Eczema Home Remedies For Kids Are Worth A Try
There are many skin ailments that affect particularly children and that is why these eczema home remedies for kids are worth a try.
If it itches they will scratch it, but of course that only makes it worse. Try telling any child to not scratch when their skin is going crazy.
My sister used to have eczema from what seemed like head to toe. The creases of her arms and behind her knees would be so dry it was like you could literally see the skin peeling away.
And I’m sure that at stages it did! Because the odd thing is, I seemed to have it in that same spot, she had it on her legs and elsewhere too.
But we both had it on that very same spot on our arms.
What Is Eczema?
Eczema is a common skin condition. It seems to plague many children and even some adults and is often associated with asthma and hayfever.
Formally known as atopic dermatitis it typically affects kids and seems to have a familial connection. That it is seems to be genetic and thus runs in families.
The main symptom of the condition is a rash. A skin condition, it appears usually on the arms and legs but may affect any part of the body.
Skin will appear red and itchy, it may show blisters and even crack.
This indicates inflammation of the skin and is now widely suggested to be a symptom of immune system problems.
You can try an itch suppressant cream or prescription eczema cream which usually have steroids in them.
Alternatively try some of these helpful eczema home remedies for kids if it flares up out of the blue.
Eczema Home Remedies For Kids
Magnesium baths – and other detox baths – are great for healing the skin.
Soaking in the magnesium salt flakes has been shown to improve the hydration of your skin, speed up the healing process, and enhance the skin barrier function.
It also decreases inflammation which might be causing the irritation so is a great eczema home remedy for kids.
How to: Simply sprinkle some magnesium flakes into your bath and soak.
For some people, soaking in a hot bath does make it worse so make a judgement call and play with the temperature.
Coconut oil seems to be a staple in just about every area of life – from cooking, to eczema home remedies for kids to DIY projects. It is definitely a household must-have.
Antibacterial and antifungal properties help protect the skin and cleanse plus the pure oil adds much needed moisture.
The beauty of coconut oil is that it is now readily available and comes in all size containers so can easily fit in a school back-pack.
How to: Apply a thin layer of coconut oil to the affected area and let it soak in. Repeat as needed.
Yes, this thick and greasy kitchen staple actually works wonders on dry, cracked, and itching skin!
The fatty properties in the shortening soak into the skin and moisturize it which hopefully will relieve some of the irritation.
How to: Coat the affected area with vegetable shortening, cover with plastic wrap and secure using tape. Leave the wrap on for 2 to 4 hours to allow it to sink into the skin and repeat daily, as needed.
This spice has been linked to reducing the inflammation which may be related to a number of skin conditions – including eczema and psoriasis.
Curcumin, a property found in turmeric, is an antioxidant that has been shown to protect and heal the skin.
Eczema is now thought to be an external symptom of an internal immune problem. Turmeric may boost your childs immunity and prove to be an excellent eczema home remedy for kids – and adults!!
How to: Simply take in an oral teaspoon of turmeric each day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Like coconut oil, apple cider vinegar is another one of those odd kitchen items that you should always keep on hand. It is amazing for not only eczema home remedies for kids but also great to cook with.
Apple cider vinegar is pretty much a cure all as it has been used to help treat acne and other skin conditions, improve digestion, and help people lose weight…
And, guess what? It helps with eczema, too!
Apple cider vinegar is not only a disinfectant – killing the bacteria potentially irritating the skin, it also soothes skin inflammation.
How to: Use a cotton ball to apply apple cider vinegar directly to the affected areas. Or, if the affected area is quite large, use a clean paper towel dipped in 1 part vinegar and 1 part water to apply it to a larger area.
Do not use on cracked or bleeding skin – it will cause burning and lead to irritation.
If you’re child is constantly scratching with red and blistered skin, these eczema home remedies for kids may help.
Without resorting to steroid creams or other medications, boosting their immune system may help.
This combined with topical skin irration relief may allow the whole family to sleep well and enjoy good times.
For further information on other childhood skin conditions read another article on Famous Parenting.
Lydia is our in house health guru! She loves everything from gut health to natural immune boosting recipes to using essential oils in your house for emotional and physical support. Lydia describes her approach to health as “utilising natural options first and then heading towards western medicine when necessary”. Lydia is a mum to 3 children and runs a small business from home.