Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Syl | 2009-03-13



Hi Doc

My 8 week old baby has eczcema. Our Paediatrician prescribed Elocon cream for 3 days, Aterax 1,5 ml for 3 days, pure infant glycerine soap and Physiogel AI cream to be used after the 3 day cortisone treatment.

We have now completed the 3 day Elocon treatment, and her rash is significantly better. My question now is how often should we apply the Physiogel AI cream? Is twice a day sufficient? Also, for how long should we be using the Physiogel AI cream? Is there a maximum time frame or can we continue to use it in the long term as a moisturiser? Is it sufficient to only apply Physiogel, or are other moisturisers required as well?

Also, we have been washing baby' s hair with the pure infant glycerine soap, as our Paediatrician told us to stop using all the other baby shampoos (Elizabeth Annes / Johnsons top to toe etc). Is there anything else on the market that we can consider using to wash baby' s hair, or should we continue to use the pure infant soap.

Thank you very much for your time.

Expert's Reply



Do not use any soaps at all. You can use Elizabeth Anne baby shampoo for her hair. Use Epizone E when bathing her. Apply the Physiogel after bathing her. It should be applied once daily.

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Posted by: Ron | 2009-03-13

Hi Syl, my son is 10yrs old - Eczema sufferer from practically birth, have you discovered what your baby is allergic to? When my son was that age, I washed all his clothing with Sunlight soap (the yellow box), as for his body - he could only use the Clicks brand, but a very little at a time. He was also on Elocon, but in the end we were going through 2 tubes a month. Which is also not good for the skin as Elocon is a cortisone cream/lotion and excess use thins the skin. He is currently using a mixture of E45 (as a base) &  a different cortisone cream. (sooo much cheaper).


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