Eczema And I Go To Battle.

I'll never forget that day. It was April 10th, 2009, when my 17 month old daughter was officially diagnosed with the painful and irritating skin disorder eczema. A mixture of emotions immediately consumed my very being.

Since January 2009, we had been beating our heads against the wall trying to figure out what was wrong with her, and now that we had a proper diagnosis, I was both relieved and frustrated.

The previous months had been filled with sleepless nights (for both my daughter and myself), and days of running my daughter back and forth between our local hospital and her pediatricians office. Consequently, I could only foresee what life would continue to be like since this condition is life-long.

I was quickly informed that eczema could only be managed, and that if my daughter was one of the fortunate few, she'd eventually outgrow it. Needless to say, I was not satisfied with that information.

As I drove home with a bag full of steroidal medicated cream for her face and body (which cannot be used for an extended period of time), and prescription liquid histamine blockers (that I was instructed to use every single day), I said to myself, "There has to be a better way."

To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of medication - especially where children are concerned.

Please don't misunderstand me, I do realize that there are times when medicine is the best and only option for dealing with a medical condition. However, medicine only treats the symptoms, and unless you treat the cause, the condition will continue to resurface.

That is why on April 10th, 2009, eczema and I officially went to battle.

* The Battle Begins - My Resolve To Beat Eczema.

I was determined to beat the odds come what may, and to find a more natural solution to control her condition. I was not going to settle with the idea that my daughter "might" grow out of this condition.

Besides, when would that be? How long would that take? From my conversations with other parents, their children "grew out of it" at the age of five, some fifteen, and others weren't so fortunate.

"No!" I screamed to myself. Eczema will not get the best of my daughter. She hasnt' even begun to live her life yet, and if it was in my power to take "the bull by the horns", I was more than willing to throw down.

* My Battle Plan.

It took me 2 1/2 to 3 months to get her eczema under control. It was a struggle, but she has never looked so good.

Through exhaustive research, and trial and error, other than an occasional dose of liquid histamine blocker, I have been able to control and keep her outbreaks at bay without medicine.

Here's the battle plan that worked for my daughter:

* Reducing Toxins In The Home.

1.) Pesticide spray is off limits in my home (it was pesticide spray that brought on my daughters condition - but that's another story). Instead, pesticide spray is limited to the outside of the home.

2.) Removing shoes before entering the home. Request that your friends and acquaintances remove their shoes when they visit as well (thereby, preventing outside toxins from embedding in the carpets in your home).

3.) Go green by using multipurpose nontoxic cleaning products. Better still, you can make your own nontoxic cleaning products that will be very easy on your pockets (just goggle "homemade cleaning products" and you'll get a bevy of recipes that will work for you).

* Reduce Toxins In Your Child's Body.

1.) Use natural, dye free, scent free bath soaps (Toms Natural has a line of natural soaps that are about $2 to $3 a bar, or pay a visit to your local health food store).

2.) Restrict foods and drinks that are artificially colored and artificially flavored.

* Enforce Dietary Restrictions.

Since certain foods exasperate my daughters problem, I have found that restricting certain items from her diet have really improved her condition. Food items such as:

1.) all citrus

2.) tomatoes and tomato base products

3.) all tree nuts

4.) shellfish

5.) all diary

6.) gluten (Celiac Disease Foundation: celiac.org and Gluten Intolerance Group: gluten.net provides you with ways to live gluten-free)

7.) eggs

(*It's important to note however, that a simple allergy skin test may not provide true results regarding what your child is allergic too. In my daughter's case, in addition to careful observation on my part, a blood test was also needed to determine that these foods exasperated her condition as well)

* Take Care Of The Skin And Scalp.

1.) Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. I apply non-scented Vaseline at least five to six times a day on my daughter, in addition to a smoothing cream called Udderly Smooth. I opt for these because I've found them to be just as effective as the more expensive creams but for half the price.

2.) My daughter gets a quick bath every other day in warm water. If the water is too hot or the bath is too long, it will only rob her skin of moisture. In addition, I put a capful or two of extra virgin olive oil in her bathwater to keep her skin moisturized even while she's receiving a bath.

3.) My daughter's condition was so bad, that it spread to her scalp as well. Therefore, when the itching and flaking gets out of hand, I use Dermarest medicated conditioning shampoo for about a week (you can't use it over a week) to repair her scalp.

On other occasions, I use an all natural shampoo and conditioner product from my local health food store, and massage olive oil on her scalp every other day.

4.) Since synthetic fibers irritate her skin as well, all of my daughter's clothes are 100% cotton, including her bedsheets and pillow cases.

5.) 100% cotton scratch mitts are placed on her hands to prevent damage to her skin on the occasions she does scratch.

6.) To prevent further irritants to her skin, I make homemade washing powders since I can control what ingredients are used in washing her clothing (goggle "homemade washing powders to find easy recipes if you choose to go this route).

7.) Prolonged sun exposure has also shown to be a major cause of her flareups. Therefore, I limit her exposure to the sun by ensuring she wears a hat, and lightweight cotton long-sleeved shirt and pants when we'll be spending any extended time in the sun.

I have come to terms with the realization that my daughter's battle with eczema may be a long and arduous one, but I'm determined not to give up. Resistance is not futile in my mind.

In order to provided my daughter with some normalcy and relief, I will battle this skin condition for as long as I have breathe in my body. I am determined to be victorious and beat eczema - come what may.

copyright © 2009.

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Ash 6 years ago

Hi there, thankyou or writting this post. My 19 month old has had skin problem for 6 months. We are still getting the run around and only got told today it MIGHT be eczema (after being told its scabies, bug bites, fungal infection, viral infection and ring worms- nothing has worked). He had scrapings of his skin and they are testing him for everything. Each week its something different. I just want to get to the bottom of it. Thankyou for your tips and hope!! I am going to use them as of today.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Ash, I really hope you can get a speedy and proper diagnoses very soon. The sooner you get one, the quicker you'll be able to set up a game plan on how to get your little one better. I feel for you, we even had to go as far as to get blood work since the skin scrapping didn't do much good. I'm so glad that this post provided you with some valuable and useful information. If my hub helped at least one other person, I've accomplished my goal. Please let me know how everything goes and if you have any questions, feel free to contact me here.


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glendoncaba 6 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

Eczema can be rather frustrating to deal with in your child. Patience and more patience required. My boy is 11 and still not outgrown it. You have my best wishes. I have just purchased an ebook on a natural remedy system that we plan to try next holidays.


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Thanks so much for the words of encouragement glendoncaba. Fortunately, with the use of a restrictive diet, and other avenues, my toddler's eczema went from being all over her body (face included) to it being mainly on her arms and legs now - which is a big deal for us in the time frame she was offically diagnosed (which was in April and we are now in Oct.). I agree, it is frustrating, but we can work through it. I hope the system you plan to implement works for your son. It's so funny, how so many aadults and children have this skin condition, but different things work for different people. There isn't one special medicine for this that works for everyone. Each individual actually has to tirelessly find out what works best for them.


Lei 6 years ago

Hi there! Thank you for posting these helpful tips. I also have a daughter who suffers from this horrible condition since she was 4 months old. She'll be turning 1 this MAy 24th and it seems to be getting worse. It breaks my heart to see her like this.. I 'll certainly try the products that you recommended. Hopefully, it will work on my baby girl! More Power! :)


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

I hope so too Lei - it is hard to watch your little one go through this. I have found that working from the inside out - i.e. diet, increasing water intake - as well as getting rid of as many outside irratants will help reduce the flareups.

I do hope that these products work for your daughter as well. I have had much success, but different things work for different people. I wish you much success and a speedy recovery for your daughter and less flare ups.

Thank you for taking the time out to read and leave a comment.


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creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

thank you Veronica, for this Hub,my grand baby really needs it. He has it bad and I feel really bad for him itching and scrathing. Thank you for sharing. God bless you. creativeone59


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

You are so welcome creativeone. I really hope this will help your grandbaby. I feel so bad for the litte ones. They suffer so bad with this skin condition and don't quite understand what they are going through.

Thank you for stopping by.


kmabry 6 years ago

Veronica, you are such an inspiration! Our baby girl has had this since about 4 months and yes, we've used everything under the sun to relieve the discomfort. I too don't believe in medicating my baby but using natural remedies. My question to you is did you request your daughter's blood test from her allergist or her pediatrician and did they agree immediately? This may be the next step since we're wondering if there are any other allergens that could be triggering her condition? Please keep encouraging us as we encourage you in this battle that has already been won by you!


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia Author

Kmabry, thank you for taking the time out to read and share your personal experience with us.....in regards to your question, after I informed the allergist that my daughter was still reacting to certain foods that the blood test was performed. She informed us from the outset, that often due to this condition a skin test may not be as reliable, so it had already been determined from that we would need to take this avenue as well.

(A side note - our daughters eczema had resurfaced so badly, that it was very difficult to find a patch of skin that was not effected. Unfortunately, they had to take blood out of her hand - which was very painful for her. So be prepared if her skin condition is to those extremes).

Though the blood test will be more accurate, it may still not determine every trigger. That is where keeping a close eye on your daughter comes in at. I actually kept a journal of everything my daughter ate, what I washed her clothes in, what soaps I used, and the places we visited (i.e. I notice that when we stay in hotels she has a flareup - I think that it is either the chemicals they use to clean the room or the pest control they use in the rooms. Therefore, I ensure that she wears lightweight longsleeves shirts and wears lightweight pants to protect her skin, and it is on these occassions that I will resort to using her medication). While it can be quite tedious, it is well worth it once you have determined the flareups, enabling you to prevent them.

I do wish you and your family the best, fighting this skin condition is truly a battle. With the right tools though, you can be successful at it.

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