Baby Eczema Treatment - Natural Remedies
The common mistake many parents make while trying to cure baby eczema is that they rely mainly on prescribed medications that only suppress the symptoms but won't eliminate the underlying cause. As babies are more prone to allergies and more sensitive to medications than adults, only natural remedies should be used in baby eczema treatment. In this article I will give a list of mild but effective methods that have helped many mothers to cure their baby's eczema.
What causes eczema and how to cure it?
While there is still some debate going on what exactly causes eczema, most of the studies show that eczema is an allergic reaction, triggered by eating specific foods or getting in touch with external allergens and pathogens that penetrate the weak skin barrier. Eczema is quite common in babies because their immune system and digestive system are still developing and their skin is much thinner than adult's. While skin care is an essential part in baby eczema treatment, proper nutrition shouldn't be overlooked as this is the only way to naturally strengthen the skin barrier, eliminate allergies and boost the immune system. In my previous article I gave a complete eczema treatment plan that is best suited for adults. In this article I am going to describe natural methods that are especially effective for babies. All these methods are based on my own experience and hundreds of health forum discussions by mothers who have had success on treating their baby's eczema.
Natural baby eczema treatment tips
- Avoid internal allergens - determine and eliminate foods from the diet that cause eczema.
This is one of the most overlooked aspects of baby eczema treatment. Once the food that causes the eczema has been found and removed from the diet, it can take only few days for the eczema to clear up.
Here is a list of foods that are known to cause eczema in babies and should be removed from the diet:
- Cow dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) - replace with goats dairy. Cow dairy in formula can sometimes be enough to flare up eczema. If possible, feed your baby instead of cow diary with breast milk (it is the purest of all milks). Breast milk is an important factor in building up a strong immune system.
- Chocolate, peanuts and peanut butter
- Avoid external allergens - use 100% pure cotton clothes and cloth diapers, use natural scent free soaps and baby shampoo for washing and keep your home dust free. Use creams and lotions with only natural ingredients.
Cloth diapers are not as cheap and comfortable to handle as disposable diapers because you have to use diaper service or handle the diaper load by yourself, but it is important that your baby's most sensitive parts are in touch only with natural materials to avoid eczema flaring up where it is most painful.
- Use calendula cream, chamomile tea, unrefined olive oil and sea salt baths to soothe and treat the baby eczema.
Based on many success stories on internet forums, these natural remedies have turned out to be very effective for eczema treatment. You can find more information about them in my previous article titled Natural Cure for Eczema. You can also try Aloe Vera to soothe and heal the skin, but keep in mind that some babies are allergic to it.
- Boost your babies immune system by taking him/her out to FRESH air as often as possible.
As I want to keep this plan easy to follow, I won't list more tips in this article. I hope that using the natural methods described above will help you succeed in baby eczema treatment.
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