When someone with a milk allergy ingests cow’s milk, the body releases histamine. This is the exact same chemical that triggers eczema. The milk allergy will result in typical allergy symptoms along with eczema symptoms. Milk and Eczema are very strongly linked if the child suffers from a milk allergy so it is important you investigate.
How do I know if my child is allergic to milk?
The best way to know if your child is suffering from a milk allergy that could be triggering their eczema is the elimination diet. Take milk completely out of their diet for two weeks and observe their eczema. If there seems to be no change then it may be worth checking out other potential causes of their eczema. Read Causes to learn more about what could be causing your child’s eczema.
However, if the eczema does seem to disappear, even slightly, with the absence of milk then it’s time to take action to stop it harming your child’s skin any longer.
Milk allergies may mean your child has quite an uncomfortable tummy, diarrhoea, nasal irritation or even asthma-like symptoms. They may also have generally quite dry itchy skin aside from the eczema and can leave them vulnerable to skin infections. So look out for these symptoms as any of them could be a red flag, especially if you already have your suspicions.
It is advised you take your child to your local GP just to confirm your child’s allergy to milk before taking the next steps.
Treating Milk and Eczema problems
So you now know milk is triggering your child’s eczema so what can you do next? Seems pretty simple, but yes – just cut it out! It may be difficult as milk is such a key ingredient in many foods but it is a step worth taking if it means relieving your child of their eczema. It’s important to give your child a healthy, balanced diet though, so make sure you are replacing the milk with other dairy products if you can. Seek advice from your GP for more info.
In the meanwhile, you may want to relieve your child’s skin using an effective, all natural emollient. Many creams and emollients contain artificial colours and alcohol additives and so instead of healing they can often irritate sensitive skin or cause a rash. They can actually make eczema worse off than It was to begin with!
Syrinx Za Natural Emollient Cream is a natural chemical-free emollient containing Zander and Argan Oil, ingredients that are able to work together to draw impurities from the skin and relieve the symptoms of eczema. It uses the ancient healing powers of Zander and Argan to soothe and rehydrate the skin, whilst removing any toxins. It is a gentle emollient for the face, ears, neck and other sensitive areas, and ideal for sensitive, immature skin.
The potential connection between Milk and Eczema is always worth looking into if your child is a sufferer of the skin condition so give it a go. Who knows, it could solve the problem once and for all!