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May 28, 2009 - 7 comments
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Well the doctor called with the results from Aries tests. I knew there would be nothing with the rash on his arms. I already knew it was an allergic reaction from laying in the grass. He's had eczema since he was a baby. Anything he touches, he gets a rash from. The dry scalp is something different. He's had a dry scalp and dandruf for a long time. Then he started with this patch that won't grow, actually now it's two patches that won't grow. Doctor thought it was ringworm but the cultures show no fungal growth. Meaning it's not ringworm. He has to stay on the antibiotic just incase they start to see something grow but so far it's not ringworm. That's good cause ringworm is gross but now he has to see a dermatologist. Aaaaauuuugggghhhh! He has so much stuff going on. He has really bad allergies, they've gotten so bad this year that I have to keep him inside for a week for his rash and red eyes to go away. He has problems with his teeth and is getting his second surgery on the second, he has respiratory problems. When he gets a cold it turns into something bad, he gets respiratory infections so easily and has to be on a breathing machine. It's called a nebulizer. I put albuteral in it for him to breath, he has his eczema problem and I always have to rub cream into some new rash he has, and now he has to see a dermatologist because his head is so dry and he's going bald. My poor baby. I hope he can get through all of this. We do real good at keeping everything under control and no one would ever know he has these problems if I didn't tell anyone. Except the bald spots on his head, you can see those if his hair is short enough, but it just ***** he has to deal with this. I hope it all goes away some day so he doesn't have to deal with it his whole life.

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184674 tn?1360864093
by AHP84, May 28, 2009
Just out of curiostiy, do you give him any nutritional supplements? I've heard Omega 3 and vitamin E are really good for skin issues (I think--if I'm wrong maybe someone will correct me: either way, you can always google it).
My son was on a nebulizer for practically the first year of his life with albuterol and pulmacort. However, both these treatments are steroids, and can have some crazy side effects, especially for children. Not saying you shouldn't do the treatments, though...rather, check out the side effects by googling them to figure out if the albuterol could be causing any of his skin rashes and vomiting issues.
I actually found out with my son that a lot of his breathing issues, ear infections, eczema, and vomiting almost completely disappeared when I switched him from regular milk to Lactaid and cut out almost all the dairy in his diet except for small amounts of cheese, yogurt, or foods with small amounts of dairy, like Kraft mac and cheese. I put him back on regular milk when he was three. Last year, I switched him to rice milk for a few months (he was having gastrointestinal issues), and I don't know if that helped any, as his issues then weren't allergy related, but his energy level heightened (in a good way, not "hyperactive," but motivated) and his behavior wasn't so edgy.
He's back on regular milk and dairy now, but I actually keep it extremely limited for him. For some reason, dairy seems to not do so well for him. He's not allergic to it, but he's...different...and not in the greatest way. So I've found that with limited dairy, he has less health and behavioral issues. Don't know why that is, but that's the way it is for him.
Maybe you could give it a shot with Aries to see what happens if you want to. Just eliminate milk and dairy for about a month or two and see if you notice a difference in his breathing issues and skin problems. And maybe also try the Omega 3 and vitamin E supplements.
Anyway, just telling you from my personal experience. It may work for you as well. :-)

883151 tn?1245518109
by megmil, May 28, 2009
Aries actually used to be allergic to milk. He was allergic to some fat or sugar content in it. He would vomit badly all the time but doesn't seem to have a problem with it anymore. I don't know if that would work though. He does like to drink a lot of milk but with the hot weather it can boil in his tummy and make him sick so I make him drink water. He has maybe one glass of milk a day. He doesn't like cheese and other than milk and cheese we really don't have any other daisry in the house. When we plan on taco night we have sour cream. Sometimes I eat yogurt but Aries doesn't like it. I really don't know if I want his energy heightened either. He is sooo hyper all the time. I can check out the Omega 3 and Vitamin E thing. It would be good to get him on some vitamins. He used to take the flinstones vitamins but hasn't in a long time.

184674 tn?1360864093
by AHP84, May 28, 2009
Lol, maybe "heightened energy" was the wrong choice of words. :-) I guess what I meant is that he wasn't so hyperactive that his focus was difficult to maintain; it was more like he kept his energy level, but it was more focused and motivated, rather than all over the place and unpredictable. I'm not sure how else to describe it, but it was a postive energy for him rather than the crazy, unfocused, unpredictable energy.
I also made a few journal entries last Sept. about the issues Trev was having, and how I worked with the potential dairy issues. Go to my journals (list view will make them an easy find) and look for the ones about milk allergies/intolerances and behavior, and also the one about him being referred to a pedi gastroenterologist. There's a lot of great links I put in those journals to pediatric health sites about milk allergies.

326352 tn?1310997895
by lhughes, May 29, 2009
We're using Triamcinolone in a liquid lotion type thing for Lauren's scalp.  Her head is broken out, itchy, and actually she scratches it until it bleeds.  We got the Traimcinolone stuff from her dermatologist...it's eczema stuff especially for the scalp.  That could be a solution.  It has worked well for Lauren; in only a week we saw improvement.  

883151 tn?1245518109
by megmil, May 29, 2009
Thanks, he doesn't scratch it though and it doesn't look the same as the eczema on the rest of his body. I could try it though. Is it a prescription???? or over the counter?

326352 tn?1310997895
by lhughes, May 29, 2009
The Traimcinolone is a prescription.  It's not the stuff you put on your body though...same ingredient, different formula for the scalp.  It's very thin and I thought it would make her hair greasy, but doesn't once it dries.

Another thought just popped into my head.  If he's not itching, try some shampoo with coal tar.  I got some from Target (the lowest percentage available there) that was their generic.  It's like one of the dandruff shampoo's but has coal tar not the pirthrermine (ok, I can't spell that word.  Look for COAL TAR).

If it's just a dry rash scalp, that might help some.  If he starts itching, I'd ask for the triamcinolone from a dermatologist.  Lauren scratches when she gets upset and she itches anyway, so we have to use the prescription stuff.  But I swear I used it for a week and she was nearly all better.  Started using the coal tar after that and it's kept the scaly/itchy at bay.

I feel for you, we have similar problems with lauren...allergies, asthma, red swollen eyes, all-over itching and rash, the itching on her is the WORST....  thankfully she stays relatively good with all her medicines.  We're using Singular for the asthma (which has gotten us out of using the nebulizer/albuteral), Claritin for kids on the really bad days for the allergies (that's her morning pill, Singular is the evening pill), tons of stuff for her eczema (and I am not kidding there)... and she does take a regular vitamin.  I tried to get her to take an Omega-3 chewable once and she returned it.  :)

Good luck to you, I sure hope he grows out of this...they keep telling me that, but some days I wonder.

883151 tn?1245518109
by megmil, May 29, 2009
This all has reminded me of something. Not related but soo cure. Aries does this thing where he twirls his hair. he always has his left hand up to his head and twirls his hair around (what little bit he has) right where his calic (if that's how it's spelled) is. He just twirls his hair. It kind of annoys me sometimes because he does it most when he's nervous and I don't know it annoys me but it's cute and it's one of those "trademarks" that some girl might think is so adorable one day so I don't try to make him stop. I remember my first boiyfriend had these nervous twitches that I thought were so cute. He had the nostril flare and his eyebrows moved up and down one at a time when he talked and was nervous.  Jaison really doesnt' have any little flaws like that.  He is really shy and won't look anyone in the eye.

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