Eczema: 7 Mom-tested remedies
Eczema is a skin condition caused by inflammation affecting an estimated 1 in 10 children. There are many different types of eczema, the most common being atopic dermatitis. Doctors don't know exactly what causes eczema but continued research is beginning to link it to diet, genetics, environment and activities. More importantly, it is treatable, preventable and not contagious.
Telltale signs your little one might have eczema:
- Dry spots
- Rough or scaly patches
- Cracking of the skin
Most commonly found on hands, neck, face and legs, but it can occur anywhere on the body. Check those creases under knees or elbows, it likes to hide there! My baby has reoccurring patches on the tops of her shoulders and upper back. It seems to flareup in the same spots.
What you can do:
I've put together a list of remedies I've collected from my pediatrician, personal experience and fellow mommas. *Of course before trying any remedy–over the counter or natural–it's important to consult with your doctor to determine if eczema is the culprit, which type your little one is suffering from and the best course of action.*
1. Handsocks: Most of the damage done to the skin is the result of scratching. Handsocks are a non-medical way to prevent little fingers from scratching while allowing the skin to heal by covering patches commonly found on hands and elbows.
2. Cetaphil *Cream* (for dry, sensitive skin): I highlight *cream* because it's different than lotion. Lotions are mostly water which is not well absorbed into the skin and quickly evaporates, but the richer-oil content in cream creates a layer on the skin that locks in moisture. Apply often, especially after baths. You can get into the routine of a nightly baby massage before bed.
3. Babyganics Eczema Care Skin Protectant Cream: 100% natural plant-based ingredients. (They also make fantastic sunscreen and bug repellent)
4. Odylique: This UK based company makes wonderful natural and organic remedies with soothing herbs and oils. They also recently published an interesting article: 7 New Ways To Treat Adult And Baby Eczema From The Inside I found to be very informative and I'm always looking for natural and homeopathic alternatives!
5. Aquaphor Healing Ointment: This is a great all-in-one ointment to have around. I regularly apply it to eczema patches, as a diaper rash cream, and can be used to protect minor cuts, scrapes and burns. A must have for me!
6. Laundry detergent free of perfumes or dyes: You want to remove anything that could cause extra irritation or an allergic reaction. This goes for soaps/lotions as well. Tip: If you're giving your little one baths every evening, skip the soap some nights. Soap can often dry out the skin.
7. Cortizone-10 Hydrocortisone Cream: Steroid cream (this should be used sparingly and if your child is under 2 years of age, it is suggested to speak with your doctor first). My pediatrician recommended using for those especially dry, irritated, itchy spots. I have found this to heal flareups quickly.
I hope you find this list helpful and would love to hear any recommendations you have in the comments!
For more information: WebMD-Eczema: Symptoms, Treatments, Causes