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Post by BohoStreet on 12th March 2010, 2:16 pm

My daughter has it on the back of her legs and in her head. It's not as bad as it used to be when she was a baby (she's 9 now). I got her shea butter for her skin, but I don't know what to use for her hair. Does anyone have this problem personally or with your children? How do you manage it? I'm thinking of buying something from Karen's Body Beautiful, but don't want to waste my money on something that may or may not work.
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Post by AfrikanLatina on 12th March 2010, 3:03 pm

My son who is 8 months old has eczema. He usually just has flair ups on his face every now and then and he has a dry patch on his elbow. He also has a dry patch at the top of his head. He'll scratch himself up if I don't keep him moisturized or keep mittens on him while he sleeps.

Our Dr. gave him a Rx for Eucerin cream mixed with hydrocortisone. Thats just for his body not his face so on his face and scalp I use almond oil and shea butter. It works well.
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Post by suqiit on 15th March 2010, 10:54 am

Both of my kids have it (6 and 9). I've been able to keep it under control for many years though. In the beginning, you will need a thick cream like eucerin or shae butter. I would actually wash their hair more often, because water will help to hydrate and heal. You can also give nightly scalp massages with grape seed oil. Whenever my kids take a bath, I always always add grape seed oil to the water.
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Post by LuvMeLuvMyFro on 15th March 2010, 12:39 pm

All three of my children (10 (mild),9 (moderate), 6 (severe)) have eczema. My daughter the baby of the bunch has it the worst. She pretty much had it all over her body. She at one time lost her hair because it was so bad but now she has a very full puff. I have stopped using prescription medication on her due to all of the side effects. We leave very near to a beach (many beaches actually) and I have discovered that the ocean/gulf/bay is the best thing for her. She has not been in the hospital for her eczema since we moved so close to the beach. If I use anything on her it is Cetaphil and Shea Butter.
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Post by CrissyQ on 15th March 2010, 1:36 pm

My daughter has it (1 years old) and i use eucerin anti-itch lotion and cortizone 10.
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Post by MsKendrala on 16th March 2010, 3:18 am

I Have it. I use to get thick patches of it on my scalp when i was younger. ppl would think it was ringworm it was so bad. one day i was talking to one of my coworkers and she told me her sister put shea butter on her daughters scalp for the same issue so i tired it for a while (long enough to clear the patch) and it did the trick. I haven't had the patches anymore since then
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Post by BohoStreet on 17th March 2010, 4:08 pm

I bought some organic shea butter for her so I'm going to try that. Eucerin and anything medicated didn't work for her. She is better now, but she is so fair that it she scratches it becomes dark patches. My poor itchy baby.

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Post by LuvMeLuvMyFro on 17th March 2010, 4:32 pm

BohoStreet wrote:I bought some organic shea butter for her so I'm going to try that. Eucerin and anything medicated didn't work for her. She is better now, but she is so fair that it she scratches it becomes dark patches. My poor itchy baby.

LuvMeLuvMyFro - that is one of my most fav scriptures. I'm excited to see that posted.

I was undecided between this one and the year's text. So , I put this scripture here and made a notebook with my family's picture (I think it was the same one from my avatar) with the year's text for meetings notes.
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Post by makeupvixen on 19th March 2010, 5:31 pm

My toddler had it the first couople of months of his life. I used eucerin gel, the lotion didn't work as well. It was the only thing to work.
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Post by bmari3 on 21st March 2010, 1:37 pm

My daughter and I both have it severly. Years ago her allergy and asthma specialist at the time wrote her out a script for triamcinolone acetonide cream in a jar not the tube. I have not had a problem with her or my eczema since. It is for use on the face and body. I am not sure what would work for excema on the scalp. I did a quick google search for eczema on the scalp and there is a plethera of information that may helpful. I know how she feels. It can be very frustrating. I am fair as well and at times my exzema will have me looking like someone beat me up by the arms.. Hoping you will find something that will help your baby out..
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Post by KnottyKinkyMommy on 14th April 2010, 10:08 am

My 1 year old daughter has excema. it used to be bad but now she mainly has flare ups on her cheeks, the creases of her elbows and the back of her neck. When the itching is really bad, she gets half a teaspoon of Loratadine. I use different products on her skin depending on the weather:

Aquaphor
Eucerin anti itch
Sarna Lotion
Vaseline "Intensive kind for sensitive skin"
Aloe Butter
Avocado Butter

When the itchies are bad we use Elocon...it works so much better than hydrocortisone!

So far she has been improving with time, so I am hoping she grows out of this.
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Post by rjdorsey on 11th May 2010, 5:23 pm

My 2 year old son has it and ultimately it turns out he's got food allergies. Milk and soy are his biggest triggers, they set him off with just a taste. We also have triamcinolone ointment in the jar and it works wonderfully, clears his breakout within 2 days with 2xs day application. The best advice I have for anyone dealing with eczema especially in children is to see an allergist, it could be something we're giving that's unknowingly hurting them.
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Post by blackricangirl on 24th May 2010, 2:27 pm

CrissyQ wrote:My daughter has it (1 years old) and i use eucerin anti-itch lotion and cortizone 10.

My daughter is 2 and this is the same stuff I use for her. Lately she's been scratching a lot and causing it to bleed and become infected. Her doctor had to prescribe her some medicated ointment which most peds don't like doing because the cream sometimes can be too strong. Her doctor also wants her to use Lotrimin soap and lotion. She doesn't have it in her hair but a lady at my church daughter has it and some of the mothers/elders told her to wash the hair and keep it oiled with castor oil to keep it from drying out because it will cause hair loss.
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Post by CrissyQ on 24th May 2010, 7:33 pm

OK ladies why are our babies suffering with this problem? i have noticed so many infants are orn now with this why?

I agree with rj dorsey, get your baby tested for food allergies. i just did and Fish is her number one. i figured that because on day i tried to give her a fish stick and she went crazy withthe scratching. Strawberries, and granola. now that it is allergy season, she is starting to itch more. Poor babies
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Post by SimplyNee on 5th June 2010, 1:11 pm

My daughter is 2 and has had excema since she was born. She also has multiple allergies (pollens, ragweeds, milk, etc). For her skin, we use Aquaphor and very sparingly hydocortisone. We also use oatmeal baths when she gets really itchy and irritated. Due to her multiple allergies, she on Zyrtec daily which also has helped alot with her excema.
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Post by preciouslady on 29th June 2010, 12:57 am

I have to agree that shea butter works well. My daughter is 7 and she would have flare ups regularly before I started using shea butter on her. Her doctor prescribed a hydrocortisone cream that didn't really work. I started using shea butter on her skin and she no longer has flare ups. I use it on her hair as well. I also purchased an organic medicated shampoo from the health food store for her scalp problems. Normally when I use organic shampoo on her hair, they don't help. This shampoo in particular really cleansed and moisturized her scalp very well. But I am not sure if her scalp has exzema or if it is some form of dermatitis. It has carrot oil in it which is good for hair/scalp problems. HTH
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Post by beautie79 on 21st July 2010, 7:51 pm

My 5 year old daughter has eczema and it flares up occassionally. I was using the steriod creams that the doctors prescribed and decided to find something that would work for her because her skin would start to become immune to the creams and would not respond. I have found that calendula lotion works great with her. I use Kiss My Face brand where you can purchase from Lowes Foods or Whole Foods. I have also started using Shea Butter as well. Before trying these methods, she would flare up almost every week. Now I am able to maintain her skin with the moisture to avoid a flare up and now she doesn't have them as frequent. I do keep the steriod cream(the one that responds) handy and I have found that she doesn't need that as much like before. For your daughter that has eczema in her scalp, I know that Weleda has a shampoo with Calendula as an ingredient. But I will stick with calendula forever.
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Post by CrissyQ on 21st July 2010, 7:54 pm

beautie79 wrote:My 5 year old daughter has eczema and it flares up occassionally. I was using the steriod creams that the doctors prescribed and decided to find something that would work for her because her skin would start to become immune to the creams and would not respond. I have found that calendula lotion works great with her. I use Kiss My Face brand where you can purchase from Lowes Foods or Whole Foods. I have also started using Shea Butter as well. Before trying these methods, she would flare up almost every week. Now I am able to maintain her skin with the moisture to avoid a flare up and now she doesn't have them as frequent. I do keep the steriod cream(the one that responds) handy and I have found that she doesn't need that as much like before. For your daughter that has eczema in her scalp, I know that Weleda has a shampoo with Calendula as an ingredient. But I will stick with calendula forever.

My daughters skin got ammune to the steroids too.
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Post by earthy natural on 25th July 2010, 8:20 pm

Hello!
My daughter is 2 and in April a dermatologist identified that her skin problems at the time indicated she has allergies, and subsequently we were referred to an allergy/ashtma specialist who said she has eczema. He prescribed anti-inflammatory creams/topical aides (containing steroids). I would prefer that she not have to be dependent on steroid laden creams and I'm looking into natural alternatives.

He refuses to test my daughter for further allergen triggers; she did not respond to the skin test that looks for the 36 common allergens, but we know that she had a positive response to histamine. This doctor wants us to just keep using the creams for flare ups.

We are in the process of seeking a second opinion. Her eczema is mild -- usually on her arms, wrists and behind her knees. I'm just seeking peace of mind b/c just knowing that she is allergic to something (that is leading to her eczema) when it is very possible to determine exactly what it is, with the only block being an allergist who refuses to dig deeper doesn't sit well with me as her mother.

It does not affect her hair or scalp though.


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Post by Nikcoils on 26th July 2010, 2:35 pm

I have excema on my arms and legs and recently had a few flare ups so I used 100% unrefined shea butter and it got rid of the dry patches. Check to make sure your daughter isn't alergic to nuts before trying the Shea Butter route. that is the only natural way i know to help heal excema.
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Post by CrissyQ on 27th July 2010, 6:56 pm

Honey i had to learn the hard way. my 18 month old is highly allergic to seafood. She had her blood drawn, that how i found that out.. Her pedi gave me somethings to stay away from because they are highly allergenic. Peanuts, Nuts, chocolate any fruit that ends in berry. My daughter loves peanut butter and jelly and i was loading her with sheabutter. Once i eliminated the two, her skin looks 100% better. she also gave me a stronger steriois, it starts with an M. I also bought something called dermarest and it works better than anything i have used before.
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Post by gemofacurlgirl on 8th August 2010, 3:12 am

I have heard that using extra virgin coconut oil and eliminating gulten or other allergens will really help people who have excema as well as wearing natural fibers like cotton and also using natural fragrance free soaps and laundry detergents. My son had it as an infant on his whole body it seemed and if I used the strong rx creams the dr. gave like elocon but I felt better once I went the natural route .
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Post by beautie79 on 18th August 2010, 6:12 pm

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beautie79 wrote:My 5 year old daughter has eczema and it flares up occassionally. I was using the steriod creams that the doctors prescribed and decided to find something that would work for her because her skin would start to become immune to the creams and would not respond. I have found that calendula lotion works great with her. I use Kiss My Face brand where you can purchase from Lowes Foods or Whole Foods. I have also started using Shea Butter as well. Before trying these methods, she would flare up almost every week. Now I am able to maintain her skin with the moisture to avoid a flare up and now she doesn't have them as frequent. I do keep the steriod cream(the one that responds) handy and I have found that she doesn't need that as much like before. For your daughter that has eczema in her scalp, I know that Weleda has a shampoo with Calendula as an ingredient. But I will stick with calendula forever.

My daughters skin got ammune to the steroids too.

The fact that she continued to become immune to the steriods gave me motivation to research natural products for eczema. I have recently made my own shea butter mix for her skin that includes glycerin, honey, kiss my face honey calendula lotion, and tea tree oil. So far it is working for her. I am happy with the results that I am getting from the mix. Her hands especially is the problem which I can see a major difference because they are not as dry as they were before using this mix. It was hard to manage her skin while she is away from me during the day with her washing her hands continuously her hands would by extremely dry when I pick her up from daycare. I can say that I don't have this problem with using this mix yet.
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Post by Alanija on 18th August 2010, 9:54 pm

I find it odd to hear that shea butter can't be used when one is allergic to peanuts because a peanut is not a nut. My daughter is allergic to peanuts and beef so we keep her away from foods that contain nuts because often they are processed along with peanuts. But I didn't really consider keeping her away from hair or body products that contain nuts because they wouldn't be processed around peanuts like food products are. I'm going to have to talk to our allergist about this. This may be the cause of her eczema flare ups that don't clear the way my son's does.
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Post by missimani83 on 28th August 2010, 12:02 pm

My 2yr old daughter has it as well, but never in her scalp. She had it really badly right around the time she turned one. She's been to an allergist & a dermatologist & been given both the blood & skin prick allergy test. We still haven't been able to find what triggers it. I've tried just about every lotion & cream they have, several diff internal allergy medications & she has been on several steroids. The steroids did the trick but then began to thin her skin out so I said enough was enough & decided to go the natural route. I realized that I was just masking the problem by trying to treat it topically & that she need to be treated from the inside out. I started her on probiotics & fish oils. I would add ground flax seeds to her foods & smoothies & just try & clean her diet up as much as possible. I believe that dairy is a trigger for her even though it never came up on any of her tests. Its still a work in progress, she still occasionally has flare ups, & due to the steroids her skin isn't the same in areas. However, since I stopped listening to the doctors telling me that my daughter will be on steroids for the rest of her life & took control of the situation she has gotten so much better. Long pj's & keeping their nails trimmed is also huge. They do so much damage in their sleep I hope this helps.

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