Hi and welcome to Ask Missy Mondays where I respond to a question from readers. Today’s question comes from a parent whose child received treatment from us for feeding problems. The parent writes:
Hi Missy, James is doing well following feeding therapy. We couldn’t be more thrilled. Do you know if eczema is associated with milk? We ask because James had horrible eczema. Once we weaned him off the milk as you suggested, his eczema cleared right up.
Thanks for the update on James! We love hearing how great our clients do following treatment for feeding therapy! Maybe we will feature James in an upcoming What Works Wednesday!
As much as I would love to give you a definitive answer, medical conditions such as this are out of my scope of practice. Some people such as medical professionals at the Mayo Clinic, claim that the reasons for eczema are unknown. However, the UK Dairy Council suggests that milk may be directly associated with eczema. Other groups such as Talk Eczema suggest that dairy is associated with eczema.
I can tell you that I have met a number of children in our practice whose medical conditions improved as a result of moving some type of food. For some children, removing milk improved sleep whereas for others removing milk stopped seizures. But I also know from my clinical experience that other foods and allergens may be guilty culprits. Foods like gluten, soy, peanuts, seafood, and other allergens like pet dander, pollen, and mold have all been associated with eczema.
The best strategy is for you to remove one food at a time. Because Jack’s eczema cleaned up when you removed milk, chances are milk may be the evil substance for him.
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