If your little one has eczema, they probably have food allergies. Our youngest son Bradley had eczema when he was a baby, because I was nursing him and eating the foods that he was allergic to. It took several doctors before we found the right one, an Allergist that specialized in food allergies for kids (Adams Allergy). They performed a simple skin test (not painful and not intrusive like they use to be) and in 15 minutes we found out what we needed to remove from my diet. The test is not 100% so once we started solid foods we had to monitor his reactions. Here's some important info about Allergies and Eczema (atopic dermatitis):
"Studies show that if one or both parents have eczema, asthma, or seasonal allergies, their child is more likely to develop the most common type of eczema, atopic dermatitis. What's more, children with eczema may be more at risk for developing allergies or asthma. In fact, one study found that 35% of adults who had eczema as children had hay fever or asthma as adults." webmd.com
"When exposed to an allergen, the body attacks and releases histamines. These chemicals cause an allergic reaction in the form of hives, itching, swelling, sneezing, and runny nose. Children with eczema are also more likely to have food allergies, such as to eggs, nuts, or milk. Food allergies often make eczema symptoms worse in children but not in adults." webmd.com
The most common food allergens include: wheat/gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, tree nuts, peanuts, shellfish, and fish. My son is allergic to ALL of these!!!!!
Also watch out for perfumes, dust mites, dander, grass, sand, and chemicals. If your at the beach or in a swimming pool, be sure to rinse your child off just after to remove the sand and chemicals. Certain soaps can irritate. We typically bathe with Cetaphil body wash (not the lotion because that has nuts in it) or Dove soap. Rinse thoroughly, pat dry and apply vaseline on the dry spots, shortly after to seal in the moisture. If you have any questions, let me know. My son suffered for several months, but after dietary changes and this simple treatment he is completely free of eczema and not on medication!