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.
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.