Avoid dairy; it is a huge culprit for eczema flareups. Eczema is inflammation, it needs to be treated from the inside. Supplement with a good probiotic (you need to restore good bacteria) and vitamin C (a natural anti-inflammatory); both also are wonderful for their immune-enhancing effects. Make sure your child is getting enough good oils in his diet; try coconut oil, borage oil, and evening primrose oil (each of these can be used topically as well to reduce itching). Avoid Rx creams like Elidel (known to cause cancer) and all OTC products (soaps, shampoos, etc.) that contain petrochemicals, parabens, SLS, phthalates, etc. Even products made to treat eczema contain ingredients known to exacerbate the condition. And I'm sure others will be along and suggest you try Vaseline or Aquafor ... absolutely do NOT use these products; they are petrochemicals and should NOT be used on or near skin.
at 2:41 PM on May. 15, 2011