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baby 5 months old, eczema on left arm and leg

My son will be 5 months old in a week. He has a 2 large patches of eczema on his left arm and leg that first appeared on his left forearm arm between 2 and 3 months of age and then on his left shin shortly thereafter. The patches are about 2' x 2' and their appearance changes almost daily, sometimes scaley, sometimes red and occasionally with red bumps. Unfortunately, he has just figured out how to scratch himself and seems more irritated by them than usual the last few days. He has also started rubbing his eyes as if they are itching him the last 2 days.

Topically, I've tried calendula cream, calendula oil, St. John's wort oil, and plantain cream. Nothing really seems to help reduce the irritation.

He had a red bump with a white head on it under his chin on his right side that appeared 3 days ago. A slight sparse rash with small red dots appeared on his abdomen and face around the same time. I am wondering if he perhaps had some sort of insect bite. The white head has gone away and the bump is going away now.

He also appears to be teething and is just getting over a cold. The poor dear, everything seems to hit him at once!

Regarding his medical history, he had an ABO blood incompatibility at birth which led to a physiological jaundice (i.e. my blood is O and his blood is A). He was treated with bilirubin lights and intravenous for the first week of his life. I stayed in the hospital and breastfed him every 3-4 hours during that time and have been breastfeeding ever since. He received saline and glucose through the i.v. as he was often too tired to feed properly during the first week and they wanted to ensure the bilirubin was being flushed out of his system. He has never received any vaccinations or other medication.

He hasn't been the best sleeper although he has occasionally slept for 7 hour stretches at night. He also hasn't developed a regular daytime nap schedule. He is sleeping between 8 and 10 hours a night and doesn't always settle to a nap during the day, except he seems to eat in his sleep sometimes when he's on my breast.

Regarding his temperment and personality, he's a very observant baby and responsive to people, even smiling at strangers. When he isn't bothered by something i.e. gas, his teeth or his skin, he's generally a really smiley and social little guy. He doesn't like being put down much or having me out of his site for long. I've heard that babies also like quiet time, but he only seems to relax by nursing or occasionally when being walked around when I wear him in a front carrier.

The last few days, I've gone on a strict allergen reducing diet eliminating citrus, dairy, soy, nuts and wheat which has been pretty tough since I'm vegetarian and the only protein sources left are beans, whole grains and seeds.

I'm not sure what other information could be relevant to a diagnosis and recommendation of homeopathic treatment. Let me know if anything else is needed.
 
  wholelife on 2007-03-20
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Dear Wholelife:
CHAMOMILLA covers several symptoms:
- pain in dentition
- rash, eczema with itching
- irritation
- need attention
- jaundice
I propose you give him CHAMOMILLA 30c, three pellets before going bed time. Repeat three days and report.
Best wishes and don't worry.
Andrés
 
andres last decade
Dear Andrés,

Thank you for your kind reply. I made a boo-boo and forgot to mention that in the last 2 days, I've been giving him an aqueous homeopathic teething formula on demand that contains: Chamomilla 5C, Arnica 5C, Borax 5C and Hypericum 5C. Will it be okay to add the pellets at nighttime to this? I am unsure how to administer as he's not had any solids yet. Is there a way to dissolve them?

One more thing, I've been giving him 1 tsp of fennel tea prior to each feeding as recommended by his anthroposophic md. This worked to settle him for the first 2 days after we began, but I'm unsure how much it's doing now. I'd say perhaps he has less gas, but due to recent symptoms is more restless than before.
 
wholelife last decade
One more point of note, at his last doctor's appointment, the doc gave us Weleda's 'Kieserit D 3' which he said is magnesium and important for the formation of his teeth. He told us to give him 5 drops 3 x per day.

I have only given it to him once with his other teething formula a couple days ago as I thought he would have a really hard time swallowing it since it's in an 18% alcohol solution. Any thoughts on this and how to administer?
 
wholelife last decade
Dear wholelife:
Don't worry. Nothing is a problem.
You can dissolve CHAMOMILLA (the three pellets) in a bit of water. Stir it well, and give him a little spoon or as you can.
I'd prefer you give him the CHAMOMILLA in the night, and then you can change the time of the complex you are giving.
No problem with fennel tea.
No problem with Kieserit. You can dissolve the dosis in a bit of water. No problem with 18% alcohol.
Try and report if you have any question or doubt.
Best regards
Andrés
 
andres last decade
Andrés

I've been giving him the Chamomilla for 3 nights now. The first night, he was up from 1 am until 3 am acting as if it was the middle of the day during that time.

The second night, he was so uncomfortable with the cold, teething and itching from the eczema that he couldn't fall asleep until midnight when I held him in the dark bathroom with the shower running to eleviate the congestion and relax him.
He slept through until 7:00 am when he woke up for the day.

Last night, he fell asleep around 9 pm and slept until 5 am. He went back to sleep at 6 am for another two hours. He's been taking a rare nap for almost 2 hours this morning as well.

As for the appearance of the eczema, the spot on his leg spread yesterday. Perhaps it had something to do with the aveeno colloidial oatmeal cream I applied to help with the itching the night before...I'm not sure. It didn't seem to stop the itch.

Yesterday, I picked up a natural cream called psoriaderm and applied last night for the first time. It contains: water, vegetable glycerin, borage oil, evening primrose oil, aloe vera gel, extracts of fumaria, roman chamomile, calendula, rose canina and echinacea, olive squalane, tea tree oil, cetyl alcohol, vitamins a, d and 3 and grapefruit seed extract.

Today, the patches aren't as angry looking although he's still itchy, but at least, he's able to get some rest...he needs it!

Shall I continue with the chamomilla??
 
wholelife last decade
Dear wholelife:

Stop Chamomilla.
If he has problem with the cold. it's better waiting until he is fine.
About the eczema, homeopathy never uses creams to tret skin problems, because they can provocate interference in the symptoms and usually suppress the symptom. Make as you like, but in my opinion and after your post, I think eczema is the principal symptom, and the other may be relieved in a while.
Please has he vaccinated?
If the eccema apeared after a vaccine, it's better you consult to your homeopaht, because this treatment is better as nearer.
Best regards
Andrés
 
andres last decade
Andrés,

I was trying the cream because he is so itchy and tries to scratch every chance he has. The patches are very dry. His cold is still there. You are right, his main problem is the eczema and the patches are less red, but it looks like the one on his leg is spreading. He has NOT been vaccinated. Do you recommend we stop using the cream and stop the chamomilla until his runny nose has stopped? It's getting better, but not quite gone.
 
wholelife last decade
Dear wholelife:
Stop the cream.
Stop Chamomilla.

Give him PSORINUM, one dosis (three pellets diluted in water or under his tongue). ONLY ONE DOSIS.
Psorinum covers:
- eczema in children
- dry skin
- restless
Report day after you give him.
Best wishes
Andrés
 
andres last decade
Andrés,

Should I also stop giving him the homeopathic teething formula I've been giving him on demand? It might be tough as it seems to help him with his pain, but if you think it will interfere with the effectiveness of the psorinum, I will stop. Also, is there a particular time of day I should give him the psorinum or can I do this immediately?

Thanks!
 
wholelife last decade
dear wholelife:
You can continue with the formula for his teeths. Don't worry.
As soon as you get Psorinum, please give him, and wait.
Best regards
Andrés
 
andres last decade
Andrés,

I gave him Psorinum yesterday in the late afternoon. By that time, it seemed that something was starting to help him (the chamomilla?) as I'd stopped applying the cream and the rashes started to change color to a more normal skin tone. I haven't applied any cream.

Last night, he had a hard time winding down to sleep, but I did get him into his crib by 10 pm. He woke to feed at 2:30 and fell asleep again around 3:00. At 7:00 a.m. he was up for the day and hasn't really napped since except for catnaps on my breast. It's now just after noon. He still tries to scratch himself, especially his left arm which because he's able to find more surfaces to rub against is redder than the one on his leg.

What shall I do now?

Best regards
 
wholelife last decade
Dear Wholelife:
PSORINUM is the best indicated to treat the eczema. In my experience, Psorinum acts first calming the itching; after -as you say- makes a bit redder the skin affected; after that may appear itching episodes, but ligther, and finally ezcema tends to clear and itching dissapear. This is my experience, but everyone are different.
If your baby slept better, dont't worry: we are in the right way.
What can we do?
Wait and look. Don't give more dosis, only wait and look. Your baby is very young and he will have a health reaction.
Report in some days, but if you have any doubts or question, please feel free to ask. Please, don't worry :)
Best wishes
Andrés
 
andres last decade
Andrés,

Thank you once again for your kind assistance. It's really hard to see one's child suffer and not feel to 'do' something, but if one dose is usually all it takes, I'm willing to try.
He fell asleep in his baby swing as I've been on the computer (I don't like him to nap in a swing as a habit, but as he needs the sleep so I won't disturb him)

I haven't given him a bath in 3 days and am thinking to do this tonight. Shall I add anything to the bathwater i.e. natural bath oil to prevent further dryness or resist this temptation as well?
 
wholelife last decade
Dear Wholelife:
I'm admiring your natural knowledge as mother.
Really a bath can dry the eczema but the important reaction comes from inside. If you bath him and you care him in the same way till now, I think that can't be harmful.
Please, act as in a normal situation and only wait and look (but not too much ;))
Best regards
Andrés
 
andres last decade
Andrés,

I've done as instructed since yesterday, but today he is very restless from the itching. He woke up at 5:30 am and didn't want to go back to sleep. Is this 'normal' i.e. a relapse before the healing begins?

Lori
 
wholelife last decade
Dear Lori:
Sorry, but it's very usual and I think this 'relapse' is a good signal. Let's wait and look a little bit.
Best regards
Andrés
 
andres last decade

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