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infant Eczema!!help needed

Discussion in 'Infants' started by vidhukumar, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. vidhukumar

    vidhukumar Senior IL'ite

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    hi ladies!
    my 5 month old son has been having eczema for quite sometime now.....its been coming&going....the doctors say that it is due to the dry climate&also due to using heater in room ....i have a humidifier in our bedroom where he sleeps&also i have started avoiding heater...the doc has prescribed 1%Hydrocortisone cream to apply when it flares up&rest of the time Eucerine cream.....i read online that hydrocortisone is a steriod&not good for infants,i am very much worried....i have used it only sparingly&mostly apply only Eucerine....pls share your experiences all experienced ladies...i want to treat this at the root.....pls suggest some safe methods or home remedies...
     
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  2. sathya

    sathya Gold IL'ite

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    hello

    bathe little one with just besan
    not soap
    wear only cotton clothes
    spend quite some time in fresh air
    with baby naked preferably early morning.

    try applying coconut milk
    just scrape coconut
    add very little water
    run in mixie
    strain through porus cloth
    add manatakkali leaf juice if u can get
    smear on little one
    after about an hour bathe
    in lukewarm water
    preferably sun kissed
    with besan
    pat dry..

    use cotton bed spread
    no foam bed

    sathya
     
  3. Vandhana

    Vandhana Silver IL'ite

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    Dear Vidhu,

    My kid had it too when he was a couple of months old. I did apply Hydocortisone 1% and also the Aquaphor ointment( it is made by eucerin) , both together really helped and the eczema vanished after 3 weeks. not to return again. Please conitnue with the cortisone. topical application does not have any major side effects. The healing will be quicker and once the healing begins, youcan switch to aquaphor/eucerin.

    So conitnue doing what the doc said.

    Vandhana
     
  4. samayal

    samayal Silver IL'ite

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    Hi,

    My kid also had eczema and i followed these steps and its completely gone

    1. If you are using Johnson baby soap or body wash, stop using that and try mild soaps like dove(plain)

    2. Always apply vasaline(petrolen jelly)

    3. This tip is from my friend. If you are breast feeding, consult with your Doc to check if any of the food you eat is allergic to kid
     
  5. vidhukumar

    vidhukumar Senior IL'ite

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    i am not using any kind of soap or body wash on him....i am using only payatham mavu(green moong flour)and kasthoori manjal....i used to use little shampoo to wash of oil from hair but now for hair also i use only payathm mavu.....thanks for all your suggestions!!!i shall defenitely try them out!!
     
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  6. rajisri1

    rajisri1 New IL'ite

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    Hi,

    please stop using payathamaavu or kadalai maavu if you find problem with your kid. It does not work here in US. It is good to use them in India for the climatic condition there and may be not here... I have heard my cousin had similar problem with payatha maavu. These maavu might wipe the moisture completely from the skin (oil on the skin) and so skin appears very dry and it worsens due to the climatic condition here... But there in India, it is hot and we profusely sweat and moisture stays on the skin...You can try applying baby oil after giving bath to the baby. You can try using Aveeno baby wash etc... That was my paediatric's suggestion for my baby. I think you will definitely get some positive results.

    raji
     
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  7. vidhukumar

    vidhukumar Senior IL'ite

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    ok raji......will stop payatham mavu for a while&see what happens...thanks!
     
  8. puni88

    puni88 Moderator Staff Member IL Hall of Fame

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    Hello,
    My kids also had ezcema.
    I used to use auqaphor and very rarely Hydocortisone 1%.
    Don't use besan. This might aggravate the problem.
    Whenever you visit India, take the baby to skin specialist, they might give a list of use and donot use.
    These kinds of problems are common until kids are upto 2 yrs.
    After that these kinds of problems just vanishes.
    DOn't worry,
    Punitha
     
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  9. vidhukumar

    vidhukumar Senior IL'ite

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    thanks for all your help!
    after trying a lot of products,i finally bought baby vaseline&it has worked well&is keeping his eczma in check!
    vidhu.
     
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    hariniuma New IL'ite

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    HI,

    MY BABY ALSO HAD THIS PROBLEM WHEN SHE WAS 4-5 MONTHS OLD... BUT OUR GP HAS SUGGESTED US NOT KEEP HER SKIN DRY ... AND WE STOPPED USING JOHNSON COMPLETELY.. WE STARTED USING OILATUM / AQUEOUS FOR HER AND IT HAS REALLY HELPED US..

    HARINI
     

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