I don’t know if you will see this message amongst all these others, but I urge you, please have your child tested for allergies. Fair warning, long post. Sorry.
My son had that same problem when he was a baby. His was horrible. He was covered head to toe, literally. In was in his hair on his scalp and ran over his entire body. It started a few days after birth. It was weepy and would bleed a lot and it was inflamed. My poor baby quite often couldn’t be in clothes because with all the weeping, the clothes would stick to him and it was painful for him to remove them. The bleeding didn’t help. All of that would stain his clothes and it was hard to get clean. Those I couldn’t clean had to be thrown out. It itched and he would scratch and make it worse. Socks didn’t help, they stuck to him and at some point, he figured out how to get them off. We tried every cream on the market, tried mixing and creating our own, tried all natural products, tried aloe, tried oils, tried prescriptions, tried oatmeal baths, salt water baths, everything I was told, researched, and could think of. He was miserable. It broke my heart.
My son was also breastfed. I changed my diet so many times. The doctors made me quit dairy, then foods with acids, cut out meat, cut out this, cut out that, add this, try that, it went on and on. I changed all soaps to dye free, scent free, hypoallergenic. I changed my body washes, shampoos, no sprays or perfumes, changed to all natural cleaning products. You name it, I tried it. At some point, neither one of us were getting necessary nutrients or eating enough and I was going crazy. So then they told me to stop breastfeeding for a while and try formula. He still had the problem, only this time it was coupled with lots of horrible vomiting. He would eat, but it wouldn’t stay down. They switched formula again, but then he started developing another rash between his eczema that was painful for him. Switch again, he was fine for a few days, then one day during a feeding he stopped, hurled exorcist style all over me and everything around us, he stopped breathing, and his lips turned blue, rushed to the hospital. They were able to help him, he’s fine, but was terrifying. Needless to say, I stopped the formula and went back to breastmilk. Made an appointment with pediatrician asap and convinced him to refer me to a specialist.
He sent us to an allergist/immunologist. This doctor asked every question imaginable. Wanted and needed to know as much family history as possible. He didn’t judge me, didn’t make assumptions, and he didn’t pass off what was happening as something unimportant. After talking and asking questions, he ran tests. He drew blood, he did poke tests, he did breathing tests, he did something I don’t even know and haven’t seen before. He tested for food allergies and environmental allergies. When all the results came back, I was amazed how much they found out. Turns out my son is allergic to certain foods. One of those is peanuts and and pine nuts, and this is the big one. This allergy is bad enough he can’t have anything made on the same machines as those products, can’t be near it, can’t touch it, can’t look at it (that last one is an over exaggeration) He is allergic to eggs, but only certain parts of the egg and in certain forms. It’s weird. He’s allergic to certain pollens, certain grasses, dust, certain insects and their stings, mold/mildew, cats, dogs, and other animals. Basically, my son needs to be in a bubble. Lol.
We have found what works for us, finally. He is on medicine he has.to take daily to help manage allergies of stuff we can’t help that he’s exposed to, we carry an epi pen everywhere for the life threatening ones, and every two weeks, he goes for his allergy shots that help with a lot of the other allergies. It’s been a journey, but I’m glad we found him the help he needed. He is so much happier and healthier because of it. Once we got it and made necessary adjustments, his eczema cleared up. It was like magic.
I apologize for going on forever and ever. I wanted to share this with you so you would understand where I’m coming from and why I’m urging you to do this. It quite literally saved my boys life.