What is the best eczema cure for my child?
- by Petra Jelinkova
There is no eczema cure yet. The emotional burden eczema causes and the impact it has on the quality of your family life sometimes goes unrecognised and unsupported. Unfortunately, there is no eczema cure and the effect eczema can have on the life of your child and family can be ongoing indefinitely. Although there is no eczema cure, there are many products available which can help to manage eczema. Deeply hydrating and nourishing the skin is so important. Colloidal oatmeal bath soaks and eczema moisturisers can moisturise the skin and create a layer of protection to reduce the frequency and severity of flareups. On your eczema journey it is important to remember that what is effective for one child or eczema sufferer might not be as effective for another.
Is allergy testing an eczema cure?
Many eczema children also have food allergies and environmental allergies like house dust mite. Finding out what your child is specifically allergic to will allow you to avoid these triggers and therefore better control eczema flare ups. However, avoiding what your child is allergic to is not an eczema cure as these allergies are not the cause of eczema.
The most common type of allergy testing is skin prick testing, where the skin is pricked with a small needle that contains a little bit of the allergen on it. If the doctor sees an itchy, red lump appearing within 15-20 minutes, it means your child is allergic to that particular allergen. This is generally a safe procedure as the red lump usually goes away within a couple of hours. Another, less common type of allergy testing are blood tests, which are usually done if your child is taking other medications that could interfere with the results of skin prick testing.
Managing your child’s skin without an eczema cure
Without an eczema cure, the key to maintaining healthy skin and and managing eczema is to keep the skin well hydrated and nourished. This will not only help stop dryness, itchiness and irritation but it can also strengthen the skin’s natural barrier to avoid environmental triggers and bacteria from sitting on the skin’s surface and causing inflammation. Without an eczema cure the best way we can manage eczema is by sticking to a skin care routine of bathing and moisturising to hydrate, nourish and protect our children’s skin.
Regular moisturising and bath time
Since dry skin leads to itchiness and inflammation, it is essential to find a moisturiser that works best on your little one to keep their skin soft and hydrated. Generally ointments, work best for eczema as they contain no water, making them effective in hydrating and moisturising the skin. These moisturisers take a long time to evaporate from the skin’s surface, holding in moisture for a much longer time.
Regular bathing in lukewarm water for about 10 minutes helps manage eczema because it washes away any irritants that may be sitting on the skin’s surface, and hydrates eczema skin. Our itchy baby co. natural oatmeal bath soak with marshmallow root contain natural properties that soothe, nourish and hydrate all types of skin, especially eczema skin, without stripping it off its natural barrier, which can often happen using soaps and bubble baths.
Is coconut oil an eczema cure?
Coconut oil in a natural oil taken from the edible flesh of a coconut, and contains many properties that can help to treat eczema, such as:
- Vitamin E – needed for healthy skin to grow and repair itself
- Lauric acid – contains antibacterial properties as well as anti-inflammatory properties that help control the growth of bacteria on dry skin.
- Saturated Fats – softens the skin by adding a natural barrier to retain moisture
- Polyphenols – have antioxidant properties to fight skin cell damage.
Our itchy baby co. natural moisturiser contains organic coconut oil as a main ingredient, which helps to hydrate, soothe and moisturise eczema skin. Minimising the risk of flare ups.
Remember with every product you try, it is important to patch test first to check if your child has an allergic reaction.
This blog post was brought to you and your family with love from Julia and the itchy baby co. team x.
Disclaimer: Information provided is of a general nature only, and you should always consult your medical professional.