My ds had all over, horrible eczema
What we learned:Bath every single stinkin' day--twice when hot or dry!!!!
Eczema causes the skin to loose moisture. The bath--no soap, just toys, music and warm--not too warm, for exactly 10 minutes is a near cure. Then you have 3 minutes to slather the WHOLE body with a sealant. We used vaseline (I know I hate petroleum--but it works) with tea tree oil (just a drop or two in a small container). Be careful with steroids, they can cause other infections. We used them when we had to because you have to break the cycle. But we also used Bactroban when using steroids.
Be very, very careful with all lotions. Eczema is part of the atopic triad. Eczema, allergies and asthma are the 3. DS is anaphylactic (it kills him) to almonds. Cetaphil lotion has almond oil. We tried that with disasterous results as you can imagine!! Eucerin has lanolin. One of the irritants (almost universal) for people with eczema is wool. Some also react to the lanolin.Don't play with a child's diet--especially if you fear food allergies.
Go to the bullitin board at FAST
and ask for help. Get recommendations and go to a board certified food allergist. Keep trying allegists until you find one you feel comfortable with. I have horror stories! But you have to have the testing before you play with the diet. You may have to go to a major hospital ( I am talking John Hopkins!) if the eczema is severe and food allergies may be life threatening.
We did this and I am so glad. We discovered DS's allergies are life-threatening to nuts, peanuts, eggs and milk. We have a list of about 10 others that cause eczema or behavioral, or intestinal problems. If you suspect allergy, you have to eliminate it entirely. I could not touch an egg while bfing or ds would break out.
Please e-mail or PM me if you have other questions. We cured my ds's eczema and I did not give him funky, expensive cure-alls. I would love to share my regimin if it will help another poor, dear babe!