Milk based or Soy based formula for a baby with eczema?

Janice - posted on 07/29/2014 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My daughter has eczema and is on a milk based formula... I am wondering if I should switch her to a soy based formula.

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Melissa - posted on 07/30/2014

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no problem ^-^. Just remember it wont go away over night ... some take time to go away ... specially the bad patches.. it can take a week to a month to go away and it might even come back from time to time or a lot of the time .. but the important thing is is not to stop anything of what you are doing to treat it even when its gone unless it has been gone for weeks.... then you can play around a bit to see what triggers it ... often youll find out what triggers it in side of a few days or less... specially if you just see red spots on her skin with no pealing or anything... that usually shows up inside of a day.
sadly each eczema is different and some are better left alone unless they get SUPPER bad ( I have 3 dif kinds on my body... the one that sticks around and always comes back every time is the oil triggered one as I find that body oil even if its not mine can trigger it easily ). Its ganna take time to figure it out so be patient ... and again unless she has a allergy to something or shes eating bad things or even to much of one thing.... its not going to cause her problems.

Melissa - posted on 07/29/2014

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I live with Eczema myself. I wouldnt suggest formula at all but I do understand some woman cant breastfed ... This being said I do not believe the formula change will help at all unless she has a milk allergy. You might want to change her bath soaps and you also are going to want to make sure she is rinsed of very well after a bath.. no soap residue at all should be left on her skin. Also I woudlnt suggest any lotions or creams as Oil ( depending on the eczema ) can trigger it and make the problem worse as well as anything scented.Aloe very is a VERY good thing to use but just ask to make sure with your doc that its safe for her age to use. Also if she gets it on her bumm get unscented diapers ( cloth would be better ) and only use unscented patroliom jelly but you dont need a lot of it .. only a small amount.. you can wet your hands with water then rub the jelly on them so you get a thinner application.
also if your little one is eating foods do not give her anything with sugar ( fruits and honey are ok tho ), oil or anything to acidic or salty as everything will go in to her oil glands and can also make her eczema worse.
Bath her in slightly warmer then warm water ( PLEASE NOT HOT ) and if she will allow you ( she will probably cry tho as a warning ) Use rubbing alcohol on ONLY the bad patches 2-3 times a day. it will kill anything on her skin that could be irritating it as well as help the healing.
For her cloths do not go for scented stuff .. and even the sensitive or baby cloth washes can irritate the skin so make sure you find the right one ( can be a pain tho ) but if you cant find one or dont have the money to be spending .. use some vinegar in her wash on the rinse cycal and put them on a extra rinse and ALWAYS wash in hot water as extra oils on the cloths can get trapped in the fabric and the only way they get loos is if you use hot water.... also do NOT use fabric softener or dryer sheets of any kind.
And last thing... make sure she only wears cotton at all times... if you can avoid cloths in total its really better for her cause its not going to be rubbing up ageist the eczema all the time and making the problem possibly worse.

these are all the things I have learned in the years of my eczema... and its a lot .. but really it becomes second nature after some time goes by. OHHH and one last thing... DONT put any prescribed crams on the little one for them ... they can weaken her immune system and not only that ... they dont help a LOT of the time ( family and friends with eczema have all told me this ).

I hope this helps you out hun

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