Baby dermatitis is the abnormal sensitive skin reaction to perfectly normal stimuli: saliva, cold weather, certain materials like wool, rubber, detergents residues on sheets or clothes etc. So this skin condition does not go away with a pill, it requires daily management to keep the flare-ups away.
For my son, when he was 8 months old, we followed a treatment scheme that included 14 days of potent topical corticosteroids (7 days Elocon, 7days Locoid) to close the open flareups and to regenerate the skin. Topical steroids are medicines that absorb into the skin cells and stop the inflammation when the skin is exposed to allergens and irritants. Topical steroids can be divided into four different strengths – mild, moderate, potent and very potent. Using too much of these medicines or using it for a long time may increase the risk of having adrenal gland problems, especially in children. They are prescription only drugs and should be used under close doctor supervision.
For the next 14 days we used Protopic (tacrolimus) immunosuppressant. It works by decreasing cell activity in the body’s immune system which helps to slow down the growth of atopic dermatitis (eczema). Within a month the skin was completely regenerated and has been clear for more than a year.
For hydration we still use Physiogel cream ( twice a day), Oilatum soap and Oilatum bath oil as daily skin care routine.
You may read all about managing baby eczema on my site www.babydermatitis.com
· 7 years ago