L.D. asks from Pontiac, MI on March 13, 2008
1 Year Old with Severe Eczema and Food Allergies-Any Suggestions
I have a 1 year old son with severe eczema. He is allergic to milk, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, strawberries, bananas, pineapples, grapes, polyester,acrylic, and who knows what else until the next allergy testing! Everytime we almost get the itching under control, we have a setback. I have never ever even known anyone with a case this bad. We keep him covered in Aquaphor and we use a steroid which is not good for long term use. I need some ideas on food and soothing techniques, even doctors or anything that might be helpful. He is soooo uncomfortable. Thanks.
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I want to thank everyone for their help! I am almost in tears because of how helpful everyone was. I was feeling so alone with my son's problem. You moms are great and I just hope that I can one day be of some help to someone else like you all have helped me. You have given us hope. I got so much good information. I am going to follow up with most of it. At this point, we have nothing to lose by trying different things because the doctor's have just been giving us bandaids. I am really interested in the whole natural healing thing because pumping a baby with steroids couldn't possibly be good. So, thanks again to you all I have an action plan now.
P.M. answers from Detroit on March 14, 2008
Circle of Food Allergic Families
A.M. answers from Detroit on March 14, 2008
I don't have any answers for you, but there is a great group in the area started by local moms w/ allergic children. They may be able to help:
Circle of Food Allergic Families, COFAF
J.F. answers from Grand Rapids on March 14, 2008
A.B. answers from Detroit on March 17, 2008
I feel for you & have been there! I have a now 6 year old that at age one was covered in terrible eczema due to food allergies. Initially he was sensitive/allergic to a list like yours but now we are just dairy and nut free. First - are you nursing? If so everything you eat totally effects him, even in the slightest quantities. Eliminating foods that are allergins in your child's diet and then trying them again much later (at least 3 mos.) is the first thing I would concentrate on...we did this and it really made a big difference. You are right about the steroid cream - we also did this a while but when our traditional allergist told me to use perscription steroids and zertech (perscription drug) daily and come see him in a year I knew I had to try something different. There are several lotions that I found worked much better than the aquafer - ShiKai makes one called Borage Dry Skin Therapy, Children's lotion avail. at Whole Foods. Also, two ointments I purchase from my homeopath and pediatrician's office made by unda made in Belgim - 1. pommade au calendula (calundula) and 2. onguent 270 (hypericum). Both of these helped greatly - sometimes one better than another. We still use it on bad spots. I don't know if you are into homeopathics but the homeopathic sulfur (pellets) are good for general skin conditions. Be sure you are not using any fragrance anything - for a long time we bathed only in the oatmeal bath packets because it was soothing. And bath only ever 2-3 days to not dry out the skin. Always totally coat the skin with a lotion upon leaving the bath to hold in that moisture. Plain Sea salt baths (1/4 to 1/2 cup) in a very warm bath seem to help with the skin irritation also. Once we finally got to a point where we could use a soap several that worked ok for us were Weleda brand calundula (but this does have some almond oil in it, may not be good for you), California Babies (whole foods) fragrance free body wash & shampoo, and Miracle soap (must purchase from a dealer). I ended up changing all our cleaning products to back to basic stuff like vinegar, baking soda, etc because any chemicals seemed to irritate even if washed out of the tub several times, etc. We changed our laundry to Dreft for years for the whole house and then finally to a dye/free fragrance free one that seemed to work. Baby wipes - for years I made my own or just used a cotton wash cloth with water - the wipes would irritate. I also switched to cloth composite dipers for quite a while which helped. I could write a novel on this subject but there's a start...feel free to ask more - I've tried so much and there is light at the end of the tunnel. My son is eating and living a very "normal" life these days after itching until he bled at age one on a daily basis. It is heart breaking and as a mother... you just want to make it better. Hang in there and don't try to change everything at once you will go crazy...voice of experience.
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J.A. answers from Detroit on March 14, 2008
Look into homeopathic treatments, but keep in mind that the skin is one area that is very hard to clear because it is the outward expression of the person's constitution. Find a good homeopath, they have to get their MD before they may practice this aspect of medicine first, so a good one will not be adverse to trying other methods. But most of those methods are suppressive in nature and homeopathic medicine helps the body heal itself.
Good luck, keep us posted!
C.M. answers from Detroit on March 14, 2008
Go to www.ahccenter.com This group is AMAZING!!
T.N. answers from Detroit on March 14, 2008
I have eczema pretty bad I found this cream in hawaii about 7yrs back. It works great on me! It's called Kukui moisturizing cream It's all natural you can order it online under Oils of Aloha. It's used for dry skin, sunburns and eczema and psoriasis. If you use it everyday it will help keep eczema at bay. I think it also helps with the itch. Give it a try I think on the website it will give the ingredients since your little one has so many allergies. any questions email me at ____@____.com luck my twin boys are crying.
D.W. answers from Detroit on March 13, 2008
Hi I feel so bad for you. I have a son who is now 4 at 1 he had eczema and we found out he was allergic to milk, peanuts, tree nuts, wheat. The eczema has cleared up now. He has outgrown most of the allergies except nuts. They will retest him next yer to see where he is at with everything. It has been difficult. You learn to read ingredients on everything.They usually list allergy information at the end of the ingredients in bold letters, however your son with the fruit you may have to look a little harder. You will need to let everybody know that will be in contact with him. He probably will outgrow most of the allergies, I hope for your sake and his. I take my son to St. John pediatrics, they have 2 locations one in Macomb Twp on Romeo Plank just south of 21 and one in St. Clair Shores on 9 mile between Harper and Mack. Good Luck with everything.
J.B. answers from Detroit on March 14, 2008
I reccommend a book called "An Alternative Approach to Allergy" by Theron Randolph MD. This is an old book, the doctor is already dead, but I think it is still in print. This book was a lifesaver for me. Look on Amazon.com. Take heart, there is hope. It requires a lot of you to take care of your child with extreme allergy, but you can figure out what works for him. Keep a food diary. See what keeps him well. Look into other things such as what laundry soap you use. Does he have carpet in his bedroom? curtains on the windows? do you use perfumed cosmetics? do you clean with bleach? All these things can further weaken him. Have you found a vitamin supplement he can use. I reccommend Shaklee, or Bronson or Amway (now Quickstar) instead of grocery brands which have all kinds of extra stuff in them. He is limited in what he can safely eat, so you have to work more carefully to see that he is actually getting the nutrition he needs. Try to make his bedroom "safe" so he can get the sleep he needs. Build him up with vitamin C, but you have to be careful which ones you can use. Besides dealing with the rash, by alleviating the itch, you have to think about what's starting the rash in the first place. All that I have said, comes from personal experience. Just know you are not the first, nor are you alone. Best wishes
B.S. answers from Grand Rapids on March 14, 2008
I read a book called the "pH Miracle" by Dr. Robert Young and his basic concept is that our bodies are alkaline by nature and acidic by function, that is why what we eat is so important. Anyway, he talks about alkaline water, and the benefits of it.
So my husband and I are looking into buying a water ionizer which run from $600-$1500 or so. In my search I was on you tube looking at different videos on the benefits of the water and I came across this one on alkaline water and eczema. It's called "Kangen water and Eczema" Just type that into the you tube box and a video will pop up that will potentially change your child's life, naturally.
Kangen is just a brand of water ionizers and I do not know if they are sold in the states. However a very reputable brand is called Jupiter ionizers, here is the web site, you can read different benefits of it on the site and it give very nice explanations as well. www.jupiterionizers.com
I would also recommend reading the book I mentioned earlier the "pH Miracle" by Dr. Robert Young. He has an all natural approach to eating and living, it's wonderful and has helped my husband, daughter and myself with different issues that we have had in the past.
I hope this helps, I would really really recommend that you watch that video it shows little kids being healed by alkaline water, pretty amazing.
If you have time, let me know what you thought about it!!
R.R. answers from Detroit on March 14, 2008
L., My son also had severe eczema. We tried all the different creams and ointments with no sucess. We ended up going to a pharmacy that also takes a more natural approach. We put him on probiotics and also cut out any excess sugars. This helped tremendously. The only time we have break outs now is in the winter. Hope this helps.