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bleeding ezcema on toddler's hands

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SparkleRainbow Tue 30-Nov-10 11:02:28

I am looking for any advice/experiences here. My dd2 who is just 2 and a big thumb sucker, has had ezcema on her hands and wrists on and off for the last year. Today though it is really bad and bleeding in places. We are snowed in, so I can't get to the doctor. I am nervous about using the hydrocortizone or emolient ceams in case it stings, or causes and infection and of course she will keep sucking her thumb! Can I dress her hands to cover them? I probably have sterile bandages but would like to do the right thing for her.

Oneandnomore Tue 30-Nov-10 13:01:44

My GP advised using vaseline when dd's hands were like this. They weren't sore to the point of bleeding but her usual cream did sting.

Also, I pit some porridge oats in a stocking and filled the sink with thw water running through the oats. It really soothes sore hands. When she goes to bed, pop some vaseline on her hands, try a little first and wait a minute to check it won't sting. Then put some socks on her hands, cut a thumb hole for her first!

Can you ring HV or surgery for advice? It might be best to check first before using anything different.

SparkleRainbow Tue 30-Nov-10 13:08:43

I have just spoken to the gp, she suggested vaseline and bandages over her hands at night. Socks is a really good idea though, and much easier than trying to bandage her hands, I am going to try that now. I have already put the vaseline on, maybe she would keep socks on as a novelty...I will try. Thank you so much for that idea.smile

Oneandnomore Tue 30-Nov-10 13:17:31

Glad to help smile

If the socks hinder her too much in the day, you could swirl some vaseline in warm water and soak her hands for a few minutes which will moisturise them but without the grease!

SparkleRainbow Tue 30-Nov-10 13:26:08

At the moment she is keeping the socks on, and happily sucking her thumb, whilst watching cbeebies grin. Will try the vaseline in water later, when she pulls them off, which she will do soon!

Thank you smile

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