Q&A: Kids Safe Eczema Products

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“Hello! I am a new customer, began my detox kit just before Christmas-so far so good! But my question is this, my 4 month old granddaughter has eczema (dry) and I wanted to know if your products would be safe for me to use on her? I watched your video on eczema and of course it didn’t really address this. Mommy would feel better if I asked and know!! Thank you so much and I hope you had a wonderful holiday”

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battyThanks for the question!

Hydration Mist Kid Safe Eczema Skin CareFor kids under 2 years old, any of the following eczema products are safe:

Since the eczema serum and eczema ointment have active essential oils, it’s best to wait until they’re 2 years old or older. At 2 years old, kids can also use the ointment and serum, however, I generally only recommend the serum or ointment for kids (over 2) if their eczema is severe. And the serum combined with the body balm or patchouli moisturizer for moderate cases.

Otherwise, I stick to recommending the serum and ointment for adults.

The Products

Most kids (even ones much older than 2 years old), see great results from combining the hydration mist with the patchouli facial moisturizer, body balm, or jelly.  Combining the hydration mist with the body balm is the most popular pick for folks buying eczema specific products for kids. 
  • I think this might be because the balm is unscented and in a handy solid lotion stick which makes applying quick and easy (just spritz the mist, then rub on the balm). When the balm is applied to the skin, it warms up and starts to melt easily into the skin. Before my nephew cleared up his eczema, he used to love pressing the balm to his hand and say “I’m heating this puppy up!” lol. store_thumbnail_template
  • As for the patchouli facial moisturizer, it is very healing and absorbs quickly leaving behind no greasy feel, but it has the very distinct scent of patchouli which some kids (and adults!) aren’t fond of
  • The body and lip jelly is the fastest way to heal mild eczema (when combined with the hydration mist or hydra healing gel), but the jelly doesn’t absorb fully into the skin (it’s like vaseline without all the petrochemicals), so kids generally end up getting the jelly on everything but where it needs to be lol.
    • Covering it with a band-aid (if the eczema patch is small enough and in a place that’s appropriate to do so), solves the “jelly everywhere” problem.

 

The Routine

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And as a routine (how often/when/etc) to using the hydration mist plus either the moisturizer, balm, or jelly, here’s my suggestions:
  • First apply the hydration mist or hydra healing gel
  • Next, apply your choice of either the moisturizer, balm or jelly (all of these seal in the hydration while allowing the skin to “breathe”). Some folks like to wait until the mist is slightly absorbed before applying the next product, and that’s totally fine.
  • This combo can be applied as often as needed
  • A suggested starting point would be twice a day
  • Any of the soaps I listed at the top of this post are eczema safe and won’t irritate or increase eczema. They don’t strip the skin and are extremely gentle so they are what I recommend for cleansing.
    • If using a cleanser / soap that’s already at home, be sure to check it for sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). Both of these ingredients should be avoided as they are chemical detergents and can actually cause eczema and other skin irritations. 

Extra Info & Potential Causes

Additionally, you may or may not be aware of this info, but I felt I should pass it along anyways just in case it might be helpful to your granddaughter…..
Many health practitioners believe childhood eczema is often a reaction to food sensitivities
  • I’ve seen several of my customers clear up their eczema – and haven’t had it return in over a year by combining natural skin care and trying their best to figure out if any food sensitivities were contributing to the problem. For the two customers I’m thinking about, one of them found that ribonucleotide was the problem – now he stays clear of any ingredients with the numbers 627, 635, and 631. The other customer found that tomatoes – of all things! – increased the likelihood of an eczema flare up.
  • Themostcommonlysighted food sensitivities for children (as they relate to eczema) are..
    • additives (colors and flavors) including (but not limited to…
      • MSG
      • ribonucleotide – #635 – E635 (names or numbers can be used on the label)
      • disodium guanylate – #627 – E627
      • disodium inosinate – #631 – E631
      • monosodium glutamate or #621
    • sulphite preservatives
    • salicylates (present in most fruits and some vegetables)
    • eggs
    • wheat and gluten

Clearly everyone is different, and there’s lots of different views when it comes to eczema and food triggers, but since some people are finding avoiding food triggers helpful, I thought I’d let you know the trends I’ve noticed. 🙂

 I hope my answer about “kid safe eczema products” helps and gives “mommy” some peace of mind knowing that I do have kid safe (and approved!) options if she’s interested 🙂

 

 lovebatty purple

 

p.s. Want to learn more about eczema? See all our eczema articles here. There’s also another Q&A article here about a child with eczema.
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