So what in the world is going on? I wish I knew. I might suspect a virus like Hand, Foot & Mouth but she doesn't have these spots anywhere else and she doesn't show any signs of being sick. I might suspect a food intolerance but she doesn't have any GI symptoms. In fact overall she is doing quite well. So my hunch is that we are dealing with with either a detoxification reaction or a nutrient deficiency. I've been leaning towards the latter theory.
A few months back I read Supperimmunity for Kids by Dr. Leo Galland, a prominent immunologist. This was a surprisingly good book, though the reader may have to separate the wheat from the chaff in a few places. I also might as well mention that the book is over 20 years old, but in my experience it's still light years ahead of today's conventional medicine. Dr. Galland discusses how he has some kids whose allergies completely disappeared after taking cod liver oil (I wish we were so fortunate!) He discusses why pregnant women should not drink tap water. He says to give egg yolks and liver to your baby. He repeatedly discusses essential fatty acids (EFAs). There's some good stuff here.
I bring all of this up because Dr. Galland also discusses eczema and how it's not always related to something that a child is getting but rather something that they are missing.
Some children need more EFAs than others because their bodies don't metabolize EFAs well. Children with eczema have difficulty converting linoleic acid, the major omega-6 EFA, to GLA. Evening primrose oil and black currant oil, which contain GLA, get around this problem. Some children may also need more omega-3 EFAs; up to 1 tablespoon of flaxseed oil a day by age one may help. Or you may substitute up to 1 teaspoon of cod-liver oil or up to 2 tablespoons of walnut oil. If you are breastfeeding, add EFAs to your own diet.Dr. Galland also says that in his research he has found that people who have allergies need more EFAs than people who don't.
Now back to Juliana: I'm working with our nutritionist to try a few different things. Some things that we are considering are Vitamin C, Zinc, and of course, EFAs. So far we've switched the form of Vitamin C and have seen a modest improvement in her skin. I have been giving her Evening Primrose Oil (an EFA) but can't say that I've seen any change from it. We're also about to switch the base of her formula and it will be interesting to see if that changes anything. It seems that even once everything in the diet is right it can take a little while for the skin to clear. We'll see, I guess. Juliana's dietary challenges are certainly an exercise in both patience and perseverance.