I'm hoping some of you can help with my son's eczema problem. He's had a flare-up today and I do NOT want to bring him to the doctor to get prescribed steroid based meds etc. I've been googling like crazy trying to find natural remedies to help. Has anyone had any experience with any natural remedies, what worked for you?
So far we have tried to avoid triggers, oatmeal baths, avoiding chemicals & soaps etc., and tonight I'm trying aloe. It seemed to sooth the itching at least. Any other things you've actually tried?
Thanks in advance!
I have eczema that can get pretty bad on the tops of my feet. The only thing that has worked for me is hydrocortisone cream and (ironically) pregnancy.
Not sure if you can give that to your little guy since he's so young. I'd look it up first. Plus, it's not exactly natural.
From the way my doctor explained it to me, eczema is essentially layers upon layers of dead skin that get irritated and itchy. If that's the case, I would think that something like olive oil would really help since it's a natural intensive moisturizer. I haven't tried it on my eczema, but I have mixed it with my moisturizer since my face gets *extremely* dry and it works pretty well.
Hope you find something soon. At least he has some itch relief with the aloe, the itch is the worst.
I was curious, so I looked it up and found an article for you.
Olive Oil for Eczema
It recommends using olive oil with another natural oil, like Vitamin E oil. Your LO is just so adorable in his Halloween costume and with his pumpkins, it was tugging at my heart strings that he has eczema ouchies. I had to look it up. Eczema is really no fun.
We;ve had good luck with aquaphor baby on flare ups. Also taking dairy & sugar out of my DS1's diet has worked wonders. Sorry no help w/other natural ideas.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
Thanks Cindy! He nearly had me in tears last night with how miserable he was feeling. poor baby!
Olive oil sounds promising and I saw info on Coconut oil as well.
Joy - did you have to take natural sugars (ie: fruit) out of your son's diet, or just the processed stuff?
My son's eczema is flared up too. He has been scratching so bad that he bleeds! Nothing has worked for him. His doctor just prescribed prednisone, but we don't want to do the steroid route either.
So we went to our natural healthfood store and got probiotics and a cardiospermum cream. For 6 days now, we've been giving him 1 probiotic and putting the cream on him at night before bed. And it took until yesterday to see any results, but it looks so much better and he's not scratching at it!
I know Jordan (jorgiegirl) gives her DD parafin baths and regularly slathers her with vaseline, she's the softest little babe I know I think you can get the liquid parafin that you don't have to heat, you just add it righ to the water. You can also try Aveeno Oatmeal bath, that's supposed to be great for eczema
Husband had to do vaseline wraps when he was little (coat of vaseline, then wrap in seran wrap). Hardly natural, but it helped. We've had great luck with Eucerin for his excema as an adult.
I would definitely try coconut oil. I love the stuff for skin.
My DD has exzema, too. I have found that prevention by putting either aquaphor or Aveeno lotion on her daily to be a good strategy, because it keeps it from getting too dry in the first place, but if it flares, you have to find a way to get the inflamation down. We do have a prescription steriod cream that we have used only when it has gotten bad, but I am hoping to find other things to try to avoid using it. I have heard about coconut oil and also these things called "soap nuts," which seem really interesting: http://www.buysoapnuts.com/Eczema-and-psoriasis.html
I have it on my fingers, ugh! For me, I literally dip my fingers in Vaseline, rub it in a little, and then wrap them in band-aids. It REALLY REALLY helps. It had gotten to the point where I couldn't even bend my fingers b/c the skin was so irritated. good luck with your little guy!
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