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My baby was just diagnosed with eczema. Did your baby have it, and how did you treat it?

Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply:  My older daughter had eczema as a baby. I had to be very careful about what kind of laundry detergent I used to wash her clothing. Her skin didn’t get along with Dreft. Through trial and error, I discovered that Tide Free, which is fragrance and dye free, worked. Woolite also worked well.

I also had to be careful what soaps and lotions I used on her. I found California Baby Super Sensitive has worked quite well. It’s natural and fragrance free. We still use it, and my daughter is seven years old.

I had to work my way through diaper rash creams too. I found Weleda Calendula Diaper Care. That seemed to be better than anything else on her bottom.

Robyn Liu, MD, a mom of seven- and four-year-old daughters and a family doctor with Greeley County Health Services in Tribune, KS




Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: My second child, who is currently six months old, suffers from severe eczema. It was hard to watch; he would scratch himself until he bled. I didn’t want to have to use topical steroids on his skin long term, so I only gave him baths about twice a week instead of daily. I also found Aveeno products to be very helpful.

Bola Oyeyipo, MD, a mother of three-year-old and six-month-old sons, a family physician in private practice, and the owner of SlimyBookWorm.com, in Highland, CA




Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: Like many babies with allergies, my son suffered with eczema. I found that it was extremely important for me to keep his skin moist at all times. I used a rich emollient hypoallergenic lotion twice a day to his whole body and especially after any baths. My favorite is Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream.  I would reapply during the day on his face as this was the area most prone to irritation.

Despite all of our moisturizing, in the winter I had to begin using a mild prescription steroid cream on his cheeks for a week to control increasing redness and swelling of the skin in this area. I found that using a humidifier during the winter helped to prevent future drying of his delicate skin.

Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD, a mother of two sons ages 6 and 4, an internal medicine specialist, and the author Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves, in Anniston, AL

The information on MommyMDGuides.com is not intended to replace the diagnosis, treatment, and services of a physician. Always consult your physician or child care expert if you have any questions concerning your family's health. For severe or life-threatening conditions, seek immediate medical attention.