This is, as a good friend of mine said, the sad face of eczema. Not good.
Do you have a child or infant with eczema? Do you need effective treatment for baby eczema? Here are some tips that may help ease your child’s suffering.
First you need to understand this is an autoimmune issue. This can be either an allergic reaction to some dietary or other allergen or “leaky gut” syndrome which means something has irritated the immune system to the point that antigens have leaked into the gut and now the body doesn’t know what cells are good and what cells are bad. Either way, we need to soothe and nourish the immune system.
Dietary allergens should be eliminated. This would include eggs, wheat, any dairy(sometimes even mother’s milk can be an allergen), caffeine in any form (i.e. chocolate), fruits that are high in citric acid, shellfish, tomatoes, nuts and soy.
Processed foods often contain preservatives and artificial flavorings so they should be removed from the diet as well as any food with artificial coloring or seasonings. Cereals are often a big culprit with infants and small children. Many pre-made sauces and seasonings such as ketchup and salad dressing, even mayonnaise have soy in them so they should be eliminated.
Add foods that are healing to the gut such as yogurt with live active cultures and kefir. Omega 3 is vital – you can get that in flaxseed oil. You can also give them probiotics. You can make a smoothie with the yogurt and add flaxseed oil and probiotics in it. You can also freeze it and let them have a yogurt pop. Kids really like that. Add fresh fruit to the smoothies to mask the taste of the oil and probiotics.
Other than that, the diet should be rich in green leafy veggies, as well as carrots, beans, fruit and squash. The more colorful the diet, the better. You can also make a broth from bones (fish, chicken, beef – really any bones will do). I like to saute onions, celery and garlic in a little grapeseed oil then add them along with a few carrots to the crockpot with bones and cook 8 -12 hours. You can give them a serving daily (1/3 cup for infants/1/2 for toddlers, etc).
To soothe the skin for immediate relief you can give oatmeal baths – just take about 1/2 cup of oatmeal and put it in the food processor until it become very fine like a powder. Add this to a lukewarm bath and let the child soak for 15 – 20 minutes at least. Be sure to pat the skin dry DO NOT RUB! Then be sure to use a really good non-allergenic moisturizer. I like to use a cream that I make that works on many skin conditions. You can find how to make it here.