Treating Eczema – More Than Just the Skin

August 24, 2017

eczema in babiesNaturopathic Treatment for Eczema

Eczema, also known as Atopic Dermatitis, is a bumpy, itchy skin condition, which is increasingly more common. It can run in families and increases the risk when family members have any one of the atopic triad- allergies, eczema or asthma.  The first phase of eczema usually looks like small, red, itchy bumps between the ages of 2-6 months. If the eczema does not resolve it can progress to raised, scaly areas. Chronic eczema can last for years.

In order to treat the eczema it is important to determine what is causing it. Start by investigating if there are certain foods or chemicals that are triggering the rash. Check things like bath soaps, shampoo, laundry detergent and fabric softener. Sometimes even mom and dad’s personal care items can be irritating to the baby.

Many parents try everything from switching detergents, more/less bathing, lotions and even hydrocortisone creams to try to control the eczema.

The Naturopathic Approach to Eczema includes gastrointestinal therapy and nutrient supplementation. Studies show that the bacteria in the intestines of children with eczema differs from those without. Another study shows that low diversity of bacteria may be a predisposition to developing eczema.  If food elimination and probiotics do not resolve the problem, other nutrients such as fish oil, zinc and vitamin D may be helpful.

Talk to your doctor for guidance and what will be most helpful for you!

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REFERENCES:

  1. Low diversity of the gut microbiota in infants with atopic eczema. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22153774
  2. Naturopathic Pediatrics by Dr. Jared M Skowron
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