My dd is 1, allergic to eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, chocolate, citrus and potatoes. I'm sure I'm missing one. She had allergy testing, and now I'm finding that it seems eggs, chocolate and soda(when I drink it) causes flare ups.
We find it's better when she takes a bath every day, a long one, followed by a thick cream ( I like cetaphil, but it has almond oil in it so we've stopped using it) Also, we gave the cat to my mom, also seems to have helped.
The ocean water worked *immediately* to clear up her skin, I wish we could dunk her in every single day.
She recently developed a bad secondary infection on her hand that spread to her eye. (eczema skin is always open and prone to infection.) It was herpes(like a cold sore) plus bacterial. It was *really* scary. I have never been good at putting the steroid creams on, I don't like them, but after that experience, I wish I'd done it more often. Using the steroid creams occasionally when it's really bad, until it clears up, then be really religious about baths and greasing her up will keep her clear for a little while longer.
This is a terrible thing for a family to deal with, we've discussed this several times here at MDC, and it seems that everyones answer is different. It's tough figuring it out because there are so many variables. As you research this, you'll find there is an eczema/allergy/athsma relationship, and from what I understand, keeping kids like this away from common allergens will give them a better chance of avoiding athsma. ( I know I'm not spelling that right...) I wish I'd thought to stay away from some of those foods while pg and when dd was a really little baby, but in our case there was no indication we would have a child with these issues.
So sad to hear of another babe going through this. It sure is tough.