Natural Products for Your Child’s Eczema

11 Aug

Eczema outbreak is a rather stressful event for our family and there are times when I feel like pulling my hair out. This is what our daughter’s leg looks like when she has an eczema outbreak; then comes the itching and crying “mommy my leg is hurting. With those words, my hubby usually looks at me and ask “what are going to put on it. Just bring on the pressure    

eczema rash

Doctors often prescribed steroids. Steroids work by suppressing the immune system, which is already under stress, making the child more likely to get sick. Long term use of steroids can lead to muscle atrophy. So after 2 years of struggling, I decide to compile a few things that works for my daughter.     

Can you cure eczema?

The only cure is to stay away from the things that triggers it. Use a journal to keep track of what you eat, soaps you use to bath and wash your clothes, stressful events, environmental triggers you suspect. Keeping track helps you to pin point what may be the cause of your eczema.     

How to ease the itching and other discomforts?

  •  Homestead Eczema Oil works like a charm. We were excited to see the rash gone after just 2 days of using it. The eczema oil contain emu and kukui oil which have being used for centuries to treat eczema. Emu oil is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic and promotes healing of the skin from within.
  • The type of  baby bath soap you use is important because it can dry out the skin and lead to further skin irritation. Buy natural bath soaps without the “strange names” and chemicals.  Aveeno soothing creamy wash, which many parents use for eczema, is NOT NATURAL. It contains tons of chemicals with just a little oatmeal in it. Our favorite is Sweet Knee Hulababy Bar Soap. It is creamy and has aloe and calendula which soothe and heal the skin.

    

  • Be sure to  to use a natural base laundry detergent. Commercial detergents are loaded with perfumes, dyes and brighteners which can result in more rashes. We like ecover laundry detergent.

Once or twice we have had a severe break out and had no emu oil around.  I recently started learning how to use plants to heal the body and was happy to learn that burdock root, cleavers, stinging nettle and red clovers are great for childhood eczema.    

  •  Burdock root, nettle and red clover can be made as a tea. You can give the child  2-4 years old  1/4 cup of the tea  2-3 times a day to clean and detox the system stopping the breakout. We now use the tea as a part of the healing regime when she has a bad breakout.

 

  •  Anti -itch ointment  – Chickweed, marshmallow, calendula in a raw shea butter base make one great anti-itch ointment. Combine that with burdock root, and any of the following nettle, red clover to make a great detox and anti-itch ointment. If you are not into using herbs homestead baby butter is awesome.

 

  •  Bath time you can make an oatmeal bath to soothe the itching. Just add the oatmeal in a muslin and allow the water to run over it or place in the bath tub. You can also make a strong tea using any of  the detox or anti itch herbs and add it to the child’s bath. Add a little chamomile essential oil to reduce the inflammation and lavender essential oil to relax the child.

 

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4 Responses to “Natural Products for Your Child’s Eczema”

  1. Amber P August 11, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

    We use Earth Mama Angel Baby’s bottom balm. We initially started using it because it is cloth diaper friendly. My son’s outbreaks are in his diaper area and we thought it was diaper rash. After finding out that it was eczema, we continued to use it because it has calendula, plantain and chickweed in it, which I later learned were great for eczema.

    • naturalpureessentials August 11, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

      Wow that is a very sensitive area to have eczema. EMAB bottom balm does have chickweed and plantain which soothes and relief itching. ((Hugs))

  2. Ecover Blog August 23, 2010 at 8:07 am #

    So sorry to hear about your daughter’s eczema. Finding a natural, plant based laundry detergent that is kind to sensitive skin is a very good idea. Glad to hear you like Ecover’s product. Best of luck and thanks for sharing!
    -Deb for Ecover

  3. personal loans September 20, 2010 at 11:47 pm #

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