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December 23rd, 2012, 12:23 AM
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Nick has been diagnosed with eczema which is not surprising because I still get nasty flare-ups occasionally. I almost expected it. We were prescribed a topical ointment for it which clears it up really well. My problem is that Nick now has it on his hands. The ointment cannot be ingested and his hands are constantly in his mouth. It is getting to the point that he is having trouble sleeping because his hands are so itchy.

One website suggested a bath in diluted bleach but I don't think that's a very good idea. I'm going to try putting mittens on his hands tonight and if they are still on in the morning I'll use his ointment under them at night. Do you ladies know of any tricks to deal with eczema that are safe for babies' hands?
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December 23rd, 2012, 05:51 AM
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My guess would be the mittens route, too. When Kira was a newborn, the hospital put her in a long-sleeved shirt with mitten cuffs (so she wouldn't scratch herself) -- maybe they make them in older baby sizes, too?
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December 23rd, 2012, 11:49 AM
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My DD has severe eczema and has since she was 3 months old. One thing that has worked well (not when it's flared up but in the off times) is coconut oil or olive oil. You have to put it on more often than thick lotions but it keeps them hydrated. I haven't done the bleach baths very often because it's for more infected eczema than broken out skin. We do a lot of wet wrapping. They take a long bath with oatmeal in it, Aveeno has a nice one for babies, take them out and smear them with vaseline, then put them wet PJ's (hands and feet covered is a bonus!). The wet PJ's allow more of the vaseline to absorb into the dry cracked skin. Also, if he's having trouble sleeping, see if the ped will allow a small amount of benedryl (some will, some won't). It should help with the itching to let him get some sleep (it doesn't make Allison sleepy but it lets her sleep for about 4 hours without scratching). Mittens help if they'll tolerate it. I've learned a few tricks for dealing with a baby and now toddler with eczema! Good luck on finding something that works for Nick.
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December 24th, 2012, 12:31 AM
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My DD has severe eczema and has since she was 3 months old. One thing that has worked well (not when it's flared up but in the off times) is coconut oil or olive oil. You have to put it on more often than thick lotions but it keeps them hydrated. I haven't done the bleach baths very often because it's for more infected eczema than broken out skin. We do a lot of wet wrapping. They take a long bath with oatmeal in it, Aveeno has a nice one for babies, take them out and smear them with vaseline, then put them wet PJ's (hands and feet covered is a bonus!). The wet PJ's allow more of the vaseline to absorb into the dry cracked skin. Also, if he's having trouble sleeping, see if the ped will allow a small amount of benedryl (some will, some won't). It should help with the itching to let him get some sleep (it doesn't make Allison sleepy but it lets her sleep for about 4 hours without scratching). Mittens help if they'll tolerate it. I've learned a few tricks for dealing with a baby and now toddler with eczema! Good luck on finding something that works for Nick.
Thanks for the ideas! I will try the oatmeal bath, how long do you keep them in the wet pj's? Nick does not like the mittens I thought that tonight I will try putting his protopic ointment on his hands after he's asleep since he doesn't sleep with his fingers in his mouth. I just hope it doesn't wake him up. We have tried olive oil but it doesn't seem to make a difference on his hands, he sucks it off too quickly.

Thanks again for the ideas! Merry Christmas!
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December 24th, 2012, 09:19 AM
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I do the wet PJ's on until they dry (in dry Arizona it's only a couple of hours and I make sure the house is really warm so she stays warm). Allison hated mittens too so I keep her slathered as well as I can and healed up the best I can but have had to accept that her wrists/hands are always a bit irritated

Good luck on putting the cream on after he's asleep! Merry Christmas!
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