My two year old has eczema, do you have any advice for us?- Shauna Torres
Eczema is a common skin condition, and children show signs of it during an early age. Sixty percent of children who have eczema will show signs of it during the first year of life. There is a link between eczema, allergies and asthma. Children who have a mother with allergies or asthma are more likely to have eczema. Also, children with eczema at a young age are prone to develop allergies/ asthma later on in life, so it is important to protect young children's skin at the first sign!
Eczema can be identified by red, flaky, itchy skin.
Topically, herbs that stop itching such as plantain and oats are great to relieve some of the irritation.
Internally, herbs that help to purify the blood such as oregon grape root can be used. Anti-inflammatory herbs and anti-histmines such as nettles and chamomile will help to boost the immune system's response especially if allergies are involved!
And always remember, that skin conditions are indicators of what is happening inside the body. Proper support of the digestive system is key to overcoming eczema! A healthy diet free of caffeine, alcohol and excess sugar and full of vegetables, fruit and other whole foods is a great way to start protecting beautiful skin!
Here is a link to the Eczema Cream and Sweet Glycerine Tincture I make!