As a mom of a boy with eczema and food allergies, it is constantly an uphill battle. While we have gotten his food allergies under control by just avoiding those specific foods he is allergic to, you still never know if anything could be contaminated. Just this past weekend, we were in NJ eating at a restaurant. There was a person eating eggs way at the end of the table totally away from Zane. Zane must have somehow got a tiny taste of egg remnants, or perhaps it was just the smell of eggs, but he broke out in instantaneous hives. It is quite scary if it has not happened to anyone you know. We have an epi pen but we waited a minute or two to see if we had to use it. Lucky we did not, and his hives significantly decreased once he had benedryl in his system.
It is not an easy journey with a child with food allergies, but I personally have more trouble with his eczema. He is on prescription medicine for it- creams three times a day and a histimanine at night, but he is still suffering. We do go to the eczema clinic in Boston Children’s Hospital and noticed improvement with his eczema, but we are definitely not out of the clear.
I actually don’t know if we will ever be out of the clear with his eczema. He gets so bad that he makes himself bleed during the night. We have tried everything under the sun to control his itchiness, but nothing 100 percent works all the time. Yes he does wear footed pajamas, but even with these, he manages to scratch himself to the point of causing infections. I have noticed an improvement from 6 months ago, but we are still trekking along to see full improvement.
It is really hard to deal with a child with eczema, as well as food allergies. I always think he is suffering, but most of the time he is happy as a clam. I wish I could find a permanent cure and not have to deal with seeing his horrible skin day in and day out. I can only pray and wait-right?
Do you have a child with eczema? Do they also have food allergies? How do you handle it? Did you see it decrease as time went on?