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Most infants and children will experience a skin rash at some point early on in their lives. When my son Hudson was born, he required antibiotics and as a consequence, suffered a persistent diaper rash in his early months. Other common types of childhood rashes include eczema, hives, tinea/fungal and viral related.
Infants and children who develop eczema have a 3x’s increased risk of developing allergies and asthma down the road. If you are like me, you are keen to prevent future illness in your child. Read ahead for our best preventative strategies!
Most MD’s will prescribe a topical corticosteroid cream to treat childhood skin irritation, redness, and itching. Although these topical options will remove the redness and itch, this solution is only temporary and does not address the root cause of inflammation within the body. Persistent use of corticosteroid creams will cause thinning and weakening of the skin. They lead the inflammation to be suppressed deeper into the body, only to resurface as a more serious condition within the gut, immune or nervous system.
Skin irritations are a sign that the internal physiology of the body is imbalanced. In other words, the gut is leaky, the immune system is over or under reactive, the microbiome has too many bad bugs overpowering the good, and the body is deficient in skin healing nutrients. Very commonly, we see high body burden of toxicity as a cause for eczema, in both adults and children. Your skin is your largest organ of detoxification. Your pores secrete sweat and sebum which are a method of detoxification for impurities, toxins and chemicals. When body toxicity is high or your other pathways of detoxification are backed up, your skin will suffer the consequences.
It only makes sense that the best approach to treating your child’s rash is to heal from the inside out!
Follow these top treatments for childhood skin rashes and experience successful resolution and full healing so that the rash is gone for good!
- Address Food Sensitivities – Food sensitivities, also known as delayed onset IgG reactions, very commonly contribute to skin irritations and eczema. Dairy, eggs, citrus, soy, nuts and wheat are common culprits. The best way to determine food sensitivities is through IgG food sensitivity testing which is a blood test ordered through your naturopath at Sanas. Once your child’s food sensitivities are identified, they should be eliminated from the diet for a period of 6-8 weeks.Once the rash has healed, these foods can be added back in, one by one to assess for tolerance. Over time as the body and skin heals, your child will tolerate small amounts of their food sensitivities without launching into a full body reaction. Yay!
- Heal the Gut – The health of the gut is reflected in the health of the skin. When the gut is inflamed from eating food sensitivities or a diet high in sugar and processed foods, it becomes leaky and permeable to toxins, chemicals and solvents. These toxicities are absorbed into the blood stream and lead to inflammatory reactions like eczema. To heal your child’s gut, prepare lots of healing soups with bone broth, tons of vegetables and protein such as chicken, grass fed beef, or lentils. Increase consumption of healthy fats such as avocado, olive and coconut oil to soothe the fire within the intestinal cells. Dramatically reduce sugar and processed foods in the diet, including excess amounts of fruit.
- Be one with BUGS! An important part of healing eczema is supporting the microbiome, also known as the good bugs within the gut. Probiotics play a role in healthy immune system function, healing a leaky gut, and research shows they reduce the risk of allergic conditions such as eczema and asthma in children and infants. And yogurt is NOT enough. Supplementation of high dose probiotics is essential. Consult your naturopath for the appropriate dose and strain.
- Address Nutrient Deficiencies – If the body is lacking nutrients that support the immune system, eczema will persist. Vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, protein and essential fatty acids such as those found in fish oil are vital for your child when they have itchy, red, rashy skin.
- Boost the Immune System and Detoxify – In children, we use drainage based homeopathic remedies to open up their channels of detoxification and prepare their immune army. Castor oil tummy rubs and application over the skin rash is an excellent therapy for increasing blood flow and lymphatic circulation, thereby healing the skin. Older children do extremely well with colonic treatments with our gentle Angel of Water System. The perfect tool to flush out toxicity, bad bugs and boost the immune system.
- Silence Stress – Even children and infants experience periods of stress. Maintain a stress free home life, keep your stress levels calm around your child and if they are communicative, have a conversation with your child about their fears and worries. Your children can’t always recognize or communicate when they are under stress. However, their body will tell you through stomach aches, sleeplessness and skin rashes such as eczema.
Yours in health,
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