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Well, here we are about a month after our appointment, and ds's eczema is finally gone. We have continued with the remedy (petroleum 1M if anyone is interested) and will probably continue it for a few more days. He still has generally dry skin, so I am trying to increase my EFA (essential fatty acid) intake and I have been *almost* completely off dairy for a week or so.
A few interesting things I thought I would add:
After the initial "getting better", things seemed to come to a stand-still. Shortly after we began the remedy ds seemed a little not-himself. He was more sensitive at night and for a few days he was difficult to console when he was tired. I rubbed rescue remedy on his wrists at night when he would wake up crying, and it seemed to help. Then he started spitting up. I didn't make much of it for the first couple of days (babies spit up, right?) but then he started spitting up after almost every feeding. I called the homeopath and he suggested increasing the dosage from one drop/day to one drop several times/day. So we did that and within a day he was barely spitting up at all. In my reading I have found that sometimes other symptoms will arise out of dealing with the primary symptoms. I would like to know more about this, as I am still very much a novice in my understanding of homeopathy.
I spoke to an LC friend of mine and she suggested that since milk irritates my eczema, maybe I should try to eliminate it from my diet and see if it helps ds's skin too. So I waivered on that for a bit, but eventually managed to get most of the obvious milk products out of my diet.
About a week ago, I noticed that ds was teething and he was seeming to be getting sensitive and miserable sometimes, so I started giving him chammomilla along with the petroleum remedy as necessary. The chammomilla seems to give him relief from his teething woes quite quickly.
Yesterday I was taking him pee (we do EC) and I noticed that his bum was completely clear for the first time in 3 months. I was so excited. I know that it may well come and go, but at least it has gotten better and I have an idea of how we should be dealing with it. His skin is still dry, but the eczema is gone.
I plan to stay away from milk products for a few weeks (oh, chocolate at Christmas, how I shall miss thee!), continue with the homeopathy for a bit, and focus on eating more EFA's.
It is difficult to know forsure at this point what is teething-related and what isn't, but between the homeopathy and diet, we seem to have found something that is working. I hope that eventually if the homeopathy does it's job we will be able to go back to dairy.
So that's my update; I hope there has been at least a little info in here that can be useful to some of you.
btw, if anyone knows more about "other" symptoms coming out that I mentioned, I would like to hear from you.