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Eczema - looks like sunburn?

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goandshowdaddy Sat 20-Nov-10 18:36:10

Posted this in Allergies too but no replies so thought I'd try here.

My 9 week old DS2 was diagnosed with eczema at 4 weeks and it has steadily got worse. It started with red spots on his face which then spread as a rash down his neck, chest and stomach and has now ended up on his back and all skin creases (back of knees, elbows etc) as well.

He has terrible cradle cap which is also appearing behind his ears. His scalp is also dry, flaky and red (presume it's the eczema) as well as scaly.

We were prescribed Cetraben cream and Doublebase for the bath as well as Sudocreme for the nappy area.

As it has got worse, his neck area and under the arms and round his back/sides, where the nappy fastens, have turned an angry red - looking like sunburn - and feels constantly damp.

The creams didn't seem to be doing much, in fact it almost seemed to get worse (the 'sunburn' appeared after I started using the creams).

I tried using the Sudocreme on his neck and it did seem to dry out the 'wet' skin - the next day his skin was all flaking/peeling off hmm. Not sure if this is a good thing?

I took him back to the docs and, typically, his 'sunburn' wasn't as angry and his skin looked better that day. The doc prescribed E45 for us to try and Oilatum for the bath. She also prescribed a mild steroid cream for the worst areas.

I have been using all of these since then but can't really see any improvement. I'm finding it so frustrating and distressing to see him upset whilst I'm trying to clean, dry and cream the really red bits. It's hard to get his neck dry and when I rub the cream in it seems to just slide off. Doesn't help that he's got a bit of a fat neck so hard to get into the creases!

Just wondered if anyone had any advice and what the 'sunburn' might be if not part of the eczema.

Should I go back to the doc or persist with the creams/bath stuff. How long should it take before I see any effect? My poor baby sad.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 20-Nov-10 20:05:56

Your poor baby indeed! My DS1 had excema as a baby (he's 23 yo now, it's all gone) but not as badly as yours. I guess you've done the obvious stuff, like using non-biological washing powders, avoiding perfumed fabric conditioners and so on? Any pets in the family?

goandshowdaddy Sat 20-Nov-10 21:24:02

Hi OldLady,

Yep, non-bio, no fabric softener. No pets. I was wondering whether to try a different brand of non-bio. It's so hard to try to narrow it down to one thing which could be making it worse - my diet, washing powder, creams etc. Wish it was easier to pinpoint so I could know how to treat it!

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 20-Nov-10 21:29:13

You've already listed all the stuff I used all those years ago; I'm suprised the hydrocortisone isn't making any difference. Sounds like it's back to the GP and ask for a referral to a dermatologist, but keep going with the creams/bath stuff for the moment.

I do feel for you, it's so awful to see your baby in such discomfort, and quite takes the joy out of having a baby.

OldLadyKnowsNothing Sat 20-Nov-10 23:17:30

Glad you're getting more help in allergies section.

goandshowdaddy Sun 21-Nov-10 14:59:50

Thanks for the advice OldLady smile. Yep, got some great replies in Allergies now too.

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