exczema, soy formula, xp, max related

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MichiGal23's picture
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exczema, soy formula, xp, max related

Maxton has developed a pretty nasty case of exczema on his face (and a bit on his stomach/chest) over the last month. He had his 4 month appt today and the dr recommended switching to soy based formula and gave me a sample case of similac soy. I've given him two bottles already - the smell is making me a bit sick. Haha. Anyways, just wondering if anyone has experience with soy formula? Anything I should be looking for as far as negative reactions? And how long will it take before I know its working?

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If the eczema is because of the dairy based formula you should notice a difference within a week for sure. But also, there is a high percentage of babies that react to dairy based formula will also react to soy based formula. That was the case with Jeena.

Did the doctor give you any creams for the eczema? If he gave you hydrocortisone, be careful using it on his face, it thins the skin over time. You can try to use Spectro Kids Eczema Care cream on his face. (I can't use this on Maria's eczema on her face because she reacts but I can use it anywhere else on her).

Hope this helps. Unfortunately, I'm becoming a bit of an expert with this eczema stuff.

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I knew there was someone on here dealing with exczema stuff, too. Yeah, the dr gave me a handful of samples of cetaphil and eucerin. She said to try them both and figure out which one we like best. She did talk about the hydrocortisone and said we could get the 1% but she doesn't like telling parents to put it on their baby's face. And especially since he's constantly rubbing his face with this, she was afraid it might get into his eyes too. So she said we could do that, to use our judgement.

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I haven't used cetephil or eucerin. Once I have Maria's eczema patches under control I really have to make sure I moisturize her skin. We use any unscented lotion and it works great!

Also baths in oatmeal (in a sock) or baking soda really helps with the itchiness too!

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*lurker*

DS has eczema as well. We have added a humidifier in his room for nights when the air is dry. We also use Aquaphor on top of lotion and that helps a lot to keep it in check. For face though, we use Aloe. It helps and I don't worry about getting it in his eyes or mouth as much. We also had great results with the oatmeal bath (we just poured ground oats into the bath water) and it helped the itchiness a ton. Oh and lotion without scent is a must!

I also keep his nails extremely short so when he does itch he doesn't cause as much damage to his skin. I also avoid products on myself that will touch him (I use his lotion on my hands for example). If you are nursing your LO, be careful of lotions you use on your body. Babies with eczema are also very sensitive to laundry detergents, switch to an unperfumed detergent. Lastly, our pediatrician recommended he take a bath every day. We were thinking less baths so his skin doesn't dry out, but ped. said that bath everyday with just water helps to get rid of dead skin which can aggrevate the eczema. She said to use soap at the very end of the bath (and only when needed) and don't let DS sit in the soapy bathwater.

Good luck - it's no fun to deal with eczema!

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Miles had a a tiny case of eczema and the doc said to try the Eucrine, I had also picked up Aveno baby for eczema. That seemed to work.

Completely off topic, but I can't believe Max is 4mo old already!!!!

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My nephew has Eczema on his face & stomach when he was about 4 months old. My sister was told to just use some Aveeno Eczema cream and it worked. It dried up and peeled off. It hasn't been back since.