My dd is 8 months old, and has been getting rashes on her hands, cheeks, neck, and now her torso for the past month. I am wondering if it is eczema, since I have had eczema, hayfever, and severe seasonal allergies my whole life.
The onset coincided with two things: a trip to the snowy mountains, and starting solids (we started BLW at 7 months). She got rough, red patches on the backs of her thumbs and knuckles during our trip. The only thing she had to eat aside from nursing was roasted winter squash.
After coming home from our ski trip, we gave DD some of our New Year's Day breakfast of black-eyed peas (which she loved). A day or three later, she totally broke out - neck/upper chest and cheeks especially. She does have a known sensitivity to soy in my diet, but no issues with anything else in my diet. I looked it up and apparently black-eyed peas are related to soy and sensitivities to both can happen?
Fast forward to now. No more legumes of any kind for DD. I've been stricter about eliminating soy from my diet (simply skipping tofu and soy milk and the like worked like a charm when we were EBF). The eczema won't go away! We do twice-weekly water-only baths (started adding baking soda as she seems itchier), moisturize several times a day with coconut oil... but no dice. What gives?
Is it common for eczema to be triggered by a food sensitivity, and then to stick around when the food is removed from the picture?
Or- maybe she was getting eczema anyway and the food allergy thing just kicked it up a notch?
Thanks for your insights!