Treatment for Baby Eczema

This is, as a good friend of mine said, the sad face of eczema.  Not good.

Waaah!

Eczema does not make baby happy!

 

 

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.

 

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  1. Mei Scarlet says:

    Thank you for this. I only have one 2-year-old at the moment… but he has just recently had outbreaks of eczema. I wasn’t sure if this is something serious that needs to require a visit to the doctor or not – so I thought I would research it first. He is quite fond of the bathtub, so I’m going to try the oatmeal bath! That sounds like a great idea…. I bought some infant eczema cream from the drugstore as well. Maybe I can put that on after the bath?

    Of course, I’ll still need to look into the diet as well… I have no idea what brought this on. But it’s so hard to make sure he doesn’t touch it or irritate it more. 🙁

    • Debby Morrow says:

      I’m so sorry to hear that your child is suffering Mel. It seems really unfair when children have these types of issues!  Putting the cream on after the bath is a great idea. Also, you might want to use long sleeved tops and long pants, depending on where it shows up. Try to use cotton or some all natural fiber. That might help keep it from getting further irritated. 

      Thanks so much for your comments and I will be praying for healing for your little one.

      Blessings,

      Debby

  2. Gareth says:

    Hi a very well explained article, very interesting as well.
    As a sufferer of eczema when i was a child it is quite harrowing to suffer from.
    I followed your link to make your homemade cream for eczema, i will be trying this out for one of my children, as he has suffered with eczema as well.
    I will be bookmarking this site for further reference, there is more articles i want to read,

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks so much for your comments Gareth. I, suffer with eczema and psoriasis so I feel your pain. I have also found that eating as little processed food (anything in a box or can) as possible helps moderate these symptoms. Please let me know how things go for you and your child.

      Blessings,

      Debby

  3. Marlaine says:

    My two toddlers have really dry and rough skin, but oddly enough they don’t complain about it being itchy at all. We moisturize them like crazy, and my doctor says they may have “mild eczema”.
    I think I may need to do some experimenting with their diets. I already try to cut out artificial coloring, flavoring, and preservatives, but I think adding some omega 3s and flaxseed oil would be a great and easy idea to try! Thanks!

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks for your comments Marlaine. I think the fact that you moisturize like crazy is why they don’t itch so much. Let me know how your experiments work out; I’d be interested to hear about it.

      Blessings,

      Debby

  4. Jackie says:

    I read your post with great interest. My daughter has had Eczema on the palm of her hands since she was around 7. She’s 35 now. It’s very strange because it’s only on the palm of her hands and no where else. We’ve tried lots of remedies throughout the years, doctors don’t offer much (except steroids)… I thought eventually she would out grow it, but not so. Thanks for this.

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thanks for your comments Jackie. Since your daughter is an adult, there are some other things that I have found very helpful. I have used tea tree oil directly on the skin (if skin is not raw) and I also take very large doses of vitamin D3. It depends on where you live. I live in South Carolina and, during the winter months, I take 10,000 IU per day. I get plenty of sun during the summer so I don’t take it as regularly then. This really seems to have helped me, along with whole foods diet, etc.

      I hope this helps.

      Blessings,

      Debby

  5. JChrisA says:

    This is very informative! You had me fully engaged with learning new things. Health is a topic that interests me, anyway, but this really got my mind working, as I was reading it!

    The section about this being an auto-immune issue was well done! I had never looked at it quite that way before. I just didn’t know all of these facts until now; I think it must be the way you brought all of this together in one place, which has opened my eyes to a new way of looking at it. Keep on putting these out…Great Stuff!!

    But, I was wondering… since this is in large part a allergy or food issue, how would refined sugar, caffeine and artificial ingredients play into this? It seems to me that poor food choices like cola drinks, for example, cause skin and scalp problems in adults, as well.

    Okay, I’ll let you go for now. I’m going to check out more on your site, while I have a moment longer! Looking forward to your answer and what wisdom you have this issue. I’m bookmarking your site for future reading; you’ve put together a nice place here!

    Thank you so much for taking a moment to answer my question.

    Respectfully,
    JChrisA

    • Debby Morrow says:

      Thank you so much for your comments! You are correct about the food issues. I can never stress enough that anything refined or processed is bad for our bodies! So yes, sugar, salt, preservatives, etc are all poison as far as I’m concerned. Our body does not know what to do with all these things! These are not the only reasons for autoimmune diseases, but they are things that will act as triggers and they can make conditions worse even when the issue started from another source – it can even be hereditary in origin. Thanks again for the great comment and question. Come back often and let me know what changes you are making in your diet and lifestyle.

      Blessings,
      Debby

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