How A Simple Diet Change Cured Infant Eczema

Written by contributor Tiffany Larson.

One weekend last summer, my son’s creamy colored cheeks turned pink.  Not a rosy, sun-kissed pink but a crusty, burning, hot pink.  And it happened in less than 48 hours.

We were camping and while others thought he had gotten a bad sunburn, I knew in my mama’s heart that it was eczema. I was a little downtrodden since I had worked so hard to use non-toxic cleaning and laundry supplies, allergen free bedding and the myriad of other ways we’re told to help prevent eczema.

Hoping not to use a steroid cream, I asked other moms for natural prevention and treatment recommendations.  I combed the Web, eagerly hoping I’d find something I hadn’t already tried.  But no over-the-counter lotion or change to our home took the eczema away.

Feeling a little defeated, I visited my pediatrician who suggested using a steroid cream to get it under control and mentioned some other methods to keep it at bay.   I left the office still feeling like there was a reason that his eczema flared so quickly at only 9 months old.

I took him to our family naturopath hoping she would help me get to the bottom of the eczema.  After a lengthy discussion about breastfeeding, his diet, and our home environment, she suggested the cause may be his diet.  I had recently stopped breastfeeding and had added new food to our son’s diet.  Her belief is that infants’ digestive systems are immature, made for breast milk and basic foods and that they should not be introduced to grains and some dairy products until they turn 1.

After further discussion and armed with a page of notes to take home, I marched out of the office with more confidence than I’d had in weeks.  I was to remove everything from his diet except for fruits, vegetables and meat.  I needed to add probiotics to the vitamin D and DHA he was already taking daily.

With a few changes in the kitchen, we started his new diet right away. I doubled the amount of fruits and vegetables I was making him and I loaded up on organic chicken breasts, ground turkey and beef, and some nitrate-free ham.  He gobbled up everything we gave him and didn’t look back at the grain or dairy products he had been given before.

Within a week, the eczema was gone.

I have a lot of confidence in my naturopath but I have to admit that I was surprised.  I didn’t expect such a major change, in such a short period of time.  We even found that the changes to his diet also cured his uncontrollable diaper rash.

Months later at a wellness check with our pediatrician, I mentioned how his new diet had effected his eczema.  His reply?  “In all my years of practice, I’ve never seen a change in diet cure ezcema.”  I had to stifle a rebuttal that my naturopath had found in her practice that eczema is “almost always” related to food.

Five months after the eczema began, we slowly started to add dairy and grain products back in his diet.  His skin stayed healthy and a month later, we were able to feed him anything without the eczema returning.  After further discussions with our naturopath, we know that the eczema may return.  And if it does, we will immediately revert back to a simple diet of fruits, vegetables and meat.

We continue to find that food not only nourishes our body but causes change in our body – for better and for worse.  The next time you experience a new rash, ache or pain, you might consider a change to your diet first.  It might be just what your body needs.

What is your experience with infant eczema? What methods have worked for your family to keep eczema at bay?  Have you found changes to diet to cure other aches or pains?

About Tiffany

Tiffany can’t remember a day of her childhood spent inside. She was riding bikes, rollerblading, building forts or playing in the snow. Her mother raised her on healthy food before it became popular and only when she had her first child, did the importance of a healthy lifestyle become a priority again. She is passionate about passing on her love for the outdoors and a healthy lifestyle to her two young children and her family spends their free time on the snow, water, dirt or road! She also loves interior design, reading, playing tennis, photography and has a small obsession with coupons. Tiffany can be found on Facebook at Mommy Goes Green and as a contributor at The Creative Mama

Comments

  1. We’ve battled eczema with our son, now 3, since he was an infant. I feel like we inevitably end up using a steroid cream to “get it back under control”, especially when it’s hot out and he’s been playing a lot outside. Until now all I’ve heard is about controlling what goes on the outside of his body: detergents, soaps, etc. Any idea if the dietary approach would work on an older child? While convincing him to give up his beloved pasta and PB&J wouldn’t be easy, it might be worth it if it helps get rid of his “itchy spots”.
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    • 5 out of 7 in my family suffer from eczema, one is able to control it with diet. It doesn’t hurt to try, but be aware it might be a giant combination of foods that your son would have to give up and since he’s older, he may end up sneaking some “no-no” foods behind your back. My boy that’s diet controlled was taken off of eggs, dairy, wheat and nuts because of his allergy test (I had eliminated all those things before but never all at once). I took him off of all those for 3 months and then slowly introduced things, he can only have wheat, everything else is not good for him. Sorry for rambling off, but if you’re son is willing to cooperate it’s worth a shot.

    • Tiffany says:

      Hi Diane,

      I think it may be worth trying! If you look through the other reader’s comments, you’ll see that many of them have found food allergies to cause eczema in their older children, as well. There are SO many foods that may be the cause. My naturopath said even rice caused eczema in her son!

      Tiffany

  2. I posted about our experience with infant eczema here …

    http://dayswithdaniel.wordpress.com/2008/08/21/eczema-milk-and-misery/

    Our son is now 4 years old and still his skin flares if he ingests even the smallest amount of dairy. We are attempting to heal Daniel’s gut using the GAPS diet and I am hopeful that one day he will be able to tolerate dairy.
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  3. Melissa says:

    My daughter Maggie just turned 6 months and has had eczema since she was about 2 months old. I went on a total elimination diet (as I was exclusively breast feeding) and had some results but never a total fix. We’ve been giving her a probiotic in a bottle w/ my milk 2x a day and just yesterday received her hazelwood necklace from Hazelaid in the mail (draws the excess acid out of the body to help your body’s ph return to norma); this was recommended to me by other parents dealing w/ baby eczema. It’s only been about 16 hours but Maggie slept through the night for the first time in a while- no idea if these things are related or not but her skin does look a little better this morning.
    Eczema runs in my family on my father’s side so my Dr. (who did not suggest steroid cream right away and is encouraging me in my natural-methods search) thinks Maggie’s eczema may be partly due to genetics. Wonder if anyone else has heard something like that? We had her blood tested and on a 1-5 scale (5 is severely allergic) Maggie is a 2 (barely allergic/sensitive) with cow dairy, egg whites, and peanuts (but NOT tree nuts which is a good sign she’ll grow out of that allergy, hooray, I hope!). My Dr. is pretty confident she’ll outgrow these allergies and hopefully her eczema too (all my other family members on dad’s side did). Good luck everyone!

  4. Kim S. says:

    Eczema was the first sign that my little one (one of twins) had food allergies. She developed it early–maybe 4 months or so? When my girls were 18 months old her sister had an anaphalatic response to cashew. We had them both tested and they are both terribly allergic to eggs, peanuts, and tree nuts. They also have a sesame allergy. And, at the time, they were allergic to soy, though they’ve outgrown it. Eczema, allergies, and asthma are VERY closely related to one another. Once we took the foods to which she was allergic out of her diet, the eczema disappeared and has NEVER returned. She’s four now.

  5. Lori F. says:

    My son (now 11-yikes!) experienced a short bout of infant excema when he was 1.5 months. I quickly found out it was due to my consumption of strawberries. I was exclusively breastfeeding and the strawberries in our kitchen garden were producing abundantly. The research that I did also explained the “colic” that my son was experiencing. After eliminating strawberries and dairy from my diet, no more excema or fussiness. I was able to reintroduce dairy to my own diet at about 7 months and he eats strawberries and consumbes dairy now without any problems. It made me very aware of the effect of diet on our bodies. That was the catalyst that led us to an mostly organic diet.

  6. I believe that eczema is always an allergic reaction, and almost always from food. We still battle it with my seven year old, because we are still finding new triggers, but it has always been one of his first allergic symptoms from a troubling food. I would suggest to anyone dealing with it to try an elimination diet. Allergy tests, especially in children, are not very reliable for food. We found most of my son’s problem foods through elimination trials, and I know many other families who have found the same thing.

  7. Out of eight children, I have had two with eczema. In the older one, I eliminated dairy products and that made a huge difference. Now she is a teenager and can drink milk without any effects. My youngest child had eczema and it was partly due to an allergy to strawberries (in ANY form . . . including the flavoring put in many, many snack foods). He was still having breakouts and then we took him off dairy and it cleared up in a matter of days.
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  8. I think the most interesting part is how your doctor said that he’s never seen food influence this. I get the impression that doctors aren’t educated about nutrition in the US like maybe they should be. Maybe that’s why I like simple organic so much. ;)
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  9. Diet never had any effect on my daughters eczema, there are always 2 biggest triggers for her: 1) change in temps in weather, hot to cold or cold to hot doesnt matter and 2) bathing her too much. she is 3 now and we have everything down to a science, she still gets it a little when the season changes, maybe twice a year but we know what soaps and lotions clear it up fast.
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  10. Another Heather says:

    I think the dietary causes of eczema really vary from child to child. With my daughter it is oranges, tomatoes and strawberries. We figured out the oranges part on our own. It improved the situation but the eczema still existed. Our MD then suggested we also try removing strawberries, tomatoes and citrus as they are common triggers in people who have eczema due in part to oranges. It cleared right up.

    • Tiffany says:

      Heather – You are totally right. There are LOTS of different foods that could cause eczema. My naturopath found that both rice and corn caused eczema in her son! Our son is also allergic to strawberries although he doesn’t get eczema, he does get a rash. He has lots of tomatoes and oranges and hasn’t reacted to those though. Thanks for mentioning that, hopefully it will give ideas to other moms looking for solutions!

  11. LOVE this post. I think its so important to increase awareness of the connection between eczema and diet. I learned in school (I’m studying to be a naturopath), too, that infantile eczema is almost always food related, and the number one culprit is usually dairy. So encouraged to be reading about other mamas spreading the word!

    • Tiffany says:

      Thank you, Archer. I didn’t know the number one culprit is dairy. Great to know. In our case, we believe it’s either wheat or gluten. I have an autoimmune disease that we are hoping my son hasn’t inherited – that may explain his aversion to wheat/gluten.

      • I learned that wheat is usually the second culprit for food reactions in infants. Although not every kid will fall under the “trends” seen in clinical practice. I hope he continues to improve!

  12. Tiffany,
    What a perfect post, and perfectly timely! We’ve been exploring gluten as a trigger for my son’s eczema, which has been mild during the winter for his entire life, but this winter (he’s 5) it seemed to be doubly bad. At this point there could be so many triggers, both dietary and environmental (chlorine in the water is another big one I’ve heard mentioned, and we have been filtering our bath water for about 2 years, although it doesn’t seem to make a difference for him, esp. since the eczema is not bad in the summer when he’s in chlorinated pools). The gluten may have made a difference, since on an elimination diet, his skin seemed to get a bit better, although not 100% cleared up, and now that we’ve been back with bread for 10 days, he’s got little bumps all over his back. It’s so hard to remember “how bad” the skin was compared to what it’s like now. I was almost hoping he’d flare up intensely just so I’d KNOW.

    I’m so sad to hear that your family doc has “never seen” diet make a difference. Something tells me he’s never looked! I totally agree with a commenter above that many docs just aren’t aware or educated about the integral role diet plays in our overall health. Maybe next time you shouldn’t stifle the reply, but try to educate him instead. Although just your experience hopefully gave him something to chew on. I’m so thankful my pediatrician is always open to those conversations and even read my blog sometimes! ;)

    Thank you for a wonderfully written, true and to the point post. We need to keep telling people that “we are what we eat!” :) Katie

    • Tiffany says:

      Katie, one of my thoughts is that many parents (that my pediatrician has seen) may have not COMPLETELY eliminated all offending foods. Just one Cheerio, for example, would set off the eczema in my son. So they thought the food changes didn’t work.

      I have considered getting another pediatrician that practices with a more natural approach but for now, we use my naturopath to complement his recommendations.

      Let me know how it works it with your son. I would be interested to see what works for him!

  13. My son battled food allergies & eczema from a very young age so it sent me researching like crazy. We were able to pinpoint the biggest offenders through an elimination diet which were soy, wheat & citrus. He thankfully grew out of them once his gut had healed. I’ve since found that food allergies/intolerances can play a much bigger role in our health than just eczema. A good friend of mine was diagnosed with MS at age 27. Two years later she decided to stop doing what the doctors were recommending and she started doing cleanses and looking into her diet. She discovered some hidden allergies. Once they were eliminated along with the other changes she was making she started to go into remission. Not long after feeling better she unknowingly ate something with eggs in it (her worst allergy). The left side of her body began to go numb almost immediately!

  14. Christine says:

    My son was horribly, horribly allergic to cow’s milk. Even the tiniest amounts (whey listed as an ingredient in crackers, etc.) He had severe feeding issues as a result. His sister had a much more minor case of the same dairy allergy. She had the GI symptoms when she was an infant and I went off dairy. When she was 1.25 yrs old and we tried dairy again she developed eczema (but thankfully, not the projectile vomiting of her brother). Eliminating dairy and doing vigilant massages with oil helped her skin. It was winter, so the cold dry air was exacerbating the condition once it got started with the dairy. Thankfully, now she has outgrown both problems at nearly 2. She eats cheese as if to make up for the 2 years she couldn’t eat it. My son still cannot tolerate dairy at age 3.5.

  15. My now 11 year old had eczema as a baby. I did what I usually do ~ research for myself. I found a site online that said this was an allergy to dairy products. He was a breastfed baby. Thus, I totally cut out all dairy products unless they were cooked, like cheese on a pizza. And it totally worked! If I accidentally had a little milk in something, it would flare up. When I abstained, his skin was fine. Eventually he outgrew this, but I was amazed and delighted to find this cure!

  16. We have also used diet to help with eczema. My daughter began with the rash at 6 months. We also used ‘creams’ to get it back under control. It was so bad for a while that she had white patches behind her knees and in the crooks of her elbows, besides the ‘itchy and sore’ spots. I knew a friend of mine had eliminated eczema in her children by removing dairy, so I tried it around the time my daughter was about a year old, maybe 14 months. We began by removing dairy, fish, eggs, and peanut butter from her diet completely. That was a tough couple of weeks, because we had been feeding her lots of those things. We replaced her milk with rice milk, then discovered almond milk, which she loves! We do not give her cheese, maybe on a rare occasion, and we have replaced her yogurt with a soy alternative. She does have eggs occasionally and almond butter has taken the place of peanut butter. I have found that she is able to have any of those things in tiny amounts and it doesn’t really cause a problem. However, we can definitely tell when she has been having too much dairy because the rash will be back, itching all the time, then the bleeding, cracked skin. I’m so thankful that we were able to find a solution, and even though it was hard at first now it’s easy. And no, the doctors never suggested using diet to fix the problem!

    • You might want to look into the effects of soy on estrogen in the body. I used soy milk for years but haven’t touched any soy, except for fermented miso, since doing a lot of reading on thyroid function and diet.

  17. Gwen Brown says:

    “In all my years of practice, I’ve never seen a change in diet cure ezcema.”
    What this means, in my opinion, is “I refuse to recognize the link between diet and ezcema, even if it is right in front of my face.”

    SO glad that you got to the bottom of it! The more I’ve learned about nutrition and helping my kids with foods/herbs, the more I’ve realized that my pediatrician (who is a wonderful guy) is just not as necessary as I had first thought.

  18. I don’t understand why these peds aren’t making the eczema/diet connection. We had a similar situation.

    My oldest daughter developed eczema almost overnight when she was 4 months old. After some online research we read that it could be related to diet. She was exclusively breastfed so it coming from my diet. Her eczema was so bad that we put socks on her little hands to prevent her from scratching herself raw. I tried an elimination diet, but I lost 5 pounds in just a few days. I then read that nursing mothers should not do an elimination diet. It made me feel horrible.

    We decided to take her to the ped to get their opinion. They immediately recommended steriod cream and a dermatologist. We inquired about the
    eczema possibly being related to allergies and that didn’t occur to them.

    We found a pediatric allergist who prescribed a skin test. It was easy and non-invasive and it determined that she was allergic to eggs/dairy/nuts. The doc also told us that she should eventually grow out of it, which was a relief. I eliminated those foods from my diet and her eczema cleared up quickly. She is now 5 and can eat those foods without any flare ups.
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    • Elimination diets are a kid of cleanse. They can release toxins stored in fat, which is why pregnant or nursing mothers shouldn’t do them. Your more limited approach sounds like a sensible compromise.

  19. great article. my son started getting eczema on his face when he was 2 and then would scratch til it bled. the way we got it to clear up (and it hasn’t returned!) was to use virgin coconut oil on his face. it didn’t burn, it healed it up, and it actually made his skin healthier. great to know grains and dairy can be a cause for the flair ups.
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  20. I had the experience of my 4 month old have bad excema and being referred to a demotologist who just said that we would have to manage it with steriod cream forever!! After not bein happy with that – got a referral to our children’s hospital who ended up sending us to the allergy department who determined that she was allergic to dairy, eggs and nuts and was being affected through breast milk. After elimitating those, the excema went away.
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  21. Kim in AZ says:

    My second son has had eczema since he was a baby. I wish I knew then what I know now. Now when he gets it, I mix tea tree oil with olive oil and apply that for fast relief. The other thing is that, if one does use a steroid for eczema or croup, it’s important to know that it will disrupt the flora in the gut just like antibiotics. So, if we ever HAVE to use it again, and to get over it in the first place, we used grapefruit seed extract in high doses along with probiotics 3x/day to kill and plant and restore balance to the gut. Thanks for the tip on diet. I’ll try that as well.

  22. My husband’s (adult) eczema is triggered by dairy and gluten. Such a great topic to discuss. Diet can heal so much.

  23. Can anyone tell me the repercussions of using the steroid cream? My son has been battling eczema since he was a baby. After a very hard first year we finally discovered he was allergic to milk, barley, and strawberries. He also flares up with too many baths and chlorine in pools. We eliminate all milk except for his night time sippy cup of milk replaced it for soy and natural juice. It’s the barley I am having a rough time with. Should I eliminate all wheat just in case? Sorry I have lots of questions and hope you can help.

    • Tiffany says:

      Hi Ivonne,

      I am definitely not an expert on this topic but removing everything but fruits, veggies and meat made all the difference in our son’s eczema. We were able to also give him some gluten free snacks without any problem. I would recommend seeing a naturopath, if you can. They are wonderful at finding the underlying cause to many issues. We likely would have suffered with creams and lotions for a year if we hadn’t seen one. Some insurance covers the visit but if yours doesn’t (mine doesn’t), they will often give you a cash discount or allow you to make a payment plan if you can’t afford the visit all at once.

  24. Rebecca says:

    Just doing a google search, I stumbled across this website and really am thankful. My son is 4 and has eczema. I honestly had no idea that his eczema could be caused by food allergies. I’ve also read there seems to be a link between eczema and ADHD. He hasn’t been formally diagnosed, but working with kids, I can tell that my son definitely has some of the traits of ADHD. Since he’ll be starting preschool in the fall, I really want him to be successful not only academically, but make great friends as well. I’ve vowed to change our diets in order not only to help his eczema (and potential ADHD), but also to live healthier in general. I also have a 2 year old, who has yet to develop eczema, but my 5 month old has already had a few flare ups on her knees! That was very shocking to me, since I strictly breastfeed (no bottles or formula.) Again, I’m glad I found this website and to hear what others have tried. I’ll be trying many of your suggestions and I hope to have a success story very soon! :)

    • Tiffany says:

      Hi Rebecca! That is one of the reasons I love blogs – to glean insight from other people around the world. I hope the diet changes do help your son! Please let me know!

    • If you’re in a reading mood, check out the GAPS diet. It’s similar to what’s described here, but the book gives the reasons why it can be associated with ADHD and other – seemingly unrelated – things.

      • Rebecca says:

        My son had an allergy test done yesterday. The results determined he has a sensitivity to corn. The doctor said a positive result doesn’t necessarily mean he’s allergic to that particular food, but just to be watchful of that item. Corn is in SO many things (veggie oil, veggie protein, etc.) The doctor also said to watch out for lectin, which is in soy. The more I read, the more I am amazed at how food and illnesses are so interconnected. For the past week, we’ve been eating the paleo diet, which not surprisingly says to eliminate corn and soy! It’s only been a week, but I’ve already lost 2 lbs and my husband has too. Plus, it feels good to be eating and feeding my family organic goodness. :)

        @ Lauren: thanks for the tip! I’ll have to check that out.

        • No worries! Lectins are in almost all grains and legumes, which is part of why paleo eliminates them. It’s a great reset diet – just meat/fish, eggs, veg and fruit, and limited natural sweeteners, nuts and seeds. GAPS (or SCD) is quite compatible, setting out steps for introducing foods and cooking methods. When I first heard of GAPS it sounded impossibly strict, but from where we are now (PHD/paleo/WAPF) it’s feasible. Good luck in your search!

  25. my good friend and co-worker recently switched to a mostly raw foods diet and realized that processed sugar is the cause of her eczema! she uses honey and agave nectar as sweeteners now, and it’s all gone. it’s amazing what a good diet can clear up.

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  27. My almost 9 mo old daughter has eczema and it tends to come and go, but has been flaring up quite a bit more the past month. She is crawling now and we unfortunately have an entirely carpeted apartment. I keep her covered so as not to aggravate her skin. In terms of diet, I eat a small amount of dairy – less than an ounce of cheese or a couple spoonfuls of yogurt, and I do slightly butter my bread – so my questions are: can this amount of dairy still aggravate her and, more importantly, how long will it take to see results if I eliminate dairy? I have heard it can take 6 weeks. I feel my food choices are very limited now as it is and I struggle to maintain the nursing. Thanks in advance.

    • Tiffany says:

      Hi Lisa,

      Congratulations on nursing for so long on such a limited diet. I know it takes a lot of committment on your part. Since my son’s eczema did not occur while I was still breastfeeding (it started once he was on solid foods), I don’t have direct advice for you but this is what I would likely do in your situation.

      I assume that your daughter is eating solid foods, since she is 9 months old. If you haven’t already, you might eliminate all foods except meat, fruits and veggies in HER diet. Use green cleaning supplies and laundry detergents. Also read through the comments above on other things people have done concerning bathing and skin care.

      Additionally, I would see a naturopath, if you can. I HIGHLY recommend visiting one.

      Feel free to ask additional questions and I hope you find a solution soon!

  28. When choosing the best baby eczema cream, you may also want to look for products that contain aloe vera gel and calendula. Both of these ingredients are ideal to soothe irritation from itchy, inflamed skin. Aloe and calendula are also typically safe to use on babies and are a popular ingredient in everything from baby shampoos to baby bubble bath.

  29. Hello! My little one has had mild ezcema since he was about 2 months old, now he is 7 months and when we feed him pureed vegetables they make his ezcema flare up! Are there any vegetables out there that won’t make his skin breakout? The only ones he can eat are squash and carrots!! Please if anyone has an opinion on this please get back to me ASAP!!!
    Thank you!!

  30. Jennifer H says:

    My little one is EBF and is 7 months old and has tested positive for egg white, nut and milk and wheat allergies and she has intolerances to coffee, chocolate, onions, oranges, tomatoes, corn, soy, etc. I have been on an elimination diet for nearly the whole time because of this and have lost 55 lbs. I am concerned about the toxins that she has received because of this elimination (while I am probably the most organic person out there…I know the fat soluble toxins are still in my body and being released) She is 90% better but am considering the GAPS diet to heal her gut to see if that can eliminate all eczema. Has anyone done this while breastfeeding? How do you do GAPS when she is allergic to everything? Thoughts about detoxing her safely and slowly? Thanks so much for ideas!!!

  31. Jennifer says:

    We are just starting down this road with my one year old. I have already gone dye free fragrance free for my other daughter. I also avoid a lot of cleaning chemicals due to her asthma. Thankfully my pediatrician is awesome and wants to avoid steroids. She has had it since she was little (6months) I chose to watch it since it appeared to just be baby acne. At 6 months it started getting worse this is also when she decided she no longer wanted to breast feed, so we started her on formula an pumped breast milk. Now that she is on whole milk and eating a lot of what her sister eats, it seems to be getting worse. I asked the girl who watches them occasionally to keep an eye on it since she doesn’t see them daily. She even commented on how she has a few new patches. I am going to change her diet and talking with our pediatrician. He also recommended virgin coconut oil and less frequent baths.

  32. just wanted to say thank you for this post. i came across it while researching treatments for my 7-month-old son’s severe eczema. he was miserable, and so were his dad and i. we were using more and more steroid cream every few days to almost daily and still couldn’t knock out the flares. finally, we had him allergy tested and discovered his milk, egg, fish, and turkey allergies. after i eliminated these from my diet (for breastfeeding), he cleared up within 3 weeks. it’s almost like a miracle. our dermatologist had told us that only about 5% of cases are related to allergies. our baby is finally happy and sleeping better, and we’re able to enjoy him – and he can enjoy life. thanks for sharing your experience!

  33. Hi, we are currently battling eczema that is only on our daughter’s face. I see that you had stopped breast feeding and only gave your son meats, fruits, and veggies… but what about liquid? Did you cut out all dairy and non-dairy milks? Did he get any formula or juices or anything else? Did he only drink water? Thanks!

  34. my son is 8 months and he is still a work in progress for his eczema. i have literally tried just about everything. his started at 6 weeks after going 100% commercial organic infant formula (which i wasn’t happy about!!!) that i quickly scraped when he was just getting worse and worse. i used the homemade formula recipe from weston a. price. and first cut our dairy. it helped cut it down but it was still a problem. with a very strict diet it was very frustrating. i used only the highest quality ingredients for the very simple recipe. his diet couldn’t get any more stripped. i then bought a hazelwood necklace. didn’t work. high quality probiotic from my naturopath and also an essential fatty acid oil combo capsule. isn’t working. no cream or lotion does a thing. i use natural cleaners around the house, chemical free laundry soap, i even use all glass bottles, no plastics whatsoever. coconut oil, neem oil, olive oil etc etc. i’ve tried organic clothing, organic sheets, etc etc. 100% cotton, i even tried eucalyptus clothing. nope! he’s never had gluten. i am gluten free so that will not be in his diet for as long as i can control it. i’ve tried not bathing him and it seems to get worse. i’ve tried every natural organic sensitive soap. i’ve just stopped trying products. i have to use steroid cream very sparingly when it gets really bad. i’ve also tried a bath filter for the water. i’m sure i’m forgetting 20 other things i’ve tried! i’m exhausted!!!! i have a follow up with my naturopath soon but i feel like this isn’t going anywhere.

    • Hi Janice, I can only imagine your frustration deep in the trenches of eczema. My son grew out of his intolerance by 13-14 months old and I can only hope you might experience this, too. My best wishes for you mama!

  35. I used to have bad eczema (hereditary) when I was a kid, and I never thought it would be able to go away. I recently completed The Flawless Program’s 30-day eczema plan that focuses on helping you find out what your eczema triggers are. Mine were also food-related. Dairy, gluten, and sugar were the main culprits for me….as well as drugs like antibiotics and birth control. (who would have thought!) Changing the way you eat is definitely the right way to go in helping your eczema :) Interesting blog, will be following :)

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