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Slightly OT: exzema remedies

Does anyone have any really good remedies for exzema? Annabelle has too much skin area affected to use steriod creams (entirity of her arms and legs, plus a patch on her cheek), besides the fact that niether mine nor dh's respond at all to the steriod creams. We've been using cetaphil exzema body wash and lotion, and while it worked in the summer, it's not working now that the air is soooo dry. She's starting to scratch it, so I know it's bugging her, and I just want to give her some relief!

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Have you tried oatmeal baths. Put some in a old pair of stockings or similar and tie up then place under the running water. My daughter only gets it in the summer and only on arms but this helps her. Good luck.

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"Dylemma" wrote:

Have you tried oatmeal baths. Put some in a old pair of stockings or similar and tie up then place under the running water. My daughter only gets it in the summer and only on arms but this helps her. Good luck.

I'll try that tonight. Thanks for reminding me about them, they only help with the itch for me, hopefully they'll help Annabelle more.

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All three of my kids have eczema and I use baby eczema therapy moisturizing cream. It works great!!!

http://www.aveeno.com/baby-care/eczema-therapy-moisturizing-cream

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"ladyscott" wrote:

All three of my kids have eczema and I use baby eczema therapy moisturizing cream. It works great!!!

http://www.aveeno.com/baby-care/eczema-therapy-moisturizing-cream

I'm really hesitant to use Aveeno on Annabelle because I get a really bad rash from it ... rash on top of eczema is NO fun. Thanks for the suggestion though!

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We use plain old Eucarin for my DD's eczema. It was recommended by her pediatrician when she was about 3 months old! It helps a lot with the itch.

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My oldest had it bad but we used steroid creams and he seemed to do well with those. For his skin I use California baby products which seems to work well for him.

Aveeno makes a lotion for babies/kids with excema. I bought it a few months ago but I haven't had to use it yet on my boys but I did use it on my nephew who has it pretty bad. It helped a lot so you might want to try it.

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"nori_garsi" wrote:

My oldest had it bad but we used steroid creams and he seemed to do well with those. For his skin I use California baby products which seems to work well for him.

Aveeno makes a lotion for babies/kids with excema. I bought it a few months ago but I haven't had to use it yet on my boys but I did use it on my nephew who has it pretty bad. It helped a lot so you might want to try it.

Thanks Lenora. I'm just not comfortable using a steriod cream on over 50 % of her skins surface. I know that for myself I've been told not to use it on more than 10% of my body at a time, and I wouldn't think that would be any different for her. I've gotten a bad rash from every Aveeno product I've tried myself, and for that reason am hesitant to use them on Annabelle. I do have another oatmeal lotion that I've been trying myself for the last couple weeks that is at least taking the itch out. Maybe I'll try it on Annabelle tonight.

I'm also thinking about taking both of us gluten free. I know it makes a huge difference in my skin, and I'm wondering now if it will make a difference in Annabelle's.

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hen I was reading this I was thinking of telling you a friend of mine is BFing her daughter and she just went gluten and dairy free and has had AMAZING results with it. In just a couple days she noticed a huge improvement.

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My oldest son battled severe eczema. By 18 months he got septic from an infection in the open sores and was in the ICU for a week. If it gets out of control you can ask your doctor for a dosing of oral prednisone, the skin will go perfect within 1-2 days and you can start over with keeping it that way. It's a strong medication but eczema is painful and dangerous if it gets out of control. I also liked the aveeno but we used the steroid creams to keep things under control. It wasn't until we got allergy testing were we able to nip it in the bud, turns out he was allergic to carpet, cats, smoke, eggs. Most kids with eczema develop asthma as well so it's best to find out what the triggers are as soon as you can.

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"CanadianaSally" wrote:

My oldest son battled severe eczema. By 18 months he got septic from an infection in the open sores and was in the ICU for a week. If it gets out of control you can ask your doctor for a dosing of oral prednisone, the skin will go perfect within 1-2 days and you can start over with keeping it that way. It's a strong medication but eczema is painful and dangerous if it gets out of control. I also liked the aveeno but we used the steroid creams to keep things under control. It wasn't until we got allergy testing were we able to nip it in the bud, turns out he was allergic to carpet, cats, smoke, eggs. Most kids with eczema develop asthma as well so it's best to find out what the triggers are as soon as you can.

Thanks Sally. We're actually pretty sure that she does have asthma already, our dr will not diagnose until she's old enough to do lung function tests, which means until then getting in for a sick visit for steriods everytime she develops that wonderful cough, which is after almost every single cold.

Annmarie- It's good to know that someone else saw an improvement going gluten-free. I'm going to go grocery shopping tomorrow so that we'll have some stuff. I really hope to see an improvement for her sake.

Lisa - Eucirn doesn't work in this house, one of the many we've tried.

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Dana, before adopting a gluten free lifestyle (gluten allergies are not as common people seem to think they are) I think you should definately demand for allergy testing asap. Asthma and eczema are almost always connected to allergies so preventative measures is always the best way to treat them (from my experience). It's better to prevent the asthma and eczema in the first place than trying to treat it all the time. Sometimes it's something very small that you wouldn't even think of and just removing it (could be cat fur or shampoo) can make a big difference! Also they now say kids with eczema should be bathed very little to try and keep the natural oils in their skin.

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I've heard of mom's using their breastmilk to treat eczema. Natural and free! Smile

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Well, the oatmeal lotion has made a huge improvement :). And while I agree that gluten allergies are not as common as some people think, when I went gluten free 5 years ago was the only time in my life that I have been eczema free. I just got lazy when I got crazy busy at work and didn't go back to it. There is also a lot of documented celiac disease in dh's family.

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"CanadianaSally" wrote:

Most kids with eczema develop asthma as well so it's best to find out what the triggers are as soon as you can.

Interesting! DS had really bad eczema when he was toddler, but hasn't had a breakout in a while. He seems to always have respiratory problems though (RSV, numerous respiratory infections, and pneumonia). He's on breathing treatments throughout the year and wheezing, but has never been diagnosed with asthma.

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"jac81" wrote:

Interesting! DS had really bad eczema when he was toddler, but hasn't had a breakout in a while. He seems to always have respiratory problems though (RSV, numerous respiratory infections, and pneumonia). He's on breathing treatments throughout the year and wheezing, but has never been diagnosed with asthma.

Jenn - here's a link on the connection:
http://asthma.ca/adults/control/pdf/Asthma_in_infants_and_young_children_tip_sheet.pdf

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My son has very mild asthma... if there is wheezing due to allergy that's asthma. We keep him away from triggers so he has only had 1-2 inhaler puffs in the last few years.

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"CanadianaSally" wrote:

My son has very mild asthma... if there is wheezing due to allergy that's asthma. We keep him away from triggers so he has only had 1-2 inhaler puffs in the last few years.

He usually has wheezing and a runny nose at the same time which I always contributed to just a common cold, but it could very well be allergies. I never even thought about it. I have no clue what an allergy trigger would be for him though. I'll have to start paying attention. He's actually on breathing treatments right now for walking pneumonia.

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Brandon also has suspected asthma too and also bad eczema. Around 2.5 we started to supsect he might have an allergy so they did a simple blood test and he came back highly allergic to dogs, with a few other smaller allergies. Now that we know, he gets a dose of zyrtec if we're going somewhere with dogs. He hasn't had an outbreak of eczema since then and his respiratory issues have greatly improved so if you can find the triggers it really does help.