My 8 month old son Jackson has eczema which we think is brought on by dairy and wheat. I'm happy to stumble upon a group of moms that have some of the same issues.

Saramcgarty - posted on 08/15/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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We finally received a referral to an allergist and he had his first testing done today. Instead of doing the skin our new Dr. opted for the blood work which takes about 4 weeks to get the results.He also said there was a staph infection and prescribed 21 days of antibiotics! Is this safe for a little baby?? He also suggested we apply Eucerin, Aquaphor, or even vaseline at every diaper changing along with a steroid 2 times a day! Has anyone else had these issues? Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.

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Kayla - posted on 08/15/2011

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Absolutely! I remember how scary it was when my daughter was first diagnosed. You can feel so helpless. One thing I learned is that different things work for different kids. I know a lot of moms love aquaphor but it can be pretty pricey and vaseline is pretty cheap and works good too so it's a good start. It worked great for me. It's going to be trial and error and sometimes it takes a little time to get under control but you'll get there =) There's a light at the end of the tunnel. My daughter was a little younger when she was diagnosed and she's 18 mo now and her eczema is under control. Occasionally she'll break out but for the most part I hardly ever use the steroids anymore. Good luck and we are here for support and to offer suggestions as you find what works =)

Kayla - posted on 08/15/2011

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I'm not a doctor but my daughter frequently got staph infections too. We all have bacteria on our skin and it's all about being at the appropriate levels. If it gets out of control, you can get a staph infection. I use mupirocin on the infection, it's an ointment similar to neosporin but it is a prescription. In the meantime you can try neosporin. I'm not sure how severe your son's staph infection is, but if it's severe enough it might warrant for anibiotics. My doctor also recommended a topical steroid for my daughter 2x a day and I do that when her breakout's are severe. I apply vaseline several times per day all over her body and it works wonders to prevent the eczema. One of the triggers can be dry skin. Also irritants such as perfumes can trigger it so that's why I use everything unscented. Including laundry detergent. Free and clear is the best way to go. Diet can also play a major role. It sounds like he is being tested and once those results come back eliminating foods he may be allergic to will help a lot. I put my daughter on an organic diet which really helped. I actually did a research paper not too long ago and studies conducted have shown that with dairy, 30% of infants with eczema improved by being switched to organic. With my daughter, when she was really young, if I gave her anything inorganic she would break out. It's gotten better so I have relaxed a little bit on the organic diet but I still try to keep at as close as possible. When her breakout are not bad I do try to avoid using the steroids because it can thin the skin. Hope this helps =)

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