Tania - posted on 06/13/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )
Hi. My son, now 10 months, was diagnosed with eczema at 3 months (though had very try skin from birth). Although he had some terrible flare ups (especially during Queensland's hot, humid Summer), he was otherwise a happy, healthy, content bub.
Nevertheless, at four months, he tested (skin prick) positive to soy, eggs, yeast, corn and dust mites, but I was advised, that they were mild responses, and to proceed with solids, which I did at 6 months.
Within a month of eating low-allergenic fruits, veges, yoghut and cereals, he was a completely different baby. Fussy, unsettled, pale, regular eczema flare ups, chin and cheek rashes, pale, dark circles, and his weight dropped from the 50% to below the 25%. He wakes 2-5 times each night, often SCREAMING in pain, arching his back, vomiting, burping, etc. He has been put on Losec for reflux, which seemed to make a difference for about a week.
I have just removed all cereals from his diet. He has also started on Neocate LCP formula, for a possible milk protein allergy. So far, his skin seems a little better, but the digestive stuff has not improved. Our Ped says we must give it at least 2 weeks. Then what??
My husband and I are surviving on 2-4 hours of sleep each night, and have been doing so for months. We spend much of the night holding a squirming, screaming bub, or driving him around in the car. We are exhausted. So, so exhausted.
I would love to hear from any Mums who have been, or are going, down this track. How did you determine what foods/pollens etc. were causing your bub discomfort? What tests did you have (I have been lead to believe that skin prick testing yields many false positives, and is not an accurate test until after 18 months of age.)
Thank you in advance. x