Eczema

10 Soothing Herbal Remedies for Baby Eczema

Eczema is a condition characterised by painful and distressing skin symptoms.

It is a condition that causes dry, red, inflamed and itchy skin.

It can occur at any age but is most common in children and babies.

If you have a child with eczema, you are undoubtedly familiar with its waxing and waning nature.

Conventional treatments are beneficial for the majority of patients.

But some are not without side effects, especially when used on your baby’s delicate skin.

Fortunately, there are herbal alternatives that can help treat the condition and speed up recovery,

In this article, we will explore the herbs for baby eczema.

That helps to calm the cycle of inflammation and prevent the relentless itch-rash cycle.

Baby eczema symptoms

Eczema” originates from a Greek word meaning to boil or bubble over.

It is a fitting description of the discomfort it brings and fitting for this painful condition that babies often experience.

If your baby has eczema, you’re likely familiar with the following symptoms:

  • Dryness
  • Swelling
  • Scaly patches
  • Sensitive skin
  • Recurring rash
  • Extreme itching
  • Weeping sores
  • Inflamed skin
  • Oozing or crusting
  • Red or dark patches

Eczema typically affects the face, cheeks, chin, scalp, chest, back, outer arms, and legs.

The itch-rash cycle is a vicious circle where intense itching leads to scratching, worsening the rash and causing it to bleed and itch even more.

Impaired barrier function

It’s important to know that if your baby has eczema, they will have an impaired skin barrier, meaning their skin doesn’t hold water like it should.

This is what causes the condition’s signature flakes and dryness.

The natural herbal remedies below will help to replenish moisture and protect your baby’s skin’s natural barrier without stripping and causing further inflammation.

They will also help to calm and soothe their skin.

Soothing anti-inflammatories

  • Oats
  • Nettle
  • Tamanu
  • Calendula
  • Chickweed
  • Red Clover
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Marshmallow Root
  • Kiwi Seed Extract
  • kawa kawa
  • Essential Fatty Acids

Herbs for baby eczema 

Poroporo: An anti-itch herb used by the Maori in New Zealand for chronic skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum Perforatum Oil): Known as “Arnica of the Nerves,” it calms nerve pain and offers anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and wound-healing properties.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis): A powerful herb known for its anti-inflammatory benefits thanks to its high antioxidant content, flavonoids, and carotenoids, which give marigold flowers their vibrant yellow hue.

This precious herb has wound-healing, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties, ideal for soothing eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis.

Calendula also has potent anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties protecting against baby eczema and cracked skin against infection.

We love calendula so much that we wrote an entire article about it, which you can read here.

Chickweed (Stellaria media herb): A natural antipruritic, relieving itchiness and inflammation similar to antihistamines.

Nettle (Urtica dioica herb): An herb that has anti-allergic and purifying properties on the skin, aiding in the relief of itch common with baby eczema.

Tamanu Oil (Calophyllum Inophyllum): A go-to oil for treating baby eczema, psoriasis, and sunburn, promoting tissue formation and skin renewal.

Kawa kawa: Rich in essential fatty acids, this unique oil helps with cellular rejuvenation, making it beneficial for skin disorders like eczema in babies.

Consider using a product like Nectar Treatment Balm. It is the perfect natural alternative to Vaseline, loaded with healing phytosterols, herbs, and omegas 3, 6, and 9. It is the ideal green formula created to treat conditions associated with eczema.

Free baby eczema resources

As the founder of the Naked Chemist and someone who has navigated the challenges of childhood eczema firsthand, I’m passionate about sharing resources that can offer support and guidance.

If you’re seeking expert advice on managing eczema, I highly recommend connecting with Dr. Aaron. His expertise has positively impacted the lives of over 10,000 children struggling with this condition. His insights and treatments may provide invaluable relief and empowerment on your child’s eczema journey.

I also invite you to explore my free ebook, crafted from personal experience with eczema as a child and extensive research.

Packed with practical tips, holistic strategies, and skincare wisdom, this ebook aims to empower individuals and families affected by eczema to reclaim control over their skin health and overall well-being.

To conclude. The naked truth

Managing eczema in babies is not easy because many conventional treatments are steroid-based.

So natural remedies, including healing herbs like kawa kawa, St. John’s wort, and calendula, offer soothing relief by addressing various aspects of the condition, from nerve pain to skin renewal.

These herbs will calm and soothe the skin and help to break the itch-rash cycle, which is crucial to addressing the distressing skin symptoms of baby eczema.

Attention to salicylate-rich foods and adopting a low-salicylate diet is often the most effective approach.

Allergy testing, including skin prick tests, can pinpoint food allergies, while dust mite allergy is another significant contributor to eczema.

Understanding the nature of eczema and its symptoms is essential for providing comfort and relief to your baby.

3 replies on “10 Soothing Herbal Remedies for Baby Eczema”

My son has suffered with eczema since he was a baby he is six now…nothing medical has ever helped accept a healing herbal balm so I was interested to read this.

How can i use these to get the best soap for babies? Will you br expanding on these herbs in soapmaking? What age ( babies) can these herbs be used in soaping?Thanks in advance for any feedback.

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