I had a flare up of eczema/psoriasis, both are very closely related, several years ago really out of the blue. It was head to toe and the most uncomfortable thing I have ever experienced - never had it as a child but several members of my family have had it. I didn't go down the orthodox route tried and tested a lot of creams and balms including an olive oil rub actually made for babies by waitrose and an organic balm with lavender in made by a local lady. Both relieved the itching alot. If they still do ithe waitrose one at least you could always try a bit on a small area first perhaps? It is slightly easier to apply than olive oil but almost as pure. I remember not being able to stand the feel of anything touching my skin and had to shower my legs with cold water throughout the night. Even resorted to going and standing in the sea at times! Eventually with a series of acupuncture sessions and some very good advice from my acupuncturist re my diet etc it went as quickly as it appeared. My son also has had slight sebborhic dermatitis on his face also closely related to psoriasis. An occasional wash with nizoral shampoo (on his face!) as suggested by the dermatologist has done the trick. We avoided all the steroid creams etc in favour of that. Maybe some of that would help. I wish you and baby all the very best.
dadstrackworld - baby excema - help
Had the same happen to my daughter at the same age. Doc prescribed a whole host of creams. After checking out the ingredients I wasn't too keen to use them. Too many petrochemicals.
Opted for lavender skin creams (there are plenty to choose from) + lavendar bubble bath. Plus the obvious sensitive skin non bio washing powder etc etc. This seemed to do the trick.
6 years on she has the odd flare up. Usually pretty mild. Nothing like when she was baby. Triggers are:
Mainstream sun cream. (Instead use paraben free natural sun cream. Eg Jåsön).
Tinned fish. It definitely triggers the eczema. Don't ask why,
Too much dairy.
Switch washing powder/detergants?
It might actually be allergy? You never know
as many have said there are loads of people suffering through what some see as just an itch. our eldest has it terribly and has had since an early age. gp's are just that general practitioners, you may find a good one now and again but most don't know what to do with youngsters with it.
George is now nearly 12 and puts cream on every morning and every evening. if she doesn't it flairs up and gets infected. it's better when we've had holidays with loads of time in the sea. she has a dust mite allergy (was tested by the childrens) but this doesn't seem relevant as the place we stay can often be a building site as they're renovating but it still gets better.
You're in Sheffield aren't you? as are we, when we got referred tot he childrens life got a lot better. we got the proper creams, not just steroid and anti biotic, a care plan, information and in some instances just the fact they didn't fob us off was a good feeling too.
as for your lad, try to keep his finger nails as short as possible (difficult but I found the scissor on a leatherman the best for doing this) keep him cool, this heat wave has been hard on George as when she's hot she scratches more.
we've tried loads of different things, the olive oil soap is a new one on me and I'll mention it to the wife.
good luck and patience, it's scant help but you'll get through it.
oh we also wash all of Georgia's bedding and clothing far more regularly than some would and it does help.
We found porridge in the bath (swish some about in a muslin) and dream cream (from Lush - I think the main ingredient is porridge) helped a lot. For a bad flare up though we'd use steroid cream short term.
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