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toddler eczema

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bananainmyhair Wed 16-Jan-13 15:05:35

There is a history of eczema in my partners family and my toddler (one and a half) is getting what looks like the start of it. It is mainly on her cheeks and chin, quite bad and has appeared from no where over the last few days.

Any tips on things I can do to make it better/not make it worse?

- should I be bathing daily? or less regular?
- what creams are the best?
- is diet anything to do with it?
- are face wipes a bad idea?

Thank you

Bundlejoycosysweet Wed 16-Jan-13 15:16:59

Bathing daily is fine but use something like e45 in the bath to make it less drying.

Do not use any aqueous creams as this makes it more sore, the best we used is epaderm cream. Apply liberally and often.

Eczema can be related to allergies (my DS eczema was made a lot worse by allergy to cats).

See GP for stronger creams and more advice if the moisturising shows little effect.

Good luck, hopefully she will grow out of it, my DS mainly has.

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 16-Jan-13 15:21:53

Alot of the creams the drs prescribe I always found made it worse. I can link you to a website that I use to purchase the cream
I use and I also bought some shampoo and conditioner from which has helped my dds skin alot. I also found removing dairy from her diet made a huge difference but that is something that drs/ websites don't always feel is proven. I can say that it helped my dd but may not help yours .

But let me know if you want the link smile

bananainmyhair Wed 16-Jan-13 17:20:16

thanks for your replies, the link would be helpful if you could caffeine smile

MegBusset Wed 16-Jan-13 17:29:41

It's probably the cold making it flare up - DS1's is bad atm. Different things work for different people but in general:

- Bathe every day using a specialist bath oil like Oilatum or Aveeno. E45 is not recommended as it contains lanolin, neither is aqueous cream.

- Moisturise multiple times a day with an emollient - you may need to try a few to see which works best. We use Doublebase.

- Use steroid cream on red patches - make sure you're using a strong enough cream for long enough.

- Only use non bio washing powder, no fabric conditioner. 100% cotton clothing and bedding.

- If she hasn't reacted to eating any food then an allergy seems unlikely but you could ask for a referral for testing if you have any suspicions.

MegBusset Wed 16-Jan-13 17:30:14

Oh and definitely no face wipes!

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Wed 16-Jan-13 18:09:57 this is the web site I personally recommend:

And this shampoo:

tangledupinpoo Wed 16-Jan-13 19:04:45

We found oats in the bath good. Get a handful of porridge oats - tie into small muslin and put in the bath, giving a good squeeze. Then after bath, you can wipe the muslin with oaty mush in it over DD's skin.

Epaderm was the best regular cream we found, but I think different things are good for different children. You can use that in the bath too (but makes it v slippery).

We also used 'hope's relief' which is a natural remedy. I was sceptical, but desperate! I am convinced it worked for my son but it's expensive. You can get it from, which is a good website generally for eczema related products.

I bought their scratch mitts too which go round the back of your baby and so don't come off, and have silk mitteny bits!

Also started using those eco-ball things in the washing machine, no powder and no softener.

Hope your DD,s skin gets better soon.

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