Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Monique | 2011-10-06


Excema 4 month old baby


My baby has excema under his arm legs and private area, we change his milk form s26 to NAN HA. And i dont use any fragrance product, everything i use is soap free and i stop using stay-soft.

We also use bepanthen and hypo allergenic washing liquid.

We use a cream the pharmicy gave us. But it doesn''t seem to go away? Any advise?

also i discovered a sacral dimple which he wasn''t born with a month ago. the nurse said it''s just the way the spine completes it''s growth? is that true. I can see the bottom and it is not open and not infected, but is there anything i should do/ not do? how do i know when to take him to the doctor for it?

Hope to hear from you soon!

P.S i''m a young mom, 21 years old, don''t know if i''m freaking out for no reason?

Expert's Reply



You have asked good questions and you are certainly not freaking out for no reason.You baby son appears to have a form of eczema known as seborrhoeic eczema which is not an allergic kind. So changing his formula will make no difference. Usually this eczema diasappears by the age of 6 months. If the rash is troubling your baby you can use a very mild cortisone cream called Mylocort. Apply the cream once or twice aday until the rash is clear then only when needed after that.
The sacral dimple you mention may be of no concern but it also may indicate the possibility of a defect in the lower part of a baby's spine,a condition called spina bifida or there may be a troublesome sinus that develops called a pilonidal sinus. So for these reasons it would be best to ask your paediatrician to just check your baby just to be on the safe side.

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Posted by: cat | 2011-10-11

Both my boys also had eczema and very dry skin. You can also use the light pink Elizabeth Annes Shampoo to wash your baby with as well as use it for lotion (the shampoo does not make foam as it is more like a lotion). This was recommended by our GP because he did not want us to use Cortisone on our babies. It really helps with dry skin, eczema as well as burned bums. Good luck.

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Posted by: R | 2011-10-07

What works for me is making some rooibos tea, and then just wiping the rash with some cotton wool that was dipped in the rooibos.

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Posted by: niks | 2011-10-06

You may want to try plain vaseline. My little one also had eczema like this. Did use mylocort &  advantan with no results. Also used epizone a &  e. I decided to use plain vaseline - the unfragranced type- &  it worked. Use the blueseal plain vaseline - not johnsons or any of the other baby range vaselines.

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