I just jumped to this thread from Vaccinations/Eczema -- and I have bookmarked all the web sites you ladies recommend for tonight's reading.
My DS (21 months) has had eczema since birth -- litterally, he was born with eczema. And I tried eliminating
for 2 months -- it didn't help at all. That was almost a year ago. The only thing that controls the eczema at all is Elidel -- and I hate to use it, but (as I am sure you mamas know) the hamburger-face baby is so awful! And if I let the eczema flare up, DS wake more at night (as it is, he wakes about every 2 hours to nurse back to sleep) and scratches.
The eczema is only on his face, on his cheeks and chin and sometimes across his nose or behind his ears. Thank goodness, it has never broken out anywhere else, even before we were treating the eczema at all (other than with benign creams/oils).
DS has been very slow to start solids, so we thought perhaps there was some food intolerance or allergy involvement in the eczema. But we couldn't find a likely culprit, given that the elim diet we used before had zero results.
DS is just beginning to eat solids. He is also small for his age (around 8-12 mos he plummeted down from 90% height & weight to 25% weight, 40% height) and is slow to grow (still wears the 18 and 24 month size clothes that we got for him last fall/winter). All this seems related to the food issues, which may be related to the eczema. Or not.
I wondered if any of you have a suggestion about the face-only eczema -- doe sthat indicate something different? I haven't seen anything on eczema web sites, but those are aimed at adults with eczema. Or about the slow growth, or slowness to eat. At 21 mos, DS is still pretty much getting his nutrition from Mamamilk, eating maximally 2 Tablespoons of food daily.
I guess I am leading myself up to starting a new elim diet, because when I recently tried ceasing the Elidel, his little wee cheeks looked so horrible so quickly (and they were clearly bothering him). I will read up on the Sears diet, salicywhatever-they-bes ;-), Feingold, and probiotics. Sigh. It is so hard -- but if his tiny face would only clear up, it would be worth it.