Hi First Time Mum,
You must be so heartbroken seeing your little one like this - and exhausted from trying to stop her from scratching..... I know the feeling. I would get so frustrating with my 11mth DS from scratching.
He has eczema patches around his neck, behind his ears, elbows, feet and I've just noticed a little patch on the back of his left hand.
Like most mums, I have tried EVERYTHING under the sun. Products from the pharmacy which worked best for me was undiluted tea tree oil and Dermeze. I would dab tea tree oil onto the eczema patches with a cotton pad at every nappy change and then use Dermeze as a moisturizer. It's really greasey stuff so if you live in a tropical/humid area, this may not suit you. Undiluted tea tree oil was the only thing that helped with the patches on DS's feet BUT it never got rid of it completely. However I was told that undiluted tea tree oil is too strong for babies and to diluted with a carrier oil. 5 parts carrier oil to 1 part tea tree oil. I tried this, but didn't work at all.
I have now found something else which has fully controlled the ezcema. I went to a chinese herbalist who gave me some herbal tea and some lotion. I swear it worked within days. I also had to adjust my diet slightly as I was breastfeeding. The only thing is that each person's 'makeup' is different so what worked for my DS may or may not work for you.
Good luck though and let me know how you go.
Priscilla, Cameron 09-09-05, FNQ