i have been struggling to get and keep my allergy guy, elijah (3) at baseline since last june, when we lost our tenuous hold on it after several viruses invaded our home and he suddenly became allergic to nearly everything left in our very restricted diet. once the illnesses and consequent testing and re-testing for false positives were over, we had lost most beans, lentils and sesame (in addition to our forbidden top 8 plus corn) but were otherwise able to get back to "our normal"/restricted diet.
i just haven't been able to quite get him all the way back to baseline, no matter what i try. we lost shampoos, conditioners and soaps for him shortly after last june - his scalp began peeling and then cracking and bleeding even with only weekly washings. we now anoint his head with raw virgin coconut oil and use a fine tooth comb to section and comb it throughout. then i put a little knit cap on overnight, rinse it in a hot shower the next day and he's great! no more cradle cap at all. we have to do it 2-3 times weekly. we also discovered 'kiss your face' brand aloe and olive oil soap and use that only on the parts that really need it - just water for the rest.
still, on a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst, he's remained flared up and broken out at a out a 3/4 until recently. i'm still not sure if it's a coincidence or not, but a facebook friend (thank you again, lynette!) posted about hazelwood jewelry and its purported ability to absorb excess acids in the system that can lead to things like eczema, rashes, reflux, etc...
i've embraced heartily the philosophy of, "if it can't hurt...why not try it?"
so i did!
i have to say, the next day, he was down to a 1 on the breakout scale. i ended up putting 2 of them on him at once. he's been at a ZERO ever since!! the company i ordered from was fabulous - a tiny piece of wood broke off the first necklace and i sent them an email with pictures of it. they promptly sent me a replacement at no extra charge. i got it from www.hazelaid.com and plan to keep one on him indefinitely.
i'm usually a total skeptic about these things but it's really the only new thing i've done in the last 6 months - this is not a child you can introduce new things to as far as diet and personal care products. i'd love to hear it if other people have had other experiences or if you decide to try it as well
-leave a comment and let me know how it went!