You will probably want to get a diagnosis from your pediatrician to be sure it is eczema. I'm glad you found a cream that seems to help and it is important to keep the skin well moisturized. However, some flares are beyond your control. Most children do outgrow the condition.
A few things to consider: what irritants may your baby be in contact with? Detergents and chemicals in clothes, toys and bedding can irritate the skin. Are you using any personal care products/hair products/detergents/perfumes that may irritate the her skin? Tobacco smoke, dust mites, pet fur, pollen, molds can all trigger eczema. Also, repeated skin exposure to water without moisturization contributes to the wet dry cycle.
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I am sorry to hear about your daughter's struggles. A couple things I'd like to suggest include making an apppointment with a pediatric dermatologist. We can help you locate one in your area. You will also want to learn about what might trigger her eczema. Common triggers include irritants (some soaps and detergents, etc.) allergens (pollens, food allergies) and temperature change. A good bathing and moistruzing regime is essential. We have a host of resources to help you at the National Eczema Association or call us at 800-818-7546.
It is heartbreaking to watch your child suffer. It isn't easy, but eczema can be managed.
For those who are not familiar — eczema is a general term for any type of dermatitis or "itchy rash". Several skin diseases are considered eczema, including atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis and contact dermatitis. All types of eczemas cause itching and redness and some will blister, weep or peel. The exact cause is not known, but eczema results from a combination of family heredity and a variety of conditions in everyday life that triggers the red, itchy rash.
Eczema is a chronic disease that affects over 30 million people in the United States alone. Atopic dermatitis is the most severe, and almost always begins in childhood, usually during infancy. Its symptoms are dry, itchy, scaly skin, cracks behind the ears, and rashes on the cheeks, arms and legs. It alternately improves and worsens.
Do you suffer from dry, sensitive skin? Do you have itchy rashes that come and go, especially in winter? These are all possible signs of eczema. You can visit the National Eczema Association website to learn more about eczema.
Many other chronic diseases include unfuriating itch or very dry, sensitive skin. Have you experienced these symptoms?View Thread