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Did you know, eczema is linked to other respiratory illnesses like asthma later in life?

Isn’t that crazy? I wish I knew that when my son was young.

Just imagine.. soothing your child’s itchy skin naturally and preventing a lifetime of health struggles with herbal remedies.

The interesting part?

These Atopic conditions; colic, seasonal allergies, asthma, and food sensitivities can change by addressing our children’s gut health.

**But don’t forget.  Read my precautions below for when to call the doctor and never stop any medical treatment without talking to your doctor first.

It all comes down to this.

We need to address your child’s gut health to stop the Atopic triad: seasonal allergies, eczema, and asthma.

Are you ready?

Eczema: What causes it?

  • Children typically develop Eczema in their first year of life and it is triggered by top allergen foods like; milk, eggs, soy, and wheat.
  • In Chinese medicine, they suggest Eczema is due to the surface of toxic heat from the mother’s uterus.²
  • **When Eczema is triggered by consumption of peanuts, nuts, or shellfish this suggests a food allergy and you would want to get your child tested.
  • >>>>You would NEVER reintroduce a true food allergy into your child’s diet unless monitored by your doctor!

There are two ways to address your child’s allergies:

#1 Have your child tested for allergies.

  • Even if it is a small food sensitivity, remove the food that is bothering your child.
  • Typically, it would be gluten or dairy.
  • If mom is breastfeeding, she can remove these foods from her diet as well.

#2 Try an elimination diet for 2-4 weeks.

  • Remove gluten and dairy and see if there is a change. {If there is no change, you’ll want to heal your child’s gut with the 4R approach when they are a toddler or older}
  • How do you heal your child’s gut? Read this.

Eczema Symptoms

Eczema is defined as dry or weeping skin; characterized by severe itchy and possibly burning, cracked, or red skin that can blister and ooze when scratched.

Known as Atopic dermatitis, conventional medicine typically wants to cover the skin up with vaseline or a steriod, but functional medicine doctors are teaching us otherwise.

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Symptoms to look for when your child has eczema:

  • Dry, sensitive skin
  • Areas of swelling
  • Oozing
  • Dark-colored patches of skin
  • Rough, leathery, or scaly patches of skin
  • Bad itching

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External Remedies For Eczema

  • If you’re breastfeeding; you can apply the hindmilk to your child’s itchy skin.  {The hindmilk is the milk at the end of the feeding}
  • Use unscented soaps OR eliminate soap altogether – I use to put olive oil in my child’s tub!
  • You can apply coconut, almond, or olive oil to their skin – they may get greasy so a salve may be better {see below}
  • Use 100% cotton clothing
  • Chlorinated water can worsen eczema as well, try a water filter on the shower
  • Keep fingernails cut and clean
  • Make an herb paste out of aloe vera gel alone or with chickweed and calendula
  • Apply an emollient salve made with calendula, comfrey root, or plantain topically.  Not internally.
  • Try this Salt Bath for your child to reduce inflammation and improve Mg levels- just make sure the salt is stirred up first!

Internal Remedies For Eczema

  • Add a probiotic with Lactobacillus Rhamanosus like Klair infant
    • Add this powder to their bottle or sippy cup
  • After 2-4 weeks if you haven’t seen any improvement, follow the 4R approach to heal your child’s gut if your child is a toddler or older
  • With your doctor’s approval you can add these herbs:
    • For children over 5 years of age
      • Add 150mg Quercetine 1-2x day to heal the gut.  Klaire Labs is a great company.  Crack open the pill and add it to your child’s drink. 
      • Freeze-dried Stinging Nettles acts as a natural anti-histamine for kids 2+
        • Offer 1-2 capsules 2x day to reduce itching and inflammation, I like this company
        • Caution: watch for an allergic response, especially if mom or dad has allergies
  • Try a kitcheri fast for mom or child for 5-10 days
  • >>>Be sure to include essential fatty acids in moms diet, if breastfeeding, and in babies, diet if not

What is the 4R approach? Read this post: https://taragregorio.com/how-the-4r-approach-reduces-childrens-food-sensitivities.

Eczema Elimination Diet

The best way to reduce eczema is to practice an elimination diet AND heal your child’s gut – together.

Elimination diets will not work until you heal your child’s gut and address the underlying problem

How do you do an elimination diet?

Step #1 Remove the top allergens your child has.

The foods to remove are:

  • milk
    • If you are breastfeeding, mom can remove these allergens
    • If bottle-feeding try goats milk or hydrolyzed formula
  • eggs
  • soy
  • wheat

Step #2 Add in a Probiotic with Lactobacillus Rhamanosus like Klair infant

Step #3 Follow the 4R approach outlined in this blog post for toddlers and older kids

Step #4 Reduce medications and integrate natural remedies

Step #5 Reduce toxins in your environment

When to call the doctor

  • Always air on the side of caution and trust your momma instincts when your child does not feel well
  • If something doesn’t feel right, go to the ER right away
  • Always use your child’s inhaler; as directed by your doctor
  • TRUE food allergies; need medical care ALWAYS
  • Warning signs for allergic reactions:
    • blue lips
    • difficulty breathing or speaking
    • change in voice
    • swelling of lips and tongue
    • exposure to true food allergy
    • fainting, weakness, severe abdominal pain
    • as well as.. high fevers and screaming sore throats {sign of Strep}

Conclusion

Eczema in children is a result of poor gut health caused during pregnancy {moms gut health}, by birth {higher in C-section babies} and if your child has had medications in the first few months of their lives.  This is no fault of your own.  Addressing your child’s gut health will get to the root cause of itchy, dry skin and may prevent further problems as they get older.

xo

Tara

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References

  • https://www.amymyersmd.com/2016/04/treat-eczema-inside/
  • ¹https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/
  • ² Tierra, Lesley; Healing with the herbs of life. Pg. 291
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