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what do you do for your child's eczema?


Asked by happy2bmom25 at 9:06 PM on Jul. 2, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • Here is a link to the journal I posted w/ what I did with my daughters eczema
    As for a lotion/cream my fav after trial and error is pure 100% shea butter. It leaves no oil spots!

    Answer by Lynette at 9:09 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • I have used this on my son (w/ eczema) since he was a baby. It's a little pricey but so worth it. It's all natural and has the best results with just one application. My son no longer has dry. itchy, bumpy skin and eczema is no longer an issue thx to this "Dream Cream."

    Answer by Dorothy24 at 9:14 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • take them to a doctor for special cream...wash clothes in fragrance free detergent, fragrance free soap for bathing too

    Answer by shay1130 at 9:08 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • prescription hydrocortisone from the dr - twice/day for a week, then only when he breaks out (one the off weeks we use Aveeno Baby Soothing Moisture Cream) which is extremely rare. The hydrocortisone clears it right up and the Aveeno Baby keeps it away.

    Answer by missanc at 9:08 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • Rx cream, elimination diet to find his trigger foods, and mild bleach bath if its a particulary bad flair.

    Answer by karamille at 9:10 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • Neutrogena Swedish Formula lotion,or any containing lanolin,put on damp skin,keeping the air moist

    Answer by butterflyblue19 at 9:21 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • my daughters are allergic to dust and grass... so i keep the house as dust free as i can (it's IMPOSSIBLE... but with air purifiers, HEPA filters, HEPA vacuum... it's possible to manage it.) and keep the windows closed when someone has freshly cut their grass. i can't keep them inside all day, everyday, so i give them zyrtec in the morning... and claritin at night in the spring.

    they have a prescription "Triamcinolone Acetonide cream"... it works WONDERS. they used to use hydrocortisone, but their bodies started growing accustomed to it, and their bodies weren't making the cortisone.... pretty much their skin started burning off. i still use hydrocortisone if they have a bad breakout, but only use it once... their T.A. cream works to keep them from breaking out.

    their old dr said "baths only every 4 days." then they went to an allergist. she said baths everyday.

    all of that to say, "allergy meds, creams, and baths.

    Answer by gracefulsky at 9:22 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • No dairy
    Keep baths/showers short and infrequent
    Put coconut oil on the afficted areas.

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:49 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • Try Halo Technical Comfort clothing. Here's the bullet points from their website:
    # Made with CoolMax® fabric, wicks moisture to keep skin dry. Great for sensitive skin conditions.
    # The National Eczema Association (NEA) has awarded the Seal of Acceptance to HALO Technical Comfort System. The NEA Seal of Acceptance is awarded to products intended for children and adults with eczema or sensitive skin.
    # Soft, silky feel is friction free and helps reduce irritation and itching
    # Fast drying. Helps regulate body temperature for greater comfort
    # Helps prevent skin rashes by wicking moisture from delicate skin
    # Smooth seams prevent irritation at pressure points
    # SPF 30
    # Parents of children with sensitive skin conditions report marked improvements with regular wear

    Answer by smittendorff at 11:13 PM on Jul. 2, 2010

  • DD has suffered w/eczema since birth. Here's what worked for her:

    Stay away from Rx creams like Elidel which doctors too freely prescribe ... they are known to cause cancer. Stay away from OTC creams as well, even those made for eczema, because they have too many petrochemicals that will only aggravate the condition. Try organic extra virgin coconut oil instead (you can apply it topically and even ingest it; it has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties). Shea butter can help sooth the itch but it won't cure the underlying cause; I personally have never been able to find a shea butter brand that was safe (chemical-free) to use. Switch out soap/shampoo, etc. for safer versions.

    Try an elimination diet like one of the PPs said; dairy is often a culprit. Add probiotics to your child's diet. Treating from the inside out will work better than the other way around. Keep baths short and not too warm.


    Answer by FootballMom85 at 8:51 AM on Jul. 3, 2010