Eczema and allergies may not be considered special needs in the traditional sense, but if you are a mother of a child with severe eczema or allergies, then you know how much extra work it is.
With eczema you often need to try many different products before you find one that works for your child (and even then, it does not always work for very long) and you need to be diligent about applying the products.
With allergies you need to adapt your cooking, you can’t eat at restaurants without adaptations, and you need to bring your own cake to birthday parties among other things.
We have 5 children (10, 8, 6, 2, and 2). Our youngest child and only daughter (she’s also a twin) has eczema and allergies. We spent the first year or so of Hosanna’s life carting her to the family doctor, the pediatrician, the allergist, the dermatologist, the lab and back to all of them again.
Hosanna is allergic to eggs, dairy (goat’s milk and cow’s milk), and peanuts. She has an EpiPen (USA and Canada) for the peanut allergy. We have been adapting our household and our recipes to fit her allergies and still be affordable for our family of seven. This in itself is no small challenge. I hope to post more of our recipes here on Large Family Good Eats.
Hosanna’s eczema is itchy and painful (I am sure anyone with eczema knows how this is). Her skin has often been cracked and bleeding. With eczema the story is the more you itch, the more you scratch, the more you itch, the more you scratch is the way it goes. She is only two so it is very hard for her not to itch. She needs to wear long sleeves and leotards even in the summer. For her eczema we have tried just about everything. I won’t list all the creams and lotions (prescription or otherwise) that we have tried that haven’t worked because there are too many. We have, however, found something amazing and we have started to make it ourselves. It is a special combination of Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Beeswax.
Do you struggle with the challenges of eczema or allergies with your children?