What is Eczema?
Eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis and it is a skin condition resulting in red, itchy patches of skin. It can be really frustrating to get under control and it’s just a pain in general.
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Our Experience with Eczema
Braelynn has had eczema since she was about 2 months old. We noticed it about the same time that we noticed her milk allergy (Read more about that here). We wanted to find more natural remedies for eczema. We’ve tried many different creams and lotions. We finally found products that help keep her skin happy and hydrated.
Remember that everyone’s skin is different and so you have to find the products that work best for your skin. Also we noticed a big difference in Braelynn’s skin when we completely cut out all her allergens, so that might be something for you to try also.
1. Bath Time is Important
Water can dry out the skin so if your child has eczema, you don’t want to bathe them too often. If you must bathe them everyday then I would suggest not using soap every time as this can also dry out the skin.
Another thing that can dry out the skin is bathing in hot water. We normally bathe Braelynn in luke warm water so we don’t irritate her skin
2. California Baby Eczema Shampoo & Body Wash
When you have eczema you don’t want to use anything with fragrance in it as this can irritate the skin. We love this body wash because it is fragrance free and hypoallergenic. It is also made to soothe the skin as it contains oatmeal, calendula, and aloe vera.
I will admit that at first sight this product seems a little pricey but it has lasted so long. I would recommend this for anyone with eczema.
3. California Baby Super Sensitive Lotion
It is important to keep your skin hydrated, especially if you have eczema. As soon as Braelynn gets out of the bath we dry her off and put lotion on her. We had a hard time finding a lotion that didn’t have a ton of chemicals but that also worked for her skin. This lotion has been great and it’s fragrance free.
To read more about chemical free products check out The Beginners Guide to Natural Living.
4. Super Salve
Lotion is great for everyday use but sometimes you just need something a little bit stronger. I saw someone on Instagram post about this salve and it wasn’t expensive so I thought I would give it a try. Guys! This stuff works wonders! It’s probably one of my favorite products for eczema that we’ve tried.
We don’t apply this all over her body but mainly just on the spots that are flaring up or are irritated. We do this at night and by the next morning her skin looks so much better.
5. Lavender Essential Oil
Eczema can be itchy and it’s hard, especially with little kids to get them not to scratch themselves. We use diluted Lavender essential oil to help with the itch. I’ll also sometimes add this to Braelynn’s lotion as an easier way to apply it.
6. Fragrance Free Detergent
Like I mentioned before, you don’t want anything with fragrance in it. Fragrance free detergent is important because your child’s clothes touch their skin all day and you don’t want them irritating their skin.
We use Thieves Laundry Soap but there are a lot of options out there for fragrance free detergents.
7. Figuring out Allergens
All of the things mentioned above helped Braelynn’s eczema so much but the main thing that helped was figuring out her allergens and cutting them out. We had allergy testing to figure out her allergens. We also experimented and cut out gluten to figure out that it also caused her eczema to flare up.
It may take some trial and error to figure out which foods (if any) cause your eczema to flare up.
I hope you guys found this information helpful and if you try any of these things or products for eczema out, let me know what you think!
If you found this helpful be sure to check out our 10 Allergy Friendly Snacks post.
What are your favorite products to help with eczema?