I'm hoping some of you here may be able to help. My youngest (22 months) has been suffering from eczema for quite a while now. My doctor has been pretty useless just announcing that "lots of kids get it at that age" and prescribing steroids. The steroids do work but we are having to use them a lot which I am very uncomfortable with. I have tried all sorts of natural creams which really haven't made much of an impact. He drinks raw goats milk but does eat some cows milk cheeses, eats loads of our home produced eggs and other than that he has a pretty varied diet with little processed stuff. I really don't know where to start with trying to identify if it is any of these that are causing it. He also suffers from terrible nappy rash but that does clear up a bit if we put him in disposable nappies. I have tried switching to soap nuts for washing our cloth nappies and I have done a white vinegar stripping but he still gets it worse when wearing them. Does anyone have any suggestions?
I'm sure there will be lots of differing opinions on this one - here is mine:
Remove all chemicals from his diet. Read every label - and really - try not to feed him anything that has to have a label. If you have to look up the ingredient then don't feed it to him.
No Artificial sweeteners - of course that is a chemical.
Just doing that much will be very difficult I am sure - because that means that he can't even have minimal amount of processed foods.
Then - if you want to take it all the way -- no dairy or wheat.
Oh and by the way - where does this cow's milk cheese come from? And where does the goats milk come from? Many people don't realize that an unfortunate number of dairy goat farms have the same added hormone and routine anti-biotic regimines that factory farmed dairy cows have.
I have had a lifetime of awful skin conditions - most went away with the removal of all chemicals. Completely cleared up when I got rid of the dairy and wheat (yeah, even the 'good' dairy). I still nibble homemade cheese now and then - and I still get scabby skin from it. One day of enjoyment takes two weeks to clear up.
When my son was young he had terrible eczema and, as I was breastfeeding him at the time, we *both* went on an exclusion diet to try to figure out the cause. It meant eating a very limited diet consisting solely of things that aren't normally associated with triggering eczema. Then I would re-introduce things one at a time, first into my diet for a few days (in case I passed anything on through my milk) and then into my son's diet. We narrowed down in the end to anything with milk in, either cows or goats (this was a nuisance as I'd kept goats for years and was totally into the local 'goaty' culture), but only if he ate it himself. I could eat anything and it never passed through to him. He would react within three days to any milk in the diet, raw or cooked, cow or goat, until he was 14 years old. When I met my current partner, I realised I would have to demonstrate the problem and allowed him to give my son three white chocolate buttons, containing cows milk, and told him to notice what happened in three days time. He never attempted to repeat the experiment and would guard him fiercely from anyone else who attempted to give him anything milky.
I agree with Jeanine, I suffered from just about every skin condition there is until this past year, when I started eliminating chemicals from not only my diet but things like soap/shampoo as well. I am not completely over my skin conditions, I do still have a dandruff issue but I also still eat some processed foods and I can definitely tell it gets worse on those days. I don't know if you can use vinegar on a child's skin but it seems to soothe me, both scalp and skin.