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hey guys,<br>
all you have helped me a lot in getting thru my 16 mth old DS's multiple food allergies and eczema. i am on a severelyrestricted diet, am breast feeding him religiously, we are trying NAET, andon worst days steroidal applications and anti- histamine.. but NOTHING and i mean NOTHING is working so far. its a tough path. but my huge concern is:<br>
we have ben swaddling him all nite long to prevent him from scratching himself (till he bleeds!!!!). as he grew older his strenght increased and my husband would swaddle him tighter. but now i feel its going to inhibit his growth. any ideas that may have worked, that prevent them from scratching at nite without having to bake a burrito out of my baby. he gets very sweaty too by the morning.please help!!!!
 

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where exactly does he scratch? My DD scratches on her knees and arms/elbows. When it was very bad I used to make her wear babylegs..which are like long socks without the feet, just long tubular socks. so u can make her wear them on legs and hands as well. but face and head is still a proble,
 

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Vanicream really helped us; you can have your local pharmacy order it if they don't already have it behind the counter. We also (per dr's orders) do a daily prescription non-sedating antihistamine, which helps a lot. Even in summer, we do onesies during the day to keep our son from scratching his tummy and back and long-legged long-sleeved pajamas with no blankets. We wash all bedding in hot hot hot water at least weekly to kill dustmites, and use dustmites covers on mattress and pillow. No stuffed animals and no books in bedroom. We aim for daily baths in lukewarm water, no soap, followed by Vanicream all over. Trouble spots we hit with prescription steroid cream when they flare up, which isn't that often these days.<br><br>
Have you tried wet-wrapping? That can help with itchiness too.<br><br>
I too agree that he's too old for swaddling. I'd also make sure his nails are well-clipped.<br><br>
But after that, I let my kid scratch if he needs to. It gives me a good handle on how well his eczema is doing.
 

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Also--if you haven't joined <a href="http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org" target="_blank">http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org</a>, the forums there helped us enormously with Leo's allergic issues, including eczema.<br><br>
And if it's still awful, soemtimes you do need to do initial oral steroids to help the the skin heal, at which point you drop the steroids and do to the prevention methods above.
 

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My dd will be 2 this weekend and has done this exact same thing since she had motor control! She also has multiple food allergies and eczema everywhere. I have resorted to taping socks on her hands to prevent the worst of the scratching. I bought thick cotton socks with long cuffs. I put them over her hands and pull the cuffs down over her wrists. Then I take medical tape and wrap it around the cuffs around her wrists. The tape doesn't touch her skin, only the socks but the tape is tight enough that she can't pull the socks off in her sleep. Although it doesn't keep her from the scratching motion itself, it keeps her from actually scratching her skin. It's the best I've found so far...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Vanicream really helped us; you can have your local pharmacy order it if they don't already have it behind the counter. We also (per dr's orders) do a daily prescription non-sedating antihistamine, which helps a lot.</div>
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What antihistamine are you using? Our dr told us to use claritin during the day if necessary, but I don't think it's helping very much. We use benadryl for the itchiest nights, plus a prescription steroid cream when absolutely necessary (cutivate). What's in Vanicream?<br><br>
Hey, our DS goes by Leo...We get lots of compliments on his nickname! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Also--if you haven't joined <a href="http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org" target="_blank">http://www.kidswithfoodallergies.org</a>, the forums there helped us enormously with Leo's allergic issues, including eczema.<br><br>
And if it's still awful, soemtimes you do need to do initial oral steroids to help the the skin heal, at which point you drop the steroids and do to the prevention methods above.</div>
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I've been dealing with food allergies and eczema for almost 10 years... I've been a member of kidswithfoodallergies.org and it's predecessor (POFAK @ yahoogroups) for almost 7 years. Lifesaver!<br><br>
Something that helped us with the scratching, plus with the eczema on hands and arms, were to do wet wraps that went from mid bicep to fingertips... this helped immensely.<br><br>
What you do for these wraps is you moisturize as usual, then wrap the arms and hands in damp, sterile gauze, and then cover that with a layer of dry gauze.<br><br>
If the entire body is bad, you can use damp cotton PJs instead.
 

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We do Zyrtec for Leo; Allegra for DS#1 (environmental allergies for him, so for him we use it seasonally).<br><br>
Vanicream is a lot like Aquaphor and Eucerin but somehow it's NOT greasy and thick like Vaseline; the texture is much like a regular lotion and it goes on without being sticky and absorbs into the skin. We could immediately feel a difference in Leo's skin when we started using it.<br><br>
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Amazon sells it <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.com%2FVanicream-Moisturizing-Skin-Care-Cream%2Fdp%2FB0000ZHH5G%2Fref%3Dpd_bbs_sr_2%2F102-4149118-1244153%3Fie%3DUTF8%26s%3Dhpc%26qid%3D1188048781%26sr%3D8-2" target="_blank">here</a>
 

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Thanks, Kate! I'll check into the Vanicream--and hey, it's even a couple of bucks cheaper than the Aquaphor...At the rate we go through it, it'll add up!<br><br>
I think I'll ask the ped what she thinks about the Zyrtec.
 

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Something that helped us with the scratching, plus with the eczema on hands and arms, were to do wet wraps that went from mid bicep to fingertips... this helped immensely.<br><br>
What you do for these wraps is you moisturize as usual, then wrap the arms and hands in damp, sterile gauze, and then cover that with a layer of dry gauze.<br><br>
If the entire body is bad, you can use damp cotton PJs instead.</div>
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So do you do this at night? I think I'm interested in trying this for dd's hands because they are so bad and just not getting better even with everything we have tried. Have you had any problems leaving this on all night? How do you keep a child (mine is 2 years old) from removing everything in their sleep?<br>
Thanks!
 
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