4 Simple Natural Ways to Deal with Your Baby’s Eczema

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is one of the most frequent skin conditions in early childhood. The prevalence of eczema varies from country to country, and ranges from 6% to 15%. About a half of children who develop eczema, continue to suffer from this condition after the age of 10.

What Causes Eczema?
The actual cause of eczema is unknown, so some children simply have a genetic predisposition to develop this condition. There are several factors which can trigger eczema, such as pollution, aggressive detergents, and tree and grass pollen.

How to know your baby has eczema?
Babies with eczema have skin inflammation with redness, dryness and itching of the skin, usually in the facial region and on the back side of the arms. These changes are not continuously present in most children. They usually last appear in varying intervals with symptoms-free periods between. However, in some severe cases, the skin inflammation may be persistent.

How to Treat Eczema Naturally?
In the majority of children with eczema, the disease spontaneously subsides and disappears until adolescence, so the treatment is necessary only in severe cases. Since the conventional medicine offers limited possibilities for eczema treatment in these persons, some natural approaches can be applied, some of which have shown very good results.

1. Apply coconut oil for its anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic and skin-hydrating properties

Coconut oil is well known by its anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, and skin-hydrating properties. Therefore, all these properties are wonderful for children with eczema because it can soothe the inflammation. Coconut oil can be applied on the affected areas before sleep, in order to lower skin irritation and provide a good rest.

2. Use gentle soaps or try an oatmeal bath


Babies with eczema should avoid aggressive soaps but instead try natural alternatives such as oatmeal baths. Alternatively, neutral soaps with skin-protecting ingredients like lanolin is great, too.

3. Take your kids out for some natural sunlight

Vitamin D exposure is great for eczema babies because it helps stimulate natural defense mechanism for the skin. Hence, babies are recommended to receive moderate sun exposure daily. Remember, the key is moderate as sunburns can worsen eczema.

4. Feed your baby with lots of superfoods such as ginger, honey and tumeric
Honey, ginger and tumeric are powerful superfoods for inflammation. Honey is especially relevant for its amazing antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties whether ingested or applied topically. You can try incorporating these ingredients into your baby’s mean if possible. For best results, avoid all dairy products (except breastmilk) for babies under 1 year and choose organic fresh fruits and vegetables.

Further reading:
Nguyen TA, Friedman AJ. Curcumin: a novel treatment for skin-related disorders. J Drugs Dermatol. 2013 Oct;12(10):1131-7.
Shenefelt PD. Herbal Treatment for Dermatologic Disorders. In: Benzie IFF, Wachtel-Galor S, editors. Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition. Boca Raton (FL): CRC Press/Taylor & Francis; 2011. Chapter 18. Available from:
Eteraf-Oskouei T, Najafi M. Traditional and Modern Uses of Natural Honey in Human Diseases: A Review. Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences. 2013;16(6):731-742.
Tabassum N, Hamdani M. Plants used to treat skin diseases. Pharmacognosy Reviews. 2014;8(15):52-60. doi:10.4103/0973-7847.125531.

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