When Paige was born she had very dry skin, it didn't seem to bother her and cleared up in a few weeks after using oilatum in her baths and applying it to her skin.
Over time her skin started to get worse. We went to the doctors as they suggested we stopped using baby products and started to use epaderm. Again we used that in her baths, as a wash and shampoo and applied it to her 4 times a day.
This worked for a little while but then the eczema came back worse. We went back to doctors who gave her a steriod cream. This worked amazingly well.... For the first week!! As a steriod we could only use it for 7 days at a time. And as soon as we stopped using it the eczema would come back even worse than before. Then it stopped working altogether. Now each time it comes back it seems to be getting worse.
Over the weekend I have noticed Paige itching her face a hell of a lot so Monday I packed her up and off we went back to the doctors. They then told me her eczema was infected and gave us a stronger steriod cream. We also have a cream called Aveeno to use like we use the epaderm. They also gave us some vests for her to sleep in. The idea is to cream her up then put this vest on she she can't rub the cream off. It also has mittens on the end so she can't itch her face.
I have no idea what is causing we eczema to flare up and get worse.
At first we were told to not change washing powder but now they are telling us to try change it. I've looked into ecoballs..... Anyone have any experience of them?
So at the moment we are the epaderm in her baths and to wash her with, we apply aveeno a good 4-6 times a day. We then use the steriod cream on any flare ups she has but can only use it for 7 days at a time. We are applying it twice a day, morning and night.
I am going to change washing powder and see if that helps. I've also heard of putting oats under the tap while we run her bath... Anyone tried this?
All we can do for now is manage her eczema and hope she grows out of it!! At the moment we aren't managing it and it breaks my heart to see Paige in pain and constantly itching. I wish I could help her more.
We still have a few more creams to try and if all fails we will they be referred to the hospital to see a specialist.
If anyone knows of any at home treatments please let me know. I'll try anything!!
After a couple of days of using the new creams it is slowly getting better. She is still wanting to itch her face but the infected area is calmed down and overall the skin feels and looks a lot better.
What is your experience with baby eczema?
Thanks for reading,