Ever gotten some really crazy, unsolicited advice about how to care for your child's eczema? People say a lot of dumb things when they are actually trying to be helpful. As the old saying goes, "The road to hell is paved with good intentions." Well, so is the road to a mom hating you. Check out the 7 things you should NEVER say to a mom of a kid with eczema.
1. Is that contagious?
Nope, it's an immune disorder, it's not a virus. You can’t catch it from touching it no more than you can catch being ugly. Up to 80 percent of your immune system is in your digestive tract, so healing the gut is one of the most powerful ways to help reverse eczema.
2. Have you taken him to the doctor?
Duh! Do you want to get punched in the throat? Of course “the Mom” took the kid to the doctor.
3. Put some CRISCO on that baby!
CRISCO definitely won’t work. Dry skin is just a symptom. True healing starts from addressing the real cause of the problem. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and anything you put on it gets absorbed directly into your bloodstream. Believe it or not, the best way to moisturize your skin is from the within! A diet with plenty of omega-3 fats and water can do just that.
4. Wash that baby in bleach!
No, you wash your baby in bleach and let me know how that works out for you. I’ve heard of some crazy crap disguised as “home remedies,” but this one is downright dangerous. Bleach will hurt your baby’s skin. It will not help his eczema at all. Don’t do it. Never. Ever. Ever. Ever!
5. Rub some mayonnaise/raw eggs/coconut oil on it!
Nope you’re not making a salad, you’re trying to help a kid get some relief from his eczema. This seems about as effective as the old saying, “Rub some dirt on it.” That doesn’t work to take away any pain or heal anything and neither do mayonnaise or raw eggs. You’ll just end up pissing your kid off and smelling like food and still itching. Talk about adding insult to injury.
6. Put some steroids on that kid, STAT!
I do use topical steroids for my bad eczema flareups, but it is not a recommended everyday treatment. Long-term use of steroids can suppress the symptoms while aggravating and complicating the problem underneath the surface.
7. Isn’t he supposed to grow out of this?
Most kids don’t grow out of infant eczema, but it changes and becomes less severe. There is no cure, but it can be treated and handled, and believe me, no one has looked into this scenario of growing out of it more than the mother of a child who suffers from eczema.
What’s the dumbest thing anyone’s ever said to you about your child's health?
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