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Sitting on my couch with my laptop on my lap, I kept thinking how to start this article, and no good ideas came to me… And then I realized the only way of starting it is by saying : I am sorry! I am so so sorry that you and your baby have to go trough the eczema hell. I am sorry that you can’t go to the beach or to the pool with her, that she has to wear long sleeve and pants all the time and that you have to see her suffer horrible itching and even bleeding without any hope of getting better. And please keep reading to find out about the homemade treatment that made such a big difference with my baby’s eczema.
Even if it won’t help you with much, I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL! I am right there with you, dear mom or dad and I know how mentally exhausted you are of trying to make things better. I also know that you are tired of using those horrible steroid creams and that you feel guilty for doing so and useless if you don’t.
WHAT IS ECZEMA?
Eczema is “a general term for any superficial inflammatory process involving the epidermis primarily, marked early by redness, itching, weeping, oozing and crusting, and later by scaling, lichenification and often pigmentation.”1 It is also used specifically to refer to the condition atopic dermatitis.
The prevalence of childhood eczema/atopic dermatitis in the US is 10.7% overall and as high as 18.1% in individual states and 21% across various countries.
Our story with eczema begins when our daughter Eva was born. Before that, I had never heard of such a skin problem. When she was a newborn, she had skin problems that most newborns have and they go away once the baby grows up. Until she was about 3 months old she had mild red breakouts on her face and pretty dry patches of skin on her body, but that was it.
Her pediatrician at the time told us it might be from a detergent or a bath product we were using so that’s when we changed everything: diapers, creams, body lotions, shampoos, wipes. We started buying only natural products and plant derived detergents hoping that will change something. Unfortunately, it didn’t.
What it did do is trigger my paranoia about baby products and how many chemicals are used nowadays even in baby stuff that are supposed to be safe. You can read more about the labels on baby products and what is safe for your baby in my article.
WHEN DID THINGS GET BAD?
Worries didn’t start to pile up too much until she was past one year, when she started having horrible breakouts, huge red, dry and irritated patches of skin. Her joints were the worst and her pediatrician prescribed us a low concentration steroid cream which I wasn’t very comfortable with but I agreed to try. As expected, it only made the problem better for a few days and then it came back worse. I really was desperate and became so tired of putting layers and layers of moisturizer with no result whatsoever.
The battle with eczema continued for more months after that. We got a recommendation for a dermatologist where her diagnosis was confirmed. By that time I had read pretty much everything there is out there to read about eczema and I had some plans in my mind . I was extremely shocked to hear the dermatologist’s advice which was to use stronger, higher in concentration steroid creams.
She told us she has had pediatric patients using these creams for years and nothing bad happened to them. Well, I cringed at hearing the word years, thinking that could not be our case and remembering very clearly in my head the warnings written on the labels of these steroid creams.
Even if I was so against this treatment plan, I had no choice because her eczema was so bad that it was affecting her life. The dermatologist completely denied the possibility of eczema being caused by a food allergy, which made me angry because I needed to know there was another option out there.
Then we started using the stronger steroid creams on her for about 2 weeks during which I was so stressed and worried that this treatment might affect her. I had read studies that show use of steroid creams on babies connected to brain damage!
- low/medium concentration steroid creams
- coconut oil
- Aloe-Propolis cream from FOREVER company
- apple cider vinegar
- shea butter
In this time, all I could do was read and try to find another option. I started using coconut oil as a moisturizer but we didn’t see much of a difference because it would wipe off very fast. Then we found shea butter which really is a miracle moisturizer. It’s 100% natural and stays on the skin for very long BUT it didn’t make a big difference with her eczema. Even so, we were still using it several times a day, after each diaper change because it was much better than any other moisturizer that we had used.
Update: We still use shea butter today, 3 months after I wrote the article and it works as good as day 1. We get ours from ebay-here with only $6 for 8 oz.
We nicknamed steroid creams “the bad cream” and most of the times when me or my boyfriend came from work we would ask: “did you have to put the bad cream on Eva today?” We were getting fed up with this and with summer coming, we were worried about her having to go trough it wearing only long sleeve and long pants.
THE BLOOD TEST
I am a pretty stubborn person, so against everybody, I decided we should do the allergy blood tests and see once and for all if she was allergic to anything. As far as I know, your baby has to be at least 16 months old to get the test done, but you can double check with her pediatrician. When we got the results, I was both happy and upset. They were all negative! That meant the struggle kept going.
OUR MAGIC ECZEMA CURING REMEDY
While researching possible cures, I came across aloe vera as a suggested remedy. I was pretty skeptical about it, I think maybe because inside, I had given up a little bit on that fight. Even so, we went to a mexican store and bought a few juicy leaves of aloe, as well as organic juice from Wholefoods. Then we started putting the gel all over her skin. We completely gave up using steroid creams before we started the aloe treatment.
Her skin was very bad in the beginning of the treatment, like I was saying. There wasn’t enormous improvements in the first couple of weeks except for the fact that she seemed less itchy. The redness did seem to calm down but I didn’t know if it was my burning wishes of getting rid of eczema or if it was real.
I was tempted to go back to the steroid creams a few times but something was telling me to keep going. I’m pretty sure it was my maternal instinct! After about one month, the results started to show very good. I was extremely impressed and happy. No, it did not happen overnight and it took a lot of work, patience and waiting. But after all this, her skin is almost perfect. She has dry skin here and there but NO red patches, NO breakouts, NO huge eczema rashes.
Before I found the homemade treatment that cured my baby’s eczema- aloe vera, I was praying to find something natural that would be at least half as efficient as the steroid creams, but that would also be long term. I would have never thought that we would get these results and that her skin would be that good. We haven’t used any steroid cream for more than 2 months now and changed nothing at all in her diet.
Do you want to know our treatment plan, what other plants we used and all the steps we followed to make eczema go away? You can click here to subscribe and download for FREE my treatment plan spreadsheet and try it out for yourself.
I am NOT a doctor or any kind of medical certificated person. All I am is a very concerned mama that was so tired of seeing her baby suffer. I highly highly recommend this treatment plan because it really did work for her and her skin is unrecognizable BUT I also think you should do the allergy blood test because I read so many cases where removing a certain item or food group out of a baby’s or mom’s diet made the eczema completely go away.
I would love to hear your story or your opinions on the article. For any questions, don’t hesitate to email me!