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Will definitely have to go back through and read all the replies!
Natural remedies: homemade laundry detergent, coconut oil, Vitamin E oil. Also since we use cloth diapers, we use a cloth wipes and a solution made from Butt Beans sold on etsy, that contains chickweed.
Over the counter remedies: Cetaphil cleanser for baths, Cetaphil cream right after bath and another 3-4x a day.
Prescription remedies: Triamcinolone 0.1% We have tried others but this is the most recent one and only one I have handy at the moment.
Last edited by eli's momma; February 6th, 2012 at 06:24 PM.
Some great replies, but some of these be careful the products mentioned are not all natural meaning they have ingredients in them that will not truly help with the problem and actually only keep it ongoing. Please use Skin So Deep website to help to decipher the ingredient labels....it's free.
Using chemical free soaps, including shampoo and conditioner yes because it washes down the body leaving drying chemicals on the skin. Chemical free lotions, olive oil works really well for it, coconut oil is a great moisturizer but not as good as olive oil for this skin aliment. Laundry soap, bleach, dryer sheets etc. are all drying and irritating to the skin, go chemical free, there are plenty of products on the market now. All the above should greatly improve if not emlimante the flair ups, if not a shower/bath water filter to rid the drying effects of the cholirine which some people are much more sensitive to then others.
A product by Keys soap makes a great all natural anit-itch product for immediate releif. Forget about the dangerous sterioid creams )
Well we use all dye free, smell free stuff for washing clothes and her in.
IF and WHEN it gets really bad, I bathe her up to 3 times a day. Each time she sits in the bath for 20 min. I get her out pat her dry....use her steriod cream where the eczema is and glob it on her. Then where it is just kinda dry skin I use Vanicream for the rest of her body. I then take hot wet clothes put that on her then on top of the wet I put dry. I wrap her hands with a wet sock and then a dry sock, same with feet. Do this for prob 2 days and it is all cleared up. I got this system from my daughter doing the 2 week pediatric day program at national Jewish hospital in denver...this is what they specialize in and were a God send to us when our little one was just 2 years old.
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I'm new to the boards but plenty of experience with eczema.
Natural remedies: Well, while we were in the process of eliminating dairy (which is my son's trigger and he remains eczema free as long as he is dairy free) we used pure virgin coconut oil slathered on him - he loved it and it helped fight infections, was soothing, and softened his skin the best without being oily and without steroids and didn't sting him.
Over the counter remedies: We only used Burt's Bees products for washing while he had an outbreak. It was the only one that didn't bother him. Even Aveeno (I think that's what it was at the time - this was over 10 years ago - but it was touted as being for those with eczema) bothered him.
My daughter has eczema. She hasn't had an outbreak in almost 6 years. I switched stores and buy strictly from a health and wellness company. Their products are well researched and proven to work. Befor I found them I had tried everything from the oatmeal bathes to no laundry detergent. Found out after using princess soap on her that she is allergic to some ingredients found in most bath products. Everyone is different, but skin issues are usually triggered by intolerances or allergies. Can be to food or chemicals. Ridding your home of harsh chemicals is a must with ezcema. Even if they aren't the cause they will make it worse
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Hello everyone... I am new on here and trying to help my 14 month old son get some relief from his eczema, that he has had since birth (it is genetic, he gets it from me though mine is not nearly as bad as his). He has been through at least a dozen different prescription creams and ointments including DermaSmooth oil. The oil is the only thing that seems to give him any relief, except for his feet, ankles, wrists, and left inner knee and left inner elbow... We put aquaphor ointment lotion on him at least twice a day and he is miserable every single day!! I NEED HELP!!! I feel the doctors, dermatologists and the allergist just aren't helping much anymore and are running out of options for him!!!
Only one response?? Awwe come on, my daughter has eczema.....I need HELP
Before give her a shower rub all over her body with baby oil, try to use dove non scented liquid soap and use cethapil restoraderm lottion all over her body. Then use vaseline petrolum jelly for face but my sister sent me a cream from back home it really worked!
Assuming you have tested for allergies and tried diet changes (dairy and wheat allergies tend to be contributors to eczema flare ups), I can't say enough about bamboo fabric for sensitive eczema skin. Have a look at Baby Dreamtime, they sell a bamboo sleeping sack called the Bamboo Bubby. It's a one size fits 6 months to 2 years old sack, but it has enclosed sleeves which keeps your little one from scratching and helps their skin to heal. It's great to use in conjunction with wet wrapping as well! Hope this helps someone and that your little ones get the relief they deserve.
My son started with severe eczema when he was 3 months, I found it really difficult to get the correct advice and was being told conflicting things even by my GPís. In the end we were referred to a specialist and I was given steroid cream and an emollient to use, it took a few months but it really did work. For 5 months I was constantly holding my sons hands night and day, I hardly slept. I breastfed to distract him from scratching, I put the emollient on every couple of hours, and I bathed him everyday adding emollient to the water, I put the steroid cream on twice a day only a little and a skin specialist advised applying cream in the direction the hair grows to avoid spots, all this combined eventually worked but it was one of the most stressful times of my life.
I also noticed a connection between the foods we were eating and his eczema and when he was a year old we got him tested, he had allergies to wheat, milk, eggs, nuts and beans, as soon as I cut these from our diet his skin improved immensely and I stopped needing to use all the creams, I still bath him with the emollient (and not soaps) but only once or twice a week and once or twice a day I put emollient on him. Because early on I was told by one GP not to use steroid cream and I followed his advice for a couple of months, my sons skin got so bad he need three separate courses of antibiotics and in the long run I think this has made his condition worse. When he was 1 he had an anaphylactic reaction and was hospitalised. Please read up on the importance of a healthy microbiome and its connection to allergies, eczema and asthma. I noticed taking my son outside in the fresh air really helped and I avoided chemicals i.e. washing detergents, perfumes, etc. I encourage him to eat garlic, onions, radishes, leeks, sauerkraut, etc. All help build a healthy microbiome, and Iíve heard that in extreme cases there is a treatment available called a faecal transplant which his meant to be amazing for restoring someoneís microbiome. I avoid antibiotics wherever possible obviously being guided by my GP, if he did need them then Iíd give them to him.
My heart goes out to families going through this there really isnít enough advice and support for these conditions which are a growing problem in developed countries, most likely linked to all the chemicals and antibiotics we use and the lack of time we spend outside, I also think if you can breastfeed as long as possible at least up to a year that can help too. Iíd really like to set up a charity to help other families so if anyone is interested in helping please contact me. All the best to everyone hope some of what Iíve written can help you.
WET PAJAMAS WORK WONDERS!!
My 7 yr old has severe eczema and sees a pediatrician, dermatologist and allergy specialist. With all 3 working together we have seemed to get a handle on his condition. He is allergic to most tress, grasses all cats and dogs and many other things. We are having him tested for food allergies next week. He takes an allergy shot once a week, uses Triamcinolone ointment 0.1% nightly, gets in a "light box" at the dermatologist 2x a week and the thing that works best for us is that he sleeps in wet pajamas layered by a dry pair on top every other night. The pajamas have to be 100% cotton. His dermatologist recommended this and it works wonders. He hates it but he actually asks for it now bc he knows it is about the only thing that clears him up and gives him some relief. He used to get up in the middle of the night a lot and asked if he can just go sit in a tub of water just to get some relief. Since we have started using the wet pajamas he doesn't do that nearly as much any more. We use All Free & Clear detergent and I keep his hair cut really short bc he has it all in his head. The change in weather always takes a toll on his skin so keeping him hydrated with nothing but Vaseline sometimes works really good too. Sometimes he has a really bad breakout and scratches so bad he gets spots that get infected just overnight and we have to do a round of antibiotics and steroids but I try not to u less it is absolutely necessary. I would have to say that my favorite remedy is definitely the wet pajamas!
It may sound weird but I think in Turkey a herbalist found the cure of eczema and has been treating this disease for 15 years. Anyway he could not start a business on this due to lack of opportunities.
My 2 month old has eczema on the face. It is diagnosed seborrheic dermatitis. One of the eczema types. Doc prescribed Bioderma Preventive for atopic skin. Yes it relieves the redness but does not work for long time. When you stop using the cream, they all come again.
This man sent me a cream made of essential oils and plants. I used it for a week and eczema disappeared. I also saw the pics of other infants and it is unbelievable. I hope some rich medical firm will help this man so that this cream will be available for everyone. I think he is the only solution without cortisone creams. He does not say all the ingredients in it, but he lives in the eastern part of Tukey, which is rich in plants and herbal remedies.
We have had the best luck with TruKid products. For flareups we use the easy eczema therapy cream or eczema wipes, but switching to their shampoos and hand/body washes has helped prevent frequent flares!
Natural: just agreeing that we use absolutely nothing with any scents. No soaps or laundry detergents.
OTC: Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream. No prescription needed but this stuff is heavy-duty. Very gentle and works fast to smooth out and soften dry areas, getting rid of redness and peeling--our daughter seems much happier and I have for sure seen a difference in her skin.