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#1 of 6 Old 08-03-2003, 02:37 AM
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We having a challenging time with our 5 mth old and his Eczema. We have been to naturopaths, dermotologists, allergists etc and our poor little guy continues to suffer. I am currently on an elimination diet and applying natural creams from which have been great in providing relief. However, we cannot seem to get it under control, and don't want to use cortisone creams, which we did try briefly and it did not get it under control. We have been told that there is no cure and he may have to grow out of it. That may be true, but what ever we can do to give our son relief we will continue to search around...

Does anyone have any other advice, suggestions or could recommend someone they have been to in Vancouver that has been helpful. It is so difficult watching him suffer, it is so itchy for him and uncomfortable.

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There might be something over on the vaccine boards that could help you out. I also read some great info just recently. I will try to find that info soon. Have you done a search here yet. I know there are others having your experience too
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Loiuse Hay says eczema is ...
"Breath -taking antagonism. Mental erruptions.

When my oldest dd had it, I said, many times a day, the affirmation she suggests...

"Harmony and peace, love and joy surround us and indwell in us. We are safe and secure."

And we moisturized all the time. It is just really really dry skin. I probably will get flamed for this but...

Baby magic lotion is the greatest thing. I have used it since dd was born. It (and the affirmations, presumibly) cured her eczema and have kept the younger dd's from diaper rash. I have been critized for using it by a few folks...Not at all natural...probably tested on bunnies...chemical stew... But my mom had 8 kids and swore by it. I was aculturated to associate it's smell with a clean and sweat baby. Jmho.

I am safe and secure...
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My ds has had eczema since birth in spite of being ebf. My ND said dairy or soy- he rashed up from both, but elimating them did not solve it. The best help was me taking cod liver oil (it went into the breatmilk) and giving it to him orally when he was old enough. Flax oil did almost as good.

Also, elimating gluten (I was just diagnosed with celiac disease) has helped more than anything else- we eat dary and soy and take the gluten out and finally relief. It's not all gone but is much bettter so far.

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Another relief that greatly helps dd is calendula cream. Weldela makes it and helps relieve it fast for her. There is also a claendula bath bar that was nice for her.

Hope that helps!
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This is what Mark Stengler, ND, of La Jolla, CA says about eczema in "Delicious Living" Magazine.

"...foods rich in essential fatty acids, such as salmon and other cold-water fish, flaxseed oil, nuts and seeds, to help heal skin and reduce inflammation. Red meat, dairy products, and spicy foods increase inflammation. A vitamin-C dose of 50 mg times the child's age in years twice daily promotes skin healing, as does 10 mg of zinc daily for children 2 years and older. Baths and topical creams that include oatmeal also help reduce itching."

So this is obviously for an older child, but maybe this info could help you out with your diet too.

This must be so hard for you .
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