The Eczema Takeover

Treating Eczema by 2GroovyMoms.comIs it just me or are there more cases of childhood eczema than ever? I just do not remember so many of my friends or family members suffering from this dreadful skin disease, but now it’s as though every other child you meet suffers from it.

According to my daughter’s pediatrician and dermatologist, parents who suffer from asthma, bronchitis, and allergies are most likely to bear children with eczema. Now this is really bad because I haven’t suffered from asthma since I was a small child, but apparently that was enough to mark my daughter.

I have thought on more than one instance that I have this eczema thing under wraps and I pretty much know how to handle it. Then the sneaky skin disease changes forms and presents itself in some unforeseen way all over my daughter’s body. This causes me to rush her to the pediatrician who’s always baffled and says something like: “Well let’s try this cream for athlete’s foot; if it doesn’t clear in three days take her to a dermatologist.” Then the dermatologist calmly says, “Oh that’s just eczema. Use your prescribed cream and don’t forget the $30 co-pay on your way out.”

This is getting out of control! Since she is in preschool we have to take these precautions every time. In the photo is our most recent outbreak which covered her entire body including ears, and bottom of her feet.

I have heard of a couple of things that people use to help with their children’s eczema such as:

1. Benadryl and ice to help with itching.

2. Shea butter and coconut oil to help with dryness and outbreaks.

What are some things that work for your child’s eczema?

8 comments

  1. Alli says:

    My son (now 28) had his first eczema outbreak at about 18 months. I had no idea what it was because my husband and I have never suffered from allergies, etc.

    He still has bouts of eczema, even though we were assured by our pediatrician that he would outgrow it. Wrong!

    Most eczema creams burn and make it worse, but he has had success with a cream by Dermarest. Of course, now they have changed the formula and the new formula burns. Back to the drawing board we go!

  2. Jamie @ Roubinek Reality says:

    We have been dealing with my daughter’s eczema since she was 3 months old and we were doing oatmeal baths.

    She’s 20 months old now, but for most of her life I’ve had to watch her like a hawk, just to keep her from scratching until she bleeds. Eucerin cream seems to help with the skin softness, but I’ve had to keep her skin covered, sadly, just to keep her from itching.

    There are several essential oil recipes you can find on Pinterest, and we have tried those, as well.

    We did have her allergy tested through bloodwork and found that she’s allergic to milk, eggs, wheat, peanuts, and a few more things. We have to keep a close eye on everything she eats. I have heard a lot of eczema is due to food allergies.

    • SummersGroovyMom says:

      Wow Jamie! I know exactly what you are going through. I have to do the same for Summer watching what she eats, and making sure she is not scratching at night or when she gets nervous, keeping her in long sleeves at school and pants. I like the Eucerin cream only when I mix it with the Aquaphor ointment. I will definitely take your advice and look at Pinterest for recipes. Thank you for your comment.

  3. Morgan says:

    I’m very sorry that your sweet girl is going through that! I wish I could offer advice, but sadly I am clueless. Heres to hoping she simply grows out of it as I’ve heard that some children do!

  4. Krystal says:

    I had a small case of this when I was little. My mother used calming lotion. I don’t remember the brand, but it was in a green bottle. It worked well for me. We discovered that sweating and high heat usually caused the eczema to inflame. The lotion combined with baking soda baths usually got them back under control. I hope you find something to help soothe her!

    • SummersGroovyMom says:

      Thank you Krystal. I am going to try the baking soda bath, because the oatmeal baths are not really working for her. I have noticed extreme temperatures does cause her eczema to inflame. Thank you for your advice!

  5. Ashleigh says:

    Seriously, coconut helps. You also need to watch what chemicals you’re putting on her {soaps, lotions, perfumes, bug sprays, sun screen…etc.} That along with her diet, stay away from sugars, gluten & soy. You don’t to cut them completely out of her diet just try to limit them.

    • SummersGroovyMom says:

      Ashleigh I try to monitor her diet, but I never thought about gluten & soy. I am going to try the coconut thank you for your advice.

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