My Wife has severe eczema on her elbow and we are concerned that Claire is also going to develop eczema. She is showing signs of it and has had little breakouts almost since she was born. It affects her fingers a little bit of her legs and sometimes her feet.
We have tried lotions, oils, creams, and baths and different ways of treating the problem but nothing has worked. So we kept researching and eventually found that some people have had good luck by switching out some of the food. As with most ailments, eczema is rumored to be affected by our diets.
Specifically, there is some issue with a hormone that is in cow’s milk. One of the alternatives is to try goat’s milk. So we’re doing that now. Claire doesn’t seem to mind it. The milk really looks and behaves the same as regular milk. The only thing that I can tell is different is that it has a slight odor different from cow’s milk.
Can’t really pinpoint it but I’ve smelled it before, and it smells like other goat products. I don’t mind it but you can tell it is not cow’s milk just by smelling it.
For any parents out there trying this out, I can’t say for sure if it works yet. I will report back in a few days but the eczema has diminished quite a bit. We’re just not sure if it just happens to be a time when the eczema is “cooling off” so we’re going to try this out for 3 or 4 weeks.
So far so good, we’re on day four of this new diet. My mother calls it an elimination diet. So we’re eliminating a specific food item to see if that is causing the problem. There may be a link between cow’s milk and allergies and eczema.
The only issue with the goats milk so far is the price. It is quite expensive and a hassle to get it. Most of the goat milk you can find is raw goat milk. This is a good thing, but it means you have to consume the milk within 3 – 4 days to make sure no pathogens or bacteria form.
As an added measure, I flash boil it just when I’m going to give it to Waterclaire for safe measure and as a way of warming it up for her anyway. Some people say you shouldn’t do this, but opinions differ on the matter.
I don’t even know if flash-boiling is a term or a thing, but here’s how I do it. I heat up a pot for a couple minutes. I want it to be really hot and usually I prefer a wider pot over a narrow one. I test it with a couple drops of water and I know it’s ready when the water sizzles and vanishes really quickly. Then I pour the measured amount of milk (7 to 9 ounces) into the pot. It will sizzle for a few seconds and then stop as it warms up. At this point, the moment I see bubbles on the edge, I turn it off. As you can see I don’t boil the milk long enough to damage it.
At first we couldn’t find goat’s milk so we ordered a dry goat milk’s product from Germany. It is highly recommended and has great reputation.
Eventually we found this directory for California that has a lot of vendors to find goat milk if you’re looking for it. They have other states as well.
I found that Mother’s Market carries goat milk by Claravale Farm. I think now days you should be able to find it at least within 50 – 100 miles of your location, but as with anything your mileage may vary, but check out that directory I posted above.
I think I prefer to buy it fresh versus the powder version. Also on a quick calculation of the yields, it appears that the powder version comes out to about $5/bottle while the fresh milk is about $2.5. Still quite expensive!
We’ve looked at other alternatives and if we find that removing cow’s milk from her diet actually eliminates the eczema then we’ll research more about what other options we have that aren’t as expensive as goat’s milk and still provide her with all the nutrition she needs. In the picture you see that there are other products too besides just the milk. Yogurt for one, and I also took a picture of a coconut based yogurt alternative.
Will report new findings as I go.