I read an excellent hub here about cucumber oil and in addition to other benefits it's very good for eczema and other skin conditions. Sorry I can't remember the hubber, but if you put in cucumber oil into the search box I'm sure it will come up. Hope this helps.
Recently, my daughter's ezcema became even worse with redness and broken skin so I was sent to the counsellor who gave me tips on reducing her eczema. It was very bad; she had them on the front and back of her knees, the front and back of her elbows, her back and neck areas.
I did as the counsellor told me-two pyjama treatment. Basically, it's a treatment where you wet the pyjamas, wring it and let the child wear it. Of course, the pyjamas shouldn't be dripping wet. Then you let the child wear dry clothings on top of the wet pyjama. You do this for 8 hours. It doesn't have to be pyjamas. It can be long sleeved shirt and pants. The reason for this is it cools the child's body so it reduces the itchines.
What makes it even more effective is if you apply moisturizer to the affected areas first before wearing the wet clothings. As for the wet clothings, it'll be even better if you wet them in water mixed with bath oil. The oil and moisturizer on the skin makes the skin smooth and soft even longer. The skin doesn't become dry that fast.
I did this treament and saw results within a week. My daughter's ezcema, which had grown bad with scabs and broken skin, reduced a lot. Although she still itches from time to time, it doesn't look as bad as it used to before and it's much more smoother now, rather than being very rough, which is how it used to be before.
Also, do apply the steroids prescribed by the doctor when there is redness and rashes. Don't be afraid. Once the redness or the browning has reduced, then you can just apply the moisturizer whenever you feel that your child's skin is getting dry. This advice was given to me by the doctor.
I still do this occassionally, not daily as my daughter is unwilling. If you have any queries, let me know. Hope this is helpful.
See a specialist. I lived with it for years, until I couldn't pretend it was normal any more, saw my doctor, who referred me. I was prescribed some steroid cream (which is essential on really bad outbreaks) and some absolutely incredible moisturiser (so good, that I wonder what on earth it is that all those beauty companies sell called moisturiser, because it's not a patch on this).
As sminut13 said, moisturiser is the key - it's the preventer. But a specialise dermatologist will go through this all with you. All I would say is don't put it off, because once it's correctly medicated, it can almost disappear.
Would definitely bring the toddler to a pediatrician ASAP and get some prescriptions for eczema.
Also, I would rub virgin coconut oil on the legs soon after bath. VCO is a natural remedy for eczema.
I would also avoid covering the whole legs with pants as the clothing might irritate the skin further.
Still, I would make sure that the legs won't go into contact with dirty stuff, again to avoid complications.
Do not use any soap that will dry the skin. Cortisone cream and a good moisturizer should help. See a pediatrician so you can know how bad the eczema is and how best to treat it.
I would not use topical steroid cream longer than two weeks on any area of the body for a lifetime. I've seen so many children suffering the withdrawals of this potent drug due to medical negligence and overdose of it. I got addicted at some point in my life of childhood eczema and it turned to steroid induced eczema. It stopped working for me at the age of 55 so I had 40+ years of that immune suppressing action going on in my blood vessels and body. I stopped all steroids and withdrawals became a living nightmare. My story is on Hub and I warn everyone I can as this is not sensationalism but a real social and medical travesty happening all over the world. Please take caution and stick with natural emollients so he can grow out of it in due time. xx
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