Eczema is a common skin condition that comes up often for our customers — so when it comes to our little ones struggling from it, parents are ever more keen to find natural remedies to help soothe and calm irritated skin to mitigate the suffering that eczema can bring to their child.
It is estimated that 25% of Canadian children are affected by eczema. The good news is that 40% of kids grow out of it by adulthood.
Eczema occurs when the body's immune cells react to an irritant and cause patches of itchy, inflamed, red, scaly rashes.
Recommended Treatments and Preventatives:
Please note this information does not take the place of your doc or medical specialist!
1.While tempting to let the rash dry out, you should do the opposite: Keep it wet with an ointment at least once daily.
Try Nappy Ointment:
- Moisturizing ointment with shea butter, coconut oil and carrot seed oil.
- Healing with vulnerary herbs of calendula and myrrh powder.
- Powerful anti-inflammatories of roman chamomile and marshmallow root.
2. Add an emulsifying oil to the bath to help seal moisture in the skin.
Try Herbal Hug Baby Oil:
- Contains anti-inflammatory herbs of calendula and lavender.
- Fragrance-free, will not irritate sensitive skin.
- Calming to skin with lemon balm and lavender.
3. The best time to apply moisturizer is after the bath when the skin is still moist.
Try Baby Creme:
- Rich nutritive oils of shea butter and wheatgerm oil.
- Red clover and plantain herbs are healing and specific herbs for childhood eczema.
- Hint of peppermint will aid with itchy skin and calm inflammation.
4. Opt for products (soaps, detergents and fabric softeners) that are fragrance and sulphate-free.
Try Baby Body Foam:
- Gentle SLF free wash that will not irritate or dry out the skin.
- Therapeutic and nourishing herbs of nettle and platain.
- Calming with oils of lavender and ylang yalg.
- A gentle but strong herbal nervine tea or tincture such as skullcap, valerian or catnip to help with sleep, calm the nervous system and promote relaxation.
- Support the immune system with a tincture or tea using immune supportive herbs such as: echinacea, astragalus root, milky oats, and burdock — add a pleasant tasting herb such as lemon balm or peppermint for flavor.
- If a child is suffering from itching and is scratching frequently at night, put socks on the child’s hands at night to prevent from injuring the skin.
Calming Nervine Tea Recipe:
1 part echinacea root
1 part catnip
2 parts lemon balm
1 part peppermint
1. Combine all ingredients and store in an airtight container.
2. Add the tea mixture to a steeper or tea bag:
- Use 1 tsp of tea per cup of boiled water.
- For Children under two use ½ teaspoon per cup of boiled water.
3. Steep for 15-20 minutes.