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post #401 of 503
any corner store drug store will have bag balm...if not..the veteranarian shop might...it is used on cows udders...hehe
post #402 of 503
Quote:
Originally Posted by Star


Where would I find BagBalm? My daughter's is getting so bad that it's now bleeding pretty bad when she scratches.
I got this can from the general store in a (very) small town in Mass. when I was 12.
So it lasts a loooooooooong time. lol.
But i am looking for a new one now since obviously I'm using alot on DD nad am scraping the bottom.

I found some at walgreens. it was $7.99.
here is the bag balm website.
http://www.bagbalm.com/
and here it is at walgreens
http://www.walgreens.com/store/produ...0&id=prod10744
at riteaid
http://www.drugstore.com/products/pr...-PLST-0-SEARCH
hmm they have it for $6.79 w. free shipping.
post #403 of 503
I looked up the ingredients in Bag Balm and they look a bit iffy. One is listed under a pesticide...

Here's a good article: Epinions.com

I'm not saying you should stop using it. Heck, if it helps than who cares! I'm pregnant, so I'm very cautious about what I put on my skin because it eventually gets into your bloodstream. So I thought I would post that, just in case.
post #404 of 503
I looked everywhere for the Bag Balm but couldn't find it. I'm in Canada and I'm wondering if it's even available here. I doubt the free shipping at the Riteaid site is to Canada.
post #405 of 503
Quote:
Originally Posted by mum2be
I looked up the ingredients in Bag Balm and they look a bit iffy. One is listed under a pesticide...

Here's a good article: Epinions.com

I'm not saying you should stop using it. Heck, if it helps than who cares! I'm pregnant, so I'm very cautious about what I put on my skin because it eventually gets into your bloodstream. So I thought I would post that, just in case.

Oh I understand. I was super cautious when pregnant also.

We;ve bene using bag balm for cuts scrapes ans chaps in my family since before my grandfather was born. on ourselves and our animals.
it just didn't dawn onme to try it for this untill a few weeks back..

and yr right - it works'm using it.
post #406 of 503
Hmmm I totally remember Bag Balm as a kid. I'll pick some up. You know it's gotten totally trendy now! We use Burts Bees Rescue Ointment for cuts/scrapes and LOVE it. But, I bet Bag Balm would work well on eczema as long as they're not out in public w/its lovely scent.


Re: honey, I just used the regular store honey we had on hand. I bet raw would be better but the regular worked great for us.
post #407 of 503
Just wanted to say that I am having success with raw garlic and EPO.
Each night and before naps, I lightly smash a clove of garlic, rub it on the eczema, (it hurts!), then apply EPO and put a sock on her arm to keep the moisture in and keep her from scratching it.
Her healthy smooth pink skin is coming back! WOo HOo!

Also, since getting such good advice off this thread and others, we've both been taking EPO, cod liver oil, probiotics, multivits. Also, I am cleansing, and she is on a children's liquid formula to cleanse the liver and support the immune system.

So glad I came to MDC instead of heading to the doctor.

Thanks everyone!
post #408 of 503
Wow....I mustve missed reading about rubbing raw garlic on eczema! Ill have to try it!

EPO is wonderful. I take it for PMS and have used it in the past to clear up rosacea on my face. It truly is a miracle!
post #409 of 503
Yup, EPO is has really helped me in the past with various issues too. It's amazing how well all the natural remedies work if we try them!
post #410 of 503
For the eczema, do you take the EPO or rub it on? Where do you buy it if you rub it on the skin (caplets are too $$ to do that, for my budget).

Also, is there anywhere I can buy calendula online, that you all kow of?

My eczema started getting better and is now worse than ever, only in different spots. My dermatolgist kept talking about my "dry skin", which is insane , as it isn't dry - just red, raw, and bumpy!!! I hate doctors
post #411 of 503

mild soap

New to this group and hoping to share our success with a mild soap....
My 5 year old started having eczema when he was a toddler.
We've tried lots of products; (Bag balm, Gentle Naturals Eczema Baby Wash, Aveeno); Herbal remedies (red clover tea, lavender); Diet restrictions (dairy, wheat, gluten). Nothing seemed to help. So we reluctantly gave in to a Rx of Elidel. After a few applications and lots of discomfort I quit using it. I noticed it flared up a lot after baths and washing hands, so when I came across a soap a vendor was selling at a local craft fair, I had to try it.

Hemp Soap made by Oregon Trail Soap Company
It contains glycerine, hemp oil and shea butter and it works for us!!
I get it online at: www.oregontrailsoapco.com or by phone 503-329-9554

My son bathes and washes his hands daily with no more dry patches, red spots, terrible itching or any of that. I order several bars at a time and cut it into smaller pieces for Grandmas house, school and keep it in my purse.
I know stress and your diet tend to flare up eczema, but our major contributing factor appeared to be all the junk in the soaps.
I hope this brings some relief to you too.....
post #412 of 503
Thanks for the recommendation about the Hemp Soap! I'm going to add that site to my favorites!
Also, I'm just updating again on our progress, or in this case, lack thereof...
I was really keeping up with the cod liver oil last week, and both of us were clearing right up. Leilani's healthy skin was coming back, nice and smooth, and we both were doing the happy dance, after I explained to her that she had helped heal herself!!
Then, I didn't realize it, but over the weekend, I neglected to give her CLO for 3-4 days. Bam, the itchy patches are back with a vengeance. I feel so bad. I am just going to have to make the CLO part of our routine. I think the garlic is helping to ward off the secondary infections, but boy does it hurt!!!
post #413 of 503
This is not NFL, but just want to share that after about 1 mo of using elidel and zyrtec, I am AMAZED. We had tried zyrtec before and it did help but not this much, so I credit elidel with the dramatic improvement. He is actually sleeping thru the night now. Allllllllllllllll the way thru the night.

Also not NFL, but the new ped swears that Crisco is the best moisturizer on the planet. :yuck: : Cheaper than vanicream, that's for sure.

And on the topic of supplements, I manage to get T to eat CLO several times a week via waffle or pbj, but haven't figured out anyway to consistently get probiotics into him.
post #414 of 503
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I'm battling it for the first time in my life this year. ??? Lots of wonderful ideas in this thread!! Thank you mamas!
post #415 of 503
Swirly-
I use the gel caps of the EPO. I got a good deal on a larger container, and since I'm only using it on DD's arms and my hands, it hasn't been too expensive.
When I get home I can get you the brand name if you want. The lady at the health food store said that it was so much cheaper because it's a company out of Canada, and they fairly new and more efficient at what they do. (Don't know why...but I'll take the lower price!)
post #416 of 503
*Bump*
How are we all doing?
post #417 of 503
http://www.labouroflove.org/health-&...ion-treatment/

great article on eczema, also suggests relationship between "leaky gut," mom's diet, and ezcema... I'm more and more convinced of this. My dd had severe ezcema at age 5 mo which was only relieved by dietary changes in me... slowly I slipped back into eating lots of sweets and now (age 2 yrs) she is having tooth decay problems. I have candida, with bloating, etc... so I'm not absorbing minerals well and my bm is probably of poor quality...
post #418 of 503
thanks for that link, sarahariz. I've been thinking of trying enzymes for myself and dd, and that gave me the extra shove I needed. Does anyone have any enzyme recommendations!
post #419 of 503
Quote:
Originally Posted by guerrillamama View Post
This is not NFL, but just want to share that after about 1 mo of using elidel and zyrtec, I am AMAZED. We had tried zyrtec before and it did help but not this much, so I credit elidel with the dramatic improvement. He is actually sleeping thru the night now. Allllllllllllllll the way thru the night.

Also not NFL, but the new ped swears that Crisco is the best moisturizer on the planet. :yuck: : Cheaper than vanicream, that's for sure.

And on the topic of supplements, I manage to get T to eat CLO several times a week via waffle or pbj, but haven't figured out anyway to consistently get probiotics into him.
GM I'm so happy to hear that you are seeing good results!
(I'm thinking of going to my ped for zyrtec after all we've been through)

probiotics: I would open the capsule and shake it into yogurt or a smoothie or mix it into his oatmeal or muesli
post #420 of 503

Glad to finally find you!!!

I'm new to the group and so relieved to find some to commiserate with..and bounce ideas off! Your suggestions/remedies have been so enlightening!! Based on what our ped said I thought we were at the end of our rope (besides trying a steriod creme which I refuse to do), so seeing all the great results many of you are having gives me hope.

Actually 3 of my DC have eczema. My oldest Ds (4 yrs) has winter eczema dry and itchy on his legs (he also battled with a recurrent weepy rash behind his ear and in his diaper when he was an infant that I now realize was eczema...we found nothing to work on it, but it thankfully finally went away!!!) His legs respond REALLY well to Eucerin replenish, but only if we use it faithfully otherwise it just comes right back and this winter is starting out worse than last with it creeping up his thighs.

My youngest DD (6mo) also has it dry/scaly and itchy on her forehead and her poor bald scalp. It has been there since we met (she's soon to be adopted ) when she was 2 mo old. We also use the Eucerin on this but it doesn't seem to touch it. And we've used a chamomile cream and even tried a hypericum (St. John's wort) cream from the ped neither of which seemed to make a difference.

Now both of their cases kinda live in the shadow of my youngest Ds's eczema(also 6mo . Its all over his face. Mostly his forehead and into his hairline and the sides of his face (the skin between his eye and his ear). But when he has a flare up it covers his eyelids, under his eyes and his cheeks some too. He scratches till he bleeds then even had a bout with impetaigo. I feel so miserable that I can't do anything. We switched to soy formula and that was no better than the milk. Now he's on a pre-digested hypoallergenic formula that is neither milk/nor soy. The ped said to give it 3 or 4 weeks. Today is week 3 and still no relief! None of the above mentioned creams have worked on him either. I am excited to try some of the ointments/creams/oils mentioned by you wonderful mamas and I'm so glad I'm not alone in my frustration!

Thanks for offering hope!
Jen
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