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Old 12-23-2007, 03:04 AM   #1
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In need of HELP with infant eczema!

Hello I am new here
My name is Ann-Marie and I am the proud mommy of three little boys...5,3 and 10 months.
My five year old and infant have eczema. The five year old's is now totally seasonal and under control, but my baby has had it for the past few months and I have tried so many different things, short of steroids. Nothing seems to last for long and I was wondering if any one you had anything to recommend that might help? I have not tried Primrose oil yet, but have heard great things about it and am about to start that too. I greatly appreciate any advice you may have

Thank you SO much!
Ann-Marie

 
Old 12-27-2007, 02:06 PM   #2
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Re: In need of HELP with infant eczema!

So sorry to hear of this. I know how much it can hurt little ones and how frustrating it is for the parents. Both of my daughters had it when they were little. My oldest had it terribly!! Her face, legs, arms. Looked like raw skin! And I know it itched and hurt because she would wake up crying and bleeding from it. We used bendryl to help her sleep. (Talk with your doctor about dosage). We ended up using a prescription steroid cream [I]very[/I] conservatively! It was our last resort. (This was 20 years ago)
Make sure home isn't too hot or too cool as both of these conditions I think worsen the eczema.
They both outgrew this, thank God!!
Good luck.

 
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Old 12-27-2007, 02:48 PM   #3
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Re: In need of HELP with infant eczema!

[QUOTE=Handsomesmomma;3360601]Hello I am new here
My name is Ann-Marie and I am the proud mommy of three little boys...5,3 and 10 months.
My five year old and infant have eczema. The five year old's is now totally seasonal and under control, but my baby has had it for the past few months and I have tried so many different things, short of steroids. Nothing seems to last for long and I was wondering if any one you had anything to recommend that might help? I have not tried Primrose oil yet, but have heard great things about it and am about to start that too. I greatly appreciate any advice you may have

Thank you SO much!
Ann-Marie[/QUOTE]


I had the same issues with my daughter as an infant. The one and only thing I found to work is Aveeno Oatmeal Bath treatment, along with Aveeno Shampoo, and Aveeno body wash all with the oatmeal treatment. She had it so bad in the bend of her legs and arm would bleed. This is the only thing that worked for us!!!!

 
Old 12-27-2007, 06:17 PM   #4
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Re: In need of HELP with infant eczema!

Aquaphor helped my child. The doctor recently said to also try Cetephil for dry skin (it is a big tub with a green label on it). All this is otc. Good luck.

 
Old 12-28-2007, 05:23 AM   #5
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Re: In need of HELP with infant eczema!

My son had a terrible time when he was an infant. And of course they don't want to give you any steroid creams so NOTHING worked. We did everything mentioned above and he was still miserable.

One time he was just so miserable with it, I took him into an urgent care clinic (it was the weekend and he was screaming). I think even the doc felt sorry for him and just sort of slathered him with Westcort cream. We had our first "peace" in a long time. He then gave me some cream and said to use it sparingly.

Now, you know, once we got that cream and I could use it in small spots BEFORE it got out of control, we never had much of an issue with it. So, I think at some point they should allow parents to use some prescription creams on infants. He was just so miserable. Thankfully, when he was 2 years old, we were given a prescription of Elocon and he's been a happy camper ever since.

 
Old 12-29-2007, 04:05 PM   #6
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Re: In need of HELP with infant eczema!

I can feel your frustration. I have 3 kids ages 10, 8 and 5. They all have suffered through eczema starting at 2/3 months. My oldest has totally outgrown it and my 8 year old only has patches on her elbows and the backs of her knees. My 5 year old has suffered the most - really bad from his feet to his knees and just seems to be outgrowing it now. We used lots of aveeno oil baths, plain white glaxal base lotion (it has no perfumes in it), we try to use the steroid cream sparingly as well. The key is to keep the skin as hydrated as possible. My husband suffers from it as well and the dermatologist he recently went to suggested applying the steroid cream and then vaseline and then the moisturizer on top. Keep the baths not too long or too warm. Try cotton clothing as much as possible and avoid polyster, rayon items. Keep the fingernails cut as short as possible. We try to keep socks on our youngest as much as possible at bedtime so he wouldn't scratch.

There are lots of eczema products on the market out there now. We tried Melkfett (it's in a jar and available in the natural section at walmart) and really liked that until we found out it had peanut oil in it and my youngest has a peanut allergy. We also liked execalm cream in a jar. We've had a hard time finding that lately - maybe a health food store or online. Spectro has just come out with a new line of eczema products as well. Haven't tried those yet either - my husband is just trying the cream out.

Good luck. THe main thing is if you can keep on top of it then it's not quite so bad.

 
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