It took me a while to emotionally recover from the experience I had at Children’s Hospital. It was as if I had been let down by, well, America I guess. The little faith that I still had in our medical system was banished completely and I was left more determined than ever to find the real cause of my son’s eczema, and to treat it naturally.
After that appointment a lot of things clicked into place. I had had sort of an “ah-ha” moment a few weeks prior, regarding the soaps and lotions and detergents we had tried, and we decided to eliminate everything, whether it was hypo-allergenic or not.
Here are the steps I took:
1. I kept him on his inflammation diet recommended by our naturopath (no gluten as usual, but also no dairy, eggs, soy, beans, garlic, and a few more foods that he tested high on)
2. We bought him brand new clothes to ensure there was no detergent residue near his skin (I washed in hot water only without detergent).
3. When soap was necessary, we used a pure olive oil soap from Kiss My Face on his body, hands, and hair (ingredients: Saponified Olive Oil, Water, Sodium Chloride)
4. We moisturized with a completely natural cream called Bee Magic – (ingredients: organic extra virgin olive oil, organic beeswax, organic honey, propolis extract, organic bee pollen and royal jelly)
Within days of this new routine, his rash was gone. GONE! Without steroids. His eyes were no longer swollen. He was happier. Friends and family instantly saw a difference in his appearance and his attitude. It was amazing. I couldn’t believe it was something so very simple, and it had taken me two and a half years to figure it out.
It has been four months now that we have had our sweet healthy son back, and it has been amazing. Every day I look at his skin and I am greatful that we have come this far. We have done some trial and error over the last few months and found that the eczema seems to be triggered by a combination of a few things: Eggs (if he eats even a little bit), Cow’s milk dairy products (if eaten more than every once in awhile), and contact with any lotion, soap, shampoo, or laundry detergent. We still have not figured out exactly what it is that he is allergic to in all of the body products and detergents. Every time we test out a shampoo, his eczema breaks out again, so we are sticking to what works. I ended up and made my own laundry detergent out of the olive oil soap, washing soda, and borax, which is working great as well. I’m planning to do more research and hope to find some more options for soap eventually. But for now, I am just enjoying my happy boy and doing a joyful victory dance. We did it! Cured, without medication! Natural health wins again. 🙂