Infantile Eczema

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Infantile Eczema normally appears in 2 forms; Wet or Dry.  In Wet Eczema, the skin is red, inflamed and oozing with blisters.  In Dry Eczema, the skin is dry, leathery  and cracked.  It can also exfoliate a lot with plenty of skin flakes for you to clear up.

 

Mum holding baby with face eczema

Wet Eczema Natural Treatment

  1. The best thing to do is simply keep your child’s skin dry.  Using clay baths is extremely soothing and useful.

All you do is put a handful of Argiletz clay in the bath and this will keep the skin free from infection. You can use either the white or green variety of Argiletz Clay.

  • Do not use soap. Gently use a soft flannel to clean your child’s skin.
  • Apply a  generous amount of Forever Living Aloe Vera gelly to eczema patches to soothe and calm the red, inflamed eczema patches.
  • Put on loose cotton clothing. Preferably 1 or 2 sizes up.

 

Dry Eczema Natural Treatment

  • Instead of using Clay for baths, use Dead Sea Salts – 1 handful in the bath and 1 handful of freshly ground oatmeal.  Also add 3 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive oil to the bath.  Take care when stepping out of the bath.
  • Moisturise damp skin with Aloe Vera Gelly mixed with 2 tablespoons of Olive oil or Shea butter if the skin is cracked.
  • You do not need to use soap except Turkish Olive Oil Soap for hairy parts.

Cucumber juice

Foods for Infant Eczema

  • Make plenty of cooling cucumber juice and smoothies.
  • Make a large batch of chicken wings and vegetable broth.  Very tasty and nutritious for growing children. Simply put onions, carrots, potatoes, brussel sprouts, cabbage, tomatoes, garlic cloves, ginger, fenugreek seed powder and curry with olive oil into a large family pot.  Add chicken wings and cook for 1 hour.  Add Braggs’ Apple cider vinegar to taste. (1 to 2 tablespoons)
  • Also cook food with olive oil, coconut oil or palm oil when making gravies, curries or stews.  This moisturises the skin from within.

Foods To Avoid

  • Dairy except natural Greek Yoghurt
  • Sugary drinks – Wean children off these by diluting with water for 2 weeks until child is only drinking water or peppermint herbal tea.  Their taste buds will have changed by then.

Supplements for Children

  • Probiotics – I recommend Biokult capsules which you can put in warm food or yoghurt. 1 capsule a day should do.
  • Evening primrose oil – 2 capsules 2ce daily for babies.  Put in their food by pricking and adding the oil to it.
  • For older children, 2 capsules 3ce daily in their food.  Let the food cool for 5 minutes first.

 

Lavender essential oil

Environmental Factors

  • Make sure house is well ventilated and not stuffy.  This allows air to circulate round your home.
  • Place green leafy plants in your rooms to provide more oxygen
  • Replace air fresheners and fragrant toiletries with essential oils like Lavender or Peppermint.  Just sprinkle a few drops on the walls
  • Put central heating on the lowest setting
  • Use cotton throwovers and sheets instead of duvets to prevent child overheating at night.
  • Use leather sofas instead of fabric sofas which retain a lot of dust.
  • Replace your carpets with wooden or tile flooring
  • Just use cotton runners or small cotton carpets in your home. They are easy to wash in the machine.
  • Do not use fabric softeners or conditioners for your clothes.  Use essential oils in washing machine instead. You only need about 5 drops of oil per 5kg load.

This may seem like a lot of rules and regulations, but if you study it carefully, it will make sense as you apply and do this.

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If you have any questions about this article, please let me know and I will reply you in a day.

 

 

 

 

 

52 thoughts on “Infantile Eczema

  1. Fredery says:

    ohhh I have a little baby cousin that has a very sensitive skin. I has eczema, my uncle and aunt have been trying to cure the baby from it, but eczema always comes back. I like I should share with them this article. I consider that your recommendations can help.

    Thanks beforehand

    • Stella says:

      Yes Fredery,

      Your family will benefit from the recommendations you see here.  My son had dry eczema as a baby and has been healed for 9 years.

      All the best,

      ~Stella

  2. Toby M. says:

    Great information here! A friend of mine has a son that suffers from Eczema.  I’ll definitely be forwarding her this information and she does prefer to go the more natural route instead of prescription medicine.  She has had a lot of luck with essential oils similar to what you mentioned in your post.  Thanks for providing this valuable info!

    • Stella says:

      I am glad you find the article useful.  I hope all goes well for your friend’s son. And Yes, the natural route is safer and more long term than otherwise.

      All the best Toby..

  3. Chris says:

    We had terrible problems with my youngest’s skin when he was a baby – the eczema seemed to come from nowhere when he was a couple of months old, and it was quite severe. 

    We finally had an expert look into it and he discovered that the eczema was caused by a severe reaction to dairy products (like you mention in the article above!). We cut out the ‘traditional’ feeds and formulas and went onto special dairy free versions – he cleared up within the week! 

    He’s four now and seems to have got over this skin condition and reaction to dairy. 

    • Stella says:

      Hi Chris… 

      Yes dairy is definitely one to avoid!  I replaced my son’s formula with Neocate baby formula.  His exfoliative eczema cleared off in 3 weeks.  Yours was really fast!

  4. Anusuya says:

    Hey Stella,

    Excellent and just excellent write up for little eczema sufferers. Every line is filled with value one can benefit from

    One of my family members had a patch of dry eczema and using a topical Vitamin-D ointment. Eczema can be a manifestation of internal vitamin-D deficiency. This deficiency can impact the entire body because every cell of our body has Vitamin-D receptors.

    Your solution to eczema seems mostly natural. I like using cotton, washable carpets at home.

    • Stella says:

      Yes Anu,

      I only offer natural solutions because they are more effective and gentle.  They also work!

      I did not know that Vitamin D can alleviate eczema though.  Thanks for letting me know…

  5. Rob S. says:

    I never thought about an infant having eczema. But with a grandson on the way I should bookmark this because my daughter may need it.

    Hopefully her son will never need to treat this but it’s always good to know that there are options in treating the eczema.It makes sense to avoid foods that could cause this because I would think it would be the same with adults.

    Do you recommend the wet or dry treatment as one being better than the other?

    • Stella says:

      Hi Rob,

      As I mentioned earlier, there are 2 different types of eczema.  Wet eczema needs to be treated and dried out.  Dry eczema needs to be moistened.

      Hope this is clear for you.  Both treatments are used to deal with both types of eczema and both ways are effective.  I used to have wet eczema.  As I grew much older, my skin became drier and it became dry eczema. 

      All methods here have been used by myself.

      Hope this helps!

      Good luck for the future…

  6. Dave says:

    Infant eczema can be a tough topic for a parent to deal with. This is because the child is probably unable to describe the condition to his parents. The remedies presented seem inexpensive remedies.

    • Stella says:

      Yes,

      Babies normally cry when the skin is rubbed. My son used to shout the place down when I changed his nappy on a changing mat. He had a patch of eczema on the back of his head and the mat was irritating it. I changed the flannel I used to a muslin cloth.

      He felt better after that. I gave him Neocate baby formula and he healed within 3 weeks of drinking it. Phew!

  7. Celeste says:

    Hi Fredery,

    As I child I used to suffer from dry eczema and really struggled to find a cure for many years. I really wish someone had written an article like this one for me with loads of different ways to help it. I’m confident that you will be helping many people out with this. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • Stella says:

      Hi Celeste,

      Yes you are right. When we were children, we had to go through a lot of medicine and a lot of suffering. Although I liked soaking in a potassium pomanganate bath, that does not mean it was healthy for me.  And also the zinc paste wrap bandages… 

      Eww the smell!

  8. Emmanuel Buysse says:

    This is a great post and good info. 

    And here is why: many child’s have a problem with this, since people are getting too hygenic, which is very nice for these kind of diseases and irritations, or allergies, how you want to name it. 

    Now many people would try a soap, but as you say, you will only make the problem way worse. 

    I will share this post because it is crucial information for parents who don’t know what to do. 

  9. julienne murekatete says:

    Thank you for sharing with us this great post.You have done a great work.Many people think that they can treat any disease by medicine bought to pharmacy but they forget that our environment is the store of miraculous plants which heal any kind of disease

    Infantile Eczema is frequent for kids and parents are always worried about their babies health.This post is a great help for them

  10. AV 2001 says:

    Hey Stella! How are you? I’ve really enjoyed reading this article as it’s informative and interesting. I’ve been diagnosed with Infactile Eczema when I was a kid. My mom still tells me that there was a point when she fed me with 2 Kilos of cucumber a week. I literally used to eat raw cucumbers with salt and pepper and try to add them in lots of smoothies and juices just like you mentioned. If you’re looking for a natural way, this is the best and fastest way!!! 

    • Stella says:

      Thank God for understanding Mothers!

      Yes, cucumbers are brilliant for skin health and also cool the blood.  Your Mum was on the right path.  Good for her.

  11. Strahinja says:

    I had an eczema almost all my life. I am worried that my kid might inherit this from me so I am checking your website. It has quite a lot of useful information let me tell you that. I am really satisfied. I will take your advice on dry eczema. I will make  cucumber juice smoothies, since I was suffering from dry eczema mostly. 

    However, i did not have it as an infant but from when I turned 7 years. Ever since I am doing big combination of nutrition, health products and hygiene to clean my skin.

    I definitely agree that house itself can cause skin problems. Like air and dust. You are right when you say that air must be clean and the dust has to be lowered to minnimum.

    I will definitely bookmark your website. Thank you for this amazing article.

    Strahinja

    • Stella says:

      I am really pleased you are going to be serious in reducing your eczema symptoms.

      Please let me know how you get on, Strahinja!

  12. Shira K says:

    This was an interesting read about eczema. I know a lot of people with eczema. It’s nice to know the difference between wet and dry eczema.It’s great there are foods to help calm infant eczema.

    I read about the dry eczema treatment. I understand that you need to use dead sea salts to treat it. Do the salts hurt the infant?

    I wanted to know if the same rules apply for adult eczema like infant eczema? Most of the people that I know with eczema are adults.

    • Stella says:

      Hi Shira,

      I used Dead sea salts in my son’s bath when he was just 9 months old.  I also added 1/2 a cup of oatmeal and also some Oilatum.

      I do not recommend Oilatum now.  I prefer olive oil, coconut oil or shea butter.

      For the record, I always noticed my son felt very calm after the bath.  He thoroughly enjoyed it too and No it is not harmful for a baby with the salts in it.

  13. Ngonidzashe Manzwangani says:

    I have been struggling with Eczema since my childhood, its dry Eczema. I have visited so many docters and I my parents Have spend a lot of money buying different ailments and have used so many reccommended products, unfortunately, it would return after a short period. I have seen some symptoms recently and I am searching for some recommendations. Does your recommendations work with grown ups suffering from Eczema? 

    • Stella says:

      Hi there,

      I suffered from severe eczema for 15 years and managed to clear it using the methods described. So yes, all the methods I describe are useful for adults too. I used all of them over a period of 15 years but not all at once.

      Eczema is treatable with nature but we must care for our skin when it needs our help.

  14. Karin Nauber says:

    Poor babies! They are so miserable when they are sick or have things like eczema! What causes eczema? I see you have listed a lot of things to avoid like dust and other allergens. Do they cause it or do they merely cause problems with the eczema or irritate it further? My granddaughter suffers occasionally. Since she lives with me full-time, I want to be able to keep the house in a way that won’t cause or irritate her condition.

    Thank you for the very good advice on dealing with the two types of infant eczema. She has the dry kind. I didn’t realize there were different ones. So much to learn! Thank you again!

    • Stella says:

      That is fine Karin!

      Eczema is normally caused by a faulty fat metabolism.  We do not digest the essential fatty acids in a proper way.  The skin starves and get drier and drier.  Also leaky gut causes issues as well.

      We have to eat a lot of evening primrose oil to make up for essential fatty acids we need. Vitamin B complex from food and also zinc picolinate is useful too.

      We live to learn!

  15. Nkhosingiphile says:

    It is so surprising to know that even aloe can treat eczema; the aloe that is almost everywhere in my home area but I didn’t know that it can play a huge role. I used to use a soap but now that I have leaned I will simply go for the aloe vera and olive oil.

  16. Henry says:

    Hi! Thank you very much for this great post! Very informative! We had been a bit stressed. Wet Eczema was causing us all this anxiety. And the solution is so easy. Clay baths have proven to be a wonderful remedy. Always having Argiletz clay at hand in the house put our distress to rest.

    • Stella says:

      Hi Henry,

      Glad to be of service to you! 

      Yes clay baths are very soothing for wet eczema. I am glad you found this out for yourself.

      Well done!

  17. free4life says:

    Excellent, we just had a baby boy addition to the family and I want to be able to help in his health care. This is a wonderful way to start my education and be better equipped to be the best great uncle I can be. I want to be able to come back to this site over and over again in order to get this information readily. Thank you for your thoughtful and thorough article. 

  18. TJSchlenker says:

    So great to see a site that gives options that are NOT full of chemicals, like almost everything you find at the store. THANK YOU.

    I’ve never heard of this Argiletz clay. Sounds interesting. Makes ya wonder what’s in it that does the “magic”.

    Do you find that adding the specific foods adds to the efficacy of the treatment? Or do the topical oils pretty much clear everything up without specific dietary changes??

    Now if I can just get my wife to let me do her laundry without fabric softeners! I don’t know if I’ll ever win that one.  lol

    • Stella says:

      Hi TJ,

      I have used all the methods I describe and done plenty of research from over 20 books on various aspects of nutrition  I have also seen 3 expert nutritionists during the recovery stages.

      Food and bowel cleansing make a massive difference as you reset your gut flora and fill it with all the beneficial ones.  Candida can say bye bye.

      Argiletz clay is full of minerals and is sourced from southern France. Putting oils on your skin is not the cure all.  Rather, each remedy compliments the other.

  19. GeeEss says:

    Great informative article! I have a nephew who is suffering from wet infantile eczema which developed somewhat all of a sudden without any probable cause and it is disturbing him for last 1 year. It seems to get completely cured sometimes then suddenly it again shows remission. Or family is really worried because of that. Thank you Stella for this wonderful; article. I am sharing this with my brother so that he take the necessary actions for Shrish (my nephew). 

    • Stella says:

      Hi Gee,

      I am glad you found the article informative.  I like to help people with eczema and point them n the right direction.

      Greetings to your brother and Shish.

  20. Alvaro says:

    It is good to know that natural treatments can work for eczema troubles. Maybe of our alergies and other type of symptoms are now due to the environment, something that wasn’t the case many years ago. But it is maybe a dumb question but how does some get eczema? Is it from birth? Stress? I think there’s different types of eczema isn’t? 

    Thank you for this great post. Alvaro

    • Stella says:

      Hi Alvaro, 

      Eczema is brought about by a deficiency in essential omega 3 fatty acids.  You can only get them through your food but people with eczema cannot metabolize this properly.

      Leaky gut is also a culprit. Probiotics are useful for replenishing the gut with good bacteria.

      Dry and wet eczema are the main types of eczema.

      I am pleased you  enjoyed reading this article.

      All the best,

      ~Stella

  21. stefano says:

    Hi, I have a question. Is this a disease or a condition? I know a few people who have this problem. It must be very difficult to live with it. 

    If it cannot be treated naturally, or if the natural treatments you show fail, how can someone that suffer from this, still treat it?

    However, thank you for these useful tips. I am sure that at least one these has to work.

    Stefano.

    • Stella says:

      It is a skin condition where the skin gets inflammed, hot red and extremely itchy.  It can be caused by a staph infection or candida.  There are many ways to calm it.  

      All of these methods work as I used them on myself and my friends’ children and others have had success.  Conventional treatments do not work in the long run and leave the skin much thinner and have side effects..

      Also, I have met lots of people who used natural methods which they found about themselves.  The conclusion is that conventional treatments like steroids make your skin worse if used for long periods of time.

      Natural methods are safer and leave the skin looking better than before.

  22. Jordan says:

    Thank you for this article, this is great information.  My cousin’s one-year-old daughter has eczema and they’ve been able to reduce it somewhat, but not completely.  I know they’ve been using oatmeal in some form, and are not giving her dairy, but I don’t think they have tried the supplements or some of the food tips you mentioned.  I’ll forward this to them, I’m sure they’ll find it helpful.

  23. Martin says:

    Eczema is nasty, especially with small children. I like it that you only recommend natural remedies. They are probably easier on babies and children than strong medication.
    I am not surprised to see sugary drinks on the avoid-food list. In my opinion, there should be a legal limit on the amount of sugar and sweeteners in any soft drink. It can cause all sorts of problems, like eczema and it has absolutely no benefits.

    One last question: You don’t recommend dairy products but you make an exception for natural Greek yoghurt, why?

    • Stella says:

      Once the skin has improved, and the body is cleansed, it needs probiotic food to repopulate the gut with friendly bacteria.  Greek yoghurt and also kefir, is full of the stuff.  If you can get Greek yoghurt made from sheep or goats’ milk, even better.  

      The casein in the milk is broken down into smaller molecules and also fermented.  It is way more easier to digest. as a result.

  24. Stella says:

    Eczema can be very stubborn if taken with levity hands. If not taken care on time can cause body odour. It wouldn’t look better on kids that is why parent needs to take close watch on their children. I think dry eczema is very common in my area. This review has open unique ways of treating eczema and I’ll love to prescribe this natural treatment to one of my colleagues that have kid suffering from eczema.

    • Stella says:

      Go ahead Stella – maybe you could ask her to get in touch with me if she has any questions.

      Bathing in Dead Sea salts neutralises the smell and also stops the infection which causes the smell.  Read my article on Eczema Soothers to find out more…

      All the best,

      Stella

  25. jpaliskis says:

    My grandson was born with eczema, the doctor gave medications but doesn’t help much. I will tell my daughter about your article. We would like to try your recommendations about the bath ( what to add to water), also we need to skip regular soap. My grandson likes to eat vegetables so, do you think to eat vegetables is the same as to drink vegetable shakes? 

    I like your article, easy to read and understandable, many details with an explanation.

    • Stella says:

      You can make cucumber shakes with some apple in it..  Not the red polished variety though!

      You will also find more on clay baths as well.  I do hope you son gets better soon..  Keep in touch with me if you want more help for your grandson.

      All the best!

  26. Fahim Shahriar says:

    Thank you for your detailed article about Infantile Eczema. Thanks for describing the natural treatment of Infantile Eczema. This is really an important and informative article for a mother whose child suffers from Infantile Eczema. As there is natural treatment so I can assume it doesn’t cost much. Thank you again for providing great information through this article.

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