Coping with my Child's Eczema - The Creams & Lotions


One thing we've experienced with Bubbles' eczema is that we get no shortage of advice and sharing of experiences by well-meaning people. Family, friends, and many strangers have taken time to approach us to share what has worked for either themselves, or people that they know.

I have been heartened by this, and appreciate the concern that we have received. I recall in particular one woman we met at a McDonalds. She felt so sorry for Bubbles (who was hurting from getting her hands washed), that she chatted with me for a long while, sharing about doctors, creams and eczema eliminating methods that she knows of.

Initially, I didn't know if it was wise of me to share about the products that we have used. After all, I must state clearly that none of these products have cured Bubbles of her eczema. We have applied medications that have healed her rashes and wounds (I will share about those in another post), but so far, no product has helped prevent the rashes from recurring.

However, after being contacted several times about various products to help ease rashes cased by eczema - either as recommendations, or queries about what works, I decided that writing about the products we have tried could be useful for others.

In this post, I would like to share about the various moisturizing creams that we have used on Bubbles. People with eczema often have dry skin, with some having skin barrier conditions whereby the skin is unable to retain moisture well. Many of these creams were able to ease all symptoms of mild eczema, as attested by people who recommended the creams to us.

1. California Baby Calendula Cream
This was the first cream that we tried, and we used an entire tub. This is the cream that was recommended most often to us, especially when Bubbles was younger. From what I know, many babies with mild eczema only needed this to ease the rash. Unfortunately, while it provided moisturizing comfort to Bubbles, it did not stop the itch for her. If your child is young and the eczema is not serious, it may be worthwhile to try this cream out.

2. Physiogel Cream and Physiogel AI Cream
Physiogel as a brand was the next most recommended product to us. One of the doctors we saw prescribed the Physiogel AI Cream, as it has properties that help relive itch. For eczema sufferers, and in particular children, reliving the itch is a big part of the process to stop the eczema cycle. This is because scratching causes the skin to break, increasing the chance of bacteria to enter, and upping the itch factor in a vicious cycle. We used the Physiogel AI cream for quite a long time, but with Bubbles eczema being so bad that the cream did not stop enough of the itch, we switched to the cheaper option of regular Physiogel Cream just for the moisturizing properties. We still use this cream today, alternating with Cetaphil Cream, as I shall describe next.

3. Cetaphil Cream
With Bubbles needing to be moisturized 3-4 times a day, we were using out creams at a very fast rate. Roboman came home one day with a huge tub of Cetaphil Cream. We find its texture a tad lighter than the Physiogel Cream, and therefore perhaps a little less rich. However, since it is cheaper, we are able to be more liberal in applying this on her. Like the Physiogel Cream however, this also does not have itch-reliving properties.

Next, I'll share about 3 newer products in the market that we have tried:

4. Atopiclair Cream/Lotion
This product claims to help relive the eczema itch, along with moisturizing properties. The cream was recommended to us by one of the doctors we saw. It does seem to relive some of Bubbles' itch during the times when her flare-ups were not too serious. To save cost, we also tried the lotion, but found it too liquid and not moisturizing enough for her. However, I can imagine the lotion working for eczema sufferers who do not have as bad skin barrier a condition as hers.

5. Ceradan Cream
We received a tube of this from a doctor, and were told to try to see if it works on Bubbles. This cream is said to help "strengthen the skin barrier by restoring the skin's natural compounds". Bubbles' skin has problems retaining moisture, so we were asked to use this along with a regular moisturizer. We only used one small tube, and it was along with a whole host of other products and eczema managing processes, so I cannot say if this produced clear results for Bubbles. If you are seeing a doctor regarding eczema, you may want to ask if the clinic has a sample for you to try.

6. Ezerra Cream
This cream was given to us from one of the doctors we saw. As we understand, different creams suit different eczema sufferers, and so we tried this as well to see if it works. This cream is stated to be suitable for mild to moderate cases of eczema, in particular in infants and children. Given that this cream was created with young ones in mind, it may be a good option to consider and to ask your healthcare practitioner about if you have a young eczema sufferer with you. Bubbles' eczema was probably a little too severe when we tried this.

Finally, we used two other products that didn't quite fall under "Creams" or "Lotions" but were certainly products that we applied on her skin:

7. Emulsifying Ointment BP
After spending tons of money on expensive creams, the price of this came a bit as a surprise for us. It is very affordable, and is basically a thick gel-like ointment. It is similar in texture to a block of petroleum jelly. It really helps retain moisture on the worse parts of skin, but its heavy texture means that it is uncomfortable for use in hot, humid weather. Given that we live in sunny Singapore, we only used this at nights, when air-conditioning is turned on. We also used this together with prescribed wet wraps, something that is tedious to do, and uncomfortable for Bubbles, but very effective.

8. Chlorhexidine Solution
This is basically an antiseptic solution. It also comes in little sachets. We applied these specifically on the areas of rash where there was broken skin, to prevent infection and bacteria growth. We were told that it is the bacteria that causes this itch, and therefore killing the bacteria would reduce the itch and scratching, and therefore aiding in the healing of the skin.

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If you have landed on this post searching for products to help with yours or your child's eczema, I hope you have found this useful. I will add to this list, if we try other products.

What other skin application products have you tried?

If you haven't already, you may want to read this related post:
Coping with my Child's Eczema - Our Story

26 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi there! How about oils, such as baby oil after bath? Does it help babies with eczema?

SiaoPey said...

Hi :

My kid suffered from eczema since baby.

The doc prescribed oil bath for him and it really work on his body.

For his hand, this morning I just saw he has broken skin on his 5 fingers and bleeding. Sign. Really tired to manage it.

I wanted to know any other creams that can be used on broken skin?

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

SiaoPey:
When my daughter gets broken skin, I will apply chlorhexidine to prevent infections and to help it heal first before applying anything else. We also try to keep the area dry. Hope this helps!

cikgu-yana said...

Hi.. boy i'm glad to reach this post. My 7mths baby had eczema since she was 2mths old. I am trying means n ways to help her get rid of the itch n dry skin.... thanks for the post.

So which product is the best to u?

Unknown said...

Dear Corsage

I came to your blog while looking for a product called Balneum Intensiv.

I myself have been dealing with eczema on and off for the last 40 years as mine started at age 3.

The whole thing is about maintaining the skin barrier function which is why the baths and wrapping helps.

I have also used steroids but feel that the way they used by most doctors are not very effective.

Anyway, I was in "remission" for the last 3 - 4 years before I have this recent major flare up. Things got really bad and my whole body was pathcy, inflamed, tight, dry and itchy. I decided to go to my
neighborhood doc for some steroid cream and even asked to go on oral steroids for 2 weeks to stop the itch-scratch-itch cycle. This is the last resort but it usually works.

I was prescribed to use a very hyrdating product called Balneum Intensiv. This product contains urea and also something called ceramide 3 and I must say my skin has never felt better.

For me ceramides are the big piece of the puzzle and once your skin barrier is repaired, the body will heal itself.

If you are interested in going to the GP, let me know.

Lullabby Love said...

Hi where do you buy ur ointment from?

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Unknown @ 30 March:
Thank you so much for sharing your experience and sorry for missing your message earlier. I will check out the product you mention when we need to try something different. Glad you are better :)

Lullabby Love:
The Emulsifying ointment should be available in most pharmacies. I got mine at Guardian.

Aaron said...

Hi to all.I been suffering from eczema for the past 5 years.I been given steroid creams to deal with it.after lately research and going on the net.I figured that what causes eczema is actually internally.what we eat.what I am doing now is detoxification which is to drink more water to let toxin from body come out and keeping to a clean diet.fish and greens.If you all want more information, go Google and type healing eczema naturally.Hope it helps!

Aaron

Goh WL said...

hi, is your child eczema better? has she outgrown it? did u manage to find her trigger?

Corsage@A Dollop Of Me said...

Goh WL:
Yes she is much better. We found her triggers. See this post: http://www.adollopofme.com/2013/10/coping-with-my-childs-eczema.html

Baby coupons said...

Emulsifying ointment is good. It helps adults with eczema a lot and doctors usually recommend it for irritated skin. It can make parents really worry when they see their little one with a condition that makes them uncomfortable. Some of these products help.

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Ricky Chen said...

Hi, many thanks for sharing. My 4:years old daughter has eczema since last Apr. Seen 2 skin specialists and 5GPs. same same. tried qv, tcm cream, ezerra, emu oil, ceptaphil and ceradan. The last is the most effective but pricey. Sigh. Awaitng for a skin prick test at NUH.

Ricky Chen said...

Finally found the cause - UV sunlight!. Thanks to Raymund Kwah of Dermatology & Surgery Clinic, Ocean Financial Centre.

Unknown said...

Hi can I know where is the location of NAET that you've done? Is it in singapore?

Piercing said...

My vote goes to California Baby. The ingredients are good for all types of skin conditions.

Ang Dolly said...

Hi, where do I get the last 2 products: Emulsifying ointment BP & Chlorhexidine Solution?

Brandy said...

Nothing can be more regrettable than seeing your child secured with red, dry or layered skin that they can't quit scratching. To stop the tingling, the best thing you can do is to keep your infant's skin soggy by applying a liberal measure of dermatitis cream a few times each day, particularly after a shower. To help you settle on a cream, we will take a gander at three diverse dermatitis creams uncommonly figured for infants.

Santiago L. Belew said...

Managing Eczema is no joke-it is bothersome, stinging thus uncomfortable. It ruins awesome summer excursion minutes particularly in pulling off wearing cool, cute flip-flops, or a sentimental date holding the hands of your accomplice. What would you be able to do-you got skin inflammation?

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