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Eczema resource list from Dr. Shannon

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This is a follow up to our last post Interview with Pediatrician, Dr. Michael Shannon. Thank you for submitting such great questions! It is clear that there is a lot of misinformation out there, even amongst physicians whom we hope would be able to offer competent education and solutions.

Dr. Shannon read through your questions and rather than answering each individually, he provided some online resources to pass on to you.  I spent some time “digging through” this list as well and I think you will find it helpful. Several of your questions are topics that we are going to cover in detail in coming posts, so watch for them!

ECZEMA:

The following links provide an overview of eczema, as well as; types, treatment, photos, relevant research and news:

MedLinePlus

Skincare Physicians

Food Intolerance & Eczema:

Talk Eczema

Food Intol

Skincare Guide (see also related links on right side)

Infant Quality of Life Survey:

I was particularly interested in this survey and think this is a useful tool for parents. A parent’s priority is to ensure the maximum quality of life for our children. This brief 10 question survey provides you with a Quality of Life Index in relation to his/her eczema. This may be a great aid to print and take with you to the next appointment with your pediatrician or dermatologist.

Index Explanation and Scoring

Infant Quality of Life Index

A big thank you to Dr. Shannon for taking time to shed some more light on the topic of eczema. I hope you were able to find the answers to some of your questions and even some new insights in this material.

Tell us what you have learned so far!  Two (2) participants will receive an Organic Baby Balm tube! This product is perfect for dry, chapped skin on faces, hands, behind the knees, etc.

This also counts as an entry for our grand prize drawing at the end of our eczema series!

To enter:

1. If you found the answer to one of your questions about eczema, please share! If not, tell us something new you learned from reading through these resources.

2. Tell us: Have you been to a holistic practitioner or herbalist to seek information or treatment for or your child’s eczema (or yours)? Why or why not?

Thanks again for your participation! More great info coming this week!

Comments on this post (9)

  • Mar 08, 2012

    Well, I’ve been reading for my mom, rather than myself. She’s been getting dry red circles onher legs for a while and I was wondering if it was eczema. After reading your posts, I think it might be. I’ll be recommending your cream to her. Thanks!

    — christina

  • Mar 08, 2012

    I learned that for some eczema sufferers, relief (total or partial), can be obtained by a change in diet. Wow!

    I have not been to a holistic practitioner or herbalist to seek information or treatment for my child’s eczema. Fortunately, it is very mild and doesn’t appear to cause him any discomfort.

    — Tara E

  • Mar 08, 2012

    I learned that household cleaners are a possible trigger for eczema. Also, that sweating can irritate your skin and cause a flare up. This is probably why I get flare ups on my hands after wearing my gardening gloves in summer!

    I have not seen anyone other than my physician in regards to my eczema. Thankfully, I don’t have eczema constantly, and the flare ups usually resolve themselves within two weeks, and then I don’t have a problem again for a while!

    — Tannis

  • Mar 08, 2012

    I had no idea that stress could cause or exacerbate eczema. Crazy!

    Also, we haven’t been to a holistic practitioner or herbalist because I’m not sure where to begin to look for one. I am very interested in “alternative medicine,” but I also don’t want to waste time, money, energy, etc., on a quack. I wish I could get that kind of information from my pediatrician’s office, but so often they don’t really talk or know about anything other than traditional medicine.

    — Lorilin

  • Mar 08, 2012

    I’ve seen a naturopath for my baby’s eczema. She suggested eliminating typical diet allergens from my diet (since he’s bf) and to not introduce said allergens into his diet until he’s older. I’m eliminating dairy and wheat/gluten first…

    — Seneca

  • Mar 08, 2012

    I think I found one of my answers! LOL I think atopic dermatitis is the type of eczema I have. I just don’t usually get the dry patches but rather the rash. I know it is what my son has.

    I’ve never been to a holistic practitioner or herbalist to treat my/my son’s eczema. Mine has never been bad enough that I’ve needed anything other than regular lotion to treat. My son is a typical male and has to be severely sick to go to the Dr’s. He was given a steroid cream a couple of years ago when he had a BAD outbreak but he also usually only uses lotion to treat.

    — Amanda Alvarado

  • Mar 08, 2012

    NOT AN ENTRY: Is there a way to receive your blog posts via e-mail? I don’t want to miss any in your current eczema series. Thank you.

    — Trisha W.

  • Mar 08, 2012

    I learned doing an Elimination or Detection diet can help pin point food allergies.

    We have not been to anyone outside of our pediatrician regarding the eczema issue because we just learned that our child’s dry hands are eczema.

    — Trisha W.

  • Mar 08, 2012

    I haven’t been to an herbalist/holistic practitioner, because I find that all-natural creams from stores like Whole Foods, etc., have products that work just as well, for a fraction of the cost (and time) of seeing a practitioner!

    — Michelle

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