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It seems that both bub and I have eczema, mine has just come up (can u believe it) on my left buttox...(too much information) and my little man has it under his chin and neck, I was originally told that it was a teething rash as he got 2 teeth but I pushed knowing it was not just a teething rash. As I recently started him on solids I am now concerned that he may be allergic to something..how can I get him tested for this? Do I need to see a naturopath?? Also I feel funny about using Hydrozol as it is a steroid based cream, only going to use it until the flare up goes away...can anyone help me with this please, I am so sad that he has eczema..I only use organically ceritified food for him and also the same with his baby products...any help will be greatly appreciated...
i also have eczema and have suffered from it all my life. My son got it when he was 4mths.
I dont think u can get tested for food allergies untill your child is 12mths, it is a matter of trial and error on your behalf.
You can get tested however, for daily skin care lotions ect. that you use on your child.
Try not to worry too much aboput using the steriod cream if u have too. I have used it all my life on a regular basis and continue to do so and I have had no adverse effects.
Eczema can be controlled quiet well these days, so try not to worry to much.
The first thing I was going to suggest is organic food, as it cleared up my eczema, but you are already doing that.
I'd be looking at your soap and laundry detergent/fabric softener. I use a pure olive oil soap for bathing and it is very gentle on the skin. When my daughter was little, we used the Amolin laundry liquid due to her eczema, but now we use Tri-Nature Apha Plus, and it seems to be fine for our skin as well.
You may find some of the creams in the health food shop work - calendula is supposed to be most beneficial, and we quite like Aloe Vera Gel on any flare ups.
Thank you thank you,
The flare up has died down which is great news and I have decided to stop with the hydrozole and start using calendula cream..see how this goes...
have a great day everyone
We got our DS skin tested at 7 months and found out he had numerous allergies, luckily we had only just started introducing solids so he wasnt exposed to too many different things. I would look into getting your little one tested ASAP and also look into a natropath(sp). We went through RPA allergy clinic which is a free service but theres a five month wait list, they are great and offer a dietian service too. We found within days of our DS being on the elimination diet his eczema disappeared and he now only has flare ups occassionally when he gets round his grandma's cats or eats something his not supposed to(usually when DH is looking after him :rolleyes: )
Goodluck hope your little one gets better,
I am so glad that I just read this thread....I am also convinced that my little guy has Eczema too. It has only just come up in the last couple of days, I think with the hotter weather. He has a red raised rash behind his knees that seems to be spreading up his little thighs. He is only 4 months and I know what you mean rebecca when you say that you feel sad!
I am going to the doctor on Thursday but just feel so sad that we may have to deal with this. I am really not looking forward to the merry go round of doctors and creams!
I would really appreciate advice from you guys on what creams etc really do work??
Like some of you here I have had eczema all my life
the best cream i have found that works for me is KERI LOTION it is hypo-allergenic
and fragrance free they also have a bath/shower oil that i use all the time stay away from soap.
My son is 16 weeks old and so far he has'nt got it I asked at the hospital if i could get a test to see if he would get it but they could'nt help me.
If you go into yahoo and search eczema there is alot of info in there
Good luck i wish you all the best
David ( daddy)
peter (16 weeks)
I'm sorry to hear of all of those of you or your precious ones that suffer with eczema.
I don't actually suffer with eczema, but psoriasis and my whole family suffers from it. Luckily my daughter hasn't shown any signs yet. (cross fingers)
My family uses natural, non toxic products that are tea tree based which seems to help. We have changed everything we use to these natural products; washing detergent, soaps, creams, oils, shampoo, household cleaners etc.........
I know I won't go back to using ordinary supermarket brand products.
I use emu oil on my daughter for exzema and it is excellent (the emu is not hurt in any way to make the oil)..It cleared my baby up in about 3 days and now i only use it once a day and it keeps it good. My baby had it bad enough to scar her poor little legs but now she is like a new girl.
Creams that weve had success with are ELECON(which is a steroid cream and not to be used long term) we used it intially to clear up DS very bad case of eczema and it was gone after two applications. We also use ELEDEL (which is not a steroid cream and it works great) but it is very expensive $60 for the tiniest tube that doesnt last v.long. However the best thing we found is to find out the reason why your child gets eczema, for our DS its eggs,milk and dust mites, cats and we have him on a strict diet (we avoid foods that can trigger eczema also -tomatoes, chocalate,citrus fruits etc and foods high in salicylites(sp) and amines).We have found this prevents the eczema coming back, after 7 months our DS hardly ever flares up and if he does its usually triggered by him being around a cat or being in a dusty place or when he eats something his not supposed to. So creams are good to help clear up eczema but I would look into causes as prevention is better than just treating the rash
Goodluck and feel free to PM me any time :)
I too used to emu oil on my daughter who had severe exzema on her face . Her poor little lips and nose were so cracked she was bleeding when she smiled. The emu oil not only seemd to clear up her existing signs but she is nearly 5 years old and has not had a reappearance since she was 2 and a half.
Where about do you buy Emu Oil from and how is it applied ie in the bath or directly to skin etc??
I buy the oil from our local market but it is sold in some health food shops and at most big markets too like the carribean and the vic market. It is applied to the skin directly and you only need a tiny bit so it lasts ages. Good luck with that and let us know if it works.
I totally know how you feel. I have mild eczema and only get it when I'm stressed. Well, my DD suffers from severe eczema since she's 2 months old (she's now 6 months). Since then, my eczema flared up on my neck and face - comes and goes until now as I've been so depressed with my DD eczema. I've tried everything from natural (GAIA and Apis Meliffera) to steroid creams. We have recently seen a dermatologist and DD is now on steroid treatment (Advantan for face - only 4 to 5 days as it's very strong then use Sigmacort until improvement and Elepheraut for body - 1 week). I found the Dermaveen Bath and Shower Oil to be really good as it's helps with the itchiness and moisturising.
However, she just started solids 1 week ago and already started flaring up (pimply) sides of her face, above her lip, chin and around her eyes. I realised that it might be a food allergy (gave cereal with wheat instead of rice!! bought the wrong one). It has been a week and I had to put steroid treatment on her face and it's slowly going away. I am thinking of getting an allergy test for her as I find that her skin is so senstive and don't want to risk giving her the wrong food (or wait for reaction as it takes ages for her skin to heal).
I wish all the best for you and your DS. Don't worry you are not alone on this:)
Eczema is definatley a sign of food allergies, but it is not the only cause. RPA do skin tests from 6 months of age - you need a referral from a GP and they have a bit of a waiting list. They are really good though, we go for 6 monthly checkups with our son who is allergic to cows milk. The good news is that most of the time little ones do outgrow allergies.
Otherwise you could try an elimination diet.....the most common food allergens (that a young child would be exposed to) are cows milk, soy milk and egg I guess (also nuts and shellfish but little ones shouldnt be having those anyway). So just take those things out of his diet for a week or two and then see if it clears up?
Then reintroduce and see if it flares up again.
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