Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Maureen | 2009/04/08


Eczema - 7 month old

Hi doc,

When I stopped breastfeeding at 4 weeks and put my son onto formula full time (NAN HA), he started developing eczema on his face, neck and back of his hands. I tried many things including, fragrance free aqueous cream, sebamed baby bath and no other soaps etc. Eventually I changed him to Nan Lactose free and within a week his eczema stopped with not another sign of it. He is still on the Nan Lactose free and has also started solids, but only gluten free porridge (maize or rice) and yellow veggies for lunch. I started using Johnsons oil soap bar on him approx 3 weeks ago as the sebamed ran out. He has again now developed eczema and is becoming more and more niggly in the day and also at night. Is it the soap that has made this happen? (Ihave stopped it 4 days ago and am trying to keep his skill moisturised) but it does not seem to be helping? Have you got any idea why this has happened, and will it go away or is he going to need more aggresive treatment? Thank you

Expert's Reply



Stop the Johnsons' soap immediately.Do not use any soaps at all. Just wash him with plain lukewarm water.After bathing him moisturise his skin with Physiogel AI Cream. See if this helps him.

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Posted by: Sue | 2009/04/13

You could also try A-Derma, it' s a bit expensive but it was the only thing that helped for my baby' s eczema.

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Posted by: carol | 2009/04/08

All 5 my kids had/have it! gets better with time but flares up when they are ill. I just read the article on probiotics for kids (you should too if you haven' t already) and will try this as using cortisone creams thin the skin and i' m looking for alternatives. Probiotics are very expensive but at this stage I' m willing to try it as wheat-free, lactose-free and soap-free etc has never made a difference!

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