Cetaphil Lotion???

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 6:50am
twinsmom's picture
Joined: 12/23/2002 - 09:00

My twin boys have a PA and I use Cetpahil lotion, however their exema is not getting better. I read the ingredients and it has Macadamia nut oil in it - has anyone else used or had problems with this lotion? Thank you!

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 7:56am
Lisa V's picture
Joined: 03/12/2002 - 09:00

I stopped using it due to the Macademia Nut oil. I have a tough time finding ANYTHING that really helps the eczema. But, try everything without nut oils. Good Luck.

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 8:04am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi Twinsmom~
I have used Cetaphil lotion on Carson and was not impressed either. I have had excellent results with just plain unscented vaseline. Right when he gets out of the bath I "grease him up" really good and then I follow with Vaseline Intensive Care unscented lotion (it's in a white tube). Carson is super greasy as I put him in his pj's, but his skin is so incredibly soft now and we haven't had to use his prescription topical cream in months. I suggest bathing them in unscented liquid Dove soap (there is also a "sensitive skin soap" that has a mild fragrance in it~avoid that one) and Aveeno baby hair and body wash for shampoo. I also let Carson soak in the Aveeno baby oatmeal bath once a week for 10 minutes just to keep his skin happy. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] Good luck!!!
Take Care,

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 8:15am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

There is hope. My non-pa twin daughter had eczema from infancy till 5yrs old(will be 6 in April).
It's gone now (the worst of it), she still gets little bumps that scab but no more red rashes that itch like crazy on wrists, behind knees, above eyes, and elbows.
What helps is the crazy amount of yogurt she eats. That is her favourite snack and it has really helped.
Carson's Mommy was dead on with her suggestions as far as what worked for my kids. Plain vaseline and plain Dove soap(even baby dove unscented). To save on the Aveeno oatmeal treatment though, take a stocking and pack it with plain oatmeal, tie it up on the end and let your child squeeze it in the bath water. They have fun doing it plus all the good stuff that comes out makes their skin so soft.

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 8:26am
Renee111064's picture
Joined: 07/05/2001 - 09:00

I had to rely solely on the topical sterioid ointments (not creams) for my Drew. His eczema was so bad that it wept.
He is now 7 and the worst has been behind us. He has had his worst flareup this winter in two years.
I couldn't use aveeno becuase Drew is allergic to oats, dove and cetaphil both affected too.
I found that if I used body wash (usually Softsoap the watermellon scent) that it did not affect or make his ezcema any worse.
Every child is different and you will find that you need a trial period with each product until you find the one that works best.
best wishes,
Renee [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 8:40am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Hi Renee,
Good point but my daughter screamed and cried when I put steroid ointments on her.
The vaseline was the only thing she would gladly accept, without going into hysterics.

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 8:50am
twinsmom's picture
Joined: 12/23/2002 - 09:00

Thanks, you guys are the best! We live in Alaska and it gets pretty dry here. One of the twins exema has been horrible for about a year now they are 3 1/2
question on the oatmeal sock suggestion... Do you cook the oatmeal first - sorry if this is a silly question...

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 9:34am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

No you don't cook it first. I just used quick oats in a nylon stocking. All the milky substance comes out when it's wet and I got this tip from someone here when my twins had the chicken pox last year and it worked like a charm.
Good Luck.

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 10:16am
Codyman's picture
Joined: 08/14/2002 - 09:00

I use Cetaphil Cleanser (not lotion)with good results. In the Bath, I use Keri oil ... recommended by a Dermatologist. At Bedtime, I use EUCERIN cream which I read about it here at PA.com if you do a search I am sure you will find lots of posts about eczema.

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 10:57am
wood145's picture
Joined: 09/10/2001 - 09:00

I have used Aquaphor on my older son who is NOT PA so I would check the ingrediants on it. I also use Aveeno on my PA son and that seems to work but his eczema is not too bad.

Posted on: Mon, 01/13/2003 - 11:03am
Rae's picture
Joined: 03/28/2000 - 09:00

Eucerin is good - so is Crisco oil (I know - sounds yuck). Please be careful. I have posted before that my 9 yo dd was in the hospital at age 5 with staph infection on her legs and arms. Make sure nails are clipped. She would not tolerate lotion, due to burning, 2 months before it became obvious something was very wrong.
Good news, as was stated before, she has gotten much better with age. We were told 90% of children outgrow eczema by age 5. She was more like 7 when it got better.
It is interesting that she, like Renee's son, has had her first flare up in two years this winter.


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