alternative to hydrocortisone? - Mothering Forums
Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 13 Old 03-25-2009, 08:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
kangamitroo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: city girl reading on a farm in PA
Posts: 1,387
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
my 5yo dd has small bumps on her arms from very dry skin. she also gets them on her cheeks. the pediatrician suggested hydrocortisone for a while...10days?, then off it, then use it again, along with aquaphor.

i do not feel comfortable with hydrocortisone. this condition has been chronic since her babyhood, however, even when i use extremely mild soap, no soap, or limited showers. (we live on a farm. washing must happen!)

ideas? thanks much!

mama to one amazing daughter born 1/2004
kangamitroo is offline  
#2 of 13 Old 03-25-2009, 08:51 PM
 
tinyblackdot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: North Texas
Posts: 2,097
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
calendula?

info here http://health.indiamart.com/homeopat...medicines.html

Melanie- Mama to my super hero daughter superhero.gif bravely battling brain cancer. ribbongrey.gif ribbongold.gif  www.fightformaddie.com  and expecting 1sttri.gif 1/13!!!!

tinyblackdot is offline  
#3 of 13 Old 03-26-2009, 06:45 PM
 
QueenOfTheMeadow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: with the wildlife
Posts: 22,530
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
Borage oil is great for skin.

 
QueenOfTheMeadow is offline  
#4 of 13 Old 03-26-2009, 07:46 PM
 
Piglet68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
Posts: 11,097
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I wouldn't use the hydrocortisone unless she is in pain from the rash. It just masks the symptoms - the underlying problem is an allergic-type reaction. It could be something in her diet - wheat and dairy are two common culprits.

My son gets those little bumps in his arms. He also has very sensitive skin. But the bumps don't bother him at all so I've never treated them. He'll likely grow out of it as he gets older (Mum says I had his same skin as a baby).

teapot2.GIF Homeschooling, Homesteading Mama to DD ('02) and DS ('04)  ribbonjigsaw.gif blogging.jpg homeschool.gif

Piglet68 is offline  
#5 of 13 Old 04-02-2009, 06:02 PM
 
countrygirl28's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Southeastern USA
Posts: 219
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If it is indeed dry skin, raw shea butter may help. I have had trouble with patches of eczema in the past and shea butter works wonders for me. But if it is an allergic reaction, shea butter won't help much. Good luck, mama!

Me, married to DH, my childhood sweetheart. Lucky mom to an amazing DD (10/15/10), , a funny little DS (1/11/13) , and 3 silly dogs. Expecting someone new February 14, 2015!
countrygirl28 is offline  
#6 of 13 Old 04-03-2009, 11:02 AM
 
thixle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 3,083
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
http://www.bumpsonarms.com/

I'm (slightly) surprised your ped didn't tell you this... lots of people have it- including me

Hydrocortisone won't do anything. It can possibly be a vitamin A deficiency, but usually is just a genetic annoyance.

I have found that exfoliating in the shower (just use a bath mitt) with honey, then slathering on coconut oil after helps immensely. I do not put soap on my arms at all- it makes it worse. A good amount of sun helps, too. Mine always gets better in the summer when I get a tan.

HTH

---feeling like an emu on acid---
thixle is offline  
#7 of 13 Old 04-03-2009, 04:57 PM
 
jenoline's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: NC
Posts: 1,690
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by thixle View Post
http://www.bumpsonarms.com/

I'm (slightly) surprised your ped didn't tell you this... lots of people have it- including me

Hydrocortisone won't do anything. It can possibly be a vitamin A deficiency, but usually is just a genetic annoyance.
:
I was also going to say that it sounds like Keratosis Pilaris and cortisone won't do anything for it. I used to have, and my middle child has it.

Cortisone is really overused, IMO, and I've heard that it's not good to use it frequently on children.

Moisturize heavily if it's bothering her, otherwise not much you can do.
jenoline is offline  
#8 of 13 Old 04-03-2009, 05:03 PM
 
luv-my-boys's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: stuck between baskets of laundry
Posts: 1,596
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I think if you want to steer clear of hydrocortisone the best thing would be to find the underlying reason why its happening. I hate it when drs/medical professions just throw a *cure* via pills or meds and dont address the underlying reason WHY it happened and what can be done. FYI...Im a nurse DS had HORRIBLE, like red raw skin and until we addressed his dairy allergy meds only masked the problem. Aquaphor is a wonderful moisturizer. I have found oatmeal baths...plain old oatmeal and water to help sooth the itch. I also apply the aquaphor directly out of the bath. Winter is the worst, now that he is dairy free, and so keeping his skin hydrated has really helped.
luv-my-boys is offline  
#9 of 13 Old 04-04-2009, 12:58 AM
 
FluffiB's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Ohio
Posts: 295
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Steroid creams like hydrocortisone shouldn't be used for more than 5 consecutive days as they can thin the skin.

I would also look into yeast (candida) overgrowth and/or nutrient deficiencies. Doing stuff to heal the gut would probably help both of these issues. Lots of probiotics and making sure to identify and food sensitivities and allergies should help.

~Katie
FluffiB is offline  
#10 of 13 Old 04-06-2009, 10:33 PM
 
artemis33's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 2,351
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
you might try coconut oil - it can clear up many skin conditions.

I keep Weleda's skin rash cream around for things like this as well (you can find it other places online or at herb or health food stores).

http://usa.weleda.com/our-products/s...-ointment.aspx

mama to two sweet girliesdust.gifhearts.gifrainbow1284.gif 
artemis33 is offline  
#11 of 13 Old 04-07-2009, 10:12 AM
 
rhiasmum's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Cape Cod, MA
Posts: 403
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
My 2nd dd has eczema from food allergies. Taking away her triggers and figuring out what worked for her took a bit but you'd never know now, her skin is great. Some people told me to bath her every day, some told me every two days, etc. She started to not like the Aquaphor so her allergist suggested hydrolatum and that's been great for her. I always use it within 5 minutes of her getting out of the bath. I find I don't have to use anything on her in the Summer. Winter is a killer.
I do have some organic shea butter I just purchased that I'm going to try on her. I only used they hydrocortisone on her if she was scratching. But I haven't had to use it on her in ages. I was very concerned about using it because her eczema appears on her face and I didn't want to damage her skin.
Good luck!
rhiasmum is offline  
#12 of 13 Old 04-08-2009, 11:46 AM
 
AprilDaisy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Louisiana, USA
Posts: 1,820
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For dry skin, I make a mango butter salve. So, look for something with that in it. I use it on my nephew's eczema and Hubby's dry feet. It's a good skin soother.
AprilDaisy is offline  
#13 of 13 Old 04-09-2009, 09:39 AM
 
William's Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 871
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Coconut oil or raw honey. We use both of these!
William's Mom is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Mothering Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off