Friday, February 15, 2013

Our Eczema Bout :/

My poor baby has a bad bout with eczema right now. It's worsened in the last 24 hours, so I'm on the hunt for a cure.

The only problem is that eczema is a doozy of a beast. :/

After scouring accredited medical websites, like Wikipedia & (kidding!), I realize its' cause varies a great deal from person to person. It can start out as dry eczema & become infected, and/or wet eczema.

Diets with dairy & gluten, allergies, laundry soap detergents, perfumes, genetics, etc. can all play a part.

With eczema, it's a good idea not to bathe the baby every day as water and soap can dry out the skin.

The cure? Something different for everyone.

Below I've comprised a list of what natural remedies moms have said worked for them.

Burt's Bees oil
Earth Mama Baby Oil
Coconut oil- tried, worked for a little while but it's ineffective now that my son's eczema is the wet kind.
Carendula- same as the coconut oil for us
Eliminating dairy- this may be the culprit as I cut dairy out but have started adding some back in again
Laundry soaps and chemicals- I use free and clear detergent
Hazelwood necklace- moms swore by this but I'm a skeptic as of now
Allergy testing- effective, I'm sure, but pricey
Episencial Skin Care
Jason's Cocoa Butter
Hylunia Moisture Cream
Lanolin- this is sheep's oil & is found in breast cream!
Babyganics cream n soap
California baby botanical
Renew lotion by Melaleucia
Neem oil
Aloe Vera Barbadensis Miller
Colloidal oatmeal baths
Baking powder baths
Black soap with tea tree oil
Dr. Bronners castile soap.
La Roche-Posay Lipikar body balm... very expensive $35 a bottle & lasts only a month but worth it!
Witch hazel for itching
Honest Company's healing balm after baths/shower, and their face and body lotion for moisturizer as needed. 
Liquid  Castille for hand soap and body wash. 
Any "free" detergent you find that you like ( hard or soft water makes a difference here). 
Keep nails super short and files to prevent a staph infection from itching. 
Cool mist humidifier whenever you can, especially at night. 
Cotton clothes breathe better...
Miracle II soap 
Kali Sylph 6x is a homeopathic/cell salt that works great for eczema. 
Liver support is also a big piece, the skin will try to filter what the body is unable to eliminate through the bowels. 
Dove or Castile for soap
Aveeno for lotion
Or  make laundry detergent (grated fels naptha bar, borax, washing soda, and baking soda)
Do not bathe every day
Oregano Oil 

Two Home Remedies (thanks Pinterest):

The first one is found here:

And the second:

Update: I caved & tried Neosporin for eczema & it cleared the infected area right up. I'm now experimenting with baking soda and oatmeal baths & back to rubbing coconut oil all over him after a bath. Coconut oil seems to keep it at bay but once it's the wet, infected kind, I need something stronger.

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