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Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

How can I treat baby eczema? 

Re: How can I treat baby eczema? 

The Bump Expert

Eczema is often seen in young infants. Since every parent wants their child to look like an Anne Geddes photo, you can imagine how often babies with eczema are brought into the office! In infants under two months of age, seborrhea is often confused with eczema. Seborrhea present with oily scales, often on the face and scalp (where it is called "cradle cap"), tends to resolve on its own or responds to mild oils or lubricants. Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, consists of red, dry patches seen on the cheeks and bodies of infants and in the creases of arms and legs in older children. There is often a family history of eczema, allergies, and asthma. It is important for parents to discuss these issues with their pediatrician as the key to successfully treating eczema in children is not only treating the symptoms, but preventing the outbreaks as well. 

The first line of treatment for eczema is moisturizing the skin. Limiting bathing, which washes away the body’s natural oils, is the initial step. Emollients, usually petroleum-based, are used to decrease dryness and can help prevent the discomfort seen with cracked, red skin. In more severe cases, low-dose anti-inflammatory ointments can be used, the most common being hydrocortisone ointments. These have a steroid base and are available in low doses over the counter and in higher concentrations through a prescription from your pediatrician. Care must be taken with these ointments as overuse can cause complications such as thinning of the skin. Triggers should also be investigated and may consist of laundry detergents, foods, and environmental exposure.

The typical course of eczema is significant improvement in the first year, with continued improvement over the first few years. Rarely, children with severe eczema are referred to the dermatologist where research is being done on the use of immune system modulators. Thankfully, it is the rare child that needs more than fewer baths and some petroleum jelly!

Dr. Paula Prezioso, MD, is in private practice at Pediatric Associates of New York City and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the NYU Medical School.

re: Q: Treating baby eczema?

I use Mustela Stelatopia line for babies with eczema prone skin, we saw instant improvement in our children's skin ages 2 months and 20 months. The moisturizing lotion and milky bath oil work wonders. Not only has the breakouts cleared and the skin dryness significantly decreased...but the outbreaks are now few and far between. This stuff REALLY WORKS!!

US_Rach |

re: Q: Treating baby eczema?

Under a friend's advice, I used Aveeno Baby lotion. My daughter's horrible eczema was gone from her cheeks within 3 days of constant application (every time I saw it flaking). Her skin is beautiful now!

mollyween |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

Our baby girl (now 6 months old) has had severe eczema since she was just over a month old. It has been the most difficult thing -- she can be itchy and uncomfortable on bad days, and parts of her skin get oozy and infected. We have found (after seeing family doctors, pediatricians, dermatologists, naturopaths) that there is no one miracle cure. But lots of measures add up to help her overall comfort -- regular sleep, Aveeno oatmeal baths nightly, followed immediately by moisturizer (we use Spectro EczemaCare for Kids), cortisone when there is inflammation -- and I have been trying a gluten/dairy/egg-free diet. Things aren't perfect, but seem to be mostly under control. We're just looking forward to the day she grows out of it -- all the doctors say she will.

atwnadiak |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

We have a 4 month old that has had a really mhard time with eczema and we have found that Aquafor ointment works really well. It's inexpensive and can be found at any pharmacy or grocery store. We also have cut baths back to 1 every 3 days unless he has an accident or bad spit up. It has helped tremendously!

Smturner15 |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

I used Gentle Naturals Baby Eczema cream for my 3 month old's eczema and it has worked wonders. Our little one also had cradle cap, and Gentle Naturals has a cradle cap cream that cleared up his cradle cap after one treatment. You can buy the Gentle Naturals products at Wal-Mart.

emilyjaziz |

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I discovered an all natural product that is 7x better than Eucerin which was suggested by my pediatrician for my 4 month olds exzema. It has worked great and it has natural ingredients in it.

mrae1 |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

i had twins, and thankgoodness only one has eczema. i tried so many different creams. definately limit the baths, and use your hand not a wash cloth to soap up. i had to use a prescription at one point, but on a regular basis, i found eucerin calming cream to be really good and now have it under control. there are certain spots that flare up, so the dr had me mix hydrocortisone with triple paste. i use triple paste for the diaper cream, and its the healing portion in the mix with the cortaid. it works great!

audrap01 |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

I got tired of all the creams that didn't help and drs, saying that it is ok! I took my son to a dermatologist and in 2 days it was almost all gone and he is sleeping better.No more scratching his face and head and is so much happier. He gave me a prescription cream to use for 2 weeks and when under control I can go back to the otc creams. BEST CALL I EVER MADE! Pediatricians need to start referring babies when it is beyond their Knowledge. That is why we have specialists!

babyfrankie |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

Go to the dermatologist right away. We messed around with the pediatrician for two painful months and it just got worse every day. Get it cultured to treat any infections. Find a compounding pharmacy that will make transdermal glutathione to put on baby's foot everyday. Give baby acidophilus. Take acidophilus if you breast feed. Get baby's allergies tested right away. Try naet allergy treatments for baby. They are non-invasive and work well. Use rx cream when needed so it doesn't get infected but try to find the source so it goes away for good.

Jeghan |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

@mrae1 -I discovered an all natural product that is 7x better than Eucerin which was suggested by my pediatrician for my 4 month olds exzema. It has worked great and it has natural ingredients in it. What was the name of the product you found?

sira31 |

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My ped gave me a prescription oil. Only.thing that worked to.clear my little ones moderate/severe exczema.

smarie117 |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

We tried everything for these two big red patches on his belly, and red, dry skin in the elbow and knee creases, and a little bit on the cheeks. We used Triple Cream, A&D, vaseline, diaper rash cream, various lotions, changing shampoos and baby washes, etc. Ultimately, I got a steroid cream and it was clear within 4 applications - that is only a day and a half! His skin is beautiful now. Over the counter doesn't work for everything. And, he is still able to use the perfumed body washes and lotions with no problem.

nicolembs |

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If it is ongoing and the treatments described have failed, it may be time to consider food allergies. My daughter has had bad eczema on and off for over 2 months. We've been to the doctor 4 times about it. She's been so itchy that she wakes up CONSTANTLY. None of us get any sleep. It has been so hard. We have never had any scented detergents or wipes or soaps. We used all the recommended cleansers (like Cetaphil), moisturized with Aquaphor, and used the hydrocortizone (even prescription hydrocortizone). We just had her tested for food allergies. Dairy allergy is the most typical cause. I had gone off all dairy and soy for over a month at the doctor's suggestion (because I'm breastfeeding) but it still didn't help. Then I went off wheat as well for the past week. We just got the results back (had to have a blood test---not fun but worth it in this case). She is just allergic to peanuts! I'm so happy to be able to have dairy and wheat again. But unfortunately, a peanut allergy is the one kind that is not usually outgrown. So no peanuts for me... or my favorite sweet potato chips made in peanut oil. But it's way easier than wheat and dairy both.

camikyle |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

My daughter had it bad and my pediatrician told me that baby's skin is usually really oily so baby lotions are geared towards that. She suggested we try using Eucerin hand cream all over her body twice a day and it worked like a charm! The eczema is gone and her skin is baby soft again!

gmfell |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

Both my girls have eczema, one is 2 1/2 and the other is 8 months. We got it under control with a prescription steroids treatment and then began giving quick warm baths, pat dry and put the cream on within 3 minutes of getting out of the water.

jackieboolan |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

Emollients (moisturisers) and steroids creams or ointments are the common treatments for eczema.But you should take into consideration the other factors that keep the eczema perpetuate:beddings and clothing.You should also keep the nails short and use anti-scratch mittens.

ednamay |

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How can i treat baby eczema on their hair/head?

ogbedei |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

my son is 18 months old and has been hospitalized for eczema several times he has steroid creams itching medicine from the pediatrician, he has severe food alergies and does not eat those food yet his skin is still so bad that i cant even let him wear shorts in the summer or i have a puddle of blood on my floor from him scratching his legs it breaks my heart to watch him like this he has every kind of docter u could think of and noone has been able to do anything to help my son if i could upload a picture of him here you would understand i have tried everything listed above and none of it does anything for my son

charityowens |

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for there head u have to actually shave there head and once u do and put medicine on it it will clear up but the hair is blocking the skin from the medicine

charityowens |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

my sons food alergies consist of milk eggs wheat soy peanuts so he not only has the skin problem but he also has a very low weight due to the lack of food he is able to have he is 18 months old and weighs 20 lbs his brother who has no problems is 6 months old and is 17 lbs so its really a sad situation for me and my kids

charityowens |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

Hi, my baby developed eczema when she was about 6 weeks old. Her doctor prescribe corticosteroid cream however due to its adverse side effects I was hesitant to apply it. I researched everything in order to find narual solution. I came across a very informative and practical book called Heal Your Baby's Eczema by Lucie Nunez. This book was a godsend. It helped me to finally understand the true causes of eczema but most importantly it showed me how to find the triggering factor in my baby's case. Needless to say, my baby's eczema resolved. Even now I continue with some of the recommendations on boosting my baby's immune system since it has not only helped with my baby's eczema but it also helped tremendously with preventing colds and other illnesses. I think that every parent should read this book since it contains numerous nuggets of wisdom as well as useful tips. The book is available through simplyeczemafree website.

zelvicka22 |

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hi i just want to share my experience. my baby had rashes when she was 2 months. i basically tried putting on creams, soaps recommended by friends,no soap, sterilized water for bathing. pedia said i had to change the milk because maybe she was allergic to cow/s milk. nothing worked. Then i found this some sort of vitamins in my husband med kit. actually the product has to be sprayed under the tongue. out of desperation i sprayed it directly to the affected area..did that 3x/day...and each day it was getting better. i was so amazed i continued using it for 2 weeks until the rashes disappeared. :) my husband got it from http://www.epxbody.com/epxbodyproducts/index.php?toDo=productRestore

ellab729 |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

My son is now 11 months old I tried all kinds of things, I found that the new neosporin body wash and moisturizing cream work very well On his face I use a hydrocortisone cream that was prescribed by his pediatrician!

Monique127 |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

my pediatrician recomended oatmeal baby bath and oatmeal baby lotion, along with the hydrocortizon. Also using nothing scented in the laundry. and to have my daughter wear cotton clothing

ceysha |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

My pediatrician recommended baby oil in the bath water. It seems to help with my 17 month old but his condition is fairly mild. She also said the moisture from baths will help him so we bathe every other day. I tried the fancy Burt's Bee and California Baby body washes but they seemed to make it worse. What doesn't is plain old J&J soap we got as a gift at my baby shower.

anonymiss1 |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

My answer as a professional is YES you can! You should get them fast to a doctor because in some cases that eczema can evolve in something else that will affect your child's skin. If that happens there is no way can you ever truly recover that portion where the eczema is. You should listen to The Bump Expert because his advices are very good.

ChristineDaaeDeBeauChamps |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

Some of this information seems out of date - my doctor has advised DAILY lukewarm baths followed by immediate moisturizer for our baby. If you are constantly applying creams, it is important to bathe the baby on a regular basis to keep the skin healthy and intact.

nehabaxi |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

I'm not sure if my son has eczema, but his skin gets red and rashy. He doesn't complain about it, and I try to give him coconut oil in the bath every once and a while. If he's not bothered, is it medically important to get rid of the redness? I remember when we went to NYC for a holiday, and the next day his skin was perfect. We live in the mountains and I think it's just too dry here for his sensitive skin.

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gjevo |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

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gjevo |

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Try using "ECZEMATE"! Okay, this product is thick but I just used a blow dryer to soften. I used this on my baby's eczema. It had improved greatly overnight, and was completely gone in 3 days. I am so happy because I did not want to use any steroids on my baby! I told my pediatrician and he has since thanked me for the info because his other patients are now having great results. Spread the word....GREAT PRODUCT! You will not be disappointed!

allredl3 |

Q&A: Treating baby eczema?

Another great way to help with your LO scratching themselves (due to eczema) is to use a sleep sack. We use the zipadee zip and it has been working perfectly! It calms the skin to heal.

katychessher |