My baby is suffering from eczema and NOTHING is helping!

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My baby is four and half months old and has been having problems with eczema for the last two months. The pediatrician has offered various creams and nothing seems to be making a difference, I can see how uncomfortable he is and I want to help him so badly but nothing I try seems to work! Does anyone have any suggestions? 

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    Hi Lilypad,

    Sorry to hear about your poor baby

    Unfortunately a lot of babies develop eczema while they are still very young. What creams have you tried so far? Can you think of anything that may have caused the eczema? For example sometimes eczema can be caused by allergies - milk being a common one.

    I recommend you ask your GP to have a look as not much can be bought over the counter for children so young, and they may als obe able to help you find out the trigger.

    Good luck


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      Good Morning Mistrys, 

      I know it is something common with babies and infants it is just so frustrating! We live in the middle of lots of fields, perhaps this is causing his allergies? But it is almost autumn now and this should not be a problem at this time of year! 

      Currently I am using cerave cream, this is the only product that has helped a little bit. I have also tried epaderm and cetraben. 

      Perhaps the GP can do an allergy test next time we visit...

      Thank you! 

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    Hi Lilypad, 

    I understand your problem as my baby has the same issues with eczema. Tried various treatments from GP and nothing seemed to control it, even using steroid cream. Go to your GP and request a referral to a dermo nurse who will be a specialist in this area. Alot of the treatments GPs eg creams, bath oils, offer for eczema are quite outdated. For example I was prescribed an oil for the bath, which actually made my baby worse. Honestly the dermo nurses are absolutley brilliant, much better than any treatment the GP could offer you. If the GP won't refer you, just keep making appointments to see GP about your babie's eczema until they do. Think I had to see GP about 4 or 5 times, before a referral. Since seeing the dermo nurse and following her treatment my babies eczema is well under control and you could not even tell he has it. The dermo nurse will also give you all the treatment and medication your baby needs on repeat prescription, so you won't even have to bother to see your GP, they'll show you how to manage it yourself. Hope this helps. xx 

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    Hi Lilypad,

    I could have written that post! GPs seem to have an aversion to referring and like to play "House MD" with other peoples baby's.

    My daughter is now six months old and finally her skin is getting much better. The diprobase cream, oilatum (prescribed at 4 months even though instructions say over 6) and finally E45 cream made her skin much worse to the point where it looked like a thin film of plastic! Shocking, I know.

    The only things that worked for us were,

    - cold pressed organic coconut oil (although I noticed the skin getting dry between applications 

    - beeswax ointment from itchybaby dot com and 

    - hope's relief intensive Dry Skin Resque cream, for the itchiness and also to soften the skin where hard and dry.

    I am now using mainly the beeswax ointment which has completely healed her skin to the point where it looks normal again. My only problem is that stock is limited and the person making it is a parent with a small business so not sure when they'll make more!

    It worked particularly well even on cracked and oozing skin and healed it nicely.

    But you need to do more. Check to see when it is that your baby's eczema flares up. Is it on cleaning day? I found chemicals in detergents were making my baby worse.

    I now use ecoballs for laundry, and make my own natural cleaning products with ingredients such as vinegar and bicarbonate of soda! Saw a huge improvement after we stopped cleaning with detergents!

    Also, there may be nasty chemicals in your baby's clothing. Try buying 100% organic cotton and Certified Chemicals Free.c

    I hope this helps. I know how heart breaking it is, we've suffered with it for five out of the six months of her life and seeing her get better recently brings tears of relief to my eyes.


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