I wanted to do all I could to improve my son’s chances of one day healing, so I spent endless hours researching the connection between diet and the immune system and decided to ditch all processed foods. We also completely removed Tristan’s allergies and intolerances from his diet, which ended up being quite restrictive.
I was forced to learn a whole new way of cooking as I began to spend much of my time in the kitchen creating fresh, healthy meals from scratch. Removing the allergic and intolerant food and cooking with real, unprocessed food was a breakthrough for us. Tristan’s skin improved drastically and we were thrilled! While his skin still flares up occasionally, as does his asthma, he is so much better and we are so thankful.
We have seen multiple clinical and holistic practitioners over the years and have tried pretty much every natural skin-care treatment known to man. It has not been an easy journey for Tristan, who’s now 7 years old, or for anyone in our family, but it inspired me to help others going through the same struggles.
I created The Eczema Company to provide natural solutions for those dealing with eczema. I also share our family’s journey with eczema, allergies and asthma on my blog, It’s an Itchy Little World, which has been a great tool for connecting with others going through the same health issues.
Ultimately, my family has found our footing on what was once a treacherous mountain. Along the way I’ve learned two big lessons. The first is to listen to your intuition. If you feel something is not right with your child or the treatment they are receiving, then speak up, ask questions and find a practitioner who will help your child on the journey to health.
The second is to consider the bigger picture of health and healing from within. Try not to focus on just treating the symptom, instead treat the root cause of an illness. Although dealing with the daily stress of eczema felt nearly impossible at times, I am thankful we stumbled down the path we did because it led us to a much healthier way of life that my whole family will benefit from. And for this I am truly grateful.