Before deciding on the best remedy for your little one you must first know if your child indeed has eczema. Your pediatrician can usually easily diagnose this. Many times he/she will recommend a cream that could help. If you would like to get the to the source of their eczema I first suggest addressing their diet or your diet if you are breastfeeding. For some babies a mom's diet that includes eggs, dairy, wheat or gluten, soy, some nuts, and even citrus fruits can trigger a breastfeeding babies' eczema. See how your baby reacts when you eat those specific foods, are they gassy, irritable after you chow down on dairy. If so the proteins in dairy may be upsetting their digestive tract which in turn can cause eczema.
Next inspect the ingredients in the products you use for your child. The diapers, lotions, powders, and anything that gets into contact with their skin.
If a sensitivity to a food or topical product that you are using is not the issue. Try these Remedies.
During the warmer months make sure you are not overdressing your little one the heat can trigger their eczema. While on the other hand during the colder months make sure you are using a good moisturizer so they do not get too dry which can also trigger the itchiness of eczema.
Here Are 4 Natural Eczema Remedies
1. Coconut Oil
Extra virgin coconut oil is one of the best oils to use for your baby's eczema. Lather baby at least twice daily on irritated skin.
2. Aloe Vera
I prefer to get an aloe vera plant and use pure aloe. However if this is not your preference check out this organic aloe vera gel.
3. Safflower Oil
Sunflower seed oil is a natural anti-inflammatory that reduces the itching associated with eczema. It's best to use sunflower seed oil when the skin is still damp.
4. Evening Primrose Oil
This oil can help with inflammation and swelling. It is often found in beauty products but can be found in gel caps and used topically on the affected area.
Probiotics should be staple in any vitamin/mineral regiment. Baby probiotics are normally found in powder form. It can be added to liquid or food. Since babies beneficial bacteria is different from adults, there are specific probiotics that babies should use.
6. Make An Oatmeal Bath
You've probably heard that oatmeal baths are great for chicken pox, the same reigns through for eczema. Oatmeal bath's help reduce the itching and inflammation associated with eczema. Before you run to your pantry and pour your breakfast oatmeal straight in the bath tub, you may want to read this first. To make an oatmeal bath you need grounded oatmeal (colloidal oatmeal). You can buy ground oatmeal here, while others prefer this honey oatmeal bath bomb that takes minutes to use.
*Please Note: Always consult with your doctor before trying any health remedy.
Roswell Chiropractor, Dr. Bates takes care of patients with many health issues. Her goal is to allow you to have the best quality of life possible.