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Natural Remedies For Treating Eczema

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We have written about eczema on this blog before: it’s an incredibly upsetting condition for both children and parents- there doesn’t seem to be one easy solution to cure it. Sara Chana Silverstein, a New York based, international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, lecturer, author, wife and mother of seven children (yes, she really is superwoman!), wrote an article for us on how she works with children with eczema.

******By Sara Chana Silverstein

Steroid Creams
Sleepless nights from eczema are torturous.  I’m not sure if the condition is more painful for the child or for the mother who feels powerless watching her child itch.  Steroid creams appear to be miraculous at first, but the eczema usually returns once the treatment is stopped.

Study on Allergies and Eczema
What’s so frustrating for both conventional doctors and alternative practitioners is that what works for one child often doesn’t work for the next. Each child’s eczema is unique, and has different causes and different cures.  One interesting study reported that children from families with a history of allergy and eczema found that if the mother, while pregnant, stayed away from known allergens for the last trimester and the baby stayed away from allergens for the first six months of life, the incidence of eczema majorly decreased, so prevention is always the best cure.

What Homeopaths Think
Homeopaths don’t look at eczema as a single condition, rather, they look at each case individually.  They act like detectives, asking lots of questions, trying to figure out the possible cause, while looking for a cure that is specific to each child. The Homeopath will suggest a specific homeopathic remedy and discuss dietary changes for the infant or the nursing mother.  In general, however, exposure to dust-mites should be decreased and adding a nutritious oil to one’s diet, such as flax seed, is suggested.

How to Take Homeopathic Remedies
A homeopathic remedy which is suggested to treat eczema is usually taken once to twice daily, at a low potentcy like 6c. Homeopathy is dispensed in pellets and three-at-a-time is the normal dosage.  As the pellets are dissolved under the tongue, the child is asked to not eat for five minutes before and after taking the remedy.

Below are a few of the most common homeopathic remedies for eczema:
•    Sulphur:  Tremendous itching. The eczema can appear anywhere on the body and can be either moist or dry, with dirty looking skin.  There may be a foul odor.
•    Graphites: Dry eczema, with thick yellow or honey-like discharge. Scratching until skin is raw.  Usually eruptions are in the folds of the skin or behind the ears.
•    Calcerea Carbonica:  Eczema with dry, rough, chapped skin.  The skin may also tend to crack.  Dry patches on the face. Child tends to be sweaty by nature.
•    Natrum Muriaticum: Eczema with tiny bubbles and intense itching.  The wounds tend to have watery discharge when scratching.  Worse in the heat of the bed.  Appears on hair line, between fingers and on groin.
Although skin conditions are often difficult to treat, with a little patience and the proper guidance most moms can help their children learn to control and feel more comfortable with their challenge of eczema.

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Sara Chana Silverstein is a Brooklyn-based, international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, businesswoman, wife and mother of seven children. Sara is your teacher and guide as you navigate the challenging worlds of working mom and/or breastfeeding mother, revealing the secrets to taking charge of your own health for the wellbeing of both you and your child. She is a highly sought-after public speaker, presenting an array of topics in an intelligent, compelling, funny, provocative, and exciting way.

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  2. Thank you so much Sara! I gave Calcerea Carbonica to my daughter for her dry, patchy excema. It cleared up after 4 days! THANK YOU!

  3. this article is so important!! i know many people, adults, children and babies alike, who suffer from eczema. they are in so much pain! i will for sure pass on these infos. it’s important to spread the message that there are natural resources for the many people who dont dant to do sterois or for whom it simply doesnt work
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  4. This is great, thanks for posting!!

  5. What a great article – Sara Chana is brilliant is providing alternative and natural alternatives to what ails our kids.

  6. Great article. Eczema is such a difficult condition. Stay away from wheat! And try Cerave Moisturizing Cream. Also evening primrose oil taken in large doses daily for a few months helps a lot.

  7. Thank you for the very informative article.

  8. Excellent article! Two of my four kids suffer from eczema. I’ve never heard of any other doctors besides homeopaths even consider the variations of eczema, ie. level of itchiness and also appearance. It’s all usually grouped into the the same diagnoses. It’s interesting that there are different remedies that treat types of eczema.

  9. My daughter’s ecxema gets so bad that she can’t sleep sometimes. It’s hard to figure out what causes the flair-ups, and it seems that nothing helps sometimes. I hope some of these things will help. Thanks!

  10. Thank you for this informative article on eczema.
    I have been suffering from this embarrassing and frustrating disease all my life.
    I am not sure if I gave up on doctors or doctors gave up on me. But, I figured that I will have to live with this all my life.

    Interestingly enough, I saw a homeopath and told her what i read in your article. She changed my diet and gave me those little pellets.
    I thank you again, I am not cured yet, but I am getting some relief and I am sure that your knowledge and insight will help many people.

  11. I suffer from eczema.. So many new pieces of information in this article. It’s so interesting to know that what the mom eats when pregnant can affect the babys eczema… Will definitely implement these tips for me and my children.

  12. One other thing…we have tried just about every lotion/cream out there in the last years. The best one I have found is the Aveeno Eczema Therapy. Slather that stuff on within 3 minutes of coming out of the bath, while skin is still damp. Also, when you bring child out of bath water, pat skin dry vs. wiping dry.

  13. We have dealt with eczema since my daughter was a baby (she is now 5), and it has gotten much better over the years as we have learned to manage it. I have found a few things that have worked for us:
    1) If you have forced air heat, run a humidifier with a closed bedroom door at night in the Winter.
    2) For years I thought the trigger was gluten, until I took her to an allergist and found she was allergic to SOY, which is in almost everything. Soy is also known to be an endocrine receptor and pretty much has estrogen-like effects on the body. Besides, almost all of U.S. produced soy is genetically mondified. Bad stuff, that soy! Stay away as much as you can.
    3) I have found that when she drinks kefir, we always see her skin clear up the next day. it is a probiotic and helps clear any toxins in the gut. (We like the Lifeway Organic in blueberry or peach best.)
    4) We have done oatmeal baths to soothe. I take store brand instant oats (in the big tub), grind them in the food processor to a powder, then, take an old sock, fill it with a cup or more of the ground oatmeal, toss it in the tub and let the child play for about 1/2 hr. Every so often, pour the oatmeally bath water over the upper body skin.
    Hope some of these tips will help other little itchy babes. It’s so hard to see your child so itchy and not be able to do anything about it.

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