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Baby Eczema

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PuddingPie16 Fri 29-Sep-17 17:44:57

Hi lovely people,

My DS is 5 weeks old and has Eczema. I took him to the walk in centre last Saturday and the Doctor diagnosed him with Eczema. The Doctor prescribed Ultra Base (moisturiser for the dry skin) and Hydrocortisone (1% steroid cream) and within 2 days he had immaculate skin.

Baby has had great skin this week but broke out again yesterday and so we are back to square one and having to result to the hydro again to fix it. However, I do not want this to be a fix for him constantly due to it being a steroid and its strength!

My question is..Eczema is usually caused by an allergy (so I am informed) and he only has it on his face, neck and arms so my thinking is it is diet related? I mentioned CMPA to the Doctor and he stuck his nose up and said this was the latest 'fad' and people are too quick to assume this when a baby gets Eczema. Little one also has no other symptoms and is generally a happy baby. He is both BF and FF (Cow and Gate - standard formula) and he will be fully FF within the next week or so.

Does anyone have any experience of managing baby Eczema please? Would you recommend seeing how he gets on with just formula for a couple of weeks? (in case he is allergic to something in my diet - none milk related) or perhaps when he is fully FF, try him on a comfort milk? (Which I have very minimal knowledge of so any information please would be greatly appreciated!).

Thanks everyone!

PuddingPie16 Fri 29-Sep-17 17:47:23

Sorry, just to make it clear...I meant when he is fully FF just see how he gets on for a couple of weeks with his current formula or try a comfort formula!

PuddingPie16 Fri 29-Sep-17 18:40:23

Also to add that he has only gone onto formula this week and Eczema began when he was just BF smile

PuddingPie16 Mon 02-Oct-17 12:58:23

Anybody please?

Daffodil397 Mon 02-Oct-17 13:14:25

Hi I don't know if this is helpful but my DD had eczema that was due to milk allergy.
It wasn't exactly the same scenario as your little one.
She had bad reflux/colic for the first 6 months (fully breastfed, me eating dairy)
Then just before I started her on solids, bad exzema on chest, back, legs and arms. Not face.
I feel for you because at the time I hated seeing her suffer and I was actually hoping she was allergic to dairy as then I could do something about it.
I cut out dairy at suggestion of gp and within 5 days symptoms had gone down.
It's worth saying though that after about 2 weeks, slathering on emollient 4 times a day I also saw an improvement.
If you can't see much difference with the emollient you've prescribed you could ask for a different one. We ended up on cetreben.
When I got to the allergy clinic the dr said not to be too afraid of using hydrocortisone 1% for occasional flare ups, she said it is quite safe and diluted and fine as long as not using mega often, so that's what I do!
If the eczema is not due to an allergy it's tough because I believe they just have to grow out of it but the emollient does make a difference I found.
Hope helpful xxx

QuietNinjaTardis Mon 02-Oct-17 13:19:09

Are you moisturising everyday? Even when you've stopped using the steroid you need to moisturise everyday to keep the skin from drying out and the eczema coming back.
My daughter had eczema from 19 weeks from head to toe. It's only now at the age of 3 that we can let up on moisturising and now I tend to only put it on after a bath or on any dry patches.

Wolfiefan Mon 02-Oct-17 13:23:03

YY to using the emollient. A few times a day if necessary. The right emollient can prevent eczema flaring up if you're lucky.
I wouldn't start worrying about diet unless you see reactions to specific things as you wean.
Don't bathe him too often. Avoid soaps and scented moisturisers. Cotton next to skin. Don't have house too hot. (Central heating plays havoc with my skin!) Watch what you wash clothes in. An extra rinse can help.

Goldmandra Mon 02-Oct-17 13:23:33

It's always best to keep using the emollients all the time to keep the eczema under control then use the steroid creams to manage flare-ups.

There are lots of possible triggers for the eczema and you may be able to identify your baby's with some detective work.

For my DDs it was perfumes in washing liquid/powder and baby bath.

Eczema is a dry skin condition and we found that using plain water for bathing helped.

Also switching to fragrance-free washing powder. It takes a while for this to help because you have to have washed all their clothing/bedding before they benefit from it.

We found that egg was a trigger for DD1 but she grew out of that.

Try not to cut out too many things at once or you won't be able to identify which one helped.

PuddingPie16 Mon 02-Oct-17 14:34:00

Thank you everyone for your responses!

Yes I am using the cream everyday and quite often. I do find it calms it and really helps the dry skin and am just using the steroid cream when he has flare ups.

I have yet to pinpoint what he may be allergic to but will monitor him more closely during flare ups to see if I can identify what may be setting him off.

Strangely enough Wolfiefan, my house is quite warm (new house so well insulated without heating!) and my brother suggested a dehumidifier to see if this helps his skin! So will look into that.

Due to it being on his face and back of neck, I feel like it is something external that he is coming into contact with and not diet but like you have all said, gradual detective work is required!

Thanks again smile

Wolfiefan Mon 02-Oct-17 14:48:57

And although the steroids should be used sparingly you can slather on the emollient!

bluesky3 Fri 06-Oct-17 23:05:06

My ds had similar and we worked out it was a contact allergy to wool, do you wear wool? do you lie him on wool carpets?

Nicketynac Fri 06-Oct-17 23:19:22

I sat in on an eczema clinic this week for experience, and the specialist had pretty much the same advice for everyone.
1. Emollient four times a day - people have a preference for different ones so worth trying out a few
2. Avoid anything perfumed
3. Two days of steroid cream a week is considered low risk and if you start using the steroid when you notice a flare up, then two days is all you need
4. Eczema is a chronic disease so flare ups will occur despite all your efforts
5. Food allergies are a less likely to cause eczema. They tend to cause stomach problems in babies rather than eczema symptoms BUT she did mention that rashes on face are more likely to be allergies than rashes elsewhere. She also said that they take weeks to clear up completely after removing the allergen but that improvement would be seen before that. You should not change to dairy free formula (or a dairy free diet if you are BF) before seeing a dermatologist
I will try and remember what else she said (my notes are in work).
Good luck!

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