Baby eczema

Morning ladies, just wondering if any of your lo's suffered with baby eczema? Isaac is 6 months old now and has started to develop eczema in the last few months. So far have tried aqueous cream (useless), oilatum which is ok, but doesn't get rid of it completely and e45 cream. This was prescribed by gp but made it much worse so only used it for 2 days. Was also prescribed balneum oil for in the bath. I have also tried oilatum bath and infaderm bath. They seem to help a bit but don't completely solve the problem. At the moment he does have a bath every night as It's part of our bedtime routine so would like to carry on with that. But I do try to make it quick and make sure the water's not too hot. I'm putting the cream on twice a day at the moment. Isaac's eczema isn't horrendous, but seems to be getting worse so really want to try and get it under control. I don't mind buying something if It's not available on prescription. Any recommendations for creams, bath products etc or advice welcome. Thanks ladies x x

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  • Hi my son got eczema when he was around 9 months sometimes when he itched through the night his skin would bleed we tried lots of different creams we currently use oilatum bath oil and hydrous cream, we also got given a derma silk suit which really really helps you apply the cream and place suit over it keeps the skin cool calm itching, hopefully your son will grow out of it my son is now 5 and loads better we still apply cream couple of times a week and he wears the silk vest sometimes ask to be referred to a eczema nurse/ specialist hopefully they can help more good luck xx
  • mrsleggomrsleggo Posts: 807

    my daughter (nearly 3) has had it since she was about 8 months. She started with it on her face and at first the doctor said it was ringworm and then they said it was Psoriasis (I'm a sufferer as is my mum) and then they said "no wait it excema" she got fusidin cream for that and it eventually cleared up, then she developed it on the backs of her hands and she was given hydrocortisone, which cleared it up but now it has come back in patches on her shins and her wrists so back on hydrocortisone to get that cleared up.

    We also put some oil stuff we got in morrisons in her bath which seems to help, its yellow oil in a clear bottle, can't remember the name/make

    Dawn x

     

  • MrsC81MrsC81 Posts: 201
    How interesting they thought she had ringworm. When I first took Isaac to the doctors they said it was ringworm ( on head too ). This week a different doctor said it was probably eczema, especially as it has spread. It's now on wrists, ankles, behind knees and pretty bad on tummy/chest. If it doesn't clear up might have to have the steroid cream, but wanted to avoid it if possible. Thanks for the suggestions ladies x
  • PopsyxxPopsyxx Posts: 1,009
    I don't have a baby but have suffered from eczema since I was very young. I was always prescribed diprobase also known and double base. That normally done then job. I also used to care for a girl who suffered from it and I put double base on her every nappy change and before bed then as she got better cut down how many times a day I was putting it on xxx
  • We have zerobase on prescription, it to be keeping it at bay thank goodness. It's a cream it we have to use it in the bath too
  • I suffer with it and both of my younger cousins had it severely when they were babies - like Sophx we all use diprobase regularly and then hydrocortisone when it's really bad. We tried Aqueous cream too, and I agree it was pants!! Like others have said, my cousins did grow out of it eventually and i only get small patches now and then... hope you find something that works soon! x

  • MrsM2014MrsM2014 Posts: 223

    I would echo what everyone else has says.  I have suffered with eczema all my life, and unfortuantly my middle son has it as well.  His started at around 8 weeks and has been in hospital numerous times trying to get it under control.  Unfortuantly, eah child is different so what works for one doesnt necessarily work for another.  Also they can get resistant to creams after a while, so regimes need to change.  Cool baths do help with the itching and covering hands to woth mittens to prevent bleeding helps (although babies hate this!). Definately ask to be referred to a specialist as well.

    My son is now 10 and his eczema has improved dramtically, although we still use creams daily

    MrsT2be x wrote (see)
    Hi my son got eczema when he was around 9 months sometimes when he itched through the night his skin would bleed we tried lots of different creams we currently use oilatum bath oil and hydrous cream, we also got given a derma silk suit which really really helps you apply the cream and place suit over it keeps the skin cool calm itching, hopefully your son will grow out of it my son is now 5 and loads better we still apply cream couple of times a week and he wears the silk vest sometimes ask to be referred to a eczema nurse/ specialist hopefully they can help more good luck xx

    MrsT2be - My son trialled the derma silk suit in the UK and his experience of it was instrumental in getting it available in the UK, so I am so pleased to hear that you have used it and it helped.  image

     

  • MrsC81MrsC81 Posts: 201
    Thanks ladies, will keep trying different things. Like I said it's not horrendous but want to stop it before it gets any worse x
  • mum2be2011mum2be2011 Posts: 1,172

    My LO has suffered this from shortly after birth and the oilatum twice a day works for us, however, if he has a bad breakout I use hidrocortisone which helps when used twice a day religiously for a few days but I find once I stop using it he gets it back.

    I have to say I only bath him every other night and that has made a huge difference to his skin as the water does dry it out. Have you thought about changing your routine for a while to see if it helps? x

  • Flossy17Flossy17 Posts: 289

    My little boy developed awful eczema on his whole back which spread to his neck when he was about 3 months. We tried loads. The only thing that made it go was 5% hydrocortisone. But the difficulty was trying to find something to keep it away. I read about safflower oil (bought from holland and barrett) and used to put it on him at night before applying hydromol. I would then use the hydromol at each nappy change and gradually reduced the applications. Now I use oilatum in the morning and at night and he no longer has the eczema (he is almost 8 months). Sometimes he is a bit red behind the knees so I just put on hydromol as and when. We only bathe using hydromol every 3rd day (top and tail other days) and make sure he is moisturised within 3 minutes of getting out of the bath. Also only cotton clothing washed in Surcare with an extra rince cycle. I am confident all these changes helped keep the eczema away. Hope you get it sorted soon x

  • We got hydromol from the hv when my lo and dry skin at birth, worked wonders x
  • Tigger1978Tigger1978 Posts: 235

    Aveeno cream is really good for eczema - its the oat complex in it, apparently!  You can get baby aveeno cream but Ive never seen it in the shops, might need to buy it online.  Bit of a hassle but if the other suggestions don't work it might be worth a look.  I use the normal Aveeno face moisturiser and its really calming if you have dry, red or irritated skin. 

  • Hi,

     I dnt have children but have suffered with eczema all my life. I am a nurse with previous experience working in dermatology. The most common problem with sufferers of eczema is that they do not apply enough cream, you can't apply too much emollient.

    You could apply cream to baby at every nappy change, twice a day is rarely enough for adult or child. Apply cream in plentiful amounts(swimming the chanel effect).

    Avoid steroids in infants if possible.

    Can't recommend derma silk highly enough, have met with there reps on numerous occasions and they have some great case studys. Google it, perhaps if moneys not too tight you could buy some products, you can discuss prescription with GP, but sometimes they are reluctant due to cost.

    If your bathing baby daily ensure you pat them dry as that way you aren't either inflaming the skin or removing the emollient you bathed them in.

    Obviously avoid scented products, talcs and wipes etc.

    Most kids grow out of it.

     

     

  • Arubababy82Arubababy82 Posts: 162
    Hi, I use Epaderm on Amelia-Rose's eczema every time I change her nappy. You can get it on prescription or over the counter. Good luck finding a treatment that suits x
  • MrsC81MrsC81 Posts: 201
    Thanks ladies, got some doublebase at the weekend so going to give that a go, but don't think it's going to get rid of it completely. Will give it a week and if no real improvement will have to go back to gp. x x
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