Sunday, June 5, 2011

Is There a Cure?

As if he didn't have enough to deal with in life, our little Dennis lives with eczema too. We've tried Aveeno oatmeal wash, Aveeno eczema cream, baby lotion, antibiotic cream, and when he first came home we had a prescription ointment-- all of which have not done much. Poor little guy, sometimes it gets so raw it burns.
Do any of your kids suffer from eczema? How about you? I've heard that you can outgrow it? Is this true? Can eczema be related to diet? Are there home remedies that work?

Do share.

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  1. Poor babe! Ouchie itchies! Caleb has it really bad on his legs and arms. I use soap made out of goat milk. It has done wonders. It is spendy but so worth the cost to help my son. If you are interested let me know and I will tell you how to get it. It doesn't smell like goat milk or anything. It smells good with different scents. They have an oatmeal/honey bar and that's the one Caleb uses.

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  2. Do share Shari. I am willing to try anything at this point.

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  3. I buy all our soap from goatsmilkstuff.com. It is my favorite gift to give to people too. I love it and swear by it as well!! Makes great teacher gifts! They are a big blogging family too and they all work in the family business.

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  4. dairy and stress can highly affect eczema.

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  5. My little one suffered eczema when she was 1. It came out when she switched from formula to milk. It was caused by a milk allergy (my older brother has it too).

    Try aquaphilic cream- we can only get it from behind the pharmacy counter, but is is an over the counter cream. http://www.delasco.com/pcat/5/MSkinCare/Aquaphilic_Ointment/dlmia001/
    Our doctor recommended it to us, and we loved it! Do not use any cream with scents, even baby lotions as it may burn or agrevate the skin.

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  6. I think I have heard that excema can be made worse by diet, but Im not expert. Google it :P Good luck! My kids get patches of it but its only bad in the winter and aveeno lotion helps them. I know my cousin uses Cetaphil on hers.

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  7. My oldest daughter suffered from eczema just terribly! Her Dermatologist recommended a 10 min. max bath in warm water daily. ONLY using soap on her feet, hands, armpits, bottom. They recommended Cetaphil brand liquid soap and lotion. Also aquaphor and crisco or vaseline. (crisco does the same thing as vaseline but is plant based vs. petroleum based) Apply moisturizer post-bath when the skin is still damp.

    My youngest daughter has had terrible flare-ups but I've learned to manage it. At the first sign of eczema I slather her with crisco/vaseline : )

    Blessings!

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  8. My 3 1/2 year old nephew has suffered with eczema since he was a baby. When my sister moved and had to get a new doctor it was suggested by him that he be tested for food allergies. Turns out he is allergic to eggs and milk so they have recently stopped giving those to him. It has already helped with both the eczema and also the stomach issues he has had for years.

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  9. I have heard that Coconut Oil is supposed to help. Also, Witch Hazel, although it smell interesting, really helps with skin problems.

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  10. My little brother used to have it really, really badly when he was little. He's mostly outgrown it, and he knows now how to manage the flare ups.

    here are some things my mum did that really helped him:

    1) switched him off dairy and onto soy. Turns out our family doesn't do well with lactose.

    2) no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives in his food.

    3) NO SOAP. It just dries out the skin too much and irritates. Use a soap-free wash, even for washing hands.

    4) no rolling around in grass! (turns out he was allergic, so this may not help Dennis unless he is too)

    5) She switched out our normal clothes washing powder for Lux soap flakes, which were much less harsh on all our skins.

    6) Swimming in the sea really helped heal things up, but often had him in tears afterwards because of the stinging. So we'd take bottles of fresh water to the beach to rinse him off as soon as he came out of the sea.

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  11. We have eczema and psoriasis here. What has worked best for us (aside from prescription medications) is aquaphore lotion. It is the consistency of vaseline, but is water soluble so absorbs into the skin instead. We can put some on Angela at night, and in the morning most of her worst spots are nearly gone!

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  12. Believe it or not, a friend had good luck taking her son for acupuncture- it's been a Huge help to his eczema! I'll check in with her soon for an update and let you know how they feel now a year later.
    S.

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  13. Assuming you already use a gentle "free" laundry detergent, maybe talk to your MD about allergy testing. I get huge outbreaks whenever I eat strawberries. Maybe he has an allergy trigger too? Poor baby!

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  14. I will share it here since there might be others that are interested. It's called Goat Milk Stuff and here's the web link. It's http://goatmilkstuff.com. Also, the lotion works really well too for really rough skin that needs healing after the healing from the eczema begins. I didn't think to just post it here.

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  15. My daughter suffers from eczema. It is especially bad in the winter/dry months. We have found cetaphil products and aquaphor to be the best cure. She only uses cetaphil soap! We have found that she needs to bathe EVERY night.A quick bath, but every night. If not the oils, sweat and dirt of the day cause her to have a flare up. Good luck, it is better to prevent flare ups than try to treat them after the fact.

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  16. My little guy has eczema. It's been harder to get under control lately, but Cetaphil lotion usually works well. I have to keep in on his legs throughout the day. I use detergent that doesn't have any fragrance and I also do the Aveeno baths that you mentioned. I hope he feels better.

    Blessings,
    Jen

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  17. It can TOTALLY be related to diet.
    Gluten FREE all the way! Also,
    get Caldescene Powder, it helps a LOT... and then homeopathic Sulpher can help A LOT!

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  18. Three of my five kids had eczema as babies. Two outgrew it by the age of one, the youngest baby still has it, but she is only 4 months old, so I hope she'll owtgrow it as well. She has it everywhere: face, head, back, hands and legs.

    No matter what we tried, nothing really helped i.e. switching detergent, soap, lotion, eleminating wheat, diary, nuts etc. in my diet (she is breastfed exclusively).

    With this baby I am using Vanicream recommended by her doctor to moisturize the skin. It does not heal eczema but at least doesn't irritate the skin. I really hope that the eczema will dissappear as the baby gets older...

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  19. Hello, dear Christine. My 2 year old son had an eczema same as Dennis on his legs. I have tried Everything, nothing would really help. By chance from google came across another mom who tried this creme from ebay, actual creme ships from Thailand. (I know what you might think...) because I had nothing to loose (only about $25) I bought it. I know it sounds too good to be true, but he is totally cured. It took about few weeks to go away. Now year later he has perfect skin, not even marks. Name of the creme "Get rid of eczema/dermatitis once and forever" seller: little_buddha_enterprises
    If you can e-mail me with details it would be my absolute pleasure to send this gift for Dennis. folga@inbox.lv (my apologies for the wrong spelling) Olga S.

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  20. Although doctors will tell you it's not diet-related, it is! Put him on a 30 day gluten-free diet and you will be amazed. I've done this with myself and foster children, all suffering from eczema. I also recommend aquaphilic cream.

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  21. Addy has exema too, flares up more in the winter though. We use Eucerin cream on hers and it clears up beautifully. The lotion doesn't ever help but the cream does.

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  22. Doctors will never tell you its diet related!! My son had it SO bad he was hospitalised!! He was covered from head to toe and looked like a burns victim.
    I took him off ALL milk products and I tell you within a week it had totally dissapeard!! 10 years later he's still milk free and has NEVER had it again! I really suggest trying to go milk free for a month and see. Its not easy but totally worth it!! :oD

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  23. I have it on the palms of my hands, it came out in my teens and got worse in early 20s. I've learned to not use soap on it everyday, I use oil based cleaners that you can get online or in a natural food's store/organic section in the grocery store. Although I cheat a lot since having our daughter b/c I get so busy! I use aquaphor and neosporin (actually the generic store brand) + pain relief over night and it gets it to a managable level. Since it's in such a bad place it never really heals completely, but if I keep it lathered up constantly and definitely do the overnight treatments it really doesn't bug me at all. I've also used olive oil, straight out of the bottle, but it so messy and can make you smell not so good. Water is the #1 enemy, it sounds gross but don't bathe him every day, do it every 3 days and use baby wipes and the pool (chlorine seems to help mine for some reason, cuts the itching) during the summer. In the winter it shouldn't be that big of a deal. I feel his pain, it's not pleasant. and if it is dairy affected, I'll suffer rather than go on that yucky other stuff. raw milk all the way baby!

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  24. My son had eczema that looked similar to yours. He was miserable and people would actually move their little ones away from him in public because he looked so rough. After fighting it for a year with every kind of cream that the Dr could think of we had him allergy tested. He reacted so badly that they had to give him medicine to stop the test. He had to go on a banana, chicken and rice diet for 2 weeks to get all the things he reacted out of his system and then retest. Poor baby! He is allergic to dairy, egg, peanut and citrus fruit. It scares me to think he could have had anaphylactic shock from me feeding him all those things. As soon as we changed his diet the eczema went away and there have rarely been any problems but when there is we use olive oil. Aquaphor is good but when he reacts it is bad and the cream burns. Olive oil doesn't burn him though. Good luck!

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  25. I'd echo some of the things that have already been said here. My middle boys has it pretty bad and I make my own high content shea butter/coconut oil/olive oil/honey/eucalyptus essential oil soap and that has helped him immensely! I've also heard wonderful things about goat's milk.

    We've found relief with Cetaphil but it certainly doesn't make it any better. My pastor's wife did an intense elimination diet for 8 months that helped her find the dietary causes of her severe Eczema and was able to narrow it down that way....for kids I'd highly recommend the allergy testing though!

    There is definite truth to the possibility of outgrowing it. My younger sister had it very badly as a kid and now has it so mildly it's more of a dry-skin kind of annoyance!

    Best of luck to you, it's so hard to see our kids go through something so relentless and without a clear cure!!

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  26. Try Raw Food

    100% sure it will help

    http://www.therawfoodfamily.com/

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  27. Poor little Dennis!!! In my years as a nanny, I dealt with several kids who had eczema, and most of them ended up having food allergies or sensitivities that were the culprit of it.... most commonly, Dairy and/or wheat/gluten.

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  28. It can very easily be a sign of gluten intolerance.

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  29. Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema Cream is the only thing that ever helped my son! That said, diet can make a difference, but that would only make a difference if he has allergies (or sensitivities) to foods. Allergies can be tested for, but sensitivities can't. You can try the elimination diet and see if it makes a difference, then add back foods one at a time weeks apart to try to find the culprit if it is food related, but it might not be. Good luck.

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  30. Poor little guy! Yes, eczema sure can be caused by diet. Here in Finland, it seems they have quite alot of food allergies- or maybe they are just aware of the symptoms. I commonly see that someone has their kids on a special diet because of eczema. It's hard to know what causes it- can be milk, wheat, tomato, strawberries ... or more than one thing. They typically outgrow it, if it is food-related, and have it when young. You will likely find info on how to determine what is causing it online- the process of elimination, but it can be tricky. Or will an allergist be able to help? Maybe not even, always. Not as well as finding from eliminating the food item. Good luck!!

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  31. My youngest daughter has very bad ecsema. A really good fish pill has helped her tremendously. She takes several times the recommended dose though. The one we use is called EPA/DHA We get it from the chiropractor. Good luck.

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  32. my twin sis had terrible eczema when she was little - now she still has a little "episodes" now and then, but it comes and goes - and it's gone pretty much all the time,...
    and yes, I remember that when she was little, nothing worked on it...I'm so glad she is better now...


    I hope you'll find something for Dennis - I keep you all in my prayers, good luck!

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  33. I suffered eczema on my legs and face all life long, I tried aveeno as well it worked a little, mine isn't as bad as dennis'. In any way best thing for me: watersea baths and a lot of sun. It dries it

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  34. We take a sock and fill with porridge oats and tie that and put that in the bath (boil water first and put it in a bowl with that first so it will cook). The oat water really helps. Also, cetaphil in place of soap (in the US Walmart sells an equate version of this). We use cetraben which is a paraffin based cream. Watch out for wool alcohol in the creams you find. In our case pet dander is a very significant cause of the eczema and wool and wool alcohol cause flare ups. If you have hard water DON'T wash everyday. We live in London and our water is hard so we buy 5 litre bottles of water (usually 3 bottles in her little bath) and boil some to warm it for the bath. I would also say stay away from wheat, dairy, strawberry (good luck with ibuprofen and other pain relief/fever reducers... they all have flavouring. We use a dissolve-able tablet for paracetamol) blueberry, we only use organic food for our daughter. It might be tedious, but applying the creams literally every ten minutes during flare-ups will help. It will eventually 'break' and start to lessen but also it keeps it from causing too much distress for the one with it.

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  35. Christine -

    Both of my boys had eczema. I read a book by Dr. Andrew Weil about natural foods and happened across a passage that said milk allergies often cause eczema. I switched my older one to soy and it cleared up. My youngest had it terribly as an infant - face, head, legs and arms. I was nursing him at the time and avoided dairy as much as possible. When I switched him to soy formula at 10 months, his eczema completely disappeared in 2 weeks. Hope thats helpful.

    Debbie

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  36. Hi Christine,

    Sorry to hear Dennis is suffering with eczema, it's not much fun! My nieces' eczema gets much worse if they have milk - but they are also lactose intolerant (upset tummies as well as the eczema).

    I understand a lot of kids grow out of it, but some don't. Hopefully he does! I didn't have it at all when I was little and I think perhaps I'm gradually growing out of it as it's not as bad now as it was in my late teens. (I'm 25).

    I think that inside the thighs, around the knees & elbows are the most common spots - might be worse because those are areas that are warm/sweaty?

    I would suggest trying new products on just a bit of skin first to see if it stings, I have found that a few moisturizers positively burn - sorbolene and cetaphil sting awfully for me but work well for others.

    Don't know if this will be of any use to you as these are Australian products (you can probably get them online) but if the other suggestions don't work you could try Lucas Pawpaw Ointment or Nutrimetics Nutri-Rich Oil (that one is $$ but you don't need much).

    Also my doctor said to avoid fruit-based toiletries - I used Garnier Fructis shampoo/conditioner for a while and it made my eczema worse. Not sure how the pawpaw ointment works, but it seems to!

    Good luck!

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  37. While I don't have a child with eczema, I do have a book that has recommendations for this kind of thing...just in case we ever have a problem. :) It recommends using Apple Cider Vinegar. Nasty stuff, I know. Eight ounces water, two teaspoons ACV, one teaspoon honey. ACV must have the mother in it. She also recommends putting a cup of ACV in bath water. Oh yeah. You drink the stuff 1/2 cup three times daily right before meals.
    Good luck!!

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  38. I know kids that get eczema from food allergies, mainly milk and eggs. He seems to have it awful. Poor guy. I would get him allergy tested. It would be a shame to have him suffer if it s an allergy causing it.

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  39. While I don't have the "cure", I can tell you what works for our son. My 10 year old has HORRIBLE eczema and he is raw all the time....head to toe. Our dermatologist recommended that we give him a bath with 1/4 cup of bleach...yes bleach. It stops any infections and dries up the itchy rash. After doing this every other day for about a week (let him soak for 15 minutes) his eczema heals pretty quickly (for a few weeks). After the bath we cover him in cetaphil lotion and any presciptions that he is on at them time. Basically you need to stop the itching in order for it to heal !! :) In the summer we make sure he swims A LOT !!! The pool chlorine does the same thing as the bleach baths !! Make sure Dennis wears clothes that breath....light clothing as much as possible, it will cut down on the itchy !! :) Good luck !!

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  40. I agree with the people who say gluten free diet.

    My nephew had bad eczema on his legs, too, and nothing seemed to take it away, then my sister took him off gluten and it finally left.

    Don't get discouraged if it doesn't work right away, though, it took 3 months of a gluten free diet to work for my nephew. Sometimes it takes a long time for gluten to leave the system

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  41. The boys and I have it terribly but I switched to all Melaleuca products and we have no problems. Ecezma is allergy related. We have had it since birth, but are able to control it and live happily. Hope that helps.

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  42. Eucrerine (the generic Walmart brand) works for us. Its important to use it DAILY.

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  43. http://www.mamalim.wordpress.com/
    She has eczema and so does her daughter. She has a few remedies that worked for them! Do check it out.

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  44. I have had it since I was a baby- I drank goats milk ( hate it now). I also got psorisis ( guttate- which was triggered by 2 months of a strep infection) in 2008. I can't use anything with vaseline base or oil. I love Eucerin cream and have used steroids all my life. The sun and the beach weather do help me but have to treat with lots of eucerin cream. When I was little I looked like Dennis. I would soak in alpha keri oil ( bought at Walmart or other pharmacies) capful in my bath water. Then the cream was applied and then my dad would wrap plastic wrap on my legs and arms at nite. Actually as I have gotten older diet does not affect my skin issues. Being vigilent doing my creams and occasionally steroid creams. I still will soak or pour alpha keri oil on my skin in the shower when I need it. The cold weather bothers me. I also hate hot water . It really irrates my skin. Stress also affects my outbreaks.

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  45. As a lifetime sufferer I've tried lots of stuff.

    I avoid anything but the mildest soaps, laundry powders, shampoos, conditioners etc. For me, and many eczema sufferers, the change of season can be a real trigger. For some it's diet related - often dairy.
    For me it's contact stuff - all PH related - I'm allergic to anything alkaline/basic. So I look for PH neutral "soaps" (I'm allergic to soap). Brands may not be helpful, but Dove works well for me, because it's soap free. I use Sorbolene a lot - no idea if you have that, or if it's a different name, but I use it as a soap, hand cream, moisturiser - everything. It's my first port of call before a steroid cream. I've heard great things about goats milk soap too - I've got some I really ought to try, but I'm always really nervous about trying new things on my skin.

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  46. exzema and allergies generally go hand in hand. I've heard dairy is a big cause of it, but it could be anything. Start tracking what he eats, and when the exzema flares up and see if there's any relation to anything.

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  47. It absolutely can be diet related. A lot of food allergies show up as eczema actually. Poor kiddo. I hope you find something that helps him!

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  48. Boy do I understand. Samuel has it BAD! Finally, we were given steroid cream and it is under control. He still flares up depending on what he eats and the weather but the cream and Eucerin cream is what works best for him. We layer the Eucerin on so heavy he looks white LOL!
    Also, lots and lots of water seem to keep him hydrated and his skin less fragile.
    Much love!
    Lisa

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  49. We use the cortisone 10 eczema cream when my son has patches come up! Doesn't look as extensive as your little one's, but might work? Can buy it at walgreens or target, etc for around 8 bucks here in KY! Praying for some relief!!

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  50. Hi,
    My son suffered with eczema for a few years until I tried Burt's Bees Buttermilk Bath Powder. It's almost 100% natural. On a whim one day I poured a sample packet into his bath and when he got out the eczema was no longer red and a few baths later it was gone. We had been to dermatologists and tried several different prescriptions and none worked. Just thought I would mention it because it's inexpensive and natural. Worth a try.

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  51. I have exzema on my hands and it just started a few years ago (I'm 31 now). I know mine is caused by stress and if I'm washing my hands a lot. I can't use antibacterial soap - I use dye free, hypoallergenic stuff (seventh generation). I also have to use the aquaphilic cream every day. It helps soooo much! It even helps once you have an outbreak and relieves some of the itchiness and the skin doesn't break open nearly as much plus it's not as greasy as some other creams (which is a must since it's on my hands). It's available at the pharmacy but you don't need a perscription.

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  52. My friend's daughter suffered from eczema for the first few years of her life. They discovered that she had some food allergies, but soap and chlorine in pools affected her, as well.
    You have a lot of great suggestions here, but I would add that you might want to try keeping a journal of everything he eats and does and how bad his eczema is each day. That would give you a clearer idea of any triggers. We use that technique with Dorian, for his intestinal issues and it really does help, though it's a lot of work . . . maybe one of the kids could help you out?

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  53. From my experience, eczema is diet related. For my son, dairy, corn and wheat are his problem foods. Most doctors will say this is not the cause but I've seen and talked to many mothers that KNOW differently.

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  54. For our son it was diet. He's now gluten free, dairy free and egg free and we havn't had even one spot... and he used to be so bad his spots woud bleed and be open sores. He's also alergic to oatmeal so the oatmeal lotions/soaps would continue to irritate it.... hope that helps!

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  55. Most of my family suffers from eczema and it's horrible on the little ones. They can't keep themselves from scratching themselves raw. No prescription worked for any of us until a friend recomended Sudocrem. It's amazing! It also works for diaper rash and minor burns. Anyway, it's a bit hard to find in a store but a breeze online and so worth it. My whole family swears by it now!

    http://www.sudocrem.com/

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  56. My daughter and I both have eczema to a mild degree. Cetaphil helps us both.

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  57. Has your sweet little one been tested for allergies? My daughters eczema drastically worsened after a move across the country. It turns out that she had allergies we were unaware of and it was causing excess irritation. When it gets bad and lotion isn't doing the trick I give her benadryl and it helps clear it up faster.

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  58. Both are little ones from Russia had it very badly.Our doc suggested we supplement good doses of omega 3 oils into their diet. It has really helped keep it to a minimum.

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  59. Christine,
    Use no saop with any scents in it, my son came home from Haiti,almost 9 1/2 yrs ago.
    wheat and dairy are very big triggers for him!!
    i tried all the so called " good " lotions HA!!! He use to run screamming Mamma No because they burnt when you applied them his skin was so dry.
    We switched to rice or almond milk, and use only coconut oil , the organic stuff you buy at the grocery store because even the stuff label coconut lotions at the store has additives....he also reacts to the adhisive in bandades.
    use only soaps with NO SCENTS that includes the goat milk soap because Lavender burns really bad if you skin is inflamed!
    Hope this helps some!
    God Bless,
    Rose Anne

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  60. I had exzema when I was little and remember being slathered at least twice a day with heavy duty Lubriderm lotion. I haven't had it since elementary school, but still suffer from very dry skin, especially in the winter. I have to make sure to put lotion on regularly (I still use the extra strength Lubriderm). I don't use any soap on my face, but moisturize it daily with sensitive skin face moisturizer. I find that my skin is less dry when using natural soaps, although I haven't noticed a difference between goat's milk, olive oil, or other natural soaps. Dove soap seems to work well too.

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  61. My three year old also has pretty bad eczema. He also has egg, grass and dust mite allergies which aggravate his excema. We always use Eucerin to moisturize his skin and his allergist recently recommended a 7 day treatment of over the counter hydrocortisone cream all over his body when he has a flare up and then about 2 days of treament every other weeks. It is working very well. He advised that the broken skin can be an entry route for other allergens and research shows that if the exzema is not put under control, children develope other secondary allergies.

    Like others have suggested, it might be good to see an allergist to get him tested.

    Blessings.

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  62. We tried 3 or 4 different creams from the doctor for my son's eczema. Nothing really took care of it and he always said the lotions burned. I found a "recipe" online to mix baby lotion, aloe vera lotion, neosporin, vaseline and hydrocortisone cream - mixed up with a kitchen mixer. It has helped immensely and he no longer complains of the burn.

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  63. Sarna Anti-itch from CVS (over the counter) stops the itching and allows the skin to heal a bit faster when outbreaks occur. I am amazed at how fast it works.

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  64. I grew INTO eczema. The conclusion I have come to is that ANYTHING can cause it that stresses - not the skin - but the "system". I've tried diet changes, creams, no showers or baths, detergent changes, etc. But mainly over these last ten years I've watched and been alert. Insofar as diet is a stressor, changing it might help; I'm tempted to think that too much citrus isn't good for me. Insofar as certain detergents might be a stressor, changing it would help. I've not found this to be an issue in my case.

    The thing that helps ME most - you already have - nice weather. The cold and dry air is my worst enemy, but so is anything I use on my hair just about - "natural" or not. In fact the very worst break out EVER was from someone's "all natural" shampoo - I think they made it out of poison ivy!

    I discovered that more than a day or two wearing nylons is bad for me - hence my wearing slacks now for the first time in my life. Hot baths are REALLY bad, wasaaah; but I do take them occasionally with my own "Aveeno" (You can just put regular oatmeal in your coffee grinder and grind it find - much less expensive). Anxiety is a big issue for me, but obviously I can't do a lot about that.

    Maybe he is breaking out now as a result of the various mental and physical stressors due to his medical procedures? They are certainly "stressing his system".

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  65. Oh, poor Dennis! I have found a couple of places you can read...seems it can be an allergy (like dairy) or an autoimmune condition. One thing that's very necessary is population of the gut with good bacteria (probiotics). There are other things that can help, too. I wish I knew more, but there are places to look.

    Here's one article I found; I think you can also contact the doctor who wrote it: http://westonaprice.org/ask-the-doctor/2024-treating-eczema. You can also do a topic search on the main site for more.

    Here's a site that has a lot of health-related info: http://www.welltellme.com.

    I hope something will help Dennis!

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  66. You seem to have gotten quite a few pieces of advice! My little Justus has had severe eczema since he was 3 months old. It took us 2 years to work it all out and he is now a happy, mostly eczema free 3 1/2 year old.
    Justus' main cause of eczema was allergies. After getting him tested, we eliminated everything we could that was on that list and things got REALLY bad and then they got MUCH better. He is still on a very limited diet but to keep his skin moist this is what we use/do.
    - We use a glycerin tea tree oil soap from Trader Joe's that is the only thing we have found(we use it for his hair too since he can't use most).
    - We switched to Free and Clear detergent all the time. Even when I only washed his in it, the residue from the previous wash would be enough to set him off.
    - We lotion his body down with Walmart brand Eucerin cream. Many people swear by coconut oil(and I use this with some of my other kids) but Justus is allergic to coconut.
    I would recommend you get him checked out by an allergist first before you start trying all these different remedies since, if that's the cause, you are doing yourself no good. Ask me how I know!
    Blessings,
    Faith

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  67. hi. My 4 children all suffer with eczema and we've found that yes dairy does irritate it. we've also found coconut, olive or the best is jojoba oil get rid of the eczema (not just decrease it). Not sure if you can get jojoba oil in the US but well worth it as it is closest to the skins natural oils. Hope that helps.

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  68. Hi Christine, I've had eczema for fifty years. With me, I think it's related to drinking cow's milk.
    Hugs,
    JEB

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  69. Wow wow wow! I am blown away with all of your suggestions! You guys are the best! Now I have lots of ideas! I didn't even realize that there were so many choices.

    I also didn't realize that so many other people suffer from it. Sveta has it on her face and hands.

    Hopefully the two of them will outgrow it!

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  70. I haven't read all the comments, but my oldest daughter has severe eczema. We use the CVS brand oatmeal baths and bath soap when she has a break out and put the Cortizone 10 eczema creme on the specific sores. Our pediatrician has told us to be very careful about soaps, laundry detergents, etc. Also, when our daughter plays outside and gets sweaty, she has to immediately "rinse off" when she comes inside, as sweat also causes an outbreak. The ocean is an amazing "cure" for the sores too...my daughter's skin is at it's clearest for a few days after she swims in the ocean (haven't yet convinced my husband that it's reason enough to move to the beach though...lol). It is a constant battle for my girl and the summer time is the absolute worst time of the year for it!

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  71. Christine,

    That doesn't look like Eczema to me. That looks like Atopic Dermatitis which is easily treatable. Unfortunately it's going to take a trip to the Dermatologist to confirm it and he can give you the instructions that you need if it ends up being Atopic Dermatitis. Does he have it on his face as well sometimes? Legs, arms, shoulders, elbows etc? Our son has Atopic Dermatitis and it took 6 months to diagnose properly because most Pediatricians aren't familiar with it. One thing you may want to do is switch the detergent you're using to something that's dermatologist approved. Tide and All both have one, the Tide Free and something (maybe Clear) (can't remember the last word) works best for us. A lot of times they will react to perfumes, oils, soaps etc. Even the oatmeal stuff we use with our son doesn't work. We use a medicated fluticasone cream with our son. Our daughter has a milder version of it and so we use something different with her that isn't as strong. The dermatologist will be able to tell what creams are good that will work and what moisturizers. You'll need to use the fluticasone twice a day to get rid of the outbreaks and then use a moisturizer daily. Then when he has another outbreak you use the fluticasone again and it will go away very quickly. They also have him on a liquid antihistamine for the itching. I can't remember what it's called. I don't have all my stuff in front of me at the moment, but if you email me I can send you all the names and informations for the medications that we have our son on, all his creams and ointments and what works. Our son also has food allergies (milk protein allergy and more) that complicate this sometimes and make it worse. A lot of times red dyes will make it worse (FYI - tylenol has red dye in it, we use ibuprofen...the clear white stuff, no dyes, no scent etc). It is flavored so the kids still like it when they need it and it's hypoallergenic. Hope this helps. My email is Rebecca.L.Johnson@hotmail.com I can email you the list of stuff that our son reacts to and what does and doesn't work.

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  72. Try cocunt oil. My 8 year old gets eczema also. I have been experimenting over the last couple years. It's available at the grocery store in the baking section. I warm it in the jar in hot water. it melts the oil and I apply it after she gets out of the bath. Good luck....poor guy. Eczema stinks!! On the bad nights, try benadryl if he is allowed to take it.

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  73. I don't have time to read all the comments so this may of been said but pure vitamin E ( in the first aid section of drugstore) works really, really well. It is expensive but a little goes a long way. It is not a cream but a little tub or tube with pure vitamin E in it.

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  74. Oh dear friend! I know the pain you are speaking of. My 9 year old suffers with it horribly. He's been on steroids too many times to count, which really helps, but then once you stop it comes back in a rage! We've tried EVERYTHING, invested lots of $$ trying it all and found that GOLD BOND Healing with Aloe is like the best thing. We lather him up every morning and night with it. When the skin gets wet its like a natural film that protects the skin. We swim at the Y in the winter and their pools are super chlorinated and it worked perfectly. Trust me I would weep over how bad it was. He has itched 24/7 since he was 2, sometimes we've had to put him on an antibiotic as the sores were so bad! He was the best he's ever been when we were in Colorado last fall, his skin cleared up completely (we were there 10 days) and he did not itch once! slowly, over time, once we returned home he became dry and itchy. Its horrible, I so feel for that little guy. Praying you find something that brings some relief.

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  75. My child only had a slight case of eczema which we were able to take care of through seeing our chiropractor. I do however have a friend who's son had severe eczema and she saw him too and it's cleared up. He's not a "typical" chiro, he uses a tool called an activator and a method that involves something called NET. If you'd like me to ask him if he could recommend one in your area just email me your actual city and I'd be happy to ask him :)

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  76. Some of my siblings have had that very badly... The dermatologist gave them Locoid and it worked very well... However, I don't know if it exists in the USA...

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  77. You could also try this and see what he is alleric too

    http://www.wellnesschiro.com/naet.htm

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  78. Tincture of Iodine...look that up...it's supposed to really help!

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  79. I don't have time to read through all the comments, so i apologize if i am giving info that has already been give, but my daughter is 8 months and she gets AWFUL eczema on her face and back. the ONLY thing that works for us is California Baby Calendula cream. it is seriously the best. it can be found at target :)

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  80. I still get eczema and I'm 23 years old. The ONLY thing that helps me at all is a prescription steroid ointment called Psorcon. There's a cream version, too, but I've found that it doesn't work as well.

    Eczema is so itchy and miserable! I hope you find something that works for Dennis!

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  81. I have great success with mine through great prescriptions (love my dermatologist) and with my diet. It took me awhile to get the fomula just right- but well worth it!!

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  82. Hi! I would just take him to the dr, and get a prescription. There are so many new medications that it may clear up in a short time. Pat

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  83. My oldest, now 15 yrs, has had severe eczema since birth. We keep hers under control by using All free & clear laundry detergent, baby shampoo/body wash (the oatmeal one), she can't use ANYTHING with alcohol/fragrance/ dyes in it (lotion, deoderant (that's a hard one!), hand soap, dish soap, etc.) She uses vaseline or coconut oil as her lotion. It's been especially hard now that she has started wearing makeup, most is way too drying for her skin so she has to use vaseline every night on her face. She has to always take her own pillows/ blankets when she stays anywhere (friends/hotel) or she breaks out horribly! She can't use hand sanitizer or school soaps at all and that was a huge deal when she was in grade school...we ended up sending a special bottle of a non-alcohol based soap to school for her.

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  84. Turned out to be a soy allergy for us. No cream helped. Poor lil guy was tearing his skin off. Docs kept saying excema.At 7, he is semi outgrowing it. He can handle small amounts of soy. Hard to avoid as it is in everything.But we do attempt to avoid. Wish people did not think they had to feed other peoples kids! try and find a store bought cookie that is milk and soy free.

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  85. My foster son's dr said that it is a closely related allergy to hayfeaver (so, if he has this condition, he has hayfeaver, too). He had us use claritan and it helped tons!

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  86. I know this is an older post, but I thought you might still need some input :) My little guys have eczema. We use Citaphil as their body wash. Really short warm not hot baths.. Also for break outs, there is a product called Sarna. There are two different kinds. One has a cooling sensation that can help with itching but may burn any open scabs, or a regular type of Sarna that does not have a cooling sensation. You can use it as much as you need. It is AWESOME.

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  87. This is to bad, I have an 18 year daughter who has had moderate to severe eczema her whole life, as a baby and toddler my wife was great about keeping her generally moisturized with oatmeal bathes and lotion. The #1 thing she did and what my daughter continues to do today is lotion up after every bath with Cetaphil. She carries alcohol free hand sanitizer, since it is a necessity at schools these days. She has a variety of anti-itch, and medical over the counter and prescription creams that she uses off and on, keeping things mixed up so that the eczema doesn't get used to one thing or the other and become less effective. She still gets cracking in her finger joints and bleeding, etc. But over all we were able to manage it well so it had minimum impact on her.

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