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congrats on figuring out the triggers! it's so much easier to put up with an ED if you see it working (or so i assume seeing as i'm eliminating everything but still missing something <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: ) i've gotten creative with garbanzo/fava flour and tapioca flour as they're the only ones i'm still allowed. 1.5 weeks....1.5 weeks.....<i><span>(until the results from the IgG-please let them help!!!)</span></i>
 

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So sorry your little one is going through this. We became vegan for just this reason. Some quick thoughts: dairy gets into your diet in all kinds of strange places so beware (even things that say "non dairy" sometimes have "natural flavors" that come from dairy. Look for "casein, whey, caseinate" too. Read this month's Mothering - - good article on excema. Finally, though I have been diligent my 4th child had excema since 7 months. Just finished NAET treatments and he is "cured". It is kind of a mixture of homeopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic. We had two friends recommend it, and though I was skeptical figured it wouldn't hurt to try. Seems to have worked. You can do web search for NAET.com or .org. Good luck!
 

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I wanted to mention that for those of you mamas who are focused on finding all your babies triggers, that certainly can be helpful. But the problem with atopy is that when you remove one offender, the body begins to react to other things. The problem is not the foods or environmental allergens, the problem is in the child. The key to finding a solution that is lasting is to find out what makes your child's body and immune system weak. Usually it has a lot to do with nutritional deficiencies. When the body is not using food properly because of poor digestion, the next step is multiple allergies.<br><br>
Some of the ways to get to the root of the problem would be to correct nutrient deficiencies and strengthen the child's overall vital force with homeopathy or another energetic treatment like NAET (mentioned by the pp). Sometimes the deficiencies cannot be corrected until the vital force has been strengthened enough so that the body starts using nutrients more efficiently.<br><br>
So really, removing allergens is only a stopgap way of fixing the problem. It alleviates symptoms, but it does not address the root cause of the problem. It can also create it's own problems by removing foods that may be important sources of nutrition. I know many of us have no choice right at first, especially those with anaphilactic reactions. If the food is hurting you, it does no good to eat it even if it is nutritious. But strengthening the digestion and vital force so that more foods can be eaten should really be the goal.
 

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ITA and really love constitutional homeopathy for this (though not the only way to go) but I think removing the triggers is only part (or a temporary step) of the solution too. Not to say it isn't important when your child is in discomfort and miserable but definitely the ultimate goal is to overcome the allergic reaction not just remove the offending allergens. I know my DD is now 17 mo and can tolerate dairy now and am very pleased. Not that I give her much but when I have some she is fine!
 

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That's wonderful Destinye! That's my goal too. I'm not there yet, I don't have the benefit of a good classical homeopath. But we're making progress with what I've taught myself after 15 years of working with it. Hopefully he'll continue to improve.<br><br>
I wanted also to mention that a big key in healing a baby is to heal the mother. The baby is very intimately linked to the mother physically, energetically, and emotionally. Usually, what's wrong with the baby reflects an imbalance in the mother's constitution. With homeopathy this is used to our advantage when we treat the baby by giving the mother the remedy. It's amazing how often a mother and baby will actually need the same constitutional remedy. The same goes for NAET, the mother must be treated first.<br><br>
So you may look at this as an opportunity to analyze your own health and well-being. It just goes to show the old saying is right "Mama ain't happy, aint nobody happy"!
 

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wow, there is soooo much more to this than i originally thought. i figured that there was a food trigger and i would simply eliminate it, easy as that. well, i have a lot to learn about this. we went to the ped on monday and he still thinks that dd will "grow out of it." i guess his son had eczema and grew out of it, as he calls it. i'm seeing a naturopath tomorrow, and i'm really interested in the naet, i found the website and i'm going to call some of the local doctors.<br><br>
so, a big thank you thank you thank you to you all. it's great to have support from mamas who have dealt/are still dealing with eczema.
 

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Just wanted to chime in - an elimination diet may not give you enough information (and broccoli and cauliflower are medium-level allergens).<br><br>
Try a rotation diet instead. You can look one up on the internet. You'll rotate foods for four days, and log everything you eat, and your baby's symptoms.<br><br>
I did it with my son and was amazed. His eczema definitely had patterns - for instance, it would flare up on the 2nd day of every cycle, then be better on the 3rd, better still on the 4th, nearly gone on the 1st, and then bam! back with a vengeance on the 2nd. I worked with a nurse to see what I was eating on any given day and what to eliminate next.<br><br>
If your child has a leaky gut - and one doctor told me that if a child has eczema, then they definitely have a leaky gut - then she could be allergic/sensitive to anything and everything.<br><br>
Probiotics always helps eczema - give them generously. They make them for babies, and I know one momma who gave them when her infants were just 1 week old.<br><br>
If your child has a leaky gut, then anything that you eat very much of, she'll become sensitive to. For instance, I started eating venison because my son didn't break out. I ate it everyday, and after a week, he sensitized to it and broke out from it.<br><br>
With eczema, the key is to rotate. Include as much variety as possible so that you don't overdo any one thing, or she'll likely become sensitive to it.<br><br>
Everyone has to find their child's keys to the cure. But, probiotics is a must for anyone with eczema - and you need to even rotate probiotics, because after a month, your child will acclimate to any one probiotics and it will become less effective.<br><br>
For her skin, try breaking open a capsule of either borage oil or evening primrose oil on her skin. You'll be amazad at the improvement.<br><br>
If you're vaccinating, then I'm pretty much begging you to stop. VAccines depress the immune system, cause yeast to overgrow, which will cause a leaky gut, and boom - eczema.<br><br>
AFter your child is at least one year old, I would investigate NAET to eliminate her allergies.
 

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thanks bell bottom blues, lots more info to work on. a rotation diet sounds great, maybe i won't be starving as much. i am getting less than half the calories i need right now and that can't be good.<br><br>
so, this may be a stupid question, but what is a leaky gut. i keep seeing this term and wondering what it means, and i guess i should really find out.<br><br>
also, we selective vaxed at 2 months (her eczema had already shown up previous to that) and have decided to stop/hold off on any more. we go to a regular ped and a naturopath and they both agree with this decision, so we don't tax her immune system any further.<br><br>
and, has anyone heard of this? our naturopath had my blood tested for allergies, because he says the baby is getting allergens from me (even tho i have no food allergies i am aware of), since she is ebf. ???
 

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The intestinal lining is semi-permeable, just like all the other boundary systems in our body (skin, nasal mucus membranes). They are supposed to allow good stuff, like nutrients, into our bodies, and keep bad stuff (like undigested food proteins) out of our body.<br><br>
When one of these semi-permeable membranes becomes more permeable than it should be, then it starts to let into our bodies and bloodstream stuff that shouldn't be there. When the intestinal lining lets in more stuff than it should, we call it a "leaky gut". If your child has a yeast overgrowth - and if she has eczema then she does - then her digestion is weak. Her weak digestion causes undigested proteins to be in her digestive tract, and the leaky gut allows them into her bloodstream. Her body sees these undigested proteins as invaders, and sets up an immune response - which we see as eczema.<br><br>
One holistic pediatrician told me to change my paradigm in choosing foods to focus not on allergies/sensitivies, but on digestion. He told me to choose foods that were easy to digest, and gave me as examples things like lamb & vegetable stew (which my son loves) and chicken and veggie stew.<br><br>
I would put the stews into a blender and pulse it, so that they didn't have to be chewed.<br><br>
I also ate alot of fish. If you eat fish, be sure to choose small varieties - stay away from the big fish like tuna and even salmon, since they're so high in mercury.<br><br>
Our naturopath also told me that once the gut starts leaking, the immune system goes haywire and starts hanging onto heavy metals that it would normally process and excrete. When the body starts accumulating heavy metals, it suppresses the immune system, causes more yeast, which further perforates the intestinal lining and causes it to be even more permeable.<br><br>
So, absolutely use probiotics generously. Your daughter should be having daily bowel movements. Before I started my son on probiotics, he would go a week without a bm sometimes.<br><br>
My son also had high levels of antimony in his body. Kids get antimony from children's clothing, which is sprayed with it to make it flame retardant. I switched to organic clothes after I find out that.<br><br>
Hope some of this helps.
 

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buglette, yes I've heard of babies reacting to the same allergens as their mothers. You may not be aware of any allergies, but if you have yeast overgrowth and disbiosis (leaky gut) you almost certainly are passing intact food proteins to your child through your milk. Younger babies are incapable of dealing with these allergens. It's also possible that if you've developed antibodies to the foods you are allergic to, then you could be passing those antibodies on in your milk, in effect educating her system to react to harmless foods.
 

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I've also heard of mothers passing the allergies onto their children through their breastmilk. In my case, unfortunately, I was allergic/sensitive to almost everything, and must have passed it onto my son. I didn't know I was allergic/sensitive because all my reactions are things like just feeling tired.
 

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I have hideous eczema and I do use steroid creams but my dermatologist said the true problem is that in between steroid uses the skin becomes dry. Using foderma serum a few times a day has CURED my eczema. I am thrilled.
 
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