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Question by Kristi
Submitted on 7/2/2003
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My daughter is 2 yrs. & 3 mon.  She has eczema since she was about 2 mon. old.  We have been to UCLA for treatment since then.  Although it is better that it was it still gets scabs, skin peeling off and major cracks.  Right now the medications that are perscription are derma smoothe, tricylade, elidel, oral steroid, bactraban(for sores),and omnicef(when sores get infectious).  Everything over the counter that I have tried are; aquaphor, eurcerin, aveeno oatmeal bath, cetaphil, hydrocortizone, benadryl, and numerous other things.  If there is any additional info. or suggestions that would be great.  I just feel bad for my baby, she's been scratching since she was little and there hasn't been that large of an improvement with all these meds.  Thank You Kristi

Answer by carol
Submitted on 7/16/2003
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I used to have eczema as a child.  I suggest you look into her food. Many kids are allergic to milk.Perhaps you can try giving her soya based milk formula.
People with eczema often develop asthma, so you have got to be careful.


Answer by Carol A
Submitted on 8/8/2003
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I have to agree with the possible food allergy. My son had terrible eczema as a baby. We put him on soy and he cleared up. But, as a one and two year old toddler he got it bad again. He would have eczema on his arms that oozed fluid. We discovered at one yr that he was allergic to peanuts and we avoided peanuts. But after having him skin tested at 3 yr we discovered the other foods he was allergic to. Green peas, other tree nuts, green beans. Legumes in general. He had been eating lots of Bush baked beans and green peas. We stopped that and his skin looks great. We use Dove sensitive in the tub. Still now if he eats alot of chef boy r dee(must be something in it) he'll break out. I also avoid sesame seeds it caused it too. I found that 'Protopic' Rx to be the only thing to clear him up if for example he ate chef boy r dee to many days in a row. Hope this helps.



Answer by evksy
Submitted on 9/2/2003
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I'm not sure how helpful this will be for you since you're in the US but check out this website: http://www.clearwaters-herbary.com.au/

I've had eczema on and off since I was a kid but in the past year its gotten so bad that my dermatologist wants to put me on Immuran (an immunosuppressant usually prescribed for organ transplant patients so they don't reject the organ)

I'm normally pretty anti-drugs and I hated having to use cortisone etc. for such prolonged periods -- needless to say I'm a somewhat reluctant to go on Immuran. -- but after being on corticosteroids continuously, and courses of Prednislone for the past two years, its gotten to the point where I've haven't got too many more options.

I've only recently tried out this Eczema Skin Fix stuff and although its not a magical cure, its worked really well on my dry eczema. (In particular peeling or cracked open hands and feet)
Hasn't really done a lot for my blistery weepy eczema, but overall there has been a massive improvement.

The website seems a little suss, and I have to admit I was a little suspicious initially. The only reason I considered this stuff is because I live in Perth, Western Australia which is north of Esperance, where Clear-Waters is based, so it's reasonably close to home.

I'm pretty sure if I lived overseas though, I wouldn't give this a second look, but my skin has improved heaps, so if you're willing to give it a go I would definitely say it's worth it.

The owners used to have skin problems themselves which is why they started this business.  Also Chris used to lecture at Curtin University, so she has a bit of a background in research.

I really hope this helps!


Answer by Donna
Submitted on 9/15/2003
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My suggestion to you is to determine if your child has food allergies.  My daughter is now 5 and she has had eczema since she was an infant.  I was fortunate enough to find a pediatric allergist who did skin testing on her.  It was a relief to finally have answers to our problem.  We found out that she was allergic to eggs, peanuts, and milk.  These food allergies caused serious eczema, but when we cut them out of her diet, and put her on Zyrtec (antihistamine), she cleared up.  We also received an Rx for Protopic Ointment.  My daughter's allergist suggested we limit baths and continue skin testing yearly (she outgrew her milk allergy) to determine if any new allergies develop (tree nuts, sesame, and ginger are new). He also said that most children who have eczema will develop asthma by the time they reach 6 or 7.  My daughter developed asthma at 4.5.  Her asthma and eczema are under control now.  Good Luck to you.  


Answer by hala ami
Submitted on 12/29/2003
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you can use protopic , its an imunomodulator topical class, u can use protopic 0.03 , using topical protpic will be helpful.


Answer by Tara
Submitted on 1/14/2004
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My son is nearly 4yrs old and has had Eczema since birth.  I have tried many things to help to try and clear it up.  Just recently I was told to cut down his processed foods (especially pizza and jarred items) and put sorbolene cream (no perfumes and as natural as you can get) on it at least 5 times per day.  After all the different cortizone and steroid creams I have tried, it was the simple things that I tried that were the most effective.  His eczema is now in what our doctor calls 'remission' which is just great.  Our son tells us often "it doesn't itch anymore mum", which I am sure you will agree, is JUST GREAT!!!


Answer by Shelly
Submitted on 1/18/2004
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My daughter had eczema for three years. I took her to a pediatric allergist and she tested negative to everything. I reviewed the literature which suggested she may have a delayed allergy. Delayed allergies do not show up on the skin tests. I tried eliminating one food at a time and finally had success when I removed corn.

My daughter developed eczema when she was just a few months old. I found out that there is corn (dextrose) in vitamin D drops and perhaps the early exposure to this triggered the allergy. You have to look for dextrose, glucose, or glucose/fructose when you look at ingredients. There is also corn in milk as it is put in as a carrier for vitamin A & D. I give my daughter goat's milk.

Your child may be allergic to this or it may be another food. Try eliminating one food at a time. Perhaps start with corn (remove for one to three months), then try nuts, wheat, eggs, milk (dairy),soy, etc.
Good luck,


Answer by van
Submitted on 5/3/2004
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I also has a child with severe eczema at the age of 2 months. She has a similar symtoms as your child (e.g. scaling, odor, cracking, watering, hive, itching etc. ) I found out that she was allergic to lactose, soy products even breast milk).  I eliminate all those by given her similac alimentum.  The system getting better only 50% because in the formula still contain about 1% soy oil.  When I prepare the formula, at that time she drank 4 ounce, I put in 3.5 ounce of formula and dilute .5 ounce of water.  The condition getting better about 75%. For awhile I found out that she also allergic to shampoo and lotion containing perfume, alcohol.  I looked all over the place and could not find any product free of soap, perfume and alcohol at the same time.  Luckily I discover there is a brand name"MUSTELA".  Don
t mistaken. There are 2 kinds: one for normal child, and one for problem.  The special only available in FRANCE, HONGKONG, TWAIWAN, SINGAPORE. After I used this products.  The condition better 90%.  Some people said do not taking many bath for your child or the skin will dry up and get worse.  To me that is wrong theory,  If I did not bathe her every other day she will starting to get the rash.  And also keep her cool, I bought the mini fan from sharper image it worked very well.  Hope these tips will help your child as well as mine, good luck


Answer by Tanya
Submitted on 11/23/2004
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I've read that "Mustela" products contain peanut oil.  This is bad because research indicates that babies with exzema often have peanut allergies, possibly caused by saturating the broken skin at a vulnerable time with a peanut product.  This is what happened to our kid!


Answer by Ileana
Submitted on 2/18/2005
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find a good compassionate homeopath. the problem could be vaccination or allergies. i would need more symptoms to give you a more helpful answer. stay away from hi-tech pharmaceutical drugs. use herbal creams which do not suppress.


Answer by Marlene
Submitted on 4/29/2005
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Answer by Lidia
Submitted on 2/24/2006
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My son had eczema since he was born. After a year we figured out that not only milk but also wheat products were causing it. we did run alergy tests but everything came up clear. we put him on gluten (wheat) and casein (milk) free diet and everything cleared up. some kids can't break down gluten and casein in their system. Other alternative to the diet are supplements- enzymes you can get them online.


Answer by jo
Submitted on 3/2/2006
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my son Nathan developed eczema at 8 weeks old.we have tried various creams lotions and bath oils,however we stuck with epaderm emollient to moisturise,and elecon steroid when his skin becomes inflamed.nathan is 6 now and needs to use epaderm once in a blue moon,if its used as perscribed! be patiant and im sure you will get results. good luck.


Answer by nycmom
Submitted on 6/27/2006
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my son has had eczema since he was born and i have tried everything. the only thing that really works is dr. bobby's cream. you can get it on their website or at some local stores (i think they list their stores on the site). it works really well and i use it on my older 2 kids as cream and sometimes even on myself!


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Answer by szilvi
Submitted on 3/9/2007
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I have a 5 months old baby and he has Eczema for about 2 months. We started to dress him only into 100% cotton clothes, we use Cetaphil to bath him and we also used Cetaphil lotion on his skin and that was very good, but his skin didn't really get better.
Our doctor prescribed Elidel for him and when I read the information about it , I didn't dare to use it. I also checked the internet what FDA would say about it and the "black box" warning for this and for Protopic didn't make me feel better about using this product.
I decided to take him to a pediatric allergist to see if he has any allergies. The  doctor gave us an RX for Mimyx (TM) Cream till his allergy test to help his skin to heal. This is a new cream and it is seems to be just perfect! It is hypoallergenic, anti-irritant, deep dermal hydration and totally safe!!There is no steroid in it and it has NO side effects!!!!!!You might want to try this (I never heard about this before but it is really great!!!) and an allergy test if you didn't have one yet.
good luck!


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