​Do You Know These Common Food Triggers for Childhood Eczema?

​Do You Know These Common Food Triggers for Childhood Eczema?

Jennie Lyon

If you have eliminated most of the potential environmental eczema triggers around the house, but you or your eczema child keeps having flare-ups, there’s a good chance that it might be something they are eating.

Food-related eczema triggers can be very common, although there are many doctors out there who say that diet has nothing to do with eczema. Parents of eczema children know better. There are many foods that can either cause or intensify eczema flare-ups, and cutting them out of a diet could show measurable results.

Keep in mind that there is a difference between having a skin-related food allergy and having a food-related eczema trigger. Although a food allergy can cause a reaction very similar to eczema (red, painful, itchy skin), it tends to go away after a few hours. An eczema flare-up, as you know, can take up to a few days to completely heal.

This is hardly an exhaustive list of food-related eczema triggers. Really, anything can be an eczema trigger. That’s why it’s so important that you track yours down, either through scratch testing or elimination diets. Still, these are very common eczema triggers and it might be worth a look to see if cutting any of these out of you or your eczema child’s diet reduces the frequency and intensity of their flare-ups.

Cow’s Milk/Dairy

Dairy is a very common allergen for children (lactose intolerance), but it can also be a powerful eczema trigger.

The trigger could really be the type of protein in the milk or the old favorite allergen, lactose. Either way, drinking it or eating dairy products such as cheese or butter can lead to a major flare-up.

Thankfully, cutting milk out of your diet is now easier than ever with the variety of milk substitutes on the market. Coconut milk, for example, is delicious and can act as a great replacement. Some people believe that the replacement that most closely replicates milk is Flaxseed Milk, so that might be worth a try. Keep in mind that any of these could also be an eczema trigger, so proceed with caution when trying them. There is one milk substitute that you probably should avoid, however…


A very popular milk-substitute is soy milk, but not for someone who suffers from eczema. Although soy is a fantastic product for vegetarians and vegans, it can be a strong eczema trigger.

Part of the problem with soy is that it can be found in so many different non-soy products, such as vegetable oil. If soy is a confirmed eczema trigger, make sure that you always read the ingredient label of any food to make sure it is soy-free before buying.


These include any nuts that grow on trees such as walnuts, almonds, and cashews.

You or your eczema child might be allergic to some types of nuts but not others. If you enjoy nuts as part of your daily food regimen, you could do an elimination diet to figure out which nuts you are sensitive to and which you should avoid. If you want to be completely safe, just eliminate nuts altogether.

Keep in mind that, although peanuts are technically a legume and not a “nut”…


…they still can be a potent eczema trigger.

Peanuts have been banned from most schools across the US, and in many places around the world, because they are one of the most common allergy triggers for children out there. For some, coming into contact with peanuts can be life-threatening. Although a painful eczema flare-up isn’t necessarily life-threatening, it’s still a great idea to keep peanuts away from eczema children.

If you do consume a food-related eczema trigger and have a flare-up, there are a few things that you can do to minimize the effects. After cutting that food out of your diet completely, make sure you apply moisturizer or any medicated creams onto any flare-ups before they get bad. And, as always, do Wet Wrap Therapy nightly with our Eczema Clothes, such as our Eczema Rescue Suits or Eczema Gloves, to give your skin the chance to heal and remain moisturized throughout the night. Once you’ve figured out exactly what your eczema triggers are, you can eliminate them completely from your diet. Up until that point, however, you will have to use trial and error and take care of flare-ups as they happen. It can be frustrating, but once finished, an elimination diet can greatly improve the quality of life for you and your eczema child.

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