Eczema is a common skin condition that may have many causes and no known cure. It can be particularly troublesome for babies. But, is it possible that breastmilk might help?
By Nav Gosal
Eczema causes a hypersensitive reaction that may occur in any part of the body as soon as it comes in contact with the allergen. About 20 per cent of infants are affected by eczema.
The red, flaky, irritated patches over your baby’s skin may be a worrisome condition that would not only trigger pain but also ruin the skin of your little one.
As there is no known cause and cure for eczema, researchers and doctors think the condition can be controlled if the immune system of a baby is strong. Cindy Gellner, MD and paediatrician at the University of Utah Community Clinics, states that “Breastfed infants will get some of the mother’s immune system, so it actually helps boost their immunity.” Breast milk has the perfect balance of proteins, fats and many other nutrients that are helpful for the both, mother and baby. Now, the question arises whether breastmilk can actually cure eczema?
Breastmilk acts as one of the best treatments in curing eczema rashes. It is a less known fact that the breast milk can easily clear up your baby’s skin, acne and rashes. Approximately 82% of newborns fed with breastmilk reported the healing of their skin condition. Human breast milk is as good as 1% hydrocortisone ointment in healing eczema.
The WHO (World Health Organization) suggests that a child must be breastfed up to 2 years of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that the introduction of solid food for the babies usually triggers the development of atopic dermatitis. Cow’s milk has about 20 allergens that may be one of the triggers of eczema in the babies.
The studies, however, conclude that these findings may not be the same for everyone. Breastmilk may or may not work for your baby so it’s recommended that you see a doctor if the condition worsens. To prevent allergens from passing on to breastmilk, a mother must follow a healthy diet and avoid foods such as wheat, corn, peanuts, eggs food additives and dairy products.
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Breastmilk is known to provide protection against various infections. It acts as a nutritious food for your newborns. It possesses a proportionate amount of nutrients and minerals that are helpful for the baby’s growth and development. Human milk also has antimicrobial agents like leukocytes, antibodies, lysozymes and more. A few studies on breastmilk suggest that it possesses wound-healing properties that are necessary for your baby.
Applying breast milk all over the affected area can help your baby get rid of the skin condition. The best way to use breast milk is to freeze the milk in an ice cube tray. The frozen milk can be used on the areas with the allergic skin condition to minimise the effect of flare-ups.
For more information on skin conditions in children, read the article below
In addition to breastfeeding, there are other treatments that you must adopt to prevent eczema flare-ups in your baby. Although, the health-care arena offers several solutions, the absence of a definite cure and prolonged dependency on medications is likely to incline you towards natural remedies. However, lack of a systematic approach often leads to worsening of eczema symptoms. It is essential that the adopted remedy works for your baby’s symptoms of eczema.
Note: Please consult a dermatologist before proceeding with any remedy
The information has been obtained from renowned and trusted medical websites, including PubMed, Cochrane.org, WebMD, DermatologyTimes, MedlinePlus and many more. Additionally, the data has been reviewed by Ph.D Medical Scholars and research professionals.
The author is a passionate writer, lover of words, free thinker, motivator and a mother of two. She runs a blog website, eczemaliving.com.
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