Milk allergy! Ezcema!! Please help!

Jamie - posted on 10/20/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




Hi moms. My daughter is 4 months now, she is taking similac advance when she was about 3 months and starts having rashes all over her body. Before it was mild, come and goes but then after couple weeks it became really bad. And her bowels are always very runny. We took her to her peds and she said its milk allergy and suggested us to switch to soy. She has been on soy for almost two weeks now. At first I apply hydrocortisone and it was a lot better and her bowels now is very paste like. But I try not to use a lot of those cream, and now her skin is very dry and she has eczema. I want to know when should I notice an improvement on her skin? For Permanently. And what other things you do to help with your babys ezcema? Many thanks. I hate to change her formula again, they all taste different and it's gonna take me some days for my little to get use to the new taste :/ but if I need to switch to the hypoallergic formula I will! Thanks in advance!


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Tara - posted on 10/20/2012




My youngest daughter has eczema and Bobbie is right, it can be triggered by things other than formula.

We switched to unscented everything, including wipes. It is also a good idea to bathe them in warm (just barely warm) water and limit the amount of time they spend in the bath. Pat them dry and use a really heavy moisturizer (Aveeno or Eucerin or something like that has worked for us) as soon as they get out of the bath. A good moisturization routine really, really helps.

The hydrocortisone cream will work when your baby has a really bad flare and you should see improvement in 2-3 days.

That being said, most babies with eczema tend to outgrow it by the time they are 5-6 years old, but will always have problems with dry skin and can still have flare ups into adulthood. So establishing a good moisturizing and skin care routine while they are little will help them as they get older.

My daughter had super bad flares when she was a baby but now she generally only flares up if we let her skin get too dry or something (like sweat or getting too hot/cold) irritates her skin. She's 3 now and doesn't flare up nearly as much as she did as a baby.

Also, coconut oil (which you can get at any health food store and most grocery stores now) helps sometimes too - just rub it into the skin like you would any other moisturizer.

Bobbie - posted on 10/20/2012




Once your baby has developed Eczema it can be flared by things other than formula.

You would be surprised at what all can trigger the skin to inflame. Do you use a detergent that is for sensitive skin? All fabric softners and detergent free of dyes and scents? My grandson has this skin issue and even using baby wipes that are scented can cause the red dry patches. You also can use the laundry products because any contact against your clothes that she does with her cheeks, arms and legs may cause her skin to react as well.

To sooth her skin there is an oatmeal baby bath to treat the skin that is red and dry.

Pet dander can cause eczema as well. If you have a cat or dog an air purifier will do the trick.

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