Hey guys – as you know, I’m about to become a soon-to-be mama….in about 1 week!
Time flies and it all feels so surreal.
I’m going to be honest – I’m a little nervous!
Someone recently asked me, am I scared that my baby will have eczema?
Not going to lie – it has definitely crossed my mind.
Research suggests that I have about a 30% chance that my baby will develop eczema (because the odds are about 30% if one partner parent has it).
But I am also more confident (now that I’ve been studying and looking into this a lot), that even if my baby does get it, I feel more prepared to handle it because I have more access to the right research, great practitioners, and the right products to help my baby get better.
In case you’re wondering, I wanted to share some of the products I’ve been looking into that can help your baby (if they’re struggling with dermatitis/eczema flare ups or itchiness).
Below are some of the products that can potentially help your baby’s eczema:
This article shows that studies were done to show that coconut oil is more effective than olive oil and mineral oil for moisturizing babies and children with eczema.
In a randomized, double-blind clinical trial, virgin coconut oil was the winner “among pediatric patients with mild to moderate AD, topical application of virgin coconut oil for eight weeks was superior to that of mineral oil based on clinical (SCORAD) and instrumental (TEWL, skin capacitance) assessments.”
A similar study, published in 2008 with adult patients suffering from atopic dermatitis, compared virgin coconut oil with virgin olive oil. They found virgin coconut oil was superior, probably due to the presence of lauric acid, which is not present in olive oil.
I personally love using coconut oil for cooking and also on my body (I have a separate jar for each), so I feel very assured that it will be very safe to use on my baby as well (although there have been cases where some babies are allergic to it, but this is something that I will look out for before using it!). The wonderful thing about coconut oil is that it’s also rich in Caprylic acid (helps kill bacteria), Lauric acid, Vitamin K, E and Capric acid (contains antiviral properties). All of these are all natural for babies and helps to combat itchiness and repair broken skin.
This is the balm that I developed and I feel safe enough to use it on my own baby. It contains coconut oil and numerous other healing ingredients. I’ve studied tons of ingredients and this product is 100% natural, hypo-allergenic & safe for anyone to use – including babies, children, adults and pregnant women.
You can use it on your baby’s dry skin, eczema, scars, or even rashes. It includes calendula, aloe vera, coconut oil, cocoa butter, evening primrose oil, tea tree oil, and sea buckthorn oil – all which are healing, soothing and moisturizing for dry or inflamed skin. I use it on my face and body and I’ve also had babies and children that have healed from it after using it.
This product is made with manuka honey and is one of the most popular items from The Eczema Company. It can be used as a moisturizer or wherever there’s a rash on the baby. Manuka honey is also healing for eczema, as it’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and helps to heal eczema rashes and wounds as well.
It’s full of anti-bacterial properties (this cream contains active 16+ Manuka) to help reduce inflammation and fight open wounds. Manuka honey contains 1,000 times more methylglyoxal than other forms of honey (Methylglyoxal gives honey it’s anti-bacterial properties and makes it so beneficial for eczema).
Baby Eczema Clothing:
Fortunately, there’s also certain types of clothing that exist for you to take advantage of to help your baby! Here are some clothing-related items that babies under one year old can use:
If your baby’s having problems with scratching – this is something that you can use. This adorable sleep sack has mittens that can be open or closed when you want to use it to prevent scratching. The bottom can also be closed as well to protect the legs. Another great thing is that this can also be worn as pajamas at night or as a scratch prevention during the day.
Want to help heal the eczema and also keep your baby’s skin moisturized? You can also use the sleep sack as an outer layer for wet wrapping therapy. Wondering what wet wrapping therapy is? Click here for more information.
If you’re struggling with cradle cap or scalp eczema on your baby – this can be a solution. This GoumiHat works well as a baby cradle cap remedy and treatment for scalp eczema (and you can even use it with a natural balm under the hat to lock in moisture and provide a more effective treatment). It will protect your baby’s scalp from scratching and rubbing due to eczema, psoriasis, cradle cap, and more.
You can also use the hat with wet wrapping therapy in order to relieve dry, itchy skin conditions.
These ScratchMeNot Flip Mitten Sleeves can be flipped or closed to prevent scratching so healing can finally take place. Don’t worry about these mittens falling off or being removed by your child, because these mittens actually stay on!
These scratch mittens are helpful for babies with eczema, and are also great for preventing scratching due to post surgery stitches, chickenpox, for preventing chronic hair pulling, and to stop thumb sucking.
Want another alternative for mittens?
You can also try these reversible mitten tops that have alternate, patterns. I think the only difference is that they look more stylish with the patterns on them! 😉
They also have a 2 part closure system that’s velcro and elastic. Plus, it’s naturally antimicrobial and blocks 99.7% of UVA/UVB light (with a UPF 50+ rating)!
This formula is especially formulated for calming red, hot, angry skin and severe diaper rash treatment. It provides healing for topical bacteria, yeast and fungus – all of which are commonly seen in eczema sufferers and babies with diaper rash, which can be a form or dermatitis.
It’s made from healing ingredients like frankincense, which is anti inflammatory and heals oozing, crusty dermatitis.
Probiotics for Eczema
If your baby’s not on a good probiotic and they have eczema – you might want to get them on this as soon as possible. Eczema can be a sign of gut issues – and probiotics like this one can be very helpful! (Many babies even improve after taking probiotics). If you’re looking for a strong, high quality probiotic supplement, this is it. This is the probiotic that most naturopaths recommend, and it’s also the probiotic brand that I used during my eczema flare up to help my skin and gut heal. Check out my post on the gut and skin correlation, click here.
As you can see, there are lots of options of products that you can choose from to help your baby’s eczema. If you’ve seen my podcast (episode #7) with Dr. Peter Lio, he mentions that regular moisturizing a baby and using probiotics may be enough to help prevent eczema from happening into adulthood.
Just remember that no matter what happens, your baby’s eczema can heal and you can find the right solution for him/her. It takes a bit of patience and trial & error to see what products will work – but don’t give up! 🙂
Have you tried any of these products before? What has worked best on your baby’s eczema? Comment below – I would love to know!
Let us help you clear & conquer your eczema! Check out my program, the Conqueror Eczema Academy, or check out my eBooks below to learn more about healing your skin:
- The Elimination Diet: A Guide to Conquer Eczema & Food Sensitivities
- Healing Eczema: Why Dieting Is Not Enough
- The Power of Thoughts: How Mindset Shifts Can Help Eliminate Eczema
- My Detailed Eczema Healing Treatment Plan
Abby is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist who helps clients achieve optimal health. She is passionate about seeing people use health and nutrition to transform lives. She hopes that her experiences and knowledge can help educate others on natural remedies that will help eczema. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, or YouTube for more updates!
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