D.G. asks from Niagara Falls, NY on February 27, 2008
5-Year Old with Eczema?
My little guy has battled eczema every winter since he was 2. However, it continues to get worse each year and has become so difficult to keep under control. We even had to do a round of an oral steroid this winter to get it back to the point of manageable. It was awful!
Wondering from other moms dealing with similar issues: did your doctor recommend allergy testing to see if something else is going on that is making the eczema worse (or even causing it in the first place?) I am planning to ask the doc at the next appt. but wondered if you all have any advice or thoughts. Thanks.
B.T. answers from Binghamton on February 29, 2008
My son has it really bad on his hands. Is this the problem for you? We have found that if he's consistant at applying Nutragena hand care to moist hands several times a day, and keeping his hands warm (gloves or mittens even to go from house to car) really helps. Hope you find a solution.
B. (mom of 4)
A.H. answers from New York on February 29, 2008
My friends son was covered with eczema since he was 1 month old.. had it so bad he would bleed.. She went everywhere and finally a Dr. put him on singulair... allergy med... and within 2 weeks he changed drastically. He has been on singulair for 2 years and is doing wonderful.. Ask you dr. about that?? good luck...
J.K. answers from Glens Falls on February 28, 2008
Have you tried?
-changing his diet at all.
-Controlled room temp/ humidity levels...
-Oatmeal baths might help or "mediacated" lotions.
-Plenty of water daily. (1 gal. day.
Hopefully he'll outgrow it. Good Luck
J.O. answers from New York on February 28, 2008
Two of my kids suffered with eczema, and I was able to totally stop it by changing their diets. I added lots of good fats, like avocados, walnuts, and olive oil, added foods with probiotics but no added sugar (plain whole milk yogurt and kefir smoothies made with fresh fruit and even some flax seed oil for more good omega 3s), and totally eliminated processed foods, expecially white flour and sugar. It was tough going at first, but we all got used to it and the eczema STOPPED. Now we keep to the same sort of diet, just because it's healthy. However, in the winter, we all take cod liver oil (I take capsules and the kids take lemon-flavored), and in the summer, once we're getting more vitamin D from the sun, we change that to fish oil. No more eczema, not even any dry skin in the winter. Well worth the changes!
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N.P. answers from New York on February 28, 2008
I also found out that my son had eczema at four months old. We actually found a great doctor at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Allergy Department. The doctor's name is Dr. Polowski. There are many things that my son is allegeric to. My son cannot have milk, peas, and tree nuts. At the time we had a dog and to soon found out he was allergic to dog dander and also to dust mites. Unlike Dermatalogist, the allergist tries to find the triggers to the allergies which aggrivate the eczema. We became frustrated with most Doctor's approaches which involved strong cortizone creams and oral steroids. After removing our carpets, sadly getting rid of our dog, and monitoring our son's diet, the eczema is 99% gone. We do moisturize his skin regularly especiall during the winter months. Good luck.
J.D. answers from New York on February 28, 2008
S.G. answers from New York on February 27, 2008
My neice has battled eczema for as long as we can remember (now 8). After trying almost everything, the last resort they wanted was to go to an allergist. But it paid off! All the testing, showed exactly the problem. Allergies to weather outside! Mold, mildew, spring flowers, etc (the list seemed to go on). And after putting her on allergy meds, she is doing fine. The eczema is still there but under control now. Her hands were the worst. She now wears gloves when touching things like leaves. And one more thing that helps...after taking a shower/bath/or even washing hands...put lotion imediately! With-in 2 mintues of her hands getting wet. This helps out the most! so please don't hesitate on taking him to the allergist. I'm not saying this is a cure, but it might get to the bottom of what's really going on. And I hope you find the right solution for your son.
H.R. answers from Syracuse on February 28, 2008
D., Definitely test him for allergies. I went through this with my son only started while I was still nursing so that was tough. He was allergic to everything. He is six now so I need to have him retested. Just know that unless it has a severe number with eczema it's hit and miss one time Jared had a banana NOT on his list and he broke out in hives, I called the allergist and he said oh that is the way it is one time it will affect him and one time not OH MY GOODNESS. I was at that time trying to take everything away DAIRY, SOY, CORN, WHEAT. I even tried to make my own rice bread after that I stopped and just tried everything in MODERATION. He still has dry skin but it is not to the point of bleeding anymore. I'd start with Dairy, (rice milk is not bad)
With him being 5 you will probably not run into so many false positives on the allergies so hopefully will be easier to manage. they gave jared Zyrtec too! Elidil works too if there are no open cuts, it hurts. Good luck! Have a great day!H.
D.G. answers from New York on February 27, 2008
The cold weather triggers the eczema in my son...Eucerin has worked lovely!
C.S. answers from Syracuse on February 28, 2008
I have a 5 yo DD who's been battling eczema since she was 1.5 months old, and I now have a 2 mo. old DD who's showing signs of eczema, also. We've been the oral & topical steroid route with the older DD, and they made her act strangely (ever read the side effects? DD1 had all of them!). I refuse to do that to her again, and I'm not going to subject DD2 to the steroids either. My current Dr. is no help (he's younger than I am & just became a 1st time dad in December '07), as he does everything "by the book."
By searching the internet and getting advice from other mom's groups, I've come to believe that my DDs have food allergies. I've begun keeping a food journal of our meals (I'm breastfeeding, so what I eat affects DD2) and then before we eat again, I jot down notes as to how the girls skin looks. B/c of this, I've discovered that DD1 reacts to strawberries & dairy, and DD2 reacts to corn & chocolate. You may also want to try giving your DS probiotics and make sure he eats fish a couple times a week for the fish oil, which helps eczema tremendously. I'd recommend the food journal and probiotics before you subject you DS to the allergy test, as those can be painful.
Also, lanolin has worked wonders on my DDs' skin. Make sure you get Lansinoh brand, as it's guaranteed hypoallergenic and pure. It's pretty thick stuff, and kind of sticky, so your DS may not like the feel of it being put on him, but I've been amazed at how quickly the lanonlin clears up my baby's eczema...I apply to eczema in the morning and by noon it's gone. I've had to apply daily on my girls, whether they show signs or not, just to keep it at bay, but lanolin is a whole lot safer (and cheaper!) than steroids.
Best wishes; eczema is a horrible beast to fight!
M.L. answers from Rochester on February 28, 2008
My ten yr old grandson suffered for a couple of years with the same condition, but on one of his legs. The doctor finally gave his an antibiotic along with cream and it is all gone. Keep being persistant with the medical community. Has he been to a dermotologist or even an allergist? What seems like eczema may not be. There may be an underlying cause such as a food allergy.
Best of luck.