Usually a skin condition that affects children, eczema affects patches of skin, usually behind the knees, on the elbows and around the eyes and ears.
As well as causing the skin to become inflamed and red, be very dry, and often cracked it can also be incredibly itchy.
When you take into consideration that this skin problem is around already sensitive areas such as the eyes and ears, you can only imagine the discomfort.
However, it can be treated, and statistics show that in 65% of all childhood cases of eczema clear up by the time the individual turns 16.
This is great news for any parents that are worried about their children with eczema.
We know that your immune system gets weaker when you are under a lot of stress, are eating badly and in an unfavorable environment, but it’s lesser known that eczema can be triggered by hormonal changes and even genetics, although it hasn’t yet been discovered why it is genetic yet.
However, once you have undergone a consultation with your GP they should be able to give you some cream to help clear it up, and if it’s serious they may give you some oral medication too.
Yet, there are some natural things that you can try too. These include:
- Eating more probiotic foods like yoghurt, ginger beer, and miso.
- Using a thin layer of coconut oil to treat the affected area (if you are not sensitive to coconut oil that is!)
- Take cod liver oil supplements at least once per day.
- Try not to scratch the affected area, it will make it more inflamed and may break the skin.
- Try to find out what is irritating your skin (if there is anything) and avoid it the best you can, sometimes the best cure is prevention!