My daughter, Aiyana was a chubby 1 year old child when we first realised that her skin was not exactly what is called “baby soft” that we usually read or hear about. Her baby skin was quite rough in texture that somehow never quite felt smooth to touch. This was the first time we had heard of this skin condition which is called Atopic Dermatitis (or Eczema as it is commonly known) since till then we were not aware of this skin condition.
We also came to know that certain foods tend to trigger inflammation of skin for children with eczema. Through trial and error we came to know that our daughter was allergic to eggs, dairy and though we did not give her any tree nuts (hazelnut, walnut, peanut, cashew etc) we avoided all of these all the same. This dietary restriction did help in alleviating her skin texture but it never went away completely. We were able to manage to keep her eczema under control since it was still mild and responded well to local treatments and moisturizers. And so we managed for about 4 years without any major skin related issues apart from once in 2008.
All was under control till about a couple of years ago when her skin condition took a turn for the worse and it has not gone back to normal ever since. But through all our trials and tribulations and struggles with eczema our darling daughter who is now seven years old has shown amazing fortitude and her smile has rarely dimmed.