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26-07-2004, 01:29
Hi, hoping someone can help. I'm a mother of 3, and my youngest has just been diag. with eczema (19mths old). We have been going to the doctors for the last 6 months about the reoccuring rash ( all kept saying it was a viral rash) then the last doctor said it was eczema. So for the last 3 hrs I have been searching the web trying to learn about it. His rash is raised, covers his torso, legs, arm, behind ears and now starting near his hair. It is not weeping, but i have noticed he is starting to scratch it the last day or so. Just hoping someone can give me some advise. Its really upsetting me as he is so beautiful.

26-07-2004, 09:19

Our boy has eczema too - we keep it under control with a cream from the pharmacy which was suggested by our paediatrician. I always think that there is an underlying cause for eczema, but the medical practioners have never been able to find one and I'm a bit fed up of being thought of as a paranoid mum. We're going to try visiting a complimentary therapist (naturopath or reflexologist or similar) soon. There are lots of creams available - you could also try the Eczema Association's website - they have lots of info and a free info pack. Their phone number is 1300 300 182, website is www.eczema.org.au (http://www.eczema.org.au) Hope this helps and that he gets better soon.

26-07-2004, 14:01
I have had this skin condition all my life and find that is severely exacerbated by dairy products (except for yoghurt) and products with excess sugar and caffeine. I also try and avoid doctor prescribed ointments unless it's really bad because they often contain cortisone or steroids. I use chickweed ointment which reduces the inflammation and heat in my skin. Calendula plus bath oil is also very helpful. Jurlique have a fantastic calendula cream which helps to moisturise. I'm not sure if kids can use this but evening primrose or flaxseed oil is very good for skin conditions.

30-07-2004, 11:58
Hi All,

I am also a life time sufferer of eczema. The one thing that I have learnt about this, is that it affects everyone differently. I find that stress is a major factor, as well as the weather condidtions.
I - like many - have tried just about every product out in the market, and that some give relief and others dont.
One of the best things that I have discovered, is to get in contact with the manufacturers of the products and ask for samples - and to get enough for a week because you dont really see results until after a few days.

Hang in there - ask questions. Try and not stress :cool: I know that it is hard not to stress.

There is a great web site - [URL=http://www.eczema.org.au]

or [URL=http://www.eczemacontrol.com.au]

Is your Doctor referring you to a Dermatologist? It might be a wise move...
They can be really helpful - as there might be something that is triggering it...

Hope that things start looking up for you...

;) Jess

31-07-2004, 21:11
Our 4 month old has exzema also, which he has suffered with since day one, after doing alot of reseach and different creams not working, the two things that we find work are.

In the bath do not use any soaps etc. and fill a stocking with rolled oats, this makes that bath look as though you have put milk in there. There is also goats milk soap which is good, however we personally just stick with the rolled oats.

and for a cream we use Calendula cream which you can get from a good chemist or health food store.

This works for our son, hopefully it may assist you.

01-08-2004, 21:41
Hi, hoping someone can help. I'm a mother of 3, and my youngest has just been diag. with eczema (19mths old). We have been going to the doctors for the last 6 months about the reoccuring rash ( all kept saying it was a viral rash) then the last doctor said it was eczema. So for the last 3 hrs I have been searching the web trying to learn about it. His rash is raised, covers his torso, legs, arm, behind ears and now starting near his hair. It is not weeping, but i have noticed he is starting to scratch it the last day or so. Just hoping someone can give me some advise. Its really upsetting me as he is so beautiful.
What comes out of your skin is what can't stay inside eg chemichals in food, preservatives , and stress etc... I suggest you see a naturopath, change your food habits,no processed food, eat organic food (at least for the little one).
and relax (try meditation or take some time for yourself). Don't forget you're connected with your baby, and your boy's eczema might also come from you.

02-08-2004, 08:15
I was told by a number of people to try to use gaia baby products. They are natural chemical and soap free products. They are available form Chemist. Also website http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com/

She provides samples too for you to try.



05-08-2004, 21:17
Do not be alarmed, but there is another condition that is commonly mistaken for eczema. My son started showing signs of skin problems at 8mths and we too started the visiting doctor wheel.

He was finally diagnosed correctly with a skin disease known as mastocystiitis(hopefully I have spelt it correctly.) Normal eczema treatments have no affects, and he is now nearly 99% rash free. We use a cream called elecon and is only on prescription. It is a steroid cream, and is only to be used sparingly once a day.
Another helpful treatment idea was given to us by a Professor from the childrens hospital and that is a daily dose of Zyrtec anti allergy medicine which is non drowsy. Rash itself is actually small red spots and when rubbed will rise to the touch. They do not weep, but will become infected if scratched, and if the child touches another part of their body it will spread. Hence the use of Zyrtec to ease the itch and therfore stop the infection. Prior to this our son was covered in rashes and sores, and constantly bleeding due to his scratching. The only way to determine if your child is in fact suffering with Masto (commonly named) is to see a skin specialist, and have a small biopsy done. Once we found all this out, we havent looked back, he has improved fantastically and now only gets a break out once or twice a year, which is normally only small a amount of blotches.
It normally does not affect the face, but will infect the scalp, and back of Knees.
Furthermore, we do not use soap products when bathing, but use an oatmeal soap made by Calypso, it is available from supemarket and costs less than $2

I hope this info helps :) :) :)

06-08-2004, 09:34
My boy showed signs of eczema from birth, but it took me about 3 months to really do something about it.

Apart from visiting the doc, I also tried to find info on the web, (close to useless). The main points I found that the most basic form is a result of intolerances (either to food, fragrances and or soap products (they contain petrolium products).

As I was breastfeeding I converted to soy products and cut my lactose intake. I also cut out all peanut products, as I found that he flared up after a feed of peanuts.

Aside from that I used no bath products in his bath (which I kept cool) and used a oatmeal based moisturing lotion on his dry skin. The oatmeal lotion is a natural soothing alternative (various products aval from pharmacies) but you can also just use the liquid that oats have been soaking in (ie stocking method alreadly suggested). We also swapped to OMO sensitive. The combination of the about worked.

He is now 2 and a half, we have tested peanuts, and aside from not liking them he has no reaction. He drinks soy milk and I limit his cheese and yoghurt intake to one of each per day, even though they are is his favourite foods. And the only signs of eczema is a small patch on his back. Not a problem at all. But he does seem to have very sensitive skin, a dog lick or strawberry and watermelon juice for example on this skin will result in a red area and small white dots, but it will go away when washed and cooled down.

Eczema can be a result of simple intolerances that the children can grow out of as they get older or a more serious reaction to their environmental surroundings.

Unfortunately trial and error will be your lot until you work out what exactly works for you. Keep pushing with the the so called specialists, if they do think it is viral asking the to confirm it I a sure that they could take a swab and have it tested.

No one knows your child as well as you do, so go with the your gut instincts. :)

30-08-2004, 22:26
HI there, You could also try www.bearbots.com.au they sell organic products (clothing, nappies, manchester, laundry liquids etc) that are suitable for skin irritations, they also stock the gaia skin range.

Good Luck

31-08-2004, 12:42
Hi 'upset mum'

I am a nurse who works in a respiratory and DERMATOLOGY ward. You need to see a dermatologist to get a diagnosis. I agree with all the mums who said DON"T USE SOAP, use oatmeal for his bath. The other thing we use is cotton seed oil in the bath to mosturise the skin. If he is scratching, use Zyrtec, like one other mum suggested. We also use a lot of parrafin cream, you need to keep the skin mosturised and not dry.

My husband also has eczema, and he finds cod liver oil cream a big help, (we use it in the hospital for groin and bottom rashes on the elderly) it mosturises well and seems to heal rashes quite well.

Hope that helps. But I must reinforce, you need to get a diagnosis.

06-09-2004, 16:07
Hi there
My son is nearly 5 years old now and has suffered from Eczema from birth. I was always really worried about him as all different things flared it up but he is slowly growing out of it I think. I myself have sensitive skin but not as bad as his. He tends to get it on his head too which makes it difficult. I always bathed him in QV Oil. The QV products I found were most helpful and our GP gave us a prescription for Sigmacort Creme 1% which I can now buy over the counter. I try not to use it too much though but it does stop the itch. I purchased a product called Michaels Skin Wash and have been washing his hair with that each day which keeps the scalp moist instead of dry. His eczema particularly flares up in the heat so summer is a tough time for us.
I am now a mum again to a baby girl who also had signs of eczema so have now turned to a new product which I can fully recommend, got a sample from the pharmacy and haven't looked back since - its called Dermaveen, which is an oatmeal based product. I now use this for both my children an oil for the bath and then moisturiser as I think this is the biggest key don' let the skin dry out, always keep it moisturised Anything is worth a try, but keep away from soap products. Also be wary of what flares it up, remember what you fed them and when as it could be food allergies or intollerances...Good Luck!! :)

Miss Scarlett
12-10-2004, 13:50
Hi there, a friend of mine's baby (5 months) developed this too and went to the gp who also prescribed sigmacort....but it didn't work very well and she didn't like to use it too often...she then went to see a dermatologist who recommended dermaveen and bingo - it cleared up! it is excellent stuff! He told her to smother him with it at any opportuniy, at nappy changes, after baths....so pleased to hear that it is also working for you. best of luck. :)

12-01-2005, 10:43
Hi there,
I work for www.ParentLink@act.gov.au in the ACT government, where we can assist all parents in the ACT with advice or fact sheets to help parenting.

But on a personal note, my mum (50yrs) has suffered from Eczema since she was two years old. Her experience talking to lots of other parents with children who have eczema is that if you have a baby with eczema they generally grow out of it, however if your child gets it at 2-3yrs, they may have it all their life. It is genetic and is in the same family as asthma which most people dont know. so if you have asthma, you can pass on eczema to your child.

What helps her the most is always wearing natural fabrics preferably cotton, as well as sleeping with 100% cotton sheets. But the most important thing for her is no to get hot. She always gets itchy if she gets hot and bothered. So, dont overdress your child and use cotton blankets etc. A cold facewasher or cool bath will also help to take away itching. cotton mitts can also stop baby scratching. I always notice that my mum needs to be about 5 degrees cooler than everyone else so keep that in mind.


12-01-2005, 13:26
My 3 year olds eczema (admittedly not serious) was helped by Medihoney Eczema cream. This is a completely natural product made in Australia from sterilised honey. It comes in a tube from the chemist for about $10.00. It also worked on my 5 month olds cradle cap. And as a bonus a little goes a very long way and it smells great. I also used it on my itchy tummy when I was pregnant.

13-01-2005, 14:32
my daughter 2.5 years had bad eczema when she was younger we tried so many different things and eventually found a cream from the chemist called dermaid it completly cleared her skin up. So when my son 1.5 years started to get eczema as bad as hers was there was no fuss. So many people kept telling me to use different creams and we tried them all, I think when it comes to ezcema it's trial and error until you find what works for you.

02-02-2005, 10:02
I'd like to share with you what helped our baby with his eczema. He developed it at 2 months of age - while being purely breastfed. We tried everything, every lotion under the sun - only the hydrocortisone cream worked - and only for a short while. We hated using it and tried not to use it but sometimes the itching was so bad, my heart was breaking and I gave in.

Then we spoke to a naturopath and she suggested we add a probiotic supplement into his formula. Once we started using it, the eczema definitely started getting better, after about a week. It didn't go completely, but it really improved. It's called LifeStart and you can get it at some Healthfood shops (I got it from GoVita at Manly). It cost $40 per bottle but we've had it for 6 months and it's still going as you only use a tiny amount. It's especially made for pregnant women and infants over 6 months (if your baby under 6 moths, ask a naturopath - not a GP as they often scoff at alternative therapies).

The probiotic treatment is especially good for babies born by c-section as apparently they do not swallow the healthy bacteria they normally would during a vaginal delivery. But babies born vaginally can also not enough of this bacteria so it's worth a try.

The other thing that really helped was the Elidel cream - you can get a prescription from your GP. It's expensive but you only use a little bit. It does not contain any steroids and it's a miracle cream. Though now that we are using the probiotic supplement, we rarely need to use it.

That's my experience - I hope it helps.

10-02-2005, 22:30
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11-02-2005, 09:22
Hi Guys,.... Just thought I would add something to this topic,. My 6 month old, Scarlett, had eczema all over her tummy, back, arms and behind her knees, aswell as a little on her face,.. Until I discovered QV Cream (from the chemist), and QV bath oil,. I smother her with it at every nappy change, and that, along with some 1% cortizone cream from her Dr., has made her eczema free! Totally! Her skin is so soft and mark free now! It was gone in 3 days,...

26-02-2005, 14:46
hi everyone i would just like to say that i think that i have got more tips for coping with my sons eczema by reading this thread than i have in the last 8 yrs of dermatoligists, well meaning old ladies etc etc, this site is a wonderful tool, i will definetly be trying some of these sugggestions (especially the dermaveen) i will let people know how it goes :)
from newbie erin

11-03-2005, 17:39
[FONT=Comic Sans MS]Hi, I have a 3mth old and his fathers side is prone to Eczema and i was told the Johnsons products contain dangerous ingredents and not to use them, so i purchased Grahams Natural Alternative Products, the soap (natural, not a soap)& bath oil (100mls) when he was born. In the last few days i noticed eczema on his face, so i dashed down to a health shop and purchased the cream and oral oil that i take with food (i am still breastfeeding) which helps internal dryness. I have noticed it has nearly all gone in just 3 days. It is pretty expensive, but it lasts for a while, i bought the oil when he was first born and it's lasted 3mths, the soap is still going and only half way through, so i worked out it only costs $6.33 a month for the oil and about a dollar for the soap a month...all to keep your baby soap free, just think you'd probably spend more on the baby soap than that. I just read back this post...no i am not advertising this product, just trying to reason that really it isn't too much to pay for a happy eczma free baby! :-)

22-03-2005, 21:07
Hi I can highly recommend the QV range ofproducts from checmists. My DD suffers badly from excema.

22-03-2005, 21:41
Jasmine is prone to eczema. Our doctor recommended a regime of Oilatum in the bath (we sometime use QV bath oil) and sorbalene. When the eczema got bad she recommended we use a cortizone. This did help control it but we never felt very comfortable with the cortizone. We now use Elidel cream (which is apparently not a cortizone).

Its great to hear of other people's experiences to. There are a few things I might follow up.

16-04-2005, 18:28
My girlfriend went all over looking for something that worked, she found bodyshop hemp body butter worked really well.

16-04-2005, 19:38
I tried all the "normal" things for my daughters exzema but the one thing that has worked is emu oil.

18-04-2005, 11:59
My hasband has eczema all over his body (head to Toe). he was diagnosed at 5 weeks old and the ped in Canberra said it was the worst case he had seen but he would most likely grow out of it, well guess what, no he didn't.

His mum tried everything, diets, cortozone, creams, none of it worked.

Then I tried everything, salt water baths, creams, new creams, natural remidies, you name it we try it.

The best results we get is relief for a few weeks, untill his skin becomes immune to whatever it is and he will break out again.

he gets worse with: Stress, fish (eating or contact), pets (we don't have any), dust, pollens, new washing powder, sleeping too long, not enough sleep.

Please know that with eczema, the best feeling in the world for them is scratching, but that is what causes the weeping which causes the cracking, it's a vicious circle.
There is nothing you can do to get rid of eczema, you can only control it and relieve the itchiness.

hubby is now at the stage where he showers twice a day and covers his body in sorbelene cream 3 times a day.

Hope it all works well for you.

28-04-2005, 19:29
When my son was just 8 weeks old a clinic nurse sugested he would probaly get eczema. The nurse gave me the number for the allergy clinic at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in sydney- its a free service so there was a long waiting list (5months). We went along and they skin tested him, not only did we discover he had an egg and dust mite allergy but also that this was associated with his reflux, sleep disturbance and irritability. I am so grateful the nurse at the clinic picked up on his sensitive skin, as we were able to change his diet and minimize the environmental triggers as well as use cream to control his eczema. I hardly knew anything about eczema when he was diagnosed and was very overwhelmed, I just thought it was an itchy rash. I had no idea that all the food I was eating (when breastfeeding) and the food I was giving my son could effect him so much. Its important to get your child tested so speak to your Gp and ask him/her to refer you to an allergy speacialist ASAP.

17-05-2005, 13:20
What is QV cream? And how do I go about getting some?
Thanks in advance..

18-05-2005, 16:17
My dd has only shown mild eczema on her ankles, tho it runs on her dad's side and a bit on mine. I didn't really recognize it and had tried a few "baby" skin creams thinking it was really only very dry skin. Wrong! Most made her skin even worse.

But in the 50s and 60s my dad used to have to get his cortisone creams made up special, the pharmacist actually had to crush tablets into a base cream. And he had always used Nivea cream as a base and general cream. So I tried it and it worked, cleared her rashes right up. Much cheaper than more specialised ointments and I was relieved not to have to have to go to cortisone for her.

I'm not sure if it would work on severe ezcema but I'd recommend trying it at least for milder cases.

20-05-2005, 11:26
I have an hereditary skin condition called dariers disease and since I became pregnant it has gone crazy and unfortunately there is little I can use because I am pregnant, there are so many forms of eczema and what may work for one person may not work for another, you will get loads of advice and lots of ideas and it does'nt hurt to try them but don't get disheartened if they don't work. Common triggers are dietary but not always. I prefer not to use cortisone creams myself but quite often that is the only thing that works for mine. Keep trying and I hope you find something to make your little boy comfortable but the problem with skin conditions is it can take a long time toi find what works for you and quite often it will be a combination of things.

01-06-2005, 16:00
Hi, I have eczema, as does my husband and new baby. Mineral-based bath products dry the skin out and destroy the natural oils that keep everything in balance. Unfortunately, I can't use oatmeal for some reason - I think I am allergic to it! Try vegetable oil in the bath (not peanut oil) and pat dry the skin. My chemist suggested using Evening Primrose Oil, from the capsules, and this is working really well for my little one. I also rub some on specific areas of redness after the bath. The problem with some creams and lotions is that they can cause infections in the tiny cracks that can appear in the raised, dry skin patches. Also, there is some discussion in medical circles at the moment about the benefits of yoghurt bacteria for sufferers of eczema. Apparently, it is supposed to boost the body's resistance to developing skin conditions and allergies. Natural yoghurt is the best source (flavour it yourself) or there are now yoghurt making kits available - this yoghurt is thought to have more bacteria in it because it is fresher. I have increased my intake of yoghurt and have seen some good results - though I am not sure if it is just a coincidence! :rolleyes:

01-08-2005, 13:10
My dd has had awful eczema since she was about 3 months and it became so bad that I just couldnt cope anymore. She was so distressed and was waking all throught the night. We have tried every cream we thought possible. She is 15 mth old now and we kept taking her to the doctors and the told me the same things every time....
-dont put wool on her skin
-dont get her to hot
-dont use soap in the bath
-here have some quaterzone cream
I hate the quaterzone cream although it does clear it up I dont think that it is doning much good to her skin.
I was fed up with the answer the doctors were giving me with no real permenant results so I took her to a naturopath.
He asked if Caitlin was a C. born or n. born child....she is c. born I told him
He told me c. born children dont have the same amount of good bacteria in there stomach as a n. born has. This causes them to have a greater ristk to allergies and eczema. (He didnt say that n. borns wont have eczema though) so he gave me some omega 3 fish oils for her to have everyday and some stuff called flora for kids, which is the good bacteria, he also put her on soy....I dint think that she would like soy but she does.
I have found that Vasaline intensive cream is the BEST for her skin. It is not oily or greasy and her skin just sucks it up. In her bath I use nothing at all, no oils or anything ( I was using Alfa Keri oil) and I make sure the bath is luke warm
He also told me to try and cut out processed meats e.g sausages, chickn nuggets, ham etc.
Any way her skin is lovely at the moment, she is sleeping through the night, taking 3 hr sleeps in the day and is looking extreamly happy. I am so happy although I expect that it will come back but I am hoping that it will not be to hard to controll.
I recomend talking to a naturopath about diet and see what they can do to help with anyone the has eczema

06-08-2005, 20:31
HI there,
My son also had eczema from early on and we were at a loss as to control it. He also had a vomiting episode with formual at 4 months. We changed paediatritians and the new Dr got us to see an allergist straight away. He did a skin test which showed exactly what our little boy was allergic too and once we removed all the culprits from his diet (and mine as I was breastfeeding) his eczema cleared up and we have not looked back. We were lucky that the triggers were food based but there is nothing better than knowing exactly what ur up against. He now has no visible eczema which was gone within a month or so. We do use a steroid cream if his skin flares up (very rarely) and initially used this twice a day. Also don't use soap or shampoo on their skin. We wash our son with ordinary sorbolene and use this on his hair too. Keep your products really simple and avoid introducing too many different natural creams especialy when they are really reactive. Also we use QV flare up bath oil twice a week in a bath. And only bath him 3 times max so as too not dry out his skin. We moisturise him everyday with the sorbolene. So far so good and he is now 2 and doing really well. He has also grown out of a few of the initial food allergies and wecan see light at the end of the tunnel. An allergist visit will save u the trial and error of testing at home and the potential risk if u find a trigger.
Hope this helps BBBBMUM x :)

11-08-2005, 15:17
just wanted to let you know that the essential oil roman chamomile is excellent for excema - my mum studies aromatherapy and she highly recommends it. it is also perfectly safe for babies and children (it is the only oil which can be used on newborn babies). you can purchase it from most chemists and health food shops. it is commonly sold diluted 3% in jojoba oil and therfore can be used directly from the bottle. just a note, when buying esential oils, always check the use by date and if you can see they are stored in direct sunlight or underbright/hot lights do not buy them as will cause them to go off and in turn be innefective. i have found that most chemists or health food shops are happy to order things like this in if they don't already stock it.

hope this helps :)

if you decide to give it a go please let me know and i can find out from my mum how much and how often she recommends you use it :)

16-08-2005, 12:54
My son had excema from 7 weeks onward and still at 2 gets it behind his knees and on his shoulders and little on his tummy. I went to endless gp's and finally found cream from Hamilton, found in chemist. The cream is called ` Excema cream' and it comes in a white tub with a pink label. It was the only thing that calmed my sons excema down, but it does contain tar. The other thing was I only washed him in the `Hamilton oil' and used `Purity' washing detergent.

Keep away from soaps and make sure that the bath/shower is not too warm.

The doctors did prescribe ADVANTIN and ELENDIL. Both very strong and didn't work.

18-08-2005, 22:51
The best product I have been told of is from Melaleuca. It is tea tree based and though it doesn't cure it ( I've been told nothing does) it will remove it as well as bad acne.

19-08-2005, 10:31
Hi All

Just thougth I would add my two bits aswell,lol

I am a qualified aromatherapist and therapist aswell so know what I am talking about here.

Just thought I would add up a blurb so you haev some background aswell incase you dont already have it.



Eczema may be due to an allergy or could be the result of skin irritation. There are various underlying causes. It can be characterised by reddening and vesicle formation, scaling, itchy, weeping and crusting of the skin. The distress of dealing with this condition can prolong its symptoms.

Essential oils: Bergamot, Cedarwood, Geranium, Lavender, Patchouli , Roman Chamomile in Jojoba.

Recipe #1 Massage
Lavender in Jojoba 2ml
Roman Chamomile in Jojoba 3ml

Recipe #2 Bathing , Compress ,Massage
Bergamot 1 drop
Lavender 2 drops
Patchouli 1 drop
Geranium 1 drop

Recipe #3 Compress , Bathing ,Massage
Bergamot 1 drop
Lavender 2 drops
Cedarwood 1 drop
Roman Chamomile in Jojoba 2ml

Eczema is a chronic condition with acute flare-ups. many homeopathic remedies may be used to heal the skin.

Take the chosen remedies twice a day:

For dry eczema:

For eczema with blisters:

For scabby, oozing eczema:

For cracked eczema with bleeding:

For very hard, cracked eczema with no bleeding:

For eczema aggravated by wtaer or heat, improved by cold:

For eczema aggravated by sun and the seaside:

For eczema worse in winter:

For eczema after a vaccination:

If the eczema becomes infected, wash the area with diluted CALENDULA 10 drops in a bowl of water. if there is no rapid improvement, see your doctor.
All that above is for adults.

For children and Babies:

For babies bathtime since the condition is mainly due to skin being so dry, add some jojob oil to the water . This will moisturize babys skin and help stop itching due to dryness of the skin.

Dilutions for aromatherapy:

Dilute essential oils into a base of cold pressed almond or apricot kernel oil. If the child has particularly senstivie skin, use a lower dilution.

6months to 2 years: use 1 drop of essential oil to 10ml of base oil.

2 to 5 years: use 2 drops of essential oil to 10ml base oil.

5 to 10 years: use 3 drops of essential oil to 10ml base oil.

10 years and over: use 5 drops of essential oil to 10ml of base oil.

When blending massage oils for children I generally recommend a carrier such as almond, macadamia, apricot kernel or hazelnut....these are finer vegetable oils making them more suitable for childrens skin.

But never massage over eczema as it can spread and make the condition worse. Just tryit neatly over top like a dabbing like movement.

Diet plays a huge factor to eczema and psoriasis so have you thought of consulting a naturopath??

Hope all this helps you anyways and all the best!


All the best

23-08-2005, 12:16
Hi guys,...

Just a quick warning about QV Flare up oil,...... We were using it in the bath for my daughter;s excema,....and the product burnt all the skin off her body from the waist down,. At the time we thought that she had developed an allergy to disposable nappies,.and consequently changed to cloth (with no relief),. Dr's gave her countless tubes of cortizone cream (which did nothing),.and in the meantime her skin - which was now bright red, weeping and covered in blisters, just got worse,.... her skin started peeling off and scabbing all over,.. as you can imagine - I was distraught,..... I got a referal to a paediatric dermatologist at very short notice,.who took her nappy off and aasked me one simple question "was I using QV flare Up Oil',. I was,... Apparently the Dr had seen this reaction time and time again in regards the oil, and was in the process of trying to have it taken off the market,.. So,..please be careful,. We stopped using the oil (switched to Dermaveen),..and her skin all peeled off like sunburn, and is now perfect again,.. very frightening,....

cy's mum
26-08-2005, 11:54
COST IS $40 PER 100ML YOU CAN FIND IT AT www.onlyemu.com.au

29-08-2005, 02:23
Sorry to hear what the QV flare up oil did to your poor little girl. It must have been awful!

My 1 yo son had bad eczema on his face. I tried everything I had used for my Daughter (she has mild eczema) but nothing worked. I was worried about taking him to the dr because I didn't want him to have the steroid creams unless he really had to. When I took him to the Dr he prescribed Elidel cream which is not a steroid. It is quite expensive but it is brilliant. The best thing about it is you can use it as soon as you see the skin getting red, so it doesn't get to the really itchy and cracking stage. And because you can use it so quickly you don't need to use much to get it under control.

14-09-2005, 15:35
hi everyone , severe eczema is so distressing for you and your child, my thomas has suffered from it terribly all his life, he cannot go to school without taking antihistemines because plaing in the playground on the grass just makes him a total mess in a matter of mins. his gets worse in hot/cold everything basically! i find keeping his skin well hydrated helps a little (and i agree NOONE use QV all those products make his skin even worse) and i have found putting special allergy covers over his mattress and pillow case helps (he is very allergic to all dust mites etc), washing his bedding at least once a wk in very hot water and using only 100% cotton sheets and blankets (although im sure this is no news to all those who like me have been battling this for yrs) i have had some success with elidel but i am worried about what will hapen when this little tube is finsihed, the dr told me he probably wont be allowed to prescribe me any more :( my heart goes out to all you other mums battling severe exzema, its a terrible thing, i can remeber hearing thomas screaming at night as a baby and going in to find him ripping into the back of his legs with blood running down them :( he ended up hospitalised several times due to it getting infected, i dont think people realise how serious an affliction it can be, thank goodness my other 2 have not really shown signs of it, i dont think my heart could handle watching another child go through it

16-09-2005, 11:15
I noticed some parents have used Elidel cream. Our seven-month old son has eczema consistently on his face and back of his knees. We were given a prescription for Elidel cream by a doctor. The possible side-effects and warnings about the cream contained with the prescription seemed rather serious especially the possiblilty of cancer. I checked online and found warnings about the use of Elidel cream have been issued by the Food and Drug Administration Board in the United States. Those interested in these reports can visit these websites: http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0305/212948.html ; https://www.lawyersandsettlements.com/case/protopic ;
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A17568-2005Feb11.html ;
We took the cream back to the chemist and got our money back and are looking into natural products for the treatment of our son's eczema. We are currently using Graham's Natural Eczema cream which basically just prevents the condition from worsening. We are still looking for something more effective and as one thread said it's a case of finding out what is suitable for each individual child.

17-09-2005, 22:18
thanks for that Stephen , yo uwould think that the dr would have thought to share these things with me before perscribing it, i swear some gps are so irresponsible, im going to go have a squiz at those links now :)

19-09-2005, 20:46
Has your child had a course of antibiotics in his lifetime? Or did you, during either your pregnancy or while breastfeeding (if you breastfed)? Because broad spectrum antibiotics kill the "good bugs" as well as the "bad ones" and many people end up with fungal infections and rashes due to the normal balance of the bacteria in their bodies being upset. DD # 1 had mild eczema and DD# 2 suffered from seborrhoeac (sp?) dermatitis (chronic nappy rash) as young babies which was completely cured with a course of homeopathic drops from the pharmacy called "Pau d'Arco". It's a blood builder and blood cleanser and it works a treat. We treated Miss Three with it (at the recommendation of a naturopath) at 8 months old and her eczema disappeared completely until recently, when she had to have antibiotics for an ear infection which have caused it to flare up again for the first time. We were told Miss 18 months would outgrow her dermatitis and we needed to just treat it with hydrocortisone whenever it bothered her too much, but as with Miss Three, the Pau D'Arco did the trick beautifully.

Good luck, hope you find something that works for your baby! :)

08-10-2005, 08:39
There is nothing you can do to get rid of eczema, you can only control it and relieve the itchiness.

My daughter's dermatologist told us that you may be able to get rid of eczema while someone is still a child, but if they have it into adulthood that is when it becomes incurable. So all those with little ones reading this, don't worry too much yet!

08-10-2005, 09:19
I've managed to get DD's eczema under control and totally fix my own by swapping to an organic diet.

I get organic fruit, veg, meat, poultry, cereals, bread, milk, cheese, yoghurt, and make whatever I need to myself - jams, tomato sauce, bottled fruit, ice-cream etc.

Recently on holidays interstate, it was not possible to source all the usual items I buy, and we had some conventional products. Within a few days, DD's eczema had flared up, and was quite bad by the time we came home.

Within a few days of being home, and back on the organic food, it was settling again, and now after 2 weeks, her skin is clear.

17-09-2013, 18:55
Our 4 month old has exzema also, which he has suffered with since day one, after doing alot of reseach and different creams not working, the two things that we find work are.

In the bath do not use any soaps etc. and fill a stocking with rolled oats, this makes that bath look as though you have put milk in there. There is also goats milk soap which is good, however we personally just stick with the rolled oats.

and for a cream we use Calendula cream which you can get from a good chemist or health food store.

This works for our son, hopefully it may assist you.

This is were I am at in thoughts. I could use the money towards other things.
My local hospital has a great public system- very pro natural which is what im all about and I had a fantastic experience with them.
Im now 35 weeks with my second and have had the best experience again so far and actually know a few of the regular midwives really well now.
I cant fault my public hospital and would recommend it to all.

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17-09-2013, 18:58
Sorry looks like a glitch in the bubhub app as my post was switched into the wrong place! Sorry for crashing!!

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17-09-2013, 19:26
Hey guys something to consider for
Kids with eczema is cutting out preservatives in their food as well as tomatoes and strawberries which can both be huge triggers.

Also I had terrible eczema as a kid and the only cream that ever cleared it up quickly and stopped it coming back was elecon ointment. You only use once a day but it is extremely good. I use it for two days in a row now and it clears all my rash. And usually it stays away for weeks.

15-03-2014, 08:21
Our 4 month old has exzema also, which he has suffered with since day one, after doing alot of reseach and different creams not working, the two things that we find work are.

In the bath do not use any soaps etc. and fill a stocking with rolled oats, this makes that bath look as though you have put milk in there. There is also goats milk soap which is good, however we personally just stick with the rolled oats.

and for a cream we use Calendula cream which you can get from a good chemist or health food store.

This works for our son, hopefully it may assist you.

Mrsmac I'm very sorry for this completely unrelated comment.. I have no idea how i t got mixed up from a separate thread. Deleted

As for the excema, sounds like you're doing all the right things.

Our son has a similar skin disorder and it can get really nasty!

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