If your baby has eczema, you’ll notice that their skin is often dry, scaly and red. The itching and soreness can be uncomfortable for your little one so how can you take away their pain and soothe their inflamed skin? Here are our top 7 tips to alleviate your little one’s eczema the natural way.
1. Moisturise skin
Dry skin is both a cause and a symptom of eczema. It is important to keep your baby’s sensitive skin hydrated by moisturising the affected areas at least twice a day. Exercise caution when choosing a moisturiser, instead of picking moisturisers with a strong fragrance or with lots of chemicals. Not only will the chemicals further dry out your little one’s skin, but it also further weakens their skin. Opt for an organic skincare product, such as Little Botanic’s Rescue Balm. It’s an all-natural intensive nourishing balm that supports dry, irritated and itchy skin. This wholesome balm combines shea, kokum and coconut butter to moisturise and provide an anti-inflammatory protective barrier. It also contains kawakawa, calendula and chamomile to soothe dry skin.
2. Take baking soda baths
Baking soda contains sodium bicarbonate, a mineral that behaves like a salt. Baking soda is great for reducing inflammation and balancing the pH of your skin. When added to a bath, it can relieve itching and help with more restful sleep if done in the evening. Add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of aluminium-free baking soda to a tub of warm water and give your baby a bath! Be sure not to use hot water as this will not only hurt your baby, but hot water also dries out their skin easily.
3. Remove skin irritants
There are everyday products and even natural substances that can cause your baby’s skin to itch or become dry and red.
Strong, perfumed soaps, bubble baths and shampoos can strip your baby’s skin from its natural oils. This makes their sensitive skin dry and itchy, triggering their eczema. Avoid soaps and bubble baths when you give your baby a bath. Instead, look for organic skincare products that contain emollients like shea butter to moisturise your little one’s skin.
Detergents can also irritate your baby’s skin. After you wash clothes with detergent, be sure to rinse them well. Biological detergents are known trigger factors and fabric conditioners can aggravate eczema.
Try to clothe your baby in breathable fabrics like cotton to prevent skin irritation. Avoid picking harsh fabrics such as synthetics, wool, hemp, mohair or rough linen. These fabrics have tiny fibres that can result in irritation and discomfort.
To relieve skin irritation, use organic skincare products like Little Botanic’s Rescue Balm or Nappy Balm. Organic products don’t use the same nasty chemicals like most moisturisers you find in drugstores, making it the better, safer and natural alternative!
4. Reduce inflammatory food
Have you thought that your baby’s diet might be the culprit of their eczema? If your little one has started eating solid food, consider adding eczema relieving foods into their diet. Food rich in probiotic like kefir support gut and immune health. Aside from being a protective barrier, your skin also helps expel toxins. Vegetables and fruits that are high in fibre helps to expel toxins. Food rich in vitamin A such as carrots are great for improving your little one’s skin health.
Avoid food that triggers eczema. The guilty culprits non-essential fats that interfere with the way your body absorbs healthy fats that are critical for healing. Unsurprisingly, sugary and fried foods increase inflammation and can reduce your little one’s immune system.
Stay away from the most common food allergens like gluten, dairy, shellfish and peanuts. These are likely to cause irritation and skin inflammation. Before you switch up their diet completely, we highly recommend that you consult a medical professional beforehand!
5. Embrace omega-3 fatty acids
Not all fat is made equal – some fats are better than others! Researchers from Norwegian University of Science and Technology have found that when fish is introduced into the diet of young children by the age of 9 months, and fish is eaten weekly, the risk for developing eczema reduces dramatically.
Cod liver oil might leave a nasty taste in your mouth, but it has many amazing benefits for your precious little one. From boosting their immune system, to improving cognitive functioning, to helping treat eczema. If your baby’s eczema starts to flare up, foods rich in omega-3 are a great natural eczema treatment that will boost immune system function and speed up the healing process.
6. Take probiotics
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. Your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics, a good bacteria naturally present in our digestive tracts, help to keep your baby’s gut healthy.
Research has shown that probiotics can help prevent eczema in infants and decrease its severity. Probiotic will help improve digestion and nutrient absorption to help strengthen your baby’s immune system and less susceptible to allergens that can trigger eczema.
7. Get enough vitamin D
Vitamin D sits on the surface of the skin and increases the amount of good bacteria which can fight any irritants the skin comes into contact with. This means that it protects the skin from bad bacteria that can cause itchy skin, and it also reduces the levels of skin inflammation. This supervitamin also strengthens your baby’s skin barrier, giving more protection against eczema irritants and triggers.
We get our vitamin D from exposure to the sun (just be sure to lather on sunscreen with gentle ingredients) and vitamin D rich foods like cod liver oil, sardines and eggs.
These seven tips are just scratching the surface – remember that what causes eczema to flare up for one child might not be the same for another! Although doctors and researchers have yet to come up with a magic pill that cures eczema, these effective natural remedies can help prevent trigger future outbreaks and ease your little one’s discomfort when their eczema flares up.