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Eczema help for DN please - worried

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QueenOfCats Wed 01-May-13 21:30:08

I hope someone is able to offer some words or wisdom here as I'm quite worried about my little nephew sad

He is 9 months old and has been diagnosed with eczema. It's pretty severe (gp's words) at the moment.

His face is covered with infected eczema, he has been prescribed with Flucloxacillin to take 4x daily. It's made him projectile vomit. If dsil takes him back, is there another antibiotic that could be prescribed?

Dsil is using steroid cream and emollients as directed by the Gp and also an antibiotic cream. Is there any particular type of cream that may be better than aqueous cream?

None of us have any experience of eczema and the poor little mite is covered.

Piriton doesn't seem to be helping the itching either.

Would it be worth seeing a dermatologist privately? The Gp has referred but has said that there will be a long wait. If so, can anyone recommend a dermatologist in London - we are in Ealing.

Thanks for reading thanks

RenterNomad Thu 09-May-13 11:35:41

Such happy news smile

QueenOfCats Wed 08-May-13 23:25:31

Glad to be able to update positively!

Dn is now a totally different looking baby! The antibiotics that the hospital prescribed have cleared the infected eczema on his face up a treat! He still has dry patches and some flakiness there, but honestly, he's almost back to his old self smile

He has the eczema all over his body now, well patches all over his body but not infected and not giving him any trouble - he's happy as larry. The hospital also suggested epiderm cream which hasn't had much effect yet unfortunately.

Thank you all so so much for the advice - hugely appreciated. Db and dsil have decided to take dn to the professor in Windsor as suggested a little higher up and hopefully the cause can be diagnosed and treated.

thanksthanksthanks For all

dimsum123 Fri 03-May-13 06:31:48

I agree steriods are fine in the short term. I've had to use a very strong steroid for over 6 months but my skin is fine.

dimsum123 Fri 03-May-13 06:30:21

OP how is the little mite today? Hope better x

Springforward Thu 02-May-13 23:31:12

Doublebase is fab stuff, but we used to reapply every nappy change rather than twice a day when DS was tiny and his skin was at it's worst.

Creams can be trial and error - he doesn't do well with diprobase, cetraben, E45 or (worst of all) aqueous cream. Oilatum junior in the bath is good though.

For short term use steroids, though sounding scary, can be extremely helpful IME.

Fingers crossed it gets better as he gets older, bless him.

Wolfiefan Thu 02-May-13 23:19:14

So sorry to hear he is so poorly. GPs are generally rubbish when it comes to eczema. A good emollient can make all the difference. (I use diprobase, kids on Dermol and mum on doublebase!) hope you get to see a specialist ASAP. Poor mite.

koolforcats Thu 02-May-13 23:12:22

There's a website called itchy baby (I'm not sure how to link it but it'll come up if you google it) which I found useful. I second scratchsleeves too. I'm interested that lots of people have had allergy testing - I've been back to the gp time and again for my DS's eczema and she won't refer him despite him having some horrible flare ups. I don't like to keep using steroid cream as I'd rather discover why it's happening in the first place.

I recently saw an ad in the window of lloyds pharmacy for their eczema advice service. The lady I spoke to was excellent - she ran through exactly what I should try when a flare up happens, how often to apply the creams etc.

Good luck smile

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Thu 02-May-13 22:55:14

Oh gosh ow ow ow sad I hope they can sort it out for him

Queenmarigold Thu 02-May-13 21:18:41

You can get tubifast garments prescribed. They are better than the others as don't unravel and get tangled around little fingers etc. put them on top of the emollient after a bath.

run4it Thu 02-May-13 21:11:06

Ds has eczema - most steroids didn't work for him, until we were put on mometasone furorate - it's stronger than the normal one they give out. We tried a wide range of emollients - no right Answer, just depends on the kid I think - we tried aveeno, epaderm (the Vaseline type one - now we just use that in the bath) double base, and h ave currently settled on diprobase - took us about 18 months to get the eczema under control - for u s, it was finding the steroid that worked, to get it settled enough that we could then find an emollient that worked. The trigger for ds was my move to a 'normal' softener - but once the eczema had flared, even though we swapped back, it stayed flared.

dimsum123 Thu 02-May-13 21:06:38

I would HIGHLY recommend seeing a consultant dermatologist asap. GP's are not experienced enough to deal with severe eczema. I can recommend Professor Hawk in Windsor. He cleared my SEVERE eczema after endless GP's tried and failed. He is private but v nice and will reduce his fees if you are struggling to pay.

RenterNomad Thu 02-May-13 21:00:45

Oh, no, poor sore thing! sad

oohdaddypig Thu 02-May-13 20:24:03

I'm so sorry queen - I hope he is ok? Is it infected?

At least you can hopefully now get the referral you need?

Btw my friends baby was admitted to hospital with the same thing - was allergic to aqueous cream..... Just a thought.

QueenOfCats Thu 02-May-13 20:14:42

We have had to bring dn to hospital sad

A patch on his arm has broken open and is weeping, its completely raw and you can see it pulsating.

Hope they can help

QueenOfCats Thu 02-May-13 16:34:49

Wow - you lot are great! Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply thanks

Mama - would love to try the cream, so kind if you to offer smile will pm you and of course pay postage.

I have found a private allergy specialist (good point someone made above about dermatologists treating the symptoms but not adressing the cause) and am contacting the dermatologists mentioned above. Hopefully we can get some appointments sorted fairly soon.

Thank you all once again, hugely appreciated smile

eragon Thu 02-May-13 16:18:54

I found the prescribed stuff did work in the end, once we had got the allergies diagnosed.

I would be careful with 'natural'products if they contain potenial allergens. e.g camomile is a flower,so its not good if you have severe tree pollen allergy. which btw is now in full force.

antihistaine works best taken over a period of time to have greater impact on histamie levels. so keep on taking it during this time of infection and flare up.

get a refferal for an pead allergy clinic if you can or dermatologist.

good luck.

supercalafraga Thu 02-May-13 13:19:16

As a severe eczema suferer - be careful - lots of prescribed treatments can make it worse. If the eczema feels 'hot' it means the cream is causing more of a reaction. To help calm the itching dab camomile lotion on - cheap and it works!

Avoid dairy. Also get tested for allergy's.

Good luck!

Wheresmycaffeinedrip Thu 02-May-13 13:05:22

Severe eczema can be a sign of allergies and intolerances. Milk especially can make it worse. Forget the creams from the drs they don't work they make it worse.

This website had hundreds of gentle natural hypoallergenic products free of animal products and the usual allergens such as parabens and sulphates. Worth a try but you will need the steroid cream and antibiotics to clear the skin up.

RenterNomad Thu 02-May-13 12:55:42

Also worth exploring allergies with a specialist, or else you'll only be treating the symptoms with a dermatologist.

Pobblewhohasnotoes Thu 02-May-13 08:34:02

We paid for a private appointment (our GP refused to treat our DS's eczema). It really was the best decision we made although i hated that we had to do it. DS's skin is beautiful now. Prof Harper wrote the books on childhood eczema so I don't think you could see someone better, in my opinion anyway. He sorted DS out so I'm grateful.

Mama1980 Thu 02-May-13 08:00:29

Hi my ds1 had similar I think, it was awful. Definitely call the dr and switch anti biotics. And I second avoiding emollient cream. All that worked for my son was a goats milk cream trialled in burn units. Two weeks and it cleared was like magic. I have half a pot left if you'd like I'd be happy to send it to you?
You sound like a wonderful auntie grin

oohdaddypig Thu 02-May-13 07:31:50

Definitely avoid aqueous cream - it was never designed for excema and often makes things worse.

Certainly in my dd's case, her allergies can flare up out of the blue I.e, she was absolutely fine with her triggers for months and then suddenly reacted strongly to them. I am definitely not anti-vaccination but dd's excema always flares up after each booster....

So yes IMHO cheese could be the culprit or it could be something else he has had a while. The face bit is interesting - could it be something his face is coming into contact with? Eg lanolin in a woolen cardi? Or on his cot bed? Or even his mums perfume when he cuddles in? (All these affect my dd but it took me weeks to figure out each time and even then only when her system was otherwise stressed)

I promise I am not employed by the body shop smile but their body butter was the only thing that cleared her face up. I also use weleda baby calendula weather protection cream (you can get it off amazon) as a preventative barrier on windy cold days. Napiers do a fantastic cream too - also off amazon.

What a lovely auntie your DN has to care so much : )

Wolfiefan Wed 01-May-13 23:34:09

2x a day is not enough emollient. Smother frequently. Perhaps switch emollient. (Different ones work for different kids!) Have you been advised to wet wrap?

QueenOfCats Wed 01-May-13 23:26:14

Oh thank you so much for all of your replies and advice, it's really appreciated.

Will pass on to dsil to read through.

Dn has quite a large patch of weeping eczema on his forearm, this doesn't seem to be bothering him too much, but his face is bless him - will definitely mention the mitts for him.

The eczema on his body is spotty but seems to be under control thankfully.

Is steroid cream suitable for use on the face? I didn't think it was.

He is washed with aqueous cream but has doublebase all over at least twice a day - this is what the dr recommended but I guess you can't moisturise too much.

Oh, thanks to whoever linked the eczema society - they are giving away samples of cetaphil worth £35 if anyone is interested.

Will look into the recommendation for a dermatologist that someone have too, thank you.

It's awful to see him in the state he's in at the moment.

Oh the Gp also said to take him off his actimel formula, but we are doubtful that's the culprit as he has been on it since day one - could he suddenly have developed a sensitivity to it?

Dsil has given him cheese lately - could that be linked?

IEatCakeInBed Wed 01-May-13 22:55:52

We are still learning, but Scratchsleeves are fantastic.

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