I haven’t written a post entirely about Malachi’s eczema struggle but I have mentioned it here or there, and you might have noticed that he had some pretty uncomfortable looking skin. He’s struggled with eczema pretty much since he was born and it just kept getting worse, until he was up for at least an hour every night, just scratching. He’d scratch himself til he bled daily. My changing my diet didn’t help. Several creams that the doctor prescribed didn’t help. I tried making some creams with essential oils in them that seemed to provide some temporary relief but nothing would keep the eczema away long-term. we pulled up the carpet in the living room and even had central air installed in an attempt to ease his itch (and his breathing issues) by getting rid of the humidity in the house. Both of these seem to have helped but haven’t been enough on their own.
In July, after Malachi suffered an anaphylactic reaction to egg, we were bumped up the waiting list to the allergist and finally found out what his food allergies were. The allergist also prescribed a new cream that helped a lot but Malachi was still itchy every day; he just wasn’t as raw and it wasn’t as widespread over his body.
Last week we had our dermatology appointment at the children’s hospital and she prescribed a slightly stronger cream for the active eczema spots, and told us to use the allergist’s cream for the milder areas.
He’s not totally clear yet but I’m hoping that after a few more weeks of this new regime he’ll be itch-free. Either way, he’s definitely feeling more comfortable and for the first time since he was only a couple of months old, his skin is soft! Every time we see people whom we haven’t seen for a while, their first reaction is “look at his skin! It looks so much better!” Best of all, Malachi is much happier during the day, and isn’t scratching through the night any more.