Two months ago, the skin on the legs of my one year old daughter began to peel off. Especially actively peeling were placed on the folds of the legs, near the bones.
The first time I thought that just a child rubbing gum from socks. My mother-in-law supported me in this. And since she is the mother of two children, I trusted her opinion.
My treatment attempts
Every evening I applied peeling with oiled wipes, baby milk for the body or creams. There was no result.
I attached starch baths and herbs baths to the process. Later, I learned that starch baths are effective only as a means to relieve skin itching. And herbal extracts (St. John’s wort and chamomile) dry the skin even more.
Then I switched to heavy artillery – bepanten and purilan. But there was no result from them either. The place of the fold in the morning looked better, but in the evening the situation with active peeling was repeated.
I scared the alarm when the roughness turned red and began to spread over the daughter’s legs above. And one of the friends, whom I complained about the problem, and which is a medical doctor by education, recommended to see a doctor. She said that the peeling, which do not respond to external influences, must be investigated and treated.
Opinion of our pediatrician
We turned to the pediatrician when similar red roughness was formed under the knee from behind. At first glance, the doctor determined that it was atopic (allergic) dermatitis. I asked to remember that I introduced a new child to the diet at the time when the peeling began. And she said to keep a food diary.
Of the drugs, the pediatrician prescribed an anti-allergic syrup, moisturizing lotion and bathing aid to the child.
She argued that she recommended that areas of skin with impaired lipid metabolism will not recover by themselves soon. They need help and moisten them.
What was shown by the analysis of the nutrition of the child
Peeling began in December. First of all, I thought that oranges and tangerines could cause food allergies. I excluded them first. After about a week, the roughness began to decrease and lighten.
But then I remembered the wild rose, which my mother-in-law had gathered to us with love at the dacha, and decided to drink the baby with broth. On a small thermos of 350 ml I brewed 3 hips. Two days later, red peeling on the legs resumed and new ones appeared.
This time, the exclusion of wild rose from the diet of the daughter did not produce results. I began to analyze other foods. It turned out that not so long ago I began to give the child baked tuna. I regularly baked this fish for myself and decided to try introducing it into the diet of the baby.
I also decided to exclude from the child’s nutrition and other allergens – eggs and whole cow’s milk.
Improvements became noticeable only a few days later. During the wait, I changed my mind a lot of things. I planned to exclude from the diet of the child dairy products, red apples and chicken.
Perhaps this situation has taught me that I need to trust the advice and opinion of incompetent persons less, even if they are loving relatives. And if it is written in the specialized literature that certain products should not be given to children under 2 or 3 years of age, then this information should be taken into account.
This is great if a child does not have an allergic reaction to the introduction of new products, but why risk it?
Did you and your little ones come across atopic (allergic) dermatitis? What in your case turned out to be the reason for its appearance?