The beginning

Our son (now three years old) started having eczema when he was about three months old. He was born in the US (we are now living in Germany), and as it is customary, vaccination started very early. The first vaccination was against Hepatitis B. Eczema started shortly after. It is still a debate to which extend vaccination does play a role in triggering eczema. However,  I do believe that a vaccination at this your age, when the immune system is still very immature and fragile, can have a strong influence on the functioning of the immune system. It might be enough to turn on a genetic predisposition. We wished we would have had better consultation, but we were new, unexperienced and scared parents. Of course every doctor pushed us towards the full recommended vaccination program. But where should this small child contaminate Hepatitis B in normal clean circumstances? Certainly, vaccinations are important and doctors do not want to take the risk of not recommending all available vaccinations. But I cannot help thinking about the large economic factor of the very extensive vaccination program……

When the eczema started we decided from the beginning to not use cortisone but rather try to control the eczema with natural remedies. The first attempts was controlling the diet, but we are still not sure to this date what is it that triggers his eczema. When he was still exclusively breastfed, I tried to eliminate different foods, without any changes. When we was eating solids we did not give him the obvious culprits like wheat, milk and eggs. When we started to give him yogurt (from cow milk) we had the impression that his condition improved. We are still, after three years, completely in the dark about what triggers his eczema. He does not have an obvious allergy against anything. But obviously, something is bothering him. And I am still determined to find it out.

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3 Responses to The beginning

  1. Erin Hill says:

    I just found your blog while searching the web about eczema, deficiencies, etc… We live in Virginia, have 3 little girls and our oldest, who is 6, has been battling eczema since she was 4 months old. I haven’t read all of your posts yet, but your story sounds SO familiar! She was diagnosed (by skin test) with some food allergies (shellfish, nuts, eggs, and of course every mold/pollen, mite…in the book). She also came up positive to wheat, milk and soy as an infant, but supposedly has grown out of these. Like you, I am still, 6 years later, pretty clueless as to what exacerbates her eczema. She has never had shellfish or peanuts EVER, and avoids egg products, yet her eczema still continues to flare up. We have seen allergists (who just prescribe topical steroids) and want to treat the symptoms, but NOT the cause. I am a nurse, but prefer homeopathic and alternative therapies to medicine any day! I make my own skin salves for her (beeswax, olive oil, wheatgerm oil and essential oils), have taken her to an acupuncturist and bought every “natural” eczema product at the local natural market there is. I do think that the acupuncture helped, we went to a NAET (allergy elimination treatment) clinic-her eczema has significantly improved since then. Was it the treatment or is she just “groing out of it”, who knows. Our newest problem seems to be with her “asthma”. She was diagnosed when she was 3 at the ER. Only I don’t think she is truly asthmatic, I think she is a reactive kid…skin, respiratory, sinus. We just got home from a night’s stay on the pediatric unit for an excerbation. I am starting to look into vitamin deficiencies and am thinking about contacting an acupuncturist now. My gut is telling me that she is lacking something…her hair is brittle, thin, comes out more than usual and is slow growing. So whether she is deficient or has a blockage in her body systems somewhere, I don’t know. She is also very small for her age. My fear is that her deficiency, problem, blockage…is not going away, but rather manifesting itself in different ways as she ages. first eczema, now asthma.
    I wanted to write you though to tell you that you are doing a great job for your little guy and to hang in there. It is exhausting and SO unbelievably frustrating, but we wouldn’t dream of giving up on them. I pray that you find an answer for him and wish you continuous strength!
    Sincerely,
    Erin Hill
    Richmond, Virginia

    • D says:

      Hi Erin

      I am 41 and have had eczema on and off since forever. I know this does not sound hopeful but it is my reality. Your litte one is very young and maybe soon some thing will be found to make way for better treatment.
      Have you heard about Filaggrin and the related research? Read below and ask your doctor.
      “The major breakthrough came in 2006, when Irwin McLean, a geneticist at the University of Dundee in Scotland, and Dr. Alan Irvine, a pediatric dermatologist at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Dublin, Ireland, reported that chronic eczema was rampant among families carrying a defective gene for filaggrin, a skin protein that serves as a natural moisturizer. Without it, the usually impervious barrier formed by the skin is compromised by cracking. ” from the NY Times article
      Below are some sites I cam across latley:
      http://www.nytimes.com/ref/health/healthguide/esn-eczema-ess.html
      http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/atopic-causes.html

      The summers I have spent in Greece have been the most helpful for my eczema…something about the salty sea water and the sun seem to do good for me.

      I wish you and yours good health now and always, D

  2. Caroline says:

    Thank you very much, Erin, fort your very nice comment and for sharing your story. I am very sorry to hear that your girl is suffering from eczema and maybe also from asthma. I hope you can find a good doctor who can help you with finding the right supplements – good nutritions and eventually supplements seem to make a big difference for some children. I noticed that our son is doing better when he sleeps better and the anti-scratch overall was a big improvement. Your story sounds very much like our own. Eczema are so frustrating and I really wished there were a good way to effectively alleviate the suffering of our children. The only thing we can do is to keep fighting…. Many, many good wishes for you and your daughter.

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