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Old 06-27-2006, 05:25 AM   #11
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Re: Exzema in kids? Suggestions please!

Lena has ezcema. We've tried quite a few things but works best for us is occasional bathing (2x's a week or as needed) and lanolin. We tried an elimination diet, but it didn't seem to make much difference It was just a pita lol

The bleach in the tub thing..yeah, it sounds icky, but Lena's breakouts decrease significantly after she's goes swimming in my mom's (overchlorinated..yuck!) pool. A 20 minute dip and her symptoms dramatically decrese for a few days.

Also, bath water, don't use real hot water. I have a kid who LOVES hot water, there is no lukewarm business for her But if we use colder water, it seems to help out. So know when it's really bothering her, she'll ask me for a cold bath Good luck! It's tough to get under control, but if you can keep it under control it is managebable without a ton of discomfort to them..

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Old 06-27-2006, 09:01 AM   #12
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Okay, I'm not trying to 'take over' your post- but I'm wondering how you determined it is exzema for your DC? You mentioned family history..is this common to run in families? My DS is having a few really nasty dry rough spots behind ears, on ear lobes, checks and what a appears to be a rash on her shoulders.

What are the syptoms and what does it look like? I've heard that it can be different depending on the person/child.
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:12 AM   #13
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Both dd and I have eczema. DD is EBF and eliminating dairy made a huge difference for her. I still eat cheese on occasion and it doesn't seem to bother her. I take expecta for DHA because I do not eat fish, and it does make a difference in both of our eczema. Bathing less often works well too. I have had good results with any of the products from this company http://store.africansheabuttercompany.com/index.html. My favorite is the shea creams, but they had a problem with the supplier and it will not be available for a little while . All of the fragrances are natural and have never been a problem for me or my dd so that is a plus. I agree with the previous posts, to stay away from the prescription or over the counter steroid creams, as I have found they only work while you are using them and do not actually help to cure the eczema. Lanolin works great on the spots that get to the point of cracking. Eczema is not so bad once you learn how to manage it.
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Old 06-27-2006, 10:24 AM   #14
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Re: Exzema in kids? Suggestions please!

DD has bad eczema and now food allergies (inherited from dh, who has the same problems). DD's original dr said limited baths and no soap, only cetaphil cleanser. Then dd got a referral to an allergist for food allergies and he also addressed her eczema. He said the opposite: short, lukewarm baths EVERYDAY. Then within 30 seconds of getting out of the water, she should be covered with vaseline. She has prescription hydrocortizone, but the allergist really wants to limit its use and just try and rehydrate her skin as much as possible. I keep her legs covered when she crawls to keep dustmite allergies from irritating her skin. DD tested positive to a milk allergy skin test so since she is still bf, I had to cut dairy out of my diet. Since the allergist is a specialist and up to date with the latest research, I'm going with his advice.
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one of the derms ds saw said to actually give him a bath, cover him in lotion and then put a pair of wet cotton pants on him. i never did try that because i thought he would be too uncomfortable with wet pants on, i know i would.

Zan- yes eczema does run in families. i have it slightly and everyone on dh's side of the family has it severely. you can tell its eczema when it becomes red and inflamed, either big patches or small bumps. ds's actually looked like ringworm because the patches formed perfect circles. when ds started getting red, i just knew my battle was just beginning.
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All I've been using is the Whipped Shea Butter and the pure Shea Butter Tin of the Tracy's Treats....I think the Whipped Shea works better cause of the combination on the stuff in it...Hunter likes to put it on himself
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My grandfather, uncles, mom, sister, myself and now my son all have it...Myself and my son have been the worst but now we have it under control so it's not so bad.

It comes and goes for us...some times are worse than others.
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DD has bad eczema and now food allergies (inherited from dh, who has the same problems). DD's original dr said limited baths and no soap, only cetaphil cleanser. Then dd got a referral to an allergist for food allergies and he also addressed her eczema. He said the opposite: short, lukewarm baths EVERYDAY. Then within 30 seconds of getting out of the water, she should be covered with vaseline. She has prescription hydrocortizone, but the allergist really wants to limit its use and just try and rehydrate her skin as much as possible. I keep her legs covered when she crawls to keep dustmite allergies from irritating her skin. DD tested positive to a milk allergy skin test so since she is still bf, I had to cut dairy out of my diet. Since the allergist is a specialist and up to date with the latest research, I'm going with his advice.
The vaseline isn't rehydrating her skin it's just sealing any water that her skin did absorb in.
I do not suggest using vaseline or like products!!
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Put some breastmilk on it! My daughter got it for a while behind and in her ears (I was worried she had an ear infection cause it was all over the inside of her ear and oozing!). I just put some breastmilk on it as soon as I see it and it's usually gone by the end of the day. It may not be that effective on more severe cases, but it should at least help some.
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I use BM on my DD (4 1/2 yrs old) or baby oil... it has gotten a lot better over the years, esp since we eliminated most milk products.... that helped a lot. She also takes Aller-ease, but your baby is def too young for that.
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