CHANGING DIET TO HELP ECZEMA.
I never thought about food when it came to Lakyn's Eczema.
Doctors never mention it nor did they recommend changing diet to help it. The only thing doctors told us would help his eczema was steroids.
Super frustrating when Lakyn was just getting worse and worse. We would use the steroids and as soon as we stopped Lakyn's Eczema would be back, worse than the time before. Eventually he developed asthma and doctors said this was normal for a child with eczema.
When we were at our wits end, researching online and trying to find out what could be causing Lakyn's eczema so many different things came up.
Eczema is triggered by so many different things from dust, mould, trees, animals, grasses the list would go on and on. Leaving it up to us, down to trial and error to figure it out.
We soon realised we needed to heal Lakyn's gut. Heal him from the inside. Plus we found that in fact the steroids could be making it worse. Thinking about changing Lakyn's diet and stopping steroids to help him was overwhelming and super scary but we were willing to try anything to help him.
We were lucky enough to have changed Lakyn's diet while he was still young enough not to know what junk foods and sweets were. He was eating everything at the time but was still at an age were we hadn't given him lollies and chocolate, sugary drinks and also preservatives and additives etc. Plus with his allergy to egg we had to keep a lot of foods away from him already.
I must admit though it was super hard at the start, I often thought, what am I going to feed him?
We were taking away Wheat, Dairy, Soy, all preservatives, additives and also natural chemicals. (found in fruit and veg) Also avoiding processed, packaged food and also any foods with GM ingredients.
Incorporated probiotics and bone broth into his diet, helping to heal the gut. We also decided to buy organic food, drink cleaner water and buy organic or grass fed meat. Obviously this is not always possible but we wanted to give Lakyn the best chance of getting well and avoid chemicals and toxins where possible.
Luckily we have an amazing organic shop and an organic butcher near us who make sausages without preservatives and they are gluten free which is fantastic. (Just ask your local butcher and he should make some for you). Plus my husband works near a grass fed, chemical free butcher. It is a lot more expensive than regular meat so we only buy the cheapest meats available on a regular basis and on special occasions will buy other products. The supermarket organic produce is much more expensive than a specialist shop so shopping around helps.
Eliminating wheat was the hardest for us. Trying to bake with gluten free flours was tough for me, because we were so used to the taste of processed white flour everything tasted a bit funny. Luckily Lakyn loved everything I made him. I can't say it for the rest of our little friends that came around. they hated it, haha.
Two days after we stopped wheat Laky's asthma stoped. We could not believe it. No more asthma and he hasn't had it since. When we first introduced wheat back into his diet he had an eczema flare. He can tolerate it now, but we try to avoid it anyway. We try to use wheat free alternatives.
Lakyn reacted to Wheat, Soy, Coconut, Tomatoes, Sausages (preservative), Rice biscuits and Rice cakes when reintroducing. He would react within a few minutes, getting red around his mouth and eyes. We kept them away for another month keeping him on his gut healing diet until he could then tolerate.
Now he can tolerate all of these things unless he has too much. Therefore I believe healing Lakyn's gut has played a huge part of his success in healing his eczema.
Finding natural alternatives at the supermarket isn't as hard as you may think. Looking at packaging is time consuming at the start, but I now know what to buy and what not to buy. Once you find it, simply make the switch. Some items won't have a natural alternative unless you make it yourself.
I use a great app, chemical maze, you simply type the ingredient or number in that your not sure about and it tells you if its ok or not, what it is, what it's made from, what it does to your body, symptoms or reactions etc. I love that I can educate my kids so they know what is actually in the food they are eating or wanting to eat and they can start making informed decisions.
People often ask how we can afford to buy organic, believe it or not sometimes items are cheaper than the supermarket.. We waste hardly anything anymore, plus we save as we are not buying junk or packaged foods your tempted to buy at the supermarket.
We found these to be great resources also
fed up - https://fedup.com.au
itsan - http://itsan.org
chemical maze app - http://chemicalmaze.com
If you or your loved ones are suffering from eczema I sincerely hope you can find your triggers and hope you can heal really soon.