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    The Holistic Baby approach to eczema

    My son has eczema. It is not an uncommon condition in children. An internet search will score you millions of links to products, testimonials and pictures and let me tell you, when your child has eczema you spend a lot of time trying to cure it. I know I did!

    After much trial and error, frustration and tears (mine, not my son) I finally found a combination of remedies that cleared his skin and now I instruct parents to do the same via my work with the Holistic Baby Acupressure System. I can’t guarantee that it will work for everyone, but when you’ve explored every option under the sun and your child’s skin is still suffering what do you have to lose except the itch?

    And just to whet your appetite at the efficacy of this approach you can scroll down to the bottom of this article to see the before and after pictures of a six-month old baby whose mom recently followed my program. Within a week his skin was almost completely cleared!

    Here is my recommended program for eczema improvement:

    1) Probiotics

    This was the first recommendation that we were given by our son’s pediatrician when he developed eczema as a baby. While probiotics alone didn’t clear his skin their inclusion in any eczema protocol is essential.  In Chinese Medicine there is a very close relationship between the digestive system and skin health. This can be traced to the theory of the Five Elements (Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water) which inform much of the practice of Chinese Medicine. The skin is related to the Lung channel which is a Metal element. The Metal element is nourished by the Earth element in the Five Element cycle.  Therefore when there is dysfunction in the Earth’s digestive energies it can manifest in the Metal element via the skin. From this perspective, it is impossible to effectively treat the root of eczema without addressing the digestive system.

    2) Acupressure

    A daily acupressure massage on the following points will strengthen the Earth and Lung energies whose imbalance result in eczema and it will also help to alleviate the itching. Massage each point in small circles on both sides of the body for 2 minutes using medium pressure. You can also use a metal tool (a coin, ring or spoon) to massage the points  just like a pediatric acupuncturist.  Use the following links to find the point locations:

    Stomach 36


    Spleen 10


    Large Intestine 11


    3) Neem oil

    Neem oil is from India and is extraordinary in its ability to relieve the itching associated with eczema.  Neem oil is very well researched and has been found to have antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal , anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.  It is best used mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil and applied to all the eczema patches. I’ve used it on bug bites and can attest to how quickly it quells the itch!

    4) Diet

    There is a great deal of dispute about the role that food and environmental allergies play in the development of eczema. Some doctors advise that children with eczema avoid the most commonly allergic foods: milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, fish and wheat, while other authorities in the field say that there is no relationship between the skin and the digestive system. This lack of agreement leads many parents to take on the role of amateur health detective with their children to determine their own individual triggers and develop their own unique system of managing this stubborn skin condition. I suggest that nursing mothers eliminate all of the suspected foods and keep a skin journal as they reintroduce each food back into their diet. It is also vitally important to ensure that the child is getting sufficient fluids and fat in their diet.  The skin needs to be hydrated and moisturized from the inside out.

    5) Vitamin D supplementation both internally and externally

    This was the missing link when I was treating my son for eczema. The evidence was always there, but I ignored the fact that his eczema  cleared up in the summer only to return in full force at the end of winter/early spring. He was exhibiting signs of Vitamin D deficiency! When I began an aggressive treatment regime of Vitamin D supplementation his eczema cleared up completely in just a few weeks. It was miraculous! When I spoke to his pediatrician about why he had never recommended this inexpensive and easy to administer remedy he said that it was news to him and that he would suggest it to patients in the future.

    How to use: Depending upon your child’s age give them the upper limit of Vitamin D allowed for their age group as directed on the bottle’s label. The wonderful thing about Vitamin D drops is that they are usually tasteless and easy to give. You can add them into food or squirt directly into the mouth. For best absorption they should be taken with food that contains fat. Also mix the Vitamin D drops into the cream or oil that you use on your child’s skin and apply it directly to all of their eczema patches. Allowing for the Vitamin D to be absorbed both internally and externally really is the key to clearing the skin.

    6) Be patient, yet consistent

    This protocol should be followed for at least six weeks to realize its full effect. Now see how it helped one sweet little boy! Thanks to his mom for allowing me to share these pictures.

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