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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Mama | 2004/09/21

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Dry skin and eczema

My baby just turned 1 and for the last 3 months he has very dry scaly skin and eczema. Nothing seems to moisturise his skin or help the eczema to clear. I do not want to use cortisone. Do you have suggestions of what I can use?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

This time of year the air is often very dry. The first rule would be to moisturize the skin regularly. As a fisrt step apply aqeous cream to the whole body at least 3x/day. If this is not sufficient adding a more "fatty" ointment may be needed.

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Posted by: Mom | 2004/09/23

Mama, my son was diagnosed with this type of eczema as well. At the hospital they taught me how to wet rap my son (a mixture of cortizones and moisturizers and applying the bandage to the entire body. Do this about twice a day (morning and evening) for 1 week. You will definitely feel the difference (the skin is smooth and moist) and your child feels much better. I also suggest you seek professional help to assess you baby's skin. Tests will also reveal whether your child is allergic to some foods or maybe dustmites, animals, etc. It will definitely give you the freedom of knowing what are the do's and the don'ts. Children are often restless when they start itching and causes discomfort for mother and child. I wish you luck.

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