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autism and skin problems?

Posted by on Jul. 12, 2014 at 7:38 AM
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hi

i have a 4 year old son with autism, adhd and some other diagnoses like that. from birth he has always had red cheeks, and light eczma. it went away for a long time, but then when he was under stress the red cheeks came back really bad (goes down to pink while he sleeps and then gets bright sometimes deep red during the day) and now his ezcma has returned with a vengenance. it is really bad and requiring medicated cream to try to ease it, as the horribly expensive over the counter ones and herbal ones either burned or had no effect.

i was just wondering if this is a common theme in autism? i know in one book it is stated that the red cheeks are a warning sign of autism, but i have never seen it written anywhere else. the ezcma doesnt run in the family at all either, so it is uncommon for it to crop up like that. has anyone else ever had that problem, do their kids suffer from that, and has anyone ever seen the red cheeks before? the doc says ezcma for the cheeks too, but it has been there for a long time, and goes down overnight, and doesnt come up on the days he isnt stressed, or can come up within a few hours, and then go down overnight again, i have never seen ezcma do that. sometimes hiss cheeks are hot, and sometimes cold.

if anyone has ever seen the cheeks or tell me if ezcma seems to be a common theme that would be great. the rest of it i can usually deal with on my own or with help from specialists, but im not getting much help and think if anyone has seen it, what worked for them may have a better chance of working for my son as well. as the docs dont seem to know what they are looking at.

thanks

by on Jul. 12, 2014 at 7:38 AM
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lucasmadre
by Kari on Jul. 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM

My son does have eczema although he had out grown it for the most part (he is now 100 but he never had the red cheeks. Could the cheeks be his bodies way of expressing stress? Like when some people blush when embarrassed? I only ask because it goes away or gets better when he is sleeping...sorry for the worry. Hope someone can figure this one out for you. Sometimes doctors aren't much help with the real puzzles and we end up being our on medical detectives.  xo

darbyakeep45
by Darby on Jul. 12, 2014 at 8:05 AM

My son's skin gets red easily and it's irritated easily, but that's about it.

Noahs-Mom
by Member on Jul. 12, 2014 at 9:58 AM

My oldest had eczema as an infant it went away as soon as we changed his formula. Eczema can be an allergy responce. Yes it can also be a stress responce. My youngest son will get hives when he is stressed. I have found that Melaluca oil can take care any skin issue.  

Momof4AEMW
by Gold Member on Jul. 12, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I was told  by a developmental pedi 90% of kids with ADHD has eczema.  I don't know the correlation, but my daughter with ADHD does have it and my two kids with ASD do not.

Momof4AEMW
by Gold Member on Jul. 12, 2014 at 11:48 AM

I've never heard of Melaluca oil.  What is it and where do you find it?  Is it medicated? 

Quoting Noahs-Mom:

My oldest had eczema as an infant it went away as soon as we changed his formula. Eczema can be an allergy responce. Yes it can also be a stress responce. My youngest son will get hives when he is stressed. I have found that Melaluca oil can take care any skin issue.  

 

.beautifulrose.
by Member on Jul. 12, 2014 at 2:29 PM
My son does have eczema. He is breaking out right now :( I have read that it is more common in kids with ASD.

"A detailed assessment conducted by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention demonstrated that children with autism had much higher than expected rates of all of the medical conditions studied, including: eczema, allergies, asthma, ear and respiratory infections, gastrointestinal problems, severe headaches, migraines, and seizures (Kohane et al., 2012)."

http://nationalautismassociation.org/pdf/MedicalComorbiditiesinASD2013.pdf

sunshinepraying
by Bronze Member on Jul. 12, 2014 at 4:03 PM
This

Quoting darbyakeep45:

My son's skin gets red easily and it's irritated easily, but that's about it.

Rhapsitee
by Member on Jul. 12, 2014 at 6:14 PM
My son has eczema and has seasonal/food allergies. For the eczema we have 2 prescriptions and use the cetaphil skin restoring body wash and Vaseline intensive repair lotion. Most common places for his flare ups are his cheeks, chest, back of neck/shoulders. Our allergist said one of the reasons we fight it all the time is do to his indoor/outdoor allergies.
tonijoy79
by Member on Jul. 12, 2014 at 8:04 PM

thank you for that, it means a lot that you all took the time to reply. i will look into the melaluca oil, i hadnt thought of the red cheeks as stress, but it lines up and makes sense, especially after one of his full weeks, i have tried the cetaphil and vaseline without much luck, but thanks for the suggestion. the steriod cream mixed 50/50 with the sorbaline cream the doctor recommended and prescribed seems to be doing the best at the moment, it is still full on and raw looking tho, and coming out in more places, just doing what we can. i had thought it was more prevailant in asd, so its good to have that info, i hadnt considered the adhd could be the cause as well.

thanks all for taking the time and caring, i love you all

Owl_Feather
by Member on Jul. 12, 2014 at 8:07 PM

 I never heard of eczeme being connected with autism. Honestly I think that's a little ridicuous. I know many people with eczema and they do not have autism. DS has eczema, and he has aspies, but I dont think that really means anything other than him having sensitive skin.

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