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Ways to treat eczema in toddlers?

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CarlHickbread Mon 09-Oct-17 18:36:00

DS age 2 has recently developed eczema behind his knees.

It doesn’t bother him too much, except for itching sometimes and when we apply cream, it says it hurts him sad

At the minute all I am using is oilatum but thinking of trying coconut oil as it’s worked for any other skin issues that my DCs have had.

Is there anything I can try? Would he benefit from a bath every other night instead of every night?

Wolfiefan Mon 09-Oct-17 18:39:16

Bathe rarely. Oats in bath. Wash with stuff meant for eczema. I'm using aqueous cream at the moment. A soap substitute.
Use emollient frequently. If it stings it is probably the wrong one. I use diprobase. Kids use Dermol.
Cotton next to skin.
Don't be afraid of steroids! Used sparingly they can be a lifesaver.
Watch for environmental triggers. Dust and central heating.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Mon 09-Oct-17 18:40:54


Eminybob Mon 09-Oct-17 18:47:27

Go to the GP and get some hydrocortisone. It just needs a few days of application to clear up the worst of it and then keep it moisturised.
We use E45 which seems to keep it at bay.

Eminybob Mon 09-Oct-17 18:48:36

Oh and we have stopped bathing DS every day which has really helped.

Ttbb Mon 09-Oct-17 18:49:06

Dermalex is da bomb

Marmite27 Mon 09-Oct-17 18:51:08

We switched everything but bubble bath to child’s farm and used cetraben cream morning and night.

Bath wise, e45 stuff to start, now it’s under control we use infacare.

It took about 6 months, but dc has no eczema at all now, we just pop a bit of cream on once a day if her skin is feeling a bit dry.

Hunkle Mon 09-Oct-17 18:51:47

My DD gets it, if she drinks milk. Then it goes to her arms in the elbow crease, then arms, legs & chest.

Then shes sick etc. We only trial milk every few months.

Could it be diet related?

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