my children have excema - do you have any tips/remedies or advice i can try?

@gemini_rose (16193)
February 3, 2008 4:32am CST
I have a 7 and a 2 year old, both have suffered with excema since they were born. Most of the time I can keep it under control, but just lately it has flared up in them again and I am having problems controlling it. Normally I go to the doctors and they give me steroid cream for them, but I have heard through various things that these might be harmful if used long term. They also give me another lotion that is supposed to keep their skin supple but this does not seem to work anymore. I dont think they have it severe, as in some cases I have seen, but the 2 year old has it all over her belly, elbows, backs of knees and on her back, very rashy and red and I think this is causing her to have broken sleep at night as she is not sleeping well. So I just wandered if anyone has experienced this and found something that works for them, any creams or lotions? Or if there is something I can try on them? My 7 year old seems to suffer mainly from extremely dry skin, any remedies or advice will be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
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@Gemmygirl1 (2871)
• Australia
5 Feb 08
My 20 month old daughter is exactly the same but we use a cream type thing called 'Robertsons' i'm not sure exactly what it is but it does the trick - perhaps you could look for it with your chemist or online? It's quite expensive but will last a while. I also used to use my stretch-mark cream as it's full of good things - aloe vera, vitamin E etc which made my daughter's skin feel a lot better. You can try anything that has natural extracts, they're designed to put moisture in the skin which should stop the excema from being as red & itchy as it would normally be. Also, try using (especially on the 2 year old) a baby bath lotion every bath, as there are some designed for sensitive skin & they always make my daughter look & feel a lot better. Good luck!
• Australia
5 Feb 08
Oh, you could also try 'emu' oil or 'rose hip' oil - both are very good for the skin!
@gemini_rose (16193)
5 Feb 08
Thank you, I am so pleased with the help I have had with this, and I certainly am taking note of all the wonderful ideas I can try! I am sure with all the ideas I will find something that works for them.
@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
3 Feb 08
I feel really sad to hear about your children. Here are some tips: Flaxseed oil: Flaxseed seed can provide instant relief from eczema. It acts as an anti-inflammatory due to fatty acid content. Intake of flaxseed oil in diet improves the dry skin conditions. Applying powdered nutmeg: Powdered nutmeg can be mixed with rose water and applied over the itching area of skin. Oatmeal and buttermilk paste: Oatmeal is considered ideal for relief from itching and rashes of eczema. Also soothing for the dry skin. Also buttermilk is a great skin conditioner. Oatmeal and buttermilk should be blend to make a smooth paste. Place it in a refrigerator for about 20 min and apply over the rashes of eczema. Turmeric: Fresh turmeric should be rubbed against a stone and applied over the rashes of eczema. It helps healing and relief to itching. Best results are found when applied externally. Fresh turmeric shows better results than powdered turmeric. Regular use of turmeric is beneficial when applied externally. Warm water bath with neem tree bark: Boil the bark of neem tree in water.Regular bath with this warm water can sooth the itching area. Dry the affected area and apply neem oil or a fresh paste of neem leaves. For more tips: http://www.helium.com/tm/826696/eczema-extreme-disorder-itchy
@gemini_rose (16193)
3 Feb 08
Thank you for responding and thank you for all your wonderful tips, so many of them and which to try first! But try them I will because the older one although he suffers is not as bad as the littlest, it wakes her through the night and is very frustrating for us all. Do I get these products from a herbal/health shop?
@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
5 Feb 08
I do not know where you live. You can get nutmeg in herbal shops. Turmeric you can find in indian grocery shop. Oatmeal is available in all supermarkets. Buttermilk- dilute some yogurt.
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
15 Feb 08
Hi, I have not experienced excema myself but my friend used to have really bad excema. She went and saw a natrapath and that really helped her. I think excema can be controlled by the food that they eat. My friend could not drink milk as this made her skin flare up even more. If possible get your children tested for food allergies this might help control it.
@gemini_rose (16193)
15 Feb 08
Actually I have been wandering if it is something she has in her diet that triggers it myself just recently. She loves milk and drinks quite a lot of it, she was drinking full fat but I recently changed her to semi skimmed, her skin calmed down for a few days then flared up again! I dont know whether to try goats milk, she had soya but she hates it.
• United States
4 Feb 08
My 7 year old has severe excema and we have had to go through many treatments since she was born. The best tips I have are to let them soak in the tub with an oatmeal bath. We use Aveeno oatmeal bath treatments. I leave her in there for at least 20 minutes. Then I put Eucerin lotion on her. It is expensive but really helps. The same people who make Eucerin also have a grease like moisturizer called Aquaphor and I had tried that but didn't like how greasy and sticky it was. My daughter also has a steriod cream for when she breaks out really bad but there are also nonsteroid creams that you can get the doctor to give you. Also my doctor gave my daughter I liquid medicine to give her to help keep her from itching and it has helped. If she is really itching I give it to her and she slows done some and her skin doesn't get as bad. Sorry this is long winded. BUT just rememeber that excema is a cycle disease. It is started by the dry itchy skin, then you scratch and break the skin causing damage, which causes your skin to dry even more, leading to more scratching and so on and so forth. The best bet is to stay on top of it even though it is a heavy task. Help keep them cool (when you get hot and sweat you tend to itch), keep their skin moisturized with a good nonscented lotion, and try to distract them from the actual scratching when they are itchy!
@gemini_rose (16193)
4 Feb 08
Thank you for your help and advice, I cant believe all of the great tips and help I am getting i am really pleased. Both my children started off with excema when they were about 2 months old and I have always relied on the doctors for their creams and stuff but it just is not working as well anymore and want to try some other ways, and all the help I have had from this will give me plenty of things to try for some time to come, thank you.
• Canada
4 Feb 08
We also tried the steroid creams on my 2 year old's excema but they didn't seem to do much at all. I find that putting regular vaseline on the spots works the best for her skin. We've tried all the expensive lotions, oatmeal bathes, etc! I was extremely surprised to find that good old vaseline worked the best. Good Luck!
@gemini_rose (16193)
4 Feb 08
Yes it seems that over time the steroid creams are less effective, I cant believe you use vaseline! Something so simple like that, and its certainly worth a try and thank you for your response.
@chrysz (1603)
• Philippines
3 Feb 08
Try using Dr. Kaufmann medicated soap (sulphur soap) but I am not sure if it is available in UK. Also, you can try sorbolene creams and body wash. I think Johnsons have it. For extremely dry skin, you can try oilatum soap, dove unscented bar or lactacyd blue.
@gemini_rose (16193)
3 Feb 08
Thank you for your tips! I have heard of dr kaufmann so I will have a look for it, the others I have definately heard of, I never thought of dove that might work on my boy as he seems to be more dry than anything at the minute.
• Portugal
15 Feb 08
Your children were suffering a lot and I will advise you but I am not doctor but I had some excema problems and to ease I used to do a home remedy done as following: carrots raw grated can be turned into a cataplasm and applied on sensitive areas of the skin. You should do also some tests on allergic food because people who have excema are allergic to wheat, potatoes, tomatoes, milk and derivades, eggs, sugar. You could do the test at home, during some weeks do not feed them with wheat (bread, pastas, sauces) then you will see if the skin will be better and then give them again that kind of food, if the skin show some differences the kids are allergic and then with the others each one time. I presume they are allergic to milk because they have had this problem since early age. You should use products hipo-allergenic for bath and caring. Sometimes heater brings discomfort and increase the problem but a controled exposition to sunshine improves healing. Attention to bed and bath clothes, even you have washing macchine, then rinse again that clothes sometimes with water to clean well the detergent and soft cleaners. Feed them with many carrots, soup, salats (raw is better, carrots have vitamin A very good to skin. Amother remedy for inflammation is calendula oil to use externally. This product can speed wound healing, it has properties that reduces inflammation, controls bleeding and soothes irritated tissues. Try also primrose oil. My eczema is due to allergic clothes and I have had many problems that I healed like I posted here, mainly carrots which are my allied. I do not know if oils are easy to find in your country but ask on an herbal shop. To your elder son I advise he has a warm bath and then put on skin some almond oil which can be bought at chemist. They are only natural products. I tried also homeopathic remedies like "arsenicum album" which can be good for elder kid, and "sulphur" when eczema inscreases after bath. But I prefer carrots which are cheap. I would like to know future developments on this situation.
• United States
4 Feb 08
My 7 year old has severe excema and we have had to go through many treatments since she was born. The best tips I have are to let them soak in the tub with an oatmeal bath. We use Aveeno oatmeal bath treatments. I leave her in there for at least 20 minutes. Then I put Eucerin lotion on her. It is expensive but really helps. The same people who make Eucerin also have a grease like moisturizer called Aquaphor and I had tried that but didn't like how greasy and sticky it was. My daughter also has a steriod cream for when she breaks out really bad but there are also nonsteroid creams that you can get the doctor to give you. Also my doctor gave my daughter I liquid medicine to give her to help keep her from itching and it has helped. If she is really itching I give it to her and she slows done some and her skin doesn't get as bad. Sorry this is long winded. BUT just rememeber that excema is a cycle disease. It is started by the dry itchy skin, then you scratch and break the skin causing damage, which causes your skin to dry even more, leading to more scratching and so on and so forth. The best bet is to stay on top of it even though it is a heavy task. Help keep them cool (when you get hot and sweat you tend to itch), keep their skin moisturized with a good nonscented lotion, and try to distract them from the actual scratching when they are itchy!