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Eczema on newborn face/inside elbows/diaper area PLEASE HELP!

I'll start from the top...I gave birth to baby at home... she was fine. My husband insisted baby and I go to the hospital...so we did. doctors looked us over, we were fine.I refused vit K, immunizations and eye drops.
On the 3rd and last day of our stay, a nurse took my baby for 'vitals' and my daughter came back 30 minutes later with a rash.

I now see that it is eczema, all on her face, scalp,neck, behind ears, diaper area, and now I see it on the inside of her elbows. Reddening of the skin, rashy, scalp is very flaky, and I notice that certain times of the day very fussy, can't really be comforted. She is breastfed and will be 2 months old on Sep 12... what can I give her/apply to her skin to get rid of it/ease discomfort. PLEASE HELP!!!
  Hawaiianmommy on 2011-09-05
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I suspect that nurse vaccinated your child without permission. Are you able to follow that up with the hospital?

I am happy to make suggestions for homoeopathic treatment. Applying anything topically however will probably suppress the eczema and drive it inwards, often towards the guts or lungs, creating new symptoms.

Please describe the rash exactly.

What times of the day is she fussy?

What is she like when she is fussy?

What are her bowel movements like?

What is her appetite like?

What is her sleep like?

Where does she perspire?

Does she have an odour about her?

Please describe in detail the pregnancy, covering any symptoms you experienced, and any feelings or thoughts that were prominent. Any symptoms that disappeared once the baby was born are particularly important.

What was the birth like?Describe your own state as well as the baby's.

Anything else about her that seems strange, difficult, or peculiar in any way.

David Kempson
Professional Classical Homoeopath
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Sorry for the delayed response...I've been trying to recover my password to log in, with no success. then I found my 'welcome' email with my log on info. I'd like to thank you for resonding and offering to help.

Please describe the rash exactly.
-Face/ears/neck/diaper area/inside of elbows/arms: are small bumps, skin is red, and looks crusty. It covers every spot of her face EXCEPT the tip and bridge of her nose and on her lip.
Scalp: Very scaly/crusty
The skin looks very taught, dry and she’s getting lighter in those areas. I can see where she has scratched and broke the skin, I also see some random little spots that are blood red…I’m guessing that the skin is broken there. I’ve been using Angel baby bottom balm all over the dry areas. Today I bought Little bottoms baby ointment and tippy toes ultra gentle baby oil by mambino My husband just had this product called chocho cream and soaps and also a dandelion soap, sent from Ghana. (I don't know if I like them or not)

What times of the day is she fussy?
-During the first month, she would fuss between the hours of 1 and 4 am. Now she fusses between 5:30/6 and 8/9pm. And at times when its hot

What is she like when she is fussy?
-She cries – more like a “complaining” kind of cry, like shes uncomfortable, followed by frustration… and exasperation.
I see her trying to scratch her face/ears and rubbing at her eyes (before, during and after a fuss) She also tries to suckle, but won’t stay on.

What are her bowel movements like?
-mustard color with some curdles and all the time.

What is her appetite like?
-Sometimes she’ll nurse frequently, sometimes she’ll break for 2 -3 hours before she’ll nurse again. Sometimes she’s on for 7 minutes sometimes she’ll be on for 30

What is her sleep like?
-Undisturbed she’ll sleep for 1 – 3/4 hours…in the night I wake often to change her and apply oils and the balms so she doesn’t wake from being uncomfortable, I’ll even slip her the booby so she doesn’t really wake for that either. Prior to me figuring out what this rash was, she would wake up frequently

Where does she perspire?

Does she have an odour about her?
-Yes. neck and behind ears. I don’t really smell them now that I’ve been putting the balm on the rash under her neck

Please describe in detail the pregnancy, covering any symptoms you experienced, and any feelings or thoughts that were prominent. Any symptoms that disappeared once the baby was born are particularly important.
-Marital Issues…safe to say that I was ultra sensitive to issues and I cried a lot.
I had a previous pregnancy, when a delivered my daughter at 26 weeks and 5 days, my daughter passed away in my arms – so I can say when I first discovered I was pregnant with a baby girl, I was worried.

I am a victim of sexual abuse by several people and on top of that, I’ve hearing stories of how parents will have ‘friends’ they’ve known for 20+ years, and that person ends up raping/molesting their child, and how teachers/babysitters etc. would rape/molest children.

Having been a victim of such a heinous crime, this stressed me out even more.

Both my husband and I had lost our jobs for a period of time (he’s working now), so I was stressed out about that.

Needless to say, I was extremely stressed out during my pregnancy. The cloak of stress did fall. The moment I gave birth though, I felt instantly alleviated.

Around the 2nd and 3rd month of pregnancy, I found that I wouldn't be hungry or my stomach felt a litte weird and I would go a day or so without eating. Coconut water helped with the strange feeling in my stomach, and normally when I wouldn't eat, when I did eat I wasn't hungry so I'd consume fruits like papaya, bananas, or avocados.

I've noticed that when I get pregnant, I get these strange dark patches on my back and sides. The expand in a way, then after I give birth they start shriking.

I've also noticed more skin tags during this pregnancy. Before I had a couple, now they are on my front (stomach, under boobs,etc and back.

What was the birth like? Describe your own state as well as the baby's.
-It was great. Intense but practically painless. I was calm, for the most part…got distracted when dad was in the back ground screaming that he’s going to call the ambulance, which caused me to tense up and I tore when babys head came out. I had to try extra hard to be calm and shut him out. All and all about 30 minutes or so of labor. No pushing, I let the contractions work baby out.
We did a 2 hour delayed clamping. She seemed very calm, there was a very positve ora about her. she began breathing approximately 3-5 minutes after birth. She latched on approximately 10 minutes after birth and she opened her eyes shortly after that. She pinked up shortly after birth, and cried for the first time in the hospital. We had skin to skin contact for 3 hours, right after birth. And she was able to carry her own temperature by then – her pulse elevated and went back to normal after the blankets were removed from us.

Anything else about her that seems strange, difficult, or peculiar in any way.
-One of her legs shakes sometimes… I noticed it a week or so before birth. Dad says his leg does the same. It doesn’t happen often…it seems to be a random event.
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Hawaiianmommy last decade
When it comes to baby hygiene, i give her a rinse in tea water. The first time I actually used soam was last night...my husband insisted i try the dandelion soap - he said his parents said it will help. We don't use baby wipes, we rinse her off.
Hawaiianmommy last decade
David Kempson , please help! I know you are busy, but please don't forget my baby girl!
Hawaiianmommy last decade
1. What is the odour like when you can smell it?

2. Can you describe exactly the stress you felt during pregnancy? The fact that it alleviated as soon as the baby was born means that you experienced her state - so you alone right now are able to verbalize that state. Try to remember exactly what it was like, what affected you, what you did because of it.

3. Can you describe those patches more? Shape, texture, anything?
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
It smelt like a sore... I don't know how else to describe it...it didn't smell like something 'rotting'...it had an off-ish smell... and there would be a thin brownish philm under her neck.

Wow thats deep....

I was tired of my husband - seriously, exhausted with him. I felt like running away from him... a lot. i felt like he was embarrassed of me, like he was hiding me and the baby, like we were some kind of 'secret'.

One incident, when he graduated from college this past april, he didn't want me to go to his graduation (actually felt as though he didn't want my belly to be seen)... his girlfriend or exgirlfriend - whatever she is - was going to be there...he invited everyone except for me... He went to a gathering afterwards...again didn't invite us, his girlfriend 'showed up' there. I woke from a sleep because I sensed that she was there. I called him and he was reluctant to tell me she was there. i said that I was going to show up, he got upset. That night I was contemplating so many things...i even thought about using cannibis ( which is not something that I do) -

The next morning I HAD to go to church, cause I seriously wanted to HURT HIM BADLY! I felt better after church, but still ignored him when he finally came home...the next day. He made no attempt to come home and see us, or even ask us how we were doing... I felt worthless, insignificant, like I was as good as dead to him that day. that he didn't love me, and that he cared more about someone else than our baby.
(I am NOT someone who depends on someone else to give me myself worth, so that was out of my character, I also would have never delt with this 'girlfriend' thing...I would have totally left - but this time... I couldn't. Even my mom and my aunty made comments about how out of chracter I was being)

I also felt like he was lying to me, being secretive/sneaky, and hiding his true feelings. I honestly felt like an accident, like I was a 'mistake'. I also felt that he was either going to leave me, or worst - run away with the baby. (I noticed that he always seems to have a hidden agenda...and when things don't go the way he 'planned' he improvises... like he didn't 'plan' on us getting pregnant) The baby taking part could possibly just be a fear of mine, as I had the similar feelings towards my son's father.

Now that I think about it, I felt like the only way he would love me was if he actually saw his baby being born. He had no intentions of being at the birth. So I did one better and preppared for a home birth (actually for several reasons, it wasn't about him, it just kindof worked out that way), where he 'had' to catch the baby. At first he didn't want to be there, and he stayed as far away from me as possible... then when baby started coming out he came and caught her, after i let him know I need him to come near and do so.

Afterwards, it felt like he was resentful towards me for 'putting' him in that situation...although I had included him with all the plans, he ended up using all the money I had saved up for the midwife, so I turned around and did an unassisted. Oh yeah, I also felt like he was setting me up.... All the feelings I listed were EXTREMELY INTENSE.

When these feelings were strong, I listened to music - mostly gospel, sometimes sad love songs/punk rock. when the feeling became unbareable, I went to church.

I also felt better outdoors, like at the beach.

I noticed some on her back and spreading across her shoulders now...inside her elbows and on her back has a sheen to it, its dry, not red, a little rough, but not bumpy. Inside her elbows it looks sort of roundish...but not really...on her back its kind of just sprawled about along her spine, and toward the bottom, near her tailbone, I can see where the skin looks like its starting to flake-like I can scratch it off...I also noticed a tiny, but noticable yellowish bubble on her left shouler blade.

On her face...its not a patch...it seems to just cover her whole face except nose and lips... her face and neck look red, dry and on the insdie of her eyes, near her tear ducts, looks crusty. Her face looks and feels bumpy, and dry (not so much now I've been putting oil-but when it does start look/feeling dry I reaply the oil). The bumps do seem to get smaller when its cold... and when it's hot they seem to be more noticable. I'll try to keep a closer eye on it tomorrow.

Another thing is that she has darker skin, so 'red' is not easily noticable. And I forgot to mention that on her scalp its scaly all over. dry,

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[message edited by Hawaiianmommy on Mon, 12 Sep 2011 08:55:11 BST]
Hawaiianmommy last decade
Just checking in. I hope the information was helpful...not sure it it will be though.
Hawaiianmommy last decade
I am considering the case. There is some interesting information there around the pregnancy.

So what would you say were the main feelings you experienced during the pregnancy, to summarize it?
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
Let me think...

um thats kind of hard...

Well normally I felt angry/extremely irritable/violent (thoughts and acts). Under lying that was feelings of worthlessness, being unwanted, and desperate for 'love' (my husbands to be exact). (last part is so not typical of 'me'),felt like an accident, like I was a hurdle (all specifically regarding my husband).

When we first went to an ultrasoundin the beginning, when my husband saw that I was indeed pregnant - he looked like he got hit in the face with a websters dictionary. Even before we went into the room, I could feel an undertone of negativity coming from him that affected me, when I started to feel unwanted/like a mistake/accident...the after it was confirmed, it intensified.

Immediatelly after I gave birth, the feeling subsided - but I would feel it/be sensitive to my husbands ora time and again up until about a month or so ago.

Don't know if this helps, maybe if you had known how I was before so thatyou could dystinguish what was actually different. If you do astrology my dob is sept 13 1983 at 7:52pm
Hawaiianmommy last decade
Alright based on all of that, and especially the state during pregnancy, I would suggest Mag-carb. Get hold of 200c.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
how would I administer this to a baby?
Hawaiianmommy last decade

Firstly, you need to create a separate dosing bottle. Get a bottle with a dropper, 15-30mls in size, and fill it with a mixture of water and alcohol (5 parts to 1 part). Dissolve 2-4 granules or 2-4 drops of the medicine you bought from the pharmacy into this mixture. Your doses will be made from this bottle.

Hit the bottle firmly against the palm of your hand, or another elastic surface like a book. It should be a firm hit not a tap. 2 hits is enough to begin with, and should not be increased unless it is clear that it is needed. The water in this bottle will 'remember' the number of times you have hit it, so that subsequent doses will be stronger (necessary to overcoming the resistance of your disease).

Place 1 drop into an amount of water - I may start with anything from 1/4-1 full cup (62ml-250ml) depending on the sensitivity of the patient. Stir thoroughly and take 1 teaspoon into the mouth. Throw the rest of the cup away.

This is one dose. Repeat doses would be started from the 2 hits on the bottle.

Each step of this process can be adjusted to reduced aggravation or to increase the effect of the medicine. In order to be able to do this, it is important to measure each step (count the hits, the drops, measure the water etc).

For a baby, that teaspoon could be put into another dropper (a clean one) and squirted into the mouth. Alternatively, you could rub that water on to the lips and inside the mouth. Only a very small amount needs to be given.

For the first dose I would suggest using 1/2 a cup of water to dilute the drop into.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
thanks so much for your help. I looked up the remedy you suggested and came across the sulfur remedy - which I thought was interesting because yesterday - we were taking pictures of my daughter, when comparing them to pictures taken right around the time she was born - we noticed that her skin looks like its swollen, and is more noticably inflammed around her eyes. The list of ailments (which I'll list here from the site): Sulfur is mainly used to treat skin condition, such as eczema, candidiasis or diaper rash where the skin looks permanently dirty and dry, scaly, itchy, red, and worse from being scratched, and a dry scalp
Hawaiianmommy last decade
The mood, mental or general state of the patient always takes priority over the physicals. Anything that is peculiar for the disease also ranks very highly. The common symptoms for the disease are the least important guide for prescribing, and in fact can often be left out of any analysis. The state of the mother during pregnancy is actually very valuable in choosing a remedy for a child.

Sulphur, when used to treat just the skin, tends to suppress the condition and drive it deeper in. This often results in new symptoms. We get many patients on this site who have suffered side effects from using Sulphur this way.

Eczema is listed in our repertories as being treated by 614 different remedies. Sulphur is just one of those. Mag-carb also appears in that long list.

Sometimes babies experience aggravation when the mother takes a remedy and she is still breast feeding, and sometimes they do not. It appears to depend on the sensitivity of the child. However, it won't usually cure them if for instance you take the remedy prescribed for them.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
What kind of alcohol do I use for the splitdosing? I apologise for my naiveness.
Hawaiianmommy last decade
Don't apologise these are the same questions everyone asks (I suppose I should put the answers in those instructions then lol).

Any spirit is fine - I use brandy because the taste is nicer, and children like it. But I also use Vodka, and you can use medicinal alcohol although the taste of that can be unpleasant to some people.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
For Learning Only
nawazkhan last decade
Thanks for all the info

>>nawazkhan ???? whats for learning only??
Hawaiianmommy last decade
I really appreciate the time you spent looking into my situation to help my baby, and in helping me get a better understanding of things. Thanks again.

>> nawazkhan /?? whats for learning only??
Hawaiianmommy last decade
Yet again another quick questions... I was re-reading everything, and came across where you mentioned applying anything topical can suppress it... I've been applying oils in order to keep her skin from drying out...is that okay?? I just want to be sure that I'm not making it worse
Hawaiianmommy last decade
I was reading everything over - when I realized that earlier in the thread you mentioned applying anything topically can suppress her illness...I've been applying oils, is that 'okay'. I just been trying to keep her skin from drying out and want to be sure that I'm not in fact making it worse.
Hawaiianmommy last decade
What is in the oils?

Mostly it is medication that is the problem - probably oils, even aromatic ones, will not cause much of a problem, although I suppose anything that uses the Law of Opposites (putting warm on cold, wet on dry etc) could cause a little palliation or suppression.

However, I think the remedy can work through very small amounts of palliation.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
how can i tell if its getting better? we orderd mag - car through this web site, but our order is still pending, but it seems to me that, although the rash is spreading... its ot as 'harsh' as it was before... i remember what you said about the possibility of palliation - I'll have to get you the list of ingredients of the balms i have been using.
Hawaiianmommy last decade
Until you get the remedy, palliating her symptoms isn't such a big deal. When you give her the remedy we may need to be a bit more strict with it.
brisbanehomoeopath last decade
the remedy is now on its way
Hawaiianmommy last decade

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