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2 Years of Eczema

July 11, 2012

Last year, I wrote a post about how we’ve dealt with Joseph’s eczema since it was at its worst when he was 3 months old. We are still dealing with it, so I thought it would be helpful to look at how things have changed over the past year.

Joseph’s eczema at 16 months old

A year ago, the eczema was limited to behind his knees and his ankles. His right leg was the worst, since he’s right handed, and so could coordinate the scratching much easier on that side.

Back of Joseph’s legs at 28 months

I can’t tell you why the eczema has become worse on his left leg now, but it is nice to see that even though we still get flareups, things are so much better than they were a year ago. Now that shorts combined with potty training will leave his eczema exposed more, he’s going to be scratching it even more. So we have an uphill battle to fight in the next few months.

Joseph’s thumb & ankle at 28 months

One thing that has changed is that Joseph’s thumb is worse than it was a year ago. He is an avid thumb sucker when he is in need of comfort, and that combined with his propensity for eczema have made it quite sore at times. I haven’t taken any steps to break him of that habit yet, and its going to be especially hard since I’m not in his room as he falls asleep, which is when he sucks it the most.

I’m often asked if it hurts when I put cream on him. The answer is, only if he’s scratched/rubbed it open, and that seems to be only recently. He especially protests having it on his thumb. The taste certainly doesn’t stop him from sucking though. And as soon as I’m done, he’s up running around. The creams we use are Aquaphor for every day use, and hydrocortisone when there’s a flare up.

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