The younger the child, the more delicate and sensitive his or her skin - and all the more reason why you should avoid harsh and toxic chemicals in any treatment you decide to use.
Here are 5 skin conditions that can affect children but which can be treated safely and naturally.
This will often appear during the first year of a young child’s life. The most common places are the skin folds of the arms, neck or legs but eczema can also occur first on a baby’s forehead, cheeks and scalp before spreading to other parts of the body. This baby eczema can look like dry, thickened and scaly skin or be made up of tiny red bumps that can blister and ooze. Itchiness can lead to an infection if scratched. Any eczema (including baby eczema) is not contagious.
As children grow older, eczema can spread
to the body and limbs, with the limb creases – backs, wrists, ankle and neck, and the front of the elbows - being particularly affected. The secret to eliminating eczema is moisturization and you can find out all our suggestions in our earlier post. By the age of 3 years, the number of children with baby eczema is halved and approximately 70% of all children completely outgrow this condition by their teens.
The three most likely warts to affect children are flat warts, plantar warts and common warts and all three are caused by the human papilloma virus or HPV. Young children are even more likely to develop warts because they are still busy growing and they have limited immunity. In addition, children easily get small cuts and lesions when they are playing or doing physical exercise, leading to breaks in the skin. Cracks in dry skin and wet, softened, fragile skin such as from prolonged water exposure can also allow the virus to invade the skin, causing the skin cells to grow rapidly and leading to a wart. Although you can treat common and other warts in children with OTC medications, these tend to be quite harsh, and even painful when applying.
A warts home remedy such as H-Warts Formula is available online for you to treat all types of warts including flat, plantar and common warts safely and successful at home and because this product is gentle, children 4 years and older, will not object to it being applied topically and on a regular basis. As only one or two drops are needed for each application, parents will find the product very economical. For your child’s comfort in the case of plantar warts, you might like to use a special pad or doughnut-shaped piece of moleskin around the wart (available from a pharmacy) to relieve any pressure and pain from the wart. This means that children can still run around, play sport and live their normal lives in spite of the plantar wart under the foot.
This is a common skin condition in children (particularly under the age of 14) and is spread when children come into direct contact with someone who is infected, or when they handle something (clothes, toys, towels etc) which someone with the condition has used. This viral infection causes itchy little lumps or bumps (usually soft and smooth) which may have an indented center. They contain a build up of pus-like fluid and can be painful if pressed or touched. After becoming infected, it can take several weeks for the bumps and lumps to appear and all the time the infection can keep on spreading across the body. A further 6 to 8 weeks can pass by before a crusty scab appears. The affected child will only stop being infectious once the molluscum heals and fades.
H-Molluscum Formula is our own homeopathic essential oils remedy that will relieve molluscum symptoms quickly while treating the condition itself – without any risk of scarring. It is safe and effective for adults and children of 4 years and older. It is important to help prevent molluscum from spreading to others by good hygiene habits and avoiding sharing of items. On a positive note - after contracting molluscum, the affected child will usually be immune from this condition for the rest of his or her life.
With their active lifestyles, children can get into all sorts of scrapes that can end in scars. Scars are the fibrous tissue formed on the skin in order to repair damaged tissue below. When there is an injury, the skin produces more cells in order to re-grow the punctured skin, resulting in a scar. A scar is easily visible because the cells that go into making up the scar are unfortunately of lesser quality than the original cells. Scars are unable to grow any hair while they are also less resistant to UV radiation.
Essential oils are the ingredients supplied by mother nature to treat and soothe the skin, working on all types of scars. H-Scars Formula will quickly go to work with its cell regenerating and skin nourishing properties, safely and gently reducing the appearance of new and older scars as well as keloid scars. The natural remedy can be used on fresh wounds, reducing the appearance of scars before they occur.
Also known as fever blisters, those small sores usually appear on and above the upper lip. They are very common and easily spread. When a cold sore is about to appear, there will be a tingling sensation in the area affected, then redness, then the cold sore will start to form as very small blisters. Blisters can be very painful and contagious. Towards the end of the cycle, the cold sore starts to heal when a brown scab forms over the area. Finally the cold sore goes from brown to yellow with the whole cycle taking about ten days.
Most contract the cold sore virus when they are young and it is spread in saliva or mucus that comes from the nose and mouth. Cold sores can be particularly severe for babies but fortunately the initial infection in young children is usually so mild that it goes unnoticed. There may be some blisters in the mouth. Always try and protect your small children from picking up the cold sore virus in the first place but, as anyone with young children knows, this can be very difficult. Toddlers are always running up to hug and kiss other children or they put shared toys or even pacifiers belonging to other children into their mouths. It is just as easy for the virus to spread within the family unit itself. If you fear that skin contact has been made with another child or adult with a cold sore, then make sure to wash the affected skin area by lathering up with plenty of soap and water. You can find out more here
Children have thinner skin than adults with less well development immune systems, making them less well-equipped to deal with the irritants and toxins both in their environment and on their skin.