Does anyone have any experience with Atopic Dermatitis/Baby Eczema? This is my third baby and it seems like he's inherited a bunch of sensitivities, among which is this skin condition. I had eczema pretty bad as a kid and still get it seasonally as an adult (31). My questions is, does anyone know of any natural remedies I can use for my two month old? I would prefer to stay away from steroids and such if at all possible but it has started spreading.
I've had success with drinking Burdock root tea. 2-4 cups per day. Baby got it through my breast milk. I would consult an experienced herbalist before attempting to give it to a 2month old directly, if I were not BFeeding.
Fragrances in soaps, detergents, and lotions were the biggest trigger for my oldest. Once we switched to fragrance free everything, it cleared up considerably. Winter was always a flare up time as well with the drier colder air. Cetaphil was great, but a little hydracortizone was necessary at times for the stubborn spots. Be careful with natural products. The botanicals can be irritating and more allergenic than the conventional ingredients. My son was later diagnosed with some food allergies and I wonder if his infant eczema was triggered by those foods in my breastmilk (eggs, nuts, peanuts, and soy). I think a lot of kids with eczema have food allergies and it can be a trigger. Its hard to track though since the skin reaction is slow to come on and slow to abate with dietary changes. But something to keep in mind and keep an eye out for, especially if your diet is high in one of the more allergenic foods.
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Coconut oil is actually recommended by the national eczema group. I would give it a try. It seems to cure everything else. :)
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