I waited a month to write this post, because I wasn't sure how long this would go for our family. I am proud to say that I personally have been wheat-free and gluten-free for a whole month this week with the exception of my son's birthday which made me violently sick, but that's another story altogether.
Okay, so my beautiful 2nd daughter, Suzannah has suffered from eczema since she was a year old. Hind sight being twenty-twenty, I would forgo the vaccinations, but I'm going to save my reasons for that for another post.
As she has blossomed into a lovely lady, she has suffered constantly from head to toe eczema, yes-it's that bad. They prescribed me 12 month's worth of the largest tube of steroid cream to apply to her whole body to help keep her from digging herself to death. Oh, yeah, and this is in addition to taking Zyrtec once a day and 2 Benedryl every four hours just to be able to focus on school work because the itching and burning is so bad. On top of this, she has random head to toe "super hives" that come and go with no rhyme or reason. You know, the one's that you can't actually count because they vary from the size of a baseball to the size of my thigh.
Several specialists, lots of tests (ironically none of the doctors will authorize a full panel food allergy screen because "it won't help determine the cause,") many creams, and no relief in a year. I am frustrated with doctors who probably don't care, but ultimately do nothing but write more prescriptions that literally don't help at all.
So I did what any good mom would do, and I went to Dr. Google and did hours of research. I discovered that there might be a link between hives, eczema and both gluten and wheat products both of which can also be caused by immunizations, but again-another time.
So, I discussed it with the Doctor who pretty much thinks she just needs steroids to help the itching because she will have this her whole life even though it's an embarrassing at best issue. I spoke again to each of her doctors who agreed that it is the cause for some people, so I took matters into my own hands and officially went wheat/gluten free a month ago bringing the kids in a week later. Hey, I had to get past my psycho cravings before I made them go through it. A mom can only take so much.
Everyone has been on board other than my husband who is 50% on board i.e he eats what I prepare unless he is away from home or cooking himself. We've done so good with the kids only having 3 exceptions and me only having one so far.
The good news is my daughter has improved. She isn't completely cleared, but she now only has a few major patches of eczema with no hives for two weeks now, so maybe there is a correlation.