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Pediatric Eczema

Eczema, aka Atopic Dermatitis, is an inflammatory condition starting in the bowels manifesting on the skin. Once again, we have poor food choices that lead to an allergic inflammatory reaction that leads to increased permeability of the intestinal wall allowing large food particles to enter lymphatic circulation and then the blood stream (aka leaky gut) where they do not belong. Once these toxins circulate through the blood, the inflammation manifests on the skin as a dry, red, thickened and itchy rash that can be weepy and oozy with pus. Persistent scratching brings the risk of a secondary bacterial infection. Though there is no known “cause,” it is thought to be in part inherited from the parents (Atopic) but triggered by allergens.

It is not uncommon for a child to have not just eczema but also asthma and allergies. The link is digestion and respiratory function.

Treatment

Conventional Western treatment includes topical corticosteroids and oral ones if needed. These are strongly anti-inflammatory, but long-term oral use can lead to marked immune suppression.

Home remedies
Keep bathing to no more than 10 minutes so as to not dry out the skin
Use only hypo-allergenic soaps and detergents
Wash only genitals, hands and feet with soap while rinsing off the rest of the body; pat the skin dry, don’t rub
Colloidal Oatmeal baths and lotions like Aveeno to decrease itching
Moisturize when wet
Sea Salt water compresses to stop itching

Identify and decrease irritants
Laundry detergents
Soaps
Household chemicals: use baking soda and white vinegar to clean
Perfumes
Animal dander
Metals like nickel in jewelry
Workplace exposure for adults
Water damage at home lead to mold!!

Healthy diet and lifestyle changes as described on my Treating Kids page to support a strong immune system. Most importantly, ZERO DAIRY! And by ZERO, I actually mean ZERO. Followed by a close second in minimal to zero sugar.

Acupressure: Gently rub these points in order with focus for 5 minutes each 2x/day for good preventive care; strengthens digestion to promote healthy immunity

Miriam Lee Tune-Up:

Spleen 6: inside lower leg just above the ankle
Stomach 36: just below the knee, in the depression lateral to the tibial crest
Large Intestine 11: in the depression at the lateral elbow
Lung 7: just proximal to the wrist behind the thumb
Large Intestine 4: in the webbing between the index finger and the thumb.

Add: Stomach 43: in the webbing between the 2nd and 3rd toes. Powerful 911 Stomach point for indigestion, pain and inflammation in the GI tract

When you come to see my in my office, I will prescribe Chinese Medicinal Herbs to regulate digestion, clear heat and inflammation, clear the skin, and strengthen digestion and immunity. I will also use acupuncture as needed for acute and symptomatic relief.

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With eczema as is true for allergies and asthma, the root cause lies in poor digestion. Clean up the gut to clean up the skin. So start with making healthier and cleaner food choices which will benefit not just your child but the family as a whole. And since kids are so resilient, you should notice results quickly.

 

 

© Jordan Hoffman, L.Ac., Dipl. OM, 2010. All Rights Reserved.

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