I hope you had a lovely and relaxing Thanksgiving. I kept meaning to post a Thanksgiving photo and tell you guys just how thankful I am for you, but quite honestly I just totally forgot to take a single picture! It’s sad for lots of reasons. Mainly, my almost five-year-old took it upon himself to dress up like a Pilgrim. That was definitely picture worthy. Anyway, I hope you had a Thanksgiving full of great food and time with family.
Also, I promise I’ve got new recipes coming! I have been cooking a lot but focusing my Real Foodie Family time on something special I have coming down the pike for you. It’s exciting. I am so hopeful that it really it helps you. I know that cooking can get crazy exhausting especially if you aren’t relying on mixes, frozen pizzas, and the Chick Fil’ A drive thru (ahem we definitely rely on the latter).
I’ve been wanting to talk to you guys about Eczema. If you are reading this and found this guide through Pinterest, chances are you know eczema and you hate it. It keeps your kiddo from sleeping, causes their skin to bleed, and makes them crazy uncomfortable. Ahh I know. I know it too well. My daughter had terrible eczema. It was so frustrating for both of us. I just wanted to help her, but nothing worked. I’d buy new expensive products that people sweared by to find out that the eczema we had wasn’t just a little dry skin, but the real deal. I’d try another prescribed steroid cream to no avail.
I want to encourage you, Mamas. It can get better. Now, I am not a doctor and I can’t promise that this magic formula will work on your kiddo, but it did it on mine. I wanted to share with you the steps we took and what I wish I’d done a whole year and a half earlier.
Steps to Healing Eczema:
Make and appointment with an allergist and dermatologist-
- If you find yourself on the phone with the pediatrician or in the office all the time with eczema. Cut out the middle man and go ahead and make an appointment with a dermatologist and an allergist. I am so thankful our pediatrician recommended going to see both.
- For us the allergist was actually way more helpful. The dermatologist prescribed even more creams and medicines. The crazy expensive medicine worked, so I was thrilled. Sadly, it was more like a bandaid and certainly didn’t keep the eczema from coming back.
- At the allergist we discovered some unknown food allergies. We were told that if cutting out her food allergy didn’t help entirely to try to cut out corn, wheat, dairy, and soy. At the time, that felt like more than I could handle even thinking about it, but we decided to take things one day at a time.
Stop Bathing Daily-
- I know it sounds gross, but kids don’t really have to have bathes every day. The natrual oils from their skin will help their eczema a lot!
If they are still in diapers, experiment with different brands-
- There was a time we had to use cloth diapers, because the diaper dye aggravated her skin terribly. We tried all the expensive brands like Honest, Seventh Generation, etc and ironically found that Aldi’s dye free diapers were the most gentile. Every kid’s skin is so different, so try out other brands.
Quit Using the off the shelf eczema care regimines-
- This stuff has a lot of additives and even allergens. I think it probably works great for kiddos with slightly sensitive skin, but it can really aggravate really raw skin. I have a soy allergy, so we I have to look into ingredients of lotions before I use it on my kids and I found out that a bunch of these name brand eczema creams have a soy base. Since soy can be one of the things that can aggravate eczema, I decided against using these.
- However, I finally found a cream that I love Kiss Freely’s Body Butter that is top 8 allergen free and made of ingredients you’ve actually heard of. We’ve run out of the lavender body butter and I’ve got to get some more. It was so soothing and instead of irritating her skin, helped nourish it.
Consider healing the gut instead of their skin
- Obviously, I am no doctor just a concerned Mama, but we have had incredible results with Paleo. We’ve focused on nourishing my daughter and healing her gut. I can’t believe I am typing this but she is no longer suffering from extreme eczema. I am not putting medicines on her! She is NOT up late scratching her skin raw. She’s SO happy. I could cry over this. You Mamas know what a huge thing this is!
- Here’s what we’ve done: we’ve totally eliminated wheat, soy, and dairy from her diet and she’s grain-free and refined sugar free about 80% of the time. I know this sounds unreal and crazy hard to do with kids, but it has been more than worth it. The hardest part was taking her off milk. She loved her milk sippy cups, but eventually we discovered that she like the coconut milk and almond milk blends. She quickly adjusted and y’all Paleo has literally been no big deal for her. I’ve been shocked! When I do a round of whole30 or commit to paleo I feel so deprived, but I’ve realized that so much of that is in my head. My daughter enjoys the paleo treats just as much and just enjoys life more because she feels good. Our entire lifestyle has changed since we can’t just go out to eat anymore, but it is 100% worth it.
- I wanted to link you to a bunch of sites about gut health, but it’s hard to know what’s totally reputable. Here’s my favorite resource that discusses eczema and gut health in depth: Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle.
I received samples of Kiss Freely’s Eczema Cream, in exchange for this post but you should know this top is dear to my heart and I wouldn’t post about this cream if I didn’t feel like it was an awesome product!
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