My son has eczema on his face. Could it be due to milk protein allergy? If so does it only appear on the face or whole body?

Evelyn - posted on 04/03/2009 ( 7 moms have responded )

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I suspect my son eczema on his face is due to milk protein allergy. But a pharmacist told me if its an allergy reaction, it will appear not only on the face, but the whole body too. My son is on breast milk, n i have stop taking diary products since. Would like to try diary again now that his eczema has fully clear up. Any advice from similar experience?

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Karen - posted on 02/08/2011

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put a little bag of oats in the bath, is anatural remedy also I have heard that the inside of a banana skin rubbed on eczema can help clear it up

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I would suggest seeing an allergist for an allergy test. I went through the same thing with my son. he had very bad eczema on his face knee pits and abdomen as a baby. As a toddler if he ever had any food with dairy in it he would get some hives. Fortunately now he is three and seems that he has grown out of it. I remember how frustrating it was though. I stopped having all dairy and it seemed everywhere we went somone would comment on how red his cheeks were. Hang in there.

Veronica - posted on 04/03/2009

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My daughter started breaking out on her face at 7 weeks. I thought it was the milk,i breastfeed and almost starved to death trying to help her. lol. I found that only washing her with soap once a week, try a cleanser like cetaphil, and keeping aquafor lotion ,you can use as much as you want,on her helped alot better than the steroid creams the Dr. gave me. She is one now and still breaks out sometimes but not often. My dr. said if it were an ingested allergy her bottom would be raw or broke out. Keep a food journal and see if that makes a difference. It didn't for me but it is worth a shot.

Kelly - posted on 04/03/2009

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I know that it is asthma of the skin and related to a food allergy. Usually a food they were exposed to as a baby. The eczema could show up months after the exposure. These are things I've found out as a nurse and having 3 out of 4 boys with it. There is also a hereditary factor related to the allergy. Creams are available via docs and keeping the skin lotioned (aveeno) helps. Patting dry instead of rubbing dry and leave the skin a little moist also helps.Usually flare ups are worse during winter months and he'll get reprieve during the warmer summer months. Hope this helps.

Sandra - posted on 04/03/2009

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Forgot to answer your other question...Eczema appears wherever it wants my sons generally stays behind his knees, elbows, cheeks and ankles but it has spread down his legs n arms if his skin got too dry. PS I just learned that eczema can also lead to something called Impetego...this can occur if an area where the eczema is scratched and bacteria gets into it (even the smallest of scratches) and causes a bump on the skin which almost looks like a boil or pimple it forms a crust on top the crust is actually very contagious even to people with out eczema it has to be treated with a cream or antibiotic (my son just had it for the first time) if is further scratched and is left untreated it spreads rather quickly. Dont mean to panic you it really is very managable I just wanted to let you know what I have come to learn over the last few years...

Carrie - posted on 04/03/2009

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Well my little girl has it but the thing is that it runs in my family and I dont believe that its due to a milk protein allergy cause my little girl is now 2 and all she drinks is milk whole milk but I do believe that its just one of things you get that you just past through the family like bad eyes or even allergies you now my little boy has acid reflex but he gets that from my dad so I hope it helps but ask ur doctor they gave me lotion to put on my little girls face and it works great hope this helps

Sandra - posted on 04/03/2009

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My son has eczema due to the milk protein allergy his pediatrician put him on Nutramigen formula It helped alot with the outbreaks and eczema runs in my family so I got tons of advice, What worked best for us was a combination of 1% hydrocortizone (only on areas that were irratated/red, you dont want to over use it even though it is mild) and then coating wherever the eczema was present with Cetaphil. Now he is turning 3 in June he never outgrew the eczema it will most likely stay with him for life but he rarely has an outbreak and its even more rare that he is even bothered by it as long as you keep the baby mosturized he should be ok you just need to find what works best for baby. Best of luck!

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