Today marks the start of this year’s National Eczema Week, so to kick it off we though we would re-share this informative piece from Goodness Bee.
When our daughter was about 6 months old, she started getting red patches on the creases of her elbows and behind her knees. During our visit to the doctor, he said it was eczema, brushed it off as a common occurrence, and told us it would likely go away on its own. It turns out that approximately 20% of children will suffer from eczema. And while it’s true that a large majority of kids grow out of it, seeing your child scratch, cry and bleed is a truly helpless feeling.
Her eczema soon spread to the rest of her arms and legs. Her scratching would cause her skin to bleed, and make the problem worse. We were very tempted to use the steroid cream prescribed by our doctor. But reading about the side effects and withdrawal symptoms of steroids pushed us to look for a natural solution.
Our Search for a Natural Solution
We were extremely careful about what we put on her skin. We focused on natural remedies so as to not irritate her already sensitive skin. And so we searched the internet for scientific research, and natural recommendations from people who also suffer from eczema. Of course, our parents had a lot of advice to give as well 🙂
Reading about other people and families going through similar situations gave us comfort in knowing we weren’t alone in our fight with eczema, and inspired us to push forward.
We quickly realised that eczema is extremely difficult because each person has their own unique triggers and remedies. And so finding something to help our daughter was going to need a lot of trial and error.
Here are some of the things we tried:
- Various topical remedies (Aquafor, Vaseline, Aloe Vera, Corn Starch)
- Adjusting diet (removing certain foods like dairy, picking easily digestible foods)
- Different baths (oatmeal and Chinese herbs)
- Cutting her nails short, and wearing long sleeve clothing at night.
Using various sources, forums and websites, we were able to collect a list of the most popular recommendations of natural remedies for eczema. We compiled our results into the infographic below, and shared the raw data on our blog
Our Natural Cream
From this, we made a cream using the most popular recommended ingredients. It took a couple batches to find the right mix, but we focused on:
Simplicity: Less is more. We didn’t want to use extra ingredients or additives with her irritated skin. So we experimented with different things that she reacted well to, kept her skin moisturised, and helped her to stop scratching
Thickness: We wanted something that would absorb well, but also stay on her skin to provide a protective barrier and keep moisture in. With her constantly moving around, oftentimes, the typical creams would rub off on her clothes.
In our cream, we use Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Raw Honey. That’s it. Simple and natural.
We were very fortunate to find something that helped our daughter. Her rashes went away after a few days of using the cream. And since then, her flare ups have been far less frequent. That said, each person is different, and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for someone else. But we’ve created a handmade natural moisturiser that parents should feel safe using on their children, and keeping moisture locked in will help stop the scratching. We are thrilled that our cream has helped other families dealing with eczema.
Our goal is to share our story, our research, and our natural handmade eczema cream as a way of paying it forward. Had it not been for the resources we found when investigating different remedies, our daughter may still be suffering from eczema. It is our hope that some of this helpful, and that the research we’ve done can help to filter out all the noise out there and give parents a starting point to find something to help their children.