There is evidence showing that breast feeding for the first six months can significantly reduce the likelihood an/or severity of atopic skin conditions. This means no foreign proteins (e.g. cow milk) for the baby during this time.
Those who suffer with the skin condition known as atopic eczema or atopic dermatitis likely also had problems with dry skin when very young, probably severe enough to require special care. This could include limiting the duration of bathing/showering and using only cold to lukewarm water. For small children as well as adults it's best to avoid excessive exposure to water even though this may provide a temporary feeling of relief. Even a brief exposure to water can bring on an "outbreak" of eczema in sensitive babies as well as sensitive adults. It's advisable to avoid showering or bathing every day as the skin then has to recover and this can be a strain. A good option for washing without drying or irritating the skin is the Curative Mineral Soap from fangocur – it contains highest-quality fango healing clay which is high in sulphur and minerals and contains no harsh chemical additives. It can be helpful for the skin to bathe in salt water, for example in the sea or ocean if you have the opportunity. This may a bit painful and sting/burn if the skin is already cracked and irritated, but it's helpful nonetheless. Products containing horse milk can also provide some relief. When drying sensitive skin, take care to gentle pat the skin dry and avoid excessive rubbing which can irritate the skin. Immediately after washing follow up with the application of the high-quality skin care products, for example the natural Curative Mineral Mask. Next it's a good idea to moisturise the skin, preferably with the 100% natural Mineral Cream N°5. This all-natural skin cream from fangocur contains the same special healing clay used in the Curative Mineral Mask. It support the healing process of the skin making it a great addition to your skin care plan.
Clothing and laundry
The most important aspect of skin care is the avoidance of possible irritants. For this reason, it's best to wear smooth and soft fabrics like cotton – this applies to babies, children and adults. Wool is best avoided as it can be very irritating to the skin. Remember to also use bed linens of smooth materials.
Additionally it's best to use a mild laundry soap, preferable without added perfumes. Many who suffer with dermatitis or eczema have a very strong reaction to clothing washed with fabric softeners – again this applies to people of all ages. The use of alternative laundry detergent is recommended, for example indian wash nuts. They are generally better tolerated than chemical laundry soaps.
There are overalls (pyjamas) just for babies and small children – they help to prevent unconscious scratching at night. Cotton gloves, even for babies, can also be helpful. The wearing of textiles which contain silver can also be beneficial due to their antiseptic and anti-inflammatory qualities.
Diet and nutrition
Similarly to the sensitivity of skin noted above, those who suffer with atopic dermatitis also often have food sensitivities or allergies. Consumption of such foods can either lead to an outbreak or to a worsening of the skin condition. Spicy foods and flavour enhancers can increase the circulation in the skin and cause irritation. Foods containing histamine can make the itching worse. In addition, citrus fruits can actually cause the sweat to be more acidic thus causing itching and irritation (even for babies) – such foods should also be added to the blacklist. For babies and young children, allergies to wheat or cow milk are not at all uncommon. If one suffers with food sensitivities, changing the diet will almost certainly lead to an improvement in symptoms. Additional possible allergies are chicken eggs, soy, nickel (also found in foods), peanuts, fish. Additional possibilities for young and old alike: apples, cherries, peaches, kiwi fruits, nuts (especially hazel nuts), seeds (sunflower seeds, sesame seeds), celery, corn, spices, seasonings, vegetables, fish and shellfish. In principle, each individual must determine his or her own food sensitivities; i.e. what seems to cause more difficulty for the body and possibly a worsening of the skin’s condition.
There's a wealth of diet and nutrition tips for those with atopic dermatitis. The positive effects experienced are often very individual due to the variety of possible causes for the skin condition. Such diet advice should not be over-valued or applied generally. That said, special diets for children and babies have been developed which are especially low in possible allergens. Health care professionals commonly recommend avoiding acidic food and sticking with a more basic diet. Many who suffer with atopic dermatitis report improvement after starting to pay closer attention to how they eat. For some, avoidance of preservatives such as nitrates seems to be beneficial. At the moment, there is no scientific proof for the effectiveness of diet modification. It can also be helpful to normalise the body's pH using the Bentomed from fangocur. It supports the function of the Curative Mineral Mask, working from the inside out.
Whether there is a direct relationship between dermatitis and stress is debatable, though a connection via the neurotransmitter histamine is a possibility. In general, it's best for those who suffer with the skin condition to avoid stress (positive as well as negative, acute or lasting). For children and teens, the condition seems to often worsen around the holidays, for example at Christmas. It seems that stress can also lead to outbreaks of itchy skin for young children and babies – certainly a strain for parents.
Cigarette smoke well-known trigger for atopic dermatitis, either causing new "break outs" or worsening the skin condition. If anyone in a household suffers with dermatitis or eczema, the environment should without question be smoke-free, whether baby, child, teen or adult.
We'd like to recommend our fangocur Success Plan. There you'll find a variety of ideas for the treatment and prevention of atopic dermatitis for babies, children and adults.