Sad news. My 3 year old’s eczema was recently exacerbated by the use of a naturally exfoliating sea sponge. I didn’t realize how detrimental the natural sponge was in his sensitive skin until too late…now it’s been a painful battle to get rid of the angry rashes all over his upper body. I’m not about to use no steroid creams on his delicate skin. This is my plan:
1. I replaced his hypoallergenic Tide Free & Clear laundry detergent with the brand Nature Clean. I also stopped using fabric softener sheets.
2. I switched from buying synthetic clothing to organic cotton and blends. I like Mini Mioche and WeeWoolies.
3. I switched from a hypoallergenic baby wash to bathing him in oatmeal powder and rinsing with water infused in chamomile . (The bathtub is also getting scrubbed with lemons, ACV and baking soda. I was formerly using Method eco spray and Lysol wipes).
4. My son loves toast so I’m looking for an affordable gluten free bread. We will cut out gluten. I’m also adding a tablespoon of flax oil to his smoothies. It could take weeks to have effect on eczema though.
5. For itching relief, I bought : tea tree oil , emu oil , organic coconut oil and Shea butter . Apparently grapeseed is really good for eczema but I cannot find a pure, cold-pressed grapeseed oil . Applying chamomile tea bags on his back while he sleeps has helped as well .
6. And lastly , I threw out the rugs because of the risk of dust aggravating the eczema . My son loves to roll on the rugs!
The best part about these natural eczema fighters is their versatility . So many oils can be used for hair and skin (like flax and emu and grapeseed ) .
If you can’t eat it, it shouldn’t be on your child’s skin. If you are a veteran eczema fighter, please leave a tip or two in the comments below! How do you deal with ever ?