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cheekychops61 Fri 17-Jan-20 16:36:14

Hi everyone. I have a beautiful 5 month old granddaughter who is in a terrible state with eczema on her scalp, chin and face. My daughter has been backwards and forwards to the GP, trying various creams which unfortunately do not seem to be settling the problem down. She is not too bad during the day as we can distract her and she wears a little cotton hat but the nights are the worst as both daughter and baby are getting very little sleep. She even has it on her eyelids bless her. Anyone got any suggestions for things that have helped please.

H1954 Fri 17-Jan-20 16:40:06

Oh dear, the poor wee child! How awful for her! Has she been tested for allergies, this sounds rather extreme for eczema although I do realise some people have serious cases that of it!

vampirequeen Fri 17-Jan-20 16:41:47

The baby needs to be referred to paediatrician or skin specialist.

cheekychops61 Fri 17-Jan-20 16:42:42

No tests yet as it only started in the last month. Its so awful to see the scratches on her little face and head

Hithere Fri 17-Jan-20 16:47:03

My youngest had a blood test at 10 months old to detect allergies and I eliminated all the suspected allergens from my diet.

The only cream that worked for us was aveeno ezcema.
The oatmeal bath mix was great.
We also realizes cold weather aggraviated the symptoms.

Yennifer Fri 17-Jan-20 16:52:28

The best cream I ever got was from a little Chinese shop, my son was scratching himself till he bled. The cream cleared it up in 3 days, I was amazed x

gillybob Fri 17-Jan-20 17:42:23

My DGD suffers from eczema and we found the MooGoo range of products help enormously .

gillybob Fri 17-Jan-20 17:45:13

This cream is amazing .

GrannyLaine Fri 17-Jan-20 18:05:21

cheekychops61 first of all my congratulations at having a lovely baby granddaughter but also heartfelt commiseration with the eczema. We have quite a strong family history of both eczema & asthma in my children & grandchildren and have been through it all. The first thing I would say is that at this age, she is likely to outgrow it. Please be patient and encourage her parents not to be trying all sorts of remedies that may help or not. She is way too young for allergy testing. Many babies at this stage develop infant eczema which resolves and never appear again. The line that proved most useful in our family is to think carefully about minimising ANY products used either directly on her skin or in her environment and bathing infrequently. It will improve but its very hard to live through.. flowers

NanKate Fri 17-Jan-20 19:19:40

My soon to be 7 DGS looked like a snake as a baby with almost scales on his body.

He was given all different creams from the doctor and specialist. Things will improve but you all have to remain patient.

A few tips make sure when your DGD is bathed that you don’t rub her skin when drying her, just gently pat her dry. Keep her cool my DS still has a fan in the room which is used three quarters of the year. Mittens to stop the scratching. My grandson liked to be naked with just his nappy whenever possible. Only cotton clothes to be worn. If her eyes are gooded (if that is a word) in the morning make sure that her eyelids are gently cleaned from the inner part of the eyelid (by her nose) and wiped outwards. Always use tepid bath water.

At one time our grandson had about 50 warts behind his knees, which the doctor dealt with and now he has clear skin. It was very stressful for us all.

I was taking him to school the other day on a really cold day and I said ‘you should be wearing long trousers’ he replied ‘No I like to keep my skin as cool as I can’. In other words he self monitors his skin.

As time goes by the specialist will identify foods that your DGD is allergic to but we find all restaurants cater for allergies. My DGS is allergic to fish, eggs, sesame, soya, coconut oil, nuts but he is still a healthy young lad who plays football and leads a good life.

Things will get better just hang on in there.

Greenfinch Fri 17-Jan-20 19:36:00

I echo what NanKate says. My eldest son had it very badly and he particularly suffered in that hot summer of 1976. As well as the creams prescribed by the GP we found E45 to be effective and soothing. We also used greasy emulsifying ointment in the bath. It will pass but it does take time.

Hetty58 Fri 17-Jan-20 19:38:14

GrannyLaine, she is not too young for allergy testing. Cow's milk protein allergy is dangerous so the sooner it's diagnosed, the better!

GrannyLaine Fri 17-Jan-20 19:42:09

OP hasn't described symptoms that would suggest that Hetty58, she describes typical infantile eczema.

mimismo Sat 18-Jan-20 09:40:47

My son reacted to cow's milk protein through my breast feeding at 4 months, tho' not with eczema, and was put on a soya formula until a year old. He now drinks milk with no problem. Cows milk can be a problem even if not taken directly.

BlueBelle Sat 18-Jan-20 09:46:28

cheekychops my granddaughter now a beautiful 16 had a clear skin until 24 hours after her baby injections and she became covered in eczema (the doctor said it can be cause by this but rare) Every cream the doctor gave her made it worse until her little face and body was red raw She was hospitalised at one point Anyway over time my daughter found an ingredient that was in all the creams ( I ve forgotten which) and eventually found something without it in and she’s been fine since BUT is still prone to some allergies fir instance she used a face pack which made her swell and itch and a sun cream she has to have one particular (expensive) cream
Now whether she was born prone to this or it was set off we ll probably never know

Shandy3 Sat 18-Jan-20 10:03:19

Many babies have eczema, I understand only 1 in 10 take it padt the age of 5yrs (my doctor told me this).
However in the meantime she could try kinesiology. This is not an invasive proceedure and provides an insight as to what food/materials could be exacerbating the situation.
I hope it goes well 🤞🏻

Shandy3 Sat 18-Jan-20 10:05:43

When I say foods, it could be what mum is taking also!

Purplepoppies Sat 18-Jan-20 10:35:03

Child Farm cream is fabulous. As is Cera-Ve (the blue one) Cera-Ve is definitely cheaper on Amazon, next day delivery if you're a prime member.
I wouldn't personally advocate Aveeno as its tested on animals.
I use both creams on my granddaughter, the Cera-Ve works best. Its oil free aswell.

pamdixon Sat 18-Jan-20 10:35:15

E45 has lanoline in it, which a lot of people can't tolerate. 2 of my children had quite bad eczema and we avoided eggs totally and I was extremely careful about what washing powder I used - can't remember what else I did! Mine moreorless grew out of it, and most of my gc are Ok thank goodness. It does go, but its horrible for everyone when its bad. Sympathies and good luck finding the right remedy.

foreignbird Sat 18-Jan-20 10:38:04

As a baby my grandson had eczema and diarrhoea. His doctor mentioned that it could be reaction to cows milk. All the symptoms stopped at once. His parents gave him tried cows products a couple of years later and he was fine. He has a beautiful skin now.
I would ask my doctor if you could try that just in case.
I hope it can be sorted out soon

grannygranby Sat 18-Jan-20 10:59:26

Zinc cream with nothing else in it and check you aren’t using bio washing powder babies are often allergic to that.

GreenGran78 Sat 18-Jan-20 10:59:56

My son had terrible eczema during his first year (he is now 39) The doctor and baby clinic tried everything, but we found that simple petroleum jelly was the best. The only problem was not letting him slide through our hands when we picked him up!
It eventually cleared up, but he does occasionally get patches on his scalp.
I hope that the poor baby soon improves. There is nothing worse than seeing a little child suffering.

icanhandthemback Sat 18-Jan-20 11:03:23

If Mum is bottle feeding, there is a product called Nutramigen. It helps with milk intolerance enormously although it tastes absolutely disgusting. Very often babies who are milk protein intolerant are soya intolerant too so Wysoy doesn't help. If she is breastfeeding, you can cut dairy and soya out of your diet but ensure that she gets her calcium from somewhere.
We are a family who have babies who suffer these intolerances and once they are addressed, we have much happier babies. The only people who have continued to suffer with Eczema and digestive problems within the family are the ones who weren't diagnosed as babies as their parents were dismissed as "fussy, anxious" new Mums.
The first time my cousin's babies were diagnosed as being intolerant to her breast milk, I scoffed at the thought. Then I had my own babies and found mine were the same. Now my daughter's babies are carrying on the tradition and my research shows it is more common than people realise.

notanan2 Sat 18-Jan-20 11:09:32

Dream Cream from lush has a bit of a cult following with mums of kids with eczema. It is made with oats I think

Caro57 Sat 18-Jan-20 11:15:13

Effective treatment will vary for each person. A lot find Aloe Vera taken and applied very useful