Eczema is such a complicated problem & it’s not well understood. It is common however for anyone suffering from eczema to have or develop other allergies.
- 3 in 10 infants with eczema & a family history of allergies will develop a food allergy.
- 4 in 10 develop asthma and/or hay fever.
Sadly eczema is on the rise & effects about 1 in 5 children under the age of two. There is no known cure available & the Doctors we saw prescribed topical steroids without hesitation & without any questioning.
Lakyn eventually developed asthma & his eczema was getting worse & worse. The doctors were not surprised & told us ‘use more steroids’. Naturopaths however said this was because steroids suppress the problem that is triggering the eczema, therefore putting pressure on other organs in the body resulting in new problems such as asthma.
SO WHAT IS TRIGGERING THE ECZEMA IN THE FIRST PLACE?
We stopped steroids & helped him naturally.
I now believe eczema is an indication there is a problem with your immune system. Healing your gut will help you on your journey. Sticking to a strict diet & great skin care routine is vital to maintaining healthy skin.
A lot of people ask me what products I used to treat Lakyn’s eczema, some ask if he grew out of it?.. Trying to find a product that helped him was very frustrating & very costly. Researching products that could help & buying them one after the other.
Not 1 product I used took his eczema away or helped with the itch. Not 1. ( TRUST me I tried them all). Also he did not grow out of his eczema.
What helped him was the gut healing/elimination diet. This was very time consuming & tricky and was the hardest thing we have ever done. BUT we found what triggered his eczema & I now believe once & if you find your triggers & then can avoid them you will find your eczema can & will improve without the use of medication. Then once the gut is healed you will then be able to better tolerate the triggers that set you off in the first place.
Known aggravators in some people include:
- Food intolerances, including artificial colours & preservatives, even natural food chemicals like Salicylates, Amines & Glutamate.
- Irritants such as chemicals, soaps, perfumes, woollen or synthetic fabrics.
- Dust mites, carpets, grasses, pollen, & molds.
- Chlorinated pools.
- Sandpits & sand.
- Viral or bacterial infections.
- Temperature changes.
- Dry skin & scratching.
- Soap, grease, food or chemicals can damage the protective barrier function of the skin.
So what works & what doesn’t??
Thats a great question & one I can’t really answer. What works for one may not work for another. SO FRUSTRATING!!!
Once eczema develops & the skin barrier is damaged, moisture is lost making the skin more susceptible to allergens & irritants. This irritation can trigger the skin to release chemicals that make the skin itch. If the skin is scratched more chemicals are released making the skin itchier. This is known as the itch scratch cycle & is very hard to break.
To help stop this cycle you need to protect the skin….
We used bamboo sleepwear & mittens to stop Lakyn damaging his skin. Made from 70% bamboo/30% organic cotton, they are hypo-allergenic and breathable, super soft & silky. They keep the body temperature regulated, preventing additional itching from overheating, while also keeping them warm during colder weather. The mittens stopped him from scratching till he bled & he could still scratch without damaging. The feet were covered so no toe nail scratching or rubbing. We used mittens during the day, they were on him all day & I would flip the mitten’s over his hands when he would scratch, sleep or when he was in the car. They were an absolute life saver for us. He hardly broke his skin once we used them. We also changed his bedding to all natural materials, bamboo sheets & blankets. (you can buy them here.)
Changing to natural personal care products….
We changed everything in our house, from the dish liquid/dishwashing powder, cleaners, laundry, bath wash, shampoo & conditioner, toothpaste. EVERYTHING!!
Our favourite for bath wash is Dr. Bronner’s, we use all the scents & love them.
We also use the Pohnpei sponge, it’s the only one of its kind in the world. We use it when lakyn isn’t dirty & without using any soap.
Another favourite is soap nuts, they grow on a tree as a berry & drop to the ground, dry & are ready to use. You can use them as a body wash, all round house cleaner & in the laundry. They are absolutely amazing. $6 for 60 washes is cheap too.
You can get all your personal care products from baby to adult, plus all your household cleaners, laundry etc here.
To heal the gut…..
We added bone broth to Lakyn’s diet, probiotics & changed to organic foods & started drinking spring water.(NO FLUORIDE) Because he was young he hadn’t been eating too much processed foods yet but we took away all sugar, preservatives, additives, processed foods (deli meat etc), no gm foods, soy, wheat, & dairy. He was also on a low natural chemical diet (fruit & veg has natural chemicals). Two days after we stopped giving him wheat his asthma stopped, it has not returned.
Were we crazy??
Doctors, allergists, even friends & family thought so. At the time it was hard to change but once we knew where we could buy foods we wanted & what he could eat it became easier. He ate everything we gave him luckily. (if he was any older & had been eating a lot of these foods before it would have been a lot harder).
We took what we thought was good from all the diets we had researched and came up with our own. We kept him off these foods for a good 3 months, then started to introduce one thing at a time. When we introduced the foods he would react straight away. He reacted to soy, bananas, wheat, coconut, tomato, hard cheese, rise cakes/biscuits. When he reacted we would keep that food away for another month then re-introduce again. It has taken two years and he is now completely eczema free. He can now tolerate all these things only if he eats too much he will get a little eczema on his face. He has only just started to eat other foods like lollies, choc, chips & ice cream but only on special occasions.
The results = AMAZING!!!!!
I really hope you all the best in your eczema journey & hope you can heal soon.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this website is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure illness, prevent disease or prescribe treatments. The views and opinions on this blog are of personal circumstances only and are things that have worked for us. I am not a medical professional and please Do not cease taking any prescribed medications until you have spoken to your own qualified practitioner.