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    Toddler Eczema

    I have a daughter that's almost 3 that suffers from eczema and it's really heartbreaking to see her scratching her skin in the areas where eczema has completely taken over. I have tried all the natural stuff for babies that I have found at the pharmacy and supermarket and they just reduce the eczema and have to be applied over and over again. When she gets home from daycare she is super duper dry and itchy and I have to apply it immediately. Does anyone have any good remedies for toddler eczema to clear it completely? BTW even the stuff from her doc didn't work completely and that is by prescription only

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    Quote Originally Posted by strongerrrr View Post
    I have a daughter that's almost 3 that suffers from eczema and it's really heartbreaking to see her scratching her skin in the areas where eczema has completely taken over. I have tried all the natural stuff for babies that I have found at the pharmacy and supermarket and they just reduce the eczema and have to be applied over and over again. When she gets home from daycare she is super duper dry and itchy and I have to apply it immediately. Does anyone have any good remedies for toddler eczema to clear it completely? BTW even the stuff from her doc didn't work completely and that is by prescription only
    Awwwhhhh my son battled with it as a baby/toddler as well. Still does from time to time. Change of season is his worst time.

    What works well is to get shea butter, cocoa butter, whatever you have butter wise and apply on her when she is damp. So right out of the bath, let her drip dry a bit then rub her down. Her body being damp will help the butters to penetrate easier. My son used to get scabs his eczema was that bad, broke my heart. So I sympathize with you completely!!

    If you don't have access to any type of butter, you can use avocado oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, these will work the same way. Again, apply on damp skin. Just be sure your using pure oil so there aren't other fillers/additives.
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    Hi. My baby suffered from eczema as well and I tried EVERYTHING and then one day a very seasoned pediatrician advised me to do the following:

    Mix Aquafor and 1% hydrocortisone and apply to affected areas daily. I went to my local Target and purchased both items for less than $15 total. The pediatrician advised not to use anything greater than 1% hydrocortisone because it is a mild steroid. 1% hydrocortisone can be obtained without a prescription. Higher percentages require a prescription; so if your baby's condition is an moderate to extreme case of eczema, you may need a prescription from her pediatrician.

    The pediatrician advised that I mix the hydrocortisone into the jar of Aquafor, but I did not do this because I was concerned about losing potency and I was unsure which size jar to use. Aquafor is sold in various containers, i.e., a large family sized jar, a smaller jar, and a tube. So, I mixed the Aquafor and hyrdocortisone together in my hand immediately before applying to the skin. Another person told me that they mixed the hydrocortisone into the jar of Aquafor as the pediatrician advised and achieved good results.

    Initially, I applied the mix all over my baby and then later to just the affected areas. As of this writing, my baby has no trace of eczema and his skin is bright and smooth. He is naturally a caramel color. It took about 30-45 days of treatment for me to get to this point and there were days when it seemed as if the treatment was not going to overcome the eczema, but I stuck to it and gave myself 3 months to see if it would work. Now, I am applying the treatment every other day to the areas that were formerly afflicted with eczema and will slowly decrease the application to every three days to see if my baby can go without it for longer periods of time.

    I hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gymrat View Post
    Awwwhhhh my son battled with it as a baby/toddler as well. Still does from time to time. Change of season is his worst time.

    What works well is to get shea butter, cocoa butter, whatever you have butter wise and apply on her when she is damp. So right out of the bath, let her drip dry a bit then rub her down. Her body being damp will help the butters to penetrate easier. My son used to get scabs his eczema was that bad, broke my heart. So I sympathize with you completely!!


    If you don't have access to any type of butter, you can use avocado oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, these will work the same way. Again, apply on damp skin. Just be sure your using pure oil so there aren't other fillers/additives.

    Thanks @gymrat it is definitely heartbreaking. Her skin is so sensitive and some things cause a rash while others do not moisturize the skin and her skin is still dry. I haven't yet tried any butters so I will go searching on Amazon as soon as I get off of Skin Care Talk! Thanks and I will let you know what happens.

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    I'm sorry I don't know why I didn't see this Boo Boo. I will try this next because she couldn't even sleep last night because she was busy scratching her patches.

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    Aquafor didn't work for us unfortunately but I got some natural stuff for babies off Amazon and that appears to be working. I am just hoping her skin doesn't get too used to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strongerrrr View Post
    Aquafor didn't work for us unfortunately but I got some natural stuff for babies off Amazon and that appears to be working. I am just hoping her skin doesn't get too used to it.
    What I used was Aquafor mixed with 1% hydrocortisone (not Aquafor alone as your post suggests). Based on post dates, it does not seem like you are giving enough time for product(s) to work. With any skincare, it takes about 28-30 days to see if there is any effect. Best of luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gymrat View Post
    Awwwhhhh my son battled with it as a baby/toddler as well. Still does from time to time. Change of season is his worst time.

    What works well is to get shea butter, cocoa butter, whatever you have butter wise and apply on her when she is damp. So right out of the bath, let her drip dry a bit then rub her down. Her body being damp will help the butters to penetrate easier. My son used to get scabs his eczema was that bad, broke my heart. So I sympathize with you completely!!

    If you don't have access to any type of butter, you can use avocado oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, these will work the same way. Again, apply on damp skin. Just be sure your using pure oil so there aren't other fillers/additives.
    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Boo View Post
    Hi. My baby suffered from eczema as well and I tried EVERYTHING and then one day a very seasoned pediatrician advised me to do the following:

    Mix Aquafor and 1% hydrocortisone and apply to affected areas daily. I went to my local Target and purchased both items for less than $15 total. The pediatrician advised not to use anything greater than 1% hydrocortisone because it is a mild steroid. 1% hydrocortisone can be obtained without a prescription. Higher percentages require a prescription; so if your baby's condition is an moderate to extreme case of eczema, you may need a prescription from her pediatrician.

    The pediatrician advised that I mix the hydrocortisone into the jar of Aquafor, but I did not do this because I was concerned about losing potency and I was unsure which size jar to use. Aquafor is sold in various containers, i.e., a large family sized jar, a smaller jar, and a tube. So, I mixed the Aquafor and hyrdocortisone together in my hand immediately before applying to the skin. Another person told me that they mixed the hydrocortisone into the jar of Aquafor as the pediatrician advised and achieved good results.

    Initially, I applied the mix all over my baby and then later to just the affected areas. As of this writing, my baby has no trace of eczema and his skin is bright and smooth. He is naturally a caramel color. It took about 30-45 days of treatment for me to get to this point and there were days when it seemed as if the treatment was not going to overcome the eczema, but I stuck to it and gave myself 3 months to see if it would work. Now, I am applying the treatment every other day to the areas that were formerly afflicted with eczema and will slowly decrease the application to every three days to see if my baby can go without it for longer periods of time.

    I hope this helps.
    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Boo View Post
    What I used was Aquafor mixed with 1% hydrocortisone (not Aquafor alone as your post suggests). Based on post dates, it does not seem like you are giving enough time for product(s) to work. With any skincare, it takes about 28-30 days to see if there is any effect. Best of luck!
    Thank you Boo Boo I am going to try the mix instead of the script that the doc gave me which is the only thing that seems to work so far. When I just start using a cream on her it seems to work and then it stops.

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    BooBoo I got the hydrocortisone today 1% and also picked up some triderma, I will try the triderma first and if that doesn't work I will use the aquaphor mix.

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    @ gymrat I hope you don't think I forgot about your suggestion of using butters on her. I tried that and it made her more itchy unfortunately. I am really hoping that this is not something that she'll have to deal with forever. How old is your son now and has it improved at all?

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