Your Questions About Eczema

Sandy asks…

Toddler with milk allergy, advice?

My 16 month old baby was just diagnosed with milk and egg whites allergy, they told me the blood test results over the phone. Also they told me to schedule appointment with an allergist. So I did, next appointment is available at the end of August. Till then I have no idea what to feed him with? Soy milk seem sdoesnt have required amounts of fat as whole milk, lactaid milk still contains milk protein he is allergic to. He was on Similac milk based formula since birth. It is weird he just got diagnosed at 16 months after I changed pediatricians several times trying to figure out why gets so bad eczema. I was kept being told it was normal. Now I see it was because I fed milk formula to him and since 1 year he drinks several cups of whole milk per day that he is in fact, allergic to. This morning I went and bought some soy Similac toddler formula, thos things are so expensive! Isnt there something cheaper out there? I cannot find a soy toddler formula in store brands, only Similac and Enfamil which is very expensive. Is there a type of soymilk that is good for toddlers? What should I do? 2 months till I can talk to specialist about this. Pediatrician says do whatever you always did till the specialist says otherwise. But seems idiotic to me to give him milk & cheese if he is allergic to it, right???

admin answers:

I know a 6-year-old that is allergic to milk and Way. I, in fact, am lactose intolerant so I drink a lot of non-dairy milk. If I were you, I would try Rice Dream milk(rice milk). I drink it; it tastes great, it’s dairy free, and it is rich in vitamins. It’s not very expensive but it’s a little bit more than regular milk. I don’t think he needs a special formula; he’s at an age where he can drink whole milk. Don’t give him any dairy products and try Rice Dream; there is even ice cream of that brand you can try! I hope this helps!!!

Maria asks…

Toddler has milk allergy, what should he drink?

My 16 month old baby was just diagnosed with milk and egg whites allergy, they told me the blood test results over the phone. Also they told me to schedule appointment with an allergist. So I did, next appointment is available at the end of August. Till then I have no idea what to feed him with? Soy milk seem sdoesnt have required amounts of fat as whole milk, lactaid milk still contains milk protein he is allergic to. He was on Similac milk based formula since birth. It is weird he just got diagnosed at 16 months after I changed pediatricians several times trying to figure out why gets so bad eczema. I was kept being told it was normal. Now I see it was because I fed milk formula to him and since 1 year he drinks several cups of whole milk per day that he is in fact, allergic to. This morning I went and bought some soy Similac toddler formula, thos things are so expensive! Isnt there something cheaper out there? I cannot find a soy toddler formula in store brands, only Similac and Enfamil which is very expensive. Is there a type of soymilk that is good for toddlers? What should I do? 2 months till I can talk to specialist about this. Pediatrician says do whatever you always did till the specialist says otherwise. But seems idiotic to me to give him milk & cheese if he is allergic to it, right???

admin answers:

It does, but if it’s only eczema and not making him ill, it might be best. See how he reacts to the Soy Similac and if it’s alright, I guess you just have to suck up the price. And you are right about Lactaid milk, for an allergy it will still cause an issue.

Chris asks…

Please help… toddler has rash on left side of body, any ideas?

My 18 month old has had a rash on the left side of his body for about a month now. It is red with small bumps and starts under his left armpit and goes down to his hip. It doesn’t seem to bother him though. I took him to the doc and the nurse said she thought it may be eczema. He has never had anything like this before, and I am not too convinced that it is eczema. Any ideas what it may be, and if it is not bothering him should I be too concerned about it?

admin answers:

Just because it’s not bothering him doesn’t mean you should not be concerned about it. He needs to be examined my a dermatologist. Most pediatricians don’t have too much training in diagnosing skin conditions, we have both a pediatrician and a dermatologist in the family. The pediatrician is willing to admit that he’s not the know it all in skin, and sends patient to the dermatologist in his office building.

My pediatrician looked at a spot on my sons leg and said to put cream and a band aid on it. Turn out my son has a very rare mast cell formation on his leg (one in 6 million) that also lines the intestines.. And the patient usually dies from it. My dermatologist and endocrinomogist needed to see my son right away. If I had played the “wait and see” game that my pediatrician suggested, my son could have died.

I’ll never again allow a pediatrician to decide what needs to be done for skin conditions. No way. And that spot on his leg never bothered my son, either. He called it his “spotty spot.”

Ruth asks…

Is there any relief from my apparently chronic health anxiety?

I am a 16 year old male with a few minor health conditions including: asthma, eczema, allergies (indoor and outdoor) and a recurring sinus infection (likely due to the allergies and lack of adequate treatment of them). Now, all of those conditions have been diagnosed and are being treated. But what about the other ones that I keep cycling through? First I think I have a blood disorder(didn’t). Thought a muscle defect in my calf was a malignant sarcoma(was a fascia defect from an early age, even though I had it since I was six I still thought somehow it was cancer). I cycle through various life threatening disease with common symptoms. I have a sore throat, congestion, fever, aches. I then think its viral meningitis, then I think that it is sinus cancer as I blew my nose constantly and eventually there was blood. Or I get a cramp in my stomach, or a muscle issue and I fear the worse. I know these ideas are erroneous, but I cannot shake them. Once I become infatuated with a new illness, I get a thought “What if this one is real”.
Over the last few years I have become a walking medical dictionary. I often amaze my doctor with the degree of knowledge I can spit out (no pun intended) that pertains to one of my illnesses; fictional or otherwise. I often go to my pediatrics doctor and pick up something at the office from one of the many sick toddlers there; a minor cold virus. This leads to all sorts of anguish. Plus, I have pretty bad allergies and I often get a sinus infection from the vicious circle that is nasal congestion. I feel that I have a sense of inevitable doom, much like someone with OCD who constantly ties their shoes or something. The reason I seek help, or at least some form of guidance, is because now it has become a hindrance to my life. I am taking a lot of AP courses at school (hugely stressful) and am preparing for college. I find that my anxiety is crippling and unrelenting, as I find myself spending more and more of what little free time I have on research to no avail. It seems like the combination of my anxiety with my asthma and allergies have made a horrible cadence of this whole thing.
So, is there relief? I would like someone who is either very knowledgeable on the subject or is a hypochondriac themselves to answer. Please, no trolls “You’re going to die soon… ect.” and no generic “Seek Help”/”Good Luck”/”Get Medicine” as I find no solace in these things, nor do I find them useful.
Thank you.

admin answers:

Why anxiety disorders are so complicated; much more complicated than most people can ever imagine.
First you have anxiety or fear.
Then you develop the fear of the fear. The mind tends to treat anxiety like an autoimmune disorder so it attacks the fear with more fear.
You begin to fear the fear or feeling the original fear and so on….
It is as though you’re mind begins to build a vast fortress to protect itself from the fear, and it keeps building wall after wall, barbed wire fences, and this can go on for a lifetime until you realize at some point that you haven’t really built a fortress, you’re not in a safe place at all; instead you have built a prison and you are trapped in the prison with your anxiety. That is an intolerable sitaution and that is WHY I ALWAYS come back to the point that you MUST treat anxiety as soon as possible. The minute it shows it’s face you must find a way to deal with effectively because if left unchecked over the years, it will take a greater toll on your mental health, leaving you with very little life to live.

To answer you’re question: Anxiety can be considered a factor in any number of diseases, like diet and exercise; anxiety is a mitagating factor but not a root cause.
Anxiety, panic, constant worry can make your blood pressure temporarily rise but not on a sustained basis. Anxiety will not cause malignant hypertension. Hypertension is another condition altogether and anxiety would not make it better but anxiety alone can not cause you to have sustained and permanent high pressure. It just will not happen unless you have other underlying medical issues. So, if you’re worrying about anxiety causing hypertension, just don’t. Anxiety will cause the occassional rise in blood pressure that you would get from jogging or playing a game of tennis. Your blood pressure goes up and down all day,l that is what normal blood pressure does. Now if your doctor tells you that you have high blood pressure, there a medications to manage that and they are very effective.

Anxiety is not going to make any medical condition better but it cannot create a medical condition such as an ulcer or arthritis. That is not to say that anxiety won’t manifest itself physically – we all know that it does that very efficiently!
Gastric problems, headaches, muscle twitching, heart palpitations and all these things can be terrifying and it is hard to hear that they really don’t mean anything because they seem so real. They all dissapate when you get the proper treatment for the underlying cause which is… Anxiety.

And you won’t go insane either; anxiety can make you feel like your losing your mind but psychosis doesn’t have it’s root in anxiety, it just doesn’t happen that way. People who have schizophrenia and psychotic conditions have very distinct and different mental disorders and are totally unrelated to anxiety.

John asks…

21 month old. Formula, Toddler Milk, Cows Milk or Soy ???

My son is 21 months old and has been on formula since 3 months. When ever I try him on cows milk he gets eczema on is arms and legs. Should I forget about cows milk or persist? Or should he be on soy or toddler milk, or do I stick with formula?
Too many options!
Yes I am feeding him toddler food?! And he is only having a bottle at nap time and one before bed which I am fine with. I KNOW he should be coming off formula hence the question about suggestions for an alternative.

admin answers:

Try soy milk, rice milk, goat milk. Talk to his dr, he may need an allergy test to see what in the milk is causing the reaction.

Sharon asks…

I have 3 questions about my 15 month old son and I would LOVE some advice from other moms/dads!?

My 15 month old son has Eczema he is on a cream from the doctor but it doesnt seem to be helping. He also doesnt eat ANY veggies and only eats bananas as a fruit. He doesnt like the wet juicy feeling!

So here are my 3 questions:
How do you treat your childs eczema?
Any fruits or veggies out there that can be mixed with something else so that he will eat them?
Do you/Can you give your toddler vitamin supplements? If so what do you give them?

THANKS A BUNCH!

admin answers:

Add shredded veggies & fruit (for example: zucchini, carrots or apples) to pancake batter, muffin mix, quick breads, pasta sauce.

Offer veggies or fruit with dip – steamed carrot strips with ranch dip or hummus, strawberries with yogurt

make smoothies – yogurt, milk, frozen berries in the blender until smooth

blend cooked veggies in to other foods your child will eat – cauliflower puree mixed in to mac & cheese

offer healthy choices often and retry rejected foods few weeks later – little taste buds change quickly

Talk to your child’s pediatrician about vitamins. We have a prescription vitamin/fluoride combo drop for our kids.

Eczema – try mild soap & lotion like Cetaphil and only bathe baby 2-3 times a week.

Donna asks…

Constipation in toddler?

My daughter was 6lbs 8.5 oz and 19 1/2 inches long when she was born. She was breasfed for 13 months. When she was 6 months old, she went 13 days without having a bowel movement. It was about 5 1/2 months when we first introduced rice cereal. Her then pediatrician said 13 days was normal for a breasfed baby to not have a bm. However, my daughter seemed miserble. She has had a chronic problem ever since. Her doctor put her on Miralax and she did good. She was able to stop using it. She went for about 2 months with no problems. She wasn’t taking the Miralax, but she was doing fine. Then, all the sudden she was constipated again. But this last time, her bm looked very odd. A very light tan color, but full of dark specks. I couldn’t think of anything she ate that would make it look like that. It is hard and difficult for her to pass. Sometimes it is has blood on it. This last time it was covered in green mucous. Her doctor says constipation in children is rarely from anything serious. But, I am worried. They haven’t done any testing at all. Is it possible that she may have a food intolerance? Or could something else be wrong? She has a very good diet. Lots of fruits and vegetables and only whole grains. She is 25 months and weighs 22 lbs. When she was younger she was diagnosed failure to thrive until they watched her growth curve. Then they said she would just be small. But the weight gain issues didn’t start until after the constipation started. I am really worried that they might be missing something. She also has eczema. But otherwise she is healthy, happy and very energetic! Thank you.
She is no longer considered failure to thrive. But she is in the 5th % for weight.
This is her second doctor. I have already switched once.

admin answers:

I really think you should find her a new doctor. Even if there is nothing wrong with her he doesn’t seem very interested in her health. They should be paying extra attention to her especially with her failure to thrive diagnoses. Good luck.

That is great she is not failure to thrive. It is okay to keep switching doctors until you find one you like. If you like her current doctor tell him just how concerned you are. If he is a good doctor he should be patient and give you information to help her out. He may put off any kind off testing for a while because dealing with the intestinal tract is invasive and very uncomfortable. The only other suggestions I have are to give her plenty of fruit and water. I hope everything works out for you.

Susan asks…

Toddler rash……………………?

My daughter is 16 months old and she developed a rash about 2 weeks ago. It was only in her armpits and down her sides, but now it’s spread to the creases in her arms. I thought it was a heat rash, but it seems to be getting worse. She has a Dr. appt. tomorrow, but it’s making me crazy not knowing what it is! I kind of thought maybe eczema, but it does not seem to bother her at all. I haven’t seen her scratch at it at all. The rash is little red/pink bumps. So, my question is has anyone ever experienced a heat rash that lasted several weeks? I keep her cool and she sleeps in a light t-shirt and her diaper. Also, she hasn’t been sick, she hasn’t had any new food and I haven’t changed anything (laundry soap, bath soap, etc.) Any thoughts would be great!

admin answers:

It’s not good for a rash to last that long.
Try using “Dr. Smith’s Diaper Ointment” or “Nystatin Cream” if it’s itchy, both are very affective at ending the rash within a few hours.

I have a child with the same condition and it turn out that he is allergic to baby’s powder which is pretty odd but true because after discontinue the powder the rash no longer occur. You might want to check if the baby have any allergic reaction to whatever you’re putting on her skin as well as the food you feed her.

Best of luck

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  1. terrance - November 20, 2014

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    good!!

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