A little back ground info first...
DS is 9 months old. He is BF and has had some fruits/veggies but no grains currently. He has a dairy and soy intolerance. According to skin and RAST tests he is allergic to eggs, peanuts, cats, and dogs. He also had skin and stool reactions when I fed him banana and avocado.
I did an elimination diet (no dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish, chocolate, legumes, tomatoes) and VERY slowly reintroduced possible culprits. I am currently dairy, soy, peanut, egg, and fish free. His stools have been much clearer but he still has patches of eczema.
We confined our cats to one area of our home for 3 months. His skin cleared up except for patches of eczema on his cheeks (it had previously been all over his body). We decided to find new homes for our cats b/c I feared their presence was causing his eczema and I worried that keeping them could cause long term effects, such as asthma.
It's been one month since the cats left and his eczema isn't getting any better. It is bumpy, oozing, and itchy unless I put hydrocortizone and Aquaphor on it every night. I want to stop medicating and figure out the cause.
Two of the things I never fully eliminated were rice and corn. I ate a lot of rice products while on my elimination diet. I feared he had been sensitized to rice. I stopped all rice products for the past two weeks and still the eczema hasn't changed.
My thoughts are that the eczema is from residual cat dander or something in my diet. Thoughts on that? Have I eliminated rice long enough to see change? I think I'll eliminate corn to see if that helps. Any tips on eliminating corn? I hear it's a tough one to eliminate. Any other thoughts? Thanks!!