S. asks from Holt, MI on November 05, 2008
Baby Eczema - PLEASE HELP
My four month old daughter developed eczema about one month ago. I took her to the peds and she diagnosed her with milk protein sensitivity. Ped recommended switch to hypoallergenic formula (Enfamil Nutramigen). She's been on new formula for almost two weeks (will be two weeks on Friday). It is a little better MOST days, but yesterday her skin looked terrible again. I am so discouraged and frustrated (not to mention worried). Has anyone else had this experience? How long does it take for the milk protein to leave her body? I am thinking she may be allergic to more than just the milk protein. Please let me know if anyone out there has had a similar story with their baby. Does it sometimes take longer than 1 1/2 weeks to show definite improvement? Thanks for any advice.
R.G. answers from Detroit on November 06, 2008
My son's face looked horrible for the first 2 1/2 years of his life. Because he slobbered constantly, his chin stayed broken out. Now that he stopped the slobbering his skin is beautiful. Maybe this could be the problem?? Also, I have excema and I have noticed that certain soaps and detergents cause me to break out. Most people with eczema have milk and/or egg allergies. Too much citrus tends to break me out also. Good luck!! :)
M.D. answers from Detroit on November 06, 2008
G.B. answers from Detroit on November 06, 2008
Sorry about this struggle, S.. If you decide to have another baby, please consider breastfeeding. Eliminates these kinds of problems.
J.C. answers from Detroit on November 06, 2008
My baby had the same problem. We switched formulas (to hypoallergenic) and it did take weeks to clear up. Her rash was really bad! We also were using hydrocortisone cream.(spelling?) We got that from our doctor. That helped clear it up. I would say wait another week or so and if it not better talkt o your doc. By the way. I am sorry some people are so prideful to think that their way is best. That person who said to breastfeed your next baby, was incredibly rude and should not have posted anything. Obviously that did nothing to help you with this baby! I am sure you made the best decision for your family and I am sick of mothers judging other moms! No one has any doubts that breast milk is the healthiest for babies and I am sure unless you live under a rock you have heard all the benefits , but sometimes breastfeeding is just not feasible for your family! I could not breast feed and have felt judged at times for it. Anyway sorry for the rant, but I was so angry when I read that. Take care!
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E.W. answers from Detroit on November 06, 2008
I absolutely disagree with the previous submitter that says breastfeeding would eliminate this problem. I am exclusively nursing my 4 month old, yet she had eczema and cradle cap as well a couple months ago.
I thought perhaps it was the dairy or wheat that was in my diet - so I went without for 2 weeks with not much change. Then I learned it could be a whole bunch of environmental allergens - even just dust!
She has since started to grow out of it and has shown improvements without any major lifestyle changes. I have started, however, applying an organic baby lotion that I picked up at our local Farmers Market.
One of the suggestions from Dr. Sears is to moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! He actually suggests moisturizing your eczema prone baby up to 4 times a day! I only do it once before bed and anytime after a bath - even slathering it on her little head and putting a cap on her. So far so good!
It's great you're trying to figure out what the root cause it though, because it is better to eliminate it if possible instead of just treating the symptoms. Sometimes, however, its just a baffling predicament and you do what you can! :)
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B.L. answers from Detroit on November 06, 2008
My son (now 16) was born with eczema. He was tested for allergies at 1 1/2yrs. They don't like to test before three but his allergies had become life threatening. His food allergies were to peanuts, legumes, egg whites. He was also allergic to dust mites, cats, dogs. We had a bird at the time and the ped allergist didn't mention how bad that was even though I told him we had one. Did all the advice to help and it wasn't until I got rid of the bird that he finally cleared up (okay, he then developed asthma, but that's another story). It took a good three weeks before he showed real improvement. Your doc may be right with the food allergy but also look around you. Do you have a bird or cat. Those are the two most allergic pets. Rabbits are also bad if you have one in the house. My son was real bad and always developed infection because of it. I wish I would have known about the bird sooner. Good luck to you!
L.Y. answers from Saginaw on November 06, 2008
I would remove the enviromental toxins from your home. Use "green" products for cleaning, laundry and lotions. I remember taking a bath with my daughter when she was 6 months old and she lathered her baby wash on my leg, I broke out in a HUGE rash! It was awful. We have since converted our home to all natural cleaners with no harsh chemicals. We use Renew lotion that helps with any dry chapped skin (it is so gentle you can even use it for a diaper rash).
J.S. answers from Kalamazoo on November 05, 2008
Try treating the eczema along with the milk. eczema is dry skin sooo try a lotion that will treat really dry skin .. I use aquaphor on my son since it works the best but eucerin is very good also ..
B.D. answers from Grand Rapids on November 06, 2008
things to switch and check:
Laundry detergant (all free and clear)
Soap- hand and hair and body (cetiphil)
Other foods, ie: eggs, milk, soy, wheat, gluten
Sheets and clothing, possibly have to be 100% cotton. (carters makes a lot)
Those are just some suggestions. My son has allergies and had eczema really bad. I have changed all of these things for my whole house so there is no chance of coming into contact with them.
O.K. answers from Lansing on November 06, 2008
It's quite possible she's sensitive or allergic to something else. My son had exzema and we didn't learn about his allergies until he was older. I would definitely see about having her checked out for the big five allergies. Dairy (you already know), wheat, eggs, corn and soy.
B.B. answers from Detroit on November 06, 2008
I also had the same problem with the same thing. My daughter is now 9 months and she still gets soem breakouts every now and again, but nothing like what it was. SHe too is on neutramigen. The doc said to try her on the reg formula again since she's older now and she about aspirated due to vomiting. See, it was just recently that she was diagnosed with protien sensitivity, i was origianlly put on neutramigan for what they thought was colic. I had suspistions of and allergy or sensitivity but me being a first time mom, i listened to the doc. Anyway, dont switch her back even if your doc says to. I would have her tested for an allergy first before switcjhing when they ask, cuz it can be really dangerous. Ok about the skin. I tried lots of lotions and bath wash and i found that avenop lotion cream, it says right on the bottle it helps with esxcema, and i use the body wash for that too. Its not scented and it works awsome! She used to have it on her face, really bright red and it bothered her and she would scratch at it too. Now she only gets random dry red patches on her knews due to crawling but other than that, it's under control. Dont worry it'll get better, but do try the lotion and body wash, cuz i found it got a lot better once i started using those along with the formula.