Monday, February 6, 2012

Poor Little Boys

I feel helpless tonight.  Dennis has a bad case of eczema right now from his fingertips down to his toes.  His fingers burn when he picks up something salty to eat and his arms hurt when his shirt rubs up against his rash.  I'm feeling bad for my baby because it always seems like his outbreak gets worse before it gets better-- almost like it has got to run its course.  It feels terrible to be his Mom and not really be able to soothe his discomfort.  He gets oatmeal baths and a protective layer of cream mixed with a little bit of hydrocortisone cream, but it is still red all over.  I'm not thrilled to be using hydrocortisone cream, but of course it is what the doctor ordered.

And then there is Alex with his impetigo like rash that he keeps getting all over his mouth.  He has an outbreak right now-- something he only gets, which leads me to believe it is not impetigo but something caused from the medication he has been taking for the last year.  He takes a prophylaxis to help prevent bladder infections.  It's the only thing I can think of.  The doctor prescribed an antibiotic topical cream to apply anytime he has an outbreak, but it keeps coming back.  It is so frustrating for the both of us, and I know he is in pain, bless his heart.

I am open to trying natural remedies like Chlorophyll to help treat Rachel's anemia in addition to the iron supplements the doctor is requiring her to take.  It is helping to bring up her iron levels quite nicely.

It is times like these when I feel so inadequate to be my kids' mom.  All I could do is take it to the Lord.
I pray for both of them to feel better in the morning.

30 comments:

  1. My sister has a pretty bad case of eczema and what seems to help is aloe vera gel which you can keep cooled in your fridge.

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  2. It is so hard when our kids suffer from ailments.
    I have a tip for you... Calendula ointment, which is a homeopathic ointment that really helped our grand daughter with her excema, and Caldescene Powder which is INCREDIBLE for excema....:) We use that caldescene powder all the time. The doctor introduced it to us when the boys were little, for diaper rash. Once we started using it, there were NO MORE RASHES! IT IS AMAZING.

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  3. Try acupuncture for both boys, please!! They are both suffering and I bet would get relief with acupuncture.

    S.

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  4. Well my two cents....we went to a naturopathic doctor here in Canada. They do an allergy test and found my daughter was allergic to eggs and the ezema was her body responding to the allergy. Her body was red with open sores from scratching. We avoid eggs now and it's so much better. Btw our regular dr doesn't do this allergy test just treats it prevents...so she only gave us creams.

    Try a trained Natropath dr.

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  5. Have you tried essential oil supplements for Dennis?

    Could candida be Alex's problem, with the prophylactic treatment AND antibiotics, overgrowth could occur. Acidophilus and grapefruit seed extract are a great combination to restore balance.

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  6. Hi Christine, my kids had terrible rashes and reactions as a result of allergies to grass and some foods and additives when they were young. This book has been produced by one of Australia's leading hospitals when it comes to kids' allergies. It wasn't around when I needed it, but I hope you can find something useful on the site.
    http://www.sswahs.nsw.gov.au/rpa/allergy/resources/foodintol/ffintro.cfm

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  7. My daughters suffer from anemia and despite running every test known docs, they can't find a reason why. They take iron supplements, but they usually hurt their tummies. Recently, they started making the protein smoothies, with a lot of veggies and just a little fruit, and adding their iron tablets to that. It seems to be working!

    I agree, it is hard to have sick kids and not be able to "fix" it for them.

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  8. What about a few spoonfuls a day of blackstrap molasses. Supposedly very high in natural iron - and probably tastes a lot better than some other options!

    As for the eczema, I know this might sound crazy, but have you tried putting saran wrap over a layer of cream at night? I used to have terrible eczema as a kid, and after putting cream on (but not completely rubbing it in) my mom would wrap saran wrap around my arms/feet at night before bed. Then she'd take it off in the morning. It would help keep the skin moist all night long and the 'outbreaks' of eczema resolved much much quicker. Dennis might find this pretty funny too...

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  9. I'd like to chime in --- I have chronic hives. For the itch, OTC "Sarna" lotion is wonderful. It does not have any cortisone in it. It is just cooling and soothing. Ask the pharmacist, sometimes it is behind the counter. I don't know why. Like I said, it's not a drug. I think it's a simple menthol/lotion combo. Smells pretty strong, though.
    Another tip for applying any sort of lotion - wrap a layer of Saran Wrap over the top of the cream. It will keep it from rubbing off all over his clothes, and it will soothe the area better. I know you can't cover his whole body in Saran Wrap (!!!), but maybe just some of the "worst" spots?
    Hope your kids are feeling better soon! :(

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  10. To go against the grain of the natural remedies theme here - plenty of advice here on that already, it's great, but I recommend you ask your doctor if they have Advantan cream in the US? It really works wonders in settling down outbreaks very quickly.
    (Hydrocortisone also works, though I do empathize with your reluctance to use it on your little boy- minimal amount only for me and Zana)

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  11. It's not easy being the mom. But, I think you are doing an awesome job!! I have anemia too and really try to eat iron rich foods: broccoli, spinach, dark leavy green things, shrimp!, and cream of wheat is a breakfast staple for me. Also, Vitamin D helps the body absorb the iron more completely.

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  12. Eczema is usually an allergy or intolerance to something. Try and figure out what is causing it and remove it from his diet. I used to get it horribly on my face and eyelids. I figured out what caused it, avoid it, and haven't seen it since. Good luck!

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  13. Aw poor Dennis. Our Samuel has eczema and he's had it so bad it oozes. We use Eucerin Cream, the thick kind, and it has been a huge blessing. We lather him up 2x a day and for the most part it keeps the eczema at bay. When he gets flare-ups (which is usually a symptom of allergy to foods he eats)I have a steroid cream that I use. I avoided steroids for so long but finally gave in when he was just in so much pain. I only use the cream when absolutely necessary and just a tiny dab will do it.

    Also, a probiotic might help Alex since he is on a longterm antibiotic.

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  14. Acupunture and Lysene for both of them. You might try not feed Dennis wheat and see if that helps with the excema. I t does for my Saul... Also Coconut oil is the only thing that brought it under control for him. Get the kind that you can cook with and let him eat some also!!!
    God Bless,
    Rose Anne

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  15. Our Josh has wicked eczema. He would even crack open from time to time - super painful. We took him off all dairy and he cleared up, but maybe he was just going to outgrow it anyways. Sorry you're dealing with this. Our doc thought it might be because of inappropriate foods fed in the orphanage - causing leaky gut syndrome, leading to the skin problems.

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  16. Daniel was on meds for urinary tract infections and they caused a rash around his middle - turns out he was allergic to sulfa - which is in those meds. Our dr. was able to switch him to primsol which is a man made sulfa and it helped a lot - might be worth checking into for Alex.

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  17. I have battled eczema/atopic dermititis since my teenage years. For me, the best treatment and preventative treatment is use of probiotics. I find ThreeLac/Five Lac work wonders for me (reviews out there are mixed) or Primal Defense. Neither are cheap but prescription creams and constant discomfort have high costs as well. Good luck!

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  18. Look into D-Mannose for Alex. It's the active ingredient in cranberries that can fight/prevent UTIs/bladder infections. You can use it in place of the antibiotic and it's completely natural.

    My daughter has a congenital single kidney and this is what our naturopathic daughter prescribed for her in the event she would get a UTI.

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  19. Both my kids (adopted from Russia) are sensitive to dairy. Diego used to get runny nose and ear infections and Nina gets eczema. Diego also had wheat and egg sensitivity, so at home we are all on a wheat/gluten and dairy free diet. Once we made these diet changes the ear infections and eczema went away. But every time Nina gets exposed to anything with dairy, the eczema comes back as a very itchy and rough skin in her legs and sometimes around her mouth. My 2 cents are that maybe you could try eliminating wheat and dairy from Dennis's diet and see if things improve. Calendula cream and others will help soothing the skin, but I think his eczema is an "inside" reaction from his body and only finding out the reason will make the eczema dissapear.

    I hope things get better with your beautiful boys!

    Sinziana

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  20. I have a son with eczema, and a friend shared that taking fish oil helped her children. He swallows a gel cap of fish oil, but you can also get chewable fish oil supplements for kids that are like fruit chews. Best wishes!

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  21. Hi Christine,
    A friend of mine suggested I get on here to tell you about my business I have as a stay-at-home mom and my Deep Healing Salve which has been formatted for Eczema, Psoriasis and dry/itchy skin. My shop is at: www.Innocencebodycare.etsy.com and like you, I have a passion for Jesus! If you'd like, I can send you a free sample of my salve. Many people have found great relief from it as I infuse 7 different herbs and essential oils in Organic Shea butter and oils which help to take the itch away without having to use harmful chemical-laden steriod creams (which merely cover the problem- not treat it like my salve does). If you'd like a free sample, please email me at: innocencebodycare@yahoo.com. I'm positive you'd see results! :)Thanks, -Jenessa

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  22. On the low iron issue, have you tried floradix or hema-plex? Both worked great for me. Don't have any experience with eczema, but my children get rashes when they consume even the tiniest amounts of dairy, eggs and soy.

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  23. I'm sorry your little guys are suffering. It really is hard to see it and not be able to do anything, but it doesn't mean you're a bad mom. On the contrary, you are an awesome mom and are doing a great job!

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  24. Hi Christine-

    I agree with the accupuncture comment! I love it, and it has truly changed my body!

    My only bit of advice is for Alex. I have lupus, and get sores constantly in my mouth. They are very painful and when they are active I have problems eating. You can get a RX from your doctor for this numbing liquid (I don't have it with me right now to see what it is called), but what I do is I get some on a Q-tip and rub it over my sores. This causes them to go numb (but not numb enough that I bite my cheeck)just enough so they don't hurt while I eat! That might make all the difference in the world for him.

    Sarah

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  25. Goat milk soap from goat milk stuff for excema. Heard great things and you support a family who homeschools and has a family business.

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  26. Hi!You are a good mother it is only natural that you feel for your children when they are sick. This may seem weird but I recently took our dog for allergy testing and am waiting for the results. The vet stated once we get the results we can figure out what the dog has. Maybe get allergy testing done on your boys, It might be worth it,Pat

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  27. Yikes! Antibiotics on top of drugs to prevent bladder infections!! Sounds like a remedy for overgrowth of yeasts and such. Doctors are good at prescribing drugs, it's how they get kick backs. I am a huge fan of natural and homepathic remedies. antibiotics kill the good bacterias our bodies need to fight things, so then things like yeast and candida take over.

    Garlic, Apple Cider Vinegar (ingested in sparkling water or in capsules) acidophilus, all of these things are amazing. Cranberry, yogurt with live cultures...

    I had a bladder infection, treated with antibiotics that caused yeast infection, treated with an anti biotic that i'd grown resistant to and it was a recurring nightmare. I stopped with the medication and started with the natural remedies and i haven't had a bladder or yeast infection in 7 years.

    Good luck!!!

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  28. We use Mupirocin (prescription topical antibiotic) for the impetigo. I have two that used to break out from it all of the time. Now that we are homeschooling we haven't had a breakout of impetigo in months. Oddly enough, the two who always get it are not my two who always have their hands in their mouths!

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  29. For eczema try coconut oil in the bath, cetaphil instead of soap, and at walmart I found a coconut oil lotion over by the herbs/vitamin section.

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  30. My daughter would get an awful rash around her mouth, her ped suggested changing to a toothpaste without fluoride and within about 2 weeks the rash is gone and never returned. Good luck!

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