Kids’ skin problems: atopic dermatitis, eczema. What to do?

Many of my girlsfriends and clients recently needed an advice regarding skin care of thier babies and kids. Nowadays more and more kids are born with different kinds of allergies. My daughter also has diary free diet due to casein intollerancy. Her skin shows just one symptom – if she gets any diary she gets very sdry skin behind her ears. But when diet is kept no problems. For many kids it takes time to understand what is causing allergy or intolerance. Until full understanding of internal problem skin problems usually continue. Usually eczema is mostly triggered by cold, dry weather in the fall and winter.

I decided to put all of suggestions in one place so you can use it and share with other moms. These home remedies for eczema will focus on strengthening your skins barrier, filling in those gaps, and retaining moisture, as well as focusing on addressing specific troubles like itching and inflammation. Remember that in most if the cases skin problems are symtopms not the cause so its really necessary to start with dietary changes.

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Photo from http://dailymom.com

1.Bath

Few ideas for the bath. Best is to use each idea seperately to understand what works best. You can also combine it together (lower you will find description how)

Oats

Chemical constituents in oatmeal have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help relieve discomfort brought on by inflammation associated with eczema. It also seems to work a treat when it comes to reducing itchiness.

You will need…
-Roughly 1 cup of oatmeal
-small cotton bag, can be also special empty tea bag

Directions
Pour the oatmeal into cotton bag and tie it off securely into a little bundle. Tie an extra-long piece of material around the top. Run the bath until it’s full and the water is milky and smooth, a squeeze to get even more of the good stuff out.

Salts

My favorite magnesium bath recipe is:

  • 1-2 cups of epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup Himalayan or Sea Salt

Directions

Prepare bath for your child and add salts (for small baby 1 cap of Epsom and 2 table spoons of Himlayan) for bigger kid 2 cups of Epsom and 4 table spoons of Himalayan)

Starch

The cornstarch or patato starch can wick away moisture that your skin needs in the case of eczema. To balance this out and get a little extra moisturizing power, mix it with coconut oil instead.

Directions

Boil 3,5 cups of water. In small cap mix 1/4 cup of cold water with 1 table spoon of starch. Mix well. Add the misture into boiling water. Boil 1 minute more on the low heat, mixing all the time. Add the mixture to the water. Add 1/2 to 1 spoon of coconut oil directy into the bath (before check separately how baby is reacting on coconut oil).

From what other moms shared with me very good therapy is to bath child one day in the starch mixture and next day in the salt mixture and continue this regime at least 2-3 weeks to see if it works for the skin.

2. Skin oils and butters

When buing oild always make sure you buy organic and unrefined oils and butters. Just they have the healing potency. If treated with hight temperatures (refined) or grown with chemicals they will not work as required for sure.

Cocont oil. For sure needs to be best quality, virgin (unrefined), organic. I’ve found that for us, a thin layer of coconut oil  helps cool eczema itching and pain.

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Borage oil is a natural substance that provides high levels of the fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), a strong anti-inflammatory found in certain plant oils.

One of the most well-researched uses for borage oil is treating inflammatory skin disorders like eczema. GLA has been shown to correct deficiencies in skin lipids (oils)that are caused by low levels of delta-6-desaturase activity. When the skin can’t produce enough protective oils, the result is dysregulation of the immune system, increased inflammation and specific immune responses that result in skin flare-ups, including those typical of eczema (Draxe.com)

 

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Hemp oil.

It should come as no surprise that hemp seed oil has had some success in relieving the symptoms of Eczema. In 2005, Dr. J. Callaway, published a study done in Finland in the Journal of Dermatological Treatment documenting the treatment of Eczema using hemp seed oil.

Dr. Callaway found that symptoms of skin dryness and itching significantly improved in patients suffering from Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema) after using hemp seed oil for 20 weeks. He stated, “We saw a remarkable reduction in dryness, itching and an overall improvement in symptoms.”

Make a soothing cream

This is combined recipe shared with me by few mums who used it for their kids with great success (thank you Eva, Iwona, Kinga, Inga, Anna, Kate)

  1. You will need…
    -2 tablespoons shea butter
    -1 tablespoons hemp oil
    -1 tablespoons of  borage oil
    -1/4 tea spoon of vitamin E (can be 1 capsule)
  2. Airtight tins or glass jarsDirectionsIn a double boiler melt down the shea butter until it melts (dont overheat). Once they are melted add in the other oils and stir until it is fully melted. Finally lower the heat a tad and add the shea butter, stirring it as it melts. When mixture will cool down add vitamin E. Pour the mixture into airtight glass jars. Place the cover on and allow it to cool. Apply liberally to affected areas as needed.
  3. If you can not have access to those ingredients write me and I will make this cream for you: office beloved@gmail.com. Can ship worldwide.

3. If Oils are not working!

Many home remedies for eczema involve oils, and while many people find great success with them, some do not. Vegetable glycerin sounds scary, but it has a sadly poor reputation because of its cousin, “regular” glycerin. Glycerin, or glycerol, is the backbone of lipids (oils and fats) and is usually a by-product in the soap making industry. What separates vegetable glycerin from regular glycerin is that vegetable glycerin is plant based. It comes from the oils and fats found in things like coconut or palm oil.  Food-grade vegetable glycerin is 99.7% pure, with the remaining 0.3% being water. It is actually a fine thing to work with, and can help restore moisture to dried, itchy, inflamed skin. When used for eczema it can help fill in the gaps in dry, dehydrated skin, and draw up water from the deeper layers of the dermis. It dissolves easily in water, making it ideal for a moisturizing spritz.

You will need…
-Food-grade vegetable glycerin
-Filtered water
-A spray or mister bottle

Directions
Use a 1-1 ratio of glycerin and water. Pour it into a spray bottle, and give it a shake to get everything blended. Spritz on skin as needed. You can play around with the ratios and try 1-2 or even 1-3, but it is generally wise to start with the lower ratios until you know how your skin will react.

 

4. Internally

Anna suggested to use flex seed water instead of regular water to make baby soups, oatmeal etc. You mix 1 tea spoon of freshly grounded flex seeds (need to be grounded always fresh, otherwise they loose what is the most precious) with 2 glasses of boild water. This water you use for making other dished for baby. After 2-3 weeks you should be able to see the effects.

For bigger kids you can also try fermented foods. Fermented vegetables like sauerkraut and kim chi are dominated by the bacterial species Lactobacillus plantarum which as the research shows is great to find against eczema. More here: http://foodbabe.com/2015/06/16/simple-food-can-help-acne-eczema-digestive-issues/. Also great book in pdf about eczema and Chineese Medicine: http://library.ocom.edu/images/student_research/macom/ChristineHansen.pdf

and Kushi book on Macrobiotic Dietary Recommendations: Kushi Macrobiotics

Good NEWS is what research shows when eczema appears within the first year of life (the infantile form), about 2/3 clear spontaneously by 3 – 5 years of age. If the eczema appears in an older child, many still recover completely by the age of 10. If you have any questions please write: officebeloved@gmail.com

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