Often after being woken up in the middle of the night from Lakyn’s itchy flares I would try to find natural solutions to heal his eczema, what had helped others, or what made others flare.
There were so many different things that had worked for others but had not worked for someone else. So many different things that could possibly be the trigger to eczema.
We certainly thought everything effected Lakyn, I once yelled “is he sensitive to water”. Whenever we would put him in the bath he would itch 😦
Doctors & even other friends and family would say he would grow out of it. But I didn’t know if he would & some people don’t. Lakyn was just getting worse & worse & he had developed asthma. Which we were told goes hand in hand with eczema. (I never did get the script filled for the Ventolin) I didn’t want to wait & see if he would grow out of it, I wanted to help him NOW.
Here is the definitions I found,
-Detergent-A cleansing substance that acts similarly to soap but is made from chemical compounds rather than fats and lye.
-Soap-A cleansing agent, manufactured in bars, granules, flakes, or liquid form, made from a mixture of the sodium salts of various fatty acids of natural oils and fats.
Just looking at these two substances, which would you rather use? I know I would rather use the natural alternative.
Have you ever looked on the ingredients of your dishwashing liquid, surprisingly they are not listed on the bottle anywhere. After a little digging I found the ingredients of morning fresh which I’m sure a lot of you use, with the Chemical maze app I looked up the ingredients and here they are with the effects they can cause.
Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate: (petroleum derived) rarely causes allergic reactions; irritation on sensitive skin; some animal studies show adverse effects.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate: (petroleum derived) can cause or promote acne; skin, eye or lung irritation.
Alcohol: does not state whether it is pure, which is generally considered safe, or denatured, which is considered broadly toxic; skin irritation; neurotoxicity; birth defects; teratogenic.
Lauramidopropyl Betaine: generally considered safe.
Lauryl Glucoside: generally considered safe.
Isopropyl Alcohol: skin dryness and irritation; suspected respiratory, cardiovascular, kidney, liver, developmental and neuro toxicity.
Parfum: designed to mask, Not considered safe in cosmetics, suspected immuno and neuro toxicity, allergic reactions, asthma.
Limonene: sensitisation; skin, eye and lung irritation, wildlife and environmental toxicity.
Tetrasodium EDTA: (petroleum derived) Generally considered safe when used within concentration limits.
Benzsiothiazolinone: (ingredient not found)
Geraniol: allergic reactions, skin and eye irritation, contact dermatitis.
Citrall: may cause irritation to skin, eyes or lungs; allergic reactions, sensitisation.
Linalool: allergic reactions, skin irritation, facial psoriasis.
Citronellol: irritation to skin, mouth, eyes or lips, allergic reactions, sensitisation.
Colorant: (ingredient not found)
Most books suggest detergents and soaps are equally irritating to infants with eczema, saying to avoid both. But back in the day, everyone knew to wash baby clothing only in soap flakes, as to not irritate babies delicate skin.
Records show that ancient Egyptians bathed regularly. The Ebers Papyrus, a medical document from about 1500 B.C., describes combining animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts to form a soap-like material used for treating skin diseases, as well as for washing.
A blog I came across was about detergent, and how one mum who found after clearing her home of all detergents hey sons eczema cleared.
Apparently detergent accounts for 25-60% of eczema, and it could help with asthma too. (Not heal asthma but minimize the severity). Also anyone suffering from allergy symptoms.
Here is that blog and its very in depth, so have a read..
We started using Dr. Bronner’s for dish washing, Laundry and bath time.
If your in Australia you can buy Dr Bronner’s here.
We also found that a lot of soaps say they are natural and in fact are not.
We were originally using Qv bath wash as advised by doctors and allergist but soon learnt that they are in fact not natural (see other post) so switched to all natural soap and body wash, even for the rest of the family.
I don’t always use soap in Lakyn’s bath, just when he is extra dirty. I love the all natural Pohnpei Sea Sponge, check it out here. It is so beautiful & soft an naturally cleanses 🙂
But knowing that when I do use soap I am using all natural products makes me feel at ease and definitely happy that there is no nasties touching his skin.
Please understand, I am not a medical professional, and this blog is not about giving medical advise. I would LOVE to share what has worked for us and help anyone who has lived with the effects of eczema and is looking to find natural alternatives.