Eczema or Atopic Dematis

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Eczema

Postby EatNonStop » Thu Feb 12, 2009 3:03 pm

Hi, parents,

My 5yr old gal can't stop scratching herself leaving alot of scar on her body.

Anyone parents can adv / share on how to stop her itchiness and scratching w/o applying steroid cream too often that can thin her skin in long run.

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Postby schellen » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:18 pm

Are you using the "non-soap" kind of soap? The kind that will not strip her skin of natural oils and will moisturise more than the usual toiletries meant for children? No steroids in them, as far as I know.

Also, avoid taking hot baths and using hot water to shower. Lukewarm is fine. Hot water will make the skin drier. Can't remember where I read that though.

Personally, me and my family don't have eczema but I have very dry skin on my legs. I just use some super thick and creamy body lotion after showers everyday. I think it's by Vaseline and it contains cocoa butter.

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Postby EatNonStop » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:32 pm

Hi,

Thanks for your advise.....

My gal is using the Non-soap shower cream being advised by Doc (to maintain the PH balance at 5.5)
I also make sure the bath water is lukesome warm.
But she still scratch herself non-stop even while she is sleeping!!

Sometime really at a lost what to do!

Understand long term use on steriod cream (which the doc only prescribe) will have side effect so I am really reluctant to apply on her.

Wonder any parents have similar problem like me and able to substain and prevent the kid from scratching. Scratching is the main cause of the skin inflammation and scars.

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Postby schellen » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:44 pm

Have you tried any non-steroid creams on her with positive results?

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Postby EatNonStop » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:53 pm

Tried California baby Calendula cream......is ok as mild preventive cream but not so helpful when she has bites or when her eczema flag up.

Do u hv any recommended non-steriod cream?

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Postby sashimi » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:57 pm

Hello! I'm just going to shoot a list of things that I know of regarding skin itches in relation to heat rash and bites. Not sure if any will help as I have no experience with eczema specifically.


- Keep skin cool overnight. If night is very hot, like recently, consider air con, though you have to balance its use since air con is very drying.

- see if changing the detergent used on her clothes help.

- See if changing her mattress helps, esp. if current mattress traps a lot of heat.

- any possibility of bed bugs? Sun the mattress/mattress cover, wash or soak cover in very hot water. I just read online that bed bugs can exacerbate eczema.

- try calamine lotion.

- teach your daughter to scratch by rubbing with palm/fingers, rather than by using her nails. Also, scratch with clothing in between, and not directly on the skin.

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Postby scoobydoo » Thu Feb 12, 2009 4:59 pm

How about Cetaphil ? This was recommended by dd's PD. Easily available at Guardian.

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Postby schellen » Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:01 pm

Where do you live? At West Mall (Bt. Batok), currently there is a toiletries sale at the atrium by this shop called Beauty Language. They have branches elsewhere too. Yesterday, when I was at the sale, one of the sales staff recommended a cream and oil to me for dry skin. She said that it can help with very dry skin, cracked skin and scars, etc. It's supposedly quite popular. I've seen it elsewhere too but I can't remember the brand name.

Maybe if you live near one of their branches, you can go ask them. They should carry it in every branch.

I didn't buy it not cos of the price but more that I feel I don't really need it since my case isn't so severe.

I can check tonight on my way home.

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Postby EatNonStop » Thu Feb 12, 2009 5:13 pm

Thanks Schellen, ScoobyDoo, Sashimi on your advises.

I used Cetaphil shower gel on her for quite awhile...its kind of mild preventive moisture balance gel. I switch between doc's recommended shower cream and Cetaphil gel....

There is one beauty language shop near my house...i will also find out their recommendation. BTW, I stay in NE (Kovan) area.

I will keep in mind Sashimi's messages and start checking out her mattress![/code]

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Postby ngchris » Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:42 pm

My ds is enzymic as well. I use Cetaphil shower as well as Cetaphil moisturing cream. The best advice i had when he had rashes was to bathe him in/with ABC Guiness Stout beer. No kidding, it works!

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