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September 16th, 2015

As the summer draws to a close and the beginning of a new school year inches closer we take a look at common skin conditions children face and the best natural ways to combat them.

Cradle Cap

Cradle cap is a very common skin condition in babies. It has a yellowish, patchy and scaly appearance on the scalp. Neither an allergic or bacterial infection, it is considered to be the effect of the mother’s hormones that are retained in the baby’s body after birth. While the exact causes are unknown it is believed that cradle cap could be down to the hormones over stimulating the baby’s sebaceous gland. Generally, most cases of cradle cap will clear up in their own in time, however, there are some natural remedies that can help treat it.

 

Coconut Oil: Gently apply coconut oil to the affected areas, letting it sit for around 10 minutes. The oil will soak the dry scales, which can then be removed with a soft, fine-toothed comb. After combing, shampoo with a mild baby shampoo to further remove the flakes and rinse thoroughly.

 

Tea Tree Oil: Dilute tea tree oil to a ratio of 1:10 with almond oil (do not apply tea tree oil directly to the baby’s skin). This will help to reduce the over-production of sebum, unclog the hair follicles and remove the excess oil.

Eczema

Eczema in babies and children is an extremely common condition. Atopic eczema is thought to affect as many as one in eight children. The symptoms include patches of red, dry and itchy skin that typically appears on the inside of the knees, elbows and crease of the neck or on the face. Natural remedies can help to strengthen the skin’s barrier, helping it to retain moisture.

 

Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil can penetrate the skin deeply and is the most similar in molecular structure to our skin’s natural sebum. It is incredibly rich and moisturising, helping to protect the skin from water and moisture loss.  Apply jojoba oil to the affected areas, gently massaging in with your fingertips until it is absorbed.

Impetigo

This highly contagious infection is common amongst children but can affect all ages. It is caused by bacteria infecting the outer layers of skin, resulting in sores and blisters on the skin. Impetigo usually gets better without any treatment however treatment is usually recommended because it can reduce the time-span of the infection and reduce the risk of the spread to others. In addition to medical treatment, these natural remedies can help:

 

Tea Tree and Olive Oil: Tea tree, a natural antiseptic oil, will help to fight the bacteria causing the impetigo. A couple of drops mixed with olive oil will also help to soothe the soreness of the broken skin. Gently massage into the affected area, taking care not to further break the skin.

 

Aloe Vera: Applying aloe vera gel to the affected area can help to relieve the dryness and itching associated with impetigo. Apply the gel with your fingertips and spread all over the area, letting it soak in. Remember to thoroughly wash your hands after, to prevent spreading the infection to other areas. Aloe vera can also be found in our Skin Balm to help soothe irritations.

 

Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a mild and common childhood illness that most children catch at some point. Chickenpox is most common in children under the age of 10. It is so common in childhood that over 90% of adults are immune to the condition because they have had it before. Children usually catch chickenpox in winter and spring, particularly between March and May. It causes a rash of red and itchy spots that turn into blisters, which then dry out and fall off. Although considered a mild illness, it may cause your child to feel very uncomfortable and unhappy, try these natural remedies to ease the symptoms.

 

Oats: Wrap oats in a muslin cloth or clean tea towel and let it soak in the bath or under the running tap. The oats will release a soothing milk to help soften and heal the skin.

 

Honey: Honey can be used to help heal the blisters and reduce the risk of scarring. It will also give relief from itchiness. Apply small amount to the affected areas twice a day. 

16 / 09 / 2015

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