What’s a Mom to do? My Baby Has Eczema

Wednesday , 18, July 2012 13 Comments

Insert sad face here.  More like sad/frustrated face.  My poor baby has eczema.  I wish with every fiber of my being that I could fix it.  But so far wishing, praying, and 3 different doctors have not ‘fixed’ Eli’s skin.

My beautiful boy

Eli has had skin troubles since he was born starting with some crazy cradle cap, and now some very stubborn eczema.  When he was 4 months old, his pediatrician recommended that we see a dermatologist and even after 3 visits to the dermatologist, we had no answers.  Now, we are working with a different pediatrician in Newnan in hopes of determining the cause of Eli’s skin irritations. Each doctor has diagnosed him with Eczema, but has no idea what is causing it to be so irritated.  It doesn’t seem to be leaving any permanent scarring, but Eli does scratch, so I know it itches.  Poor baby.  I just want to fix it.

So far, the only thing that has cleared up his skin at all is a steroid cream, which can’t be used for more than a few days in a row, and the rash comes right back when I stop using the cream.  We have also tried a couple other, less potent prescription creams, none of which made any difference.   I eliminated all dairy from my diet for 5 months and saw no improvement.  Currently we are using Epsom salt baths, Cetaphil cream, and are waiting for the results from an allergy test.

It is no fun to feel so helpless.  We are lucky that Eli is such a happy kid.  Aside from the scratching you would never know the eczema bothers him.  At this point, we are trying to manage the itchiness as much as possible and I am really hoping that he just outgrows it.

I am also thankful that his eczema has been our biggest struggle so far.  I know many families are not so lucky.  I have great respect for mammas (and dads) that support their children through much more than skin irritations.

I will share a few pictures so if you are squeamish about yucky skin stuff, don’t scroll down.  If you have any suggestions, we are willing to give pretty much anything a try at this point.





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  • Nikki says:

    Poor baby and poor mommy. My son suffered from eczema too. His started as weird cradle cap and then spread. I cut out wheat, dairy,fish, and nuts from my diet. I lost a ton of weight. My son still suffered. I tried all the natural remedies and used the prescription creams my pediatrician prescribed. Nothing worked. I finally begged my way into an appointment with a pediatric dermatologist at Emory. She prescribed three different creams (used daily until symptoms went away). Within 24 hours my son’s skin was almost clear. Several days later we couldn’t see any signs of the rash. I recommend calling Emory’s pediatric dermatologists for an appointment. We live in Henry Co. but the drive is worth it! Good luck and good health!

  • Rachel says:

    Wow, Nikki. Sounds very similar to the struggles we have been having. How old is your son now? Is his eczema still clear? This is very encouraging…I might have to give Emory a call!

    • Julie says:

      We had to go to Emory to see a pediatric dermatologist when C was a baby for something unrelated to what you’re going through, but they were WONDERFUL. Highly recommended!

  • Wendy says:

    Sounds like Emory might be the way to go…I don’t have any helpful suggestions except give that handsome boy some squeezes, I haven’t seen his smiling face in a while and I miss talking to him! 🙂

  • Nikki says:

    My Liam is 4. I hope you can get some relief soon. When you call ask if they can just work you in if there is a long wait for appointments. Don’t be afraid to plead your case to get in sooner rather than later. Good luck!

  • Christy says:

    My pediatrician’s son had really bad eczema too, until she figured out that he had a few food allergies. One is peanuts…and I can’t remember what the others are. But once she cut those 2 or 3 specific foods out of his diet, his rashes completely cleared up. How old is he? If you’re still nursing, you could go on an elimination diet. It’s super hard at first, but after a few weeks you should see some results. I had to do it with my 2nd baby (for digestive issues she was having) but she was seriously a whole new baby after about 2 weeks. Worth it!! Good luck…hope for his and your sake that he clears up soon. 🙁 Poor boy!!

    • Rachel says:

      Yes, Christy, we have have not ruled out food allergies at this point. I did go off of dairy, peanuts, strawberries, shellfish, and eggs for about 3 months and didn’t see a difference. It is definitely something we are keeping in mind as we start to introduce more foods to Eli. He is about 8 months old, and I don’t think I will be nursing him much longer as he is ALWAYS hungry even after I have nursed him. Thanks for your kind words 🙂

  • Stephanie says:

    I am into natural medicine and natural remedies and have been for nearly 20 years. You are right in that you need to find the root cause. If allergies are ruled out, it could be candida (overgrowth of yeast). This is something that is rarely addressed by western doctors. Infant probiotics could be helpful. If you aren’t taking a probiotic, you could add it to your diet as well.

    There are several essential oils that are helpful with eczema. Lavender, geranium and melaluca are all good. I have made salves out of cold-pressed coconut oil with a few drops of the essential oils for a few friends; they work very well. Safe, natural and effective.

    I sell essential oils. If you are interested check out my website. I live in the Atlanta area and would be very willing to send you a sample for you to try on your little guy.

    Kudos for nursing him so long. That’s such a great for Eli.

    • Rachel says:

      Thanks, Stephanie! The pediatrician we just saw last week did address that it might be yeast. She recommended the probiotic. We are also using coconut oil and are doing epsom salt baths. I don’t want to get ahead of myself here, but his skin is looking a little better…Yay! I will e-mail you with questions about your products!!

  • Cindy says:


    It helped my baby girl. It’s a lot of work but for us we didn’t care. We did what we had to. 🙂

    I hope it helps. Remove all your detergents and get real soap. This website explains all the details.

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