Home Remedies I Tried to my kids with Eczema

My children have Eczema since they were just babies. They have been suffering for too long and i want to help them reduce or at least ease the pain and itchiness they felt everytime Eczema triggers. And as much as possible i don't want eczema to be part of their lives anymore.

So i always thought of home remedies that i could try for them. I have also ask some mommies like me of what home or natural remedies they have tried for their kids who also suffered with Eczema. And i also did my research online.

I know it is not an easy fix, for up to know i have not found ways to really cure Eczema, But i have tried some home remedies that help manage and control the symptoms and prevent the flares.

Here are some of the Home Remedies that i tried that give my children's skin some relief from eczema:

  • Bleach Bath
I fist heard this to our family doctor and it sounds new to me. He wants us to try the Bleach in bath. According to research it indicates that bleach in the bath can improve Eczema symptoms due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect.
And according to Mayo Clinic, Bleach Bath can kill bacteria on the skin, reducing itching, redness and scaling. And if it is properly diluted in water, it is safe to use in children.
I just add 1/4 cup of bleach to a 40 gallon of bathtub filled with warm water, soaked them from neck down for about 5-10 minutes and rinse them thoroughly afterwards. Moisturized immediately after drying.
Take a bleach bath no more than 3 times a week, but i only did once a week in my kids. Because i'm a bit scared that it makes their skin over dry.

Note: Talk to your doctor before trying a Bleach Bath

  • Baking Soda Bath
Baking Soda may help prevent Eczema flares up and it can reduced the symptoms. Adding baking soda to bath my help detox the body and relieved itching or irritation.
I just add a bit of a baking soda around 1/4 to 1/2 cup and add to bathtub filled with warm water, it really help soothes their itchy skin, and makes the skin smooth.
  • Coconut Oil
One of my family friend suggested that i tried coconut oil. Coconut Oil is a natural moisturizer. It may soothes the skin and relieved symptoms of dryness and itchiness. According to research coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a healthy fatty acid that is also found in breast milk.
I apply just a thin layer of coconut oil to my children's skin (affected area only) once a day or more often if necessary. You can use it like any other lotion or moisturizer.

Note: It cannot cure Eczema but it can soothe and moisturize the skin and can reduce dryness and itching.
  • Moisturizers
I keep them moisturized. All of us needs to moisturize our skin especially with the skin of a children's with eczema. Moisture helps them heal and protect the skin. I don't use lotion, i used something thick like cream or ointment to create a strong barrier for their skin.
I used Vaseline Petroleum Jelly mainly on their faces and elbows, it won't totally healed the condition of the skin but it is helpful as it protects, soothes and repairs the dry and cracked skin and Glaxal Base Moisturizing Cream for their body, it is hypoallergenic, perfume-free, lanolin-free, and non-greasy. I moisturize their skin as often as needed.
  • Changing Laundry Detergent
Some Laundry Detergent can irritate my children's skin, especially the very scented one. Fragrances, preservatives, dyes and other chemical in laundry detergent can cause rashes or eczema in children. So i changed the detergent that i use to wash their clothes (including new, before they wear) bedding's and towel, and in my experienced it really helped them.
I used Purex Detergent for my children's clothes, it is a mild detergent, hypoallergenic, free of dyes and formulated for sensitive skin. I skip or don't use the fabric softener and dryer sheets, and always do second rinse.

All of those home remedies are typically safe but always use with caution, some people react differently. 

Its always a good idea to talk your doctor before trying any new home remedies that you find. Just to be safe!

I tried all of those home remedies, all of them helps but then again eczema still exist.

Learning what triggers my children's Eczema and what causes their symptoms to flare up is one of the most important step on helping them living with the condition. My children live with eczema so it is very important for us to avoid anything that may irritate and dry their skin and cause a flare.

We will try and do anything that might help them so that they will outgrew and have a normal and healthy skin for the rest of their lives.


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