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Infant/Toddler Eczema

My 13 month old son has mild to moderate eczema.
He was breastfed for 11 mos. Began eating baby foods at 4mos. Never on formula. Began whole cow milk at 11mos.
Never has had any vaccinations.
Has had three colds--two were before 6mos old--both times put on albuterol breathing treatments (I discontinued them at my discretion b/c of his shakiness and nosebleed...)
He has had small eczema rashes since about 3mos. They were just very small splotches on his upper thighs. Not red but more of a dark pink color, not even noticable unless you touched them. Felt scaly and dry. I had used a variety of creams and oils on them and they would clear up within days.
This month..ever since his 1yr. birthday he has gotten more severe flare-ups. The splotches now cover his entire upper thighs, the backs of his upper arms and two small splotches on his lower face (lower cheek/jaw bone area). I have tried everything and nothing has worked. I restricted dairy for a few weeks, used fragrance free products, oils, etc. etc.
I have not tried the oatmeal bath yet...but plan to this very night.
He weighs 22 pounds, has always been chubby and happy. Dark brown hair with very light blue eyes and very light skin. Very happy and sensitive to others' emotions (tones of voices, etc...will cry if someone else starts to cry)...very loving and likes to cuddle. And he produces a lot of body heat, you will start to get hot just holding him for very long.
{I had thought this was ringworm a while back b/c of one of the spots looked like it, but it went away, nobody else in family had it...my two daughters did also have slight eczema in the bends of arms and legs...but it went away when I restricted dairy and treated with oils).

I need a remedy which is KOSHER -- please not animal derived. I will try the oatmeal baths...are there any vitamins or supplements which he may be lacking that would cause the eczema?
Thank you.
  mayfloweracademy on 2006-10-16
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please try Rhus tox 200 one dose and wait for at elast 15 days send the report to me. for further treatment.
dr.deoshlok sharma
deoshlok last decade
Very often children with eczema are deficient in Esssential Fatty Acids. My daughter was helped tremedously with Evening Primrose Oil and probiotics.

She didn't heal completely, though, until she went through several months of treatment using Homeopathy. Eczema is very difficult to heal (there are entire books written on how to heal eczema using Homeopathy) from what I've experienced and watched others experience. I think it takes a very gifted Homeopath.

Have you tried to find a Homeopath to treat your son in your area?

I had no luck, personally, but you really need someone who understands everything about your son's case, no disrespect to dr sharma.

Anyway, good luck!
josiewales last decade
Okay. I have done SEVERAL thing for my son (he is now 15mos old).
First I eliminated Cow Dairy products from his diet. I replaced that with whole Goat Milk....too many bad things are associated with soy so I am not even going that route.
(I noticed that his flare-ups were the worst whenever he ate ANY cheese, even just a tiny taste of it)
Next I started him on probiotics that are certified Kosher, he received 1/2TBSP before every meal for three weeks. I have now cut it down to 1/2TBSP per day.
Also I do not use any soap or shampoo when I bathe him, just good clean water.
He drinks only the goat milk and reverse-osmosis filtered water now.
I used Calendula Cream on the rashes for one week...this cream was not scented or colored with no artificial ingredients whatsoever.
At nighttime I bathe his body in plain unscented vaseline all over the rashy spots (this was for 2months).
Now, currently I only apply it like a regular moisturizer to keep his skin from getting dry.
Also I use ALL FREE & CLEAR laundry detergent with no dyes and no colors.
I shampooed my carpet with the ALL detergent mentioned above to remove any residual detergents from previous cleanings as well as to remove any pet dander (we have a dog) etc.
Okay after all of these things....
I am so excited that we are going into day two without a single rashy spot!

BUT I noticed something else with his food diary.--
He was eating at least one banana every day until this past week, he stopped eating them and then yesterday is when the rash started going away on his one leg (the other leg was better for several weeks now)......so I have another question.
Is there something in bananas (maybe the potassium) that could cause eczema? And when he stopped eating them the build-up of whatever nutrient was able to clear out and become normal again?
Is that even possible?

mayfloweracademy last decade

our son developed horrible eczema at about 4 months. For him, and I think for many kids, the eczema is related to foods. Our poor son reacted to just about everything. Cows milk is a likely culprit, others could be eggs, soy or nuts... and yes, even fruits. of course just avoiding the trigger foods is not a cure.

I agree with Josie, find a really experienced homeopath (not an ND who dabbles in homeopathy). For our son we saw two health practitioners... a kinesiologist/dietician who we loved. she helped identify the food triggers, did some BRT (body restoration technique) and other 'energy' treatments. We also saw a classical homeopathy.

our son has now been eczema free for many months. we still feed him a carefully controlled diet, and, he still has some issues with hives that come and go, but, we are hopeful that with further treatment he will be completely cured in the next year. This is no small accomplishment for a boy who one ignorant doc told us was one of the worst cases he had ever seen. He basically told us that elidil was our only choice! that level of ignorance simply astounds me to this day.

so, have hope, and plot your course carefully. you can bring your son through this.

john34 last decade
There are no homeopaths in my area....I just have to 'wing it' using books and internet information or either go the conventional medicine route (which I DON'T want to do).
mayfloweracademy last decade
Steph- in that case, please take your time... and see if you can get some of the real homeopaths on this list interested in the case. Also, I bought a really good book off amazon, 'the homeopathic treatment of eczema' which you should read before you start. it lists a large group of remedies and helps you chose the correct remedy.

john34 last decade
Thanks for the book recommendation, I will definately look into that.
Thank you!!!
mayfloweracademy last decade

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