You know its funny, Doctors and allergists told us not to avoid any foods & that if Lakyn did react to food, eczema wouldn’t kill him. Also said “It was a bit silly to deprive him of such foods.”
For about three months Lakyn had a clear runny nose, coughing and puffy eyes. I had been taking him to the doctor on & off & was told he was fine. Then he started wheezing at night. I took him back & was then informed he had asthma & we were given a script for ventolin. I didn’t want to believe it & I most definitely didn’t want to give him Ventolin. I took him to another doctor who said the same thing. I was so upset. Doctors had always told us that eczema & asthma went hand in hand & it was normal.
It was around the time these photo were taken that I took him to the royal children’s, hoping to get a referral to see a specialist. I mentioned all his symptoms & that maybe it could be a seasonal allergy. I was so desperate & just wanted to help him. The doctor at the hospital told me to use more steroids & to put more on to get it under control & sent me on my way. I was so angry and upset & felt so helpless. How could they not see that something was wrong, that something was making him worse. I remember I cried nearly all the way home. I didn’t want to keep using steroids. Our families told us we should listen to the doctors, that they were the professionals. I couldn’t, so the same day I called my friend who is a naturopath and she came around in the next few days.
I never got the Ventolin or the steroids.
My friend told me to eliminate dairy for about 3 weeks & then reintroduce to see a reaction, then try no wheat (grains) & do the same thing. There was no big change with diary but left it out of Lakyn’s diet as we had read Dairy was not so good for inflammation. Wheat on the other hand was absolutely amazing, within two days of stopping wheat his asthma was gone, no more wheezing or coughing & his runny nose cleared up. I could not believe it.
I have learnt our skin is our largest organs, so when something is not right with our skin, there is a deeper problem, something not going right on the inside. using steroids to cover that up suppresses the symptoms & therefor places pressure on our other organs, such as the lungs then resulting in asthma.
We saw a Dietician also who put Lakyn on a very strict low chemical diet. We decided to keep him off wheat and dairy for that time as well. We could name on two hands what he could eat. It was hard, but we got through, he is still on a pretty strict diet now, but it a lot less strict & easier to manage. He is the healthiest little boy I know & we have all changed the way we look at food & have changed our lifestyle dramatically. The Elimination diet is also great for anyone who thinks they may have food intolerances or behaviour problems.
As stated in RPAH Elimination Diet Handbook. Food intolerance can vary from person to person. It can include hives & swellings, stomach & bowel irritation, headaches, feeling unwell, flu like aches & pains, tiredness, run down, moody. Children can be irritable, restless, aggressive, have behaviour problems such as ADHD. Babies can be colicky, have reflux, loose stools, eczema & nappy rash. They effect Skin, Airways, Gastro Intestinal and also the nervous system. You can find the book along with other great information here allergy down under.
This is also around the time we found itsan and knew we had to stop steroids and never use them again. Itsan support people with Red Skin Syndrome, aka Topical Steroid Addiction & Withdrawal, Red Skin Syndrome is a debilitating condition that can arise from the use of topical steroid creams to treat a skin problem such as eczema.
We saw our allergist this same week to see if he would test Lakyn for more allergies. He snickered when we mentioned naturopaths & the fact that after stopping wheat his asthma had stopped. He said that wheat would not have stopped his asthma. He also would not test for anything else but was happy to charge us a large sum, give us a stronger steroid, & refer us to the royal children’s eczema clinic. When I looked this clinic up I soon decided we would never go there, they use steroids & bleach baths to combat eczema. No matter how great the testimonials where we were not going.
I must say we didn’t see an improvement in his skin on the dieticians diet but we had also stopped steroids so he was going through withdrawals. In saying this when we have introduced foods back in we have seen a reaction straight away and now know what to avoid. He is allergic to egg & at the moment reacts to Soy, Tomatoes, Coconut, sausages(preservative) & Banana. We are still avoiding wheat, gluten, dairy, any preservatives & additives. We avoid processed, packaged food, & also any foods with GM ingredients. We also use spring water. He was reacting to a few other foods but since having him on a gut healing diet he can now tolerate them.
Yes I do believe food plays a huge part in the triggers in eczema. I also believe something compromises the gut resulting in this problem. I have also lost hope in doctors and specialists who only know how to cover up symptoms with drugs, not healing the actual problem. I hope this can help you decide if you need to look at food to help yourself or your child suffering from eczema, allergies, or suffering from any food intolerance symptoms.
Please understand, I am not a medical professional, and this blog is not about giving medical advice. I would LOVE to share what has worked for us and help anyone who has lived with the effects of eczema and is looking to find natural alternatives.