3 Things That I Did To Cure Eczema On (My) Baby

3 Things That I Did To Cure Eczema On (My) Baby

How do I know if my baby has eczema?

Eczema in a baby is heartbreaking. It’s upsetting to see your baby’s skin condition flared up, and you can tell that it’s itchy. 

My little one started having eczema when he was about two months old. It started with flaky dry skin and then turned into a red rash. When I referred this to the health practitioners, they said it was eczema. So they prescribed some emollient cream and emollient bath oil for my baby. And of course, with a long list of advice on what to do and not to do.

Unfortunately, my baby’s skin condition didn’t get better. Instead, it got drier, cracked, and spotty too. The itch seemed to bother him so much that his sleep was often disturbed. After more than a few months, trying the allopathic way to treat my baby’s eczema without success, I decided that I had enough.

I couldn’t just sit there watching him suffer. So, I began researching high and low through books from the local library and browsing info from the internet. I ventured into learning and most importantly putting the knowledge into practice.

What causes eczema in my baby?

Before my little one had eczema, I don’t think I really understood what this skin condition is about. All I knew was that this skin rash can be caused by an allergy to something, i.e. seafood, nuts, etc. At some point, I was also led to believe that it’s contagious.

But when I tried to know more about eczema, I realized that I misunderstood about this skin problem.


How to cure Eczema in baby by doing 3 simple things

I now learned that one of the reasons for Eczema on babies is, dry skin condition due to the body produces too little amount of fatty acids called Ceramide. This makes the skin lose its moisture and becomes dry. It is believed that the rash can be triggered by some food allergies. And it is also believed that eczema can lead to Asthma problems.

When I tried to know what Ceramide is about, I simply understood it as good fat molecules that lie on the upper layer of our skin. Their job is to keep our skin smooth and far from dry. And to protect our skin from any harmful environmental damage, such as air pollution and dry air, and from irritants like detergent.

To simply put, I think the main cause of eczema is due to a lack of good fatty acid and some form of allergies.

In my baby’s case, I have a feeling that his eczema might’ve been triggered by chocolate peanut bars that I’d eaten a lot of weeks before the rash flare-ups. Because I was having baby-blues, and chocolate peanut bars were the go-to choice to cheer myself up.

Natural remedies for my baby’s eczema

1. A Strict Diet And Fatty Acid Supplements

Out of guilt, I decided that I want to try to sort out this eczema by using home natural remedies. I thought, even if they don’t work, at the very least they shouldn’t harm you. After all, they’re only natural stuff, aren’t they?

Because my baby was only about four months old at the time, and he was still breastfed, he still relied on me for feeding. As he was not bottle-fed, nor did he start solid food.

So I set the plan.

I started researching fatty acids, i.e. its benefits, and how we can attain them. Then, I tried to find out what types of food I should avoid, and I had to increase.

Later on, I found out the benefits of Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9 for our skin. In my simple understanding, if I can have enough of these fatty acids for my baby, then hopefully his skin won’t get dry, and the rash will be gone.

To get the full benefits of those good fats, I put myself on a strict diet, avoiding any type of food that can cause allergies, and possibly trigger eczema.

So I stayed away from any type of nuts, wheat products, fish/seafood, and dairy products (e.g. cheese, milk, yoghurt, and ice cream). At the same time, I took supplements that are high in Omega 3, 6 and 9, such as evening primrose oil, flaxseed oil, borage, and starflower oil. 

I also tried to stick to a greener and healthier diet with less sugar.

In other words, I wanted to ensure my body would produce only the best milk for my baby which is higher in fatty acid. Plus, I wanted to make sure the milk would be free from any type of allergens. 

I breastfed my baby a full good two years. And when he started eating solid food at the age of six months, I made sure he stayed away from seafood, wheat, and dairy products. Luckily, he was keen on vegetables. In fact, until he was two years old, he refused to eat any meat, and he could always find any sliver of meat in his food. He was a natural vegetarian.

2. DIY Homemade Cream For My Baby’s Eczema

As I was making my way to a new lifestyle, I tried to find out what I could put on my baby’s skin to soothe eczema. Because the prescribed emollient cream clearly didn’t work. The rash on his cheek was getting drier and redder by the day.

So I began my research again.

There are many homemade cream recipes that I found and caught my interest, such as Whipped Eczema Cream by The Easy Homestead or Homemade Neem Balm by The Lovely Greens.

All the recipes seemed similar one to another, so I personally chose to try the combination of Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, and Jojoba Oil. Because I think these three natural fats can complement each other to fight my baby’s skin rash.

Shea Butter is said to have good moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties, which are good to combat eczema. Coconut oil has anti-oxidant, anti-microbial, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A, which can help the skin to fight the bacteria, but at the same time keep the skin elasticity. And lastly, Jojoba Oil has an anti-inflammatory agent, Vitamin E and Vitamin B complex, which helps to improve dry skin and keep it moisturized.

Apart from the three fats, I also added Rose Geranium and Sweet Orange essential oils in the cream. These two oils have amazing benefits. Because these two oils, combined together, are claimed to have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial-, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, anti-aging, and calming properties. I was unbelievably amazed.

However, in honesty, the reason I chose these two essential oils is that they’re fairly affordable for me. And judging by their benefits, I thought they should be good combinations for the butter and oil that I wanted to use. So, I bought them. And mixed them in my concoction 😊.

Here’s how I made my cream:

Homemade Eczema cream with 5 natural oils

Ingredients:

Shea Butter ½ cup

Coconut oil ½ cup

Jojoba oil ½ cup

10-20 drops of each Sweet Orange and Rose Geranium essential oil.

Method:

Put Shea Butter and Coconut oil in a bowl. Heat it over boiling water (double boiler), just until everything melted and mixed. Take care not to overheat it. Then add in Jojoba oil. Leave it to cool down for about 5-10 minutes, then put your preferred essential oils in. Stir well. Now leave the mixture to slightly set. You can tell by its changing color from translucent to opaque. Then whisk it. You can use an electric mixer, hand blender or even hand whisk. But make sure you whisk it until it becomes creamy and fluffy. Use as needed.

Tips:

Use a glass bowl, a ceramic/porcelain bowl, or a stainless steel bowl. But don’t use a plastic bowl. The same goes for the spoon and whisk. Make sure they’re stainless steel and not plastic.

I used to apply the cream on my baby’s skin every so often. Especially in the cold season, when the house heating is on. But, I did pay attention to his skin closely for the first few times. Just in case his skin didn’t agree with the cream. Thankfully, it suited him fine.

3. Things To Avoid

Besides doing a strict diet, taking supplements, and making homemade eczema cream, I had to avoid a few other things too. Things that can be allergen and trigger for skin rash. Especially chemical stuff, i.e. toiletries, washing powder, fabric conditioner, etc.

I had to make sure they’re all non-bio type of products. Basically, they’re sensitive skin-friendly stuff, and they don’t have a harsh chemical that can aggravate the skin rash. They have to be perfume-free and color dye-free.

Therefore, I switched my washing powder to a non-bio detergent and perfume free fabric conditioner.

However, for a baby bath, I continued using the emollient bath Oilatum that was originally prescribed by our GP. Because I found this bath formula seems to soothe the itch. And when I started applying the homemade cream, it seemed to work well, that it kept my baby’s skin moisturized a bit longer.

I carried on with this endeavor vigorously for about one year. And when my little one was about one and a half years, I stopped my strict diet. But, I still avoided high-risk food such as nuts, cheese (especially mature cheeses), and seafood. And I kept taking my supplements and tried to keep a balanced healthy diet. Because I was still breastfeeding him.

Also, we continued using my homemade cream, and the emollient bath Oilatum until my son was about 4 years old. Then I started introducing shop-bought toiletries and body lotion/cream to his skin. But I was still careful about what I chose. I tried to only choose the stuff with natural ingredients.

Last note

Eczema in babies is upsetting. It breaks your heart to see your little one’s skin get dry, red, flaky, itchy and even cracked sometimes. When this happened to my little one, I decided to try the natural remedies to cure his eczema.

There are 3 steps that I took on this journey of clearing eczema from my baby’s skin:

  1. Doing a strict diet that avoids food allergens, i.e. nuts, dairy products, wheat products. 
  2. Taking supplements that high in fatty acids such as Omega 3, 6, and 9. I used the vegetarian version for all of these supplements. Making and using homemade eczema cream that consists of Shea butter, Coconut oil, and Jojoba oil, with Rose Geranium and Orange Sweet essential oils. And using Oilatum emollient bath. 
  3. Switching my washing detergent to non-bio, and using a hypoallergenic fabric conditioner, and non-allergen toiletries products.

Thankfully, with patience and persistence, this effort was paid off. My son’s skin has been free from eczema, or any dry skin rash since he was 2 years old.

I’m ever so grateful that I followed my instinct to try this treatment. Although it was quite hard. Especially the diet bit. But it’s worthed.

All the best.


Disclaimer: I’m not a medical doctor nor am I a health practitioner. Everything explained in the content is based on self-experience and must not be considered as medical advice. You should consult an appropriate health practitioner/ doctor to seek advice for your eczema problem. Please read our disclaimer policy for further info.


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This Post Has 43 Comments

  1. GiGi Eats

    Fatty supplements for the win! I swear by fish oil. I eat so much salmon, it’s not even funny. People ask me about my skin health a lot and I always just say, SALMON! 😉

    1. Devy

      Yes yes. I’m a big fish eater myself. I love salmon, especially in sushi. Yumm. 😋

  2. Cyndi Buchanan

    My nephew is dealing with this right now. I’m going to send this to my sister-in-law and hope that it helps her.

    1. Devy

      I hope your nephew will be better too. Tell your sister in law to be patient and persistent. It may take time, especially if it’s been going on for a while. All the best.

    1. Devy

      Yes, diet can do alot for our health and wellbeing

  3. awww… I’m so glad that you found a way to cure your baby’s eczema. I’ve heard it’s troubling for the baby from my friends. Thanks for sharing

    1. Devy

      You’re welcome. It is not nice when your baby suffering from eczema.

  4. Lisette

    Very informative. My cousin was recently trying to figure out how to help her baby out with eczema. I’ll definitely be sharing this post with her!

    1. Devy

      Thank you. I hope your cousin’s baby will be free from eczema soon. All the best for them and you.

  5. Wajid Ali

    Its really important information.My little czn he has eczema on his face and here everyone things its nautral..Thanks For sharing this important information

    1. Devy

      You’re welcome. I know what you mean about the common issue of eczema. But I personally think that just because it’s common doesn’t mean we should let it on. Hope your cousin rid of his eczema.

  6. SHADRACK BIWOT

    A good diet can be really a good solution to many

    1. Devy

      Indeed it is. Good diet leads to good health.

  7. Jackson Cyprian

    This is very educative.. You are really good at health matters. Thanks

    1. Devy

      Thank you. I’m not sure about being good, but I know that when it comes to my kids I try to do my best.Like all moms do.

    1. Devy

      Thank you. Hopefully my experience can be a good encouragement to fight the eczema.

  8. Tiffany

    I love that you are focussed on diet, and actually fixing the issue instead of just fixing the condition. Awesome 😊

    1. Devy

      Thank you. Yes that was actually the idea. Getting rid of the cause.

  9. Joanna

    You did a great job researching the causes of eczema and then figuring out a formula for a home made cream to cure it. I can understand how terrible it must feel to see your baby suffering.

    1. Devy

      Thank you. It did take alot of reading. To be honest I was not sure if i understood it correctly. But I thought I’d give it a try. Thank God it worked

  10. Polly

    I’m sorry to hear to hear this. Eczema can be very itchy. 🙁 I’m glad you found ways to cure this and how dedicated you are, I’d hate to see any babies suffer. Shea butter does wonders, it has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Thank you for sharing this with us and I hope baby is now feeling okay.

    1. Devy

      Thank you. It was hard. Im glad it’s over now

  11. Kimmy Mason

    These are great tips, it’s so tough when your little has a problem like this.

    1. Devy

      Thank you. It was indeed.

  12. aisasami

    Never knew that babies could get Eczema! Glad I learn something new for the future when it could happen.

    1. Devy

      I’m glad you learned something new 😉

  13. sonali

    I am going to share your post. This would be so much helpful post for those who are suffering through this. Specially the little ones.

    1. Devy

      Thank you. I too hope my experience can be useful for others.

  14. Lucy

    This has great tips for adults too – thanks!

  15. Blairvillanueva

    Thank you for sharing us these information about eczema. Babies get so fuzzy when they got it, and it’s good there is a cream for it.

    1. Devy

      You’re most welcome. I just hope that all moms will not give up on treating eczema on their kids.

  16. Hackytips

    I see lots of adds on this. Good to know you found the best cure and sharing with others.

  17. Julia

    Wow, incredible effort to help your baby’s eczema. The diet part must have been hard. Especially eating out etc. My baby was struggling with an allergy for 6 months and doctors weren’t listening. I finally (after heaps of try and fail) figured out that he’s allergic to tomatoes and oats. But the eczema in his neck isn’t completely gone, yet. I’m glad I found your tips. I’ll try that.

    1. Devy

      Thank you. Yes the diet part was hard, initially. But after a few months, it was not too bad actually. Because it encouraged me to be more creative in my cooking 😀. I’m glad you found out what’s wrong with your baby. I hope he gets better soon. I think diet can be the key. Let me know how you get on. All the best x

  18. Kelly

    Great suggestions! Have a 4 month old recently diagnosed and we are struggling to find the right combination of things to get her some relief. I have 2 questions-Did you take individual supplements of the Omegas you listed, or were they all found within the same supplement? And the essential oils you used-are those 3 individual oils that you listed or are they like a premixed blend?

    1. Devy

      Hi Kelly, I’m sorry that your little one’s got eczema. I feel for you. Hope she gets better soon. Regarding your questions, all the Omega supplements that I used to take were 3 different capsules. Because I wanted to take the vegetarian options. And also I couldn’t find a supplement with a combination of those 3 oils. And for the essential oils, I mixed them myself as explained in the post. I didn’t use a premixed or ready-made cream because I wanted to make sure the cream would be 100% natural without any preservatives. If I can add (which I will update in my post), try to ensure that all fabric that your little one wears and uses are made of allergen-free material such as 100% cotton. For example clothes, bedding linen, etc. I found that stretchy or shiny polyester did bother my little one. All the best to you and your little one. Let me know how you get on. Stay safe and take care.

  19. Loretta Edwards

    Hi Devy, I am considering trying this for my 2 month old grand daughter who has eczema. At what age did you begin to use this on your baby?

    Loretta

    1. Devy

      Hi Loretta, my little one was about 4 months old when I started. If your granddaughter is breastfed, I’d say that her mom probably wants to try the diet first? As for the cream, perhaps you want to talk to a paediatrician first before you decide. Because I did talk to our GP before I went on making the cream. Hope your granddaughter’s eczema will be sorted soon. All the best.

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