Extreme eczema and Food allergies

Emily - posted on 01/03/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 21 month old son has had extreme eczema all over his body for over a year now. And we found out about 6 months ago he is also allergic to wheat and eggs, which can trigger his eczema to get worse. Has anyone else had to deal with this and does anyone have any insight?

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Lindsay - posted on 01/20/2010

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i myself have eczema - its something i grew into and hopefully will grow out of. the disney line has eczema cream for babies and i use it (and my son logan has a little on his legs) on me, body and face....keep trying - just wash off anything that he says stings bad.. good luck mommy!

Elizabeth - posted on 01/15/2010

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my 3 year old daughter has ezcema really bad and has had it since she was 4 months old. At 10 months old we took her to a dermatologist and he started her on a cream for her body and it cleared it up. when she was 2 years old they did an allergy test and found out she was allergic to nuts and egg whites. now at 3 years old she has outgrown her allergies can eat what ever she wants and with the prescription cream that her dermatologist has given her she is very clear. she still gets breakouts of dry skin, but we just treat them with the cream and she is good in a couple days. also he told us to use Cetaphil body wash at every bath and CeraVe moisturizing cream 2x's a day. it has really worked wonders for her.

Suzanne - posted on 01/08/2010

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emily i dont know where you live but sainsburys do a range of dairy/gluton/wheat free frozen foods and loads of otherv snacks i.e custard creams,chocolate,cream,custard hope this helps

Charmaine - posted on 01/08/2010

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emily, my kids are not wheat/gluten intolerant but i try to limit the amount we consume. one of the staples we keep in the house is quinoa- it looks like a grain but is actually a seed. you cook it like rice and has a light nutty flavor... you can also cook it like oatmeal and have it for breakfast. i've substituted it for lots of recipes that call for rice, like turkey stuffed peppers/quinoa, quinoa/chicken casserole, or tofu/quinoa "tacos" or enchiladas. i have an almost 8 year old and a 5 year old, as well as an almost 2 year old, who do need to eat food that's more fun so this has worked well for us! i have recently found quinoa more available at supermarkets if yours has a natural food section, or you can find it at any health food store. it's low carb, high in protein, and gluten free. there are also lots of cold cereals that my kids also love that are gluten free, as well as pastas and breads. my sister in law swears that her now 14 year old son is gluten-intolerant, though undiagnosed, and when he was 5, she started cutting out wheat and his behavior and temperament, as well as digestive health and eczema, started to improve. you may also want to be aware of the soaps and lotions you are using. my youngest has very dry skin and periods when red, itchy patches appear all over her body. i've noticed this gets worse when she sleeps over my mom's house and my mom gives her a bath in regular baby wash. we use dr. bronner's organic soap and it improves immediately. i also avoid petroleum/mineral oil-based lotions because i heard it clogs pores and may actually worsen skin conditions, so we all use lanolin or vegetable/fruit oil-based lotions. if you look into natural essential oils, like lavender or grapeseed oil, they are gentle and good for calming down easily-irritated skin. hope this helps and good luck!

Emily - posted on 01/08/2010

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So what kind of foods do you make for your and your sons that do not have gluten in it...I have to make seperate meals a lot of the time so that he canhave some real food and not just baby food...which has been the life saver in all this.

Annette - posted on 01/07/2010

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We have a little bit. Cutting out the allergy-foods is step one. We found an Amazing Lotion called Renew that is tons better then Eucerine for Eczema. Its from melaleuca ( www.melaleuca.com) and literally you will notice his skin clearning up TONS in a couple days to a week!! Good luck!

Emily - posted on 01/06/2010

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Depending on how the skin reacts to the eczema they may do a blood test which they did with my son. I had almost dropped him and accidentally scratched his back with my fingernail, catching him, and it left a mark on his back. And now that little scratch that happened a year ago is still on his back as a large patch of eczema, it never healed, it just is not a patch of his skin that is irritated easily.

Suzanne - posted on 01/06/2010

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my little one is lactose intolerant and attending hospital they can do a sratch test to let you know what will affect eczema hope this helps

Emily - posted on 01/03/2010

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Quoting Lindsey:

My son has very bad eczema but not sure if he has any food allergies. What did your docter do to find out about the food allergies? And how did you know if food was the problem?


His eczema was not getting better...still isn't good. But I noticed when he would eat certain things his eczema spots would turn redder and he would itch more. The dermatologist said that food wouldn't make his eczema worse but I noticed it did. So I took him to a allergist and they took his blood and tested for the main causes for food allergies. They didn't want to do the skin prick test because of how bad his eczema was/is.  But food is not the only reason he has the eczema...it just makes it worse.  Hydrocortisone on his face mixed with aquaphor seems to do a good job, and desonide (RX) and aquaphor on the body seems to do okay also. My son is also on hydroxyzine to help with the itching and he takes benadryl at night to help him sleep.

Lindsey - posted on 01/03/2010

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My son has very bad eczema but not sure if he has any food allergies. What did your docter do to find out about the food allergies? And how did you know if food was the problem?

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