Re: Breast Feeding and Eczema Problems
Hi there. I've got a kiddo with chronic severe eczema. He's had it since about 2 mos old. One of the first things his dermatologist told me was NOT to use oatmeal in his baths. Oatmeal is very drying to the skin and is great for wet rashes like poison ivy or chicken pox, but for eczema, which is a result of/causes dry skin, it can actually make things worse.
It could potentially be something in your diet, but without other signs of a food allergy (gastro issues, tummy upsets, congestion, redness around the anus, etc) I would look at environmental triggers first. Think about the soap you use, your perfumes, shampoos, air fresheners, carpet cleaners, anything scented or chemical that he might be coming into contact with.
As I said, this is something we've been battling for years and the absolute BEST thing for us as far as getting his skin healed up has been daily soak and seal baths. I would start with that and see if it helps you before starting to eliminate foods. Put baby in the bath for 15-20 minutes (at this age, it might be easier to get in with him, but whatever works for you). Put a wet towel or washcloth over his head and shoulders to make sure his entire body stays damp. The key is to NOT let the skin get dry. After the bath, pat him dry (don't rub) and within 3 minutes, while the skin is still damp, get him covered head to toe in moisturizer. The one that has worked best for us, recommended buy the hospital I took my son to for eczema treatment, is Vanicream. It is relatively light, doesn't sting on open areas (for the most part), and it comes with a pump top so you aren't contaminating the lotion with bacteria from your hands (particularly important for kids with sensitive skin!). We've also used Eucerin in the past and that works well too. Both are dye and fragrance free. You cannot put too much lotion on. You want to be able to SEE it on the skin. Then put baby in thin, 100% cotton long sleeve, long leg jammies or footies. Put little cotton socks on his hands too, if there is eczema on his hands (or even if there isn't- it can help keep him from damaging when he scratches). And a cotton hat if dry skin on his head is an issue. Start with doing it before bed and see if it helps. If you feel you need to do it more than once a day, that's okay too. We started off doing it 3x/day and cut back as he healed up.
Other things you can do are keeping his fingernails trimmed really close so he does less damage when he scratches and generally keeping his skin covered in long clothes, socks, hats, etc.
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