2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 18:44
Eczema is constantly on the rise in children. However, it is possible to cure it naturally! Here is a naturopath's advice on this common disease.
A poll conducted in June 2008 reveals that one-third of Canadians or a member of their family have been diagnosed with eczema. For the naturopath, eczema is the expression of an organic imbalance related to excess acidity, liver congestion, in addition to being combined with allergens as well as sources of stress and tension..
Cortisone-based creams prevent the elimination of toxins through the skin, which is a waste disposal route, in addition to causing thinning of the skin. According to Chinese medicine, the skin is a “third lung”. So, if we prevent the elimination of toxins through the skin, we weaken the lung function and we push the child towards an asthmatic terrain.
Among the triggers of eczema, the first thing to look for is a food allergy. Nursing mothers may sometimes notice that their child's eczema gets worse when she eats certain foods. Eczema can also appear when the mother stops breastfeeding her baby and introduces infant formulamade from cow's milk. He may not react then, but rather when regular cow's milk is introduced around six months or one year of age. The child can also react during the absorption of solid foods, some of which are too acidifying for him, such as tomatoes or citrus fruits for example.
Stress can be a source of imbalance and cause an attack of eczema if the child has an allergic background. The start of daycare or the start of the school year are good examples of stress.
Obviously, a parent who has suffered from eczema or allergies must be vigilant when it comes to lifestyle choices for the child. Exclusive breastfeeding until the age of six months and abstinence from dairy products in the mother's diet will be a way of doing active prevention. Breastfeeding mothers can even reduce their consumption of the most common allergens: eggs, soy and wheat.
A few tips
- Give carrot juice and fresh cucumber juice. Dilute them with 1/3 pure water.
- Adopt an alkalizing diet for the breastfeeding mother and the eating child. See the website of Dr. Susan E. Brown, PhD for a chart of acidic foods vs alkaline foods.
- Check for food allergies with an allergy test. Pay attention to the most common allergens: nuts, fish, egg, dairy products, soy, gluten.
- Give excellentsource of essential fatty acids (omega-3) which help immunity and reduce inflammation.
- Avoid sugar, honey and sweets in general, as they can aggravate eczema.
- Add linseed oil, rich in omega-3, to your diet; a one-year-old child can take 5 ml per day.
- Have a hair mineral analysis with a naturopath to check for possible mineral deficiencies and heavy metal toxicity. Visit the Rocky Mountain Analytical Lab website for more information.
- Zinc is particularly indicated for all skin problems. Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source.
- Avoid constipation. Check that the child has one to two bowel movements a day.
- Add liquid chlorophyll to the water. Chlorophyll alkalizes the body and purifies the blood. There are different flavors in the market such as spearmint and green apple.
- To help sleep, give 3 granules of Chamomilla (15ch) in the evening before bedtime or during episodes of intense itching.
- Clinical studies have shown that taking probiotics in children helps treat eczema by reducing inflammation.1
- Choose foods rich in vitamin A, such as sweet potatoes and carrots. Vitamin A promotes he althier skin and helps repair all of your skin's mucous membranes and helps in tissue renewal.
- Several creams help relieve eczema: creamwith comfrey, calendula, Clef des champs herbal cream, homeopathic cream (Execalm).
- Sprinkle white clay on wet patches of eczema.
- Buy a shower filter that removes chlorine, as it is a skin irritant.
- Prefer short but frequent baths in which you can add a cup of chamomile tea to the bath water.
- If the eczema is wet, apply moist compresses of pre-cooled horsetail tea.
- Use Bach Flowers if the eczema is nervous.
It is sometimes difficult to take a step back from this disease and thus analyze the triggers of your child's eczema. Accompaniment with a naturopath can therefore be of great help. This disease can become a burden for the whole family, leaving many parents on the brink of despair, as they find themselves exhausted by the many nocturnal awakenings of their child.
Better to prevent early to avoid complications. Above all, it is necessary to maintain confidence and perseverance. Dedication and effort will be rewarded.
- Besson, P-G. Acid-base: A vital dynamic. Editions Jouvence, France, 2003.
- GLÖCKLER, Michaela and WOLFGANG, Goebel. The child, his development, his illnesses. Editions Anthroposophiques Romandes, Switzerland, 2003.
1 Isolauri E, Arvola T, et al. Probiotics in themanagement of atopic eczema. Clin Exp Allergy. 2000 Nov; 30 (11): 1604-10.
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