Natural Alternatives to Treat Children’s Eczema
Eczema can make children miserable, so it’s understandable that parents would want to do everything possible to get symptoms under control. Estimates suggest that 40 percent of eczema flares are treated with topical antibiotics, but according to recent research, antibiotics are not effective for clinically infected eczema in children.
A study out of Cardiff University reports that there is no meaningful benefit from the use of either oral or topical antibiotics for milder clinically infected eczema in children. And, a recent Consumer Reports article on treating childhood eczema suggests that antibiotics won’t cure mild-to-moderate eczema in children faster than standard treatment.
Eczema In Infants Linked to Gut Bacteria.
Another study found that eczema in infants was linked to gut bacteria. Children with eczema have a more diverse set of bacteria in their guts than non affected children. The types of bacteria present were also more typical of adult gut microbes than for toddlers without eczema. Eczema is a chronic inflammation of the epidermis. Learn more at Science Daily.
Randomized double-blind controlled trials suggest excluding certain foods, such as milk, eggs and chicken, can significantly improve atopic dermatitis in children and adults.
The economic burden of eczema caused by just regular cow’s milk formula alone may be hundreds of millions of dollars a year, though eggs appear to be worse in terms of persistence and severity of the disease.” Sensitization to egg white and cow’s milk can occur even in breastfed infants, though. And so, presumably the source of the exposure is the passage of egg and cow proteins through the mother’s milk.
New mothers were randomized to cut out eggs, cow’s milk, and fish from their diet during the first three months of breastfeeding after giving birth, or to continue their regular diet. And indeed, the infants of mothers who cut out the eggs, milk, and fish were significantly less likely to have eczema by age six months—though after that age, the decreased rates of eczema in the no eggs, milk, or fish group was no longer statistically significant.
In spite of these data Dermatologists and Pediatricians have, for many years, denied the role of food…in [eczema],” even though as many as 80% of kids may benefit cutting out milk and/or eggs, regardless of what the various allergy tests showed. You can’t necessarily tell if diet is going to help until you yourself put it to the test in your own body. And, that’s what parents are doing. They’re not waiting for their pediatricians to catch up; 75% of parents with eczema-stricken kids have “tried some form of dietary exclusion”—most commonly cutting out dairy and eggs, though only about 40% of parents who tried it feel that it worked. But hey, why not give it a try?
A typical recommendation you see in the medical literature is like, “Look, if you have a child with some bad eczema, and the drugs aren’t working, then why don’t you try cutting out some foods?” But, that seems to me backwards. If foods are contributing, why not treat the cause and eliminate the offending foods, and then do the drugs if diet isn’t enough?
Managing & Treating Eczema At Home
There is not topical cure for eczema or A-Topic Dermatitis. Eczema needs to be treated and treatment needs to be consistent in order to manage the condition. Topical steroid cream is the first choice of doctors in the treatment of eczema and other inflammatory skin conditions for children and adults. However, they don’t address the root cause of the conditions and often have side effects such as lowering your immune system function and making you more susceptible to infections.
But, instead of synthetics, nature can provide natural solutions to many of today’s skin problems at a fraction of the cost.
There are many plant-based, natural solutions to skin problems. The advantages of plant based formulations are that they contain skin loving vitamins and minerals unique to each plant that make them extremely effective and safe for moisturizing, repairing, healing, and relieving the skin without side effects. Additionally, many contain antibacterial properties that protect damage skin from bacteria and infections.
NATURAL ALTERNATIVES FOR CHILDREN
Goat’s Milk Soap – Goat’s milk is packed with vitamins, proteins, and minerals that easily absorb into skin and naturally moisturize, exfoliate, rejuvenate, and repair skin.
Our Goat’s milk soaps are also formulated with high quality oils that are high in vital nutrients that renew and nourish sensitive skin. Available in fragrant free and fragrant soaps for infants and children
Sensitive Skin Baby’s Goat’s Milk Lotion – Safe for infants and children. Gluten, nut and fragrance free Baby Body Lotion with goat’s milk is a gently baby safe skin lotion blended with goat’s milk and nourishing botanical ingredients to moisturize and protect babies sensitive, delicate skin, while calming and soothing baby’s dry, irritated skin and those suffering with eczema conditions.
Our Baby Body Lotion is made especially for babies and children with allergies and skin sensitivities, including gluten, nut and fragrance intolerance. For babies of all ages from top to bottom, cheeks to cheeks.
All Natural Baby Balm Ointment – Safe for infants and children. Natural Skin Revival’s gluten and nut free Baby Balm ointment is 100% natural and safe for baby’s delicate skin. Formulated with nourishing botanical ingredients and beeswax to nurture and protect baby’s sensitive, delicate skin. Soothing and healing for those suffering from eczema.
Our Neem Cream is an effective natural solution and alternative for topical prescription medications and safe for all skin types and children.
This anti-fungal and antiseptic cream helps to relieve, repair and heal chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, and much more. Proponents of this cream sometimes call it a cure-all because it helps heal so many different conditions.