H.E. asks from Dickinson, ND on March 17, 2009
Baby with Eczema!
I am nursing an 8 month old little boy who is suffering from extreme eczema! Does anyone know what kind of foods I should be avoiding while I'm nursing? Also, what type of cream do you use to keep it under control? I'm also worried about the summer time and how I'm going to keep him from scratching since I can't put long sleeves and pants on him! Right now he pretty much wears socks on his hands most of the day because his eczema gets cracked and bleeds when he scratches, but he just learned to peel them off by himself. Anyone have any suggestions to make his life more comfortable? I feel so bad for him!!
J.K. answers from Omaha on March 18, 2009
L.S. answers from Madison on March 18, 2009
My 9 month old son has mild eczema, I tried eliminated the "offending" foods for 2 months without any improvement. My doc had me eliminate milk, soy, dairy, and wheat. didn't improve his skin at all. We switched to Gold Bond Ultimate Healing Cream with Aloe, and his skin has been really good. It is really thick and very gentle!
A.F. answers from Cedar Rapids on March 18, 2009
I have excema and so does my son. I avoid high fructose corn syrup. I know other things bother my skin, but that is the only thing I am sure of right now. We use plain old organic virgin coconut oil. It is safe if he gets it in his mouth, so you can put it anywhere. You can look up info on coconut oil online. I don't have any websites handy, but just yahoo coconut oil for excema and you should get plenty of info.
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C.L. answers from Minneapolis on March 18, 2009
I would check with his doctor, but we used Aveeno products and Cetaphil in the bath--absolutely no soaps or bubble baths. Eucerin lotion is helpful. Wear only 100% cotton clothing. (It's hard to find cotton PJs, but they are out there.) He should improve during the summer. The cold weather and dryness of the winter months definitely exacerbate eczema. My husband had his worst winter of eczema ever this winter. Good luck.
K.C. answers from Madison on March 18, 2009
Get him allergy tested as soon as earthly possible. Sounds identical to my first son. Turns out he is allergic to dairy, tree nuts, coconut and peanuts. My diet while breast feeding was aggrivating his eczema terribly - primarily dairy. Make an appointment with an allergist - not just your pediatrician. If you've already tested for allergies, then....... what helped for us was oatmeal bathes (put oatmeal flakes in a nylon or knee-high in the bath, lots of lotion - we use vanicream cream (not lotion) and my son ended up with prescription topicals for really severe episodes. Also over-the-counter anti-itch and he had a prescription for the itch at night to help him sleep. (which I used very rarely as I try to stay as "natural" as possible). I tried EVERYTHING prior to resigning myself to the prescriptions - turns out he really needed them for about 1 year and gradually out-grew most of it. He's now 6 years old. It started when he was 6 months. Good luck. Be careful about using almond butter etc. until you have him allergy tested. I learned the hard way.
N.W. answers from Minneapolis on March 19, 2009
Arbonne baby care! Great lotion and essential oil that is safe for babies! And I would cut down on the # on baths, that will dry him out. Also, make sure you're not putting any products on him that have mineral oil. Mineral oil actually pulls moisture out of the skin and blocks the skin so it can't breathe.
N.V. answers from Omaha on March 18, 2009
oh my, it is so horrible to see your little one suffering. our 7 month old baby has mild eczema, we got a cream from our doctor, also we use aquaphor after every bath and it seems to help! good luck
A.L. answers from Iowa City on March 18, 2009
Poor baby - I feel for both of you! I know of some other moms who have had success in coping with eczema incorporating these ideas:
1. problem foods could include dairy and acidic foods (oranges, tomatoes, etc.)
2. use only laundry products that are free of fragrance, dyes and chemicals as they can irritate the skin (be careful here; even some that are marketed for babies do NOT meet these conditions)
3. use a cleanser that is the same pH as skin (not soap!) and the coolest water temp possible
4. getting more essential fatty acids into your diet (and therefore your son's) may be key; many children benefit from a supplement program that includes these
Feel free to contact me if you have questions about implementing any of these ideas or would like more detailed information. Good luck!
M.H. answers from Minneapolis on March 18, 2009
We also had a baby with bad exzema, and he is 7 now. We found something that has worked very well for him, treatment-wise. Triamcinalome (probably spelled wrong) ointment and aquaphor. Dietary chanages, etc, etc, etc didn't make any difference. He still has it, but it is very easy to control when it flares up. We had tried many different prescription and non-prescription creams, and a nurse in passing asked the doctor to give us ointment instead of cream. The doctor balked, but gave us the ointment. I don't know why ointment works so much better, but I now have another boy with excema and it clears his right up too. I hope this helps.
L.H. answers from Milwaukee on March 18, 2009
I would give him a bath before bed and then gob him with aquaphor without completely drying him. This will help to keep the moisture in. Try putting the socks over his hands at night too after putting on the cream.
This worked for my daughter who had it bad too.