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    Allergies

    Researchers believe nearly 40 per cent of kids in the UK suffer from some sort of allergy, and there can be a bewildering array of causes. Read more →

    hi my daughter is nearly 3 yrs old she has had eczema since she was born and also an egg alergie. we have had lots of different creams and steriods cremas we finally found one that was working and had it under control but lately she has been having really bad flare ups and i cant seem to control it at the moment could it be that she is having an allergic reaction to something.





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    my 6 year old daughter seems to be getting a few spots on her face. Raised red lumps rather than puss filled spots. Just one or two here and there. On her cheek below the eye and at the side of her mouth or on the nose. They come and go within a day or two. They dont seem to bother her at all. But they keep coming. Is it acne? is it eczema? is it a bite? or an allergic reaction due to food intolerane? Can anyone help me?





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    How old is she? If she is under six months and not showing any signs of distress or any other symptoms such as a fever or fussiness for no reason then it's probably baby acne but take her to a gp or walk in centre to rule out something more serious

    Hi I am going through exactly the same thing with my son, now 12 but he has been like this since he was a toddler. We have just been refered to a Gastroentirologist recently. He was on meds for reflux but that didn't seem to make it go completely.There is a condition called eosonophilic oesophogitis where certain trigger foods cause a delayed reaction in kids sometimes days after.They tend to have issues with eating, trouble swallowing, vomiting, coughing while eating, having to drink between mouthfuls are some of the issues. My son described it as it is like he has a door in his throat and sometimes it is open and the food goes down ok, and sometimes it shuts and the food gets stuck.He then has to induce vomitng to get the food out.He has also been running off to the loo like this since he was 4. He gets a ' look' on his face and stops eating and you can tell what is coming next. The Dts thought it might be a hiatus hernia but 2 bariums showed nothing untoward wrong.The only way to diagnose eosonophilic oesophogitis is with an endoscopy and biopsies which look for more than 50 white blood cells present in the osophogus which normally should not be there.These are caused by consuming food/ foods which the child is allergic to, but because the reaction is a delayed one it is harder to detect.The cells inflame the throat causing scarring and this causes the dysphagia ( trouble swallowing) This is what I am trying to get the Drs to check for woth my son as he is typically atopic ( allergic ) . My son has year round rhinitis, mouth breathes and many allergies including pets, dust, tree and grass pollens, foods and asthma since he was 1. Also in young children failure to thrive or being small for age, sleep difficulties, tummy aches and lots of ear/ throat infections are very common as well as what you mentioned. I hope you get some answers and us too ! It's been a long road !

    My daughter is 2 nearly 3 in March she has been struggling with her bowels since 3months of age she will raise her knees up to her chest and scream in pain, stomach cramps, bloating, gas, bad mood, irratible, loss of appetite, so went to doctors got laxatives movicol which she ended up in A&E allergic reaction, seen paediatricians got more laxatives tried lactolouse which didn't do anything, been seen by gut specialist and got put back on movicol she took another allergic reaction so went onto lactolouse again 10mls twice a day which cleared her for 2 days then stopped working no matter how much we gave her it even got up to 10 mls 3 times a day still nothing we have tried in over 2 years movicol, lactolouse, ducolax, senna and 2 other ones can't remember there names nothing helps just makes her worse tried diary free diet, lacto free diet, gluten free diet never helped tried syrup of figs, prunes, prune juice, pure juices, more fruit, more water, more veg, flax seed, probiotics still nothing helps now the specialist says give her lactolouse 10mls 3 times a day and ducolax 10 mls 3 times a day but I thought this is a it much and then got told by another professional do t give her that much so I thought it might be colic as she suffered with it very badly as a baby so gave her colief drops and within 24hours her stools went from hard to soft, more happier, better appetite , sleeps, not much gas cramps but she still has bloating and some pain when pushing she's passing stools the size of grapes about 2 to 3 times a day her bottom is red raw and very painful no matter how much cream we put on her we even gave lacto free diet along with drops and are still doing that now but it seems like the pain is getting abit more bad like it used to be can someone please help me I do t know what else to do she also has autism





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    Get your child to drink more water before food in the morning when he wakes up and try investing on natural detoxifying fruits like papaya, watermellon and include more fiber food . Consult your doctor if symptoms persist .

    We found a diaper cream in Mexico called bebe..works better than anything else for a sore bottom.

    Try reading understanding adhd by dr Christopher green. My son has been diagnosed and I now know that the transition into juniors can be a time when adhd is highlighted, which sounds the age your son is and is also the time my son was diagnosed. You do need to give your son consequences for his behaviour and stick to these, a good tip is to give him choices and warn him of the consequence that will follow and also a chance to earn things back. Always remember they don't mean to be hurtful it gets a reaction so try and stay calm and not react. Good luck and keep pushing for a referral to at least get tested. X

    Virgin coconut oil has anti-viral properties and not likely to trigger any adverse reaction. VMV a hypoallergenics company will answer my question on coconut oil as part of my 13-part series with them on sensitive skin on http://eczemablues.com. Note that not all coconut oil guaranteed not to trigger reaction because the processing of some may lead to allergy.

    Hi ,my son went through exactly the same.They gave him penicillin and the had and allergic reaction to it!My friend said she used corlum pellets and they really help! Good luck,hope she gets better soon.

    My son was prescribed the hyoscine patches too, i found they worked very well but unfortunately he had a reaction to them on his skin so was no longer able to use them, i now have the problem of him drooling excessively again and the doctor won't prescribe anything else.

    I'm 13 nearly 14 and I scored 38. I'm known to be quite slow because it takes me a while to understand things. When people tell me stuff and expect a reaction out of me like shock of humor but I just can't seem to show it (also I don't really participate in drama much either). I don't know...yeah.





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    Thanks Georgia I will call my gp and mention this. Since I've posted this they have multiplied and are in his legs now. I used the apple cider vinegar on them but he had an reaction and was screaming the house down as he said the vinegar was burning him. I'm so sad for him as they look unsightly. Thanks for your suggestion. Charlotte

    Hiya i would first of all monitor what hes eating! Innalot of cases dairy wheat gluten and even eggs spark a reaction in eczema as i have foind this in my 3 year old after a year of searching! Try maybe a food diary! And maybe steroid cream like betnovate can help x

    My 4 year old son has Continence problems along with several other issues. He sees a Consultant & takes Lactulose. My question is for those of you with experience of using Lactulose..Have you found it can cause offensive smelling faeces? Not Diarrhea as such but very smelly? My son has had several bouts of this recently & its hard to distinguish if he has picked up some kind of bug or if its a reaction to the meds.





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    My little boy has had mc for 2.5 years, we were advised by the doctor just to leave them alone however by the times they start to clear up in one area they are already developing somewhere else :( he says he hates them and he's very aware they are not normal ! He is now 4 and at School I worry he will be bullied :( tonight we tried tea tree oil (which I read on a forum) and ended up at an on call doctors because he had an allergic reaction !! Not a pleasant experience . Any tips on what others have used would be greatly received :) I'm sooooo sick of theses spots can't believe the doctors tell you to just ignore them there must be something to get rid of them !!!! Thank you becki xxx





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    Hi, If you've had these symptoms for more than a few weeks, and if you've had it since you were little then you obviously have, then it's not going to be this. In your case, it sounds very likely to be a chronic immune reaction (eg: allergy, sensitivity), quite possibly to a common food. Some likely suspects are: dairy products, wheat, eggs, gluten grains. There is fairly affordable computer-testing available for sensitivity to a multitude of foods. Mainstream medicine (GPs, etc.) is not very clued-up on all this sensitivity stuff yet, and tends to be not a lot of help. I have been coping with food-sensitivities in myself and other family members for over 25 years. All the best!

    What do you bath him in? I use epiderm ointment and dermol to stop infection as this sounds exactly like my son! Turns out after my own findings hes lactose intollerant as everytime he has dairy he has the same reaction! Is bath him rather than shower him sonhe can sitnin the bath stuff your using whereas the shower ot washes straight off! Try keeping a food dairy! You have to use the steroid cream it doesnt sting anymore than the cream your using! Its the only thing that will calm it down! Poor lil luv its so awful! Also have you considered organic clothing? Google it for more info xxx

    Im 13 and ive just checked my hair after a few days of scratching...i thought this was an allergic reaction...obviously not. I found 12 in my hair using a comb, then 2 which fell out in class...so i thought id treat them...heres how! 1. Lather conditioner of any brand or type ALL OVER your hair 2. Wait about 2min for it to set. Then use comb to get lice out. 3. An hour later wash your hair as normal. 4. Brush your hair through and BLOWDRY it. 5. You will be egg and lice free :) Dont waste money on Full Marks or Lyclear! If any, use hedrin or derbac m.





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    Hi. Very interesting site . I am an adult (female) and suffered dreadfully from soiling from about 5 to 14. I was literally too scared of pain to "let it out" and suffered huge shame and humiliation because of soiling. I actually went whole summer holidays without doing a poo... when I was about 12. I kid you not! My stomach was distended - had no appetite or energy and could not run as felt huge bowel pain. All was I now realise a psychological reaction to emotional pain and upset from my home life. However - now totally normal and have been for years. Was a control thing - my bowels were the only thing I HAD control over when I was a little girl! There IS hope!!!!





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    Hi Vicky, we had the same reaction from GP's and health visitors about "it will grow out" or "the hair will cover the flat part"! We found that LOC in Kingston upon Thames was closest and we liked the people there. £2000 (and 3 months) later and the head is shaping up nicely. There is no NHS funding for the treatment, the reasoning seems it doesn't need surgery so isn't recognised by the Institute for Clinical Excellence... Their words, not mine! The important thing is that the treatment works, it's non invasive and the kids adapt well to the 'bands' (not helmets). Headstart for babies is a charity which helps with funding, they're on the web, it's not guaranteed and means tested but worth a try. Later on glasses will be difficult to fit and wear, eyes can be misaligned, hearing affected and other kids can be so cruel! So it isn't just cosmetic is it? Give your child the best chance, we're so glad we have, even though the cost is hard.

    Hi! My son, 4,5, had severe eczema. I've tried many medicines for him, including steroid creams and the steroid cream as far as i concern only made his eczema wider and wider. Since 2 weeks ago i started giving him black seed oil, dringking and wipe on his head and on his skin where the eczema so bad.At the beginning, his skin head became terribly dry and some areas even bleeding. Then i found out in internet that is was normal as a first reaction (detocsification) of black seed oil. Now his skin head getting a lot better. The detofsification seem "attack" her hand skin, the eczema in there look so bad with all the bubbles in the skin. If you want to try the black seed oil (drink and put on her skin) pls dont be surprise if at the beginning your child skin will look worst because from what i know is only show us that the oil black seed start to work.

    Hi, Just wanted to say I have a 9 year old with learning difficulties and we've tried everything. We tried the patches but she got a skin reaction to it do we stopped. We also did the op to turn her saliva ducts round (transposition of sub-mandibular ducts). It seemed to work for a while but soon the dribbling came back so I think it was a bit of a waste of time. The doc did say in the end that it's a "learned behaviour" so we now have to teach her how to swallow, wipe her mouth and close her mouth all of which she finds difficult (..having learning difficulties!) but of course we won't give up. It's just a bit like 1 step forward 5 steps back!! Just before summer she had 10 baby teeth taken out (..ouch!) & now that they are coming through again you can imagine what the drooling is like!! I'm no GP or speech therapist but I sure have seen a few over the years & the best advice I got from them was about teaching your child how to close and wipe their mouth and remind them to swallow. Also they need to breathe through their nose not their mouth like my daughter who is a habitual mouth breather as she seems to get lots of colds!! Good luck & I hope you found this useful.

    Hi 'True'. I also have club foot on the right. My left foot being size 9-10 and the right being about 7. I'm now 31 and it's never stopped me doing things. I was pretty good at skateboarding and inline skating back in the day! Some days the pain is awful and I can barely walk on it, but most the time it's fine as long as I ALWAYS wear an orthotic insole from the hospital. I even wear it in my slippers around the house because if I don't the next day I will be in pain. I also have the 'big dip' and a scar from my big toe to the top of my sock. I also have one calf muscle much smaller than the other and in my twenties found out my leg was also about 2cm shorter than the other. Anyway, don't worry about what people think! The thing that annoys me most is how boring it is having to explain every time. Maybe tell people you were bitten by a shark on holiday (I've done that before) and see their reaction. Once you told them once they tend to forget about it and move on. Sometimes best to make a joke out of it first before they do. Maybe draw a smailey face in the dimple, then when you have to do gym, everyone will ask and laugh once.. tell them what it is and that it doesn't hold you back, then they will say 'fair enough' and you won't have to explain again :)It's not that uncommon, so it's likely there is someone else in your school with the same probs. Good luck.. Jim

    To all those with undiagnosed illnesses and their families: Before you can get a good result from tests for coeliac disease the sufferer needs to eat gluten at least 4x per day for 4-6 weeks for the antibodies to build up to a diagnosable level. This means that the sufferer must eat pasta, pizza, bread, wheat cereals such as Shreddies etc. every day. The first test for Coeliac Disease is always a blood test, which looks for the antibodies produced by the immune reaction against gluten. It's no worse than any other blood test and it's a good idea to check vitamin levels at the same time because Coeliacs cannot absorb enough nutrients from food. However, the blood test is not completely accurate so even if it is negative the sufferer should undergo an endoscopy, which involves a camera being fed down the throat so that a sample of stomach lining can be taken and examined for signs of coeliac damage. You have to have an empty stomach for the endoscopy, so you must not eat for the few hours beforehand. Sedation will be offered and should definitely be taken; say a big NO to the spray on the back of the throat.





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    I thought that the treatment of the child with Alopecia was very negative and patronising. I have had Alopecia Areata since I was 2 (I'm 27 now) and I have about the same amount of hair as the girl in the episode. However I have never let it hold me back. I use couvre and often wear hairbands or head scarves but I refuse to wear a wig, no matter how many times doctors have told me I 'need' one. I think that the doctor dealing with the case was so negative and only dealt with the girl by trying to find a way for her to conform and be like other girls. I stpped seeing doctors for Alopecia years ago because I always got the same reaction. I dealt with lots of bullies at school but I did it with confidence and a smile. It may be a 'flaw' but everyone has some sort of flaw and everyone has other things that make them beautiful. I think she should have been encouraged to have confidence in herself and stand up for who she is rather than trying to hide. She didn't need the wig, she needed her mum and the doctor to tell her she's beautiful and that everyone has difficult things to deal with but appearances are not the most important thing in life and that dealing it with strenght will make people admire her and help her to grow into a better person because of how she deals with adversity.





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    your post is excellent - very positive and strong. As a mother, I feel trapped between devil and deep blue sea. I dont want her to suffer because of alopecia and will of course give her the choice of what she wants to do. Of course she will be told how beautiful she is - everyday, but I cant bear to see her go through something she may not need to. I could never imagine sending her to school without hair to face the bullies if its not necessary If thats her choice, then of course! Is having a hair system hiding who she is? I certainly dont want her to think that alopecia is who she is... I dont want her to define herself by it. ... really hard.

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