HELP! Eczema, food allergies, reflux = one exhausted family!

Tania - posted on 06/13/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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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

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Nicki - posted on 06/16/2011

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My baby is two months old now. She has horrible eczema which sprouted at 4 weeks! I couldn't even begin to describe how horrible both her and I felt. And she's had acid reflux since she was 2 weeks old. She has been on three different medications!!! Eventually after changing her formula 6 or 7 times we found out that she is allergic to must protein sources. Milk,soy etc... She's on special forumla since it's too early to get her on solids. At her two month check up the doctor diagnosed her as a colic baby as well. What makes things worse is that a couple of nights ago she started developing symptoms of asthma.

My husband and I take shifts at night. One of us sleeps for 2 hours the other one watches the baby for 2 hours and then we switch. She will not go to sleep and the acid reflux makes it so difficult to lay her down. She won't sleep anywhere. We've tried all the nonconvential Places too!

I will tell you this much, I was horribly allergic to everything as a young child. I was allergic to dust,dust mites, trees, mold, pollen, grass, corn (this ones horrible corn is in everything), citrus, yeast, peanuts, just to name a few. I went to an allergist every week until I was 12 and got allergy shots. Once I turned 12 I grew out of it and I no longer had any allergies what so ever. But my parents worked really hard to make me allergy free. They got rid of all the carpet in our house, they took away my long fabric drapes and gave me blinds in my room. My mom cleaned religiously and used a spray that killed dust mites on couches and beds.

Hang in there. I know it's hard.

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Laura - posted on 07/09/2011

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if its an allergy then I would give the baby some baby benedryl based on the weight.

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