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Infant Care (up to 18 months old) Message Board

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Hello all,

My 11 month old has a bad patch of dry skin between his eyes, on the bridge of his nose. It's been there for the past few months and it seems to be getting worse. I'm not sure if it's eczema or not... I'm not really sure what the difference is.

Anyways, I've been committing to moisturizing the spot many times a day. Every time he's on his change table - diaper changes, clothing changes, after baths, etc, we put some Aveeno Infant Lotion on the spot. It doesn't really seem to be helping at all though. He even scratched himself there yesterday and it bled a bit.

Does anyone have any other suggestions for dry skin/eczema solutions? I'm a little hesitant to try a bunch of other types of products because he seems to have sensitive skin... like me. Any home remedies that anyone know of?

Thanks in advance,
My almost 3 year old dd has had eczema horribly, to the point of bleeding like your little boy. I totally sympathize with you.
Here are some tips that work best with her:
*Use ONLY non-scented soap and laundry detergent. We use unscented Dove and ALL Free and Clear. Be careful with dryer sheets too!
*Pure shea butter - My sister-in-law found this, so I don't know where to actually buy it. The stuff stinks to high heavens, but a little goes a long way and works!
*1% Hydrocortizone cream for 4 days on and 4 days off. Don't overuse because it is a steroid.
IF, none of this helps, you can ask your pediatrician for a prescription. We had to do this for our dd because it seriously looked like a cat scratched her poor face. Also, make sure your son's finger nails are cut regularly. You'll probably have to do it about every 5 days or so. Once he can't scratch, it will start to heal.
not sure if you found a solution for this, but my son had the same issue except it was on his cheeks. My doctor gave me a prescription for a cream that had steroids in it (so I could only use it for so many days in a row) and it kept coming back.

Last week I found a cream that works (no steroids!!!), Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy!!! I put it on a few times a day and his cheeks are so much better. Just thought I'd share!
My baby used to have dry spots under her mouth (from the drool I think) and eczema. The dry spots got much better overnight when I did this: I used Johnson & Johnson's Baby Cream (pink tube) and I put a lot of it and rub it in. After that, I put just a little bit of vaseline on top of it. That way, it moisturizes with the cream then also have a barrier from the vaseline. I still use this method now whenever she has dry skin (she is 11 months old now) and it still works great.

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