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My baby girl has eczema on her arms and legs. Does anyone have any recommendations for treatment? I switched her soap to California Baby-super sensitive, I'm using Cetafil Lotion, and dreft detergent. Thanks for your help!
I've had it since I was a kid and use a combination of things. Steriod cream is hit or miss as to whether it will do anything. Oatmeal baths help. They may be a little small, but if it fill a sock with oatmeal and drop it in the bath with them you get the benefits of oatmeal without the mess.
If your really adventurous, my mom often broke out the herbal remedies. I couldn't tell you how to make it, but a poultice of slippery elm and witch hazel cleared me up every time.
Stop using Dreft -- switch to a brand that is free of dye and scents.
We can't bathe ours daily or it dries out the skin. We also use Eucerin lotion in the jar, not the regular stuff. It's much thicker and makes a world of difference!
For mine- cool but not cold baths (hot makes for drier skin). Bathing every other or every third day. Cetaphil liquid soap and lotion- it's amazingly gentle. I can't use Tide- even the free and clear stuff. Something about their formulation. I use All free and clear- excellent stuff. No scented anything that goes on the skin until the eczema has cleared up and it can be individually tested.
And if the spots are coming back repeatedly in the same places, it wouldn't hurt to look at what touches them in case it's a topical allergen that's triggering it. I have a lovely raw leather purse that was finished with some unknown conditioner- it gives me a flare up on my shoulder and palms (unusual spots for me) every time. Took me forever to figure it out because I'm not allergic to leather- just the conditioner on this specific leather... and I wore it in the winter with a coat that usually kept it from contacting the skin- so it wasn't consistent with wearing the purse- only with wearing the purse on warm days. Stuff like that.
(Sorry for wandering though- I love the multiples board for ideas on how to handle my triplet nephews when I babysit them. I just happened to have a lot of eczema experience)
Theraplex Emollient - it's non-prescription but you need to order it at a pharmacy.
My daughter had pretty bad eczema as an infant and this thing was a godsend. Steroids may work but it's only temporary and the eczema always comes back. Nothing non prescription worked.
We still use it argumentatively as moisturizer.
my pedi suggest just using water in the bath, and washing hair last so they are not sitting in soapy water for very long. I do baths only every few days in the winter.
for eczema spots, I mix aquaphor with a little hydrocortisone cream and it clears them up pretty fast.
I can recommend two things, both are a vegan product from Arbonne. Product one is FC5 Skin Conditioning Oil and the second is Arbonne Intelligence Rejuvenating Cream
we also have a great line of baby products too.
check out my website at tammyjohogan.myarbonne.com and if you have any questions or I can help in anyway, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org