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Eczema Caused Baby To Scream And Toenails To Split

Author: Carissa K.
Date: 03-12-2015
Views: 5,760
Word Count: 490
Questions Received: 4
Testimonial ID: 10535-OR
Brand Neutral: No
Scientific Studies: 4

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My daughter is 22 months old, and she has been battling eczema (thanks to the lovely gene her daddy gave her). Since she was six months old, she started getting eczema on her lower back or upper butt.

I had to switch to everything hypoallergenic. I switched to the Honest Company diapers and used a different brand of hypoallergenic wipes. Using Pampers and Huggies on her was not good enough.

I tried everything... diaper rash creams (Desitin, Burt's Bees), every diaper ointment, antibiotics, each and every eczema cream that I came across (I even made my own eczema cream with coconut oil, baking powder, and ground oatmeal), hydrocortisone creams (1% and 2%), and all-natural creams from the health food store.

It had become chaotic and stressful trying to get my little baby girl to stop scratching herself until she bled and to stop screaming every time I would wipe her when I gave her a diaper change. I have spent countless nights trying to get her to stop scratching, with me just lightly rubbing it to stop her from crying and screaming in pain.

I started using therapeutic-grade essential oils for a few reasons, and my daughter's eczema was one of them. I had come across a do-it-yourself eczema cream recipe made with essential oils:

* 10 drops Melrose

* 10 drops Frankincense

* 10 drops Lavender

I mixed up the above essential oils in 1/2 cup of organic coconut oil and made a cream.

At first I had to use the cream on her at every diaper change. (It was made of coconut oil, so it only took a little because it would melt on my finger as I would rub it in.) Then it was only needed once a day. As time went by, I continued to use less and less.

After the first month, I now only use this homemade cream when I see any redness or irritation. I do not use it daily, and, on the days that I do use it, it is only once or twice. Now after two months of using the eczema cream on her, she has not had a flare in a little over a month.

My daughter's eczema also makes her big toenails split, and they get ripped on the carpet and bleed. It is one of those not-so-fun side effects of how bad her eczema is. So I have been rubbing the cream on her toes as well. It has not completely healed her toes yet, but they are doing much better.

After trying everything with nothing really working (in the past, the eczema would go away some and then come back twice as hard), now my daughter is pain free and eczema free. She is no longer scratching herself to the point of bleeding every day. Another thing I noticed is that, when I use it on her, it totally relaxes her as well!

I do have before and after pictures for those who are interested in seeing them.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: eczema — "Eyelid scrubs or massage with tea tree oil could be an effective treatment regimen in cases of blepharoconjunctivitis [and Demodex mite infestation]."Link
2.Associated topics: eczema — "[T]opical fatty acids and essential oils are a useful treatment option for canine atopic dermatitis."Link
3.Associated topics: eczema — "[T]ea tree oil seems to be a more effective anti-eczematic agent than zinc oxide and clobetasone butyrate...."Link
4.Associated topics: eczema — "Herbalists treat skin ailments, such as fungal infections (like candidiasis), wounds, eczema, and acne, with lavender oil. It is also used in a healing bath for joint and muscle pain. One study evaluating treatments for children with eczema found [that] it was therapeutic touch from the mother that improved symptoms; in other words, massage with and without essential oils (including lavender) both reduced the dry, scaly skin lesions. Another study found that lavender oil may improve pain control after surgery."Link

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