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I'm assuming you've removed dairy from your diet again? Did you cut out ALL amounts, both hidden and trace? I'm guessing that he's reacting to more than just dairy if it improved with elimination but did not go away entirely. Soy is a common allergy for people with dairy allergy. After that, you should consider the other big ones: corn, wheat, eggs, etc. As you probably know, testing isn't always accurate. Our ped allergist told us that and said observations trump test results.
It's definitely possible that the carpet is irritating his sensitive skin and making it worse, but it sounds like you've got some food triggers to address first. Also, personally, I wouldn't treat for staph. Staph live all around us and on our skin. It takes over when we have other issues. I'd address those issues first by eliminating offending foods and strengthening the immune system through probiotics, fish oil, glutamine/bone broth, vitamin C, etc.
Before we figured out that my dd had allergies, she had awful weepy, crusty, peeling eczema all over her body. She had some bacterial infections and yeast infections with it. We tried creams (one prescription and then, otc hydrocortisone and a yeast cream), but we never got a handle on it until we got rid of the bad foods. The staph and yeast went away on their own after that.
Carpet can definitely irritate already sensitive skin. Can you keep your lo in footed pjs so skin doesn't touch the carpet? We wash in a Free and Clear detergent, but others have had problems with them (hopefully someone will chime in).
The lotion that works the BEST, imo is Vanicream. It's an OTC, but you have to buy it online or at a pharmacy. They usually have to special order it (I've gotten it at Walgreens and at Walmart). California Baby is safe for us (we use the body wash a couple times a week), but the lotion is not thick enough to really moisturize. We only wash with soap a couple times a week as I said. Mostly, we wash with just water or with Cetaphil. More than that, and our los' skin gets too dry. Daily warm baths are important, imo, to keep the skin hydrated.
If you check out the "resources" sticky above and scroll down, there's a thread on elimination diets, and a few on gut-healing.