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constant use of hc cream

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dubidi Fri 09-Jan-09 20:40:53

can anyone help??
My 5 month old is a constant state of flare up with his eczema particularly irritable on his face. GP has told me to use HC 3 times a day (hate using it once a day never mind three times daily) used trillions of moisurisers nothing seems to help, back to imulsifying ointment now as GP advised me to. He wouldn't prescribe any of the aveeno products so i have ordered them from america £35.
Help i am at my wits end he cant sleep with the constant scratching. I'm not sure if its the cold weather making it worse.

thisisyesterday Fri 09-Jan-09 20:43:33

use hope's relief cream
recommended to me, for a friend, on another site. I researched it and found nothing but people raving about it.
said friend got some and it was amazing, her little boys face cleared up straight away.

I would def try it

thisisyesterday Fri 09-Jan-09 20:44:21

meant to say, friend was supposed to be using the hydrocortisone too, but didn't like using it so much and found that whenever she stopped it flared back up even worse.

it's been fine since using the hope's relief which is all natural stuff.

<disclaimer> i do not work for hope's relief lol, just seen it work and it's fab

magicfarawaytree Fri 09-Jan-09 20:50:34

coconut oil is raved on about by many excema sufferers. cold processed coconut oil it also have antibacteral properties.

babybarrister Fri 09-Jan-09 20:58:14

Try to be open minded about steriods as they do have a use and can help stop infections as they stop the DCs getting to the point where they rip their flesh open. However, what GPs never advise about is that many people are in fact allergic to hydrocortisone hence the fact that it makes matters worse in some cases - Eumovate seems to the alternative and certainly works for us when we really need it. I tried every "natural" remedy in the book as suggested by everyone - steriods and change of diet were all that actually worked

Chatkins Fri 09-Jan-09 21:00:48

I agree with babybarrister - some creams make eczema worse for some dc - one of mine had terrible reaction to eumovate and diprobase - so have never put them on the others - but all have been fine with hc, it is very mild, I am relieved when that is all I have had to use !

I am coming out the other side now though as my dds aged 6 and 4 are growing out of it, as we all eventually did - hope the same happens for you !

duchesse Fri 09-Jan-09 21:07:43

I'm certain they no longer prescribe the heavy-duty stuff to babies any more, but my husband's mother used steroid cream on a patch of excema on his head for two years, not having been told otherwise, leaving a marked depression in his head and very thin skin over an area about 2 sq inches which he still has now. It is worth double-checking with your GP how long it's safe to use it.

callmeovercautious Fri 09-Jan-09 21:10:33

Have you checked that is not a food irritating his skin?

DD gets a sore face from acidic foods - particularly tomato puree but also oranges and tomatos, tom sauce etc.

As for the HC cream - I find an ointment better and also that some prescribed things contain things that make it worse!

Trial and error here! Although I have it too so am a bit more aware than DH.

A good tip from the GP was to smooth emolient on in one go - in a long stroke rather than rubbing it in, aparrently the rubbing irritates the skin making it flare up more.

Another one is porridge oats in the bath rather than the oils etc. Wrap a handful in a muslin and tie it up. Pop in the bath and squeeze a bit - it make a really good emolient and completely natural!

MelBanks Tue 02-Oct-12 11:34:12

I agree upon the coconut oil comment. Try Tiana Organic Extra Virgin Raw Coconut Oil... Its so good for you, strengthens your immune. I use it on my skin as well. When I had excema, I did use the steroid cream and it made my skin darker and it looked horrible. Make sure you use an natural remedy. The best coconut oil on the market is TIANA.. and trust me, I have tried all of them from USA to England

eragon Tue 02-Oct-12 11:58:30

although if food allergies suspected, even though coconut is a palm, people are still allergic to it. so as usual be careful with test patching small areas before using any new cream.

I doubt that coconut oil as such strengthens an immune system. rather that your skin improved and was working as a barrier to infection, as it should do when not inflamed.

my son had the HC creams twice/three times daily until he was five, then his skin improved and he only needs moisturising creams. there is no skin damage at all.
This is , as others have mentioned because the steriod use is now lower in amount than when i was a child.
I have skin damage on my hands after years of using strong betnovate mixture without any moisturisers from a young age.

leaving skin for longer without controlling a flare up , if you can with prescribed meds, may mean skin gets worse and gets infected. stronger steriods will have to be used and antibiotics as well.

greenbananas Tue 02-Oct-12 19:13:17

DS had bad eczema as a baby, and the advice I got from these boards was not to be afraid of using the steroid cream. It's better to slap it on thick and often for a short period, to clear up the eczema, than it is to use it sparingly and thus never quite get on top of the eczema so that you end up using the creams for longer. DS did have a pale patch around his mouth for a few months, where he had needed a lot of steroid cream, but this has totally gone now and his skin is beautiful.

Eumovate worked for us. Diprobase (and some others, including the 1% hydrocortisone) just irritated DS's skin and made his eczema worse. Different creams work for different children.

DS's eczema was entirely related to his food allergies, and I found that identifying the culprit foods was the key to clearing up his eczema long term. This is not the case for everyone, but it's still worth trying to figure out if there is anything 'obvious' that could be causing flare-ups (might be food, or something in the environment).

Aveeno is good for treating dry skin and staving off minor flare-ups. We did get it prescribed, but I also found that we could buy the same stuff in Asda for around £5 a tube smile

greenbananas Tue 02-Oct-12 19:14:47

should add - Aveeno is good so long as you are not allergic to oats!! Different creams work for different children...

Afsana1 Tue 02-Oct-12 21:58:31

I had this same problem. Dd had hydrocortisone 1% for about 2-3 weeks as nothing would work. Then I met a great dr who said to use strong steroid cream for short bursts of time and that really worked. Was prescribed momethasone cream and it cleared her face in a couple of days. Xxx

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