Eczema, characterized by dry or wet itchy and inflamed patches of skin, is common among babies, toddlers and young children. Natural remedies for baby eczema include topical use of coconut oil, calendula slave, or apple cider vinegar. There are also vitamins, supplements and dietary changes that may be helpful for children who suffer with eczema.
Topical Natural Cures for Eczema in Children
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is a simple natural remedy to start with when trying to relieve a child’s eczema. This can be used as often as needed. Diluted Raw Organic Apple Cider Vinegar is another natural treatment that has helped may Earth Clinic Readers. Add 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar to 1 cup of water, and apply with a cotton ball as needed, even every couple of hours. The mixture can be made stronger or weaker depending upon how the child responds to this treatment. A salve made with the herb Calendula in it may be of help, if you can find a quality salve, or better yet, make your own!
Mama’s Eczema Salve for Children
- Fill a pint jar with dry Calendula flowers.
- Cover flowers with oil. Equal parts of Castor Oil, Olive Oil, and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil would be ideal. Do not use hydrogenated oil.
- Cover jar.
- Place in a warm place and stir daily for 2 weeks.
- Strain out flowers with a piece of old, clean t-shirt.
- Warm oil in a double boiler.
- For every 4 ounces of oil, melt in 2 Tablespoon of beeswax pastilles. If you prefer it to be a harder salve, add a little more beeswax. If you prefer it softer, use a little less beeswax.
- Pour into a clean jar.
Store in a cool dry place. Use as often as desired for relief from eczema and other rashes.
Dietary Changes and Supplements for Childhood Eczema
A cod liver supplement helps some children with their eczema.
Food allergies often come along side eczema. Common allergens are milk, wheat, soy and corn. Reducing processed foods and sugar will encourage a child to take in more nutrient dense foods.
An apple a day and milk kefir are two excellent foods for children with eczema.
A teaspoon of Blackstrap Molasses each day is even better than a vitamin pill for children. It contains calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, potassium and some b-vitamins.
The herb nettle is a gentle, nutritious, blood purifying herb that may help children with eczema. Nettle can be taken in the form of a tea or a tincture.
Healing Baths for Eczema Relief
Many children enjoy taking a bath. Adding a cup of baking soda, epsom salt or apple cider vinegar to the bath will make it a healing bath. The aforementioned additions to a bath have helped some with eczema. It is an inexpensive and pleasant method for healing.
DIY Laundry Soap
Sometimes eczema is aggravated by chemicals in laundry soap and fabric softeners. Consider making your own laundry powder with simple and natural ingredients.
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