Breastfeeding baby has HORRIBLE eczema! HELP!!!

Pat11368 - posted on 04/23/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 3 month old daughter developed eczema and it's really bad. It itches her all the time and she has been so fussy for the past week (which is when it started becoming as horrible as it is). Her skin also has little cuts on it from itching it. I've had to buy gloves to put on her hands.



Everyone has given me the "what I think you should do" answer and nothing has worked. I've done the shea butter, I've done the calendula oil, vitamin E, and oatmeal baths (which I admit work better than anything else. I've been told she should take a bath everyday, then I heard only once or twice a week. What am I really supposed to do?



Do any of you have experience in this? What worked? I also heard about doing something with baking soda but not sure what???? Please HELP! And no...I'm not doing any steroids. Only natural remedies please.

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I have no personal experience, but I've been told by moms with this issue that if *they* cut diary from their diet it helped their babies eczema. Worth a try? It could take a few weeks to see a difference.

Happy - posted on 04/24/2012

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My 21 month old daughter starting having eczema issues at around 6 months. I tried EVERY natural remedy I could et my hands on. The typical oatmeal, lavender, vit E, coconut oil. olive oil, tea tree oil. You name it, we tried it. I ended up taking her to the dermatologist to see if it was INDEED eczema and was told yes and here are the meds. I walked around for weeks w/o filling the scripts. I counselled with herbalists, with naturopathic doctors, with chiro, with any and everyone I thought MIGHT have an answer. In the end. for me, the final straw was one day when we were going somewhere, I could hear my daughter screaming in her car seat (she was still rearfacing) and assumed she really tired or very hungry. When we got to our destination, just minutes away from our starting point, I go back to take her ur of her seat and she is covered, I mean COVERED in blood. It is dripping down her fingers. After cleaning her off, my husband and I realized it was from the eczema spots she was scratching. I went hat day and got the scripts filled. That was 6 months ago.

Since then, I have read and read and researched and researched and we have learned a lot. The biggest thing WE have learned is that every child reacts to eczema differently. So when someone would tell me, "I swear by this remedy, it worked perfectly for my child." They were right. It did work for their child. But my child has a different immune system, ahs a different enviroment, has a different diet. We have has all the testing by allergists and completely stripped her diet as well to see of there is a food allergy. For MOST this is a BIG issue. For our daughter, we have found heat to be the biggest culprit. So we turn down the air and the rest of the fam puts on sweats! Especially at night! Some days are better than others for us and we have found a few natural things that DO work for our daughter and we have been able to step down the perscription meds in association with them.

ALL of that to say---perscription meds have their place, natural remedies DO work for MANY children but not all, I love that you are looking for natural remedies firsy and wholeheartedly agree! Do NOT allow yourself to feel guilty IF you have to resort to perscription meds in the end but in the mean time, LIVE on Google!

((((hugs)))) to you and your little one, from a Mom who knows jsut how aweful watching your baby;s skin make him or her miserable!

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Melissa - posted on 05/01/2012

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I had the same with my baby and had to eliminate milk, soy & eggs from my diet. As soon as I did the Eczema went away within just a few days. Good luck figuring it out!

Lori - posted on 04/28/2012

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I'm glad you're finding some things that are helping her. It can be quite a process sometimes, as of course all kids are different. What works on one doesn't necessarily work on the next one. Keep doing a great job momma!

Pat11368 - posted on 04/27/2012

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Thank you so much for your reply ladies. After posting this I was on a hunt for answers. I purchased a book, Cure Child Eczema, and got lots of great info in there.



Happy Mama...that must have been horrible. I can't imagine how I would have felt. I do understand what you mean about meds having their place. If it was that bad I would truly have no other option.



Sara and Lori...thank you and I did cut all dairy. As a matter of fact, I cut dairy, soy, eggs and wheat. I know she definitely reacts (has flare ups) to eggs and dairy but since she was still having flare ups I cut the soy and wheat. Once she is completely healed I would do a process of elimination.



One thing I found helpful was a water purifer. I purchsed one from my local health food store and the difference is amazing. Who would have known? She is healing finally but we still have to help her heal completely. She has the sore (scabes) on her arms still. But we are on our way. Thanks again for your feedback and I'm making sure I free my daughter of eczema.

Lori - posted on 04/24/2012

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I'd suggest trying to do an elimination diet. Many eczema rashes are caused by an allergy. It can be environmental, or food allergy. As Sara suggested, Dairy is one of the most common allergens in babies. If her symptoms don't improve in a few weeks (it can take 3 - 4 weeks for the dairy to leave your system), other allergens to look into are Soy, Wheat, Shell Fish, Peanuts, Tree Nuts, & Fish.



That means you will need to cut ALL dairy out of your diet. Since it's a top 8 allergen it is required to be on the label if it's in a food, but you do have to look carefully.



http://kellymom.com/health/baby-health/f...

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