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DS has rough patches of skin on his upper arms, thighs and checks.<br><br>
Thing is, it's always been that way.<br><br>
When he was a newborn he had small red bumps head to toe which turned out to be a dairy reaction to the dairy in my diet. I cut it out and the bumps cleared up.<br><br>
We challenged his dairy allergy at age 1 and 2 and the all over bumps reappeared each time.<br><br>
Last September he got a virus that covered him in a rash (mostly on his thighs and upper arms). It lasted 6 weeks.<br><br>
So, his skin seems to be a place where trouble easily shows up.<br><br>
His rough skin has been there as long as I can remember really, but we've always attributed it to "scarring" from the virus or healing dairy exposure....<br><br>
I'd like to figure out what's really going on with him and get his skin healthy.<br><br>
He gets a teaspoon of Flax Seed Oil a day, so I'm pretty sure it's not a lack of fatty acids.<br><br>
Any ideas? Where to start?
 

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Do you notice any differences in his hair, teeth, nails, does he overheat easly?<br><br>
hair might be sparse or light colored, thin, brittle?<br>
teeth possibly small, pointed, odd shaped, prone to cavities, missing?<br>
nails, brittle cracked, slow growth, absent?<br>
overheating, does he complain overly, does he feel moist, are tears lacking or sparse?<br><br>
Long shot but where I'm headed here is an Ectodermal Dysplasia, a skin disorder, genetic, not aquired, about 500+ types of, some testable, most not. None fixable, but you can help with symptoms.<br><br>
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His rough skin has been there as long as I can remember really, but we've always attributed it to "scarring" from the virus or healing dairy exposure....<br></div>
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DS had some rough skin, didn't itch, no other notable symptoms as a youngster. Ped suggested we treat as per ezcema: lukewarm showers/baths, pat dry, oil or lotion on samp skin. It worked.
 

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Does he have any other allergies? Nuts seem to be the culprit if the skin is affected.<br><br>
AND....he may still be working the vaccines out of his body which may take a long time.<br><br>
Whatever it is, it should be worked out of his body by him unless he is really bothered by it because anything applied externally may turn the problem inside and cause asthma. So be very careful in trying to heal it.<br><br>
One other thing you may try is probiotics. JaneS can advice you on which ones are best for his age.
 

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Food allergies and/or vitamin A deficiency causing keratosis pilaris.<br><br>
Theorizing that the flax seed oil is enough might not actually be the case.<br><br>
Flax seed oil actually needs enzyme conversion to EPA/DHA in the body and that is often faulty in kids and adults with skin issues, unlike cod liver oil which provides these fatty acids directly. Also could be a conversion issue requiring GLA supplementation which is in evening primrose oil. Thyroid issues can often be the underlying cause of enzyme conversion problems.<br><br>
Also just eating the common modern diet high in omega 6 vegetable oils and grain raised meat, dairy and eggs which contain mostly omega 6 (instead of pastured meat, dairy and eggs which are high in omega 3s) can knock out essential fatty acid balance in body. Not to mention any high heat or processed vegetable oils in packaged or restaurant foods which are rancid.
 

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It sounds like possibly keratosis pilaris to me. My dd has it, and rather than obvious bumps when it gets dry, her upper arms and thighs feel like leather. She used to have it on her cheeks also, but it has been minimal there since she turned 4 or so.
 

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We went through a whole bunch of skin issues with my ds - some of them pretty dramatic and down right scary. We tried everything!! In our case, the illimination diet didn't do a thing. I called it the No diet. Since I was still nursing, we both were down to eating brown rice, filtered water and a hand full of veges! Fun. In our case, oddly, any sort of EFA made him itchier and made the rashes worse. Never did figure that out.<br><br>
I went to 13 different people and healing modalities - including 3 medical doctors trying to find help. I also went through an ocean of salves, creams, butters, lotions and baths. Again, nothing seemed to work. So I finally mixed up my own. And it worked! It gave him enough relief from the painful, itchy rashes for the magnificent alternative doctor we finally did find, to work her magic. Now we are <i>completly</i> eczema free! Healed!<br><br>
I've been forced into business selling it because people began tracking me down to buy it. It heals up diaper rash in a matter of hours, works on my dh's psoriesis, burns and stings. We use it on everything in our house and it really does have a significant healing effect on everything it touches.<br><br>
It's 100% natural and pure, no fillers or additives. It includes emu oil, shea butter, bees wax and a proprietary healing blend of essential oils.<br><br>
My web site will be up soon but in the mean time you can pm me if you'd like to try some.<br><br>
Blessings,<br><br>
Mari
 

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Sorry I hadn't gotten back here (came down with a nasty cold) and thank you for all the great replies <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I've going to try probiotics and cod liver oil.<br><br>
The bumps don't bother him, but I worry that they are a sign of a bigger problem, ya know?
 
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