out of control eczema!

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out of control eczema!

Owen has crazy eczema, it seems to have gotten much worse this past month. We have tried some products, but none have been effective in controlling it. There's SO MUCH out there, and I am tired of wasting our money on stuff that doesn't work! I need your thoughts on a couple of my thoughts, if you don't mind. Wink Oh, and sorry I've been a ghost...I really don't get down time on the PC these days! At all!! But we've been good...enjoying the 85 degree weather today!

-Could this be a food allergy? My doc says probably not, but my gut says maybe it's cow's milk.

-Have you tried coconut oil on your baby's eczema? Does it work? So far we've tried Aquaphor, perscription cortizone stuff, calendula, cetaphil, and Mustela Stelaprotect cream. thumbs down for all of it. The aquaphor has actually worked the best, but still not great.

-Is it possibly the shifting weather? I go back and forth between thinking it's that and/or the food allergy.

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Nathaniel just got it too. Dr recommended citaphil lotion and white dove bar soap when you bathe him. It clears up fairly quickly. Dr blamed weather. good luck.

Eta: I should have mentioned that little man had it on his back only. We did do diet modifications and for us it didn't help. Dr mentioned that in some places hard water could also be a cause.

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It's weather related somewhat, but it can also be related to diet. Not necessarily an allergy, but an intolerance or sensitivity. Try cutting out dairy and see if it helps! Also, maybe try a fragrance free laundry detergent and switch to using dryer balls instead of softener. Get all fragrance free shampoos/soaps/lotions.

California Baby Calendula cream was the only thing that worked for us, but there was a big stink over them changing their ingredients, so I don't know if the new formula stuff works or not. Good luck, eczema is evil! My hubby gets it bad every winter and no matter what we do nothing works very well.

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So it totally could be triggered by food even though most doctors will not agree that food causes it. DS1 has it so bad and we controlled outbreaks starting around 1 year through diet. For him it was/is 100% the dairy as well as refined sugar. When he was little it was easy to eliminate those items but now that he is 6 it is harder to controll what he eats when not with us so we are back to trying topical things to help ease it when it gets bad. We had great sucess and very few outbreaks when he was dairy and sugar free (honey and stevia didn't cause a reaction). At age 5 we reintroduced the dairy (and sugar started slipping in more) and the outbreaks have been more frequent and severe than ever before.

So yeah, products are hard to come by that don't cause issues. Agreed that aquaphor is ok, particually for the start of or a minor outbreak, but not a sure thing. We've had to use steriod cream more times these past few months than I am really comfortable with. CA baby (scent free) body wash is about the only thing I can use for his skin and hair. Honestly when he was younger I wouldn't use it more than 2 times per week on him and the rest of the time it was just a bath or rinse with water. Its harder now that he is older and stinky and plays lots of sports. We also use the lotion as well but again not too much. I find the less product I use on him, the better. I've never tried the coconut oil on him basically out of fear that it will cause a major issue and like you am so tired spending $$$ on stuff that doesn't work.

I notice weather being a factor only during the chage of a season. When we lived in San Diego (closer to your general weather I think) it wasn't such an issue. Just when it was hot and humid it caused his leg and elbow creases to react more the heat and extra sweat I thnk. Here in N. CA we have more drastic changes so when it is really cold he dries out too much and has an outbreak. Particulary on his face in the cold. And like you, we had some really warm weather the past few days so the heat and sweat is causing him to have a reaction. Mostly in those joint areas I mentioned.

I would try kicking the milk for a while and see if it helps. Ryland liked soy & rice alternatives from the beginning so it wasn't too much of a problem. If Owen isn't a fan then its good to start using it in things like fruit smoothies and transition slowly. Usually when they are little they like the other stuff cause it is sweeter tasting than cows milk. Gen soy also makes some great pre made puddings and such that are good transition items as well since they taste like the real (cows) stuff.

If you try the coconut oil, let me know what you think.

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yes Lucas had some back eczema at the beginning of winter. For us i think it was a weather thing as he seems fine now. But he had it on his back and his scalp was really dry and flakey. I use something in a blue bottle, tree something but it was in the natural section at the grocery store.

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Earth Mama Angel Baby products have a fantastic reputation for helping with skin problems. We switched the whole family over to using their lotions and body wash.

And yes to the diet being a big influence. My mom has excema really bad and dairy agitates it to the point that it gets out of control. When DH and I went to Hawaii we brought back some lotion made of kukui nut and my mom absolutely swore by that stuff. I would make sure to look for the good stuff as you don't want to introduce any extra nastiness in to his skin.

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Thanks for all your thoughts! We have removed all the fragrance from everything, which I already used 7th generation but it had essential oils. I am cutting the cow's milk out of his diet, he has had none today and I am hoping to go for at least 2 weeks to see if it helps. It's SO difficult because my other boys eat lots of dairy products, and Owen will see them and want them too. I think I can get rid of everything except kefir for my 3yo and string chz for my 5yo! Wish me luck, I will update in a couple weeks. Wink

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Don't forget to KUP on how it goes! Good luck, I'll keep my fingers crossed for ya!

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update: it's gotten way worse!
I removed all dairy from his diet, but not mine. It's been 5 days. I've also been using coconut oil instead of Aquaphor. I want stick with this for another week and see what happens.

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Oh no, I'm so sorry. Ryland weaned at 6 months and his eczema appeared after that so I don't know how diary from mom through BM works out with eczema. Hope after another week it starts to ease up and go away. KUP.

Is it still pretty hot in So. CA right now? Ryland is still working through a flare up and the weather has been going from cold to pretty warm all week in Nor. CA.

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Oh man, I hate to hear that!