How to Treat Your Baby’s Eczema: 8 Natural, Safe Remedies

June 29th, 2021 By Marilyn Smith- Nurse -Midwife

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You want to know how to take care of your little star if he / she develops eczema? Effective assistance is here! You’re ready to take the steps to helping your child recover smoothly with eczema. In this post , you’ll get real, actionable steps to take away the worry of eczema and give you the tools you need to help your child get well. Isn’t that what we want?

Here is a step by step post to help you give your baby the best relief ever for eczema. I know you probably are wondering how did your little star manage to get it or you may be hearing a lot about it nowadays.

Fortunately, none of my kids developed eczema. I could imagine the worry parents go through when their child develops eczema There are many aspects of eczema that some of you may not be aware of, so here are the subtopics we will discuss to help you understand it better:

-What is eczema?

-What are the causes?

– What are the signs and symptoms?

-How to treat eczema naturally?

-When to see a doctor for my child’s eczema?

-Bottom line

What is eczema? Get the real facts here!

A collection of skin illnesses marked by itchy, red rashes or

Bumpy, raised areas with very little bumps (filled with pus)
Patches that appear to be weeping (especially when infected)
As the body tries to recover, patches of yellow crust appear on flare-ups.


What is the prevalence of this condition?
This is very common (More than 3 million cases per year in US / or 10% of all kids will develop eczema)

  • Is the condition treatable ? Yes
  • A medical practitioner can help you.
  • Is a lab test or imaging necessary for diagnosis? Yes there is. An allergen is applied to a patch that is placed on the skin during a patch test. Your skin will become swollen and irritated if you are allergic to that allergen.
  • Eczema usually appears when babies are between 1 and 6 months old.
  • The time it takes to recuperate varies from infant to infant.
  • It can last a few years or it can last a lifetime.
  • 2 to 12 years old: Rash inside of elbows, back of knees, wrists, ankles, hands, feet, neck, and around the eyes and mouth
  • 13 years and older: Rash most likely on cheeks and face, forehead, head, and the outside of arms and legs. It’s more likely to return to some of the same areas.
  • Did you know as high as 30% of babies with food allergies have eczema. (source)

What are the triggers of eczema? Oh lets find out!

No one knows the real cause of eczema. However, professionals believe there is some link in the following:

Your environment: Children from higher social groups, those who live in polluted cities, and those who live in colder climes are more prone to get eczema. Also if you have a family member who had it , or if you had asthma before you are at risk for eczema.

Here I will give you some clues to to know if your little star has eczema. Here we go!

Itchy, dry, rough, flaky, inflamed, and irritated skin is the most common symptom of eczema. It can erupt, subside, and then emerge once again or :

Bumpy, raised areas with very little bumps (filled with pus)
Patches that appear to be weeping (especially when infected)
As the body tries to recover, patches of yellow crust appear on flare-ups. Its effects are often worst at nights.

Eczema can affect any region of the body, however it most commonly affects the arms, inner elbows, backs of the knees, and head (particularly the cheeks and the scalp).


Mamas did you know there are so many things that can aggravate your skin’s sensitivity?

Like….

  • Thyroid disease is an example of an endocrine ailment.
  • Disorders of veins such as weakened veins
  • Environmental factors
  • Change in genes
  • Stress
  • Damp hands and feet
  • Allergies to chemicals, metals or certain substances
  • Hair dressing, laundry, or Dry cleaning where your skin in constantly exposed to irritants
  • Other health disorders such as hay fever and asthma are caused by a weakened or improperly functioning immune system.
  • Whether you have dry skin or not, Psoriasis and other skin disorders are considered a cause
  • Even bites by insects.
  • Here’s the good news: If you can identify what is triggering your baby’s eczema, you may be able to completely zap the nasty irritant away for good!!

There are soooo many possible causes huh? Yea I know !!

We have reached the real juicy part….Today I am going to share some proven natural and medicated remedies to sap eczema in its tracks! Lets do this mamas!!

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“Some ways to help keep it under control: maintaining good skin hydration and moisturization, avoiding known triggers such as contact allergens, and initiating medical therapy at the earliest sign of a flare. ” —Dr. MacCormack

If your eczema is really bad your doctor might prescribe treatment for all of your body. This type of treatment is rare as only a few

people will ever need these treatments.

Treatments

Do not fear Mamas because there are many things you can do to make things better for you and your baby. Most folks go to see their healthcare provider who will usually prescribe :

Some natural remedies that help include:

1. Homeopathic therapy

If you want to try homeopathy for your baby’s eczema, I strongly advise you to seek the advice and support of a homeopath who can offer tailored treatment. Some of the treatments they use are very effective:

2. Use high quality coconut oil

Choose a strong coconut oil that is cold-pressed or virgin to use on your baby’s skin. Warm the coconut oil in your hands and apply it twice daily to your baby’s skin. It’s best if you apply it on slightly damp skin. It’s ideal to use after a bath or after washing the affected region gently with a washcloth. Shop for coconut oil here

3. Probiotics

Did you know that evidence by research has shown that probiotics are a potential treatment for children that are at-risk for atopic dermatitis? In act the American Academy of Family Physicians recommends probiotic use in infants at risk for baby eczema based on preliminary findings (source). It is wise to consider adding a daily probiotic to your baby’s schedule is worth it to manage the flare ups. Shop for probiotics here

4. Vitamin D

Fortunately, Vitamin D drops for infants are available, safe, and popular. So you can consider adding one to your baby’s daily routine! Vitamin D is widely celebrated for its effectiveness in treating eczema and keeping flare-ups at bay across many age ranges. Research also values Vitamin D supplements for the treatment of eczema in children (source). Don’t forget sunlight is free and filled with it. Take baby in sun for about 15 minutes twice per day. Shop for vitamin D here

5. Cod liver oil

Cod liver oil is also popular among natural remedies for it’s host of benefits including boosting the immune system and improving cognitive function. Omega 3 in particular is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. The truth is , it can be an effective treatment for baby eczema, really mamas! Shop for Cod liver oil here

6. Shea butter

Shea butter, like coconut oil, is solid at room temperature. Warm the butter in your palms before applying it to your baby’s slightly moistened skin twice a day.
Shea butter is another all-natural alternative for eczema treatment and control. It’s also completely safe for children! Shea butter was found to be more beneficial than Vaseline in treating eczema in one study. Shop for Shea butter here

7. The famous oatmeal Bath

Try giving your baby a warm oatmeal bath a few days per week in addition to twice daily application of a topical treatment like coconut oil or shea butter.

While your infant is experiencing an eczema flare-up, an oatmeal bath can be a protective barrier to protect their skin. Oatmeal helps to seal a moisture protection on the skin, making it feel softer and smoother. In addition, it’s a natural cleanser that will bring more comfort to your little star. Shop for oatmeal here

8. The amazing breastmilk and or oatmeal bath

Yes breastmilk is another natural remedy you can use. You can use freshly pumped milk or refrigerated or frozen breast milk. If you are using frozen milk, take it out and let it thaw. You can thaw breast milk by running warm water over the bag/bottle. You can use one or both for skin protection.

Next…..

  • Fill the baby’s bath tub with warm water if you’re bathing a newborn.
  • Slowly pour breast milk into the bath tub, depending on the amount of water.
  • Continue to add breast milk until the water becomes hazy.  There is no such thing as an incorrect measurement; you can add as much as you like and it will not hurt your little star.
  • Do not use your usual baby bath or soap. This would allow more of the breast milk or oatmeal to be absorbed into the skin.
  • Apply coconut, olive, oil or non-toxic baby lotion to lock in the moisture and prolong the benefits of the bath. This is an important step that you should not skip!
  • Strain the oatmeal and then use cotton muslin bags, fill the oatmeal powder in it and toss it inside the tub.

When to see a doctor for my child’s eczema?

Most moms go to doctors after seeing their child’s skin worsening. It is hard to see your child suffering and not try to get help. The above natural treatments can be used with your doctor’s treatment depending on the severity. It is advised to get your doctor’s dosage

recommendations for the oral treatments.

Bottom line

Finding out that your baby has eczema can be frustrating. I sure hope you are not going through it and if you are I am so happy you stopped by today. Know that this too shall pass. I hope you will be able to identify the cause.

Treating your baby’s eczema comes with many natural and commercial remedies. Follow your doctors instructions and ask questions. I hope something works for you. Remember prayer also changes things, so ask God to help you.

I would like to hear from you. Please like, comment, and share this post. Do visit again and it you have any questions please feel free to ask. Have you put the zap on eczema before? Let me know what you used and what worked. It’s good to have you! Let me know if you have any questions, I’m always here to help!

Published by Marilyn Smith

Hello. My name is Marilyn Smith. I am a Health Specialist with specialized skills in Clinical Practical Nursing, and Midwife of thirty six years. I am also a certified Lactation and Grief Specialist. I am well qualified to assist in meeting your breastfeeding needs. Breastfeeding is indeed the best for your baby. Congratulations on making such a wonderful decision. Consider this your home as we learn about the joys and pains of pregnancy & breastfeeding

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