Food Allergies and Eczema

Food Allergies and Eczema

Anne Fairchild McVey

Food Allergies and Eczema - Tips for Relief

If your child struggles with stubborn eczema, you may want to investigate if certain foods are contributing or aggravating the eczema. Food triggering eczema is most common with children under the age of 5. Talk to your child's pediatrician about seeing an allergist. A pediatric allergist can test for food allergies.

Another way to discover what foods might be flaring your child's eczema is an elimination diet. This simple diet can significantly reduce eczema flares and is easy to do at home. All you need to do is eliminate a food group from your child's diet for 2 weeks. If the eczema symptoms decrease, you may want to consider removing this food group from your child's diet permanently. Another clue is if you reintroduce this food group after two weeks and your child has an eczema flare immediately or within 48 hours. This food group is definitely contributing to your child's eczema and should be removed from their diet. Always wait two weeks between food group elimination so you know which food group is the culprit.

Food groups linked to eczema are listed below.

  • Wheat or gluten
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Cow's milk and all dairy products
  • Soy

How can you determine if the food group is causing a flare? Look at the skin for symptoms of eczema - a red rash, hives, small red bumps, itching and swelling. If you see any of these symptoms contact your child's physician and limit your child's exposure to this food group.

Make sure to know all foods within the food group and learn about reading food labels. Here is a link to tips on reading food labels for an elimination diet