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KHartwig123 June 3rd, 2008 10:17 AM

Hi, I'm new here. I'm taking my little girl for her 6 month appointment tomorrow and I'm pretty sure she has eczema. I've been trying to figure out what is wrong since she was 2 months old. She started with a red spot at the top of her thigh where her diaper rubs against her skin. I was told initially that it is just dry skin and to put Aquaphor on it and try different diapers. I did that and it would get lighter but not completely gone. Then once she started sitting up and sitting in her high chair she started itching behind her knees all of the time and has two large red areas behind her knees with some scaly looking skin. I was putting Aquaphor on it twice a day and it would get a little better overnight but everytime I change her or give her a bath she scratches it all up again. During all this time also she hasn't been able to sleep more than an hour at a time without waking up crying. All day and night she is always kicking her legs and can't seem to settle. She has never slept through the night. I was afraid to put too much lotion on her because when she originally had it by her diaper area I lotioned her with the Johnson's lotion and she ended up getting a yeast infected diaper rash that was horrible.

So I went to the doctor last week for a cold for her and picked up a pamphlet on Eczema and it was like wow I finally know what is wrong and I feel so bad for her to think she was so itchy all this time. So this weekend I got some Aveeno moisturizing lotion and baby eczema cream. I keep lotioning her everytime I change her and already I see a huge difference. All the areas are just a little pink now but she does keep trying to scratch all the time. Does the itching ever lessen? I guess this is why she wasn't able to sleep because last night was the first time she slept 6 hours without me having to go in there at all.

I have a few questions.

What type of diapers do you use? Right now I use Huggies and I buy an extra large size so it doesn't rub too much on the one spot of her leg.

Is Dreft ok to use? I use that for detergent and just bought the Bounce free fabric softener this weekend.

What about pools and sun lotion? We are going on vacation in 3 weeks at a waterpark and will spend most of the summer in my parents pool. Do I have to limit her and keep her out?

I'm just hoping my doctor thinks that this is what it is so that he can help me treat it. It looks so much better now that I'm not sure he will believe me. Oh, on the allergy route. She is on Soy formula since 1 week old due to reflux and gas problems. The only new thing introduced to her at the 2 month time frame was rice cereal so I don't know if she is really allergic to anything. Also I found out at a family party this last weekend that 5 people on my husbands side have it.

Sorry it's so long. Any help would be appreciated. I'll let you know how the appointment goes tomorrow. I look forward to getting to know everyone! I also have two older sons and neither one of them has had this.


Boots June 4th, 2008 02:55 PM

Just from my experience (I am probably not very helpful! lol)....
The itch hasn't gotten any better for us and she is almost 4! She started with atopic dermatitis @3 months old. She is on Atarax (antihistamine) and it doesn't seem to help much. We have also tried Zyrtec.

I don't use Dreft b/c it has a scent-it says hypoallergenic, but I am just not too sure with that. I use Cheer Free (In a white bottle) and it's been working just fine. I also stay away from Fabric Softeners. (Never knew there was a Bounce Free)

I never had luck with Huggies. I tried with my 2nd child and it would turn her leg blue (from the diaper). Pampers are my diaper choice. But hey, to each their own! We didn't deal with diaper area issues.

I also use Aveeno Lotion too. Eucerin and Cetaphil are good lotions also. Eucerin is quite sticky though. Sounds like you are on the right path, I hope the Dr can get you some answers!

Not too sure about the pool question since my daughter has very sensitive/pale skin I try not to venture outside for long. She hasn't been swimming yet and she is almost 4!! Our last allergy appt they told me she was pretty much allergic to the sun! (she has had many bad rashes on her arms that are exposed to the sun) In our case it is safe to use sunblock. We haven't had problems with it.

Just an FYI Allergies, Eczema and Asthma sometimes run hand in hand. You could have one and not another, or you could have all 3. In our case, we have all 3. Maybe once the Doctors diagnose the Eczema you could check into having an allergy test done.

My daughter didn't have an allergy test done until she was 2. I soooo wish we would have had one sooner b/c we found out she had MANY allergies, including milk and soy.

How was the appointment?

One more thing to add

You could also put 1% hydrocortisone on the breakout spots (not on face) That helped my 2nd daughter when she was 4 months old. Aquaphor also worked on her face. So far my 2nd daughter hasn't shown any signs she will have the same problems as my 1st except for a dry spot in the bends of her arms from time to time. Our ped put her on Nutramigen at birth "in case" she has allergies like my 1st.

KHartwig123 June 5th, 2008 06:33 AM

Thanks for the info. The doctors appointment was not very helpful. I've healed up most of it with the lotion so he didn't really see what I was talking about. He said it is a type of skin contact allergy because of all the tree pollen in the air. I tried to explain that she has had this since she was 2 mos old, which was in January when there was no tree pollen but that didn't seem to make a difference. He said it was in the same family as eczema but not a life long eczema. He told me to use the hydrocortisone cream.

So for now I'm going to try the cream and keep doing what I am with the lotion. He also said I can give her Benadryl at night to help her sleep. So far since I've been doing the lotion she has finally been sleeping good. I'm just going to keep an eye on it and if it doesn't get better soon I'm going to take her to an allergist or dermatologist. I know that she has a lactose intolerance but that is all. I'm going to switch the laundry detergent. I found the bounce sheets at Babies R Us if you are interested in that. I also saw chlorine free diapers there, I wasn't sure if that would be helpful or not. We tried both Pampers and Huggies so far.

Even with it clearing up she is still scratching a lot especially at bath and diaper change time, I'm not looking forward to the summer with trying to keep her cool and keep her from scratching her legs up.

Thanks again!

Boots June 6th, 2008 09:40 PM

Don't get discouraged! It is so hard to see our little ones scratch themselves crazy and see them breakout, only for them to clear up by the time the Doc sees them.

I wonder if she is too young for Zyrtec or Atarax? That should help her out with the itchies on bad days. You should ask the Ped about an antihistamine. I can't remember how young Kaleigh was when she was put on one. I really wonder why she would assume it was a contact reaction from pollen if she hasn't ever been tested for allergies!! Also since you say she started with it at 2 months I seriously doubt it would be just pollen.

I would push for an allergist and get an SPT and/or RAST test done. That should give you more info.

I have taken my daughter to a Dermatologist a few times, they never helped the situation. Granted we don't have Ped Derms in my area so it was a regular one. The creams the Derm would give burned my daughter like crazy!

Keep us updated on your little one! Hope she gets some relief soon.

havenhmof2 July 16th, 2008 01:52 PM

Hi there. My daughter has had eczema since she was a baby. She is now 10. We would bath her and put eucerin cream (the really really gooky stuff) on her as soon as we pulled her out of the tub. Don't dry, just slather with the cream. Then for the really tough spots, cortizone cream would generally clear it up. She semi-grew out of it but still has flair ups every now and then. What I started doing was looking closely at the type of soaps she uses in the shower and how it relates to the break outs. Now, I make all natural soap and she has had no problems at all. Of course they have no detergents and are SLS free so she gets no harmful chemicals on her skin through soap. Don't bathe her everyday, two or three times a week should be sufficient. Hope this helps a little.

havenhmof2 July 17th, 2008 01:16 PM

I also just found out that any soap with pure lavender essential oil will be ok. As long as it is lightly scented. Hope any of this helps.

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