Caring For Kids With Rashes, Eczema & Other Skin Allergies
Medical practitioner Dr Anusha Nair's passion for unearthing natural remedies for common skin treatments like atopic dermatitis, psoriasis and eczema eventually led her to start her own natural skincare line, Noosh Naturals in 2018. As a mother herself with a young son who suffered from eczema, Dr Anusha offers this advice to parents with children who frequently experience skin irritations and allergies.
Get a proper diagnosis
"Firstly, getting a diagnosis from your GP or your dermatologist is vital," Dr Anusha says. "If the skin irritations get bad, visiting an allergist or an immunologist can help identify what triggers are causing these problems."
Once you're certain that your child does not suffer from an acute skin condition, says Dr Anusha, there are certain steps you can take to identify the "triggers" to your child's immune system, which will help in the long run.
"Allergies like eczema, the prevalence of which is increasing in recent times, are the result of our bodies reacting to our environment," adds Dr. Anusha. "The microbiome refers to the natural bacteria that grows on your skin and in your gut. These bacteria also help to modulate your immune system, to help your immune system know what to react to and what not to react to. It's helpful for parents to understand that this is likely the reason that allergies take place. The next question is, how do you improve your body's microbiome?"
Understand how diet affects the skin
For those with allergies, it’s sometimes the little things, like the soy sauce or tomato ketchup, that add up in the long run. Cutting out any triggers can make a vast difference.— Dr Anusha Nair
Understanding how certain kinds of food affect your body is a good start to figuring out what your child should avoid to prevent flair-ups.
"Avoid eating processed foods, food with a lot of preservatives, colouring and artificial additives; these can likely trigger allergic responses in our system. Fast food, meals that contain a lot of food flavouring should also probably be cut out for those suffering from allergies. Of course, avoiding general allergens is important, if your child is allergic to milk, eggs, yeast or bread and opt for a more plant-based diet."
Adopt healthy changes
"Eating whole foods is really important, so is increasing on fruits and vegetables – leafy greens, legumes; eat as much of a variety of them as you can. Take probiotics. Once the gut microbiome is fed by these nutritious foods and probiotics, it usually takes about three months on such a diet before you'll start seeing changes visibly in the skin. These things do take time, but they are very important."