Every parent will agree that watching their baby suffer from eczema is the most heart breaking and distressing experience. Especially, if they have been told by their baby’s doctor that there is nothing they could do to make it go away. Itching that does not respond to scratching is agonizing to say at least, however it is also emotionally draining since prescribed medicine often does not work or the results are only temporary.
So what can a parent do to reduce the persistent itching and help their baby get rid of eczema for good if creams are not the answer? In answering that question, it is vital to understand the true cause of eczema.
Eczema, being an allergic reaction, is mainly triggered by eating specific foods or getting in touch with external allergens that penetrate and damage the skin barrier.
If some food is not tolerated well by your baby, it will act as an internal allergen that will in turn penetrate and damage their gut lining – also called “the inner skin”. Because of everyone’s individual make-up, it is possible to be allergic / intolerant to just about any food. This is because every food is composed of natural chemicals that our immune system may react to (e.g. salicylates, amines, tannins, caffeine, etc).You will find that some babies are sensitive to certain foods because their digestive and immune systems are still immature. Their skin is also much more sensitive because it is quite thin. This means that it is easier for toxins to penetrate through their skin barrier.
As babies grow older, food allergies become less of an issue. This is mainly because their digestive and immune system have grown more mature. Having said that, any ongoing allergy that goes untreated or that gets suppressed by steroid creams or anti-histamine medication may contribute to a compromised and hypersensitive immune system later on in life. The same food allergies may also develop into other allergies or manifest as asthma or hayfever (medical practitioners often maintain that most babies grow out of eczema however those individuals quite often develop asthma or other allergic conditions a few years down the line. Sadly, nobody seems to make the connection).
Sometimes however the main culprit is not food related. In such cases detergents could be the cause. Detergent related allergies appear to be on the increase since detergents are lurking everywhere from skin care and household products to washing powders and washing-up liquids. Detergents disrupt the skin barrier by interfering with the skin membrane permeability thus allowing for foreign particles (e.g. dust) to penetrate causing inflammation whilst at the same time decreasing the skin hydration which leads to dry itchy skin. Later on you will learn how to find out if detergents trigger your baby’s eczema.
It is important to keep in mind that everyone’s genetic make-up is unique, so the underlying factors that trigger each baby’s eczema will also differ. Often the primary contributing factor can be traced to the toxic load the baby inherits from their parents. By the toxic load I mean how healthy the baby’s parents were at a cellular level at the time of the baby’s conception. A status of parents’ cells does indeed affect the baby’s constitution and vulnerability to specific health conditions.
Unfortunately, eczema is not a result of only one factor. Rather it is caused by a complex interplay of several factors acting as triggers that eventually undermine the baby’s immune system.
If the triggering factors remain unaddressed for a continuous period of time, the immune system will be subject to a lot of pressure. Eventually, it will get thrown out of balance at which point the eczema becomes chronic.
In order to find a permanent freedom from eczema, it is crucial to delve deeper to get to the root cause of the condition. Eczema is an immune system disorder so our aim will be to strengthen and optimize your baby’s immune function as well as identify and eliminate the unique major triggers that set your baby’s eczema off.
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