Eczema refers broadly to a range of skin conditions that include recurring skin rashes and dryness. Skin discoloration, though temporary, often appear when these heal.
Eczema affects upto 30 to 40% of infants who are brought up in an exceedingly clean environment [read unnatural environment]. Exposure to bacteria and other immune system modulators is important during development, and avoiding this exposure increases risk for eczema, asthma and various allergies.
Most infants who develop eczema acclimatize in due course and outgrow the condition by their 10th year.
Eczema is characterized by one or more of the below symptoms
- skin swelling
Eczema in infants are mostly allergic in nature and often shows up first on a baby’s forehead, scalp and cheeks, but may soon spread to other parts of the body too. The first step in treatment involves identifying and eliminating the allergens be it milk powder or dust mites or something else. Once that is done, the next step is to address the eczema externally.
Virgin Coconut Oil
These days people try to convince you that coconut oil is just about the healthiest thing in the whole world. I don’t know how far that’s true, but there are exceedingly convincing studies on virgin coconut oil’s use in eczema. Independent research reports suggest that results from using coconut oil outweigh any other over the counter non-steroidal preparation in the market today.
Coconut oil contains a relatively rare fatty acid called Lauric Acid, which is in abundance in one other place – human breast milk. The soothing and moisturizing qualities of this substance is pretty potent. Apply coconut oil to eczema affected areas, and you will see exactly how potent it can be.
How to use
In Eczema, one of the most important things is to keep the area clean and free from dust, dirt, bacteria etc. And what better way to do this than bathing regularly, even as often as twice a day. Make sure to apply the virgin coconut oil to damp skin during shower and just pat dry allowing some of the moisture to stay sealed into the skin.
Seeing eczema in an infant can be depressing, but it really doesn’t need to be. In most cases, if you take some time to care, you will see real benefits.