What food causes eczema in babies?

Let’s take a look at what food causes eczema in babies?

I will say right from the start of this post that I am not a medic and any concerns at all about your baby should be met with a visit to your doctor or health visitor. You absolutely need to involve a professional rather than ask Doctor Google.

But I am talking from experience here. My baby did have eczema and I really did not know where to start when it came to trying to define the cause.


What is eczema?

Eczema (eg-zuh-MUH) is the name for a group of conditions that cause the skin to become itchy, inflamed, or have a rash-like appearance. There are seven types of eczema: atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, dyshidrotic eczema, nummular eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and stasis dermatitis. (source)

It is very common but that doesn’t mean it isn’t very distressing and it can be so upsetting to see your baby upset by their itchy eczema and only be able to help a tiny bit.

Eczema is not contagious and it’s exact causes  are not known but it is believed to be a mixture of genes and environmental factors  As an irritant or an allergen from outside or inside the body it triggers the immune system which inflammation that causes the symptoms of eczema.


What food causes eczema in babies?

What food causes eczema in babies?

Is eczema an allergy?

Eczema is not considered an allergic condition by itself  and yet reactions to certain food have been found to make it worse, most especially in babies and young children.


What food causes eczema in babies?

Some foods are more likely than others to cause a flare up, these include but are not limited to the following:

  • Milk
  • Eggs
  • Peanuts
  • Fish ( including shellfish)
  • Wheat
  • Soy

Milk and wheat and eggs all feature in a babies diet after around 4 months and so it is possible these could be the culprits.


What food causes eczema in babies?

How do you treat it?

It is a 2 step process:

  • Know and avoid what triggers your baby’s eczema
  • Moisturise daily as advised by a medical professional using their prescribed moisturiser


So how do you find out the triggers and conclude what  food causes eczema in babies?

If this were an older or older child experiencing eczema an at home allergy test would be a first great step to deducing triggers.  For babies though you need to head straight to your health practitioner for guidance and they will arrange an allergy blood test if they think this would be useful.

You can take a look here to see exactly how an allergy blood test works 


Try not to worry

Seeing your GP and doing some detective work, moisturuisng your baby well as prescribed and eliminating triggers from their diet/clothing/environment  should all work to soon have their eczema under control.


What food causes eczema in babies? is a collaborative post


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