Eczema can be triggered or exacerbated by a great many things in our environment, including the house dust mite, grasses and pollens, stress and eating certain foods. It is thought that in about 30% of children with eczema, food may be one of the causes, but a much smaller group than this (about 10%) will have food as their main or only trigger. This means that only a small number of children with eczema are helped by changes in diet and, even in those who are, they will still need to use a good skin-care routine to protect against other triggers. In other words, it is rarely diet alone that triggers eczema.
Which foods are triggers of eczema?
There is no one diet for the treatment of eczema as the type and number of food triggers can differ considerably between children. The most common food triggers are cow’s milk and egg, but many other foods including soya, wheat, fish and nuts are also common. In fact, any food (including fruits, vegetables, preservatives or corn) may trigger a flare-up of eczema and this is why finding the right diet is often difficult. The choice of which foods need to be removed will depend upon the history of the eczema, age of the child, how bad the eczema is and sometimes hospital test results.
Mothers who are breastfeeding should be encouraged to continue doing so, whilst avoiding foods which their baby is reacting to. These mothers are at a particular risk of developing nutritional deficiencies, and should consult a dietitian to ensure that their diet is meeting their requirements. In some cases, mothers may find the recommended dietary restrictions too limiting; in these cases a hydrolysed formula should be considered.
Soya milks are a popular choice of milk substitute but many children who react to cow’s milk may also react to soya. Soya formula should never be used in children under the age of 6 months. If after that age soya formula is chosen, children under two years should always be given a soya infant formula rather than cartoned milk, as this contains the full set of nutrients. At two years of age calcium-enriched cartoned soya milk can be used, but as this is not nutritionally complete (it does not provide the full range of nutrients), children using it will need a regular check on their diet. If they are not taking 500ml or more of calcium enriched soya milk per day, they may also need to take vitamin drops and calcium supplements.
This is the name given to infant milks that have been specially made for children who cannot take cow’s milk and soya. All brands contain the right nutrients and they are often the preferred choice when trying to find out if food is a trigger of eczema. Some children may need to flavour them, as they will taste unfamiliar at first. Although they can be bought from a chemist, a doctor usually prescribes them. Your doctor or dietitian will be able to advise you regarding suitable formula.
These formulae are made up of amino acids, fatty acids and sugars, and may be useful in a very small percentage of children whose eczema does not improve on a hydrolysed formula/
5 Best Eczema Treatments
After 2 days of using these products the skin was sanitized, soothed and repaired. Redness and irritation reduced by 80%. At the moment i’m using the top 2 products. during bath time the Eucerin shower oil and after Bioderma soothing emollient cream. I gently apply in the direction of the hair growth. Never rub up and down vigorously as this could trigger itching.
1. EUCERIN PH5 SHOWER OIL FOR SENSITIVE DRY SKIN
Eucerin pH5 Shower Oil is a gentle replenishing daily shower oil for sensitive dry body skin. It cleanses extra gently with intensive lipid replenishing, preserving skin’s natural defenses.
* pH5 Enzyme activates skin’s own protection
* With proven Citrate Buffer
* High amount of caring lipids
* Softly foaming
* Extra mild surfactants
* pH skin neutral
* Excellent efficacy and skin tolerability clinically proven – even for pre-damaged skin
Direction of Use:
* Apply to moist skin, gently lather up and then rinse. Avoid eye contact.
* If shower oil gets into your eyes rinse off with water.
* To avoid slipping, rinse off any remains of the shower oil in the tub
2.BIODERMA ATODERM INTENSIVE SOOTHING EMOLLIENT CARE DERMO
Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Soothing Emollient Care Dermo-Consolidating 500ml quickly stops itching and reduces the urge to scratch thanks to its anti-prurit PEA active. Thanks to soothing and purifying agents it calms irritations since the first application.
It durably rebuilds the cutaneous barrier thanks to the Lipigenium exclusive composed of biolipids naturally presents in the epidermis. The patented Skin Barrier Technology allows to limit the adhesion and proliferation of staphylococcus aureus and the penetration of allergens, 2 factors in aggravating dryness.
The skin is sanitized, soothed and repaired.
Excellent tolerance. Non comedogenic.
Free from paraben, fragrance. Hypoallergenic.
How to use:
Apply once or twice a day on the cleansed areas.
Indication: Calm and soothe itching. Face and body.
3.Aderma Exomega D.E.F.I Emollient Cream
Aderma Exomega D.E.F.I Emollient Cream is a sterile emollient care for atopic and very dry skins. Its formula moisturises, protects and durably reduces skin dryness.
It calms irritation and reactions of skin thanks to a unique and exclusive plant active ingredient: Rhealba Oat plantlets, and helps restore the cutaneous barrier thanks to filaxerine (combination of essential fatty acids omega 6 ans of an original active ingredients inducing filaggrine) and D vitamin.
DEFI: Dispositif Exclusif Formule Intacte (Exclusive System with Intact Formula).
This unique combination, resulting from Pierre Fabre research, guarantees a sterile and protected care all along the use.
0% paraben, 0% preservative, 0% fragrance. Hypoallergenic.
4.Aderma Exomega emollient cleansing oil
Formulated with Rhealba Oat Plantlets, Aderma Exomega Emollient Cleansing Oil gently cleanses, moisturises and gives suppleness to atopic and very dry skins of infants, children and adults.
Use in the shower or in the bath. Lather to wet skin, then rinse.
Indication: Atopic skins hygiene.
5. oilatrum junior bath oil
Oilatum Junior is specially formulated to treat childhood eczema. It soothes itching and irritation, rehydrates the skin, and helps protect against further drying. It is fragrance-free, and cleanses without soap, dispersing in the bath water (unlike ordinary bath oils which can form a film on the surface) to give an inviting, milky bath.
How to use Oilatum Junior Bath Formula:
Add 1/2-2 capfuls to a small bath of water, soak for 10-20 minutes, gently pat skin dry. Child bath: Add 1-3 capfuls to a bath, soak for 10-20 minutes, gently pat skin dry.