Wednesday, January 4, 2012

homemade bath soak for eczema

Poor Indi's eczema has continued to plague her and give me the worried Mama anxiety that leaves me sleepless. Despite the fact that we slather coconut oil on her up to three times a day, she sleeps in gloves, we bathe her minimally, she's on a strict diet, we have her on supplements galore (zinc, probiotics, DHA, vitamin C and D3) and we have put special allergy covers on all mattresses and pillows in the house, her eczema is still quite angry looking behind her knees and elbows and causes her a lot of itchy grief especially at night.

That said, it has improved a lot over the past two months (frightening to imagine how bad it once was). Our naturopath recommended putting an old stocking in her bath filled with oats as well as adding some epsom salts to the water. Then I discovered Billie Baby Bath Soak- which is goat's milk, colloidal oatmeal and epsom salts all in one container. It softened up her skin and helped to relieve the itch at bedtime. However, it is $17 for about 4-5 baths worth!

So, I set out to make my own. I bought the goat's milk powder at the health food shop, the epsom salts at the chemist and the oats at the supermarket all for a total of about $20. Only this time I have enough for at least 20-30 baths I am guessing.

Homemade Bath Soak for Eczema
3 cups goat's milk powder
2 cups epsom salts
3 cups oats

Blend the oats in a food processor until flour-y
Add the epsom salts and goat's milk powder to the processor until combined
Store in an airtight container in a cool place
Add 3-4 tablespoons to a shallow, tepid bath

*I would try rubbing a small amount of each ingredient (wet) onto your child's forearm before you bathe them completely in this if you know your little one is super sensitive. I have learned the hard way- Indigo breaks out in hives when we use calendula. Otherwise I'd probably add some dried calendula tea leaves to the mix too.

21 comments:

mamashara said...

Thanks for this tip...My little one is 8 months and has excema all over his body, it has been around since before food was introduced to him. So we are travelling down this path also. Our "helpful" family doc told us it was something he would just have to live with...and I chose him because he seemed fairly alternative as far as doctors go! But poor Leo ends up with red raw skin just from being in plain water, so I think I will minimise baths too! Thanks again! Shara

Maxabella said...

Excema can be such a tough one to bear, I hope this soothing bath brings relief. I suffer from psoriasis myself, so I will try this one too. Looking at the ingredients I dare say that even 'normal' skin would love a soak in this! x

Michelle said...

Poor Indi, excema is just awful. Although this bath soak sounds like something I wouldn't mind having a soak in!

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

We're a pretty itchy family, so I love this sound of this - especially without any oils - they're always dodgy! my poor boy doesn't like the sea because it stings

Emma Galloway said...

Wonderful! Thank you so much for this. Ada has developed excema for the first time ever this past month, still trying to figure out the triggers. Will track down these ingredients and give it a go, xx

Fruitful Fusion said...

Thank you so much for this. I want to try this for my son's eczema!

Elisha said...

This is an awesome article explaining why we have allergies and how symptoms like hives etc may be actual healing from within.
http://www.healingnaturallybybee.com/articles/allergy1.php
My kids had eczema but after much patience, persistance and complete change of lifestyle we have none! Their skin got worse when started natural treatments then within weeks cleared....our bodies give us signs they are ridding toxins but many times we view it as a reaction when it in fact could be healing. See what you think and I hope Indi and you get relief very soon x

Bianca said...

We have a filter on the shower and the bath too, you wouldn't beleive the difference bathing in non chlorinated water makes, not to mention the other nasties in town water. The water may not be a direct cause of the eczma, but it defitately irritates it further and dries the skin out. Plus simple filters are relitively inexpensive to buy.

xB

ecoMILF said...

Thanks everyone and thank you for the link Elisha. Very helpful! xo m.

Julie said...

Well done with making your own bath soak. My son (who is now 14) had eczema in the same places when he was little. He grew out of it as he got older.
Thank you for visiting my new blog. I made your smoothy recipe today but with soy milk. I love it so much. Your recipe is actually now replacing mine. Thank you. xxoo

tana50 said...

I am pretty sure eczema behind the knees is a food allergy.

Madam Bongani said...

Thankyou......my son is allergic to soap, so I gave this a try and it's working a treat. Everyone seems happy to jump in these days!

Fruitful Fusion said...

I have a quick question for you or anyone else who might read this. :)
Do children with eczema ever go swimming in a pool? Is the chlorine just too much for them or is the way to handle it?

ecoMILF said...

Fruitful Fusion-

from my experience and from others I talk to- you avoid chlorinated pools if your child has severe eczema. You could enrol them in ocean/bay/freshwater lake classes or some pools specifically have a special salt instead of chlorine in them if you can find one in your area. I know the first time Indi's eczema ever flared up was when we were in LA on a layover from Canada and she went swimming in the pool. That's when it all began and I have struggled to get it under control since then.

Oh also, I think some people lather their children in vaseline (or perhaps coconut oil for a more natural version) before going into a pool. It protects their skin.

xo m.

ecoMILF said...

Fruitful Fusion-

from my experience and from others I talk to- you avoid chlorinated pools if your child has severe eczema. You could enrol them in ocean/bay/freshwater lake classes or some pools specifically have a special salt instead of chlorine in them if you can find one in your area. I know the first time Indi's eczema ever flared up was when we were in LA on a layover from Canada and she went swimming in the pool. That's when it all began and I have struggled to get it under control since then.

Oh also, I think some people lather their children in vaseline (or perhaps coconut oil for a more natural version) before going into a pool. It protects their skin.

xo m.

frank wilson mccoll said...

Would you mind sharing what sort of diet you have her on? I have eczema problems too and would love to know.

Meagan said...

Frank, everyone is different but in a nutshell any highly allergenic foods and immune depressing foods are out and also anything she has shown sensitivity to:

sugar
cow's dairy (she has minimal goat's)
wheat
corn
soy of all kinds
nightshade veggies
tomatoes
citrus fruits and other highly acid fruits (ie. kiwis)
strawberries and rasberries
fish (she's highly allergic to all fish)

I think that's it! We'll slowly incorporate some of these back eventually but not any time soon. The other day I gave her a bit of ice cream and 2 days later she had eczema from head to foot! So no exceptions to the rule yet!

xo m.

Fruitful Fusion said...

I just wanted to thank you once again for this post as it seems to have helped my son a great deal. He is on homeopathic meds but these resally relieves the itchiness!

brista said...

Hi there! I decided to add powdered milk to my bath the other day then wondered if other people with sensitive skin had ever done the same and noticed improvements. So that's how I stumbled across your blog!

I haven't read your whole blog and know from experience that it's SUPER ANNOYING when strangers make suggestions to help eczema, so I apologize if you have already done this or don't even use these products...but I just wanted to mention that some little ones with eczema get it because they are sensitive to detergents. Here is a site with a ton of info on this - http://www.solveeczema.org/

Britany Slattery said...

I have had eczema my whole life and I've never had a problem in pools.

the proprietor said...

Hi! Just wandering by while searching info ... Eczema, I read, can occur as a response to practically any allergen. Mine is mostly in response to gluten and dairy. Assuming you have eliminated those, other palloatives I have found are chamomile tea, strong (I tsp per 60 ml or about 1/4 cup), put in dropper bottle, use day and night -- helps smooth skin, also -- for older folks -- stops acne and razor bumps if used reliiously am and pm!!

Another thing that smooths my skin out further, is curcumin, or for me, turmeric/curry in my diet, or as tea. Which is an all-round remedy or preventative for inflammation of all sorts.
But long term, as others here have indicated, the solution is stop the allergy, and if applicable, fix the inflamed and leaky gut! I also happen to think homeopathy shows a lot of promise for modifying allergic repsonses and re-tuning the immune system -- though I have not tried that yet myself.

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