Kids and Eczema
Eczema in Kids
Remember: It’s a Symptom
When treating eczema in kids, it’s important to remember a few things.
Eczema is almost always a symptom of something else going on.
Herbal doses (internal and topical) should be administered slowly and carefully using less than half a usual dose at first, and always monitored.
You may also need a natural antiseptic handy because kids are going to scratch that itch.
Eczema Is a Symptom of Some Other Issue
Many herbalists will tell you that Eczema is the outward symptom of liver issues. While this may also be true for kids, the more common cause of eczema in kids is a food sensitivity or allergy. So while it’s good to treat the affected areas with salves, it is also important to see what your kid may be eating that is causing the eczema in the first place. The best place to start is by eliminating one food at a time (the ones that are known to cause food allergies would be the most common suspects) and then monitor for a reduction of the eczema.
Also note that during outbreaks of Eczema, the immune system is weaker, so this would be the time that your little one would be more likely to catch cold. A child’s Echinacea gummy or vitamin may be useful during this time.
Herbal Doses and Precautions
Two internal (capsulated) herbs that can be used are Grapefruit Seed Extract and Pau d’ Arco.
You can also use teas containing Liver tonic herbs like Burdock, Yellow Dock, Sarsaparilla, and Dandelion. If your little one doesn’t want to drink the tea, you can also make a tea bath and let them soak in it.
For external relief, a salve with Comfrey and Calendula can bring comfort.
With ALL of these herbs, it is important to administer very small amounts at first and then build up as you go, watching for any allergic reaction. Because Eczema is the issue, and there is probably an allergy already involved, parents need to watch for other allergies to these new herbs as well.
Kids’ skin can also be sensitive to essential oils (yes, even lavender), so I would not suggest adding these to your salves.
Because it’s very hard for a kid not to scratch that itch, I would suggest getting a silver gel to ward off any infection as well. Using a natural soap with Neem may help with this as well.