My 6 year old son does not have a history of eczema but recently, he started having rashes on his neck, arms and behind the knees. The skin condition became more aggravated and the itch became more severe as the weather got hotter. I brought him to a GP and they said it was eczema and gave him a kind of steroid cream and calamine lotion. I need advice on: 1) whether my son's condition is a case of eczema? 2) how to take care of the condition? 3) what sort of cream/lotion to use from now onwards? 4) can he still use Kodomo body bath?

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1)Eczema is almost always itchy. Sometimes the itching will start before the rash appears, but when it does, the rash most commonly appears on the face, back of the knees, wrists, hands, or feet. It may also affect other areas as well. Affected areas usually appear very dry, thickened, or scaly. In fair-skinned people, these areas may initially appear reddish and then turn brown. Among darker-skinned people, eczema can affect pigmentation, making the affected area lighter or darker. 2)eczema is to relieve and prevent itching, which can lead to infection. Since the disease makes skin dry and itchy, lotions and creams are recommended to keep the skin moist. These products are usually applied when the skin is damp, such as after bathing, to help the skin retain moisture. Cold compresses may also be used to relieve itching.Avoid sudden changes in temperature or humidity.Avoid sweating or overheating.Avoid scratchy materials, such as wool, avoid harsh soaps, detergents, and solvents. Be aware of any foods that may cause an outbreak and avoid those foods. 3)You can buy over-the-counter products, such as hydrocortisone 1% cream. You can also try this cream( shown in the pic) I have been using this for my LO and it works. 4) I would advice to use bath soap that is not strong smelling, more moisturizing bath cream. You can also try cetaphil.

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My girl has eczema too and is currently seeing her PD for it. I strongly recommend to see a professional pd or dermatologist that specialises in child allergies and eczema related conditions as I realised many GPs may not have the right products/ specialised knowledge in regards to it as having right management will significantly help to reduce the intensity of it - our pd nurse actually spent 20mins running thru the day to day care with us to Ensure that we are equipped with the right knowledge on doing so. My Daughter's eczema actually got worse initially after I bought her to a very famous GP clinic which sees many children from day to day - coz inadequate medication plus post care knowledge was not given at all.

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1) it may be eczema since your GP said so. But to really confirn it, you can ask for morr detail test such as skin allergy test (meaning, if eczema, he'll have allergy reactions towards the trigger factors) 2) observe conditions that worsen your child's condition. Avoid hot and crowded places, stay in cool room so he won't sweat a lot. Take shower often to help lessen the itchiness. 3) i suggest you learn more about natural products to help with his skin condition and avoid steroid. Brands such as MooGoo and Four Cow Farm have good reviews from people with eczema condition. Also feed him with probiotics to strengthen his immunity, which can reduce the intensity of the eczema.

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My son has severe eczema 1. Its hard to say if its eczema. 2. Keep the area moisturized, use coconut oil after showers daily. 3. I would stop kodomo and go with something else like QV or Sebamed Steriods are to be applied thinly only if it gets out of control. Steriods thins the skin. As much as possible do not use it. Keep him cool as much as possible to avoid the flare. You may also want to bring him for a skin prick test at kkh to find out if there is any other cause of the flare. Wear loose clothings.

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Do you have a picture of his rash? It could be heat rash if he do not have a history of eczema. Try to keep dry and as cooling as possible so as not to agitate it any further. You can use aveeno cream from kiddy palace to keep the rashes moisturised. If it is not eczema it should be fine using his normal body wash but if it is, you may want to change to soapless body wash.

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Don't apply soap directly onto baby skin, just pour few drops on bath tub and add few drops of virgin coconut oil too. Apply vco after shower again. Works better than exp creams. I bought physiogel AI and aveeno eczema cream so exp but v slow effect. Avoid making him sweat for the meantime