DD is almost 11 months and she has terrible eczema on her chest, belly (we're talking ALL over) and on her back.<br><br>
What remedies have you found to get rid of this stuff...and how long did it take to work?
Are you nursing? Try an elimination diet. Maybe start simple...dairy or wheat.<br>
Does she do solids? Keep track and journal what she eats/how her skin flares up.<br>
Is she cloth diapered? How's her bum? If it has no eczema, you may not need to change detergents yet. Try the others first.<br>
For relief, I have used bag balm or eucerin lotion. Bag balm is very inexpensive and easy to come by. Eucerin is expensive, but lasts a long time.<br><br>
I have had eczema since I stopped swimming when I was about 20. (Somehow being a competitive swimmer kept my skin healthy--maybe sun exposure, dunno). My flare-ups are typically on my hands and inner thighs. The eucerin and bag balm have been the best at calming my skin. I tried oatmeal soaks, oatmeal soap, and elimination diets. But, mine was more related to hormone fluctuations.<br>
A friend of mine now uses bag balm on her almost 2 year old's cheekc and his is virtually gone.<br><br>
Hope something here is new info or helps in some way. Good luck!
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Toadally Tender....this stuff rocks!!!! Cleared it right up in a couple of days! also, soak baby in warm water for 10 min/day.<br><br>
I'd try an elimination diet before more creams... Common allergies are milk/dairy, eggs, wheat...<br><br>
Just keep in mind you'll need to cut (for example) all milk and dairy products out of your diet/dc's diet for at least 6 weeks and also get the current eczema reaction under control before knowing if what you've done has made a difference. Then if you want to know for sure, throw a bunch of dairy in for the weekend and see what happens to dc's skin.<br><br>
It's a lot of work, but worth it. I'm dairy free for my son and it made all the difference. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Meg<br><br>
To the swimmer PP: something about pools really helps eczema... I have no idea what it is, really, but my nieces skin is always better when we're swimming and the same for a girl I used to take care of- and she had HORRIBLE eczema. She joined the swim team and it got 100% better! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
northernsessence.com sells really nice eczema cream. That helped us. She has no food allergies, I chastized us with a dairy/soy free diet for 6 weeks without cream, it didn't work, I got the cream, we ate everything, it's GONE.
My DD had bad eczema and it turned out to not be allergy-related - it was just dry skin that wouldn't heal and we couldn't keep it hydrated.<br><br>
A nurse practitioner gave us this advice and it cleared up in a matter of 2 weeks! She said give baby a bath every night, but use little or no soap unless she really needs it. When she gets out of the bath, before you even towel her off, slather the eczema with Vaseline or Aquaphor. Then put pajamas on and let the vaseline lock the moisture in. It is greasy and nasty but it really does the trick.<br><br>
Another thing she suggested, which we never did try, was to put damp cotton pajamas on her and then put a fleece sleep sack or blanket sleeper on over the damp pajamas. She said the fleece will keep her from getting chilled and the damp pajamas will hydrate the skin all night.<br><br>
Wow! Thanks for the responses.<br><br>
I will try cutting these allergens out of my diet to see if it helps. She was tested for dairy allergy a while back but it was negative. I am aware of the fact that false negatives are quite common at this stage. DD#1 is severely allergic to peanuts, (and there aren't any in our house, so we know it's not peanuts causing dd2s problem) so this one might be sensitive to foods as well.<br><br>
We use a free and clear detergent (Purex), and we do cloth diaper -- her bum looks fine. It's just the torso that feels like a big piece of sandpaper. I don't put anything in her bath but plain old warm water -- well, about once a week I wash her hair with baby wash.
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My DD had eczema (non allergy related) on her face in the worst way and we tried:<br><br>
WAHM eczema cream<br>
Weleda skin cream<br>
Weleda Dry skin cream<br>
Northern Essence cream<br>
and finally, on a whim my DH bought :<br><br>
Baby Eczema Cream at Target and it cleared it right up...it's by the baby shampoo.<br><br>
We also only bathe DD once a week, unless she gets really dirty/foodie, etc. and then we slather her in the cream while she's still "damp".<br>
Good luck, it's a battle, but when you find the one that works for you...<br>