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Eczema and your little one

Eczema and your little one

If your bub has suffered, or does suffer from eczema you have my heartfelt sympathy. At it’s worst it means hospital stays for your little one and at its best and mildest it’s a complete pain in the neck. Eczema is an insidious condition which causes the skin to become red , dry and inflamed.

My daughter suffered from it sporadically as a baby and I went back and forth on the best ways to treat it. As it was we started off with trying to cut everything out of my diet that might be affecting my breastmilk and as a consequence her. When that didn’t work I tried lots of natural remedies. Some helped, some didn’t. In the end I had to use some prescribed creams which many of you know brings their own set of issues. Thankfully she outgrew it and only suffers mildly from it in the hot summer months.

For my niece however it was a whole different story. Her battle with eczema had a profoundly devastating effect on the whole family when it was at its worst. The trouble with treating it is that it varies so much from individual to individual. My brother and sister in law ran the gamut of medical professionals until they found a dermatologist who instituted an aggressive programme of treatment for my niece. Thankfully after a few weeks it meant the whole family got their first decent nights sleep in months.

Her constant scratching caused her poor little skin to bleed and blister which would wake her in huge pain and discomfort. As well as wet wrapping her skin every day she was put on a regimen of steroidal creams that were reduced in usage once the condition was under control.

Interestingly a study carried out in 2009 issue of Pediatrics discovered that a bleach bath can help significantly with reducing its impact. Amy Paller, senior author of the study suggests 1/2 cup per full tub) at least twice a week, taking these precautions: 1) Make sure your child doesn’t drink the water. 2) Disperse the bleach in the water before putting your child in the tub (you don’t want undiluted bleach to get on your child’s skin). “We presume the bleach has antibacterial properties and decreased the number of bacteria on the skin, which is one of the drivers of flares,” she explained.

Have you used bleach baths?
Does your little one have eczema? How do you cope with it?

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If your little one has eczema it can be sheer hell for everyone. Sarah shares her family's experiences.

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Posted 04 July 2011 - 03:21 AM

Avatar kool_kel1

my daughter has mild eczema and i have a prescribed cream for when it does flare up haven't pinpointed what it is from yet though cos i think its from a food just not sure which one.

Posted 04 July 2011 - 03:32 AM

Avatar kool_kel1

my daughter has mild eczema and i have a prescribed cream for when it does flare up haven't pinpointed what it is from yet though

Posted 04 July 2011 - 03:33 AM

Avatar Bernadetteewulf

Omg my daughter has red cheeks and it's always dry I've got cream for it , but the doctor isn't telling me if it excema or not and it sucks because I'm doing everything hoping it's nit ecauae I have aswell , but her appointment tomorrow so I'll just have to wait and see . Her cheeks seems to go back to normal than a week later it's red and dry , just confused that's all.

Posted 08 July 2011 - 07:08 AM

Avatar Noyu405

My 3 month old son has got eczema and it is quite bad.It is all over his face and body at the moment.I have been on dairy free diet for 2 weeks but it has not changed his skin.It sometimes looks getting worse than before.I have been using hydrocortisone cream and emulsifying ointment but it does not look like cureing his skin.I want to cureing his skin very much but I am scared to try bleech bath...

Posted 11 July 2011 - 05:46 AM

Avatar Garyandhayley

My daughter also suffers from mild eczema affecting the typical areas- elbows, thighs, behind the knees and ankles. It was at its worst in the summer months and lessened in severity after I started twice daily moisturising with Aveeno baby moisturiser. The onset of the cooler weather has also helped a lot. I was put on to a product called 'The invisible glove' which is avalible at pharmacies, by a friend who also suffers from eczema who said it is quite soothing, so we also applied this but just to the affected areas as it is expensive (about $30 a tube).
I have also found that now that she is weaned her skin is at its best and just seems to flare up when he is sick, I have come to the conclusion that her skin is probably affected by chocolate as I am a sweet tooth and chocolate is my weakness! As she now has no access to chocolate her skin i much better and I am now not having to use 'The invisible glove' as much. Unfortunately childhood eczema is common and is often linked with asthma- whch is common in our family!
I am currently using 'Arista Olive Oil cream' to moisturise with as it comes in a bigger bottle and is more cost effective than the aveeno, it is also avalible from chemists, so far it seems to be working.
Hope this has been of some help. I know it can be frustrating, my nephew has severe eczema and thus a very limited diet, so I guess we are fortunate in that sense!

Posted 11 July 2011 - 06:02 AM

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My 3 month old son has got eczema and it is quite bad.It is all over his face and body at the moment.I have been on dairy free diet for 2 weeks but it has not changed his skin.It sometimes looks getting worse than before.I have been using hydrocortisone cream and emulsifying ointment but it does not look like cureing his skin.I want to cureing his skin very much but I am scared to try bleech bath...



my DS had really bad eczema on his face and the dr gave me a cream call ELIDEL and it was fantastic i put it on his twice and it was totally gone it came bad once really mild though so i put the cream on again and he never had it again he was 5 months then and now hes 1 you should ask the dr about hope i can help smile

Posted 11 July 2011 - 06:43 AM

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Two of my daughters have ecema. It is worse in Winter than in summer because the air can't get to the area. My children get it from an Allergic reaction. They are Allergic to Strawberries and Flavour enhancer 635. We used eat 3 punnets of strawberries a week, and then we found out it was causing the ecema. My advice is try and work out when ecema is worse, and what the child may have been eating...if you can elimate a food..it can be much easier then dealing with ecema all the time...

Posted 11 July 2011 - 08:32 AM

Avatar katemb

Our son, who is now 4, has had eczema since he was about 12 months old. Only mildly, usually at the back of his knees. In February this year the eczema suddenly flared up over a period of two days and almost covered his whole body, even on his face and genitals. It was so distresssing for him and us. Up to that point we had used QV bath oil and hemp oil (alternating between the two).
When the eczema flared we had no option but to use cortisone creams and ointments, and a course of antibiotics (because his skin got infected). We managed to see an immunologist at very short notice (and he apparently has no allergies) and one of the treatments she suggested was a bleach bath.
I was horrified to say the least, but willing to try just abou anything to help our son. Well, after only 2 days of giving him a bleach bath, there was a huge improvement. We still continued on the course of antibiotics and the cortisone, but still today we add bleach to his bath water. Nothing else. A luke warm bath, up to about his lower waist when he is sitting in the bath, and before he gets in completely disperse a quarter cup of plain bleach. The eczema does appear from time to time on the back of his knees, but other than that it has been a god-send!
I tell everyone I know who mentions the word 'eczema'!!!

Posted 12 July 2011 - 05:31 AM

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