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Experiences with Hydromol ointment. Is this eczema?

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IfAtFirstUDontSucceed Fri 14-Jun-13 17:04:23

DS is almost 10 weeks. For the last few weeks he's had very dry skin.

The HV came out when he was 7 weeks and I mentioned that he had dry skin on his head (cradle cap) and his legs were starting to feel bumpy. She gave a prescription for hydromol ointment, which is like lard! I used it for two weeks but the dry skin spread to his arms and started on his tummy.
I mentioned it at the baby clinic but was told I need to be using it 4 times a day for a couple of weeks. I have been doing this, as well as melting it in his bath which he only has 2/3 times a week.

This was two weeks ago, and DS seems to have gotten worse. His skin is quite scaly and starting to get red on his chest. He seems to flinch when I apply the ointment eventhough I ensure my hands are warm - could it be stinging him?
When I take his clothes off a fine dusting of skin falls out and there is always dandruff from his temples and forehead on his mattress and car seat head support.

We use fairy non-bio washing powder, but his back, bum, bits, neck and jaw are fine, which makes me think that it's not his clothes or the washing products. Could this be eczema? It doesn't look as red and angry and as localised as some of the pictures on google images, it's just all over.

Should I persevere, or is it worth a trip back to the docs?


beautifulgirls Fri 14-Jun-13 20:33:34

Sounds like time to go back to the doctors. We use hydromol and have found it good, but all kids are different as to which creams suit best. DD1 and DD2 used different creams for eczema when smaller. DD3 uses the hydromol in combination with aqueous cream to keep a scar hydrated and this works as a fab combo. Worth getting the soreness checked out though for sure.

Mummymurray2016 Thu 10-Nov-16 15:52:04

Did his skin resolve itself? This sounds exactly like my daughters skin and have just been prescribed hydromol ointment cream which I'm hoping will help but interested to hear what happened with your son.

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