this lil guy. Finally a friend of mine told me about this Chiropractor (Dr Robert Hughes) in La Habra that does natural healing. It has changed our lives. He discovered (muscle reflex testing) he was allergic to corn (corn syrup, corn starch...etc) & had a sensitivity to oats & wheat (which he ate a TON of). Since we cut out the corn, he has COMPLETELY cleared up!! NO MORE ITCHING!!! It has been very difficult, but well worth it! Everything has corn or wheat in them, so now we shop only at Henry's or Whole Food's Marketplace. We have seen behavioral differences too in our 7yr & 4 yr olds.
If she is nursing, maybe she needs to watch what she is eating too.
Hope this helps...

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R.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

My 13 y/o has eczema. I've read it is a lifelong condition, however subsides w/age. The eczema has appeared on his eyelids, throat, behind the ears, where the arm folds, & behind the knee. Basically, pretty much anywhere/everywhere the skin folds. His pediatrician has prescribed Triamcinolone & Elidel, which my son alternates on an as-needed basis. Also, he showers using a very mild bath wash. I buy him Aveeno Baby Bath or Cetafil. The doctor also recommended he lotion up w/a mild lotion right after the shower, however, he never does this. It has been managed w/these two medications & the bath washes.

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N.R.

answers from Los Angeles on

Go to a web site called TooShea.com. Order a jar of Shea Butter and see if that works. It helped my psyoriasis and it is supposed to be good for eczema. It is 100% natural. Expensive but to me it is worth it. It also does lots of other things like it helps for aches and minor arthritic pain. Give it a try. Good Luck.

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B.B.

answers from Los Angeles on

I have a friend with seriasis. I told her about Melaleuca and the lotion they have called renew. She used it and it kept her seriasis in control. I know i have not spelled seriasis right but it is a very bad skin condition i think in the family of eczema.
Anyway please check it out, i know it will work for them.
www.melaleuca.com
My son also has eczema, but just a mild case. I do use the lotion on him and it does make a huge difference.
B.

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J.A.

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i am a 35 year old mother of two sons and i have had eczema my entire life. when a young child has to deal with eczema it is VERY difficult to keep from scratching. Be sure to keep the area dry but moistened (preferrably hydrocortisone). If its hot out and the area sweats it will irritate it as well, so i recommend seeing a pediatrician to prescribe eczema medication which is stronger than hydrocortisone. When taking baths, don't make the water too warm and pat the skin dry. Make sure the kids drink lots and lots of water throughout the day. its very important that their skin stays hydrated. If they cannot keep from touching the area, teach them how to rub instead of scratch to avoid open sores because water and/or medication will burn once applied. try not to cover the area with tape or band-aids because it will cause the area to sweat. Avoid feeding them tomatoes, oranges, lemons, or any other citrus type foods. I hope this helps. If can think of anything else i will be sure to post it. Good Luck!!! P.s. My mother had a slight case of eczema as a child, but grew out of it. Hopefully they will too. :)

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K.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.,

My younger son has eczema and his is mostly triggered by foods he eats. Did you nephews get checked by an allergist? Perhaps they can narrow down the cause to something they eat so they can try to avoid the foods that cause the eczema to be so bad.

My son breaks out whenever he has dairy products. We're supposed to avoid dairy for two years but it's hard. For instance, we sometimes let him have pizza without the cheese but the milk protein is still contaminating the pizza bread so my son still ingests it. Then below his earlobes crack, and his inner arms, behind his knees, and neck all break out in eczema and he's always got a little so it just gets worse!

It's chronic right now with dry, cold weather(even though we try to avoid dairy) so he is scratching alot. I just saw our pediatrician and he said to use Neosporin on the worst areas of broken skin, cut away most of the tape of the bandaid just so it sticks and is less irritating, then to keep the area covered for a week to heal. It's actually a wound now and needs to be treated like a wound.

We can use Cortaid a little but if your nephews are younger than 2 years old, they're not supposed to use such strong stuff. My son is 5 now so they said it's okay to use hydrocortisone in moderation.

I've tried a bunch of lotions but they barely help. Because my son was so young when he started having eczema, I had to find some safe non-steroidal products for young children. I tried a few lotions that really work. Melaleuca has one that I love called Renew. Renew contains some tea tree oil but when used with more of their tea tree oil, it REALLY helps heal the eczema on my son. I get a blob of lotion and a few drops of oil, mix it up and slather that on after my son bathes. And he can't bathe in hot baths or his skin dries out. The tea tree oil has natural healing properties. It has a strong smell but I only use a little mixed in with the lotion. A few days of this treatment and the eczema goes away. Sometimes overnight I see a change.

I also use an Arbonne baby lotion mixed with their baby oil. That's kind of my maintenance lotion to keep my son's skin hydrated. Arbonne's baby products are good because their products go below the skin layer to moisturize and doesn't work like the petroleum based lotions like Aquaphor which just seal the skin to keep moisture in. I have samples of both Renew and the baby lotion if you want to share them with your nephew's family to try.

Your problem states the kids are so itchy they won't stop. Did they ever take the children's dose of Benadryl to see if that helps? Or use the topical Benadryl cream? Those really help if there's actually an allergic reaction going on. Some kids have to go on steroids to control the eczema. I hope your nephews aren't that bad but it may be a way to control the eczema! You are such a thoughtful aunt to try to find a way to help them!

:-) K.

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L.S.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.

Ian sorry to hear that. Unfortunately I've had lots of experience with my daughter's eczema. It sounds like he needs other things like steroid creams, benadryl or other sedating medicines. If the eczema is very bad, sometimes there is a bacterial superinfection. I am sure that they are going to the doctor, so I make sure they are being referred to a dermatologist or an allergist
the heat makes the itching a lot worse so loose long sleeve pijamas may work

Good luck
L.

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T.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J.,

My daughter suffers from eczema really bad and just recently had an outbreak. I usually give Oatmeal baths, from the Quaker Oatmeal not the Aveeno, seems to work better. I also give Benadryl to help contol the itching. I took her to the Doctor so that she could receive a prescription to get the outbreak undercontrol. Once I get the outbreak undercontrol. Everday I put vasline on her. I put it on once she gets out of her night bath and in the mornings when she is getting ready. The Benadryl is going to be the key in helping your nephews not to infect their skin. I pray this helps.

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S.C.

answers from Los Angeles on

My neighbors son has the issue. He would scratch so much that he would bleed from his arms, legs and head. Then she tried the Arbonne Baby Care line. She said it worked better than the steroid meds her doctor prescribed. If she skips a day she can tell, he begins to scratch again. The Baby Care line includes, lotion, hair & body wash, diaper rash cream and sunscreen. Great stuff!

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J.S.

answers from San Luis Obispo on

My 11mo. old son has eczema, too, and it can be miserable. His pediatrician prescribed an ointment that has a higher % of medication than the over-the-counter ointments. It completely healed the splotches on his skin. I hope this is helpful for you.

Jen

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R.A.

answers from Los Angeles on

Hi J., I have twin 16 month old daughters and one had worse eczema than the other. I heard about a product called Freederm and I purchased it. We're still using it, but the eczema has gotten 90% better!! You may also want to suggest to their mom that she gets them tested for allergies (specifically milk). I switched my girls to soy milk after there was much suspicion about them being allergic to cow's milk and that seemed to work as well.

Good luck!

R.

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N.H.

answers from Los Angeles on

I had a friend whose daughter had really bad excema and she swore by sheeps milk. You can buy it at Trader Joes or Whole Foods for sure. I don't know about general grocery stores.

Has she taken him to a dermatologist? I have excema and I have a prescribed topical cream that I apply and it clears it up quite quickly.

Good luck.

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W.E.

answers from Los Angeles on

I had the same issue with my daughter since she was 1 yr. We tried everything and just about 4 months ago we changed doctors and when she went in for a check-up the doctor recommened AQUAR-PHOR. It is a very thick cream for severe dry skin. It has worked wonders. No more scratching or bleeding!!! I have seen it at CVS, K-Mart, but it is alot less at Walmart. I hope it helps!!!W. E

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C.C.

answers from Reno on

I've found that Emu Oil and Melaleuca's Bath Oil work pretty well. It's really a pain but with eczema you have to keep the skin hydrated so you have to apply good skin conditioners several times a day. My son would get the wounds on the fronts of his ankles usually from the tongue of his shoe rubbing on them so I had to use large bandaids with aquaphor ointment. Good luck.

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T.D.

answers from San Diego on

My son has eczema and the products that seem to work for him is Arbonne. I would be happy to help in anyway I can. I feel for your nephews.

www.trishdewell.myarbonne.com

T.

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R.F.

answers from Los Angeles on

The only thing that worked for my son was the California Baby wash for sensitive skin and the Gentle Naturals Eczema lotion. My son's eczema wasn't as bad as your nephews, but I found that nothing else soothed his skin. Another lotion to try would be Aquaphor; I never used it because I found the Gentle Naturals but the pediatrician said to try it if nothing else worked. I hope this helps..all the best. R.

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