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DD has increasing patches of ezcema on her face. She's had a nasty diaper rash for 3 weeks (not going away in spite of zinc oxcide creams and the sparing hydrocortisone the ped told us to use) and is increasingly gassy and miserable.

What is this? What can I do? 2 weeks ago I cut dairy out (but lapsed twice by accident) and just went on the full elimination diet (no dairy, wheat, soy, corn, peanuts - can I do other nuts?- or eggs). We'll see how that goes.

Should I be leery of vaxing her? We have a selective and delayed schedule but for some reason I feel like maybe in light of this I should consider not vaxing her at least initially.

The ezcema began this week and we've had bad screaming gassy nights since. Are these linked?

Help!
post #2 of 6
This is only based on my anecdotal experience... but I associate eczema with wheat intolerance (gluten).

Here is a good resource:
http://parents.berkeley.edu/advice/health/dryskin.html

But really, it could be so many factors... from detergent to food. Being on her face makes me think food, does she have it anywhere else?

post #3 of 6
I would wait to vax till you know more about what she can tolerate. I know some vaccines have eggs in them...or are processed with them? Idk the specifics, I just know a friend of mine has a dd allergic to eggs and she can't be vaxed for certain things.

You'll have to do more research to find out what allergins are in vaccines once you have a better handle on what she can/can't have.

I'd also post in the alleries forum.
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DD has increasing patches of ezcema on her face. She's had a nasty diaper rash for 3 weeks (not going away in spite of zinc oxcide creams and the sparing hydrocortisone the ped told us to use) and is increasingly gassy and miserable.

What is this? What can I do? 2 weeks ago I cut dairy out (but lapsed twice by accident) and just went on the full elimination diet (no dairy, wheat, soy, corn, peanuts - can I do other nuts?- or eggs). We'll see how that goes.

Should I be leery of vaxing her? We have a selective and delayed schedule but for some reason I feel like maybe in light of this I should consider not vaxing her at least initially.

The ezcema began this week and we've had bad screaming gassy nights since. Are these linked?

Help!
Fussy baby right now. Can't type much, but YES. If you want to hear about my experience with DD, just PM me.
post #5 of 6
DS had bad ezcema around his hairline and on his chest (near the top right below his collarbones) until he was about a year old. It cleared up on its own eventually and he doesn't have a sign of it now. I too always associated ezcema with food issues, but that didn't seem to be the issue with DS. I think it might have been environmental. It did flare up a lot more if something irritated him, like certain clothes and hats, and when he was teething and would drool onto his chest that would aggravate it a lot, so we had to keep lots of bibs handy. We also had a cream that helped with it a lot, but it was Chinese and I'm not sure what it was.

I hope you figure it out what is going on soon so your baby can be more comfortable!
post #6 of 6
My experience, fwiw -- my dd developed eczema around 18 months of age, mostly on her bum and behind her knees. Burt's Bees diaper stuff helped clear it up, as did switching to completely everything-free (perfume, dye, etc.) laundry detergent. The onset coincided with us switching to pateurized milk from raw cow's milk. I found that going back to the raw milk (once we found a new source) helped it. In the summer it's fine as long as she doesn't use regular soap (we use plain glycerin soap for her), but in the winter it still flares up. Oh, and we find that pasteurized goat's milk is OK for her, too, so that's what we use now since it's the easiest to get. We rely a lot on dairy, so I'm glad that switching her to goat's milk has helped. I cook with her milk, also.

In the winter, baths with baking soda added seem to help her skin, and I make sure to slather on some kind of moisturizer after (glaxal base cream was prescribed for her when we took her to a clinic; I tried coconut oil when she was younger, since it's a good moisturizer for me, but it seemed to make it worse). She now gets it on her hands and inside of her elbows, and sometimes on her face. I don't know if it's a combination of sensitivity to dairy and environmental factors, or if soap, dry air, etc. would cause it to flare up even if she had no dairy, but working on both helps.
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