Recently I have had a lot of mummas like you, come to me asking what they can do to help their poor littles ones skin. Their child’s skin was dry, red, inflamed and so so itchy!
What we first do is look at what products are currently being applied to their childs skin. We look at everything from moisturisers, Shampoo to soap to bum creams. And what I have found with 99% of these kids suffering from eczema is… That every product used on them was petroleum derived, has synthetic fragrances or some form of preservative (even the naturally derived ones).
These ingredients can cause skin issues if your child suffers from sensitive skin. Many of the mums who spoke with me used products like QV, Gaiga, Vaseline or sudocream. All these are marketed as great for eczema or skin issues. However they contain ingredients known for skin toxicity, allergies and irritations.
Below are 5 great ways to help ease your little ones eczema.
Following these steps has helped many people who came to me for help. If you want me to look at the products you currently use please contact me and we can look through the ingredients in case there is something of concern that may be flaring up eczema.
Common areas for eczema are often on the inner arm, behind the knees or hands and feet. These steps will help heal, stop flare-ups and protect the skin naturally.
Number 1. Select Products with Gentle and Natural Ingredients.
Avoid petroleum based derivatives such as Mineral oil, petrolatum, propylene glycol & PEG’s. Steer clear of shampoos and soaps containing harsh synthetic detergents such as sulphates or cocamidopropyl betaine.
Petroleum based topical products can often effect eczema and create flare-ups. Preservatives, phalates and parabens are another big one to avoid . I have noticed once we switch to a more natural wash, the flare-ups often stop. Dont be fooled by cleaver marketing, check out this boy below. Using a product aimed for skin issues, yet his skin just kept getting worse. Once he switched to a natural alternative with only clean ingredients his skin had a chance to start to heal.
Number 2. When bathing use a gentle, natural soap in COOL/WARM water
Hot water can be a potential eczema trigger, it can irritate skin and cause it to flare up. The temptation of a nice hot bath is nice but when you or your child suffers skin flare ups it is always more suitable to bathe in cool or slightly warm water. It is also a good idea to limit baths and showers to just 10-15 minutes.
Be conservative in the amount of soap used and remember, lots of foam is a sign of a harsh soap or wash. Choose natural soaps with no synthetic fragrances or preservatives.
Camomile baths can also be very healing and help stop the itch – Here is a great recipe using camomile tea.
Number 3. The after bath routine
Pat skin gently with a soft towel, never rub. Apply a gentle moisturiser or lotion onto damp skin immediately. Unfortunately many moisturisers contain oil derivatives such as triglycerides. Choosing a natural option is much more beneficial as they contain more of the natural vitamins and fatty acids which are beneficial for the skin. Dermatologists agree that regular, repeated moisturising is key for skin affected by eczema. But it is really important to know that petroleum products actually just create the impression of moisturised and hydrated skin.
It actually suffocates the pores and in the long run doesn’t really help eczema at all. So it is important to avoid any products such as Vasaline or QV cream (Manly mummas tell me this is what they were using).
Number 4. Help the skin learn to function on its own
The skin is a living organ, our largest in fact! So, every now and then, let the skin learn to function on its own by giving it a half-day break from ALL products.
Number 5. Gut Health
Often our skin can tell us a lot about what is going on inside our bodies. Acne, psoriasis, rosacea and eczema, could these be your skins warning signs that something’s not quite right on the inside? Meagan from The Gut Healing Community explains that Doctors correlate acne and other skin conditions as inflammatory disorders of the immune system. If there is inflammation that originates elsewhere in the body, the signs can be first seen on the skin. Often, common skin conditions are red flags pointing to imbalances inside the body.
Probiotics and changes in diet could be a great step in reducing skin inflammation.
Remember What goes ON our skin Goes IN, so choose safe, clean natural products so your skin can breath, heal and be soothed naturally.
Here are our recommended products to care for eczema prone skin naturally
Washpool – Little Critters Children’s Soap$4.00
Washpool – Goat’s milk soap with Shea Butter$7.50
Ahria – Baby Top To Toe CreamProduct on sale
Complete Natural Eczema Kit$23.95
Om Made – Calendula Soothing Balm$16.60
Four Cow Farm – Hair & Body Wash$16.95 – $27.50
Washpool – Shea Butter Moisture Balm$16.00
ANSC – Calamine Soap (Zinc)$9.95
Weleda- Baby White Mallow Body LotionProduct on sale
Wild Botanicals – Complete Baby Body Lotion w Apricot Oil$25.50