Getting rid of eczema

The Boy has a wicked case of eczema that we’ve been waging war on for the past few months. We don’t seem to be winning, so I am tossing out a request to the wonderful internet world to see what comes back.

Have you had to deal with eczema and, if so, how did you get rid of it?

So far, our strategies have included:

  • Changing laundry detergent. We’ve been using Seventh Generation Natural Laundry Detergent, which works well, but so far has not had the desired effect.
  • .5% hydrocortisone cream. We really wanted to avoid this route, but after trying a few other products, this one seemed to work temporarily. But then the bloody stuff flared up again.
  • Eliminating dairy. Mom took one for the team. No milk in the coffee, cheese, yoghurt…nada. It’s been over a week and still no change.
  • Calendula moisturizing cream. Same as the Hydrocortisone. Some temporary relief, but nothing long lasting.

So, anyone else have any suggestions of things to try? We’re off the the family physician today who I am sure will up the hydrocortisone up to 1%, which I would like to avoid if possible. Something about smearing steroids on The Boy’s skin gives me the heebie-jeebie’s.


Came back from the Dr. and she has prescribed a 1% hydrocortisone cream, as expected. We’re also heading to a pediatrician to do some allergy testing.

Also came across the National Eczema Organization website with some good tips on treating eczema in children. It looks like moisturize, moisturize, moisturize will be our mantra for the next little while. Look at that. 3 months old and already the little guy is getting his first glimpse in the world of the metrosexual male.

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