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Rubber ducky floating on the surface of water in a bathtub with eczema on its underside.

Going Back in Time to Where It All Began

To give myself some insight on how to deal with eczema now, I sat down with my mom to ask her how she dealt with my eczema and what worked when I was first diagnosed as an infant.

When did you first notice I had eczema?

You were a baby, probably around 6 months old. I was changing you one day and noticed it was all over your belly. I didn’t know what it was. Luckily at that time, we had a really good doctor and he was able to see you the next morning.

Getting the diagnosis was super easy. He took one look at it and said, “She’s got eczema.” It was obvious right away, it wasn’t like you only had a few small spots, your entire stomach had broken out.

What did you do differently after you found out I had eczema?

That’s where it becomes tricky.

Finding out what it was was quick and easy, even getting a cream to treat your eczema was quick and easy. Right away the doctor had samples on hand for me and wrote a prescription for you. But, all that did was help with the itching, kept it from cracking, drying and helped to it clear up.

Making dietary changes

We had to make dietary changes to decrease how often you broke out because the cream wasn’t stopping it. It would just make you more comfortable.

When you were born, the hospital put you on soy formula because you couldn’t keep down the regular formula.

We’d occasionally let you have a little ice cream or something, but most of the time we didn’t give you any dairy. We also had to remove gluten from your diet.

What foods did you notice most triggered my eczema?

That was hard to figure out, especially since we had already cut out dairy and gluten. During this time I was babysitting another little girl and her mom was like, “Oh yeah, my daughter gets that all the time when she eats bananas.” But bananas weren’t an issue for you.

At least by eliminating dairy and gluten, we narrowed the possibilities, but you still reacted to foods that didn’t make sense.


It’s really deceiving when you just say “gluten-free” because there are certain things like Cheerios, which say they’re gluten-free, but there’s something in it that your body was and is unable to digest because your stomach not only broke out in a rash of eczema, but it would blow up like a balloon. You’d get horrible gas pain, stomach pain, and diarrhea.

Keeping food separate

Cheerios were a major no-no, which was frustrating because here I am babysitting this other kid who can pretty much eat anything and you were on a strict diet. I had to keep her food away from yours. Her mom would get annoyed when I would send her home with all her food. But I couldn’t risk having you snacking on food that was going to make you blow up and flare with eczema.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this interview!

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