L.P. asks from Big Bear Lake, CA on January 13, 2007
Eczema and Formula
Just this week,I switched from breastfeeding to formula. My baby has had a little red scaly patch on the side of his head, and his forehead has been very dry,but since doing the switch, it has spread all down one side of his face.I waswondering if it is coincidence, or is it the formula...has this happened to anyone else?? What did you do?
So What Happened?™
Thanks for all the responses everyone!
Well, our first thing was switching him onto soy formula, but 10 minutes afterfeeding,it cameright back up again.... so back to the other stuff. I have been putting a hydrocotisone cream on,and he looks like a different baby already!!
unfortunately it looks like it might be a genetic thing,as eczema runs in my family....
I think my panic about it was due to extreme tiredness(3 hours sleep a night for a week) and hormones.But thank you all for your advice
A.S. answers from Chicago on January 14, 2007
Because of the timing, the eczema is due to the switch to using formula. If you breastfeed again, it will surely go away or improve. Good skin is one of the well-known benefits of breastfeeding.
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C.P. answers from Chicago on January 17, 2007
well, our son (now 21 months old) has eczema, but it wasn't really diagnosed until last summer. so I wouldn't jump to that conclusion until your doctor says that's what it is... you should take your child to see the doctor and ask about a possible dairy allergy? or try a different kind of formula. if the rash doesn't go away, the doctor will probably have you give benedryl, but only the doctor can tell you the amount your child needs, or if baby needs it at all. we had several rash flareups before we realized that our son's sensitive skin is triggered by certain things (baby oil, bubblebath, fabric softener...) but formula wasn't a problem. I do think I've read that certain foods can trigger skin issues like eczema...
K. answers from Chicago on January 18, 2007
Hi L. -
I see that you've already gotten a ton of great advice, but I just wanted to give you the name of my son's pediatric allergist in case you want to have your baby tested. My son had eczema and we later confirmed it was due to a milk allergy, along with some other food allergies. We had him tested when he was about 10 months old.
Our doctor is:
Dr. Timothy Brown
He's off of Rickert Drive in Naperville.
J.L. answers from Chicago on January 15, 2007
I would agree with all of the food allergies. I would definately look intoa ped determatologist and allergist. Childrens was great for us too!
T.B. answers from Chicago on January 15, 2007
YES!!! There is a connection. Your child's GI tract is not tolerating the formula and that is why you are seeing the outward manifistation of the excema. Either switch to a better formula or breastfeed. You should look into more holistic/ organic formulas. Check www.icpa4kids.org for advice on other types. And by the way- stay away form soy. It is a phytoestrogen. You don't want to be pumping your kid with estrogen.
N.N. answers from Chicago on January 15, 2007
Eczema can be a sign of an allergy. My daughter is allergic to milk and she had excema when drinking formula. There aren't good tests for allergies in babies (or at least that's been my experience). If your baby has a milk allergy, there is a large chance that she'll have a soy allergy too, so often hypoallergenic formula is your best bet. However, my daughter hates the taste of it and it is so expensive. Good luck and hopefully her pediatrician can help!!
K.M. answers from Chicago on January 31, 2007
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L. answers from Chicago on January 13, 2007
It could be an allergy. My son had VERY bad eczema on his face, and I finally figured out it was an allergy to sweet potatoes. I took him to the pediatrician and then a dermatologist, but it was mother's instinct that figured out the sorce! They did give him some creams to clear it up, but it didn't stop returning until I stopped the sweet potatoes!