Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Chocolate | 2010/03/02



Hi Doc,

My 2yr old has been diagnosed with Atopic Eczema by the Dermatologist. He has asked me to used Protopic for light rash, Elocon for more severe times &  Vita-Sure-Repair to bath him with. Thus far I did not have to use the Elocon. The Dermatologist has asked me not to change his diet in any way. The Protopic &  VIta-Sure does seem to have helped.

However, I find that he scratches himself a lot at night - can I do something about this?
Should I make changes to his diet? He loves milkshake &  cheese!!!

One more thing he is a terrible eater - can you suggest a multi-vitamin?

Sorry about the long post - Thank you.

Expert's Reply



Dermatologists do not believe that allergy affects children with eczema, but many foods certainly can aggravate eczema. In fact the word 'atopic' means allergic. It would be worthwhile asking your paediatrician to test your son for food allergies especially milk, egg and peanut and other allergies such as grass, cat and housedust.It is always worthwhile avoiding the acid fruits in children with eczema such as citrus, pineapple and tomatoes.
Ask the paediatrician to prescibe a medicine to reduce night itching such as Aterax syrup.
Try Scotts emulsion as an immune booster and also a good source of A and D vitamins and Omega 3. Also give your son a probiotic every day such as Probiflora.

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