Help!! Major Eczema flare-up......

Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2008 - 3:09am
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

Can anyone help me? I will try to keep this short! My 6 yo dd has dealt with eczema her whole life but this past winter it finally reached her face. This past weekend we were at the cottage and she flared- horribly. Bleeding, cracking, weeping, all things we have seen before- but never all over her face like this.

We did go to the dermatologist on Tues and got a new steroid cream that does seem to be helping, but she also want her to go see an allergist now to see if there is a trigger. Ok, so now her body is calming down some and her face looks and feels better, but we are heading back to the cottage on Sunday for a whole week.

The dermatologist told us to rinse her of good and wash her after using sunscreens, bug spray and playing in the lake. We can do that and always do, but I'm still afraid we are headed for another bad flare.

What sunscreens do you use? I have a feeling my very sensitive children may not be toloerating the sunscreens very well and that may be part of the problem? I use now, Aveeno baby. I have tried neutrogena, and all of the other "regular" baby sunscreens. In the past she has had problems with petroleum. This past week I got so desperate that I put plain petroluem on her chin just to try it and she did not break out, so I guess that's good.

questions are: What suncsreens do you use? And, what more can I do?? (she does us Zyrtec to help the itch) Cloderm is our newest steroid, CeraVe is the brand lotion and cream we use. (along with a cupboard full of about 5-7 other topical treatments and a plethera of other creams)


Posted on: Thu, 07/10/2008 - 11:03am
Heidi52974's picture
Joined: 06/02/2008 - 13:30

I have two with awful eczema and have the same problem anytime we have a lake or pool day. I have found that Aveeno sunscreen is the worst. I only use the Blue Lizard brand now. It's a little more expensive, but it doesn't make either one of my boys have a flare up like the other brands do. Hope this helps.

Posted on: Fri, 07/11/2008 - 9:34am
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

Thank you. I finally found some and will try it next week at the lake. Hopefully we will do better. Their skin is finally calming down, just in time to head back to the lake! They are doing their nightly "soak and slather and wrap" before bed now. Not sure how that will go with no bathtub at the lake and limited shower time.

Posted on: Sun, 07/13/2008 - 2:19am
mpeters's picture
Joined: 10/28/2001 - 09:00

My kids' excema always gets worse after swimming, I think because their skin actually dries out. Try a nice fragrence free lotion (I used Neutragena) right after getting out of the water, bathe and re-apply lotion again along with your prescription treatment as soon as possible.
The worst sunscreen for my daughter is Water Babies. It causes her to rash all over. I use a sensitive skin adult version sunscreen (I think Netrogena again).

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