"HELP With My Son's Allergies and Eczema"

Updated on February 25, 2008
M.S. asks from Loganville, GA
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My 15 month old son has eczema really bad and I feel like I have tried every cream and medication. any suggestions? He is allergic to milk, eggs, and peanuts. I am also having a hard time knowing what kinds of food to give him because of his allergies. I feel like his diet is so limited. HELP!! THANKS

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A.C.

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Hello M.,

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J.D.

answers from Tampa on

M.,
My 15 month old daughter has eczema too. She is also allergic to eggs. What I found to help her is to only use baby shampoo to wash her hair and body with. I don't use anything else. Any other shampoo or body wash breaks her out. Then after her bath I have some cream that the doctor gave me to put on any flair ups. Then I put vaseline all over her body and put her PJ's on. It really helps. She seems to be growing out of it. When she was an infant she had it really bad. Only when she is around new chemicals does she break out anymore. I also found that bathing her every night helps to so I can wash off any thing she might have come in contact with. As far as the diet part of the question I cannot help you there. I hope this info helps you. Let me know if you have any more questions.

J. D.

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H.U.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi M.,

I own a holistic (chemical free) spa in GA. I am an esthetician of 13 years and I specialze in natural skin care. Ihave done a lot of research into Skin Conditions including eczema, (my daughter has it as well). I hope this helps you and the other moms on this group.

Eczema is an autoimmune disease - meaning the immune system is overactive. In other words, it is an allergic disease, and such diseases are escalating world-wide, due to the ways in which we are polluting our environment When the immune system fails to recognize “itself” as friendly it mounts an attack on itself." Your sons eczema is a direct result of his body not being able to process food properly. If your son were to get a flu and not be able to eat for a day or to, you may even see an improvement in the eczema.

Dr.s often disagree saying that they are not connected. But look at all the other moms on here whith children that have the same problem. Cortisone creams, ointments, and lotions commonly prescribed for skin disease may clear the skin temporarily and control the condition in many patients. Side effects from steroids include thinning of the skin, dilated blood vessels, bruising, and skin color changes. Treatments that are recommended by doctors and pharmaceutical companies worldwide amounts to futile attempts at mere symptom treatment, instead of the trying to address the root causes of the condition. Symptoms you see on the skin express the body's attempt to heal, but are not the cause of disease.

Over the counter creams and ointments aren't any better. They all contain fillers and chemicals that can irritate the condition even more.
Now your son can't go on eating nothing. I recommend seeing an Allergy Specialist. See if you can find anyone that knows about EPD. Enzyme Potentiated Desensitisation is a form of Immunotherapy developed in the 1960s and now used world-wide. It has the potential to desensitise anyone to the allergens to which they are allergic. This includes foods, dust, animals, birds, grasses, pollens, moulds, and many chemicals. An ultra-low dose of allergen is used - approximately 1/1000 part of a routine skin-prick test - combined with the natural enzyme beta-glucuronidase which enhances, or potentiates the desensitisation process (thus we get the rather curious name). It is particularly effective for the treatment of eczema, and will work quickly for children - the younger the child the quicker it will work. It takes about 2-5 years to be effective for an adult.

Until then cut out things like high fat foods (no McDonalds), dairy,frozen premade foods, pre packaged foods and sugar. All of these things cotain chemicals and preservatives that his little body just can't handle. A good diet of fresh or frozen veggies and protien(chicken and beef), and fruit will clear him up very well.

For treating the surface eczema try using Aloe juice or even the gel directly from the plant. Aloe works in your skin in 4 ways:

1.) It Penetrates. It actually sinks down into the lower layers of the skin (dermis) where your collagen is. Healing the skin where it is created

2.) It Exfoliates, Aloe is a natural exfoliator, the plant enzymes actually break down the soap and residue
that hold dead skin cells to the surface of the skin. Dead skin cells make your skin look flaky, dry and dull. Aloe does it naturally without scrubs or chemicals.

3.) Aloe Regenerates- Aloe regenerates skin 11 times faster than you body does naturally. That's why aloe is often used on burns. If you have scars, sun spots, wrinkles or any other skin damage, aloe can help heal it fast!

4) Aloe is a Natural Anti- inflamitory - Aloe cleanses, removes impurities, and shrinks and tightens pores all at once.

Honey is also realy god for irritated skin, it has a natural anti inflamitory as well.
Find a good botanical oil to use as a moisture like avocado oil , and don't waste your money on anything over the counter.

Good Luck!!
H.

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C.

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you may want to try non chemical products. Malaluka has great products. I've been using their products for my grandson since birth. I wash his clothes in the liquid detergent and he has never broken out. or try your whole foods health stores

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P.R.

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My now adult son had similar allergies. In addition to treating his symptoms with creams and other medications, I focused on building his immune system because allergies indicate a less than optimum immune system. My son ate a lot of carotenoid-rich foods (red, yellow and orange fruits and vegies, such as sweet potatoes, peaches, apricots, red pepper, etc.) and took carotenoid supplements. He also ate a lot of leafy greens for the A and B vitamins. I learned to hide vegies in foods (like tomato sauce) after emulsifying them in a food processor. By age 9 he had no allergies and at 24, is very healthy. He hasn't had so much as a cold in 8 years!

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B.M.

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My sister uses a lotion called Udderly Smooth. It seems to work for her. However, it is a little thick and greasy so beware of that. Hope this helps
B.

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L.S.

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My son is 6 months old and has terrible eczema too. I finally took him to a dermatologist since the pediatrician couldn't seem to help him. I had tried everything, no purfume, no dies, every wash, cream, lotion, even the steriod creams my peditrician gave me. The dermatologist gave him some lotion called Cutivate. It works wonders! It is still a steriod cream so I can't use it very much but it clears it up with one to two small applications. Ask your doctor about it. I feel like now when the eczema gets so bad I have something to fight it with that works.

I also use aquafor on his body twice a day. This helps keep the skin in better condtition so the eczema stays away a little longer. It is a bit greasy but it helps so it is worth it. You don't have to use much, just a small film layer.

Hope that helps. While my son still has eczema I feel like now I can control it a bit and give him some relief.

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I.M.

answers from Atlanta on

Hello M.,
I have two boys 18 months and 3 years. The little one has eczema and he is also allergic to milk proteins. He was very bad when he was younger, now he is growing out of it. What I found to help him is to only used baby shampoo (I use chamomile baby jhonsons shampoo) and I also used Avenno body wash. I had tried many creams including hydrocortisone and nothing worked. I also tried the vaseline, but I noticed that this dryied more his body. The only cream that is working now is the Avenno soothing cream. I put it on him twice daily (morning and night) he is getting better now. Hope your sons gets better.

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J.K.

answers from Columbus on

We too have battled eczema I have found that switching to soap laundry products and putting a little bleach in her bath water has made a tremedous difference. We rarely use hydrocortisone any more. Just vanicream.

I feel like it is a try, try and try some more as far as treatment goes. Our doctor said it could be bacterial and taht is why I feel the bleach does so much to keep it down. We foudn this out by accident when we recently went on vacation to Florida and my daughter spend an entire week in the pool (never saw the ocean) Her skin was clear and when we got home it seemed to flare back up.

We began using bleach in the bath and her flare ups have nearly disappeared.

So, read all you can and do what feels comfortable to you and see what works there are some great resources online and keep talking with your doctor.

What types of allergy testing have you done?
Just curious as your child is allergic to so many things.
Do allergies run in the family?

Good luck to you and your family

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A.D.

answers from Atlanta on

My daughter has horrible eczema. Sometimes she scratches at it so much that it turns into impetigo. For that reason, we have about $300 in prescription creams for the times it gets at its worst. However, I have found a couple of things that really help control it and can help clear the small outbreaks.

The first thing I recommend is Aveeno baby bath. At the age of 8, this is still one of the only things my daughter can use to bathe with. The second is Mary Kay's Extra Emollient Night Cream. When I was selling Mary Kay, I decided to try it on a whim. It worked wonders. I told my sister about it, and she admitted to me that my 15 year old nephew, who also has horrible eczema, had been using it for several years.

I have also had a friend suggest hemp butter, though I haven't tried it.

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L.W.

answers from Atlanta on

Have you tried Cetaphil? If not I suggest trying their line of products. OR you can use caledula oil and shea butter and mix it together to make a nice smooth, creamy cream for his skin. Apply throughout the day liberally. When using any type of products that treat eczema it is best to use the entire care line of that product and use it as often as possible.

As far as the allergies are concerned I suggest you shop at the local natural health food store like it was previously mentioned. If you have a Whole Foods Market-that's a great place. Or you can buy foods online as well as find great recipes. You'll find that his diet really isn't limited at all and that there are some wonderful, TASTY healthy foods out there for ppl with multiple allergies. Hope this helps!~ :)

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K.S.

answers from Macon on

Hi M., I work for a company that makes all natural cleaners and lotions and soaps and vitamins and other things that help clean the air and prevent allergies. They also have a lotion and baby body wash that will clear up eczema. I can give you more information just send me a personal message or you can visit my website at www.kristies.fourpointwellness.com and you can get these products and clear the air of the harmful things that cause allergies in your house.
K. S

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S.A.

answers from Savannah on

My friend's son has eczema and her ped recommended the baby products by Arbonne International, which are all natural. She said they worked wonders in 2 weeks. Arbonne is sort of like Mary Kay & Avon where you either have to buy from a consultant or online. Here is the web site:

http://www.arbonne.com/products/baby/

Hope this helps.

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M.B.

answers from Savannah on

M., We have had phenomenal success using Pau D'Arco. You can get it at brighter day. In the past we have bought either the tincture or the tonic- both of which can be pretty expensive depending on how much your child needs it. Recently I bought the loose bark and made a tea out of it- that worked great! And I also now know how to make the tincture myself which takes the cost down by about 80 percent. You can also buy a cream (I have friends whose children had severe eczema and they did both the tincture and the cream they used during "bad seasons" like summer).

If you get or make a tea then they can drink it and you can out it right on their skin. It needs to be treated both internally and externally- with internally being the bigger key!
Pau D'Arco is a bark and is also used to heal many different types of yeast and other skin irritants- not to mention a whole slew of other things.

Often with eczema it is not just the eczema you are fighting but the toxins your body is trying to get out of the system and can't- thus flaring up the eczema.

Treating just the skin does nothing for what it going on internally- thus why something like Pau D'Arco is a great way to go!

If you have any ??? just e-mail me! [email protected]____.com
I hope your little guy is feeling relief soon!...M.

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M.P.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi M.,

My son also has eczema and the only thing that has helped his was putting a thick layer of cortizone cream all over his body and then putting another layer of Lubiderm lotion on top. We do this twice a day until the eczema starts to show signs of going away.
Additionally, we have lots of allergies in our household too! Have you tried buying him soy products? I've bought soy "peanut butter", soy "cheese", soy "yogurt" and a number of other soy based products. I know that I was a little scared of trying these products b/c I thought it would taste really badly but I have been pleasantly suprised! Well. I hope that you guys have a great day and that your little guy's eczema gets better soon! M.

PS I was able to find a lot of these products in Kroger's Health Food Section but they can sometimes be more expensive than at a Co-op Health Food Store.

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B.S.

answers from Savannah on

My son was the same way at that age has he been tested for asthma yet??? my sons allergist said that the eczema is a sign of asthma sure enough at age two he had his first attach now at 12 he has almost grown back out of it as along as his allergies are in check.Now for his eczma there is a cream in most retail stores most of the time by the pharamcy called butt paste it is used to treat dipper rash but i found out after he seen a skin doc that it works great for the eczema.along with using middle soaps that have no dye of perfume in them

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A.W.

answers from Columbus on

I don't know what to do about the allergies, but for the eczema ask your Ped if he/she can prescribe some steroid cream. My daughter has mild eczema and shen she gets patches I use the steroid cream and it clears up in the next day or two. You just have to be careful because it can only be used once a day.

Also, I use Cetaphil on her problem areas instead or reg baby wash.

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B.W.

answers from Atlanta on

My son has eczema and one product I am using that works really well to calm his skin down is a cream called Special Attention Cream made by a company called Warm Spirit. They actaully make a lot of good-smelling stuff like body butters and candles, but this product does not have any artificial fragrances. Here is the website where you can order it:

http://www.warmspirit.org/esuite/home/uwilson

I use it on his arms and legs every night after his bath followed by Cetaphil cream. This is the softest his skin has been since he was a newborn. The ingrediants are all natural, so I fell good about that as well. Good luck!

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M.P.

answers from Atlanta on

my kids also have really bad eczema we have been using pure olive oil soap you can get this at the GNC in Villa Rica make sure it is pure. It has helped alot my kids have had this since birth just recently we had the Rast test done we are still waiting for results they had outdoor test and not much showed up. We have tried all sorts of Prescriptions and nothing has worked. The dermotogolist recommended the soap, bath everyday in warm not hot water pat dry and ceyphill lotion so far has helped more than anything else.

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T.

answers from Atlanta on

Instead of purchasing the at home business merchandise, try your local health food store. They have natural soaps and herbal teas that cleanse the body of toxin associated with allegies and ezcema. My son has both also and I give him a weekly herbal cleanser, he uses natural soaps distinctly for ezcema, along with aloe vera jell on the effective areas. Also, research different herbs online.

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L.

answers from Atlanta on

Hi M. - my girlfriend's little boy has extremem allergies as well. He eats mostly fruit and veggies, watch deli meats - many have added dairy. Boars Head makes a few dairy free, just look at the packaging. I would read all packages as milk is usually a hidden ingrediant in most crackers, cereals, etc. Kroger has a great healthfood section where you can find cereals, snacks and more that are allergen free. Also check out www.kidswithfoodallergies.org for recipes and tips and www.glutenfreemall.com. Funny enough, without eating all the processed food he'll actually be healthier! Best of luck!
L.

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M.

answers from Atlanta on

The only thing I could find to help with my daughter's eczema was lotion from Arbonne. THe prescriptions didn't even work. I don't usually buy from people who sell products like that but a neighbor's son had it too and it worked for her. It does take a week or so and applying it atleast 2 times a day but it worked for me. You can go to www.arbonne.com and order it so you don't have to deal with any pushy sales ladies. Hope this helps.

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G.H.

answers from Macon on

Hi M...I have a 4 year old daughter who has eczema,she too is allergic to Milk and peanuts and other things that we have yet to pinpoint. We use Fluticasone propionate cream 0.05% which was prescribed by our ped. I wash everything in ivory snow. EVERYTHING...we were just washing her things,but since she is always watching TV in my room, and in my bed , we could not clear her skin up so I decided to wash everything in ivory snow. I also only bathe her with a soap made for eczema...with these things in place her skin is much better.She has never had baby soft skin,but at least it is better. Hope this helps. G.

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