Diet and Eczema in Children

diet and eczema in childrenDid you know that your child’s diet could be the reason behind their frequent eczema flare-ups? Sure, there are other reasons as to why the eczema may be occurring. In fact, it is likely that there are several different factors at play. However, changing up your child’s diet should be easy. You will also find that even the smallest of changes can make it easier to manage your child’s symptoms.

Triggers Are Different For Every Child

Before we dive into what could potentially cause an eczema flare-up diet wise, it is probably worth pointing out that the triggers can be different from one child to another. Let’s take milk, for instance. This is a good which could cause a flare-up in a child. A serious one too. However, that does not necessarily mean that if you had another child with eczema drink milk that they would also suffer from a flare-up.

In fact, you may find that we do not talk about absolutely every single trigger that a child deals with when it comes to eczema. This would be nigh on impossible. As a parent, it is up to you to work out which foods are triggering the flare-up in your child. You can then adapt their diet as a result.

You will find that many of the trigger foods that we list here are common allergens. This means that they can cause an allergic reaction as the body mistakenly believes them to be harmful substances. However, it is probably worth pointing out that while eczema is a condition which has symptoms that are very similar to an allergic reaction, it is not actually an allergy condition. Although, it is related to the immune system.

Common Trigger Foods

If your child is suffering from eczema, then it would be wise to cut out the following products:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Wheat
  • Tree nuts
  • Peanuts
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Soy

This should cover most of the bases. Yes, it is likely that your child will still suffer from eczema, but if you cut out most of the ingredients then you may find that the condition is reduced to the point where it barely poses any major issue. Remember; the more of the ‘triggers’ for the eczema you can cut out, the easier the condition becomes to manage in other ways.

How to identify Which Foods Trigger Your Child

In most cases, it should be simple. For example; if your child consumes a particular food and they end up dealing with a breakout shortly afterwards, then they are probably going to be handling that food poorly. In other cases, it can be a bit trickier to spot when a child is dealing with a flare-up due to foods. This is because the symptoms pop up a long time down the line. This can make it very difficult to pinpoint the exact food that was causing this issue in the first place. Thankfully, we have a couple of tips that you can put into practice here.

While you can use many of these tips in the comfort of your own home, we do suggest that you work with a doctor if your child is suffering from eczema. This is because the doctor will be able to provide a wealth of useful advice when it comes to managing the symptoms in your child. As I am going to reiterate once again; absolutely every single child is different. I can’t give you advice that is very specific to your child because I do not know your child personally. A doctor, on the other hand, will be able to tailor their advice to ensure that your child is receiving the best treatment possible.

Perhaps the easier way in which to change up your child’s diet to see what is impacting them is through an elimination diet. If you think a particular food is being harmful to your child, then you may want to cut it out of their diet for a couple of weeks. This should be more than enough time for you to be able to tell whether that food is impacting your child or not.

As an extension to this, when the two weeks is up, you can start to add a small amount of the food back into your child’s diet. If the symptoms died down previously and now they are starting to flare-up again, then it is reasonably certain that the food is impacting your child and you will need to plan an eczema diet which helps take this into consideration.

One of the main reasons as to why it is suggested that you work with a doctor is because they can carry out skin testing. The doctor will take a small amount of the food and scratch your child’s skin with it. They will then be able to tell whether the symptoms your child is dealing with is related to the food. It is probably worth noting that while this is an incredibly simple technique for your doctor to use, it is not always going to be 100% accurate. If they want something more accurate, then they would use a blood test. Although, of course, as with any blood test it can be expensive and it will take a while for you to get the results back.

Remember; when you are trying to work out which foods are triggering your child’s symptoms, you should always try and remove one food at a time. If you are removing multiple foods, then you will have no idea which ones are causing your child’s eczema symptoms. Yes, it is going to be a slow and steady process. However, if you are nice and slow, then you are going to find it easier for you to manage your child’s symptoms in the long term. Your child is going to love that you put in all this effort too, particularly if their eczema ends up continuing into adulthood.

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