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my ruby just came home from the doctors and they think she has dermatitis or a very mild case of excema (cant spell that word) and the doc . prescribed some cream with steroids which i told her i dont want to use.
i asked her if there is a more natural way to go around it and she avoided the question pushing me to get this product.
so im asking you wise bubhubbers.
is there a natural remedy or cream i can put on my 5.5month old for dermatitis or "mild excema)
Hydrocortisone is what is used to treat excema (I can't spell it either) It is only 1% cortisone and it is safe to use. My DD used it when she was an infant. It helps to keep the bad patches of the excema under control, because you only need to put it on the bad patches. It's better than the skin getting infected - which also happened to my DD.
The only other thing I can recommend and something that was recommended to me by my GP in ADDITION to the cortisone is QV wash and QV cream - you can get these at chemists.
Bath bub in oats. I have posted this in various places in the eczema thread. Put a handful of breakfast oats in a stocking and pop in the bath. Gently pat the skin dry when you take bub out as it leaves a protective coating on the skin to lock in moisture and stop the itch.
You need to keep the skin moisturized. You can try sorbelene cream but some people find it to thick and heavy.
There is also things like medi-honey, paw paw cream ( although this makes me and DS itchy and worse).
Try to keep baths luke warm not hot as hot dries skin out further.
If you do decide to use the steroid cream, it will work quite quickly, possibly overnight and then you can follow through with the oat baths and moisturisers to hopefully keep the eczema at bay.
I have used steroid creams all of my life ( i am now 31) and have had no detrimental side effect. Steriods can thin the skin if used for prolonged periods, but in Australia its hardly a problem as we have sunshine all year round, which reverses the problem.
Feel free to PM me if you want to ask any further questions
Yes they work very quickly! So you'd only have to put a little on the bad patches and then carry on with the other remedies as misskelz said.
the one you mentioned is the one my doc prescribed but i dont want to use it even if it does only contain a bit. i want a natural product..
any ideas or how would one search for it
You will get many and varied 'natural suggestions as they are very hit and miss and for many of us 'miss'. What works for one will not for another. No amount of natural remedies will help eczema until you find out what is causing it. Alot of money and heartache can be spent on trying to find the miracle natural remedy. If you must try some - patch test first as many will make it worse.
The journey to improvement for my DS was finding what causes it (for him food allergies and intolerances) modifying his diet, moisturising twice daily, finding a suitable bath and washing powder and just limiting chemical contact overall.
Cortisone creams are a good tool in the fight. You use as little as you have to in order to make your child comfortable. Don't totally discount them. Many people have used and the real problem lies in prolonged use. Most childhood eczema is outgrown.
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