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Natural Remedies For Treating Eczema

May 3, 2012

We have written about eczema on this blog before: it’s an incredibly upsetting condition for both children and parents- there doesn’t seem to be one easy solution to cure it. Sara Chana Silverstein, a New York based, international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, lecturer, author, wife and mother of seven children (yes, she really is superwoman!), wrote an article for us on how she works with children with eczema.

******By Sara Chana Silverstein

Steroid Creams
Sleepless nights from eczema are torturous.  I’m not sure if the condition is more painful for the child or for the mother who feels powerless watching her child itch.  Steroid creams appear to be miraculous at first, but the eczema usually returns once the treatment is stopped.

Study on Allergies and Eczema
What’s so frustrating for both conventional doctors and alternative practitioners is that what works for one child often doesn’t work for the next. Each child’s eczema is unique, and has different causes and different cures.  One interesting study reported that children from families with a history of allergy and eczema found that if the mother, while pregnant, stayed away from known allergens for the last trimester and the baby stayed away from allergens for the first six months of life, the incidence of eczema majorly decreased, so prevention is always the best cure.

What Homeopaths Think
Homeopaths don’t look at eczema as a single condition, rather, they look at each case individually.  They act like detectives, asking lots of questions, trying to figure out the possible cause, while looking for a cure that is specific to each child. The Homeopath will suggest a specific homeopathic remedy and discuss dietary changes for the infant or the nursing mother.  In general, however, exposure to dust-mites should be decreased and adding a nutritious oil to one’s diet, such as flax seed, is suggested.

How to Take Homeopathic Remedies
A homeopathic remedy which is suggested to treat eczema is usually taken once to twice daily, at a low potentcy like 6c. Homeopathy is dispensed in pellets and three-at-a-time is the normal dosage.  As the pellets are dissolved under the tongue, the child is asked to not eat for five minutes before and after taking the remedy.

Below are a few of the most common homeopathic remedies for eczema:
•    Sulphur:  Tremendous itching. The eczema can appear anywhere on the body and can be either moist or dry, with dirty looking skin.  There may be a foul odor.
•    Graphites: Dry eczema, with thick yellow or honey-like discharge. Scratching until skin is raw.  Usually eruptions are in the folds of the skin or behind the ears.
•    Calcerea Carbonica:  Eczema with dry, rough, chapped skin.  The skin may also tend to crack.  Dry patches on the face. Child tends to be sweaty by nature.
•    Natrum Muriaticum: Eczema with tiny bubbles and intense itching.  The wounds tend to have watery discharge when scratching.  Worse in the heat of the bed.  Appears on hair line, between fingers and on groin.
Although skin conditions are often difficult to treat, with a little patience and the proper guidance most moms can help their children learn to control and feel more comfortable with their challenge of eczema.

Sara Chana Silverstein is a Brooklyn-based, international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), classical homeopath, herbalist, businesswoman, wife and mother of seven children. Sara is your teacher and guide as you navigate the challenging worlds of working mom and/or breastfeeding mother, revealing the secrets to taking charge of your own health for the wellbeing of both you and your child. She is a highly sought-after public speaker, presenting an array of topics in an intelligent, compelling, funny, provocative, and exciting way.