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How to Create an Eczema-Friendly Diet for Your Child

How to Create an Eczema-Friendly Diet for Your Child - Soothems

Eczema can leave your child uncomfortable, frustrated, and worn-out. The condition may cause skin irritation, itchy rashes, and oozing blisters. For some children, it results in leathery skin patches that appear over time. So what can you do as a parent to keep your child happy and free of symptoms as much as possible? The main thing is putting them in situations where they’re going to avoid trigger factors. Whether it means limiting their high-intensity physical activity or encouraging them to wear loose-fitting clothing, these little things can make a significant difference. But what does eczema mean for your child’s diet? Keep reading to learn about the impact of certain foods on their skin.

  1. Can certain foods cause atopic dermatitis? - Skin care experts confirm that foods are not a direct cause of eczema. With that in mind, what your child eats can trigger an increase in symptoms. Children who have AD often have food allergies to dairy products, nuts, soy, and shellfish. Keep in mind, also, that foods containing preservatives and artificial ingredients may also worsen symptoms. Be wary of foods high in trans fats, such as margarine, processed food, and fast foods. The list doesn’t stop there, though. Remember that sugar causes insulin levels to spike, which may lead to inflammation. That’s why it’s a good idea to limit the number of sweets your son or daughter consumes.
  2. Should you put your child on a specific diet? - There isn’t exactly a pre-determined diet for children struggling with eczema. However, There are two diets definitely worth trying. Let’s first look at the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes fruits, vegetables, fish, and healthy fats. Just know ahead of time that this particular diet puts a strict limit on sugary desserts and red meat that can be eaten. The second option is the Anti-Inflammatory diet. In contrast to the Mediterranean diet, this one works toward eliminating foods that increase inflammation and eating more fiber-rich foods. This guide from Healthline explains that the Anti-Inflammatory diet is geared around fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and fish.  
  3. How effective is the dyshidrotic diet? - Does your child have small blisters on their hands or feet? If that’s the case, they may have what’s known as dyshidrotic eczema. This is a bit different in that nickel and cobalt may trigger symptoms. Note that both of these elements are found in whole wheat, whole grain, rye, oats, cocoa, soy, and canned foods. Interestingly, foods high in vitamin C reduce absorption of cobalt and nickel, so be sure your child is eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. The list includes bell peppers, kale, oranges, strawberries, cauliflower, pineapple, and mango.
  4. Is the elimination diet worth trying? - If your child has been diagnosed with food allergies, the elimination diet may reduce a percentage of flare-ups. Here’s how it works. Begin by removing specific foods for at least three days to see if you notice a difference one way or another. The elimination diet is all about trial and error, so tread lightly if you want to give it a try with your child.
  5. Would a gluten-free diet help your child? - It’s possible your child sees a real improvement in their skin if they eliminate gluten from their diet. Consider gluten-free substitutes for wheat, rye, and barley products.

If you suspect a food allergy with your child, be strategic in whatever approach you choose. For example, keep a food diary and eliminate a food group if it exacerbates symptoms. A piece of advice: Don’t exclude multiple food groups at the same time. Rarely will more than one food allergy impact eczema. More importantly, your child can become malnourished with prolonged avoidance of certain foods. Consult your child’s physician before making drastic changes to their diet.

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