Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Michelle | 2012-08-22


babys problematic skin

My son is now 6.5mnths old. He developed eczema a month after birth. We tried a range of things as per advise from our gp:
Changed from fragranced to non fragranced products
That wasn''t helping so we changed his milk ( Nan Ha) to Isomil

Throughout this we''ve used advantan ( of course prolonged use isn''t safe) , epimax and glycerine soap. We recently just bought Bioderma zinc cream and Triderm oil for itchy scalp.

I have now stopped his formula milk and nestle cerelac for a week and his skin has cleared.

I have him exlusively on breastmilk and purity.
Note I need to be at wk and don''t have enough milk to express in a bottle. What other milk and cereal can we give him ?

Expert's Reply



It sounds as if your son does not have the typical allergic eczema seen in many babies, but his skin condition is called seborrhoeic eczema. This type of eczema usually clears up by itself at about 6 months. Typically babies with seborrhoeic eczema have an itchy scalp as you mention here. Changing your baby's diet will not make any difference to the rash while it is present. The treatment is to use a mild baby shampoo such as Elizabeth Anne's baby shampoo every second day. If the rash is troublesome you can occasionally use a very mild cortisone ointment such as Mylocort, but only if and when necessary.Advantan should definitely not be used at all. Do not apply a zinc cream to his scalp.

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