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massive eczema flare up, we're going abroad day after tomorrow!

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Heathcliffscathy Mon 07-Mar-05 13:52:46

ds has had v mild eczema since he was 3 1/2 months, which we found went when we cut out cows milk products. we haven't had any worries really about it, he is now 16 months old.

now he has a massive flare up of proper eczema (not just behind the knees/ankles as before) all over his body arms legs, not face. really really dry, patches of raised red, he is scratching it too ...i'm beside myself. the dr gave me a prescription for betnovate (steroid cream) originally, which i never needed to use, but still have in the house. i will use it if he looks like breaking the skin/getting infected but would really rather not.

have seen a homeopath, but can't get to speak to her til tomorrow am. we're leaving for the states on wednesday...

i don't have a clue what's caused this. it maybe a new washing powder, i've been using ecover liquid, which has been fine (altho not brilliant for cleaning the clothes) and recently started adding the whitening ecover powder...obviously i've thrown that away now in case it's the culprit...

but last night i put him in a new long sleeved vest thinking that if it was the powder, it should definitely make it calm down, but it's worse than ever today.

could it be honey? that's the only thing that he's been eating recently that is relatively new?

what is the best thing to put on his skin? i'm using aloe vera and e45, neither of which seem to be doing much. the airplane will make it worse won't it? what can i slaver on that might help?

any help on this gratefully received...misdee? anyone?

hunkermunker Mon 07-Mar-05 13:55:19

blush blush blush!

hunkermunker Mon 07-Mar-05 13:55:56

OMG OMG! WAS MEANT TO BE ON THE EBAY THREAD!!!!! I'm so sorry, sophable again!

Hae you tried Aveeno?

sacha3taylor Mon 07-Mar-05 13:56:46

I have terrible exzma(sorry cant spell it)and if it gets really bad I use piriton tablets. You can get this in a syrup for children which would probebly help. It is anti histimine based so has no steroids or anything in it. Hope this helps

Heathcliffscathy Mon 07-Mar-05 13:57:58

hunkermunker pmsl, will go to ebay thread post haste...

thanks both of you...i never thought of piriton syrup, has anyone else used this?

CountessDracula Mon 07-Mar-05 13:58:06

Oh no

Get some Aveeno cream, that worked wonders for dd. Also, get some milder steriod cream than betnovate, you can get 0.1 % hydrocortisone from Boots. Then you could try that and up it to the Betnovate if all else failed.

Bloody hell

CountessDracula Mon 07-Mar-05 13:58:46

Yes I ahve used piriton too. Is good, but donm't give for first time on the plane as small percantage of kids go hyper on it!

Heathcliffscathy Mon 07-Mar-05 14:00:02

wtf is aveeno? is it over the counter?

the betnovate is .25 i was for when he was 3 months old ffs so it had better be mild.

bloody dh's genes...all his fing fault

cd it is really horrible, i've never seen his skin like this...

CountessDracula Mon 07-Mar-05 14:01:38

just slaver the betnovate on then!

Poor little thing. You can get aveeno otc at boots, you ahve to ask behind the pharmacy. It is collodial oatmeal, nothing sinister but does work wonders.

CountessDracula Mon 07-Mar-05 14:02:26

oi msn now

ediemay Mon 07-Mar-05 14:04:02

another vote for Aveeno, it's amazing and no horrible ingredients - good luck

Heathcliffscathy Mon 07-Mar-05 14:05:17

could this be teething related, he has cut two upper molars this weekend with bottom ones coming...anyone heard of this?

HappyMumof2 Mon 07-Mar-05 14:06:42

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HappyMumof2 Mon 07-Mar-05 14:08:47

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Heathcliffscathy Mon 07-Mar-05 14:10:34

am getting aveeno this pm. anyone have any exp of teething causing flare ups?

i've binned the whitener

CountessDracula Mon 07-Mar-05 14:11:05

only on the arse generally

Heathcliffscathy Mon 07-Mar-05 14:11:29

go to bed!

CountessDracula Mon 07-Mar-05 14:12:00

yes mum

Heathcliffscathy Mon 07-Mar-05 14:59:53

anyone else?

Potty1 Mon 07-Mar-05 15:18:00

We use Aveeno too sophable and loratadine (Clarytin) to stop the itching. My dd is 11 though so not sure if Clarytin is suitable for a little one. The Aveeno is a great moisturiser - you can get it over the counter but if it works ask for it on prescription as its not cheap. We also use Balnuem in the bath and 1% hydrocortisone on flares. I can understand your worries about using steroid creams but they really do make a difference.

Dd's is ezcema is 'discoid' which is raised circles of eczema all over rather than just in the creases. Neither aqueous or E45 cream suit her....both make it more red and angry.

Heathcliffscathy Mon 07-Mar-05 19:29:03

potty, same with ds this time, not just in creases but patches that are raised all over.

have bought aveeno, piriton syrup, calendula cream, basically the whole of boots. he is so chirpy and sweet, but really itching.

do you think piriton syrup before bed?

jabberwocky Mon 07-Mar-05 20:01:31

HAve you tried jojoba oil? Has worked beautifully for a friend of mine who has psoriasis and I use it for all sorts of skin irritations.

bunny3 Mon 07-Mar-05 20:06:16

dose him up with piriton or phenergan before the journey so he will be more relaxed and comfortable. Also, E45 can be a nightmare, it contains lanolin which exaccerbates eczema. I'd stop using it and go for Aveeno products (we get them on prescription for ds eczema) or betnovate plus diprobase as a moisteriser.

sacha3taylor Mon 07-Mar-05 20:10:45

Good luck for the flight, hope the exzma goes away, have a lovely holiday and i hope that DS is as happy while you are away

Heathcliffscathy Mon 07-Mar-05 20:25:25

thanks everyone. didn't give him piriton as wasn't scratching too badly tbh. used aveeno. will see what happens tomorrow. speaking to homeopath (who helped clear his first, much milder bout, of eczema) tomorrow morning...

it just looks so sore and awful. but he seems ok (having said that is taking his time to settle tonight).

will not be using e45 or greasy stuff again, as potty's post really sounded right re ds.


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