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nwe mother ned help please

Posted: Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:27 pm
by aysha2013
Hello everyone

I have an 8 month daughter with eczema I had noticed her 2 months age and since that it become itchy and irritated. I had taken her to two dermatologists and they gave her hydroquortizone and moisturizer. At first it works and the symptoms relived but after one week it becomes worse due to the food she ate. I'm confused and depressed since I'm a new mother I don't know which food trigger her eczema I used to give her rice and potato for lunch, oatmeal for dinner and apple and pear juice.

Please help me with your experience my daughter is so precious to me since I had her after 3 painful miscarriages.


Re: nwe mother ned help please

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:06 pm
by Marcie Mom

So so sorry to hear of your struggles! I only have one child, and it's tough when she got eczema at 2 weeks old. Breast feeding (up to 6m) is thus far still the best, at least in terms of substantiation from studies. Allergy testing isn't accurate for an infant below 6 month, my daughter took hers at 7-month, so you may like to check with your doc. It may not be the food at all..I thought it was food too, but turned out not to be. The foods that more children are allergic to are cow's milk, wheat, soy, eggs - other foods are much less likely.

Take care, don't be too stressed over food, may not be it at all..

Re: nwe mother ned help please

Posted: Tue Sep 17, 2013 7:49 pm
by aysha2013
Thank you Mei for your replay

I only breast feeging her until she is 6 month old then I started to add solid food plus breast feeding.
She is better these days because I stoped giving her oatmeal .
I have never herd of Allergy testing but I will google it

Re: nwe mother ned help please

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:03 am
by Marcie Mom

Extracted below basic info on allergy test from my interview with pediatrician specializing in allergy, hope it helps, take care.

There are a few allergy tests available – skin prick test, blood IgE test and patch test. Can you explain a little more about these tests, how it is done on a child and how can a parent decide which to bring their child for?

Dr Liew: The type of allergy test recommended is based on the allergy symptom of the patient. As eczema is a mixed IgE/non-IgE driven disease process, tests for IgE like SPT and blood tests may be useful if positive, as targeted elimination may be attempted. If the tests are negative, empiric elimination of 2-3 weeks duration may still be considered if there appears to be a consistent food trigger. Prolonged avoidance however is not necessary and may result in malnutrition.

A skin prick test (SPT) is probably commonest and simplest allergy test performed in outpatient clinics. Essentially it is a scratch test with either a needle or plastic device, thus introducing a tiny amount of allergen protein under the skin surface. The test is completed within 15 minutes and measurement taken. A positive reaction appears as a small hive-like wheal and surrounding redness. It is good for identification of IgE mediated allergic reactions, and also for trending allergy sensitisation over time. Antihistamines would need to be ceased for 5-7 days, and there must be an area of clear skin (preferably the back in young children) for the test to be done. This is my preferred allergy test as there is minimal pain (especially with plastic devices), and results immediate. SPT also correlate better with allergic reactions if properly performed, as it takes into account the blocking antibody responses when the body is “outgrowing” an allergy.

Allergen specific IgE test can also be easily performed for IgE mediated reactions. This is sometimes preferable if the patient has severe eczema and unable to tolerate cessation of antihistamines, or has minimal normal skin to perform the SPT. Blood tests are generally more expensive, as each allergen protein tested cost around $30. Results are usually known within a week.

Re: nwe mother ned help please

Posted: Sat Jan 04, 2014 9:25 pm
by AnnaB
Both of my children had eczema within days of birth. I screwed my head up over food but it turns out it is environmental more than anything. There are various tests, skin prick, skin patch and blood tests. Don't give up keep asking and get back to your dermatologist.. Have you tried wet wrapping or silk suits?

Re: nwe mother ned help please

Posted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:20 am
by LMWhip13
Two of my children had eczema within a couple of weeks after birth and both were solely breastfed at that point.

Our specialist developed a plan to deal with eczema slightly differently depending on what state it was in - we had treatments to manage the eczema and slightly different ones to respond to flare ups. It might help to talk to your specialist about having a different action plan for each scenario.

It can take a long time to work out what the triggers are for a flare up. For us, our son had separate allergies as well. Even with reducing his exposure to these we couldn't avoid flare ups.

Because eczema can muck up the body's temperature gauge, sometimes my son's flare ups occur when the air is too hot, too cold, too dry or humid. Coming into contact with something rough can irritate his skin such as when he's spent the day playing at the beach. He also has environmental triggers - dust mites and pollen for eg. As an earlier poster noted, food might not necessarily be a trigger but it is relatively common if the type of eczema your daughter has is atopic dermatitis.

Being tested for allergies is a possibility - we have regular skin prick and RAST tests through our public hospital as my son is being managed by our paediatric immunology and dermatology clinics and they graph his test results. While you're waiting, you could keep a food journal to help narrow down some of the culprits.

Best of luck aysha2013.

Re: nwe mother ned help please

Posted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 9:41 pm
by KareKris
Hi Aysha,

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