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Re: Excema
Dec 2, 2007
My daughter has mild eczema and she's now 17 months old. Do you use fabric softner? We never use it on her clothes because of the ezcema. We also don't use Dreft but use one of the perfume, dye free detergents such as ALL or Purex and she hasn't had any bad breakouts in a long time. I am sure Dreft is fine but it's expensive. We also got an Rx for cortizone 2% which we use on occasion. We put Eucerin lotion all over her after her bath every night. We actually use the generic for Eucerin from Target now and it works just as well. You could try that maybe twice a day. You can also use Cetaphil or maybe Aveeno lotion. Dove soap for sensitive skin is all we use on her for her bath. Try some of these things if you aren't already. My daughter's eczema was worst when she was a lot younger so hopefully it will get better as your little one gets old. Good luck!
Re: Excema
Dec 2, 2007
Thanks.
I quit using fabric softener on her laundry awhile ago, and I have been using Aveeno lotion several times a day, but I never thought to try laundry detergent without fragrance. For her bath we use Aveeno too. Her pediatrician says she is too young for a cat allergy but we are going to get rid of our two cats to see if that makes any difference. DH is allergic to our cats anyway and he gets eczema which we think is triggered by them.
Thanks again!
Re: Excema
Dec 2, 2007
Hi Megss ~ I feel your pain. My dd who is now four months also developed eczema at about the two month mark. We found that the similac soy actually helped with her eczema so we stuck with it. We sometimes use elidel (which our pediactrician prescribed). I definitely agree with the other poster about avoiding fragrances in detergents and fabric softener. We use ALL Free & Clear. Definitely keep up with only bathing your daughter every other day or so. Madeline's skin looks and feels SO much better from just doing these things. Good luck to you and your little one!
Re: Excema
Dec 3, 2007
hi megss, i also know what you and your dd are going through, my ds's eczema started around the same time, he's now 8 months old and he has it really bad, (weeping sores pretty much everywhere)
unfortunately theres no cure for eczema just routines to prevent it getting really bad. what i do is bathe him every couple of days, but as soon as i get him out of the bath he is covered head to toe in emmolient, its alot like wax, it really does help to keep the moisture in but as jacobs is so bad he has to wear wet and dry suits, so we put him straight into this as it soaks into the suit instead of just rubbing off on clothes, its important to moisturise them as much as possible, we find we have to keep changing the ones we use as his skin gets used to them and its not as effective. also be wary of the hydrocortisone creams as they are a steriod cream and arent for prolonged use (although ds has used them ever since it first got bad) they can cause thinning of the skin and make more prone to eczema, keep an eye out for infection as sometimes steriod cream just makes an infection worse (ds was hospitalized with a very serious infection that came up within a matter of hours)
we dont have dreft here but i use a brand called fairy, just make sure what your using is a non bio, dont use softner or sheets in your dryer, try to keep baby in cotton and not let her get too warm as this makes them all itchy, try and keep their hands covered so they dont scratch, ds worked out how to get mittens off a long time ago so the best alternative is socks lol
the best steriod cream we have found so far is called eumovate, this is fantastic, just one tiny application really starts to clear it up (we have to use this as the 0.5,1 and 2.5% creams dont work anymore) we also find that eumovate cream makes it worse but eumovate ointment is better, the peads think he make be sensitive to an ingridient in the cream.
also try not to use any wet wipes on the face or body (just on the butt but we use warm water and cotton wool) we found out the hard way when he had a bad reaction and blistered up, you could do just about anything to our dd and she was fine we took this for granted with ds lol
anyway im so sorry this is so long winded but we have been battling this for 6 months and i hope my advice will save some parents and babies the suffering we have had to go through,

i also have loads of sheets of advice and a list of all the lotions and potions we use, if you want i can list it :)
Re: Excema
Dec 3, 2007
My son developed terrible eczema at 2 months old. His cheeks were a mess as well as the rest of him. My pediatrician wasn't much help and I took him to a dermatologist. He was placed on a steriod cream for the face and a seperate one for the body plus a anti-hystimine. He used to just lay there and scratch himself the best he could. Those creams were a miracle. I used them twice a day and gradually weaned him off until I only used them with flare ups. They made his skin very soft and smooth and it was so nice to have it taken care of. My son is now 3 and tends to have flare ups in the winter (now actually.) Luckily he stopped getting it on his face a long time ago. We still have the creams and they clear up his rough dry skin over night. The best thing to do his cover them with cetaphil lotion before applying the cream because it makes the treatment work better. Also we only use cetaphil body wash and wash his clothes with detergent/dryer sheets that are free of perfumes and dyes.





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