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How long do i need to do the elimination diet

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before it starts to have any effect?
DD is nearly 12mo, with eczema on her back which has gotten very itchy this past month. I've started an elimination diet (gluten, eggs, dairy) and she actually seems to be worse. I know there are other allergens - should i be off those as well? Like soy, citrus, tomatoes, etc. The only thing is that i'm pregnant, so don't want to go too hardcore for the new bub's sake. I'm already quite underweight from constant breastfeeding all night (dd hasn't slept longer than 2hrs w/o feeding since 3mo) so i'm trying to find a balance between helping dd & staying healthy for this pregnancy. It's very frustrating. And as i'm sure a lot of you know, it's HARD doing the diet. I'm tired enough from lack of sleep w/o having to change the way i cook & eat! But poor dd is scratching her back till it bleeds, so i'd like to figure this out asap.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks! Trish
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I started the elimination diet (TED) in March and it took about 4 wks for the excema and reflux to completely disappear, although I noticed a change within 10 days. It has not returned, except slightly during an unsuccessful trial. I suggest going on the full TED, as described by Dr Sears for at least 4 wks if you can. It is the only way (IMO) to really get to "baseline" before you start adding food back in. You can get lots of fat and protein from the chicken/turkey - use fattier thigh meat instead of breast and cook in lots of olive oil. I also put olive oil on my rice with sea salt - very yummy! It was/is hard, but SO WORTH IT to feel my 12 mth old's smooth skin and not see spit up all over her everyday. We are still figuring out which foods are the triggers for her and I have added in various fruit, veggies, and other meats successfully. I recommend a log when you start trialing foods to watch for reactions. Good luck!
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