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My 13.5 month old daughter has had bad eczema since she was about 4 months old. It's considered moderate on her body and severe on her face. It's the most awful thing to dea with and it breaks my heart daily.<br><br>
We have tried many different treatments. We see the top pediatric dermatologists in San Francisco at UCSF. Nothing works well. Right now we use something called Derma Smooth which is a cortosone based oil. She takes something every night, either Benedryl or Hydroxyzine. I'm so fed up. Tpday her face is all torn up and she's itchy as hell.<br><br>
She tested allergic to egg, dairy, soy... We were told to focus only on the egg and penut allergy for now.<br><br>
She is still EBF.<br><br>
This is so frickin depressing. I hate for my DD to always be uncomfortable. I hate that I can onlly photograph her every once in a while.<br><br>
I need some friends and support from others dealling with this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Eczema is terrible-- so sorry you and your daughter are having to suffer through it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I just wanted to point you to the healing the gut tribe here in the health & healing forum. The mamas there are healing their babies eczema with nutrition. They have made some very insightful discoveries and their stories are inspiring. Check them out --you may find more than just empathy.
 

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My son's eczema was severe all over for months until I had removed every allergen from my diet.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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I'm sorry, but that makes zero sense. If she is allergic to dairy, it needs to be eliminated immediately. Same with soy and any other allergen. If she continues to be exposed to those, not only will it take her longer to outgrow it, but her reactions will become more severe. Unfortunately, you don't get to pick and choose which allergies to focus on; I only wish it were that simple. We've also been told that eczema is frequently only a symptom of something happening within the body. In other words, while we see eczema, the gut could be dangerously affected and getting worse. I'm sorry you haven't been able to find doctors who could help; sadly, there are incompetent physicians at every level of the profession--we sure saw our share.<br><br>
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ITA with Missy. Remove all dairy and soy from both of your diets, if you want to only do one at a time do dairy first and I can almost gurantee she will get at least somewhat better. My dd had horrid eczema on her legs and some on her arms, she had cracking open spots and when we removed dairy from her diet it disappeared, it's *gone* and to look at her legs now you would never guess she had eczema.<br><br>
The only thing that makes her itchy now but not totally break out is certain soaps, we just make sure to use natural stuff and she is fine.<br><br>
After you remove the foods, then work on healing her gut because sometimes leaky gut or gut problems are the reason a food isn't tolerated. If she has anything like hives or other serious allergic responses then it's not a gut issue, but if it's just digestive issues and/or eczema it often is.
 
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