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I am looking for some advice. My 9 month old son has eczema on his head and neck, fairly mild but when it flares up it really frustrates him. Lat night he was up a Lot, scratching and crying. I had to put a bandaid on one spot on his face cause he wouldn't leave it alone and it was bleeding.<br><br>
Dr. prescribed hydorcortisone cream for bad flareups, to use sparingly no more than twice a day. (I don't use it everyday) My ds' skin is very dry especially on his legs. His legs don't have eczema but are covered in tiny pimples which showed up a few months ago. (Two of my other kids have this type of skin, my older 11 year old ds has a Lot of pimples all over his arms. I am thinking of taking him to a dermatologist.)<br><br>
My baby ds breastfeeds, and I have found that cutting back on milk seems to help his skin. However, any of the milk replacers I've tried give him gas! Part of why he was up crying so much last night was because of gas. I am about at my wit's end trying to figure out what to do diet wise. He does not really eat solids yet, but breastfeeds like a champ.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/baby.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="baby"> I'm wondering if maybe he is allergic to nuts, since almond milk seems to irritate him as well, if I drink it. I felt so sorry for him last night, he was just exhausted but still kept waking up, partly cause he has a bit of a cold right now as well.<br><br>
I should also include that he is on a small dose of antibiotic once a day because of a kidney condition. I am thinking of asking his dr. if we can try a different med, maybe this is also exacerbating his eczema.<br><br>
Anyway, sorry this is kinda long. Any input, experiences, etc. would be much appreciated! Thanks.
 

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Most kids with excema have either a lack or an inability to use essential fatty acids properly. From a publication* I have: "People with eczema as well as asthma and hayfever lack a key enzyme which converts essential fatty acids into prostaglandins." The recommendation from the article is toddlers may be given two 500mg capsules of Evening Primrose oil per day rubbed on the skin of the inner thighs or arms. Increase to 4 capsules per day if you don't see improvement. Adults need up to 8 capsules a day. ( EFA's are also found in other cold pressed oils...See "Fats that Heal, Fat's that Kill" Udo Erasmus). Other co- factor vitamins needed are: Vitamin A, b magnesium, zinc and iron. . Some also say lecithin (which is an emulsifier) helps as well. That you are breastfeeding, you can also take these so baby gets benefit from supplementation from your breastmilk that way.<br>
Yes, allergies can certainly be a factor in aggravating excema, also too much ingestion of refined sugars. Sunlight helps excema too mainly because UVA UVB rays are a mild immune suppressant as well.<br>
Both supplements and sunlight have helped my husband who has suffered pretty much all his life with it.<br><br>
Beware of cortizone treatments. They are a powerful immune suppressant and not without risk of thinning skin or losing hair. Get the medication profile and insert from your pharmacist for more on that.<br><br><br>
*Publication: " What Doctors Don't Tell you: Drug Free Solutions to Astma and Eczema".<br><br>
Hope this helps point you in some directions to look.
 

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I don't know what the cause might be, but if you wanted to use something other than the cortizone cream, I use calendula gel on my dd's acne when it first shows up. It seems to cut down the amount of time her acne is around, and stops the acne from getting worse.
 

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I have a mostly clear almost 4 year old who had bad eczema as a baby...you can pm me if you want, and I made a big post on the other thread.....<br><br>
I really like the ShiKai Borage lotion, which is probably similar to using epo topically. I had a hard time using straight oils on her skin because it just seemed to make things worse. We're using elidel now, and like it better than the steroids.<br><br>
We did try eliminating foods and nothing really helped her....but her's was severe, and basically everyone on both sides of my family gets it from time to time, so she had some history there. Homeopathy helped a little, cleared up the scalp, but wasn't really effective in the long run.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I have battled eczema since my teens and my son also has it. I have never prefered dairy products even as a child, and from what I have noticed, for good reason.<br>
Whenever I eat cheese, ice cream and the like I tend to have a flare up. Before I realized this I had tried every moisturizer and cream out there. Almost every one of them were more painful and frustrating than the eczema. There is a cream called florizone at the health food store that is a good alterative to cortizone(nasty stuff). Also I found that for mild flare ups and dryness DML Forte in the light blue and pink tube works great with no burning( make sure it is not the orange tube with sunscreen). It is over the counter but you have to ask the pharmacist for it. They don't have it on the shelf. I breastfed my son for almost three years and he has had it on his face, arms, legs and a few patches on his back. On occassion I would eat cheese and I had a few ice cream binges, his eczema got pretty bad especially during winter when you have that dry heat working against you. Once I completely eliminated dairy it took a while to vanish all the way but since it has been gone I have seen it rarely and only after eating ice cream or something a couple of times close together. My brother has had it almost his whole life but his seems to be an allergic reaction to cats. He stays away from dairy also. I know people get eczema for different reasons but this is my experience and I hope maybe it can help you.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I had this problem as well. My eczema cleared up when I switched to a gentler laundry detergent and eliminated fabric softeners and dryer sheets. My 3 year old had severe eczema on his face as a baby. It turned out that it was the softener I used on his sheets that caused it, and it cleared up very quickly when I stopped using it. I don't know what you are using now, but it's worth a shot. Eczema is miserable. Good luck.
 
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