My niece uses goats milk soap and that seams to work as well as regular moisturising with QV. Only use steroid creams when it is inflamed and sparingly. Ask her GP about Elidel cream and Singulair tablets (they are chewable). I work in a hospital pharmacy and have heard great things about the use of them in eczema. They are pricey but the benefits outweigh the cost if it works.
im not sure if this helps u... my son is 11 months and when his eczma is slightly flared i use paw paw ointment 3 or 4 times a day and it seems to help his had eczma on his face pretty much since he was born
but i understand how ur over whelmed i feel the same sometimes. My son hasnt been allergen tested yet. Its booked but for a month and a half away and i booked a month ago.
Its crazy my son gets so upset and i cant do anything to change the situation for him i feel so helpless. All i can do is use the cortico cream when his upset but it doesnt seem to help him all that much. I just hope that something comes back in the allergen test.
The paw paw ointment helps on his face alot. but not so much under his knees where his creases r.
Last edited by coopersmummy2007; 30-03-2012 at 07:56.
Just another suggestion to add to the mix, have you heard of Kinesiology? Its an alternative option but if you are trying to eliminate possible triggers it can really help you narrow it down. We had lots of digestive issues with both dd1 & dd2 and were able to eliminate them after 2-3 sessions with a qualified kinesiologist.
also have you seen the fedup.com.au website? It has a lot of information on food issues with children, its really worth a read.
Good luck, its a horrible thing to have to deal with
I hope you can find the triggers, I'd try an elimination diet to at least rule out food intolerances. Still keep up with all the topical treatments, if it is something in her diet then they'll just actually work at getting rid of it, instead of merely preventing it from getting worse.
I agree with Areca, allergy tests don't diagnose intolerances. Something to do with IGa and IGg... I'm not an expert and I don't understand it but I explain it to myself as a different process - allergies involve the immune system while intolerances don't, and they can only test the immune system.
Keep looking OP, something is triggering it and you will find it if you keep looking.
Just though I would give an update as its been months since I posted this.
A lot has happened. Please take he time to read as I think we might be getting to the bottom of her eczema.
We were already doing the gluten free thing, but there was times where she would have little bits.
So we decided to go full on Gluten free and cut out all dairy (apart from her hydrolyzed formula).
what a big improvement!
She still had it though.. But it didn't seem to be as itchy.
I also decided once again to ask someone at the chemist what they would recommend.
Alpha Kerri is what we decided on.
It' been really good! By far the best creams/washes ect we have tried, only in the fact it didn't seem to sting her.
Thing were going ok, the eczema on her head was starting to go but around her stomach, chest and bum were horrible.
My daughter has had eggs once or twice and never had problem.
One day I was at home and my mum was showing me all this stuff she had bought from the shops, so we were both distracted and dd wondered off.
After only a few mins we had that panic of where did she go.
I found her on the kitchen floor covered in raw egg and eating it (she had pulled the carton off the counter and cracked a few)
I picked her up and put her in the shower.
Within minutes she was swollen all over he lips were huge, hands couldn't grip and her eyes were swollen shut, she had a horrid rash all over her body like hives and was having trouble breathing all her symptoms happened right in front of our eyes, it was full on allergic reaction.
We put he in the car and took her straight down the the day hospital down the road.
The reaction was going but would come back minuets later and each time it came back it got worse.
And her eczema was flaring up like I have never ever seen in my life.
Once they got the reaction under control she went straight off for blood tests, and allergy testing and a few other tests.
It came back sever allergy to raw egg, moderate allergy to cooked egg.
Moderate allergies to peanuts, milk, bread, soybeans, codfish.
She is booked in to see an allergy specialist at the Royal Brisbane to see just how bad or how mild these allergies are, And a dermatologist at the Marter children's hospital in the next month to see about infections to her eczema. And was prescribed and Epi pen for the Raw egg allergy.
We have cut out all dairy, gluten, eggs, nuts, soy, and sea food out until we know just what's going on with her allergies.
So she has been pretty much living off rice, lamb fruit&veg.
I have found a few dairy, egg, and gluten free baking recipes for things and she seems to like them.
But pretty much everything she has been eating has been fresh, home cooked and organic too as I have found organic grocers have everything I'm looking for with a wide verity of things.
Dh and I have also been doing the diet, for "just in case"
Her eczema now after being on this diet is amazing. We haven't had to use steroid creams in over 2 weeks which is a record!
The redness is gone and there is just dryness left.
A few weeks ago my Inlaws were looking after her and we packed her food, and told them to be careful!!
But they seem to think I'm over reacting! She has the epi pen so we showed them how to use it and what to look out for ect.
About an hour after we left I called to see how she was going and MIL said she was fine ect.
We were gone for 2 hours and when we picked her up she was red, itchy, and has slight swelling of the hands.
MIL said it was just because she had been playing in the garden but we later found out it happened after FIL gave her a bite of a muffin he was eating.. Which would have had cooked egg in it, gluten and milk... Things she is "moderately" allergic too.
I didn't know wether to give her the Epi pen as she wasn't as bad from when she had the raw eggs.
So we took her to the hospital and they give her an antihistamine and she was fine 20mins later.
But for about 5 days her eczema was shocking again but after just being back at home and eating the right foods it was pretty much gone again.
But we now have antihistamines in the house, at the Inlaws, mums house, our bags, the nappy bag..
Going a little overboard but better to be safe
The pediatrician at the hospital told us that once an allergic reaction has been set off all the other food she had been tolerating will now be resulting in reactions. Depending on what she eats it will be sever or moderate or just result in rashes such as an eczema break out.
That's why things are now not just showing up a eczema.
It's very confusing as she has had many allergy tests in the past showing nothing but now that she is a little older and her diet has gotten bigger it's showing up.
I really Was hoping allergies weren't the cause of her eczema, as I have allergies and I remember how much it sucked growing up and even now!!
We just have to keep a close eye on her until we know more.
And our local hospital has been excellent at pointing us in the right direction. and referring us to the right people.
It's a relief to see that her eczema is better and she isn't in pain, but it's also heart breaking not knowing how many allergies she has, why she has this many, and how it might effect her life.
It's very bitter sweet.
Well this has been a long post.
But hopefully it might help others dealing with eczema and allergies.
I'm sorry that the cause for her eczema was allergies but it is good that you have answers.
It's really hard at first, figuring out what to eat etc. but keep looking because there are so many ways to cook delicious food on a restricted diet. Even if she keeps them for life (which 80% of kids grow out of their allergies by the time they are 6 except nut allergies) it will not be like it was for you. There are lots more options and so much more awareness.
Good luck with your journey!
Like Areca said - good luck on your journey! And thank you for posting, it's nice to hear back on these things. I'm glad you have some answers, even though it means a restricted diet. I am yet to figure what triggers my DS's.
I know you said you have seen a naturpath and had food allergy tests, but were you advised to have a Igg test?
My son had exactly the same symptoms a year ago and had a Igg test done. This test tests 96 foods that may cause sensitivity which results in eczema.
My son was sensitive to eggs, dairy wheat and tomatoes.
After 6 months of complete elation of these foods and have zinc, vitamin c and fish oil every day, he is now completely eczema free.
Request an Igg test!
Hope this helps.
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