After a MAJOR outbreak of dd's eczema this past week, we started using Aquaphor which helped some until 2 days ago. So, after very little sleep Sunday night, my husband and I combed the internet for any suggestions to try. We found a couple of recommendations for Calendula Cream and finally located some at our Publix grocery store. I also picked up (from California Baby product line) some Tea Tree and Lavender Baby Wash/Shampoo to try.
The recommendation was to bathe and then slather on the Calendula followed by any steroid cream prescribed (we are currently using Betamethasone sp???) and then slather on the Aquaphor.
We also cut back on her evening dose of Atarax (back to 1/2 tsp) to divide it up if she were to wake up (as she usually does around midnight - 1 AM). She usually wakes up super thirsty, so the thinking was to cut back on the antihistimine hoping that would help the thirst. Yes, that worked better, too.
Gotta say, much improvement! Last night she was starting to resemble burber carpet on her chest and back, plus her wrists, ankles, and knees were scratched to bleeding. This morning, just her wrists, ankles, and knees still had some issues. Her chest and back were just about clear. And she slept a whole 6 hours before waking up with the itching. More calendula and the other 1/2 tsp of Atarax at 4am...and she's still sleeping (which may not be a good thing since she has to go to MDO this morning....oops!).
Oh, she looked pitiful last night, bags under her eyes, she looked absolutely miserable. I hope this evening when we get home we see our little girl again and not a bundle of itchies.
Don't know if this is THE answer, at least it seemed to help more than what we were doing previously. It seems that her prescription drugs work fine as long as she doesn't scratch to bleeding. But once the sores start, the prescription drugs hurt badly. The Calendula seems to help with the healing of the open wounds and calm the skin.
Of course, this also may quit working in a couple of months. But for now, much better!