6 Natural Remedies for Childhood Eczema
Often a pediatric dermatologist will have little to offer parents other than a topical steroid cream such as hydrocortisone. This may stop a flare up in the moment, but it doesn't fix the root cause of the issue.
Many parents get tired of the cycle of eczema flares, topical steroid creams, symptom relief, then right back into another flare-up, and worry about how topical steroids will affect their children in the long run.
Ending the cycle of eczema flares requires taking a look at what may be causing the rash to break out in the first place, in addition to offering relief for symptoms in the moment. Fortunately, naturopathic medicine can offer a great deal of help for children dealing with this itchy, painful condition.
1. Identify food allergies
2. Heal a leaky gut
3. Add in a high-quality probiotic
4. An anti - inflammatory diet
Changes such as these can have a huge effect on your child’s health - not just by significantly improving their nutritional status, but also by reducing the overall tendency of their immune system to over-react to foods and environmental allergens. The anti-inflammatory diet is very soothing and supporting to the hyper-sensitive kid!
5. Avoid over washing
Excessively hot bathing, too-frequent bathing, and excessive washing with soap can all dry out the skin and exacerbate an eczema rash. You can reduce this effect by bathing and washing with soap just once per day (other than the hands, of course) and keeping the temperature of bath or shower water comfortably warm, but not too hot.
6. Offer topical relief
- Oatmeal bath: Oatmeal is naturally soothing and anti-itch. To create an oatmeal bath, place ground oatmeal in a clean sock or cheese cloth and place under running water as you fill a bath and let your child soak for 20-30 minutes.
- Apple cider vinegar: This can be applied to a cotton ball and gently dabbed over the affected areas for mild itch relief.