Eczema, allergies, asthma--Oh my!
So many children suffer from these three conditions. The 'terrible three' occur when the body is in an inflammatory state and is sensitive to environmental factors. Things like toxic cleaning products, lack of nutrition, and genetics also contribute or make the conditions worse. I grew up with allergies to dust and pollen and my husband grew up with eczema. We knew our kids would probably inherit some of this genetically and it has been my mission to try and control these conditions with little or no medication. But this winter our son's eczema has really flared up so I have been going through the list of things we can do to help improve it again and wanted to share it with you.
Here are some things I have discovered on our journey to keeping eczema breakouts at bay. Some internally and some externally.
- Watch the diet. Food sensitivities can be a big trigger for skin break outs in most people. For my son, when he eats more packaged foods and drinks lots of milk, he not only has skin break outs but his behavior is different. He is more sluggish and moodier! I try to get back on track by reducing gluten and dairy and increasing fresh fruits and vegetables. We do not eat perfectly here but when things get out of whack, this is where I start! And since kids aren't always the best at making sure they eat nutritious foods, we supplement with Incredivites. We love Incredivites because they contain lactoferrin, an enzyme found in mother's milk, to help boost immunity too! Plus they are free of artificial colors, sweeteners, and preservatives!
- Limit bath time and use a good lotion. In the winter, I really limit the time my son plays in the bath. We may even go a few more days than normal between baths just to give his skin a break. I've also read that you SHOULD bath them every day but I feel that doesn't work for us so we keep it at a minimum. We also love this entire baby line because we know that the ingredients have been tested for safety. We use the bath bubbles, the massage oil (for extra moisture), and the lotion. Now, it's up to mom to remember to lotion the kids daily!
- Use non toxic household cleaners, especially laundry detergent. Our kids' clothes have always been washed with ours because we use this fragrance free detergent. We do not use any fabric softeners, anything with fragrance, or even certain dryer sheets. Because your clothes are touching your skin all day and you are also breathing in what is on your clothes, this is actually a big one to consider changing. Plus I love that my cleaning supplies are delivered to my door and I only have to order them a couple times a year because they last so long!
- Wash bedding frequently and dust often. Oops. This is one area that I do not do well in. While I can keep the bedding clean, I do not dust as much as I should and with us being home most of the time, I can see how dust in the air contributes to these conditions. I use a simple mixture of Basic H and water to do our dusting so there are no smells irritating our noses.
- Eliminate fragrances. I know the holiday season is not the time to tell you that your Christmas Cookie scented candle needs to go away but if you or your children suffer from any of these three (eczema, allergies, or asthma) getting rid of those air fresheners is a must! All of these toxins cause central nervous system damage. Physical reactions to fragrances are categorized as (1) Respiratory – allergic and non-allergic asthma, reactive airway dysfunction syndrome, (2) Neurological – migraines, nausea, dizziness, mental confusion,(3) Skin – irritation, sensitization, and (4) Eye – tearing, inflammation.
- Reduce inflammation internally. In addition to watching your diet, increasing Omegas can help reduce inflammation in the body. Omega 3s (EPA and DHA) help so many body functions! Remember mommas, when you were pregnant and your doctor more than likely recommended an Omega supplement for your baby's brain development?? Well that little baby brain continues to develop until the age of 5 so continuing Omega supplementation can be extremely beneficial for your child. We use Mighty Smarts because like Incredivites they do not contain artificial colors, sweeteners, or preservatives.
My son has been faithfully taking Incredivites and Mighty Smarts for quite some time now. Last month, I skipped my shipment of Mighty Smarts because I wanted to save a few bucks that month. Boy, do I regret that! Ever since my son stopped Mighty Smarts for two weeks, his skin flared up and I am having a hard time getting it back under control. I won't be making that mistake again. It is too valuable to me for him to have clear, pain-free skin.
I have also been working on cleaning his diet up again. We got into a bad routine of too many sweets this time of year and not enough fresh fruits and veggies like we do in the summer!
My son's complete vitamin routine powered by Shaklee.
These are some things that work for our family and my son. This post is not intended to treat or cure anything and you should seek professional assistance when necessary. This post contains affiliate links.