Natural Help For Baby Eczemaby Elizabeth MacDonald
That dry, red patch on your baby’s skin can be the cause of many tears - from your baby and you. Your little one may cry while being dressed or bathed, and sometimes even when being held. The store-bought lotions aren’t helping, and the weather outside could be causing more flare ups.
Your pediatrician may call it eczema or Atopic Dermatitis, but the fact is that your baby is hurting, and her skin is not looking nice. While I am not a dermatologist, I do know that you want to avoid any steroid creams or other medicines when possible. The skin is the largest organ of the body, and it absorbs everything you put onto it. It may benefit you exponentially to try natural remedies before medications.
Most babies will experience eczema in a mild form throughout infancy, with at least 66% outgrowing the problem by toddlerhood. It is also important to understand the link from gut to skin, knowing that your baby’s gut health is most likely the cause of her eczema (unless it is a sudden onset from dry weather). Eliminating trigger foods that are inflaming her gut will be the best help you can provide. (This means changing formulas or eliminating foods from your breastfeeding diet.)
To eliminate the dry patches and soothe your baby’s tender skin, consider trying the following:
6 Natural Remedies for Baby Eczema
A recent study revealed that using a liquid B12 directly on the skin can help reduce and eliminate the dry patches of eczema. (We have had personal success with this method, especially when combining the B12 with coconut oil.)
Coconut oil has been known to solve many ailments, and you can add eczema to the list. One study found that the oil can be rubbed directly onto the inflamed area providing a reliable barrier and proper moisture and antibacterial properties.
Sunflower Seed Oil
According to the National Eczema Association, “Sunflower seed oil can stimulate our bodies’ natural ceramide production internally, which, in turn, can help improve the skin barrier. The natural oil also serves as an anti-inflammatory, which can be beneficial for patients suffering from the inflammation of eczema.”
One study found that 80% of young children receiving added Vitamin D involved with the research had drastic reductions in their eczema as compared to the placebo group.
Research shows that probiotics can have a great impact on the skin, and a few studies have revealed a significant reduction or prevention for eczema in infants who were given high-quality probiotics.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Many researchers are linking eczema to yeast growth on the skin, and if this is the case for your baby, ACV may be a solution. The slightly acidic liquid creates an environment in which yeast cannot grow.
If your baby is suffering from eczema, you are not alone. According to Global News, eczema is on the rise in infants because of:
- sterile environments that don’t adequately prepare a baby’s immune system
- the overuse of antibiotics, which affects the immune system
- an increase in inflammatory food, including refined sugar, fried foods, and processed meats
- an increase in cleaning products that contain irritants and artificial perfumes
Take the time to avoid known triggers as you work on healing your baby’s precious skin (and gut).