Your Questions About Eczema

William asks…

What can I do for my daughters dry skin patches?

My daughter has dry skin patches on her legs and tummy. She has a well check appointment coming up soon, but is there anything I can do for it in the meantime?

What are they?
I noticed it after we switched her lotion and wash to J&J bedtime lavender. I’ll change it and get the Aveno, thanks!

admin answers:

Aveeno deep lotion works really well. It sounds like it might be eczema. Aveeno also makes an oatmeal soak to help with eczema/rashes. Just put half of the pouch in your baby’s bath water and let them soak as long as she’ll take it. The package comes with 5 pouches so you can use it for 10 baths or so. Also, take away any shampoo/soap with a lot of fragrance in it. My daughter starting breaking out bad with the J&J bedtime lavander soap.

Charles asks…

How can I get my almost 8 month old to sleep without being swaddled?

My 8 month old does not like to sleep unless she is swaddled! The only reason it’s frustrating me is because she wakes herself up trying to get out of it, but then makes me reswaddle her, which is really frustrating at night, especially when it happens every other hour. What can I do to help her sleep without being swaddled?

admin answers:

I know this isn’t really an answer to your question, but I just wanted to write to say that it made me happy to see you’re still swaddling your baby! Because my son is 4 months old and his doctor at his appt last week said we shouldn’t be swaddling him anymore because he’s too old! I think he’s wrong because it’s how my son wants to sleep too. He said we should stop swaddling him little by little as your other answerers have suggested. My other problem with it is my son has eczema and if he’s has his hands out at night in the morning he’s all scratched up even though we keep his nails as short as possible because he scratches and scratches at his face. 🙁

Robert asks…

What is your personal opinion on declawing cats?

Do you feel it’s wrong? Inhumane? Why?
Do you feel it’s OK and/or necessary? Why?

I’ve heard strong opinions on both sides of the story.

admin answers:

In my opinion and speaking professionally, declawing is very cruel and unneccessary. There is never ever a good reason to have a cat declawed unless the cat has an incurable disease in his toes, then only the toes affected should be removed.
Declawing is the amputation by guillotine or by laser of the last joint of the cats toes.As the claws are firmly embedded in bone, that bone along with tendons, tisssues and ligaments, has to be amputated or the claws grow crookedly and painfully back.
Cats need their claws for many things, yes even indoor cats,they need them to groom and to walk properly and also to exercise.They need to dig in their claws to stretch their leg, shoulder,stomach and back muscles, to keep them healthy.Many declawed cats develop stress illnesses such as cystitis and eczema, and most eventually develop arthritis too.
Declawing is banned in our country and many others and we manage nicely with our babies, children, ill or frail people, and our furniture. Even before it was banned here our vets would never do it.Vets are trained to help animals, not to harm them and declawing turns a perfectly healthy cat into a disabled cat.
We train our cats to use scratching posts,from being kittens and the people who don’t like it that cats have claws, simply don’t get a cat.
There are no arguments for declawing for the convenience of the owner, at all.
ADDITION …to ‘In memory of Star’
I hope you read this, I am so sorry about Star and you are very brave for telling your story on here. I would like to use it on our anti declaw group ‘horror stories’ as it may help us to convince people how wrong declawing a cat is !
Please email me ….

John asks…

How often should you bath a new born?

I have a 2 week old and I have been bathing her everyday but my friend (mother of 4) said that you should bath newborns every 2 to 3 days because it strips the skin of the natural oils it needs.

admin answers:

A newborn’s skin is still adjusting to producing sweat and oils (sebum) after being enclosed in the watery womb and protected by vernix caseosa during the pregnancy. Daily baths, especially with soap (no matter how mild) can interfere with the skin’s ability to produce the oils necessary to keep the skin healthy naturally.

Lotions interfere with this as well, so bathing the baby and then using lotions to make up for it are only compounding the situation. The skin can end up being programmed to produce far less oil than necessary, by this artificial stripping and replenishing of the supposedly necessary daily bath. The sebaceous glands simply don’t get the message that they need to be producing those oils, because the baby’s skin is never actually dry enough to send those signals. Simple supply/demand. This is why the dry skin problems crop up several months down the road; many parents stop using the lotions as diligently after the first few months, and by then the sebaceous glands have gotten the message that they’re not needed. Some babies’ bodies are able to adjust and start making up for the lack, but some just aren’t, for whatever reason. Their oil glands don’t kick in after months of being dormant, and they are left with dry skin conditions.

Out of my 6 children, only one had serious skin problems (severe eczema), but two others had “sensitive” and/or dry skin. The other three never had a problem with baths, soaps, or lotions.

I bathed them 2-3 times a week as newborns, only using soap 1-2 of those times. When they were around 2-3 months old (I wasn’t watching the calendar), I’d start giving a nightly bath as part of the evening/bedtime routine, but still only using soap 1-2x weekly.

For my child with eczema, though, anything more than 1-2 baths a week was too much, so she had her 2 baths, and usually I only used soap one of those times unless she needed it really badly.

Interesting articles on newborn skin:

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/519767
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/432508

Mark asks…

will my eczema stop me from getting into the british army?

basically I did my selection back in the summer and I had to wait to get a placement and while I have been waiting I started to get slight eczema on my face and a bit on my arms so I was just wondering if this will stop me from starting my phase 1 training, Its very mild at the tops of my arms and bits around my eyes, cheeks. some days you cant even notice it.

admin answers:

No. Make sure to Moisturize.

I have the same experience.

These are what I did:
1)The only antidote that I consider extremely helpful is

Stay AWAY FROM STRESS or anything that makes you sad. Stay away from Negative People. It took me so long to realize this. The answers were not in the medical books in the 1st place.

*Avoid Liquors and caffeine
*Use products like cetaphil and the likes
*Made sure to be moisturized. Use unscented moisturizers. Ideally, moisturizers that can also be used by babies. That’s how sensitive our skins are.
*If it becomes itchy, apply cold compress
*If its is extremely itchy, apply betamethazone ointment. Do not be too dependent on it. It makes your skin more prone for breakage

Mandy asks…

How do I know if I’m allergic to milk?

I have colds/hayfever/eczema and asthma practically all year round (at least one of them) and my mother and aunt think I could be allergic to milk? But how would I know? I don’t get big attacks when I drink milk or anything, but I’ve heard you might get rashes; and I have eczema.. so could it mean I MIGHT be slightly allergic to it?

admin answers:

Eczema and asthma are connected for some reason that scientists can’t quite figure out yet. And plenty of people I know (Including my son) have a dairy allergy on top of all of it. Symptoms include a change in attitude in younger children (really bad behavior like on a sugar high), digestion problems such as diarreah, constipation or just plain discomfort, rashes around the mouth and your bottom (diaper rashes in babies which can range from small red bumps to lots of tiny blisters). Humans weren’t designed to digest milk lactase enzymes past the age of 3, so many people have trouble digesting it. Try drinking rice or soy milk for a week with no dairy products. If you find that some of your other symptoms reduce or get better you probably have a dairy allergy. Slowly re-introduce dairy products back into your diet, like cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc. If none of them trigger responses, then try adding cow’s milk back in and see what happens.

There are plenty of milk substitutes available, SILK is a good soy milk and Rice Dream has a vitamin enriched product I give to my boys. Both come in different flavors, such as vanilla or chocolate.

Sometimes the allergy/intolerance can be temporary like through puberty or growing times, or in the case of my sons they outgrew it by 5-6 but still prefer to drink rice dream instead of cow’s milk.

Maria asks…

Toddler with Eczema:What shampoo would you recommend?

Her skin and scalp are extermely dry. She is just starting to sprout hair. Johnson’s Baby shampoo is very drying. Any other suggestions?

admin answers:

My 5 year old has had eczema his whole life. We use a brand called California Baby. You can find it at Target and Whole Foods, as well as online. It’s all organic and has really helped my son’s breakouts. Try the “Super Sensitive” line. They also have a cream called Calendula Cream that really helps. We have also had luck with Aveeno and Burt’s Bees. Hope that helps!

James asks…

my baby is 3months old and has a red rashes on her cheeks, elbows and knees.Is it aczema?

but it does disappear at morning but the redness get worsen at night.what is it?is it aczema?

admin answers:

It seems like eczema. The itching and redness does tend to get worse at night.

She may have a sensitivity to something, like a certain food, detergent, or a cleansing product. Something to discuss with her doctor.

Ken asks…

Could my daughters scratching be more than eczema, could it be her nerves?

My daughter is about to be 15 months old and the doctors say its eczema but my mom thinks its her nerves she just scratches constantly and she causes herself to bruise.

admin answers:

Nerves at 15 months, it’s eczema, maybe switching detergents, eliminating eggs,fish,nuts and gluten may help. A simple blood test sent to a lab may also reveal what the baby is allergic to.

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  1. Allen - November 19, 2014

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    tnx for info.

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  5. Ian - February 2, 2015

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