How To Treat Eczema In Children

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Eczema Children

If your child suffers from eczema, you are probably desperate to find a way to provide him or her with relief. 90% of all cases of eczema, sometimes called excema, start before age 5, most occurring while the child is an infant and is more difficult to comfort. It can be very frustrating.

However, this does not mean that you cannot treat the condition and give your child the relief they deserve.

Myth Versus FactsMyths Versus Facts

One of the most important steps to treating your child’s condition is to dispel the many myths out there about the condition. Everyone in your life is probably offering their opinion, based on hear-say knowledge, of how to treat the condition.

Unfortunately, many of these myths can make the condition worse.

One of the biggest myths that you may have heard is that you should only bathe your child once a week. This could not be further from the truth because good hygiene is an important factor to controlling and limiting flare ups.

However, you should cut back on harsh soaps and use other emulsifying agents that will clean and soothe the skin. Ph-neutral and low-Ph soaps are recommended.

Medicated bath oils are also recommended. If your child is still in diapers, it is important that you clean the diaper area often because infants are often prone to eczema in this area as a result of the warm, damp skin combined with the germs from their soiled diaper.

Along those lines, there is also a myth out there that you should avoid light to treat eczema. This is absolutely the wrong thing to do.

In fact, many doctors and natural healers use Ultra-Violet (UV) light to treat eczema in children with substantially positive results.

You should seek advice from someone you trust on how to best use UV light to treat your child.

Diet control is also often mistakenly thought to cause eczema outbreaks. In fact, there have been several studies, including those studying eczema in children, which addressed the issue of diet. None have found any conclusive evidence that the diet caused an outbreak of eczema.

Children need good nutrition for growth and healing, so do not eliminate nutritious food from their diet because it will not affect their condition.

Topical Treatments

Topical Cream

Another major myth out there that needs to be addressed is that the steroids in topical treatments will harm your child. Topical treatments, such as lotions with steroids, are the most common and most popular form of treatment.

It is an antiquated belief that they harm the skin. Hydrocortisone is a very mild steroid that is gentle to the skin but very effective against childhood eczema.

As with any prescription, always make sure you follow the directions and dosing correctly. However, if your doctor has prescribed your son or daughter a topical treatment with hydrocortisone, you should not hesitate to use it.

It is very likely your child will find relief from this type of ointment.

When using a topical treatment for eczema children, it is important that you remember this is a recurring condition. Do not expect to apply a treatment and have your child’s condition go away forever.

Instead, the treatment will ease your child’s symptoms, including discomfort and appearance. Over 75% of all eczema patients state that the ability to manage their symptoms in this way has improved their quality of life.

In the case of eczema treatment children are no different. Do not lose motivation when another outbreak occurs because your child is still better off managing the symptoms with a topical treatment than with none at all.

As an alternative to topical creams and ointments, paste bandages have been very effective. These are wet bandages that are often zinc based. Zinc has amazing skin healing properties.

When applied wet it both immediately relieves discomfort and helps the skin inflammation to heal. This type of bandage is prescribed by your doctor and you should be hesitant to buy any over the counter variations.

Also, your doctor or nurse should show you how to apply the bandages because they can cause further discomfort if they are applied too tightly or incorrectly.


AllergensAnother common misunderstanding about eczema, especially the atopic eczema that occurs in children, is the relation to allergens.

This is because most people use the word allergen in reference to any substance that makes their body have a reaction, especially reactions like sniffles, mild rashes, and itching.

However, a true allergen is one that causes your immune system to overreact. This overreaction typically causes the type of inflammation seen in atopic eczema.

This type of overreaction is normally the result of a combination of allergens which is why removing a single allergen, such as fabric softener or a wool sweater, does not typically treat the problem.

In fact, you may not have a reaction to two separate allergens but when they are combined they can cause the problem. This is also why traditional allergy testing often fails to identify the cause of eczema in children.

Here is a good example of allergens working together to trigger a flare up in your child. Dust mites are a common allergen that cause hives, asthma, and other types of reactions.

They are also considered a trigger for eczema, when combined with other factors. However, a child can be around dust mites all day long and not get a reaction, but their condition may change as soon as they go to bed.

At bedtime, your child is typically bundled up under covers and the raised heat makes their body more susceptible to a flare up. The increased heat is combined with the lack of distraction, giving your child more opportunity to scratch at dust-mite related irritations.

The result is that your child will wake up with an eczema reaction.

Even though it is a single allergen, eliminating dust mites is an important step to treating child eczema. There are several things you must do to get rid of dust mites.

A quality vacuum is needed to achieve the suction needed to remove dust mites, along with pet dander and other allergens. Also, you should get bedding, in all of your bedrooms that is hypoallergenic and repels dust mites.

Use a mattress cover and avoid feather pillows. Make sure you clean all bedding regularly.

If you have received a lot of hand me downs for your child, like bedding, mattresses, and other furniture you may either want to replace it with new, hypoallergenic materials or treat them with dust mite treatment sprays.

Remember, dust mite treatment sprays are chemical in nature and can cause a skin irritation or eczema reaction themselves.

Finding Quality Advice

There are other quality treatments out there that are safe and natural, but there are also a lot of people offering bad advice. If you want to better understand treatment options for your child’s eczema, it is important that you find quality information that you can trust.

Eczema ebookThis information should come from a dermatological expert offering information on both physical and psychological treatments for eczema. Ideally, this advice will address both medical and alternative treatments with an equally open mind.

The ebook Eczema Free offers you this kind of advice. It is written by a person who himself suffered from Eczema for several years.

Eczema Free will give you the advice you need to safely and effectively treat and soothe your child’s eczema.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly August 26, 2010 at 2:26 am

I have two children who both have childhood eczema that began when they were infants. The outbreaks were always heat-related and occurred in the folds of the skin, opposite sides of elbows and knees. I noticed that most ointments were only good for temporary relief of the problem. We tried everything….baths every other day, Dove soap, special creams and lotions after bath time, etc. Diaper cream (zinc)actually works great. OTC cortisone works pretty good. The ointment is best. The creams burn. There is some consolation… subsided in both children between ages 4 and 6.


kyle September 30, 2010 at 6:59 am

I have the same problem with my 4 yr old and 2 yr old. See the doctor, desonide is so far the best ointment; however, it is very temporary, only for two weeks and twice a day.

desonide greatly relieves pain for 6 hrs.
Extra virgin coconut oil works great, no more dry skin
Oatmeal bath definitely helped
Proper nutrition with potassium allows the body to heal itself
put mittens on them so they don’t scratch the wound
often cut finger nails
in extreme situations, give them doctor prescribed benadryl at night. this allows them to sleep throughout without scratching and crying all night

Hope this helps


Nicole November 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm

My litttle brother has excema he is 5 years old and the excema is on his legs we already put coconut oil and other creams we put him in oatmean baths but nothing seems to help him my mom is about to crack we cant sleep because he scratches can anybody tell me what else to do?


aleksandra May 6, 2013 at 10:19 pm

hi nicole my son is 4 and half years old he has eczema too and there is a thing called babykisess it peruvian balm is the only thing that helps him every kid is different but its als happens a lot to mix kids my son is mix white and spanish so the skin is already sensitive u undersadbut try the baby kisess and keep his room chilli that helps too good luck


Laura December 13, 2010 at 5:01 am

I’ve been using the Organic Lavender-Honey Healing Cream from face naturals and it’s cured my daughter’s eczema. 🙂


Liz February 15, 2011 at 5:08 am

I am very frustrated right now, my two 1/2 year old has had eczema on her face and her private parts for a better part of two months nothing seems to help. Her doctor won’t send her to a dermatologist until we rule out common allergies. Nothing seems to get it to go down. I feel so bad I just don’t know what to do anymore.


Wendy March 6, 2011 at 7:02 am

My 17 month old has severe eczema on his face, and a rash all over his body. He’s had it a year, and it has slowly increased from just around his mouth, to hands, to chest and back and going down. His creases and feet are totally clear and smooth. He never itched until recently when he’s starting to itch his face when it gets inflamed. Docs say it’s not typical and could indicate other problems, so he’s getting all kinds of testing. Nothing showing up for allergies yet, as mentioned here. Anyway, I’ve tried hyodrcortizone, protopic, and a host of herbal and homeopathic ointments and creams. The only thing I haven’t tried is the zinc pads – sounds great. The things that have worked so far are steroids — even the two natural ones, lavender oil and neem oil that both worked great, have steroids and are not recommended for young children. Neem is so full of steroids it’s used in birth control in India (yikes), and lavender oil has been found to cause boys to grow breasts (another yikes). So, be careful. I recommend you do a search online, on trusted medical sites, about any chemical you are putting on your child. Even Protopic, an immune suppressant that kept the problem at bay, is still be tested as possibly being connected to lymphatic cancer, it’s not recommended to children under two, and only as a last resort, for a short time. We stopped using it when our son’s tooth enamel started to break down and stain. The dentist said it might be caused by the medication. Other people online have reported it, but it’s not acknowledged by the medical world apparently.


pauline May 13, 2011 at 9:27 pm

my 3 year old daughther has had eczema since she was 6 months old it covers her entire body all year round the sun does not help it nor does colder weather, we have been prescribed cream after cream after cream with no effect. we now have zinc paste bandages (which we werent shown how to apply i must add) but in the last 4 days of wearing them over night her skin has seen a massive improvement its not clear by any strecth but we appear to finally be getting somewhere


CureForEczema Mom July 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm

I had a son with eczema. After trying all under the son from mild cortisone to baths with Apple cider vinegar I discovered it is not qa problem you can cure from the outside in.

Start with foods, what was happening to him (my son) is that he was gravitating to the culprits. I started isolating one food at a time. I found out the major problems and also I learned how we should eat and WHY.

That made the difference ..It took time and effort but we are having now a healthier life and NO eczema whatsoever!


Marcie Mom October 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

I think the best is to do a skin prick test which can at least eliminate whatever we thought our child may be allergic to, but is actually not. Imagine, saving all the time trying to rid the house of dust mites! It also helps to reduce stress, from being paranoid about every possible cause/trigger out there.


Elisa June 16, 2013 at 12:03 am

My son is 5 months old and severely suffer from eczema since 4 weeks old I have tried all kind of creams and remedies that people tell me will help and nothing works please need advice!


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