Eczema

has taken over my life.  Seriously.  When I’m at work, I think about eczema.  When I’m home or on coffee break, I google eczema.  When I meet new people or chat with my family, we talk about eczema.  Did you know that children with eczema will likely outgrow most of their symptoms by the time they are 5 years old?  Or that their parents likely suffer from hay fever, asthma, or airborne allergies?  Did you know that even if you use Free and Clear laundry detergent you still have to run clothes through a second rinse cycle to get all the detergent’s chemicals out?  Oh, and dryer sheets are the DEVIL.

What started as a few bumps on the baby’s back developed into the worst case of eczema I have ever seen in my life in 7 short days.  We have been to the pediatrician, a dermatologist, and then back to the pediatrician.  We have an appointment with a specialist at A.I. but that’s not until JUNE.  I have tried Cetaphil, prescription foam, Cerave, Triple Cream, Arbonne, Vaseline, Nozema, Formula II, and Aveeno, all the while dosing him with Zyrtec, which I don’t think can possibly be good for a baby.  I think we have finally found a treatment that works.  I give him a bath every night, letting him play in the tub for awhile before washing him, so that he isn’t playing in soapy water.  I wash his hair and skin with pine tar soap, so when he is good and clean he smells just like a woodstove.  After bath, we apply a topical steroid cream prescribed by the pediatrician.  At bedtime he gets 1/2 tsp. of Zyrtec.  We’ve only been doing this for one day, but he is already 75% better.  I think we may have this licked.

Oh, and the doctor told me that if this doesn’t work we will have to do an oral steroid because he may have SCABIES.  That’s pretty much when I involuntarily screamed and scrubbed my entire house with bleach.  Wasted effort, it turns out.  Scabies is caught from other kids, not from dirt, so the baby may, in fact, have to spend his entire life in a plastic bubble.  (NOT SCABIES, by the way.  The treatment is working well, so it’s just plain old eczema.)

Next post:  How I was treated at the WallyWorld pharmacy and why they may never get another penny from me.

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4 comments on “Eczema

  1. Big Alice says:

    I’m sorry you’re having to deal with that, and glad he’s getting better.

    I’ve had low-level eczema for years on my feet and this year it decided to blow up all over my hands. It’s not usually too much of a pain but sometimes it gets bad and itchy and cracked. 😦

    The steroid grease works to reduce it, as long as I use it twice a day, every day. I finally stopped after getting so tired of greasy hands and just use it for bad outbreaks. Why my body is trying to kill itself this year, I just don’t know. I hope you have more luck.

    But I have to agree that drier sheets are the DEVIL. But I felt that before the whole eczema hands thing 🙂

  2. jenferkel says:

    My son had eczema really bad and it almost went away overnight when we found out he was allergic to soy. Soy is in Gerber cereal (not sure how old your baby is) and not in Beechnut cereal. Once the soy was out of his system, it was like day and night. He still has little flareups on his wrists or behind his knees, but Arbonne baby oil and lotion does the trick. No more steriods for him! He also had appointments at AI in the dermatology department and that was how we found out about the soy.

  3. Aunt Kathy says:

    Eczema, Psoriasis… yeah I suffer, still. It went away for a long time as a child, but came back when I got pregnant. Weird huh? So glad you found the perfect treatment.

  4. Rachel says:

    Eczema is aweful, my sister has it, and thankfully it hasn’t flared up lately.

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