To Lesley Toya Amp Eczema Moms

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TC - December 30

I just found out that Danny has eczema. I read a few posts from the two of you in regards to your babies having eczema and just wanted to get some insight as to what to expect. I will welcome any information from any other parents as well. I am feeling pretty sad about this. I always felt like he had dry skin but now since it has been given a name it makes me feel a little displaced.

 

Toya - December 30

I understand how you feel TC. Asjani was diagnosed when she was 6 weeks old and it was hard for me, because she had it all over at the time. Since Danny doesn't need medication, that's great! That means you're keeping it under control. The key thing is keeping the skin moisturized. I put olive oil in Asjani's bath water and I put lotion on her atleast 2x per day. She has hydrocortisone cream in the case that she has a bad flare up. It really isn't as bad as it seems. Just keep his nails clipped so he won't scratch and break the skin.

 

TC - December 30

Thanks for the input Toya. Does the eczema makes them itchy? Danny sometimes gets frustrated and scratches away at his forhead. He has broken the skin a few times. Is there a special kind of bathing olive oil that you use or is the same olive oil that can be used for cooking?

 

xXx-Lesley-xXx - December 30

Eczema makes them itch like crazy. I put scratch mittens on Leigh untill she leant how to take them off herself. I haven't used no oils on her, only the creams prescribed to me. I used to use sudocrem but that only cleared the redness away not the dry skin. Don't use anything fragranced in the bath, that irritates it. Also if you use talcs don't use perfumed ones. In some cases eczema is linked with asthma. Most babies who are diagnosed with eczema grow out of it by the time they are 5.

 

Narcissus - December 30

TC, are they sure it's eczema and not just dry skin from the weather? Did it begin when it started to get cold?

 

TC - December 30

Thanks for the info Lesley. Narcissus, he has always had really dry skin since he was born. However, that was considered normal for a newborn. The dry skin around his body cleared up but his forehead and temples sometimes felt like sandpaper. There would be days when it looked like it was peeling. I am going to trust that it is eczema bc of the way that he "breaks out". Some days his skin is pretty smooth and some days it is extremely rough and it is only on the forehead and temples. The doctor told me to try and figure out what makes it "act up" and then maybe I could eliminate that substance or item.

 

Toya - December 30

I use about a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in her bath water and it makes the skin very smooth. The bath water is always lukewarm, because the warmer water dries the skin. Like Lesley said, avoid anything with fragrance. Babies with eczema are very high maintenance! On rough days I have to put lotion on Asjani 4 times in one day...Oh yeah, on darker skinned babies the skin will tend to look a little patchy sometimes. Asjani has patches on her legs. Her eczema areas are on her elbows, wrists and hands, and knees. A good way to know if it's eczema is if it feels leathery when it's dry and if the skin looks like dried elmer's glue in texture..like it kinda peels sometimes.

 

Susan - December 30

My niece has had really bad eczema for over a year now, she is neasrly two now. Nothing seemed to work until now. Her mom bathes her in Cetaphil and it really seems to be woring in this short amount of time. Good Luck!

 

CEM - December 30

Sorry to hear this, TC. My son has seasonal eczema just like me and it is terrible in the winter time. I use a cream called Locobase which you can get here in Denmark. Not sure if you can find that where you are, but it's worth trying. I suppose all the other common sense stuff will help too, ie natural skin products, natural fiber clothing, allergy-friendly cleaning/bath products, etc. I'm sure Danny will be fine if you just take a few things into consideration. :-)

 

TC - December 30

Thank you guys. I really needed to hear other moms stories bc I left that doctors office almost in tears. My mom told me that it is not a big deal but I just want him to be perfect in everyway. Is that vain? I worked with many babies who I know had eczema but it is just so different when dealing with your own child. I never looked at these babies as being imperfect, but I feel like people will look at my Danny has being imperfect. Whew! being a mother is very emotional.

 

xXx-Lesley-xXx - December 30

I sat and cried for hours after finding Leigh had it. All kinds of things going through my head. How she might get bullied, be self concious (sp?) Might not want to join in sports at school. It still upsets me to think of it now. I can't bear the idea of her not being perfect.

 

momto3boys - December 30

TC, Sorry about your little boy having eczema. It can be so frustrating finding out your little one has something wrong with them. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. My little one seemed to grow out of it OR we may have found what works for him. My pediatrician recommended Dove soap (sensitive skin type) and not bathing too frequently or too long. As soon as he gets out of the bath, we put Gold Bond Ultimate lotion on him. It is in the white tube. For some reason, this has done the trick. After the lotion, we make sure he sleeps in pants pajamas, even in the summer, to keep him from scratching at night. Best of luck!!

 

xXx-Lesley-xXx - December 30

My daughter has got too clever! she strips herself off if we cover her. So I got one over on her haha! I put her jamas on back to front so she cant open the poppers :-D

 

Della - December 30

Have you been to an allergist to find out what is causing the eczema? Most are caused by allergies to food or environmental allergins. The best way to deal with it is to remove the source. In the meantime MSM lotion relieves the itch and dryness within a day or two. (MSM is also available in powder form for internal use and can be disolved in water or juice.) You might want to try a rotation diet if you are b___stfeeding, or switch to a soy formula if you use formula. Dairy is the number one cause of food allergies. You might also try switching laundry detergents, as they can also cause problems. Hope things get better for you and Danny soon.

 

desiree - December 30

Hey, don't cry!! I understand, my 9 month old has it too...:) It is worst on his cheeks, and legs. I use Tide Free laundry soap and it helps. Don't use soap on his body, and keep his nails super short. The shorter the nails the less chance he will have to break the skin, which is hard to heal. It is sooo itchy, I know b/c I have contact dermit_tis, I am allergic to detergents and some soaps...I use GlaxxallBase(sp) lotion and it is the best so far. Olive oil is good too. When my son gets upset his first thing he does is itch his face. I think I'll be saying "Don't itch, sweetie" for years!!! I feel so bad for him. I have also pinpointed some foods that make it worse....Apples and rice cereal. What I need advice on is what to use to shampoo his hair...I use Johnsons, but it is fragrenced and Dove soap burnes the eyes!!

 

Della - December 30

Have you tried Aubry Organics Baby Shampoo and soaps? They are very gentle and don't have drying ingredients like laurel and laureth sulfites.

 

Rachel - December 31

I love Dr. Bronner's Baby Castile Soap. It's pure and simple as well as unscented. I use it with my own essential oils added so I can choose my own scent, but I use it plain on the baby.

 

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