When your child is suffering from the red, itchy rash that comes with eczema, you want immediate relief. Aside from prescription creams and ointments, there are things you can do at home to help make your child more comfortable.
As with any home remedy, check with your pediatrician first, then consider trying:
- Probiotics: Research showed that children at risk for developing eczema who were given probiotics had their risk cut in half compared to those taking a placebo.
- Oatmeal: Dermatologists recommend sprinkling uncooked oatmeal into your child’s warm bath water. Oats contain compounds that soothe inflammation, while also hydrating the skin.
- Aloe Vera: We already know it can soothe sunburned skin, so it’s no surprise natural health practitioners recommend it to relieve the itchy rash of eczema. Opt for the pure aloe vera gel found in health food stores.
- Chamomile: It’s not just for drinking! Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory properties that help calm inflamed skin. A study even found that people who used it to treat their eczema had decreased inflammation and were able to reduce their use of topical steroids. Simply wet some tea bags and place them on your child’s affected area.
- Witch Hazel: One study found that witch hazel worked just as well as an anti-inflammatory cream when it came to improving symptoms like redness, scaling, and itching.
- Virgin coconut oil: Many parents swear by coconut oil for their eczema sufferers. You can apply as often as needed to the affected area — not only does it relieve any discomfort, but it can also help prevent flare-ups.
Reviewed by Dr. Sara Connolly, May 2020
- Aside from prescription medication, there are steps parents can take at home to relieve their child’s eczema.
- Probiotics can cut a child’s risk of eczema in half.
- Adding uncooked oatmeal into your child’s bath can soothe his or her irritated skin.
- Witch hazel, aloe vera, chamomile, and virgin coconut oil can also help relieve the symptoms of eczema.