I have a five year old daughter who has fairly thin and curly hair. It doesn't seem to be growing, she also suffers from asthma and eczema. I was wondering if anyone had any tips on how I could speed up the growing process. Also, because of her eczema she has no eyebrows. Her pediatrician keeps giving her these hydrocortisone creams that don't work. Please help!
Momonabudget from Griffin, GA
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By Penny K
Does she take a kids multivitamin? That's real important to support her growing body, including hair, teeth, and nails, and esp if considering limiting some of her food like the previous post suggests. I'm experiencing thinning hair myself, and I'm 48. I've started taking B12 and prenatal vitamins (no, I'm NOT pg), and it seems to have helped. Good luck, and God bless you all. (04/11/2006)
I'm sure you've already tried it but we use eucerin on our daughter's eczema. It has worked fairly well. Our first doctor told us to limit baths and prescribed cortisone cream after cortisone cream. Finally we just got another doctor who was willing to work with us. If your doctor doesn't, remember they are your employee - not the other way around. (04/11/2006)
Prescription for Nutritional Healing book (you can look at one free in most health food stores and at public libary) recommends a diet that has no sugar and no flour for most of these problems. (04/11/2006)
My husband has severe skin probs since Gulf War and numerous prescrtiptions later hydrocort. etc and no relief. I tried afro products and some help with castor oil hair treatments. For the face the thing that works the best is use Aboloen face cream for removing makeup with. He slathers it on face lets it sit for a while then with warm washcloth takes it off and no flaky skin. Trust me we have been married over 10 years and I have tried costly lotions, Aveno,
I'd like to offer a suggestion about the ezcema. Our youngest (now 10) suffered from a bad case of ezcema on the back of her hands.
Lotions and creams (even the medicated ones) would burn and her hands frequently were so cracked they bled.
On my hunt one day for yet another over the counter something/anything (latest prescription cream wasn't working ... again!) I spoke with the sales person of our local grocery store. She, too, had had severe ezcema on her hands (hard to believe because her skin was now was flawless).
She said her dermatologist recommended she mix a combination of miconazole and lotion and apply it at least 6(!) times a day. She did see improvement; however, the treatment was labor intensive.
Then she realized miconazole nitrate is in Lotrimin antifungal powder spray (yes, it's an athlete's foot product). She sprayed it on her hands just before going to bed at night and right after getting up in the morning (she'd wash it off before going to work). Within two weeks her skin was clear. She occasionally has flare-ups and will spray her hands a night or two and the ezcema will go away.
Needless to say, I was more than skeptical but desperate. We tried it and saw improvement the first night. We only used it at night and within a week her hands were not only healed, they were soft and smooth. We now use it as needed.
I think the trick is to use a lot (leave the skin white). Yes, some of the powder will come off on the sheets ... I'd rather wash extra laundry than see my child crying, bleeding, and in pain any day of the week. Good luck! (04/12/2006)
Maybe the cortisone is actually working, after all, but on the hair.
You need a good pediatric dermatologist - if they're not in the same city, write and send good photos.
I don't think long-term cortisone is any help to a small girl, at best. Please check on the side effects. Read the PDR. Your pharmacist should have a page or two on this medication.
My son had infant excema and the pediatrician had him off all dairy products. Used soy formula and then soy milk until he was about 6 years old. He also had a hydrocortisone prescription (2.5%) to rub on the 'spots' when they flared up. Looked like chicken pox. Seemed to work. He's 22 now and fine, with lots of natural curly, thick hair. Good luck. (04/13/2006)
By Vanet Uvino@email@example.com
I suggest you get see a naturopathic practioner. They will be able tell you what specifially your daughter has food sensitivties it as well as provide all treatment to eliminate the cause of her problems not just treat the symptoms she has. When my daughter was having eczema problems, my ND was the only person who was able to give treatment that worked. We combined a diet that eliminated her specific food sensitivies for a month(wheat, dairy, sugar, potatos, goats milk and oats), while doing a homeopathic cleansing remedy and taking probiotics to rebalance her digestive flora. In over a year she has not had anymore problems with eczema. The problem with Hydrocortisone cream will eventually thin the skin and could potentially make her problems worse. It also doesn't help with the root of what is causing her to have awful skin problems. Also an ND may be able to tell you if your daughter is lacking in a certain nutirient that would cause her hair to either not grow or grow very slowly. They may also be able to help you find a remedy that either greatly lessens or cures completely her asthma. I don't have any personal experience with asthma, but I do know that my ND has been able to help my family with ailments where MD's have failed to find a cause.
Has your daughter been tested for allergies? My son also has eczema and asthma... along with a few food allergies. Our allergist, who has also been a pulmonary specialist for 40 years told me that most kids with eczema have food allergies... and most likely an egg allergy. She put my son on Singular, Protopic, and Qvar-inhaler, these have helped him tremendously. Hope this helps. (04/21/2006)
I had a cousin that was practically bald with wispy white blonde hair that wouldn't grow. Her mom took her to an old barber and he "singed" the ends of her hair and it for some reason stimulated the hair to grow. Good luck! (05/03/2006)
I'm glad I came on this website, I have a six year old with long thick hair and I recently found out that he has asthma and that allergies, ezcema and asthma go hand in hand. He has ezcema all over and he is suffering, the worse is in his scalp but reading everyones postings I have gotten several suggestions. Thank you so much everyone. (05/11/2006)
I am an adult female and I have alopecia totalis. That means my scalp is completely bald. I am also missing my eyebrows and eyelashes. There are three forms of alopecia: (1) alopecia areata (usually spots are missing on scalp, an eyebrow can be missing but the other one still there, etc.); (2) alopecia totalis (bald scalp); and (3) alopecia universalis (all body hair from head to toe is gone). To find out more, go to: www.naaf.org
There currently is no cure for alopecia but there are many experimental treatments which are most likely not covered under insurance which is why I am doing absolutely nothing to treat my alopecia. It can affect young and old alike. There are message boards on the site above where people address issues related to this unpredictable disease. I also have eczema & use Protopic with much success. I have learned that alopecia, eczema, psoriasis, etc. are all in the autoimmune disorder family.
If your daughter's eyebrows are missing, that sounds like alopecia to me, but I am not a doctor. (05/16/2006)
I had a daughter who was the same way. I really haven't done anything. Her hair finally did grow but very slowly. I only give her one hair cut a year and condition a lot. Her hair is thin and curly but I never layered it. Now she is about to go to high school and her hair is below her shoulders. It could never grow much longer. It is still thin, but she looks fine. My other daughter has the bald spots that someone else wrote about, they show up periodically, 1 every year or so... I do think it may be genetically related. (06/13/2006)
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My daughter has excema her scalp use to stay dry and flaky I tried a yeast infection meds on her scalp, (it was almost like cradle cap thick dry if you scratched it would bleed) the cream worked. I applied it once a week to her scalp I haven't had any problems since! She had fungus/bacteria in her hair that made her hair stop growing 3yrs her hair was above her ears now it is in the middle of her back, after only 16 months, too much washing with eczema makes the scalp too dry
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