I recently had a baby. He was the cutest baby boy you had ever seen. Everything about him checked out great. We get home and we notice little bumps all over his body. So we figure he has sensitive skin. We switched to doing all our laundry in the same laundry detergent that is free of dies perfumes and others making it safe for baby. All our bedding gets washed in this as well. No don’t smoke, but we do have pets. However, our pets are outside. The little red dots go away from his body for the most part and just stay on his cheeks. Pretty soon his cheeks are cracking and bleeding and clear yellow liquid is oozing out and crusting on his cheeks. It was time to take him in to the Doctor.
Dr explains that she does not believe it’s an allergy to anything at this time because he is showing no other symptoms. She prescribes an anti biotic and hydrocortisone cream. For almost two weeks we used this combination and it seem to clear it almost all the way up. Since there was just a little left, I followed Dr Orders and switched to Eucerin cream. That seemed to make his cheeks more irritated. We take him in to the doctor again. She says that although it is a series condition it’s not something I need to worry about so much and she provides me with a stack of papers to read that is all about Infant Eczema.
In these sheets of information it advices that the baby can get a form of lupus passed on to him/her during birth from a mother that has lupus. Well Dr’s do say that I have lupus and fibromyalgia. But we’re not thinking it has anything to do with. As my doctor has told me – it is just baby eczema and it will eventually go away, we just have to try to keep it from getting too bad.
I will share my experience with you with this baby eczema. The Eucerin cream that they gave us does not work on my son’s sensitive skin. It made the eczema worse and more agitated. We switched over to Aveeno Baby with Oatmeal. Our son seems to tolerate this lotion better than the Eucerin and it has helped sooth his eczema.
There are a lot of other triggers of eczema such as allergies to dairy (milk and cheese), meat, eggs, and pets. If you have a child that has eczema and you don’t know what is triggering it or how to get rid of it, consider experimenting with his diet first. Change his formula to Soy, try that for a month and see if the eczema clears up. If not you can go back to the less expensive regular formula based on cows milk. Try eliminating something else for a month. Try changing another food, such as eggs or meat, or try getting rid of your pets. A lot of families are emotionally connected to their pets so before you get rid of Fido and Fluffy ask your doctor to do an allergy test. If the test comes back that your child is not allergic to the pets then you can keep Fluffy and Fido.
I knew nothing about eczema when my son was first diagnosed with it. I have known several people adults and children that have it but I have never asked them anything about it. So when my son ended up having it I was clueless. Thankfully I have a wonderful doctor that stuck with me, explained some things to me and was nice enough to search for information she could give to me to read about it.
I learned that dust mites in the baby’s room can cause eczema to flair up. Weather changes can cause it to get worse and need to apply lotion more frequently. I learned that it is not contagious.
And, if you would like to learn more about Infant Eczema please look through this wonderful website: http://www.infantseczema.com/ this is the exact information that my doctor provided me when we came in to her.