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anyone elses toddler have eczema?

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myjobismum Thu 23-Aug-07 14:06:37

Already posted in health.. but another mumsnetter suggested i post here for further advice - thanks!

hi there all, DS has had bumpy rashes on his arms and legs for a while now (very minor) for which the HV prescribed him hydrous ointment (general emmolient) and called it "sensitive skin"

however over the last 5 days (with no changes to his routine - soap etc) it has flared up majorly all over his right arm, over his shoulder, under his armpit and right down this side of his chest! it is really angry and rough and bumpy. I knew straight of it was eczema as we have a strong family history (Dad, and 2 sister have it mildly, my brother has it serious and is just growing out of it at 17yrs old - he has been hospitalized on several occasions due to severity)and i knew the tell-tale look. GP has seen and confirmed this a.m. (i'm gutted ) and says he is to use NO soap products at all - has been given dermol 200 wash stuff, use hydrous ointment 3times a day - and for the next week hydrocortisone twice a day.

DS is 22mths tomoro - anyone else have a toddler with similar problem - and do i have any reason to worry about using this steroid cream?

sorry to ramble on - thank you

Quootiepie Thu 23-Aug-07 14:07:18

sorry, posted on other one but wanted this on my convos list x x

LazyLinePainterJane Thu 23-Aug-07 14:11:22

The steroid should be fine. If you are worried, then only use it when you feel he needs it but it's only a problem in continuous long long term use.

DS is 2(tomorrow) and we have just about never used any soaps or shampoos on him. What we have found works is using Aqueous Cream (doesn't work for all children, may make him worse, may not) in the bath as a soap and shampoo. Gets rid of the dryness on his scalp and chest.

you get used to it. It's good if you can get it under control with the creams and maybe try adjusting possible irritants (washing powder, dietary issues). We are now down to using the creams about once a week or so.

LazyLinePainterJane Thu 23-Aug-07 14:11:46

Ds does not have a serious case, meant to add.

myjobismum Thu 23-Aug-07 14:15:39

don't know if it is going to be a serious case, but have to say the Gp looked very concerned (shockingly tbh!) he said to keep an eye on it and do not miss creams (only use steriod for a week) but emmolient 3 times and day every day! he also said about 3 times that if it looks to become infected i must make an emergency appointment and see him straight away (or see out of hours if overnight) surely if he is this concerened about infection then it is not a simple case as i would hope it to be!

mumtodd Thu 23-Aug-07 14:18:14

Hi myjobismum, my dd is 15 months and has eczema since she was 2 months old. She also has an egg allergy. we got a referral to an allergy consultant and she came back clear for everything other than the egg so it seems as if it is not food related. It is very difficult to recommended creams etc because children seem to react differently to different things. My dd has no problem with Allergenics products but several posters have said their dc's had a terrible reaction to it. A lot of people recommend Aveeno but it made my dd worse.
Our doctor said not to worry about using the 1% hydrocortisone for flare ups as it is not very strong. The worry with steroid creams was that in the past people thought they were a miracle cure and used way too much of stronger ones for long periods. They are fine used under a doctors supervision.
We find that dd is worse with contact with water so she only has a bath once a week with Oilatum oil and cream afterwards.
The itch/scratch is the worst part of it. DD isn't too bad at the moment but when her feet and legs are bad she wears a cotton sleep suit to stop her scratching.
She always wears cotton only clothing and we use only a tiny amount of non-bio in the wash and do an extra rinse.
Hope this is of some help. Best of luck.

mumtodd Thu 23-Aug-07 14:21:32

Just noticed your post re: infection. DD has had it for 13 months and has been quite bad at times but so far has never had an infection so it is not ineveitable that your ds gets one. I would say do your best to keep him as healthy as you can - good diet etc to boost his immune system. Probiotics and omega 3 are good.

mamama Thu 23-Aug-07 14:24:29

Hydrocortisone is ok in the short term - you can't use it every day forever though. It will stop it itching so will make it more bearable for DS.

You can also try Aveeno (I used to get it on prescription). My ezcema used to be quite bad and I could liknk it to nothing (other than stress). DS gets it from time to time - I just wash him with water, pat him dry and slather the Aveeno on. Seems to do the trick.

Aqueous cream also works for some people (and is really cheap)

myjobismum Thu 23-Aug-07 14:27:08

thanks mummtodd

Theresad Fri 24-Aug-07 12:00:09

With the steroid cream use plenty and it will clear up faster. Use it sparingly and it will take longer meaning more cream is used overall.
We were taught at the hospital to squeze the tube down your finger fronm the tip to the second knuckle joint this is enough to coat an area the size of your hands, place your hands on DS to gauge the size of the area you want to cover.
My DS2 had severe eczema from a baby and narly lost a nipple due to scarring.
We were told by his specialists to use as much steroid cream as was neccessary as you need a lot more than you think (and a lot stronger) to cause damage and that in our case any damage that we might be worried about would not be anywhere near as damaging as not treating the eczema.

Theresad Fri 24-Aug-07 12:08:02

Just finished reading the thread, re infection once my son was started on Dermol 500 and 600 he has not had an infection this has been a few years now and he was prone to them before.
We went through the whole wet wrapping with steroids and Aqueous Cream and had absolutly fantastic nurses to teach us, we even had to wrap his teddy bear to show him how much fun it could be.

myjobismum Fri 24-Aug-07 19:22:53

thanks everyone - just to update....

steriod seems to be working (as is using no soap) because although still there - it isn't anywhere near as angry as it was yesterday!

Also it is spreading fast - started on just right arm, then was right arm and armpit/shoulder, then down chest too - now is spreading down his leg, hip to knee!

he is being very good about it though!

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