This may not exactly be homemaking related but it’s family life related. My 2-year old has had horrible eczema for a long time. Creams have only worked to lessen the rash now and again but the root cause is still there; the rash never fully goes away and always gets worse again.
For a while, I’ve wondered if dairy could be the problem. Milk is Josiah’s ‘precious’ in life and has been ever since he’s been weaned. Add in that with his 0-60 tantrums and inability (often) to cope well with drastic (to him) changes, honestly, I just dreaded even trying to take milk away. What if he threw a tantrum every time he wanted milk? What if he didn’t like the alternative milk? What if the alternative milk was too expensive? What if…it worked?
I’m not saying that I want his skin to stay bad of course, but the thought of having to make sure he stays dairy-free, monitoring diet, learning what products have hidden dairy, figuring out if dairy or lactose is the problem, etc., just seemed overwhelming and I guess I was just hoping the problem would go away.
Instead, it’s been getting worse. Instead of just the backs of his knees being awful, the eczema now covers the entire backs of both legs, onto his bum, creeping up his back, and is starting on his arms now as well. Often his legs are raw and bleeding due to his scratching and he frequently walks very stiffly, which I think is due to the pain he must have.
So, starting Sunday, we switched him to almond milk.
I took the photo above to get a baseline of how his skin was that same day. This was actually a better skin-day; it’s worse now because he’s been scratching more but the rash hasn’t spread since.
It can take up to 6 weeks to see if the dairy is the problem. However, I have heard in many cases that it can be much quicker. I’m praying for the latter, of course!
I already have seen improvements in other areas, though. While Josiah hasn’t complained about the change in taste of his milk, he’s asking for it far less. His appetite is improved. I’m also hoping that if dairy is the culprit, that his behavior will improve as well. Time will tell! Hopefully soon this sweet boy will be happier and more comfortable.
Do you have any food related eczema or intolerances/allergies in your home? What tips would you give to a mom who might be just learning the ropes of a restricted diet?
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