This is a guest post from a friend of mine who is using the Using the Paleo Diet to heal Eczema and Dermatitis in Children, especial her own daughter Eliza. I have been seeing Elisa picture on Facebook since she was born. Alison, Eliza’s mother is a health coach who lives in the East Bay and I ofter saw her posts about how she was struggling to heal her daughters Eczema. She was seeing many specialist and trying many different treatments until she finally found something that worked. Read the rest of the story below:
Paleo Diet to Heal Eczema and Dermatitis in Children
Back in 2010 I discovered the Paleo diet when I worked with a health coach and found that I was highly sensitive to grains and processed sugar. I cleaned up my diet, dropped 30 pounds and more importantly I felt GREAT! In the summer of 2011 I found out I was pregnant and I knew that I wanted to feed my child this way. And one of my worries was that people would think I was weird or that my wishes wouldn’t be respected by those who were not on board with the Paleo way of eating. Little did I know that I was about to embark on a journey that would make Paleo a necessity.
Eliza arrived in March of 2012 and I was lucky that I was able to nurse her because I didn’t want to put her on formula. When she was 3 months old she started getting eczema on her face. A couple of months later we took her to an allergist and before she was even eating solid foods we found that she was allergic dairy, eggs, peanuts and bananas. She came up questionable for wheat but I am grain free and planned for her to be as well so that wasn’t an issue. I tried to eliminate those things out of my diet since I was still nursing her but nothing seemed to help. Then I had the double whammy of going back to work and I was not able to pump enough so I guiltily supplemented with formula. It made me sad to see that the first ingredient in it was corn syrup solids but I didn’t know what else to do.
She continued to have eczema all over her body but it was worse on her face. She would scratch her face and it would bleed and she would get constant infections. I was desperate to try and figure out what was causing it because the dermatologist and allergist helped as best as they could but it still wasn’t enough. I am a certified health coach and knew it was probably something in her formula but I felt so helpless because I did not know what else to feed her since I was “supposed” to give her formula to grow. It was my first child and while I had strong feelings about certain things, I also felt helpless when it came to infant nutrition. She was small and only in the 10th percentile for weight so I did not want to do anything to keep her from growing. It was such an uncertain and scary time.
We introduced solid foods and she seemed fine but still had constant eczema flares. I found a Chinese medicine doctor who helped with the inflammation but because we were not treating the cause, the eczema always came back. My husband and I suspected that she was having a reaction to corn and the “corn syrup solids” in her formula but again felt at a loss about what to feed her and were scared to just give her water. I spent months searching online for solutions and trying to find a baby formula that did not contain dairy, casein or soy. I came up empty. Finally I gave in and tried Baby’s Only Organic Soy formula. I didn’t feel comfortable about this but also felt like I had no choice. She seemed to get better for a few days and then her eczema flared again and I figured it was because of the soy.
So…I continued my research and told my story to every mom I encountered and FINALLY, when Eliza was 10 months old, a fellow mom was able to truly help me. I will never forget. She told me about a book called What’s Eating Your Child, by Kelly Dorfman, and said it included a “formula” recommendation of coconut milk, rice and/or almond milk and a special powder formulated for babies with multiple food
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