5 natural remedies to treat your baby’s eczema
It’s natural for parents to seek chemical free remedies to help treat their baby’s eczema. This is because parents understand the delicacy of their baby’s skin and want to avoid as many steroid and petroleum based products as possible.
Eczema is a common skin condition in babies, toddlers and young children and whilst we still don’t know the exact cause, it is thought to be caused by either food allergies or to be hereditary. This condition is characterised by dry, itchy skin and usually first appears between the ages of 2-3 months and up to 2 years of age, but can last well into their teens.
Severe eczema can result in red, cracked skin, which can ooze haemoserous fluid and sometimes bleed as well, resulting in extreme discomfort and pain. Whilst it is important to discuss your baby or toddler’s condition with your doctor you can also help to reduce their pain and heal their eczema by including natural products in their skincare.
Some of the popular and most effective of these natural products contain the following ingredients.
Lavender oil is a wonderful restorative ingredient that can help to relieve the bacterial inflammation characteristic of eczema. Lavender has antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties making it one of the most versatile oils. It is very effective in reducing the itchiness of eczema and restoring the balance and moisture in your child’s skin.
Adding moisture to your baby’s skin when they suffer from eczema is vital and coconut oil is a wonderful natural option with antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also contains caprylic acid, lauric acid and vitamins E and K, all of which help to reduce inflammation, relieve itchiness and prevent infections taking hold in your baby’s skin.
Cocoa butter has lots of wonderful benefits for your baby’s skin. Cocoa butter contains fatty acids which help to moisturize your baby’s skin. With plenty of antioxidants, cocoa butter helps to reduce the inflammation of eczema, soothing irritated skin and reducing discomfort. It also contains CMP (cocoa mass polyphenol) which inhibits the production of IgE (an immunoglobulin), this is known to intensify the itchiness and inflammation of eczema.
Honey has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to help reduce the itchiness and inflammation of eczema and prevent infection. It can also speed up healing and prevent the loss of moisture from your baby’s skin. Honey is known as a humectant, it attracts and retains moisture to keep your baby’s skin well hydrated.
Chamomile is an old, natural remedy used to treat skin conditions as far back as the Egyptians - due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The healing benefits of chamomile actually derives from a-bisabolol, which is a natural, colourless oil contained in the flowers. Chamomile helps to sooth and heal your baby’s skin, relieving the inflammation and itchiness of eczema.
If your baby or young child suffers from eczema, our Lovekins skincare products contain these 5 natural ingredients to help sooth their skin, retain moisture and reduce the discomfort of dry, itchy and flaky skin.
We do not include parabens, sulphates, artificial colours and synthetic fragrances in our products; all which are common irritants of eczema.
Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.