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melaniewb 06-01-2004 07:24 PM

My son was recently diagnosed with eczema. It isn't too bad, but he does have numerous rough patches on his arms and legs. What soaps should I be bathing him with? Will Burt's Bees Baby Bee soap be okay?

thoesly 06-01-2004 08:32 PM

Ok. I just checked the pamphlet the pediatrician gave us back when my oldest had eczema. I should preface this by saying I have since switched pediatricians, and there is some stuff in the pamplet that I question. But the bathing stuff seems on target with other things I've heard/read.

Do not use soap. Use a soap substitute like Cetaphil cleanser.
Bathe a maximum of once a day for 10 minutes. Add bath oil, if desired, but not bubble bath.
Moisturize liberally after bathing and at least twice a day.

Hope this helps,


melaniewb 06-01-2004 08:58 PM

Thanks. Do I need specific "bath" oil, or would Burt's Bees Oil work okay? I dohave Cetaphil that I use on myself, so I will switch him to that as well.


stafl 06-01-2004 10:48 PM

I'd be wary of using anything with fragrance in it... but that's just because I am personally sensitive to anything like that (including Burt's Bees stuff).

mom2A 06-02-2004 02:11 AM

Be aware of soap products that contain Sodium Laurel sulphate(SLS), I have researched this additive myself and it is used in clinical studies to "purposely" irritate skin.

PikkuMyy 06-02-2004 02:30 AM

Having suffered through much eczema myself, I would recommend just using water on him.

melaniewb 06-02-2004 02:57 AM

Originally Posted by mom2A
Be aware of soap products that contain Sodium Laurel sulphate(SLS), I have researched this additive myself and it is used in clinical studies to "purposely" irritate skin.
Purposely? Whatever for?

AdoptChina 06-02-2004 03:40 PM

We have been using Dove unscented (although it does have a masking scent in it....we can't use the sensitive skin one due to it having nut oil) 7 yr old said it feels great on his skin. My baby is using up the last of his aveeno body wash and we are going to try the vanicream bar soap and/or free & clear liquid body wash.

Another thing, my pediatrician said no more than 1 bath a week......but the allergist said nightly baths, especially for the 7 yr old (her reasoning is that he has environmental allergies and rinsing them off before bed is helpful). She did say to moisturize him as soon as he steps out of the tub. We use vanicream and aquaphor

hope that helps!

BusyMommy 06-02-2004 03:45 PM

I'd really suggest you just use nothing. Cetaphil if he's really grimy. My son has seasonal eczema; ie. when it's hot and sweaty and dirty out. So, we use cetaphil in the summer and absolutely nothing in the winter.

Aquaphor goes on at night. AM trying a new Hemp Body Butter now, though. Hoping it works

JessicaS 06-02-2004 06:13 PM

If you use soap use homemade soap, maybe you could email one of the WAHMs here and see if they can make it unscented. You could probably get some at a natural food store (but check the ingrediants first before buying)
or maybe make it yourself. LaLa has a tutorial in crafts and has lots of info.

**NOT** Dove. Dove contains many detergents/preservatives which IMO would irritate the eczema and masking scent is a scent regardless of what you want to call it. Same process is used to make masking scent as any other artificial fragrance.

For such sensitive skin I would want as few weird chemicals in the soap/cleanser as possible and Dove has tons of chemicals in it.

I think hemp oil and evening primrose oil are supposed to be good for eczema...

Monkey 06-02-2004 07:15 PM

hi there! s to u and son.. so sorry he has the dreaded oldest son had it very very bad.

OK no soap. try not to bath him all but 1 a week.. and if u do try to bath him in the kitchen sink with some chamomile tea when i did bath my son i did use..colendula soap by weleda calendula? sorry for the mispelling.... also i rubbed flax oil directly on the rash and gave him 1 teaspoon of it when he had outbreaks...he is almost three now and the only time he has a outbrwak is on his cheecks when fighiting a cold..odd?

anyhoo, try to buy some mild laundry saop and eliminate all dary nuts u know..good luck! super hugs!

mom2A 06-02-2004 07:57 PM


Melaniewb the name of the additive I was talking about is actually called Sodium Lareth "or" Laurel) Sulfate, excuse me it's been awhile since I researched it but I know exactly what I am talking about I have read alot about it.

Here is an old thread that can probably explain things better than I can. Hope this helps.

JaneS 06-03-2004 12:56 AM

We are having great success on an Elimination Diet. So far we have only done a few challenges...wheat and soy are ok, and citrus makes my DS break out (and this is only through my bm).

Check out the book, "Is This Your Child?" by Doris Rapp, it is excellent help in diagnosing food allergies. You might just want to test the biggies: dairy, eggs, nuts, wheat, soy, fish, citrus just to see if they could be causing this.

I highly recommend giving him essential fatty acids and probiotics. The best best moisturizing lotion we have ever used is Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion fragrance free...better than Aquaphor, which I think was just a sealant, not really a moisturizer. We use a homemade shea butter soap on his butt, other places get just water. Oil right after bath before we dry him off, just plain grapeseed/apricot kernal mix. But actually, we've relaxed this routine now and DS's skin is looking great, food allergies are definately the culprit with him.

milkmommaof2 06-03-2004 01:05 AM

My son who is 7 has it also, we use Aveeno and make sure you always moisturize after a bath!!

melaniewb 06-03-2004 01:28 AM

Thanks for all the great information, everyone!

jeca 06-03-2004 01:32 AM

cetaphil works great, even the soap.

kylewilliamsmom 06-03-2004 03:07 AM

I disagree, I used Dove soap and Curel Ultra healing lotion on my son's ecezma and it cleared up. I also as a child sufffered awful ecezma and my mom only used Dove soap which was all my skin could tolerate and Eucerene cream. She would slather it on thick at night and my pj's would stick to the back of my legs and my bum, oh the lovely memories!
Good luck to you.

AdoptChina 06-03-2004 12:06 PM

The Alba lotion has some ingredients in it that people could be allergic to (avocado, sesame,chamomile, also contains methyl & propylparabans)...this doesnt mean it isn't a good moisturizer, it just means that it may cause problems if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.

As for the Dove soap that my 7 yr old is using, I don't think its perfect, but it certainly has helped his skin. I do agree that it is wrong to label in unscented and then use a masking fragrance, that's why I pointed it out.

I have been using the vanicream lotion on my baby who is sensitive to parabens and am going to try out their soap and see how that works.

I used to use all natural/herbal/organic etc soaps, shampoos and such on my kids until they started reacting to them. I didn't like the idea of switching to a soap that sounded like a bunch of chemicals but I'm running out of options.

I definitely want to find out more about probiotics....Im thinking of taking them and may give them to my children too.

BusyMommy 06-03-2004 12:54 PM

Don't forget Kukui Nut oil is good, too.

allgirls 06-04-2004 01:38 AM

I have been using borage lotion and my excema is completely gone... I haven't been completely exzema free since I first got it although it does go away quite a bit when I am nursing...I was down to one patch on my elbow and since using borage it is soap is dove..only one I can use...

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