DS (nearly 3) has always had pretty bad ezcema and itching problems and also has multiple food allergies including nuts.
I'm losing faith in the standard treatment he's had for the last 3 years and I'm starting to worry about the amount of petrochemicals he has been absorbing through his normal eczema treatment (Epaderm/Hydromol twice daily). Final straw came on Friday when I picked up his new emollient prescribed by the hospital consultant and found it contained peanut oil!
I was thinking of shea butter but obviously I think that's a nut. The only other thing I've found that looks like it's worth trying is apricot kernel oil. Presumably it doesn't count as a nut does it?? Has anyone ever tried it?
I think Dream Cream is a bit too perfumed for ds (might be an irritant), although I have used it myself and found it good so will investigate further taxilady. Thanks.
Aveeno is great for his face Meep but doesn't give enough moisture for his body. The Medihoney looks interesting though, I've never seen it before.
We've always had to use the 'vaseline' type of emollients as they're the only ones that actually stay on the surface of the skin for any length of time. Any normal creams just seem to be sucked up and disappear. That's why I thought an oil might be worth a try.
I buy the intense overnight itch relief aveeno cream for ds2 (who was so bad he used to bleed) and it worked miracles. I had to buy it from america initally but I did find one place in the uk that stocked it recently.
The normal aveeno cream worked a little but this one was fab. He also has food allergies. I tried lots of different creams before that and nothing touched it. I also use the aveeno bath oil, body wash and sun lotion. Can't rate them highly enough personally.
Waitrose baby Bottom Butter. Pure Potions Skin Salvation. Weleda. Green Baby non pet jelly. Natural Shea butter. I tend to alternate every 2-3 months when a cream becomes less effective. Aveeno reacted badly with my DS 2.6. DS also dairy free. Epaderm is revolting but it does do the job when his skin becomes very dry. Dermol cream is fairly new and we are using that at the mo as it is wonderful and his skin looks brilliant. Will use it for a few more days and then return to Baby Bottom Butter. HTH.
Thanks everyone for these tips, I'll investigate them all.
One of the big problems seems to be most 'natural' creams have either almond or sesame oil in them, both of which he's allergic to. I'm also not sure if he should be using shea butter as that's technically a nut as well I think. If anyone knows different though, I'd be pleased to hear from them.
I tried most of the below recommended creams and found that they worked for a while, then his skin became resistant, so I found I had to keep chopping and changing. I've spent a fortune over the last 2 yrs in our healthfood shop !
Some good ones I like that haven't been mentioned - Weleda Skin Rescue cream and Vogels Neem Cream both really helped most recently. Green People body moisturiser was nice for a while too.
You could also contact a local aromatherapist and ask her to make you up a bath and body oil based on a blend of Grapeseed, jojoba and calendula oil. She could add some essential oils that are really healing to eczema ie chamomile (though NOT if you suspect a ragweed allergy), lavender, geranium etc.