Baby’s Diet and Eczema

baby's diet and eczema conditionEczema is a surprisingly common condition in babies. If your child is suffering from it, then I have no doubt that you are going to want to ensure that you keep the symptoms to the absolute minimum. While I can’t promise you that the tips on this page are going to help to eliminate the symptoms in your child, I can assure you that they will reduce them to the point where the condition will become a lot more manageable for you. This will ease the discomfort in your child.

These tips are related to ensuring that your baby’s diet is controlled, as well as examining the link between diet and eczema. Of course, as a baby, there is little that you can eat. This means that most of these tips are going to be targeted at the mother who is nursing the child.

Should you use breast milk or formula?

You should always use breast milk unless there is a medical reason why this is not possible. You must remember that breast milk has been perfectly formulated to give the correct balance of nutrients. It is there to help a baby grow perfectly. The nutrients are also there to ensure that the baby’s immune system stays in perfect working order. While eczema is not a problem with the immune system, it can be influenced by the immune system so this is important.

It is probably worth noting that some studies have shown that strengthening a baby’s immune system when they are younger can help them out later on in life, hence why it is so important to do this.

Obviously, baby formula is not natural. While manufacturers have gone to great lengths in recent years to try and balance their formula to be as close to what a mother can produce as possible, they have still yet to get to that point. I doubt that they ever will. Even if your child is not suffering from eczema, you should not give them baby formula unless it is 100% necessary.

Controlling the Mother’s Diet

Now that you know that the child should be breastfed, you should probably realize that what goes into that breastmilk is going to be influenced by what the mother is eating. This is where the real changes to the diet are going to be, so this is where you need to start making some serious changes.

Firstly, you are going to want to ensure that any of the foods which have been linked to eczema are eliminated from the diet. This means kissing goodbye to the following:

Dairy Products

Cut down on these drastically. In fact, you should eliminate them. You certainly should not be feeding your child any dairy products (yes, there are some parents who will do that). Eczema is often triggered by the proteins in cow’s milk, so anything that contains cow’s milk should be a ‘no go’, to be honest.

Soy

This is going to be something which is tough to eliminate from your diet. If you look at the packaging for many different products on the market, you will notice that most of them will contain soy. You need to either eliminate this from your diet completely (this is preferable), or at least cut it back to the absolute minimum. Perhaps the best way in which you can eliminate soy from your diet is by not eating prepackaged foods. If you create everything from scratch, then it is unlikely that you will be consuming soy at all…unless you add it as an ingredient on its own.

Soy will have the same impact on your child as milk would do.

Wheat and Corn

This is something which you should be trying to cut back on anyway, even if your baby is not suffering from eczema. The problem is that eliminating wheat and corn form your diet is going to be nigh on impossible since you will likely find a trace in everything that you consume. When your child is starting to move away from breastfeeding, then check the labels on the foods that you are giving them to ensure that it is not rife with wheat and corn. A lot of products are and will tell you that on the label.

Eggs and Peanuts

These are major allergens and most children will have an adverse reaction to them both. Studies have shown that the proteins which come from eggs and peanuts are passed through the breastmilk into your child. This can cause their symptoms to flare-up. This is going to be more likely if your family has a history of allergy to both eggs and peanuts, so you are going to want to look into this.

Food Additives

Anything with additives such as preservatives, artificial colors, or anything like that should be avoided when you are breastfeeding. All of this can be passed through your breast milk.

I am not just talking about foods which contain the traditional preservatives here either. If food is grown using pesticides and the like, then this could be passed onto your child. This, in turn, will cause a reaction in them. If you have a child that is suffering from eczema, then try to eat organic wherever possible. It should cut down on most of these issues.

How do you know when a baby is adversely impacted by food?

You observe! We are going to assume that you already know when your child is suffering from eczema. This means that you need to observe which foods cause an adverse reaction. Ideally, you would try to cut out all the foods that were mentioned previously. Should give you a good starting point. However, there are some foods which may be impacting your child which were not mentioned here. In this case, you will need to slowly eliminate stuff from your diet. If you notice a flare-up in your child if you breastfeed them shortly after consuming certain types of food, then try to eliminate that food from your diet.

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