My trip was a success not only professionally, but because twice in the space of two days I got up at 4:30 am, endured the stress of making a flight, sat for 7 hours in the dry, recirculated, funky air of a Boeing 737, ate at McDonald's (Hartford airport is no food paradise), and downed my share of beer and wine-- and here I am at the end of it with dry skin, yes, but no eczema to speak of. Score!
I'm going to continue the food allergy thread today. There's a recent study out of National Jewish Health Center in Denver that found that many children with eczema are unnecessarily leaving foods out of their diets, for fear of food allergies that don't exist. The main issue the authors are making is that the proof of most food allergies is in the eating. Blood test results for IgE allergies are not believable unless they show you are positive for cow's milk, hen egg, fish, peanut, or tree nuts.
If a test shows your kid IS allergic to one of those five things, you definitely shouldn't eat it. But David Fleischer and colleagues (including Donald Leung, leader of the Atopic Dermatitis Research Network, who appears to be the heavyweight author) took 125 children who had been on restrictive diets based on IgE tests, and, in a controlled fashion, let the kids eat food that they had previously avoided. The result: "Depending on the reason for food avoidance, 84 to 93 percent of foods being avoided were restored to their diets."
This matters because your young child needs a balanced diet to develop properly, and also because substitute foods (goat milk, almond butter) are expensive.
I find the study personally interesting because Voov (18 month daughter) has been on an extremely restricted diet for many months. Skin prick tests showed allergies to a number of things and the allergist recommended, at first, some ridiculous diet--seriously, like "she can only eat sweet potato, broccoli, and chicken." Completely unreasonable, and after Hidden B protested, and we got advice from a nutritionist, the allergist relented a bit and permitted these items:
- sweet potato
Fleischer et al. don't say whether skin prick tests are as useless as most IgE blood tests. But I sure would like to expand Voov's diet, so she can experience some new tastes. Wouldn't it be great if she could just eat the same things we do!