Expert / 2 February, 2020 / My Baba
Both my children suffer from Eczema at this time of year, and it’s something that at My Baba were often asked about. We asked a top expert for a few tips to get us through this cold month. The following information outlines three steps you can take to quickly reduce symptoms and increase your baby’s comfort, and includes introducing solids at the appropriate age.
Step 1: Minimise the itch instantly
TIP: Have your doctor formally diagnose your baby’s skin condition to check it is eczema.
Step 2: Avoid common eczema triggers
Did you know? While eczema can occur at any age, it typically appears shortly after birth, between two and six months of age, and more than half of all eczema sufferers show signs of eczema before their first birthday.
Step 3: Feed your baby eczema-friendly
First food for eczema babies
Continue feeding your baby breast milk or non-dairy infant formula as usual. Then introduce the first food. This is usually plain baby rice cereal. Ensure the baby rice product has added iron as this mineral is vital for growth and development, and a baby’s iron stores begin to wane at about four months of age. Choose plain baby rice, with no fruit or flavours, and follow the packet instructions. In the past decade I have only ever had one baby eczema patient who was allergic to rice so rice allergy is very rare but possible. If you note your baby’s eczema symptoms worsen after eating a particular food discontinue use and seek advice on alternatives. Once your child is ready to eat solids, follow the step-by-step Starting Solids information on page 150, and see more tips below.
Best drinks for babies include breast milk, prescribed non-dairy infant formula, and pre-boiled and cooled water (begin with a teaspoon).
5 worst foods for babies with eczema – avoid giving your baby potentially problematic foods such as eggs and products containing eggs, dairy products (cheese, yoghurt, butter, cow’s milk etc.), fish and peanut butter and other nuts and pastes including tahini/sesame seed paste. Fruit juice, cordial and soft drink/sodas are also not recommended for babies.
If your baby is teething you can make homemade rice rusks that are wheat- and dairy-free.
Karen Fischer is a nutritionist and award-winning author. Karen’s daughter suffered from severe eczema as a child, which prompted Karen to specialise in eczema and beautiful skin. She is contactable at www.theeczemadiet.com.
The Eczema Diet is available from www.exislepublishing.co.uk and wherever good books are sold RRP £12.95