how to: trick for getting rid of eczema

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I’m queen of allergies.  Seriously, I’ve been deathly allergic to half of my life, but I’ve learned to cope.

I’m a normal sort of person, most of the time.

exzema treatment

When my kids were born though, life threw me a curve ball and I had to learn a whole new bag of tricks just to keep sane.  Charming didn’t have as many food allergies as a pack of nasty skin, and it took me almost a year to figure out what to do with his eczema.

So today’s trick is my how to: trick for getting rid of eczema, kids version.  {I’ll go ahead and warn you, it might not work for you, but it totally did for me.}

Supplies needed:

  • tub of store brand cream lotion {mine is the off brand of Eucerin}
  • pack of dollar store socks
  • tube of Hydrocortisone 1%, Costco brand

socks

Step 1:

Pull out your first pair of socks.  You’re basically going to create bandages out of socks.  It’s harder for the kiddos to remove these, so that’s why I used them.  The ribbing in tube socks makes them trickier to get off.

cutting

Step 2:

Cut off the bottom part of the sock that covers the foot.  You’ll only be using the top part of the sock, the one that covers the shin.

sock

Step 3:

Do what you will with the bottom part of the socks, you won’t need them for this project.  If you’re super crafty, I’ll bet you can figure something out.

sockStep 4:

Repeat Step 3 until you have a small stack of socks/bandages.  You’ll need a fair amount if you’re really going to get rid of this tricky eczema, and you’ll wash them every day, so you do the math and figure out what’s right for you.

dry skin cream

Step 5:

After bath time, lather your child in cream lotion {aka Eucerin}.  Seriously, head to toe.  On the really bothersome bits of eczema, mix in a small portion of Hydrocortisone cream.  You don’t want to overuse this stuff, it can be powerful.  Once you’ve mixed to your heart’s content, pull a bandage over the area.  My son’s problem areas were his arms and legs, so that’s what the bandages are for.  {If you have an itchy tummy area, you might want to do a smaller onesie or t-shirt.}

The bandages/socks will serve the dual purpose of absorbing the lotion & re-distributing it back onto the trouble area throughout the day/night so you don’t have to keep re-applying cream.  It will also keep scratching hands at bay while the medicine does its job.

Voila! No-itch skin in no time {or you know, a week or so}.

DISCLAIMER:  I’m not your doctor or your mother.  Please don’t replace my advice with actual, you know, professional medicinal knowledge.  I hereby forfeit any blame you want to place upon me if this remedy has adverse affects on you or yours.

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

14 Comments

  1. Heidi :

    My son has REALLY bad eczema! We have tried every lotion and herbal supplement and oil known to man. The only thing that kept it at bay was using Hydrocortisone cream every night which is fine for a short term treatment, but you should never use it longer than 2 weeks. So I was stuck again, but I just found the miracle lotion. It’s the night cream from Mary Kay. It is a little bit more money, but you are supposed to just use a little bit and it has kept my son’s skin better than it ever was with the hydrocortisone cream.

    • Allison :

      I know, it’s so hard using it regularly, it’s not great for you. Good to know about the Mary Kay.

  2. Alicia W. :

    We use aquaphor for me daughter’s eczema. The problem is that it starts to get better and we get lazy about applying it. I may have to try the sock-bandage trick.

    • Allison :

      I love Aquaphor! The bandage just keeps it applied all day and night, which is what I need.

  3. Liz Lemon :

    What no pictures of some poor bandaged child? It’s a great idea, especially if you’re not allergic to the socks.

    • Allison :

      It just helps keep it where it’s supposed to be without absorbing into jammies and whatnot. I don’t have a babe that small anymore, but I used to do it under snuggly footie pajamas.

  4. Sharon Lewis :

    I ordered a necklace from Vintage Pearl last year for my granddaughter and loved it! I would love to order one for my daughter!

    • Allison :

      Happy to hear it Sharon.

  5. Meg :

    great post! my son has terrible eczema, especially when his allergies act up or he ingests a food he’s allergic to. we already apply the thick cream (every night) and hydrocortisone, but the sock bandages are an awesome idea! he always ends up scratching at bedtime, so this will help a ton.

    • Allison :

      Meg, that’s another reason they’re so great! I’d forgotten about that actually, it hinders the nighttime, sleepy scratching.

  6. lisa @thebeadgirl :

    this is awesome! we have tried everything…so i am willing to give it a go! thank you :)

    • Allison :

      Lisa, let me know, it was a miracle for me. Seriously!

  7. Debbie M :

    We put vaseline on our boys hands at night. the sheets get a little sticky but it helps. we do the hydrocortisone periodically also.

    • Allison :

      Vaseline definitely helps keep my kids moisturized, it just doesn’t help it go away, which is where the hydrocortisone comes in, love the Vaseline trick too though.