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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Natural Remedies for Eczema in Children

Here's something that may be useful for Moms and/or Grandmoms.  If you have a young one in your care, read on...
Eczema is a common problem in babies and children.  At least two of my kids had mild cases which eventually they outgrew.   I’m not sure if it is a major problem for adults, but I have a dry itchy patch on my cheek that seems a lot like it!  (Although most adult eczema is found on inside of the elbow and behind the knees.)  Eczema is a red, scaly rash that itches and sometimes oozes when it blisters and opens up.  It can be really uncomfortable and miserable for kids to endure in severe cases. Thankfully eczema can and often does respond very well to natural remedies, sometimes to the point of clearing up completely. Here are some of the most common suggestions:

·    Many physicians who believe in natural care are convinced that eczema is mostly due to food allergies. If you can identify the allergen you can avoid it or pursue some other method of healing the immune system so the body doesn’t react to it.  The most common allergens would be dairy products, wheat, soy and corn.  Advocates of raw (unpasteurized) milk claim that switching to raw milk has cleared up some cases of eczema.

·   Essential fatty acids have been reported to bring relief from eczema.  Examples of these fatty acids are the fats in fish, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin E, coconut oil, organic butter from grass fed cows, and Cod Liver Oil. Talk with your health care provider about proper doses of these nutrients for your child.  Also topical creams and gels such as chamomile, licorice and witch hazel have been known to help. 

·   Oatmeal baths can be helpful to ease the itching. You can purchase colloidal oatmeal at drug stores, or make your own by grinding oats in your blender and then putting them in muslin tea bags.  Place one in your child’s bath water, and use tepid to warm water.  Don’t allow your child to sit in this for too long and do not use soap.  While your child’s skin is still wet, apply an organic lotion.

·    Avoid using harsh detergents when washing your child’s clothing.  Use a product that is all natural and not irritating to the skin.  If you use any type of detergent, do a double rinse to remove any residues.  

·   Probiotics can be helpful in healing a child’s gut imbalance.  It is believed that they strengthen the digestive tract’s protective barrier, suppress the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, and influence immune function (to help fight off those nasty allergens).  Foods such as naturally fermented and cultured vegetables (sauerkraut, kim chi, etc), kefir, and yogurt might help your child’s immune system to normalize and heal.

I am not a medical expert or a doctor and cannot know if these suggestions will help or cure.  I am reporting what others have found in the hopes that this will be a starting point for you to find a remedy that will bring relief to your child.  It is always a good idea to discuss remedies with your health care provider before starting a new regimen.

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1 comment:

  1. Pat, there are some good ideas here. I would say they are all worth trying if one is suffering from eczema. It is horrible.
    Hugs, Ginger


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