Is eczema a big deal?
My 13 month old experiences varying degrees of reactions to solid foods ranging from bloody stool, diarrhea, abdominal pain, reflux, and eczema. This has been to several foods. Right now his diet is basically 3 foods, neocate, and breastmilk with me on a limited diet. The neocate is to make up for inadequate food intake.
I have stopped feeding him foods that cause all symptoms, but now I am second guessing myself. Is eczema really a big deal and he shouldn't eat the food that is causing eczema? I have assumed that eczema is a sign of internal inflammation and removed a food that causes him eczema. But if I feed him all the foods that *only* cause eczema and no pain, bloody stools, etc, his diet would be more complete and he would not need the neocate. I don't like feeding him formula, I prefer whole organic foods. But, the neocate doesn't cause eczema and a lot of the foods I try to feed him do.
When his diet and my diet are what they are supposed to be, he has no eczema. Otherwise it starts minor and then progresses to weeping, which he scratches until it bleeds. We haven't used any type of topical steroid because I can keep it under control with diet. But, this is a lot more restrictive than I ever thought it would come to!
So I don't know, what would you do?? Feed him foods that cause eczema so he doesn't need to have the formula or just keep trying to find foods that don't cause any reaction?