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Real Mom: My Baby Has Eczema

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a common problem among babies. First-time mom Melissa set out to change her family's lifestyle to help alleviate baby Ethan's severe eczema. Get her tips for treating eczema and providing relief for itchy skin rashes.
Ethan and Melissa Living with Dry Skin and Eczema

When my son, Ethan, turned 3 months old, he was diagnosed with eczema (or atopic dermatitis). Like any first-time mother, I was crushed as the eczema progressed and expanded over every part of his body. By his fourth month, he had severe eczema. Eczema is severe form of dry skin. Unlike traditional dry skin, eczema frequently has an underlying allergy -- in Ethan's case, a food allergy. Each doctor and specialist I saw prescribed the same thing: hydrocortisone cream. The cream would help some areas, but doctors didn't recommended using it often or over Ethan's full body because of its high potency.

I knew there had to be more I could do.