Eczema is a truly frustrating condition- appearing very early in life, it can persist well into adulthood and cause tons of discomfort with little chance of relief. Our toddler first started showing the tell-tale signs of eczema at about five months old, and we’ve been battling it ever since.
Although there’s rarely one curative solution, there are a few things you can do to tackle this uncomfortable skin complaint.
Look At Your Diet
Eczema is frequently caused by an allergen in either you or your child’s diet. If you’re breastfeeding and your baby shows signs of eczema, try an elimination diet, cutting out all potential allergens like dairy, wheat and soya. You should also consider breastfeeding until at least six months to reduce your child’s susceptibility to allergic conditions.
If your child is eating solid food, keep an eye on the pattern of flare-ups to see if they occur after eating certain things. Food allergies are often the culprit.
Try and reduce flare-ups by eliminating irritations to your child’s skin. Use non-biological washing powders, and avoid bubble baths and harsh soaps.
Make sure your child always wears non-allergenic cotton clothing, and keep this in mind when selecting bed sheets too.
Emollient creams can be helpful in hydrating dry skin with eczema, so try out a few different types until you find the one that suits your child’s skin best. We actually found a natural solution that seemed work far better than the usual aqueous cream treatments- coconut oil. Organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil is easy to find in stores and supermarkets, and applying it liberally to our toddler’s skin has made a remarkable difference.
Making a special soak with warm water, Epsom salts and magnesium flakes or oil will give your child a relaxing experience while helping heal the eczema on their skin. For some, baths worsen their skin but if your child responds well to these kinds of treatments then try this natural combination out- we’ve had good results from it.