Eczema treatments for children

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Fair enough. That answers my first question if she got to the point of actually needing a bath or shower every day.

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no, I actually meant a specialist allergist who can track common allergies an intolerances using patches. Most general doctors do not take allergy seriously especially when the reation is not severe as in the case of eczema.

I'd second this. My nephew suffered from the eczema. When it was really bad he looked like a little scaly dragon. They finally took him to a allergist and sure enough he had "sensitivities" to somethings and allergies to other things. They made some adjustments to his diet and he's improved a lot.

 

I never had exczema as a kid but had the unfortunate experience as an adult. I also developed food sensitivies and allergies in my old age as well and sure enough when I cheat too much mine acts up. Ironically or rather fittingly, I get it in the same spots: patches on both sides of my mouth making me look like a big fat mouth clown. What can I say, its the inner me busting to get loose. <_<

 

Anyhoo, I don't think exczema = food allergies for everyone but it does in my families case and is worth a check out for serious sufferers.

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With regards to the bathing everyday, most experts now recommend a 15-20 minute soak in the bath every day, it does actually moisturise the skin, it only drys out if you don't put some form of cream on straight after, like aqueous cream and they recomment that the cream is applied within 3 minutes of getting out of the bath. Also, if you use the emulsifiying ointment as soap that actually forms a barrier on the skin which prevents the water evaporating from the skin.

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If I'm re-covering anything sorry cos I only had a fairly quick read through all the good advice above.

 

Eczema and other atropic conditions (hayfever, athsma, dermatitis) can and do go through life phases.

7 years on and off is the "housewives tale"

 

Get rid of soap now. Maybe some of the family can use a lovely smelly colourful shower gel or soap now and again but you should be looing to use a wshing lotion with a PH value of 5.5 Not expensive, get it in big bottles at Müller. I use TensiMed.

 

If you use fabric conditioner, stop now. It is one of the worst irritants.

 

When it is really bad I reccomend washing with a gunk that is sold in the UK as a generic medical product called "Emulsifying Ointment BP". I don't know if there is a site that can translate that into German ???

It is a vaseline-ish heavy gunk that somehow washes but also puts back oils into the skinn.

 

Cortisone is to be used carefully. In Germany it is prescription only.

 

For a non-cortisone cream in Germany I am VERY happy with Linola Fett from the Apotheke.

EUR 7 for a 100g tube but I am happy with it.

 

All the best. :)

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I forgot to mention that the pediatrician gave us a prescription for a silk "long johns"-like suit for the baby to sleep in. I think the company that makes them is called Dr. Becker.

 

The Krankenkasse refused to pay for this sleep suit but did offer to cover a different one made of really fine cotton, from a different company, if we kicked in 15 euro. Which we did.

 

We haven't tried it yet, because the smallest size they make is still too big for my daughter. It should fit this winter.

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My fifteen-month old son has had eczema since he was a little baby and his pediatrician prescribed a cream that the pharmacy makes for him from scratch. This is the only thing that has worked. It is amazing in that it takes the eczema away. It is made up of Nachtkerzenoel, Dexpanthenoel and Asche BasisCremenoel. His pediatrician also gave him some oil drops to put in his bath called "Balneum Hermal" which I believe is made of Sojaoel.

 

The original pediatrician I went to that gave him these treatments is no longer in Munich. However, his current pediatrician, Dr. Peter Schlemmer, who is an allergy specialist, has continued this treatment. He is in Schwabing and his number is (89) 3879-9740. His handy number is (0)152 0384-8610. You can tell him you were referred by Monica Brandt.

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My 3-year old and I both suffer from eczema. We use the E45 products from the UK and find them really good. The E45 Junior range for babies and children includes shower mousse, moisturising cream and emollient bath oil or wash cream. Unfortunately Boots only delivers within the UK, but a Google search for E45 will come up with several online stores that do deliver to Europe (e.g. www.blushingbuyer.co.uk).

 

For more information on E45 and tips on caring for your child's skin, go to www.e45.com (then E45 Junior).

 

At the Baby-Messe in Rosenheim recently, a lady at a skin care stand dealing with allergies recommended I try Apricot Oil Gel (Aprikosenöl-Gel or Aprikosenkernöl, although available in oil form, the waxy kind is better). I really like it (not just for its healing qualities, but its smell and taste too!!) but it is pretty expensive (50 ml for approx. 20 Euros). Before I discovered this, I used (and still am using) a German baby skin cream (Baby Hautcreme by Vita-Horm, available from DM or Edeka, for example) which is made from avocado oil, lanolin, cocoa butter and other mild oils. This is one of the few creams that doesn't sting or make my fingers itch even more.

 

My brother has had severe chronic eczema since he was a baby, and was even hospitalised as a toddler. As a child he was given hydrocortisone. Today, at 44, he swears by Vicks Vapour Rub! Just the thought of it brings tears to my eyes, but he claims that it cools and calms his skin like nothing else. He also uses emollient oil in the bath and E45.

 

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My toddler seems to have a sensitive skin and some sort of eczema problems, especially on the face. So should i take the baby to the pediatrician first or i can go directly to a specialist? in the latter case, what sort of specialist can deal with these sort of problem most effectively?

 

Thanks

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I think every kid reacts differently. Mine had very sensitive skin and we used several types of creams for different body parts. One day by mistake we applied the butt cream on his face and voila! Eczemas gone! Go figure...

So try different ones until you get one that works.

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My toddler seems to have a sensitive skin and some sort of eczema problems, especially on the face. So should i take the baby to the pediatrician first

 

Yes, go to your pediatrician first. They see kids with eczema all the time and can recommend different creams. If necessary you will be referred to a dermatologist.

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I get (and have since I was a babe-in-arms) eczema if I drink too much milk. Using fabric softener will do it, too. Avoid those two things and I generally have no problem.

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Yes, yes I am. I know this. What I was getting at there was that food issues might be a thing worth looking into, rather than only looking at treating the eczema with hydrocortisone (which works wonderfully, but isn't a terrific long-term solution.)

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My daughter has suffered with eczema on and off since she was a baby. Her baby eczema was quickly cured by eliminating milk although pediatricians usually say kids grow out of intolerance. Now as a teenager, she recently had a bad spell of eczema.  The doctor said that there's no way that she now has a milk intolerance as the symptoms would be of a more digestive nature. 

 

I didn't really believe this and didn't want her to use hydrocortisone again, so she gave milk elimination a try...eczema much better. She has also cut down to very low levels of sugar intake...eczema even better. I'm still looking for soya milk without sugar.  I've also heard of a baby cream that supposedly works wonders for various skin conditions https://www.childsfarm.com/products/childs-farm-baby-moisturiser.  Seems to have been a lot of positive press and reviews lately.  

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