Relieve eczema fast with these natural solutions for children and adults
Eczema runs in families but you can stop it
Eczema affects up to 1 in 5 children before 2 years old and often begins within the first six months of life. It might be only mild, affecting small areas of the skin with rare flare ups. Other times it can be severe with large areas of the skin affected. In these more severe cases, weeping, bleeding and infections are common.
Your children are more likely to develop eczema if there is a family history of asthma, eczema or hay fever. Other triggers and factors that cause eczema include:
- living in a high pollution area
- using lots of perfumed soaps and lotions
- living in colder climates
- over washing skin
- using harsh detergents when washing clothes
There is an association between having eczema as a baby or toddler and developing asthma later on. This is another reason to make sure you get on top of any dry, itchy skin symptoms that develop in your children!
So how do you stop it once it’s started and what are your best options for treating eczema fast? I’m going into all the details today to show you how you can treat, heal and reverse eczema for your kids.
Treat eczema from the inside out to get the best results
To get the best results, you need to attack eczema from the root causes and not just treat the skin itself. It’s easy to forget your skin is a living reflection your inward health. Your skin and gut are closely connected and current research is discovering how much an unbalanced gut impacts your skin’s health. One of the root causes of eczema is unbalanced gut flora which leads to inflammation and irritation in your gut and other organs… like your skin.
Your gut houses an entire eco system of microbes – good and bad. They (usually) live together in harmony, helping you digest food, make vitamins, support your immunity and maintain a stable weight. But sometimes, your gut flora becomes unbalanced and this leads to symptoms like bloating, constipation, reflux, nausea, depression, anxiety, acne, eczema, poor immunity and weight gain. Ugh!
The best treatment for eczema is to heal your gut, reducing the inflammation and irritation, then re-balance your gut flora. By treating your insides first, you are literally healing your skin from the inside out! This makes the treatment super effective and long lasting because you’re getting to the heart of the problem and not just using band aids solutions with creams and lotions.
Natural solutions for treating, reversing and healing childhood eczema
Many parents want to find a natural solution to treating and managing childhood eczema.
The following solutions all have one thing in common. They are all designed to heal your gut and reverse symptoms caused by an unbalanced gut. For a complete program to heal your gut and get the best results for your skin, I recommend using my 7 day gut health challenge for children. For treating eczema in adults, I recommend the 28 day program.
Get started today by using these gut healing solutions to relieve your child’s eczema:
Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG is a strain of probiotic that has excellent evidence in the prevention and relief of eczema. This study showed it reduced the condition by 50% during the first two years of life when given to pregnant women!
Probiotics reduce inflammation and support a healthy digestive and immune system. Probiotics can be safely given to infants and children to reduce and relieve symptoms of eczema.
Make sure you get one that has Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG in it (I like this one). They are easy to mix in to water, yoghurt or cereal.
ZINC AND VITAMIN C – boosts skin healing and reduces infections
Zinc is vital for healing skin and reducing secondary infections in broken skin. Add this supplement to your children’s yoghurt, smoothies, cereal or drink. (Hint: if they’re older, call it special sugar and they’ll be begging you for it.)
OMEGA 3s – anti-inflammatory and moisturising
Omega 3s are highly anti-inflammatory and improve skin integrity and moisture. If you have dry, itchy skin then you are lacking essential moisture from good fats like omega 3s and water. Omegas are easy to get into kids if you:
- crumb your own fish fingers using deep sea fish
- make some salmon patties for dinner or school lunches
- add some nuts and seeds to their diet hidden in muffins, cakes and crumbed chicken or fish
- add some good quality fish oil (this one’s my favourite) to their yoghurt, smoothies or milkshakes
Drinking enough water is something that’s often overlooked but it’s so easy to fix! Make sure your children get enough water by adding some flavour for them:
- Strawberries, lemon, limes are high in vitamin C which protects skin;
- Watermelon is high in vitamin A which improves skin integrity;
- Zinc and vitamin C powder mixes well in water or juice and gives them a concentrated dose of eczema fighting nutrients.
Prevention is always better than cure. If you are able to, breastfeeding provides a natural source of probiotics to your baby. This can reduce their risk of developing eczema. If you are unable to breastfeed, I recommend using this probiotic supplement for babies under 6 months and this one for those over 6 months. These supplements best replicate the probiotics naturally found in breast milk.
Like the sound of healing and reversing your eczema? Get my gut healing program for your child here.
Use these natural remedies to relieve the symptoms and treat the root cause of eczema. With 1 in 5 children developing eczema, it’s important to get on top of it and deal with it from the inside out to get the best results.
You can treat, heal and reverse eczema. Get started today >>
Don’t wait another day to start helping your baby feel better. You and your baby deserve a healthy gut!
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