I don’t know exactly how or why this happened, but in the past few years our entire family has unfortunately been forced to become experts on dealing with eczema and allergies.
Our oldest daughter HJ has definitely had it the worst, suffering from constant eczema since she was an infant, seasonal allergies, and food allergies to peanut, soy, and beans. My husband has always had eczema as well, and contact allergies to fragrances and certain types of detergent and soap. My younger daughter also has eczema, but thankfully, no food allergies or other skin sensitivities so far. And at one point in my late twenties/early thirties, I discovered that I was also allergic to most fragrances and metals (such as nickel, silver, and copper – meaning that I can’t wear most jewelry).
If you come over to our house, you’ll see that we only use Tide Free detergent, fragrance-free soap and shampoo, and no fabric softener. Fortunately, HJ has grown out of a lot of the eczema she had when she was younger, and we’ve finally seemed to find a way to manage it from getting any worse. She has also miraculously grown out of her food allergies – I have never been more relieved than when the allergist told me after a comprehensive food challenge test that we didn’t need to carry that epi-pen with us everywhere.
But getting back to the eczema, these are a few of the things that we’ve found that have worked for our family. Obviously, every individual will be unique, but if you or your child are desperate for relief from all the itching and discomfort that comes with eczema, I hope some of these basic suggestions will offer some help!