Baby Eczema: One Family’s Journey
Guest Post by father of Nellie, Justin Chan
A huge shout-out and thanks to the Chan family for sharing their experience here!
(Our recent Infographic on Ezcema Natural Treatments was generously shared by Justin)
When our daughter, Nellie, started getting red patches on her arms and legs at around 6 months, our doctor diagnosed it as eczema, and assured us that it was extremely common and would likely go away on its own. Over the next several months, things got worse. The bumps and redness spread to her neck and back. She would also constantly scratch to the point of bleeding, which exacerbated the problem. As parents, we felt completely helpless, as there was nothing we could do to comfort her.
In another visit to the doctor, he prescribed a steroid cream for her. However, we were very hesitant to use it for a couple reasons:
- Without a full understanding of the triggers that caused flare ups, we didn’t want to put an unnatural substance on her in case it made the problem worse.
- We had read numerous stories of the side effects and withdrawal symptoms associated with steroid creams.
Determined to find a natural way of helping our daughter, we scoured the internet for different recommendations and natural remedies. Finding resources like BoogorDoctor gave us comfort that we weren’t alone in our battle with eczema; and reading the stories of other parents going through similar situations, and finding natural solutions inspired us to push forward.
Our Research of Natural Eczema Treatments
Eczema is funny in that something that works for one person, doesn’t necessarily work for others. Here’s a small list of things we tried:
- Various topical remedies (Aquafor, Vaseline, Aloe Vera, Corn Starch)
- Adjusting diet (removing certain foods like dairy, picking easily digestible foods)
- Different baths (oatmeal and Chinese herbs)
- Cutting her nails super short, and wearing long sleeve clothing.
Unfortunately, none of those solutions worked for her. Some further research uncovered some remedies, and the science behind them seemed extremely positive. Resources like Dr. Faust’s post on honey were extremely helpful in identifying potential solutions.
Honey has been used since the ancient times as a wound-healing topical remedy. It possesses an antimicrobial property that locks moisture in, and its high viscosity helps to form a protective barrier to prevent infection. It is believed that it’s low pH level and high sugar content prevents the growth of microbes. Honey also naturally produces Hydrogen Peroxide through an enzymatic process, which give honey its antimicrobial quality.
Coconut oil is a popular natural moisturizer. There are 3 key ingredients in Coconut Oil. Saturated Fats: These help to retain moisture in the skin. Capric/Caprylic/Lauric acid: Have been proven to have disinfectant and antimicrobial properties. And Vitamin E: Helps promote skin growth, and repair of damaged skin.
Beeswax is a natural wax produced by bees and used to build or repair the honeycomb. Very similar to honey, it contains antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that make it extremely beneficial for your skin. In addition, it is a natural emulsifier that thickens and brings together numerous ingredients. As such, it is commonly used in cosmetic products as its base ingredient.
Like honey, Olive oil has been used since ancient times used to treat wounds and revitalize skin. It contains several anti-oxidants, primarily Vitamin A and E, which restores skin elasticity. It is also a natural moisturizer.
Our Natural Eczema Remedy
Armed with this knowledge, and the scientific research behind them, we formulated a cream for our daughter.
Our goal was to use only natural ingredients and keep things as simple as possible. We didn’t want to risk any ingredients causing unintended side effects with her sensitive skin. After a bunch of trial and error, and experimentation, we arrived at something that worked well for us, and the results were staggering.
Over the course of several days, we saw dramatic improvement in our daughter’s skin. The redness in her arms and legs subsided, and she was able to finally stop scratching. She is now basically all clear – scroll back up and take a look at the before and after photos to see the dramatic difference! We still deal with some occasional dry spots, especially during the winter, but we now have a way to stay on top of it.
We wanted to share our story and our natural eczema cream as a way of paying it forward. Had it not been for the resources we found when investigating different remedies, our daughter may still be suffering from eczema. And so, we’ve made our experiences and our handmade natural eczema cream available for parents. It is our hope that some of this helpful, and that the research we’ve done can help to filter out all the noise out there.
Please share your experience in comments below, share this post with anyone you know with a child who is struggling with eczema, and please visit our website for more.
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