So sad to see my tiny little daughter with all these red patches! We've been limiting her baths and slathering on all the aquafor, but she still seems itchy and uncomfortable. Don't know what to do!
I heard its suppose to disappear when baby reaches about 6 months, so hopefully that's true. My daughter has it all over her body, I too am using aquafor. Ask your doctor if you can use Triple Paste, the diaper rash ointment for severe eczema.
Early time my son have it all over his skin too. I was worry, I did not know what to do at that time. I though put alot of baby lotion him it will make him feel better, but its not working. So, I started asking couple of my friends who have kids. They told me to get eucerin and eczema lotion for the dry skin and the itchness. You can the lotion from the walgreen, CVS, or Rite-Aide.
I know it's hard to see your baby with eczema! Around six weeks old, my son's eczema got really bad. He's six months old now. Like someone posted previously, my pediatrician told me it naturally goes away around 6 months in a lot of cases. Luckily, that was true for Jack. He is 6.5 months old now, and people regularly comment on his "wonderful" skin -- haha! In the meantime, my pediatrician recommended Eucerin, and we used it religiously -- at first, after every diaper change, heavily in areas where it was worst. In literally a week, it all cleared up. There are other things you can do to help your daughter, too:
1. Keep her nails trim, in case she scratches. Jack didn't scratch, but trim fingernails keep germs off the face.
2. You may want to use a humidifier in her room. Eczema is really dry skin, and once we started the humidifier (we used cool mist since we live in CA and it was summer), Jack got a lot better.
3. Try to use 100% cotton clothes whenever possible. We also switched to Dreft detergent.
4. Keep baby cool and comfortable; sweat exacerbates the issue.
5. If you're breastfeeding, consider taking a DHA supplement if you aren't already, to increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids. That hydrates skin from inside out.
Limiting baths is good; if you aren't already, switch your baby to Dove Sensitive Skin Unscented soap in bar form. It is really mild, and my doctor said not to use Johnsons (too strong for babies with sensitive skin). We only used soap in his diaper area, under his armpits and in the folds of his neck. Otherwise, each day, morning and night, we wiped his face and neck folds with a damp washcloth to keep the areas clean. Immediately follow with Eucerin. You should see a real improvement! It will pass soon.
I have twins (boy and girl) who are 6 months and my son has horrible eczema. And actually, we do BATHE him everyday. However, we only use soap every other day. The soap we use is Cetaphil which is very mild. The days without soap, we just let him play in the water. Since Eczema is very drying, the water provides daily moisture that he needs to soak up in his skin. What an improvement we have seen!! We don't use baby lotions or soaps, as they can be drying at times to the baby prone to eczema. We use Eucerin as our lotion of choice and keep his nails low. Before, he use to scratch his forehead until he would bleed because it itched so much. Now, he skin is baby soft.
We also had him tested for allergies, just to be sure the Eczema wasn't from a reaction to the formula or something environmental. I am also a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and these are tips I give my patients.
My baby has eczema, too, and my doctor had us try lotrimin, in case the rash was being caused by yeast. It worked! Well, in some places. It worked in his diaper area and behind his knees, and somewhat under his arms, all of which have really cleared up. His neck is still very red after 10 days of treatment. So frustrating!
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I guess I am in a different boat, because my son just recently (within the past month or so) developed eczema, and he is almost 7 months old. We are just now really trying to figure out how to treat it effectively. I will try the dove bar soap perhaps, and I am planning on buying some eucerin lotion after getting a sample from the doc the other day. It is heartbreaking to see him with these red splotches all over... on his legs, back, arm... I am hoping I can get it under control soon, but I am hoping even more that it will go away sooner than later. I know some kids and teens that still fight with it...
My daughter is 3 years old now but when she was a baby she had the same problem. The doctor told us to use Hydrocortizone Cream 2%. It's a prescription strength. They make some over-the-counter but this is stronger. I had to put that on twice a day and then put baby lotion over it. He also said to limit baths to a couple times a week. She had it very bad on her back. It cleared up after she was about 6 mos. or so. She hasn't had it all since. Good luck!
My son has severe exema. We took him to an allergist and dermatologist. They actually did a new study in which you bathe the baby more now.Once a day, at the least. The lotion which is really working is called Cetaphil. It works great! You have to immediately put it on after their bath, and when you get them out do not dry them completely, keep them moist. The moisture is what helps get rid of the exema. As for growing out of it, the doctor said it's most likely hereditary, and may never be gone. Try these out though, it may work for you also!