Sunday, October 19, 2008
Still Suffering from Eczema and Allergy Woes
We don't know how parents of severely allergic children do it. We know that our son is allergic to eggs, corn, bananas, peas, chocolate, salmon and dust mites - and yet, after carefully planning our meals at home, reading food labels back to front and adamantly explaining to restaurant servers and chefs our allergy concerns, it is very difficult to control, maintain and regulate our son's eczema woes.
We are still learning.
A few things that really have helped:
1. Shea butter. My mother-in-law gave us some from L'Occitane and we were hooked! Our son's skin heeled more quickly than when using coconut oil and the skin remained more moist longer. A much cheaper source gave us a rougher butter, but it still works. Contact Jamie 678.858.5841 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. That said, my son still loves to eat coconut oil on toast with honey. We love Nutiva or Tree of Life (which is raw). We believe it also does a lot of internal good.
2. We just recently tried at our doctor's recommendation Dr. Sears Go Fish Omega 3 and Sedona's iFlora Probiotics for kids. After just 2 days, our son's skin is clearing up at a quicker pace.
3. Clean GREEN. Use vinegar and baking soda. Look at DIY Detergent, I love baking soda and More Cleaning Tips from Glennda.
4. Use allergy free bedding.
5. Food substitutions:
EGGS: Yes, we still enjoy cookies, pancakes, cakes, baked goods that require egg. We just substitute: For every egg, we use a mixture of 1 1/2 tbsp each of oil and water with 1 tsp baking powder.
CHOCOLATE: We use carob. Just check the label because carob chips are made differently - in case you have corn allergies, some carob products contain corn, while others don't.
MAYONNAISE: Use Veganaise.