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Ask our La Roche-Posay expert your questions about eczema in babies and children - 3 x £100 vouchers to be won

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EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 04-Mar-19 10:01:44


Sensitive, dry or eczema-prone skin are common skin concerns among babies and children. Some go through short periods of suffering with eczema and others need to continuously manage this skin condition. Everyone's experience with eczema is different and can vary from dry and itchy patches of skin to very sore breakouts all over. It can be especially difficult if your child suffers with eczema to know how best to help them. Consultant Dermatologist Dr Catherine Borysiewicz is on hand to answer your questions on eczema.

Here’s some more information on Dr Catherine Borysiewicz: “Dr Catherine Borysiewicz studied medicine at Cambridge University and clinical medicine at University College London. She carried out medical and surgical training at a number of prestigious central London teaching hospitals. Today, Catherine is an experienced Consultant Dermatologist working within the NHS and consults privately in central London at Imperial and The Cadogan Clinic, where she manages inflammatory skin diseases including eczema, acne and psoriasis and sun damage and skin cancers.

Being the mother of a child who suffers from eczema, Dr Catherine understands the challenges of looking after a child’s skin and is looking forward to helping Mumsnetters by answering your questions on dry skin and eczema."

Here’s what La Roche-Posay has to say: “Here at La Roche-Posay we understand how eczema can truly impact a child and their family's quality of life. To help you manage this tricky skin condition, we are working with Consultant Dermatologist Dr Catherine Borysiewicz to answer all your burning questions around eczema in babies and children.”

Whatever your questions are around eczema, post your questions below and we will choose 10 for Dr Catherine to answer.

Everyone who posts a questions on the thread will be entered into a prize draw where 3 Mumsnetters will win a £100 voucher of their choice (from a list).

Thanks and good luck with the prize draw.


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koffeetoast Sun 29-Sep-19 15:44:31


Where can i find the answers to the questions on this thread?

clopper Thu 04-Apr-19 20:09:21

Can you grow out of eczema? Is natural sunlight good or bad for eczema? Do expensive products basically contain the same ingredients as generic plain packaged products? Is it best to bathe more or less when you have a flare up? In general is eczema best treated by changing diet or topical cream?

EmmaMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 19-Mar-19 11:07:32

Congratulations to @chl0e123 @MrsFrTedCrilly and @StickChildNumberTwo whose names were pulled from the prize draw to win the 3 x £100 vouchers!

Also, watch this space as we'll be posting a link to the answers to 10 of your questions on this thread in 2 weeks time.

Ren1974 Sun 17-Mar-19 19:52:57

My daughter's eczema flairs up in hot weather and although she loves the beach, the sand and salt water can irritate her skin. Any suggestions for overcoming this?

goldenretriever1978 Sat 16-Mar-19 17:55:17

What is particularly good about this cream?

Popcornandbuttons Fri 15-Mar-19 22:18:39

Is a child more likely to have eczema if their parent has it?

callmecrazybut Fri 15-Mar-19 21:20:03

Can you get 'one off' incidences of eczema or is it something you either have or you don't?

RagnarorBjorn Fri 15-Mar-19 11:15:35

My 7yr old daughter suffers with mild eczema on legs, arms and sometimes face.
Her face flares up when she is unwell, but how can I work out what triggers her arms and leg? Also she says all the creams we try sting when we apply them, is there a product that doesn't?

Byrdie Fri 15-Mar-19 10:12:43

My daughter is 11 and had flare ups over the years. She's now asking about shaving her legs : using hair removal creams for under her arms. I'm worried it may aggravate it? We've done a test patch but she usually doesn't get it on these areas anyway - hands and trunk are usually where her flare ups happen. Any research done on how best to handle hair removal? I've told her it's entirely up to her when / if she wants to remove the hair in her legs and underarms. She's not at the stage where she is embarrassed about other areas (on a side note, i'm pretty gutted that she feels she has to remove the hair at age 11 anyhow, but that's another discussion)

Marmite83 Thu 14-Mar-19 15:36:45

Is there anything we can do to reduce the impact of eczema on my daughter as she gets older? She's had eczema pretty much since the day she was born. My husband has had eczema his whole life and we're worried that she won't grow out of it either. Is there anything we can do to increase her chance of growing out of it?

UndercoverAthiest Thu 14-Mar-19 15:21:36

Should I limit the amount of swimming my son does as it always seems to trigger his eczema?

user1498912461 Thu 14-Mar-19 13:46:43

What products are best to use in the bath?

Cismyfatarse Wed 13-Mar-19 22:27:01

What is the best way to deal with eczema on the face? Thanks.

Julestar Wed 13-Mar-19 22:15:25

Bathing my daughter definitely makes her eczema worse, but I worry about other problems arising from not bathing her as frequently as I would like. It feels like a careful balance - what would you advise?

chillychicken Wed 13-Mar-19 21:45:54

My 4yr olds eczema is exceptionally bad when using suncream or when he’s nervous, so we try not to bath him more than twice a week which does help a bit, however he suffered with bad cradle cap as a baby and it’s never really gone away, it’s a dry, flaky scalp now but it doesn’t bother him. I read that regular hair washing would help - is that true? Why does regularly washing the scalp help but advice is to not bath too often for dry skin conditions?

ogidni Wed 13-Mar-19 14:36:04

My son's eczema responds well to a product for a while and then it seems as though the product stops working. Is there some reason why some products seem to work for a short time but then the problem comes back even with continued use of the product?

purplepandas Tue 12-Mar-19 21:47:48

What aggravates eczema in young children? What's best to avoid for this reason?

Summergarden Tue 12-Mar-19 20:56:14

When my child was first diagnosed with eczema, the GP advised us to avoid bathing her too much, twice a week was plenty.

She still has mild eczema and am wary of increasing the bathing frequency too much in case her eczema worsens. Is there anything we can do to reduce the risk? We live in a hard water area and are considering a water softener.

Leeannextx Tue 12-Mar-19 18:24:38

My 5 year old son suffers badly form dry itchy skin, he gets lots of little bumps all over his back. It becomes so itch that he drags himself up and down a wall and gets hurt! We’ve tried eveything the doctor will prescribe and most night I have to rub his back constantly till he falls asleep and during the night when he wakes up, my partner has been sleeping on the couch now for years as he works early in the morning and being up all night, he becomes to tired for his driving job. Is there anything you can recommend me to help sooth this? I am sick and tired of constant go appointments and nothing helps him sad

Anj123 Mon 11-Mar-19 22:05:21

My daughter has had eczema for several years and at one point was referred to a specialist. She has it under control with Dermol, Epaderm, different steroid creams and occasionally we have to apply paste bandages. She is now a teenager and although it isn’t as bad as it used to be, she still gets flare ups and currently has infected patches of eczema on her knuckles. Do you think she will grow out of this eventually? I am hoping she won’t have eczema once she’s an adult.

JanuarySun Mon 11-Mar-19 15:46:07

My DD gets a really dry scalp, what's the best thing to wash her hair with?

needsleepzzz Mon 11-Mar-19 14:09:40

Can taking an anti histamine help? My daughters back and stomach are very fry and her inner elbow is red raw :-(
I am using childs farm moisturiser which is helping a lot but not eradicating it

queenoftheschoolrun Mon 11-Mar-19 12:56:19

How does sun affect eczema? If it doesn't cause a flare up is it better to go without suncream whilst avoiding too much exposure.

yongnian Mon 11-Mar-19 11:11:50

Would LRP lipikar range also be good for seborrhoeic dermatitis or facial eczema?

duffed Mon 11-Mar-19 10:45:35

I think I read that your products can be used daily - Is it advisable to wash eczema prone skin daily? My gp told me that only once a week is best and I've kept that going with my 7 year old as best I can. Do you advise differently?

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