Question About Eczema And Baby Lotion

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Nita_ - February 13

My 7 month old dd has had little red rashes on the inside of her elbows for a few weeks now and her 6 month checkup the dr said it's because of the cold and to just put lotion on it. Just 2-3 days back, at the back of neck/just about hair line she's been scractching and I noticed red rashes and skin drying out. We took her to the drs today and her usual dr wasn't available so we saw another one. She said it's eczema and even the hands one she said was eczema and prescribed a hydrocortizone cream. And also told us to use a thicker lotion(we currently use johnson & johnson baby lotion). We got a few samples of eucerin, aveeno baby wash. Have you noticed any such rash on your baby and was it eczema? We are little wary about using cortizone, what have your experiences been. How about lotion, what lotion do you use on your lo?

 

piratesmermaid - February 13

I noticed Gretchen was scratching at her belly and there were little red patches, so I just spoke to one of my friends that works with 1-2year olds and she said it looked like eczeme as well, so I just used Aveeno ALL THE TIME. With every diaper change I doused her in lotion, and the spots went away, and she doesn't scratch as much, so I guess that's good. Still fighting that d**n cradle cap though.

 

bradylove - February 13

my 2 yr old has had eczema since he was 5 months. The only thing that will heal what is already there is the hydrocortizone, but that only takes a few days. After that you can keep her skin hydrated with Keri lotion right out of the tub (it absorbs better and stays longer in the skin) and if she has any on her cheeks you can put petroleum jelly on them before she goes outside in the cold. I also have eczema and so do my dad and my grandmother (can you tell it's hereditary!) anyhow, we've never had any problems with hydrocortizone, however I would rather heal it quickly and then use preventative measures rather than having to do too many rounds of the cortizone. You really have to be diligent with the lotion though. Once summer is here it should get a whole lot better. You can also try a humidifyer in if you haven't already. Hope this helps!

 

Nita_ - February 13

Piratesmermaid --Does Aveeno have a lot of baby lotions or just one kind? I'm going to try eucerin till I can get to the store. It's soo cold out, I hate to take her out! **bradylove**- you mentioned keri lotion-where do I get that? I'm going to try Aveeno and then if it doesn't work will try Keri as well. Thanks for the petroleum jelly idea - i read that somewhere but always remmeber after I take her outside!! I apply the j&J lotion almost at every diaper change, her left elbow is gone but right one still is kinda red. I just put some eucerin on, lets hope it clears away without the cortizone!

 

Nita_ - February 13

piratesmermaid - sorry to hear that gretchen's cradle cap isn't gone! Did you resort to any medication or just other remedies? I know you had trouble with the insurance, hope it's all sorted out!

 

piratesmermaid - February 13

I grabbed the Aveeno baby lotion for Very dry skin and eczema, it's written right on the front.

 

piratesmermaid - February 13

We've been trying the adult dandruff shampoo about twice a week, reg baby shampoo the other times. If it hasn't started getting better soon, we'll be heading home to Gretchen's good ped and I';; talk to him.

 

LisaB - February 13

Try Aveeno it works wonders. My ds hd the red patches when we lived in Phx and that cleared ir up right away his skin seems to be much better now that we are in WI just really dry so I am still using the Aveeno andit works great I use it for myself sometimes too.

 

LisaB - February 13

Oh I like the baby Aveeno

 

bradylove - February 13

You can get Keri lotion anywhere...Wal-Mart or whatever drug store and you get a lot more for your money... Aveeno has never worked for us.

 

Bridget - February 13

My DS is year now and we went through the eczema thing starting at about 2.5 months old. He had it all over his body, the heat just made it more and more horrible and he scratched all night long.Long story short, I don't even use soap or shampoo on him. About once a week I use something called Cetaphil, kind of like a soapless cleanser, that works fine. I stay away from lotions that have alcohol in them. In fact his ped said to use "ointments" instead of lotions. Cremes are ok but the ointments hold in the moisture after a bath, which is the best time to apply them (under 3 minutes after is best). I use Aquapor Ointment (expensive but worth it)and if I want to give his pores a break once or twice a week I just use organic olive oil or Jojoba oil. There is also something called "Unpetroleum Jelly" that you can get at the healthfood store that is made up of vegetable oils instead of petroleum products. I've used that at times too.It has no odor which is good for eczema folks, esp babies who are so sensitive to all those scented things, and eczema is often linked to allergies, food as well as "nose".The cradle cap was a pain too. Just scrub at it gently every bath (use a baby brush or wash cloth) but not too hard and it'll be gone eventually.My SIS messed with one of her grandkids so bad they had to take him to the doctor so don't pick at it too much, it's hard I know, LOL. I just wanted it GONE! There are doznes of different kinds of eczema but the common thing is dry and sensitive skin. I hope this isn't too long and if it helps one baby not have the summer my boy had, great. Good luck.

 

Bridget - February 13

That's SIL (sister-in-law)

 

bchflwr - February 13

Ds has eczema and like Bridget we use Aquaphor and it works great. We have used Eucerin, but it did not work as well as the Aquaphor. We also use Cetaphil for bath soap (or you can use Dove Sensitive Skin). We also changed our laundry detergent to All free and clear to alleviate possible reactions. The dr. prescribed a hydrocortizone cream, but I only use it on the occasion ds has a red area and it will be gone the next day. Ds is 8 months and he still has cradle cap too. UGH!

 

Nita_ - February 13

Oh I happen to have sample aquaphor at home, I've applied it to the red spots right after her bath. Yes, it's a thick cream/ointment kinda thing. Cetaphil is another thing the dr told us about too. We do use Dreft for our dd's clothes, so I don't think laundry detergent is the culprit.

 

Erynn21 - February 13

I just want to warn you about the aveeno baby wash, it claims to be gentle, but when you read the ingredients it's almost identical to all the other baby washes out there. My dd can't be bathed in it it gave her a rash. I would use something more natural, but that's my opinion, I had to w/ my dd because so many times the biggest culprit is fragrance, and not the other ingredients.

 

Bridget - February 13

Yes, the fragrance thing is true, at least for some. I got Dreft (which is MEANT for babies) at my shower and we only used it once. My HUSBAND (which is where our poor DS gets his delicate skin) broke out! I'm not kidding. We use All free and clear or Seventh Generation(which is BTW cheaper by $2 in Target than most supermarkets, if they even carry it)We also tried a few hydrocortisone creams/ointments, etc. The great Dermasmooth wasn't all that great. It's new, so not available in generic so it's very expensive.The one that worked best for our guy for flare ups is called Mometasone.

 

eclipse - February 13

I use the Bert's Bee baby bee lotion on my lo. I have no idea how expensive it is-we got that and bath soak as a gift. I have noticed that using the bath soak powder has definitely lessened his peeling after a bath. It smells good too, and is made with b___termilk, a natural emollient. Good luck with the eczema-this may not help your cause at all, but its worth a shot if they have trial samples (I think they do, at least of the lotion)

 

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