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Posted on: Sat, 06/23/2007 - 11:22pm
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Joined: 03/15/2004 - 09:00

My son's eczema is pretty controlled right now, however, our allergist told us to take 2 short baths a day in warm (not hot) water. Let the skin get soft from the water then immediately put lotion all over his body.
I think summer heat and pools have a lot to do with flareups. My husband's eczema was so bad recently that he did start a treatment of oral sterroids.

Posted on: Sat, 06/23/2007 - 11:23pm
seaside's picture
Joined: 08/20/2004 - 09:00

If it is worst in the morning, try switching her bedding. My son has a hard time with anything made out of Polyester. We switched him to only 100 Percent Cotton, and it has made a big difference. My son is also allergic to all creams and lotions. The only thing that he can use is Vasaline. We put it on him everynight, and that also makes a big difference.

Posted on: Sun, 06/24/2007 - 8:59am
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Joined: 09/11/2005 - 09:00

Does eczema always have to do with food? My ds has broke out yesterday and has not ate anything new unless it was breakfast from BK. He had a cranswich sausage. He only at the sausage. Today he has a blister on his lip.
Any advice?
Thanks Suzette

Posted on: Sun, 06/24/2007 - 11:58am
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Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

Ree, the only reason DD goes to a dermatologist is because she has never had any serious allergy problems. She started seeing a derm a couple of years ago because of the eczema. We now have an allergist for my 3 yo DD who has MFA's as of last Sept.
Now we use a compound of Kenalog and CeraVe cream. It was Kenalog with Cetaphil. We also rotate with Dermatop (the only straight steriod cream she hasn't had some kind of a reaction to) and Mimix and Atopiclair non-steroidal creams. We have tried about 5 others all of which she has had a reactions to. Even the Dermatop (which we now have in generic form) is not working any more. I think it might be the difference between the name brand and generic? Others like Protopic are petroleum based and she breaks out in hives.
It is so frustrating. The new compound we got on Tuesday burns so bad when we put in on. Although as of today, it looks like for now, the worst may be over.
To answer someone elses question: No eczema is not always food related. My DD with the eczema has no food related allergies. She has had eczema since infancy. My 2 yo DS has eczema (mild) and NKFA either. 3 yo DD with food allergies has very mild eczema.
Baby- nothing yet!!!
Kara mom to 4, wife to 1
Elise 5- (eczema, NKA)
Mary 3- (egg, peanut, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, organge, avoiding: tree nuts, shellfish, most dairy, eczema)
Franklin 2- (eczema, NKA)
Cecelia 7mos-(NKA)

Posted on: Sun, 06/24/2007 - 4:04pm
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Joined: 06/06/2007 - 09:00

Hi Kara
Have you every tried Emu Oil. I expect it is only available here in Australia, although many american health food or organic food stores or markets stock Australian tea tree oil etc so maybe they will sell emu oil. If not, there are a few websites here in Australia that would probably ship to US or Canada.
You just have to make sure it is 100% Emu Oil. It has been a miracle cure for us. I have skin problems so when I'm having a flare up I take the 100% emu oil capsules and apply the oil to the psoriasis. For my son, he has had terrible cradle cap since he was a baby (now 7)and the ONLY thing (and I have tried so many things)that gets rid of it is emu oil. He also gets this redness(sore area)under/around the bottom his lips, I think it may start out as wind burn or maybe he has eaten something that has given him the rash (eg tomatoes does it) and I put on the emu oil and within 24hrs it is almost completely gone. I haven't tried it orally for my son yet, not sure that you can give it orally to children. A friend of my mums had terrible psoriasis on her head etc her whole life, she now takes emu oil orally and topically and it has completely gone.
I can't say that it would work for everyone, because we are all different and I'm not a doctor or naturopath or anything, I've just used it myself and on my family and it is fantastic and thought I would share it with you and you could investigate wether it would be something that could help your daughter, if you google emu oil or 100% emu oil there should be lots on it and exactly what skin conditions it is best for.

Posted on: Mon, 06/25/2007 - 4:42am
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Joined: 07/21/2003 - 09:00

Kara L:
My heart goes out to your little one! My DD suffered from severe excema since birth, and around this time of year it would really flare up. The good news is that she is 7 years old now and her excema is significantly better. Not sure why exactly -- we moved and now have softened water which I heard can help. Suncream made her excema worse -- I read that the ingredients for high SPF suncreams can aggravate excema. It certainly did for her. The heat is the worse though -- we had to keep her in during the high heat days. She does not like the sun either. Even then we still had to aggresively treat her excema. The only thing I can say for sure is hang in there (I know it is darn hard) but it will get better.

Posted on: Mon, 06/25/2007 - 4:47am
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Joined: 07/21/2003 - 09:00

Not sure how to edit my original reply, but I wanted to add, that friends of ours also have a child with severe excema, and they swear that their salt water pool helps in keeping the excema in check. They actually say the best is when he swims in the ocean!

Posted on: Mon, 06/25/2007 - 6:46am
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

Chuser: Thanks! I have to say, I think sunscreen is aggravating the problem this year too. Until this year April-October has usually brought some relief. This year it was just the opposite. All winter we dealt with learning about Food allergies and the eczema subsided- Then when we're starting to finally "get the hang of" these food allergies, the eczema gets bad again. (different kids) I have hope that it will get better as she gets older!!
She is also in swimming lessons right now. Very drying. The eczema was flared before we started but it is hard to deal with when her skin is sucked dry from the chlorine every night. They're done on Thursday.
Kara mom to 4, wife to 1
Elise 5- (eczema, NKA)
Mary 3- (egg, peanut, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, organge, avoiding: tree nuts, shellfish, most dairy, eczema)
Franklin 2- (eczema, NKA)
Cecelia 7mos-(NKA)

Posted on: Tue, 06/26/2007 - 6:09am
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

Just heard from a friend. She is an Arbonne consultant. There is a line for kids. I think it is ABC Kids?
Just wondering if anyone has ever tried it. Apparently it's supposed to be very good for eczema. No Lanolin or petroleum. Before I spend the big $$ I just wondered if anyone else has tried it?
Kara mom to 4, wife to 1
Elise 5- (eczema, NKA)
Mary 3- (egg, peanut, beef, pork, chicken, turkey, organge, avoiding: tree nuts, shellfish, most dairy, eczema)
Franklin 2- (eczema, NKA)
Cecelia 7mos-(NKA)

Posted on: Thu, 06/28/2007 - 4:55am
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Joined: 01/05/2007 - 09:00

I wondered about Eczema flaring up... a week ago my daughter's skin was awful. It's hard to tell the difference between the Eczema flare-ups and food reactions. Any tips for that?
Also, We use CeraVe and I'm glad to see others that use that. Do you use the lotion or the cream? Do you find one works better than other? How do you handle the itchiness of the Exzema?
Kara - I'm wondering if you buy the CeraVe in small bottles or if you get it from a supplier? I find it's hard to spend the $13 every 3 weeks for our daughter.. I can't imagine having to use it on more than one child. We'd be going through a bottle a week!


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