How to cure eczema: toddler edition
March 16, 2011 6:25 PM Subscribe
Can you help me understand my toddler's eczema, and what I can do about it?
posted by misoramen to health & fitness (23 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
He got his first dry red spot in June of 2010, when he was 14 months old. Since then, the spots have responded to hydrocortizone (prescribed by his pediatrician), but have never gone away completely. They seem to go in cycles of more patches and rougher, and then calm down a bit. But we've never gotten them back to pure smooth skin with this topical method. The patches are only on his legs, not on hands or feet. They itch him only a little bit -- maybe for 10 seconds once a week or so. He doesn't have seasonal allergies.
So, what next? I have fairly detailed records of his life so far; should I be looking at sudden changes that happened around last June, like changing soaps or sheets? I have a complete account of everything he's ever eaten; should I enter it into a spreadsheet and look for patterns? Should I take him to an allergist? (If so, for what kind of testing?) Should I put him on an elimination diet? Should I test the surfaces in our home (couch, play rug) where he spends most of his time?
I want to take this seriously because if some unknown element is stressing his body, I want to eliminate it now.