I emailed my son’s pediatrician yesterday, requesting an appointment in a month so we could discuss his possible dairy sensitivities and what it might mean for starting formula. She wrote me back saying that eczema is almost never the result of food sensitivities or allergies.
What? But SO MANY people have told me that was most likely the problem.
So I went on WebMD and found this:
Eczema is not an allergic reaction. Even so, a large number of children who have eczema also have food allergies. That doesn’t mean that certain foods such as dairy, eggs, and nuts — common food allergy triggers in children with eczema — cause it or make it worse. Before removing particular foods from your child’s diet, talk with your health care provider to be sure your child’s nutritional needs will be met.
Now I’m confused. Why, if the medical establishment believes that eczema is NOT caused by food allergies, are so many people telling me that it is?
Is this one of those situations in which Western Medicine doesn’t attribute a connection but Eastern Medicine and/or homeopaths do? Or is it just a confusion about the correlation of children with food allergies being more susceptible to the condition?
I just want to do what is best for my son. I stopped eating dairy about two weeks ago, but have only really been dairy free in earnest for about a week. My son’s skin seems to have cleared up a lot in that time, but it also corresponds to when we started our skin “regimen,” and reduced baths. Plus I heard it takes two weeks for dairy to leave your system, AND I found out my inlaws have been using frozen milk almost every day this week, when their fresh stores ran out. So… it seems clear that the restricted dairy is probably NOT the cause of the recent clear up. Of course that doesn’t mean it isn’t helping and/or wouldn’t further help.
I guess the other fact that makes me suspicious is that Monito has never suffered from colic of any kind. The kid is as serene as they come–he barely even spits up. As I started to research hypoallergenic formulas, ALL the posts and comments were about severely colicky babies whose tummies were soothed switching to dairy-free, not their skin. Could my son really be dairy sensitive and yet have no tummy issues whatsoever?
Now I’m at a loss. Do I keep restricting dairy even though the medical establishment tells me it isn’t causing my son’s eczema, or do I keep it up, just in case?
If anyone has any thoughts or information about this (especially the people who originally told me it was probably a reaction to dairy) I’d be much obliged. The more I know the better!