1) Vaccines stimulate an immune response creating an imbalance making children more prone to allergic reactions. Several studies have shown higher incidences of allergies, which includes eczema and asthma, in vaccinated children when compared to unvaccinated. Babies in their first year have more of a reaction to vaccines than older children. For more research on vaccines read The Vaccine Guide.
2) Allergenic solid foods introduced too early can cause an antibody response. Avoid introducing solids early and wait until 12 months of age to introduce any allergenic foods such as dairy, eggs, and grains to prevent allergic reactions.
3) Gut irritation and consequent allergies are a major contributing factor to eczema. Irritation to the intestinal lining caused by food either in the mothers diet (through breast milk) or in the babies diet can damage cells that form a barrier between food in the digestive tract and the blood stream. Protein molecules leaking through a damaged intestinal wall triggers antibodies to form. These antibodies trigger inflammation causing eczema (redness, heat, and swelling); usually the first sign of leaky gut syndrome known as impaired intestinal permeability in babies.
Avoid triggers, both allergens and potential irritants. Don’t use detergents, instead use laundry soap made from fats treated with alkali; soap nuts are an all natural alternative. Soap nuts are seeds from an Asian tree. Try putting a few in a small cotton bag in your laundry to clean your clothes. Avoid synthetic fabrics and use cotton or linen.
Avoid dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, and corn. These foods can trigger a response through breast milk. After a month try them again, one at a time for several days to see if it causes a reaction.
For babies on formula try a hypoallergenic formula that uses pre-digested cow’s-milk protein (or you could try raw goats milk). Formulas need to be supplemented with fish oil to supply omega-3 fatty acids.
Chamomile essential oil mixed with olive oil or coconut oil could offer some relief but don’t rely on surface treatment to heal the internal immune system problem. Avoid lavender because it has estrogen in effects (Henley et al. 2007).
Avoid drugs, the most commonly used are steroid creams and antihistamines. They suppress the body’s immune response and inflammation not only to eczema but also to cancer and other diseases.
Nutrition is key. Eat whole foods, meaning foods in their natural state. These include fruits, vegetables, and animal products with minimal amounts of packaging and processing.
Take a probiotic that includes L. reuteri and L. rhamnosus.
Supplement with fish oil, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol), and colostrum.
These nutritional supplements will help reduce inflammation and support the immune system. The majority of the immune system function occurs in the intestines, so it’s essential that the integrity of the digestive tract be nourished and maintained.
Chinese herbs and acupuncture both have the ability to relieve heat and dampness characterized in eczema. I won’t go into detail about these but it might be something for you to research.
Healing the intestinal lining takes time, stay the course over the long haul and you will eventually see results.
Information taken from The Holistic Baby Guide by Randall Neustaedter, OMD