My 2 and a half year old son has redness on the back of his knees and sometimes it occurs between his upper arm (where it bends to meet the lower part of the arm). He has now gotten the redness arouind his diaper area. Is there anything that I can do for this? I know it has to be eczema or something like that. Are there any otc products that help this and if so how should I use it? thanks
Eczema around the knees or on other places is not uncommon. But if he suddenly developed redness in the diaper area, I would be careful with applying moisturizers since that could potentially be a yeast infection which will get out of hand if moisture is applied. Have you spoken with the Pediatrician about this? Eczema can also be caused by allergies.
Redness in diaper area could most probably be a yeast infection. My son had severe eczema when he was a months baby but never in diaper area. When he got redness in diaper area doctor said it was yeast infection. He suggested airing it out so I switched to cloth diapers. It took him almost 8-9 months to completely get rid of it. He did not seem to be bothered by it though but we could never tell since he was a months baby.
Aquaphor helped with us too. Except I alternate it with cortisone. My DD has asthma and her specialist said that eczema and asthma go hand in hand with each other. We had to switch to all clear bath soaps and shampoos. Which helped tremendously. We even had to change our Laundry detergent. Her specialist said that things with color in them tend to dry out the skin even worse.
We used Aveno lotion on the dry areas, but the red areas we were given a cortozone ointment that cleared it right up everytime. We were told to stop bathing too much as it drys out the skin. We also did oatmeal baths. Also, no Johnsons soaps as they really dry kids out.
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my son has had moderate to severe eczema since 3 months of age. He is on a steriod cream which we try not to use too much because it thins the skin. It is a miracle cream though. Clears the eczema almost immediately. Now that he is 2 he only gets the eczema in patches (behind the knees, arms, face occasionally). We bathe him with cetaphil body wash, use cetaphil lotion, and use all free and clear detergent. This keeps it under control. I know this all comes from my side of the family, as I had childhood asthma, and my brother has bad eczema. I only hope my son doesn't have allergies or asthma later on. You need to be careful with these patches of eczema. If they are scratched they can develop a staph infection. My friends toddler has mild eczema and scratched a patch of it, then got the infection and was put on antibiotics. My son recently scratched a patch behind his knee until it was all open and raw. I used neosporin and his steriod cream until it went away. If your son has mild eczema then using aquafor ect.. like the other posters suggested would be fine. If he has a more severe case then a steriod cream may be required and I would suggest taking him to a dermatologist instead of your pediatrician. My son had eczema so badly and my peditrician said to just use aquafor ect.. when he saw a dermatologist he said there was no way that could solve the problem and pediatricians don't pay much attention to eczema and worry more about growth and weight than skin problems. Just some advice incase your son's eczema gets worse.