In early Dec. we had a wbv with our pedi (who is very holistic and who we love) and the main issue we discussed was his excema. DS has had pretty bad excema since around birth. I specifically remember asking if there was anything we could do for his itching as he seemed to scratch and squirm constantly at night. We came up with a regimen for his skin before bedtime that included rubbing him down with EPO oil and pure shea butter to help soothe the itching but she said to try Benadryl if it got too bad. I've had that in the back of my mind but never thought it was an issue until I started doing the No Cry Sleep Solution. After documenting ds waking patterns and the details around them I've come to realize that he's absolutely miserable at night. The majority of his waking aren't due to nursing or anything like that. The majority are due to his itching. He squirms and fusses and I've noticed that if I scratch for him he will relax and settle down. The past few weeks though he's gotten progressively worse so I'm looking for options. I'm thinking of doing half of the dose the pedi recommended of Benadryl just in case it gets bad. I know how horrible being itchy can feel and I want to help as much as possible. I'm wondering however if there is something he can take that's not so sleep inducing. I'm also going to cut out dairy in my diet and see if that helps his excema. Anyone else have experience with bad excema in your little ones. Anything help with their sleeping?
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1/14/10 at 4:14pm