I'm a natural mom. We usually eat right, we rarely get sick, and we generally have little to no health issues. Imagine my dismay when we found out my 8-month old son had eczema, a problem in which I had no prior natural health insight.
When the doctor said Eros would need hydro-cortisone cream and Zyrtec, I literally felt sick inside. To me, this meant I'd be destroying some parts of his body to help others. This could have meant a life-long dependency on prescription drugs...drugs that are created exactly for that purpose, for if they did cure people's problems, the pharmaceutical industry wouldn't be so rich and powerful.
Eros' eczema made itself known when we introduced food into his diet. That told me there was an intestinal issue. What solidified this notion was when I read facts and testimonials that pointed to vaccines and antibiotics. I was subjected to 3 rounds of antibiotics when I was in labor because I had tested positive for Strep B, which everyone has anyway. The antibiotics tore up my stomach and immune system so badly that I wound up with a staph infection (which I'd never had) in my breast that had to be removed surgically...there went my plan to breast-feed for 2 years! Now I've come to find that these antibiotics may have torn up my son's stomach, causing what is referred to as a hyper-permeable stomach lining.
This thinned-out stomach lining compromises digestion, and that which is not digested can literally leak out into the blood stream and lymphatics. Toxic matter is released all over the body and is eliminated through the skin. If this is true, eczema is formed when toxic matter climbs through the skin from the inside, causing pain, irritation, and itching. And it may not be a genetic issue at all!
I decided to start over. Eros' stomach was not ready for food. We went back to just milk and fortified it with natural sources of calcium, magnesium, and Vitamin D, among other things. These aid in digestion, and skin health. We also regularly applied coconut oil topically - it eases the itching, moisturizes, and protects the skin. His eczema has cleared up completely! Our next step is to slowly re-introduce food, starting in a few days We are starting with freshly-juiced organic carrots...they are filled with digestive enzymes and anti-oxidants, and the pulp will prepare his stomach for solids.
I will be using foods on the GAPS Diet list, and I am a believer in muscle-testing, so I'm certain to have positive results with this plan.
I'll update when I have new info!