ELI KNOX: Hi.
LYDIA KNOX: When my son was first diagnosed with eczema, I noticed it as just little bumps, and we thought it was baby acne. It continually got worse, and we started to get worried.
Babies don't sleep very well, but a baby with eczema wakes up even more. He can't sleep. He just wants comfort, because he's itching and he's scratching and he's crying.
So it was just one of those nights where I go to the bedroom, and I took too long. And his face was just bloody. He started crying. I was crying.
I was putting him on steroids actually, and they weren't helping. And, sure, people were giving me advice constantly. Use lotion, use this, use that. But none of it was working. So I felt even more helpless. But at that breaking point, that's when I realized, OK, we're going to figure this thing out.
I'm a researcher, and I just decided to try searching for websites that were credible. But also just trying to find other parents who were going through similar things. And that's what kind of led me to using all these little tips, and once I found a plan I stuck to it. That kind of led us into clearing his eczema some more and more.
But one of the biggest things was actually going to the allergist and finding a doctor that I trusted a lot more than actually his pediatrician, who was able to sit down and have a conversation with me and educate me on a lot of these things. And that's how we found out that Eli was actually allergic to milk, eggs, and peanuts. So that was playing a huge role in why his eczema was flaring up so badly.
Once we finally knew that, vacuuming out the couch, cleaning up the house in different ways, keeping the cat off of the furniture, making sure he didn't have milk and eggs and peanuts, it changed everything. He began to clear up pretty rapidly, actually.
It's extremely important to find that relationship with a doctor that you trust. For the longest time, I felt like there was a lot more going on than just, OK, it's eczema. Let's just throw some creams on it. I knew in my gut that I needed to get deeper and find the root problem, and if I hadn't had found a doctor who was willing to help me find that root problem, I may not have been able to find it.
So I'm a writer, and I always have been. There's nothing that I don't love to write. So I started my blog, theeczemamama.com, so that other parents could find the information that they needed to help them deal with eczema for their babies. As common as it is, there's no cure, and there's no very specific you-have-to-follow-this rules to clear it. And I think once you let go of that, this is the one thing you need to do, and start creating a plan for yourself, then you can find your way out of those harder nights.
So today, even though he still has acute eczema flare ups on his elbows and on the backs of his knees, his face is clear now, and he's happy. And that's basically what it's all about.