summer mama's picture

E has always had it super bad, but recently it has gotten so bad she is scratching to the point of bleeding. We put hydrocortisone on it and coco butter. We have now taken her off of all dairy, but it is still there. What else do you remove. Poor noodle the sores are so so bad. All over her body. And then she will scratch in her sleep as well.


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My father was a horrible diabetic with extremely bad eczema, and this is what his PCP recommended:

1) Oatmeal baths. The Aveeno kind are great.
2) Slather the sores in Crisco. I really dunno WHY Crisco, but the doctor WAS Southern born and bred and older too...but it worked. I think the moisture helps with the crusties and the itch.
3) Socks to cover the Criscoed areas (clothing or gloves too, of course, depending on where the sores are).

It worked for my dad, but he was a older man when he did this, so I dunno if it'll help your babe, but it may be worth a shot. And, as side note, my dad's neuropathy was so bad he couldn't feel the deep scratches he used to inflict on himself. After this was prescribed, the scratching stopped. Good luck to you!

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Submitted by nomad on

My 12 yo son has had it bad since he was a baby. He used to scratch until it bled too, especially on the insides of his elbows and knees(which we call his elbow-pits and knee-pits). Doctors said to give him allergy medicine which didn't help, and to put vaseline on it which made it worse, and oatmeal baths which just made a mess.
Last year I had him try my soap, which is this:


and it helped so much, so fast. I looked up the ingredients an it's coconut oil based. I read up and coconut oil is supposed to be very good for eczema. Now I keep a jar of plain old coconut oil in the bath for him to use while he's in there, and he still uses only the chandrika soap (regular soap will make it worse). The itching, bleeding and redness are gone, but it was so bad for so long that he has scar tissue in the entire elbow-pit and knee-pit areas.

freakinchillmom's picture

Nolen has it bad. He's finally scabbed over right now- he had a virus last week that flared it and he scratched his skin raw...
The key is getting moisture in and keeping them from itching it- either with covering it with clothing or treating itching with hydrocortisone.
The best luck we've had with treating it is vaseline slathered on his entire body within 3 minutes of getting out of the bath, then hydrocortisone on the bad spots once a day. Avoidance of triggers can be tricky, but we've definitely seen an improvement since we started avoiding nuts (he has confirmed allergy to all nuts except walnuts, and had a bad systemic reaction). He's got an egg allergy, but we don't avoid baked eggs, and that doesn't seem to be a problem, nor does dairy.
Often they grow out of it, but some kids suffer longer than others- they sometimes need antihistamines or other treatments...

summer mama's picture

She absolutely refused to sleep all night. Then when I gave her a little bit of tylenol last night and put hydrocortisone on her skin and coco butter. She slept all the way until 6. Our 12 year old had it as well, and he has severe asthma. So I know these two things are tied in together. Off dairy for just 24 hours. So we will play the waiting game. Her spots are so bad I am embarrassed to let her put dresses on, I am afraid someone will think I am beating her. And then she looks like a cat attacked her from her scratches all over. I hope the dairy takes care of it. Thank you everyone!!

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Submitted by Enelesn on

and have for 21 years. Mine comes and goes with the seasons and sometimes stress makes it worse.

What has worked for me in the recent past:
Neem oil
Emu oil
Coconut oil
Being in the sun (can maybe be tied to vitamin D deficiency?)
Aveeno oatmeal bath (in relatively cool/luke warm water)
Of course, short showers and patting dry or air drying afterwards
Drinking lots of water

Good luck Mama

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Bleach in Bath Can Ease Child’s Eczema
Published: April 27, 2009

For children who suffer from eczema, relief may be as close as the nearest laundry closet.

Researchers said Monday that adding a small amount of bleach to a child’s bath water significantly reduced problems associated with the skin disease.

Eczema is a chronic condition that can cause children serious distress, as well as absences from school. In response to the irritation and itchiness, children often scratch themselves until their skin is crusty and raw.

The researchers tried using bleach because they believed it might work against the bacteria that play a role in the disease, said the senior author of the study, Dr. Amy S. Paller of the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern. (The lead author is Dr. Jennifer T. Huang, now of the University of Colorado in Denver.)

Eczema is often treated with antibiotics, but the more they are used, the more they contribute to the problem of resistant bacteria.

For the study, which appears in the journal Pediatrics, researchers took two groups of children with eczema, ages 6 months to 17 years, and asked that they be bathed in either plain water or in water with about half a cup of bleach.

The study found big improvements among the children who had the bleach baths, but only on the body, not the face, because they were not submerging their heads. Children who take the baths should close their eyes and mouths and put their heads in the water, too, the researchers said.