I don’t have my son Eo’s eczema “cracked” yet for a recovery regimen the way I have for my daughter Aubby’s gut dysbiosis/malabsorption issues, but I wanted to include this tab for the sake of the good resources I find as I go.
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Diet Affects Eczema Flares
Although I’ve already had a Pediatrician tell me eczema is subject to the weather, and Dermatologist and an Allergist have told me that eczema flares are random, I know from careful observation and experience that my son’s are greatly influenced by diet.
How did I narrow knowing that down? For those who’ve been through this blogsite enough, they’ll have noted that Aubby has an extensive list of synthetic corn derivative food and chemical intolerances. So even before I encountered my son’s needs, pets, immediate sources of artificial fragrance, and the “Top 8” allergens were already ruled out (except for fish, which I quickly realized was a problem when he was about five months old).
While sifting eczema support groups, a more reliable source guide made itself known. Use this link to Amazon to get it: The Eczema Diet: Discover How to Stop and Prevent The Itch of Eczema Through Diet and Nutrition by Karen Fischer.
Vitamin A for Eczema
The following photo is an eczema flare following a bare taste of lamb bone broth:
- Left: 11 Jan 2021, 6:58PM — severe flare from bone broth, which acted badly sunburned, and then cracked and wept, and had alligator skin.
- Middle: 13 Jan 2021, 8:36AM — after starting Vitamin A on Jan 12, alligator skin calmed and I haven’t seen or felt that texture since we started it.
- Right: 16 Jan 2021, 10:50AM — after starting the Mary Ruth brand Lymph Cleanse tincture and Gut Restore, less inflammation and swelling and behavior is more relaxed.
So, although it did not affect the frequency of flares, what I learned here is that Vitamin A made the alligator skin he used to get go away.
What Vitamin A supplement did we use? Use this link to Amazon to get it: Pure Therapro Rx Vitamin A+D3/K2
Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW)
I’ve spent years digging into gastrointestinal information for my daughter’s sake, but then my son needed my help. After looking into eczema for a while, a support group member mentioned Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW).
The member who mentioned TSW led me to the story of Isaiah Quinn and his mother’s search for answers on the blog Isaiah Quinn: topical steroid withdrawal. She also has an Etsy with a one-two lemongrass/zinc combo for eczema skin. Numerous other eczema sufferers swear by it, and her family’s story is compelling.
Reading her journey gave me context to understand Eo is following that course, and my family is about three-fourths of the progress of her first post about it. I will have to walk that back as fast as I can, thanks to information on TSW to guide me.
TSW occurs following a bout of eczema that topical steroids appear not to be able to fix. Rather than resolve, the original eczema worsens and appears to “become” severe eczema. The following video (28 minutes) is an excellent, researched explanation of this phenomenon that needs greater awareness.
What the FDA said about NSAID use and kidney problems in babies
I realized something recently. How very lucky I am that Eo was born living, and has survived. But now I also understand that kidney function was impacted. So like Aubby’s liver, I now race to Eo’s kidneys. I need to find kidney supporting supplements.
Looking into it, the FDA’s stance on NSAIDs during pregnancy does not currently include low dose aspirin due to it being low dose. After reading this, I feel they are gravely mistaken to exclude it in pregnancy.
The timing of when and how I weaned off of it explains why Eo had low fetal activity leading to induction. Also, I had to go against my birthing center at that time to get CBC so I could figure out why my blood pressure was pushing too low on the low dose aspirin combined with fish oil.
My experience, once I weaned off the aspirin, was that fish oil was absolutely adequate, and likely/should have been used in place of low dose aspirin use.
Further, NSAID use can lead to salicylate intolerance.
Click through the links below for more info:
- Learn more about Topical Steroid Withdrawal from the International Topical Steroid Awareness Network (ITSAN)
- FDA 15 Oct 2020 Update: FDA recommends avoiding use of NSAIDs in pregnancy at 20 weeks or later because they can result in low amniotic fluid
- Eczema Life, 2016: Eczema, Leaky Gut and Salicylate Sensitivity – is there a link?
- Healing Histamine: Healing Salicylate Sensitivity
- Valery Reut: 10 Essential Vitamins and Supplements for Eczema
- Mummy and Child: Salicylate Intolerance