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About elmuyloco5

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  1. It sounds to me like what my daughter and I have, keratosis pilaris. It looks like you have goosebumps, but they're inflamed. They don't always have to be red, but when a flare occurs, they usually turn red and can bleed too. Mine just feels like bumps, but my daughter's is worse and really makes her skin feel like sandpaper. With this skin disorder, your body produces too much keratin, a hard waxy protein, and it clogs hair follicles. Infact, if you squeeze the bumps, you usually get a hard white waxy bit of stuff out. It can itch like crazy, and can occur anywhere on your body, although some areas are more likely than others. While you wait to see a derm, you might want to try what we do to help with ours. It's important to exfoliate the affected skin to break open the bumps and help remove the keratin. Then blot yourself dry, don't rub. You want to keep as much of the water moisture on your skin as possible. And apply a good thick lotion (we use Suave for extra sensitive and dry skin). This usually helps keep it pretty well controlled, although my daughter's never completely goes away. I can say though that our rashes appear to be getting better since we went gluten-free about 3 weeks ago. Good Luck!!!
  2. I'm new at this myself, with 3 kids as well. I personally really like the Dummies guide. Donna Korn, the writer, also runs a Celiac website for kids called, R.O.C.K., where you might also find helpful tips for kiddos. My husband and I decided that we needed to do this with as much organization as possible, as now having to make bread and other items would take away more of my time. We also felt the most important thing was to keep this part of our life as close to normal as possible. So we sat our kids down and asked them for 28 meals (4 weeks of food) that they like the most. We would change those recipes over to gluten-free. We then recorded down our recipes into a computer cookbook program, and figured out which parts of the recipes would have to be adjusted. Those are the items that we started looking for gluten-free solutions. We also talked about several breakfast choices and lunch options (but for us, those were easier to work around). We had started compiling a list of all gluten-free items, but quickly realized that it was just too much to work with. Instead, we focused on the things that we would need to make those 28 meals, and other products we needed to live (for example our shampoos, soaps, etc. as my daughter and I have skin problems that we feel might be caused by the gluten sensitivity). So far, our kids say they like the gluten-free meals better. We've had a few bad experiences, like the DeBoles corn pasta (yuck), but have managed to find a better alternative (Tinkyada rice pasta). I know I'm not very versed at the whole gluten-free thing, but please feel free to msg me if you need any help. I'm sure you'll have some great ideas to share as well pretty soon!!
  3. I don't know if Dial is safe (I'm too new to all of this), but Dial drives me crazy. Growing up, all I could use was Dove or Ivory (but Ivory dries your skin a little much for my taste), or I would be itching all over. Even if the soap isn't effecting you via gluten, some soaps have very harsh perfumes that can really affect someone with allergies. Good luck!!
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