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Eczema

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doblet Mon 03-Oct-11 08:59:59

My 8mo dd has ezcema which has flared up in this heat and she has been awake for HOURS each night, wriggling and scratching. I have some cream from the chemist and have booked an appointment with the dr for tomorrow. Is there anything else I can do in the meantime to try and ensure we all get some sleep tonight?

Macdog Mon 03-Oct-11 10:16:19

keep her as cool as you can.
Aveeno cream good to soothe and cool hot skin.

cooler bath will also help

Curlybrunette Mon 03-Oct-11 12:57:59

My advice would be to keep going back to your gp or hv until you find a cream that works. There are so many different creams that work for some and not for others. My friend used aveeno on her ds and he got redder and redder but she kept on using it for a couple of weeks thinking it was just taking time to work until another hv said he was obviously reacting so stop using it. She felt dreadful.

My ds had horrendous ezcema from a couple of weeks old all over his face and at first I felt like I was being a pain going back to the gp but a hv said to keep trying different combinations until something works. If there is any sign or weeping or yellowness then the skin is infected so you may need antibiotics aswell.

We tried allsorts but eventually ended up with Unguentum M cream (a thick white cream like E45) and Eumovate steriods. Brilliant for us, almost took the ezcema away within a week or so.

We have an ezcema nurse specialist in our area, not sure if they have them everywhere, your hv has to refer you but she was fab, showed us so many different creams and ways to try and keep on top of it.

Also if your dd seems unsettled at night, don't be afraid of using something like medised or piriton (can you still use medised on under 1's?) to take the itching away.

Good luck x

darceysdad Wed 05-Oct-11 13:10:23

hi there
our month old baby had similar problems. my advice would not be to pick up a cream from the chemist until you know exactly what it is you are placing on your baby's skin. i am not a big fan of steroids and petrochemicals to treat skin complaints. there is a cream on the market that i always use, that is 100% natural and mostly organic. its called skin salvation and its available from purepotions.biz. i'm just going to put some on my baby now.

LadyTurmoil Wed 05-Oct-11 20:44:49

Assume he wears cotton pyjamas, has cotton sheets, not duckdown or feather duvet. I am a fan of Diprobase for very dry skin, sometimes use 1% or 2.5% hydro-cortisone cream for bad, itchy eczema areas. I also use Purepotions Skin Salvation cream for myself and my daughter (it has helped her tremendously) but I would do a patch test first to see there is no reaction. Is he drinking plenty of water? Also showers/baths that aren't too hot, let him cool down after the bath before dressing and/or bedtime. My pet hate is Aqueous cream but others like it, as others have said above, it's trial and error until you find a cream that suits him but don't discount using steroid creams to get it under control. I don't like them either but it's better to break the itch/scratch cycle by using them for a short time and then try other creams when his skin is calmer. I wish you the best of luck. smile

22pinkjade Wed 05-Oct-11 22:00:36

Skin Salvation from Purepotions range is the only cream that has completely cleared my babys eczema. all natural ingredients and helped straight away. £11.50 4 small pot but worth every penny, best thing since sliced bread!

Curlybrunette Wed 05-Oct-11 23:06:59

I agree ladyturmoil that although steriods aren't ideal, it really was the only thing that got ds's eczema under control and then we could just use moisturisers

x

nicebutjim Wed 05-Oct-11 23:15:42

Someone on here recommended scratchsleeves to me and I can't thank them enough. In terms of creams everyone is different (no creams worked well for us but saltwater got rid of ds's very bad eczema in a few days) but stopping the scratching is the other half the problem and the scratchsleeves worked wonders.

IHeartKingThistle Wed 05-Oct-11 23:20:50

Scratchsleeves are the best thing ever.

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