Hello again! Wow, first real post. This was difficult to choose a topic as I have so much I want to share. This one is about baby eczema (also called infant eczema or atopic dermatitis) and how I believe I cleared my daughter's skin of it.
First, a little about myself. I struggled with mild acne ever since puberty until I did my first detox program as outlined in the book Clean by Alejandro Junger. This was several years ago before I had kids (important - as it is not recommended to do during pregnancy or breastfeeding). The main point here is that it was when I did something to heal my body from the inside rather than the outside with expensive cleansers and creams that I got lasting results. So, I figured the same would be true for Sissy.
Now, she did not seem to mind the eczema, but I wanted to nip the issue in the bud before it became a problem. The recommendations we received from the pediatrician were to apply a thick cream for relief (same as a basic google search) and to eliminate dairy from my diet. Since, I had already been eliminating dairy from my diet, I knew I had to go further into finding the trouble food or lack thereof. I did buy an ointment to apply to the patches of eczema to provide temporary relief. It has also come in handy for diaper rash, scratches, sunburn, etc... So, the lesson I'm trying to pass on is to look in many different places until you find the solution. Eczema can be cleared if you listen to and observe the body.
At the time the eczema starting appearing and just getting worse, she was 4 months old and exclusively breastfed, so the only option to heal from the inside was for me to change my diet. At this time, I was reading The Virgin Diet, by JJ Virgin and she recommended eliminating 7 things from your diet (dairy, gluten, soy, corn, eggs, sugar, and peanuts) for at least 3 weeks before trying to reintroduce them 1 at a time. This is a more mild type of elimination/detox compared to the Clean Program and a lot easier/safer to do while pregnant/breastfeeding. So, I did this and Sissy's skin began to clear, but not quite all the way.
The next book I read was The Micronutrient Miracle by Jayson and Mira Calton. They have a different stance on nutrition as they believe it is the quality of micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc...) rather than macronutrients (fat, protein and carbohydrates) that determine the state of your health. Something new I learned about in their book was the concept of antinutrients. These are things like oxalic acid in raw kale that can inhibit the absorption of iron. Extreme iron deficiency is called anemia. Iron is critical for blood to carry oxygen to the body and to carry toxins out of the body (detox). So, I began to take their multivitamin and prepare foods as they recommended to increase micronutrient absorption and reduce antinutrients and within a week, the eczema was no longer noticeable! To learn more, I recommend watching their video explaining the ABCs of Optimal Supplementation.
So, why did healing from the inside work better than just applying creams? Well, eczema is a form of inflammation. It is your body's way of telling you something isn't good and needs to be corrected. So, maybe you don't have a problem with eczema, how does this post apply to you and your family? Well, inflammation comes in many forms and is one of the leading ailments in the US today and a huge burden on the healthcare system. Any diagnosed symptom that ends in -itis (dermatitis, arthritis, colitis, etc...) is a form of inflammation and the books I referenced here could be an invaluable resource to cure or vastly improve your inflammation symptoms among others.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this post. Please let me know what you think!
With love, hugs and smiles, Carolyn