Are you aware of the different Eczema Food Trigger Factors? Foods may play a role in the number and severity of Eczema outbreaks in some infants and children. Fortunately, most of these reactions resolve in older children. Eliminating these foods from your child’s diet may be useful, if all other treatments have failed. Of course, it is often difficult to restrict the diet of a young child but, in some cases, foods do appear to be a distinct aggravating factor in Eczema. Important to note, however, is the fact that true food allergies produce Hives, not Eczema.
Some of the findings about food and eczema are:
- Allergy tests can be difficult to interpret
- Occasionally, a long lasting benefit is seen in response to dietary changes
- A restriction of milk in those young children with cow’s milk allergy showed a delay in growth
- In pregnancy, it would appear that it would be best for the Atopic mother to minimize the consumption of milk, tomatoes, or any foods that she herself reacts to
- Breastfeeding would appear to be of benefit for Atopic children
- Food additives, such as sulfites and MSG may aggravate your child’s Eczema
- The following foods are those most commonly noted to incur Eczema reaction in both children and adults: milk, eggs, peanuts, soybeans, wheat, seafood, and fruit with seeds.
- Soy milk can sometimes be problematic due to the high amount of protein and polyunsaturated fats that the products contain. Soy milk is made from soybeans that have soaked in water, so it is essentially the same product. The reactions that infants and children have to certain products depend strictly on their individual body mechanisms in metabolizing and breaking down certain food elements. If you feel that soy products may be a problem, try rice or almond milk instead. Also, depending on your child’s age, you will want to make sure that whichever product you decide to use has a sufficient amount of calcium and vitamins added.