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    Default worried mum about eczema

    Hi, hoping someone can help. I'm a mother of 3, and my youngest has just been diag. with eczema (19mths old). We have been going to the doctors for the last 6 months about the reoccuring rash ( all kept saying it was a viral rash) then the last doctor said it was eczema. So for the last 3 hrs I have been searching the web trying to learn about it. His rash is raised, covers his torso, legs, arm, behind ears and now starting near his hair. It is not weeping, but i have noticed he is starting to scratch it the last day or so. Just hoping someone can give me some advise. Its really upsetting me as he is so beautiful.

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    Default Eczema helpline

    Hi

    Our boy has eczema too - we keep it under control with a cream from the pharmacy which was suggested by our paediatrician. I always think that there is an underlying cause for eczema, but the medical practioners have never been able to find one and I'm a bit fed up of being thought of as a paranoid mum. We're going to try visiting a complimentary therapist (naturopath or reflexologist or similar) soon. There are lots of creams available - you could also try the Eczema Association's website - they have lots of info and a free info pack. Their phone number is 1300 300 182, website is www.eczema.org.au Hope this helps and that he gets better soon.

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    Default Eczema

    Hi,
    I have had this skin condition all my life and find that is severely exacerbated by dairy products (except for yoghurt) and products with excess sugar and caffeine. I also try and avoid doctor prescribed ointments unless it's really bad because they often contain cortisone or steroids. I use chickweed ointment which reduces the inflammation and heat in my skin. Calendula plus bath oil is also very helpful. Jurlique have a fantastic calendula cream which helps to moisturise. I'm not sure if kids can use this but evening primrose or flaxseed oil is very good for skin conditions.

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    Hi All,

    I am also a life time sufferer of eczema. The one thing that I have learnt about this, is that it affects everyone differently. I find that stress is a major factor, as well as the weather condidtions.
    I - like many - have tried just about every product out in the market, and that some give relief and others dont.
    One of the best things that I have discovered, is to get in contact with the manufacturers of the products and ask for samples - and to get enough for a week because you dont really see results until after a few days.

    Hang in there - ask questions. Try and not stress I know that it is hard not to stress.

    There is a great web site - [URL=http://www.eczema.org.au]

    or [URL=http://www.eczemacontrol.com.au]

    Is your Doctor referring you to a Dermatologist? It might be a wise move...
    They can be really helpful - as there might be something that is triggering it...

    Hope that things start looking up for you...

    Jess

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    Default Eczema Help

    Our 4 month old has exzema also, which he has suffered with since day one, after doing alot of reseach and different creams not working, the two things that we find work are.

    In the bath do not use any soaps etc. and fill a stocking with rolled oats, this makes that bath look as though you have put milk in there. There is also goats milk soap which is good, however we personally just stick with the rolled oats.

    and for a cream we use Calendula cream which you can get from a good chemist or health food store.

    This works for our son, hopefully it may assist you.
    .....Mrs Mac.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by upsetmum
    Hi, hoping someone can help. I'm a mother of 3, and my youngest has just been diag. with eczema (19mths old). We have been going to the doctors for the last 6 months about the reoccuring rash ( all kept saying it was a viral rash) then the last doctor said it was eczema. So for the last 3 hrs I have been searching the web trying to learn about it. His rash is raised, covers his torso, legs, arm, behind ears and now starting near his hair. It is not weeping, but i have noticed he is starting to scratch it the last day or so. Just hoping someone can give me some advise. Its really upsetting me as he is so beautiful.
    HI
    What comes out of your skin is what can't stay inside eg chemichals in food, preservatives , and stress etc... I suggest you see a naturopath, change your food habits,no processed food, eat organic food (at least for the little one).
    and relax (try meditation or take some time for yourself). Don't forget you're connected with your baby, and your boy's eczema might also come from you.
    cheers
    nic

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    Default eczema

    Hi
    I was told by a number of people to try to use gaia baby products. They are natural chemical and soap free products. They are available form Chemist. Also website http://www.gaiaskinnaturals.com/

    She provides samples too for you to try.

    regards

    Maria

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    Smile upset mum and eczema

    Do not be alarmed, but there is another condition that is commonly mistaken for eczema. My son started showing signs of skin problems at 8mths and we too started the visiting doctor wheel.

    He was finally diagnosed correctly with a skin disease known as mastocystiitis(hopefully I have spelt it correctly.) Normal eczema treatments have no affects, and he is now nearly 99% rash free. We use a cream called elecon and is only on prescription. It is a steroid cream, and is only to be used sparingly once a day.
    Another helpful treatment idea was given to us by a Professor from the childrens hospital and that is a daily dose of Zyrtec anti allergy medicine which is non drowsy. Rash itself is actually small red spots and when rubbed will rise to the touch. They do not weep, but will become infected if scratched, and if the child touches another part of their body it will spread. Hence the use of Zyrtec to ease the itch and therfore stop the infection. Prior to this our son was covered in rashes and sores, and constantly bleeding due to his scratching. The only way to determine if your child is in fact suffering with Masto (commonly named) is to see a skin specialist, and have a small biopsy done. Once we found all this out, we havent looked back, he has improved fantastically and now only gets a break out once or twice a year, which is normally only small a amount of blotches.
    It normally does not affect the face, but will infect the scalp, and back of Knees.
    Furthermore, we do not use soap products when bathing, but use an oatmeal soap made by Calypso, it is available from supemarket and costs less than $2

    I hope this info helps
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    My boy showed signs of eczema from birth, but it took me about 3 months to really do something about it.

    Apart from visiting the doc, I also tried to find info on the web, (close to useless). The main points I found that the most basic form is a result of intolerances (either to food, fragrances and or soap products (they contain petrolium products).

    As I was breastfeeding I converted to soy products and cut my lactose intake. I also cut out all peanut products, as I found that he flared up after a feed of peanuts.

    Aside from that I used no bath products in his bath (which I kept cool) and used a oatmeal based moisturing lotion on his dry skin. The oatmeal lotion is a natural soothing alternative (various products aval from pharmacies) but you can also just use the liquid that oats have been soaking in (ie stocking method alreadly suggested). We also swapped to OMO sensitive. The combination of the about worked.

    He is now 2 and a half, we have tested peanuts, and aside from not liking them he has no reaction. He drinks soy milk and I limit his cheese and yoghurt intake to one of each per day, even though they are is his favourite foods. And the only signs of eczema is a small patch on his back. Not a problem at all. But he does seem to have very sensitive skin, a dog lick or strawberry and watermelon juice for example on this skin will result in a red area and small white dots, but it will go away when washed and cooled down.

    Eczema can be a result of simple intolerances that the children can grow out of as they get older or a more serious reaction to their environmental surroundings.

    Unfortunately trial and error will be your lot until you work out what exactly works for you. Keep pushing with the the so called specialists, if they do think it is viral asking the to confirm it I a sure that they could take a swab and have it tested.

    No one knows your child as well as you do, so go with the your gut instincts.

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    HI there, You could also try www.bearbots.com.au they sell organic products (clothing, nappies, manchester, laundry liquids etc) that are suitable for skin irritations, they also stock the gaia skin range.

    Good Luck


 

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