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It’s frustrating when your little one has eczema.

Did you know, eczema is linked to other respiratory illnesses like asthma later in life?  Even when they outgrow the dry, itchy skin.

Just imagine.. soothing your child 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.

Isn’t that amazing?

**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 our chid’s gut health to stop the Atopic triad: seasonal allergies, eczema, and asthma.

Are you ready?

Over 30 million Americans have eczema. ¹

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.

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} 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 does not see a “cure” for this but, functional medicine doctors and alternative medicine practitioners and are teaching us otherwise.

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Symptoms to look for:

  • 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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Eczema Home Remedies

External Remedies For Eczema

  • If breastfeeding; apply the hindmilk to your child’s itchy skin.  {The hindmilk is the milk at the end of the feeding}
  • Use unscented soaps OR eliminated soap altogether
  • 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.
  • Honey and beeswax – Make this combination at home and caution with children under 1 year of age or make this healing salve at home by Wellness Mama
  • Try this Salt Bath for your child

Internal Remedies For Eczema

  • Add a probiotic with Lactobacillus Rhamanosus like Klair infant
  • After 2-4 weeks if you haven’t seen any improvement, follow the 4R approach to heal your child’s gut
  • 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
        • 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 kitcharee 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

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.  Addressing your child’s gut health will get to the root cause of itchy, dry skin.

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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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