5 Natural Ways to Help Treat Eczema {Without The Need of Topical Steroids}

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Our second child has struggled with eczema off and on since he was born, and after a pretty severe episode he was prescribed steroidal cream by his doctor. We reluctantly tried the cream for a few days and it helped clear his eczema a bit, but after we stopped the cream it seemed like his eczema came back with a vengance.

After reading about the many side effects of topical steroids, steroid addiction and withdrawal, we decided to stop using the cream and instead tried implementing some new routines and using natural remedies. After a couple of months we noticed a significant difference in how his skin felt and looked and his eczema has been under control for close to six months now.

We have been very consistent with the changes and we have seen great results. Remember that if your skin doesn’t respond to any of the natural treatments or gets worse you should definitively consider an appointment with your doctor.

  • Wear 100% Cotton or Bamboo Clothing Only

This one is very important. Our son wears 100% Cotton or Bamboo clothing ONLY. Any time he wears any other material we notice his skin gets red and irritated and his eczema starts coming back. Make sure that all your clothing is loose, breathable and comfortable and remove tags or anything that can irritate your skin.

  • Use Fragrance Free and Dye Free Laundry Detergent

Wash all of your clothes using fragrance free and dye free laundry detergent.  Try using a natural washing powder, we already use one to wash our cloth diapers and all of his clothes are washed with the same detergent. Again, we notice his skin reacts right away if he wears something that has been washed with regular detergent.

  • Don’t Bathe Too Often Or Stay In The Tub For Too Long

Bathing too often can strip moisture from the skin and make the condition worse. Limiting bath time and not staying in the tub for too long can help your skin immensely.

  • Use Natural Soap and Shampoo

During bath time use warm water and only use natural, perfume-free shampoo and body soap. Check for and avoid any products containing sodium lauryl sulfate and parabens.

  • Use Organic Coconut Oil Or a Fragrance-Free Base Moisturizer

Apply organic coconut oil or fragrance-free base moisturizer cream on any eczema patches twice a day. I usually do it in the morning before changing my son and after his bath in the evening. Look for cold pressed coconut oil at your local supermarket of health food store.

Eczema can be extremely itchy so make sure you keep your little one’s nails trimmed to avoid scratches and cuts. The more you moisturize the less it will itch.

Do you or somebody in your family suffer from eczema? Do you have any other natural treatments to share? Share them below!

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Angela V

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Hi, my name is Angela and I am a Canadian mom living in Vancouver with my wonderful husband and two happy little boys. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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16 responses to “5 Natural Ways to Help Treat Eczema {Without The Need of Topical Steroids}”

  1. kathy downey — June 1, 2015 @ 9:16 am (#)

    I find the steroidal cream works while you are using it but once you stop it flares again. Coconut oil has been keeping mine under control……Honestly all those steroids are not good for your body in no way.You are doing great if you have his under control.Eczema can be painful at times.

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  2. Elva Roberts — June 1, 2015 @ 4:35 pm (#)

    My Mother had very painful eczema for years and one of my brothers suffered from it from birth until about age six years when the cream used healed him and he had no problem after that.
    I have had some problems with eczema but use colloidal oatmeal in water to soothe and Aveena lotion to moisturize. If I watch certain foods, I am ok.
    It can be very severe and itchy and I hope other people follow your advice because steroids are powerful medications

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  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen — June 1, 2015 @ 7:58 pm (#)

    thankfully I don’t suffer from eczema, though I do get very dry skin especially in winter.

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  4. Laurie P — June 2, 2015 @ 12:38 pm (#)

    my toddler had it mildly….keeping it moisturized helped, and she eventually grew out of it.

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  5. sarah sar — June 3, 2015 @ 9:59 am (#)

    Wish I had read this when my boys were little. The coconut oil idea is brilliant!

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  6. kristen visser — June 4, 2015 @ 9:57 am (#)

    excellent points and some i did not know about. my daughter has eczema and gets it on her face and legs. we use Natural Soap and Shampoo but she is usually in the bath for a while and I don’ t use fragrance free laundry detergent. great tips to know!

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  7. Aliya D — June 10, 2015 @ 8:46 pm (#)

    I have some issues with eczema and find that winters are the worst for me… Thank you for the recommendations. Often the steroids work for a period, but I really dislike the idea of meds and drugs.

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  8. Wanda Tracey — June 12, 2015 @ 8:26 pm (#)

    Thank you for the great tips.The coconut oil is a marvelous tip that I must try!

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  9. Laurie P — June 13, 2015 @ 8:06 am (#)

    always amazes me as to how common it is. I also like reading how other folks deal with it 🙂

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  10. Melinda L. — June 16, 2015 @ 8:21 am (#)

    Excellent tips! We find that using fragrance free detergents has made a huge different.

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  11. Anne Taylor — July 19, 2015 @ 12:43 pm (#)

    Thanks for these tips! My new 4 month old grandson has eczema.

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  12. loriag — July 24, 2015 @ 5:34 am (#)

    Those are great ideas for helping with the problem of eczema.

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  13. kathy downey — September 26, 2015 @ 1:40 pm (#)

    I love this photo of the tiny foot

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  14. Wanda Bergman — October 21, 2015 @ 6:44 am (#)

    These are great tips. I’ve always liked using Organic Coconut Oil.

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  15. kathy downey — November 10, 2015 @ 11:23 am (#)

    My grandson suffer with this last year,his hands were terrible and now that the cold weather has stated we are trying to keep his hands good and moist with coconut oil….fingers cross this winter is beter fro him

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  16. Wanda Tracey — November 22, 2016 @ 7:56 pm (#)

    Thanks for the great information.I do have eczema and sometimes it flares up for no apparent reason.Anything I can learn about it is a welcome relief. 🙂

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