My daughter was diagnosed w/ Atopic Dermatitis, ie severe eczema last Fall.  Pediatrician prescribed steroids, dermatologist prescribed steroids.  I was told diet change would not help my daughter.  I was also told by the severity of her eczema she would probably end up w/ asthma.  I would not accept this answer.  I took my daughter and had Nutritional Response Testing done on her...also called Muscle Testing.  No needles!!!  The test cost $45.  Her stresses are cane, brown, white sugar, Rye, Eggs, Sprouted Whole Grain, Milk, and Wheat.  She also needed to take probiotics, and of course the fish oil I was already taking was great for her skin.  It took about 8weeks for her skin to heal and for all the allergens to get out of her and mine's system.  I was and still am breastfeeding her so I had to go on the diet change as well.  Let me tell you, it was HARD.  But I did it for her.  Here now are her before and after pictures.  I just got to taking the after pictures but her skin has been healed up for the past 3mo.

BEFORE

AND AFTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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faith...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 8:25 PM

aww cute.My son has eczema.Had it so bad that hed bleed and skin would leak.  He has protopic which is great.But,what he ate was making it worse.He cant have any sea food at all and not much fish.He still get itchy time to time but my baby is finally soft like a lil boy should be not a rough and ichy.God bless you and your child. Glad its better

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lovin...
Feb. 11, 2010 at 10:46 PM

holy cow lynette!!!! she is sooo cute!  you did a great job working on her eczema. kudos to you! and she is just so beautiful.

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kajjd...
Feb. 23, 2010 at 11:24 AM

You did such a great job Lynette.  I am discovering what things are affecting Devi's skin everyday.  As she gradually gets more and more table food the list seems to grow.  Now for such shellfish, wheat, and cinnamon. Let me know where you got that test done maybe that is something I should look into. Again she looks great !!!!!

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Monke...
Mar. 9, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Thank you so much for sharing these photos.  We are battling eczema in our DD as well.  She is now 6 months and it has been getting progressively worse to the point where she will scratch herself bloody on her face.   We have been able to control it by cutting out all forms of dairy (which our doctor told us had nothing to do with it).

I have a few questions for you that would really help us.

1. Did you DD's rash start in one area of the body and expand?

2. Did you find any ointments or products that helped?

3. What type of probiotics did you use? I want her to benefit from yogurt, but since it's dairy....

4. Did you exclude all those foods at once based on the muscle testing or cut them out one by one?  Have you tried reintroducing anything yet (to test reactivity) or do you plan on doing so in the future?

 

Really appreciate your post- I'm sure it will help a lot of people!

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Lynette
Mar. 10, 2010 at 11:27 PM

okay MonkeyMomma2010...

1. Did you DD's rash start in one area of the body and expand?  I think it started behind the knees, and inside of the elbows. 

2. Did you find any ointments or products that helped? I used CeraVe cream, it helped a little bit.  Better than the other things I tried like coconut oil, and avocado oil.  Petroleum based products and lanolin both are bad for my DD

3. What type of probiotics did you use? I want her to benefit from yogurt, but since it's dairy....  Google vegan probiotics, I found a site that sold them.  Right now I am using Innate Choice probiotics but I'm on the look out for a better one

4. Did you exclude all those foods at once based on the muscle testing or cut them out one by one?  Have you tried reintroducing anything yet (to test reactivity) or do you plan on doing so in the future? Yes I cut all the foods out at one time.  I have not tried to reintroduce any of it yet.  Once she did get a hold of a cracker from a visiting friend.  She had a spot on her cheek for 24hrs.  As for adding things in the future that will be a while down the road.  Not sure when and if we will. 

The other thing that helped was I put allergen covers on both the box spring as well as the mattress(kind that encase and zip closed).  I put them on the pillows too(we co-sleep).  I wash the bedding on HOT 1x a week, vacuum the bedroom(even under the bed 1x wk.  For detergent I use All Free& Clear or CountrySave and I double rinse.  Her skin did have a small flair up over Christmas when we visited family out of state.

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peach...
Mar. 25, 2010 at 11:52 AM

OMG what a cutie pie. My little boy used to get the red rash on his face and chest like that. His was brought on by a reaction to different tomatoes, and peaches. The gave him a steroid creme and all that- but it was just trial and error figuring out what was the root of the problem. Im so glad your baby is doing better.

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Vinty...
Mar. 28, 2010 at 5:21 PM

Beautiful BABY!

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smoke...
Apr. 16, 2010 at 8:14 AM

Beautiful baby!  What a great thing you did for her!

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Saphie
Jul. 2, 2010 at 11:09 PM

Thank you for posting this link in the allergy group. We are beginning to make diet changes for my 4 yr old because her eczema is out of control. Her allergy testing showed a mild reaction to milk and corn. It's been a week since we started the elimination diet and it's hard! We haven't done so well the last few days... how do I tell my little girl she can't have ice cream when all the other kids do? We are trying the vegan alternatives but it's kind of hit or miss. That's just one example.... I think I have my motivation back after seeing your babies before and after pics though. Thank you!

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happy...
Jul. 5, 2010 at 1:45 PM

thank you so much for sharing your experience! my dd has had bad skin since she was an infant. i too, breast fed. i eliminated dairy from my diet, but it made no difference. it never seemed to bother her, and from what i read, these things tend to clear up around age two. my daughter's skin got worse when she was two. i cut dairy and cut way back on gluten. we don't drink milk, so the dairy was easy...i just cut cheese, and goldfish crackers! the gluten was hard!! my husband bought a bar of castille soap, and dd broke out bad, perhaps her worst breakout yet! so i suspect coconut is her culprit. i am still waiting to hear from the company that makes our laundry detergent to see if there is coconut byproducts in that. i am going to start doing laundry in washing soda and borax. after reading your post, i am wondering if dust could be an issue. since her legs are not healed, i wonder if there is another culprit.

any how...thanks again for your story and your help! i really appreciate it!

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