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Eczema help??

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Lucie89 Fri 28-Apr-17 19:59:00

My four year olds eczema has broke out. She only has a few areas on her legs, back and arms but she scratches them like mad. I can't get a doctors appointment until 2 weeks from now angry is there anything I can put on her. I've tried a few that she just screams within 5 minutes saying they are burning her.
I've tried: aveeno, dermal 500, E45, aqueous cream, Vaseline and cocoa butter.

Loveandpeace4 Sat 29-Apr-17 02:16:28

Hi, I have 2 kids that have eczema so I feel your pain right now sad
We using prescription cream (elidel) when things get bad, but most of the time we just use baby lotion by shea moisture, it works great for us, and for the burning pick up Earth Mama baby angel new mama bottom spray, it also helps the rash from getting an information due to the child scratching it. Hope this helps youflowers

highinthesky Sat 29-Apr-17 02:30:52

Poor DD! It's the abraded skin that's making her scream. In the absence of medical support:

- gently apply olive oil to DD's skin, once after bathing, and also just before bed. It's unlikely to cause the same reaction as anything with additives
- if you have some hydrocortisone cream at home, apply a small amount to the affected areas UNLESS the skin is broken.
- further occlude the areas, either through clothing or cling film (sounds radical but it works)
- offer a dose of antihistamine before bed, and during the day if itching is a persistent problem
- keep nails short, so the damage from the inevitable scratching is limited. Pop old socks over her hands at night for the same reason.
- keep DD occupied and distracted from the excema during the day of possible

The skin will heal faster than you think. If it doesn't look like it's going to clear up completely after 7 days, insist on that appointment.

Blossom789 Sun 30-Apr-17 07:23:18

I'm new to eczema but been desperately trying to find out about it since DS started with it (14weeks).

I've been amazed with how effective coconut oil is on his eczema and cradle cap. Just buy it from the oils aisle in supermarket- get the organic virgin coconut oil. It's a hard oil that you put in your hands to warm and becomes liquid. I find it's really moisturising and not sticky- and he smells like holidays now smile do a spot check first to ensure no allergies.

I spoke with the national eczema charity who said you should not use olive oil or sunflower oil as they add to the body creating extra skin which is what eczema is. They suggested the coconut oil.

Blossom789 Sun 30-Apr-17 07:24:27

Just to add you can also use the coconut oil in the bath

Bobbybobbins Sun 30-Apr-17 07:40:47

The only thing that clears our son's up is a mild hydrocortisone cream from the GP with lots of moisturiser.

MuMuMuuuum Sun 30-Apr-17 07:46:54

Oilatum in bath water and epiderm for moisturiser. This along with strong steroid cream is the only thing that keeps DDs skim calm.

DD has food allergies which cause the eczema has anything new been introduced into their diet?

New washing powder? DD can only tolerate Surcare and extra rinse cycles.

Hope this helps flowers

Lucie89 Sun 30-Apr-17 15:59:06

Thanks for all the replies! I've been told about the earth mama stuff recently so I'll Defo have to get some to try. And I never thought about socks on her hands at night blush
Has anyone else had Experience with the coconut oil as I have red mixed reviews?
She's not had any new food or anything recently and i always only use fairy or Aldi non bio washing liquid so i don't think it will be that. Another tip I've been told is to cut off bottom of a pair of tights, fill with oats and tie and put into the bath when she's in.

fabulous01 Sun 30-Apr-17 16:04:22

Oats in bath is good and so are all the suggestions on this.
I found each child is different so fingers crossed you get something
Also push for a specialist referral. We did and I can say it was fab. I was told that we were pissung in the wind with what we had been doing and she started mine on a big regime. Worked fab and we now only get odd flare ups

Astro55 Sun 30-Apr-17 16:05:23

Get an aloe Vera's plant works wonders

Wolfiefan Sun 30-Apr-17 16:06:06

Aqueous cream is a soap substitute. Not a cream at all!
You need a mild steroid.
Diprobase helps mine but if it has flared you need the steroid first.

CS2006 Fri 05-May-17 22:27:20

I've always found that pharmacists are really helpful when I can't get an urgent Dr's appointment. They have given me very mild hydrocortisone cream before. Also, I find when I apply my d's cream and he cries cos it stings, it helps if I waft a pillow over him...the cool air seems to ease it. When you get your Dr's appt, I have found eumovate the best cream for the bad outbreaks and aveeno as a moisturiser for when it's just dry...our Dr will prescribe the aveeno for him.which is great cos it is quite expensive. Good luck.

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