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I have seen so many moms discuss eczema in their little ones that I though maybe this thread would serve a purpose over here, too.

https://www.mothering.com/discussions...ghlight=eczema
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I wish this would explain my ds' excema. Not ALL excema is immunization related.

I purposely DID NOT vaccinate my ds because my neices and nephews all had excema that I thought was from the immunizations. He has excema for about 8 months when my homeopath finally found a remedy and strength to get rid of it. We (me and dh) have no family histories of excema. So, why did my ds get it???? He is STILL NOT vaccinated.

Go figure!
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My 6mo dd has eczema and I think I'm going to lose my mind. We went to the doctor today, a general practitioner. It was a well visit and overall it was fine but as far as the eczema goes the doctor was not helpful.

Dd's received 2 vacs. I was going the selective route, and she got 2 shots of DTP. Her rashes and scratching started showing before the first one. It has gotten worse - I don't know if the vaxes aggravated it.

Definitely hereditary, in our case. All over her body, except her back and dipe area look pretty good. We have many things left to try, but I get so tired, and I despair.

I used to hang out at m.com more often, but since dd was born it's hard to spend time at the computer... Sorry to be such a downer.
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My DS never received a single vax in his life and his eczema is now clearing up because we discovered his multiple food allergies and I'm on an elimination diet now. Even unvaxed breastfed babies can get eczema. I wish they couldn't!
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My dd is not vaccinated, and she had about the worst eczema I've ever seen. Everywhere but her bottom where the diaper was and one little soft spot on her temple. I do have a family history, but this was the most severe case. Everyone else has just had one or two little itchy spots. Dd stuck to the sheets. Now at 4.5 it is basically gone, except for a little itchiness every so often. So, there is hope.

Anyway, I didn't get much help from doctors either, but I know someone who did. She says, don't bother with pediatricians or even dermatologists. Go see a pediatric allergist.
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I purposely did not vaccinate ds because skin problems run in our family (eczema, psoriasis), as well as allergies (my dad had them/eczema and he wasn't vaccinated as a child either).

My ds has eczema in spite of elimination diet, ebf, no vaccines and drug-free birth. Vaccine cause is an oversimplication of the problem.

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since we're discussing not vaxing b/c of eczema, can you get a medical exemption for that?

My poor dd. She's two now, and has had this since 6mo. We had eliminated eggs, soy, corn and all corn products, excessive amounts of sugar, chocolate, nuts and spicy foods.
I've used benedryl for bad outbreaks and cortisone cream up to 3-4x/wk, but usually not more than a couple of times a month.
a pediatric allergist? Our fp wouldn't refer for any allergy testing until she turned two, we are seeing him next month. I am terrified about it. Are they still doing the prick tests? I don't think I could put her through that. I know, I know, I should just ask him, but are there alternatives?
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I know, I know, I should just ask him, but are there alternatives?"
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Alternative medicine.....homeopathic doctors and chinese medicine. They Work!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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nice alternatives for you in MD, but there is nothing like that here in Erie, PA. none that i know of. i guess I was fishing for specific examples, I can get homeopathic remedies locally. I was lucky to find a fp who doesn't question my vax choices!
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[HTML]but there is nothing like that here in Erie, PA[/HTML]

http://www.aho-network.com/pdf-files/pa_acupuncture.pdf Here is a link to acupuncturist in PA and specifically Erie, PA. I Yahoo a search....

Ying Lin Tsui, LAC
4437 West Ridge

Just google or yahoo a search in any town.....You will be amazed where there are alternative doctors. Also the Association of Homeopaths has listings all over the states.

Good Luck!!!
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Sunmountain, have you tried eliminating all citrus and tomatoes? This is a big trigger for my ds's eczema. It was also the trigger for my brother's skin problems, and I've heard this is common.

Wheat and dairy are other biggies for some. We are wheat-free as well, but dairy didn't seem to affect him mcuh.

One thing that I plan on trying is NAET allergy testing. iIve heard from 2 people IRL this cured their children's allergies. It's kineseology. I'm still looking for a practitioner nearby that I know is good.

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those are the ones I forgot, I knew there was one--NO CITRUS, no kiwi, no pineapple, omgess it's intolerable if she eats any of that.

she's ok with wheat and milk, actually the more milk she drinks, the better it seems to get, so I've switched to all organic milk.

we have an NAET practitioner here, but it's too expensive. Tsui, same thing, doesn't take my insurance.

i did find one homeopathic remedy that worked, but I'm not sure how to give it for long term relief. thank you so much for your responses, sometimes I feel like I am going crazy with this.
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I had horrible, and I mean horrible eczema as a child (and some more as a teen and adult, now cured.) Mine were caused as a child by multiple food allergies through breastmilk (my mom went on an elimination diet while BF to figure out what they were) and by the foods on their own. I grew up with a very restricted diet, which meant almost no eczema as long as I was true to the diet. As a teen, I ate a bunch of those foods and got some eczema. As an adult, I've cut out most of them and taking Borage oil for the EFAs every day has cured the rest of it.

Hoozah for essential fatty acids!

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Nicholas mom - what remedy finally worked for your son? My ds gets it from grass and sweating then scratching his wrists. We keep it under control with ellidel cream but we use lots of homeopathic remedies around here. I haven't found one to really nail this.
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what remedy finally worked for your son?
Homeopathic doctor prescribes 200c of SUlphur once a month. It was a strong remedy. She prescribe something on the lesser end which helped get rid of the excema but it came back. So, the doc went higher with the dosage and it worked.

Good Luck!
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Thanks. I'll see what it does for us. We have a low dose of it. I use it if ds gets pink eye - but only one dose or two.
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