Trouble with Eczema

Updated on March 13, 2008
C.V. asks from Grand Rapids, MI
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Hi Moms,
I was wondering what kind of lotion to use for my 3 year old with eczema? He was always had very mild eczema that I have had under control. I always put lotion on when he got clothes on in the morning and when he gets pjs on at night. I use Johnsons bedtime lotion. I don't know if it because of the dry weather lately but he had a flare up that I can't get rid of. So if anyone has a lotion that they would recommend it would be helpful. Thanks.

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Thanks to everyone that wrote. I found that using gentle naturals eczema body wash for the bath and Avenno baby lotion right after works great. Their skin is soft like babies should be. Thanks again.

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L.C.

answers from Detroit on

Try using the lotion from Avon. It is called intensive lotion with oatmeal I believe. My daughter has it and that is what we use on her.

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T.D.

answers from Detroit on

Hi C., I have a 1 year old who has eczema. I bathe him and lotion him with Cetaphil. It's a little expensive but it keeps him from break outs. Also i put hydrocortizone cream on him. It is doctor prescribed 2.5% but he will clear up overnight once I apply the cream. I hope this helps.

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B.N.

answers from Toledo on

Hi, both myself and my 2 daughters have eczema. My Pediatrician says any kind of baby lotions or oils will makeit worse. We have been using Baby Arbon and Eucerine Calming creme on top of the steroid creme, and by itself once it has cleared up. I hope it works for you.

B. N.

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L.M.

answers from Detroit on

My 4 yr old daughter hs a mild case and the Dr. prescribed a hydracortizone.

It works fine but she has some larger patches of it and that little tube wouldn't last long.

So, we have been using Eucerin Calming Cream and it works great.

Also, the Dr. recommended fragrance free soaps /lotions and when you do bathe your child ,try to go every other to every third day and use a cooler temp of water.

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R.

answers from Detroit on

C.,
My son suffers from moderate to extreme eczema-so I know what you mean. I have used eucerin lotion (I believe they have a line of different products) with good to fair results.

I highly recommend cetaphil cream (they also make a line of products from soap to lotion) it came doctor recommended-it is alittle pricey

other suggestions would be use mild unscented soap like dove (not ivory) use "free" (from fragrences or perfumes/dyes etc) laundry detergents and fabric softeners

my son is doing much better and I know yours will find relief as well

R.

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L.R.

answers from Detroit on

C.,

I have eczema and I found that Eucerin and Aquaphor work great. You can find them at Meijer, Kroger, and any drug store. My dermatologist suggested it to me when I was pregnant and my eczema started. I also use them on my 3 month old daughter.

Good luck

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H.L.

answers from Kalamazoo on

I just called our dr. last week to ask what to do about my 3 year old's eczema. The nurse recommended aquafora or eucerin. I have been doing both but really like the eucerin better. The wanted me to try that for a week in the morning and night before I brought her in. It seems to be helping. I have really bad eczema as well and the eucerin has really helped me too.

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Y.N.

answers from Detroit on

My daughter is 11 mos.old and developed mild eczema at 3 mos. My friend is a dermatologist and highly recommends Cetaphil cream (better then ointment) and hydrocortisone cream 1%. The hydrocortisone can be obtained over the counter at any drug store. Apply the hydrocortisone to the affected areas once to twice daily until the lesions resolve and apply the Cetaphil everywhere. Try not to use the hydrocortisone for extended periods of time. Consult with your pediatrician before using it to make sure your child doesn't have any underlying condition where steriod creams are contraindicated. The hydrocortisone is pretty safe since it's weak. I haven't had any problems. Sometimes they will need stronger topical steriods(prescription) and occassionally oral medication. I hope this helps.
Y.

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D.G.

answers from Detroit on

okay, here's what I recommend: Aveeno lotion, they have the regular and heavy duty version, both are great. Also something to consider is what u feed ur kids. I give my girls Silk Enhance soy milk (with chocolate or strawberry quick), they love it and its PACKED with nutrients for the skin and body. Everyone comments on my kids hair and skin where-ever I go, i firmly believe in the saying: you are what u eat..

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G.F.

answers from Toledo on

Hello C., I come from a family who suffers with soriasis, and the best treatment I have ever used is Melalueca lotion and oil. For over 12 yrs. now, that has been the best of the best. My family has used it for so much more than soriasis and eczema tho. Its the most wonderful thing for dry skin, rashes of all kinds, sunburns, bee stings and my favorite, cold sores disappear. If you can't find someone who is a distributor, please feel free to call me @###-###-####, or e-mail me back at [email protected]____.com and tell me where you live. I'll find someone in your area.
Blessings; G.:)

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L.M.

answers from Detroit on

Hello C.,

There is a lotion called Renew. It is excellent for eczema and bleeding eczema. It will improve the skin within 24 hours. You should not ever use Johnson products. Just check out the ingredients you would be amazed. Renew cannot be purchased in stores only from a company called Melaleuca The Wellness Company. If you need more information just let me know.

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D.D.

answers from Daytona Beach on

My daughter had very bad eczema when she was younger. The advice I took from my doctor when it came to what products to use worked wonders! As for lotion, he recommended using only Lubriderm lotion. He said any baby lotions are garbage because they are mostly water and they should be thrown out.

As for shampoo/body soap he recommended Aveeno.

Using those products helped her skin so much!

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C.C.

answers from Grand Rapids on

Hi C. -

My 16m old has eczema as well. I use the Shea Butter Lubriderm and add some Vitamin E oil to it for extra moisture. I rub it on him each night, and sometimes in the morning. It's working perfectly. If his skin gets worse now that winter is here, I will probably take him to the Dermatologist for a tube of hydrocortisone cream.

HTH,

C.

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K.K.

answers from Detroit on

Hi! My little girl is two and a half and has had eczema since she was tiny. My doctor has always told me to use Cetaphil. Just when the weather changed she got a horrible flare up and the doctor prescribed a strong hydrocortizone for her. She also said to moisten her skin with a warm wet washcloth twice a day then follow with the Cetaphil. The lotion isn't very thick and it dries fast so I absolutely love it! Hope this helps and he should grow out of it someday!

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M.P.

answers from Detroit on

Hello the best that I know of is Eucerin I believe I spelled that correctly, My gf's daughter has it and she uses that.. I hope it works for you as well..

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K.M.

answers from Detroit on

My toddler son has awful eczema. He occasionally needs a steroid cream for his face, but daily I use Aquaphor. It does a great job. Also the only bath soap I can use is Aveeno Unscented. Everything else gives him a rash.

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M.R.

answers from Toledo on

I have bad eczema unless I use this bath oil a dermitologist told me about. It is called RoBathol and you can purchase it online. (I have never found it in stores... try Allergy specialty shops online.) It is a WONDERFUL product and is safe even for infants. My kids bath in it too. The best part is that it isn't thick and gooey like most lotions. I actually have better sucess with this over the counter bath oil than I do with steroid creams and lotions combined!!!!!!

Blessings.
M.

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C.N.

answers from Toledo on

My son has excema too, and our doc recommended plain old vaseline, or cetaphil, applyng it within 3 minutes of taking a bath. He also said that he should get a bath EVERY day, wich i had heard differently lasst year when i had him, but he seems to be doing well with this regimen
C.

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C.K.

answers from Detroit on

Hi,

My 10 month old has a severe case of eczema. We found that a combination of Avenno lotion (for eczema) and Johnsons baby soothing balm stick, works great. The lotion helps to moisturize and the balm locks it in. Hope that this helps.

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E.A.

answers from Detroit on

Hi C.,
You may want to talk to your son's pediatrician about the eczema, but I have had success with ShiKai lotion. It is sold at Whole Foods Market (Bloomfield Hills, Ann Arbor and 14 mile and NW Hwy areas), Trader Joe's, and Zerbo's Health Food Store in Livonia. It doesn't smell that great, but it works. My whole family suffers from eczema and I once had a breakout over my whole face and chest (due to stress). My dermatologist at the time advised me to use Cetaphil cream and cleanser and avoid lotions that contain mineral oil and lanolin, which are wool derivatives and can contribute to flare-ups if you are sensitive to wool. I hope this helps! Good luck.

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D.T.

answers from Detroit on

My daughter had eczema really bad since birth. The nurse told me to use only Tide and snuggle fabric softner and at night before drying her off mix Desitine with Vasiline and rub it on the infected areas. If you do it while wet then the crean spreads better and the pores are still open. While sleeping the cream is able to absorb into the skin and it helps alot. My daughter is now 6 and the only problem she gets (and it isn't very often) is around her knuckles.

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C.M.

answers from Detroit on

Hi Chris,

You might try using Aveeno Moisturizing Lotion with Anti-Itch. It has a menthol smell to it, but it's not very strong at all...It worked for my daughter's eczema and another boy who has severe eczema at her daycare uses it too. Another lotion is Aubrey's Baby Lotion, it's all natural and is sold at health food stores (I got it from Good Food Co. East) and that was really good for controlling eczema flare-ups when my daughter was an infant. It has a vanilla-almond smell to it (part of the reason I don't use it is because I can't stand the smell of vanilla).

Best of luck to you and God bless!

C. M.

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J.G.

answers from Detroit on

hello,
My know 13-year-old stated it wen he was 2yeas old and EUSERIN and MOISTERAL were great. I'll give him a shower and use high moisturizer soaps like DOVE pad dry and put on either lotion I had at the time and it has worked great! (still do)

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T.C.

answers from Benton Harbor on

My daughters have been diagnosed with the same and have the very same symptoms. What really helps is applying the lotion as soon as your child gets out of their shower/bath, which is when their skin is able to absorb the most moisture from the lotion. I've learned lots from their pediatrician and received some great advice! We can't use any body soap or lotion that is scented because it causes each of my daughters to break out with the "rash" lots worse than what they have normally. So, we use Johnson's head to toe baby wash in the shower and Eucerin cream(lots & lots!) right after, before putting their pajams on. This has worked greatly for our family, so feel free to try the same for yours! Good luck to you and your boys!

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D.H.

answers from Grand Rapids on

My nephew has eczema too and her doctor told her to use Eucerin. She says it seems to work pretty well on his skin. Avon also has a good lotion that work pretty well. It's there Intensive Care lotion.

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K.B.

answers from Lansing on

My three year old daughter also has eczema quite bad. We have used every kind of lotion out there and nothing has seemed to work that greatly not even doctor prescribed creams. Whenever we would put lotion on her she would scream that it hurts. Then my aunt told me about the Arbonne Baby Care line they have and that it works really good on Eczema, so i decided to try it. It is wonderful stuff she has never screamed or cried when i put it on her and it has helped her so much even with the dry season coming our way. I use the body wash and lotion on her, and they also say that you can get the diaper rash cream for it. I am also an Arbonne Consultant now, after seeing how great there products are I decided that I wanted to be a part of this company. So if you are interested in purchasing some of the products just let me know and I can help you out.

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N.B.

answers from Detroit on

hi... I have 2 boy's 6 and 2. Thaey both have eczema. I have used Cetaphil lotion on them, or the cvs brand of the same type of lotion.

I have noticed as my 6 year old is getting older, it is getting worse. The cold weather does flare it up more.

good luck...

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K.B.

answers from Grand Rapids on

My son (he is 12 now) also has eczema, we use Gold Bond on him, he won't use anything else. Says it burns. So watch for cremes with Alcohol in them. Hope this helps

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T.J.

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Hi C.:

I tried Eucerin on my son and it didn't work. The dermatologist told me to find a diaper creme with high zinc. You have to be careful with some lotions because the fragrance makes the eczema burn. There is a diaper creme that is fabulous at the dollar stores. It's in a blue and white tube and it's called Dr. ? diaper creme. My friend's daughter had eczema on her face and nothing would touch it but this creme.

T.

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K.D.

answers from Toledo on

Cetaphil (there is a kroger brand that is cheaper. It is in a tub and just says gentle skin cream on it) or eucerine (not sure if it is spelled right, but it is close. Make sure that you put these on right after a bath, while your child is still a little damp.

I have read some of the postings and hydrocortizone was mentioned. Even if it is over the counter, consult your doctor first. It is a great product, but long term usage could cause other skin conditions. It is great for short term flare-ups, but still consult the doctor.

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C.S.

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My son also has eczema and I have always used Aveeno baby lotion on him. It seems to work very well especially during the dry winter months. I also ocassionally use a cortizone cream when he has bad flare ups.

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J.G.

answers from Wausau on

I used Eucerin calming cream morning and night. I also run a humidifier in the bedroom at night. I hope this is helpful.

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T.

answers from Detroit on

Eucerin Calming Cream works great for us.

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N.I.

answers from Detroit on

my doctor said to use Cetaphil it works for my son.

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K.W.

answers from Detroit on

All 3 of my kids had eczema When the weather changed it would always flare up. I use 'Eucerin Dry Skin Therapy PLUS Intensive Repair Lotion' I find it the cheapest at Target. Always put it on AS SOON as they get out of the tub when their skin is still a little damp and before you change their clothes If it's really bad I would put it on 3 times a day. If you don't want to try this lotion always make sure the lotion you are using does not have any fragrance in it.

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M.T.

answers from Detroit on

One of my triplets, Logan gets it VERY BADLY all over his butt and groin area. The doctor had me mix Butt Paste and Hydracortizone (over the counter) together and put that on the area. That cleared it up almost immediately. I hope this helps. I put it on him at night and if it is really bad in the morning also.

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M.S.

answers from Grand Rapids on

Baby Orajel makes a cream specifically for eczema. It can be a bit goopy but a little goes a long way. You can find it in the baby care isle. (I use it myself for my own eczema.)
If you are looking for regular moisture lotion try something with no perfumes like Eucerine (sp?).
Also be sure that soaps, shampoo, laundry detergent and dryer sheets are perfume free.
Good luck to your little guy!

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S.S.

answers from Melbourne on

I have the same problem with my sons skin. I found using Aveeno lotion made especially for eczema works the best. My sons has just recently flared up recently and makes his cheeks really red, dry, and bumpy. The lotion works great for us. HTH

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K.M.

answers from Detroit on

My daughter has eczema, and the only thing that works on her flare-ups is a prescription we received from her doctor. It is a blend of Eucerin and Hydrocortisone, which are both over the counter items. When I've run out of the prescription, I just mix the two together. I also no longer use regular lotion on her skin. When she gets out of the bathtub, I rub baby oil gel on her. That has helped a lot to seal in moisture.

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J.C.

answers from Detroit on

My daughter and youngest son has eczema too. Eurcerin or Luberderm work really well and our doctor prescribed Eladil for their bad eczema flair ups and that works REALLY well for us.

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D.D.

answers from Detroit on

Both of my boys have eczema and I use Gentle Naturals Eczema cream, and I also use the baby wash in thier bath. It works miracles. My youngest had a flare up on his toes of all places, but it was so dry, chapped, and scabed. I didn't realize it till after it was at its worse. When I found it I put some of the Eczema cream on it and then put socks on over it. It was gone within a couple of days. FYI: Its a very thick cream and if you use it have a towel to wipe your hands off afterwards. Best place to find the stuff is Target.

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B.

answers from Detroit on

my sons also have eczema...the pediatrician didn't recommend any particular lotion - Instead, we were told to give the boys a bath every night, and put lotion on after drying them off. This process puts the moisture into the skin and locks it in. I must say - it worked!

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L.J.

answers from Cleveland on

for my 7 month old the lotion i use is made by Gentle Naturals. It is made for eczema, the lotion is really thick, and is best to be put one before clothes because it can be a little greasy when first put on. They also make a body wash. They both work great! i have been using them since my son was a couple weeks old. He hasnt had a flare up except when we went to grandma's and mommy forgot to take it along.

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R.R.

answers from Detroit on

CHRISTINA,

THE DOCTOR GAVE MY DAUGHTER EUCERIN CREAM (OVER THE COUNTER) OR PRESCRIPTION FOR HER DAUGHTER'S ECZEMA.

R.

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E.

answers from Detroit on

Hi Chris,

Have you heard of a product called Arbonne? They are a skin care company that has been around for 25 years. A friend of mine started using Arbonne baby line products after trying all other lotions on the market for her daughter who had severe eczema. She is thrilled with the results. She was also happy that their baby products are nut free since her daughter has a severe allergic reation to nuts and nut oils. I am also using the baby line products in my household and have been very happy. I became a consult with Arbonne to enjoy their products at a discount. I hope that this gives you another option to try. Check out their website at arbonne.com. If you need any help, let me know.

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S.H.

answers from Grand Rapids on

Try Bag Balm. Meijer sells it and I think also Walmart. It's a big green tin. I think at Meijer it is by the band-aids. My son just has a mild case of it in the winter months and this works pretty well. We used to use it to clear up diaper rash too! It works fast and a little goes a long way!

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H.R.

answers from Toledo on

I totally understand what you are going through, both of my kids have eczema, which started very mild and ended up flaring up pretty bad. I thought I was doing the right thing by going to the natural food store and getting the "best" creams and lotions and soaps, but the eczema didn't improve, it got worse. So I came to find out from the dermatologist that there are only very few creams and lotions and soaps out there that are really right for kids with any varying degree of eczema. The best regular every-day type cream that we use is Eucerin. It comes in a 1lb. tub and we use it every day. It is very thick and sticky, but that is what is needed. You should put it on the child's skin immediately upon exiting the bath, while the skin is still damp. We were also told to never use anything with fragrance in it. So the Johnson's stuff (even if it says sensetive) is not good. The doc also told us that it is soap which dries out the skin terribly, so we never use soap on any part of their body (except their privates and bottom and armpits) unless they are dirty, with dirt. And there are special cheap soaps that are best. We use "Basis" which can be purchased pretty much anywhere. If you want me to elaborate further on what the doc said about all these fragrances and color additives, let me know, but I hope this all helps. Take care!

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