Hi Meltingpot Readers,
You can call me crazy, but I diagnosed babygirl with a dairy sensitivity, even though no one else in the family has any problem with dairy. Heck, I’m from Wisconsin, I practically have cow’s milk running through my veins. Still, a couple of months ago, babygirl developed a patch of eczema behind her knees and I was shocked as neither of my boys ever had such a skin rash.
Now, Ms. Meltingpot does a lot of reading. And sometimes she gets confused. And I will freely admit that my diagnosis came as a result of random bits of information I’ve read over the years, that I then put together as some sort of fact. In my mind, I decided eczema is the result of an allergic reaction to some sort of food. Turns out, that is only true in 20 percent of eczema cases. Before my doctor confirmed this, I decided to remove certain food groups from babygirl’s diet. I started with dairy and amazingly her rash disappeared. Now I’m no scientist, but I knew that could have been a coincidence so I reintroduced dairy and the rash came back. Babygirl’s doctor confirmed that it’s quite probable that dairy is the culprit and I should just stop giving it to her. Fine. Except for one small thing. Babygirl is like her mama, and loves cheese. In fact, she just learned how to say cheese. “Cheese, please” she says in her little baby voice, breaking my heart in the process. The girl wants cheese, but for reasons I don’t want to get into here, I didn’t want to introduce soy cheese or coconut cheese, or some other cheese product that I myself wouldn’t eat. I had to find a way.
And I did. I go to Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s now every week and buy my 16-month-old daughter expensive blocks of sheep’s or goat’s milk cheese from Spain. I figure her Spanish blood will make her accept the slightly tangy taste of goat cheese and the eczema really only responds to cow’s milk. Does this make any scientific sense? No. But does babygirl gobble up Iberico and Mitica Spanish cheese with no problem and no rash? Yes. Problem solved.
Anybody else dealing with baby eczema and find that goat and/or sheep’s milk is okay? I’d love to get more proof that my zany science makes sense. I’m listening.