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My son is one. Can you believe it? I can’t. My sweet little baby boy is now a rambunctious, excitable explorer that never stops moving and brings me more joy than I ever thought possible. He’s doing so, so well.
For a full picture of the journey we have been through to beat my son’s eczema and reflux and live our best lives. read:
In part three, we were expanding our diet rapidly after months of elimination, and my son was beginning solids. Now, one year out, he is eating all fruits and non starchy vegetables, all meats, and limited starches. He still doesn’t handle coconut, dairy, or nuts, but he can have peanuts and eggs.
I have not attempted gluten or any grains yet. I don’t think he has any life threatening food allergies, at least nothing would make me believe that’s the case. He is still prone to being overloaded with salicylates, so I do have to be slightly careful there.
He is also still breastfeeding, and therefore my diet still impacts him. We do have to be careful with too many starchy foods, as that bothers him, but I am confident as his gut matures he will be to handle more foods. He has been eczema free for months, aside from a short period when I tried goat’s milk and cashews.
He loves food, and eats well. I’ve learned so much on this journey with him, but here are the highlights. Of course, many of this involves steps I took myself because my son was and is breastfeeding.
Stress management is essential
I’m beginning to believe that all my personal health problems boil down to antibiotic use and stress. I am convinced that my issues involving GI distress, microbiome imbalances, and food intolerances are the direct result of too many antibiotics and unmanaged stress. That being said, I’ve found great success in my own journey and my son’s journey by worrying less, splurging a little on food, and taking specific measures to reduce stress in my life.
A few months ago, and at the point where I was still extremely limited in my diet, I had a birthday, and went out for a steak dinner with my husband. I had a whole plate of sweet potato fries and a piece of chocolate. It was insane. After months of TED, it did feel crazy.
Much to my surprise, my son’s reactions were not bad at all, probably due to the healing he had experienced so far and his own body maturing to a point where he could handle more variety coming at him. This was a turning point for me, where I was finally able to let loose a little and eat some chocolate. This really did drastically reduce my daily stress when I was able to have a small food related outlet. Let’s be real. Food is fun.
I also began taking epsom salt baths numerous times a week, forcing myself to not overthink and worry all the time about food, and let things go more and more. After researching the vagus nerve, I began doing daily exercises to stimulate the vagus nerve and activate the parasympathetic nervous system, including gargling and deep breathing.
I supplemented with Loving Energy by BioRay to support my adrenal health and my son’s histamine response, as well as used various essential oil blends to calm my mind and reduce my worry.
Epsom salt baths
The phase two detoxification pathway in the liver is extremely important, for obvious reasons. Sulfation, part of this pathway, requires sulfates, which can be absorbed from magnesium sulfate, or epsom salt. Because of this, myself and my kids took epsom salt baths frequently.
B vitamins and methylation support
B vitamins and proper assimilation are essential for just about all body processes, especially methylation and liver function. I began taking a B complex, because I don’t know enough about B vitamins to choose only one B vitamin and that can be harmful if done wrong. Also, because of my limited diet, I was concerned about nutritional deficiencies. After one bottle, I will not continue supplementing with a B complex, and I will not give my son any extra B vitamins. We will continue to focus on a wide range of vegetables and quality meats for our B vitamin needs.
Spore based probiotics
I found very early on in our eczema journey, that my son could not tolerate standard probiotics, potentially on my part for overloading him with them early on in his life. We discovered spore based probiotics (think dirt), and I started taking those part way through the journey. They were well tolerated, and things only got better after we started them; he takes them now. New research suggests that spore based probiotics are very useful in dealing with leaky gut.
The liver does a great job of detoxifying and removing unwanted substances. However, it doesn’t hurt to support the organ, especially in those struggling with skin issues, like my son who’s issues were mainly based on an overload of food chemicals. Liver health is a very complicated topic, but the basics of what we did was eat a very clean diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, drink basil and dandelion tea with small amounts of milk thistle, reduce stress, and practice lymphatic support including dry body brushing and massage.
Variety is important
By starting with healing meats and simple veggies, later adding all fruits, veggies, plant based proteins, and fermented foods (homemade sauerkraut specifically), we were able to provide proper nutrition to my son without overloading him with food chemicals. We focused heavily on well cooked cabbage, brussel sprouts, bok choy, leeks, and rutabaga, vegetables low in food chemicals but high in essential nutrients. We try to consume as wide a variety as possible of fruits, vegetables, and meats throughout the week. This assists in keeping too much one of thing causing a reaction and also provides a variety of vitamins and minerals.
Remembering Time Heals
Eczema is no fun. Eczema is awful. I obsessed; I worried; I became a little crazy researching and worrying and worrying some more. I thought if my son’s skin wasn’t clear, then I was a failure. When the obsession with healing my son began to affect my life and my ability to be a joyful mother I knew it was time to let go.
My son won’t always have these issues. Time is our friend, and as he grows and his body matures, I know things will get easier. I have full faith in the Lord that my son will come out of this ordeal well, and he will live a full and happy life, perfect skin or not. This is only a season, a trying time, but in it we grow and become better people. It is more important that my son become a strong, confident young man than have perfect gut health.
That being said, I am so proud of our journey, and all that we have come through. His skin is clear, he enjoys a wide variety of foods (and adds more and more all the time), and he is a happy, healthy, wonderful little guy. I couldn’t be more blessed.