There is is huge correlation between gluten intolerance and eczema. When Samantha turned 2, we were finally able to get an allergy test. We found out that she suffered from several allergens that would trigger a flair-up. She had environmental allergens such as tree's, grass, as well as a few food intolerance. She had both a lactose intolerance as well as a gluten intolerance. Her gluten intolerance was the toughest for us. She would have severe eczema flair-ups within 24 - 48 hours after she had gluten.
At the time, I had no clue that gluten was in a lot of things. We had to educate our family on what gluten was. It was hard keeping her 100% gluten free. We were able to keep her about 90% gluten free.
If we knew she was going to a birthday party, we would bring our own cupcakes or bring a rice krispy treat and use the frosting from the birthday cake. If we knew she was going to visit grandma, we would make sure she didn't have any gluten during the week because she might unknowingly have some at grandma's house. If we were going to a family dinner, we would bring a gluten free alternative so that she would be able to have a similar diner item.
She became well aware of her eczema flair-ups. She knew they occurred after she ate bread or pasta. By the time she was 3 and a half, she would be sure to ask if the dish was gluten free.
This eczema journey has been such a learning experience for us. But we will do anything to decrease the number of flair-ups. What are your alternatives for your kids with food allergies?
We can't wait to hear from you.
Chaundra and Joe Turner