Infantile Eczema

March 7th, 2010

My youngest was diagnosed with infantile eczema at 2 months of age. It was pretty severe and required an emergency visit to the pediatric dermatologist.

I knew nothing about eczema as no one in the family has it and my two previous children never experienced eczema problems. The dermatologist diagnosed it as dust mite related eczema and I was heart broken, because it meant complete lifestyle change.

I found myself spending hours on the internet looking for answers, or anything that would indicate my little girl was going to get better soon. I cried many nights, because it broke my heart watching her in agony.

The doctor gave me tons of creams, most of them based on cortisone. I did not know what was worse, me wrapping her so she doesn’t scratch herself to blood or poisoning her little body with cortisone. A food allergy test was ordered but at 5 months because she was too little at the time. In the meantime, I had to cut out all the common allergy causing foods from my diet since I was breastfeeding.

I couldn’t stand the thought of using the cortisone, because whilst it relieved the redness and itch, as soon as I would stop for the recommended 4 days break, the eczema came back. And each time it was worse.

I decided to visit a naturopath, firstly because I’m a believer in natural medicine ( my argument is, how did people cure themselves thousands of years ago…anyway, that’s me) and secondly, it was recommended to me by a friend.

So I went. He told me to stop the cortisone immediately and gave her some natural (disgusting) drinks and (stinky) creams that worked instantly. Whilst it didn’t cure the eczema, it helped to the extent that she was comfortable. In the meantime, we had the allergy test, and it turned out that she had quite few allergies, but not dust mites related.

Today, my beautiful baby is eczema free. We are still eliminating all of the foods from the allergy list, but I slowly introduce them in small amounts. The immunity has to be built up in my opinion. She gets small reactions here and there, but never to the extent she had at 2-4 months.

I thought I will share my story as some of you out there are spending your life looking for some answers to relieve your baby’s and your pain. I know how desperate I was for stories, advice or anything that was going to give me hope and tips on how to relieve my babies eczema problem.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me or comment. I will be more than happy to help in any way I can.

Cheers
Tatjana