Disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist by any means. This post is meant for informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace medical advice from your physician, doctor or health care professional.
Hey beauties, here’s a topic that concerns so many from adults, children, and even babies. What you might ask? It’s called eczema. I’ve dealt with it my whole life, my children are going through it, my youngest more so. As a mom, I tried everything to keep my kid’s eczema under control, for the most part, I did. Unfortunately, my youngest child is just suffering and in all my years of having eczema I’ve never seen it this bad. My mom instincts weren’t just going to give up yet. As annoying and irritating as eczema may seem, I’ve searched high and low for relief for my child. Guess what, as soon as I thought eczema was consuming my child and me, I’ve found ways to consume where it seems controllable! Let me tell you about one simple step to take and the product that changed the way I saw eczema.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition that causes itchy, red, and swollen patches of skin. The most common type is called atopic dermatitis.
One important lesson I learned in treating eczema as there’s always an underlying issue, which was a lifestyle, and diet—I learned all too quickly eczema isn’t just externally, it’s also internally. With my youngest eczema, it was all in the gut for the most part and little allergies from the outdoors environment. As a mother, I figured out the hard way topical remedies don’t address the underlying problem that is causing eczema to begin with. It is important to note that of all the topical remedies in the world won’t help eczema until you addressed the underlying problem. Since, finding out that my child’s eczema is due to an underlying gut bacteria, I had to rethink my understanding of eczema. Sometimes getting my kids to consume probiotics regularly is difficult. Fortunately, there are convenient options that offer excellent probiotic content. For a start, there are Probiotic Supplements. There are several supplements available in several different forms. There are the traditional capsules (pills) that kids can swallow if you have an older child, or gummies if they just aren’t brave enough to swallow the pill—which my oldest hates pills. For toddlers and infants, they are powders that can be mixed with drinks or even food that are tasteless and absorb rather quickly. Trust me I’ve tried my share of probiotics, from different brands to different formulas. I didn’t find that one probiotic that stood out, until now! My youngest is allergic to dairy, eggs, and gluten so I had to find one that was free of all of them. One day as I was in Whole Foods I decided to check out what kind of probiotics they have. They don’t have many to choose from for babies or toddlers. I had my options of five to choose from, and all had hefty prices. I took them one by one and started to compare. Then I went on to ask the lady that worked there, which she seemed to be a mother who also had a child dealing with eczema. I asked her which of these probiotics did she think it’s best? She had two in mind one was gummy form and the other was powder form, and they were both from different brands. I decided on buying Garden of Life raw probiotics kids (powdered form) I’m so glad I did!
Product Overview: Garden of Life Raw Probiotics KidsDescription:
- RAW Whole Food Dietary Supplement
- Supports Digestive and Immune Health
- USDA Organic
- Non Dairy
- Certified Organic by QAI
Digestive Support: There is nothing more important to your child’s well-being than a healthy digestive tract and maintaining a healthy immune system. Your child’s digestive tract is home to billions of probiotics—friendly bacteria that aid digestion and support your immune system. Today’s modern lifestyle and diet can affect the balance of bacteria necessary for healthy digestive function. Probiotic supplementation increases the number of beneficial bacteria, helping support this delicate balance in the gastrointestinal tract. For generations, parents have relied on raw foods as cornerstones for their children’s diets to provide the live probiotics, prebiotics, and enzymes necessary for healthy digestion. Given today’s modern lifestyle, it is more important than ever to include digestive support in your child’s daily routine. Give your child Garden of Life RAW Probiotics Kids every day—to support healthy digestion and immune system function. RAW, organic, whole food probiotic formula specifically designed to meet the unique needs of children. Formulated with powerful probiotics, 23 RAW and organic fruits and vegetables, plus RAW inulin, a prebiotic that supports probiotic growth. RAW Probiotics Kids delivers over 5 Billion live probiotic cells¹ per daily serving. Arrive Alive! Potency Promise RAW Probiotics Kids features Garden of Life’s Arrive Alive! Potency Promise—utilizing temperature-controlled cold storage and delivery from the moment the probiotic cultures are harvested all the way to your refrigerator—so you can be certain they are fresh, alive and body-ready.
RAW Probiotics Kids Key Benefits
- Supports Digestive Health
- Supports Immune System Health
Suggested Use: For children, 3 months and older, start with 1/4 teaspoon daily and gradually increase to a full serving of 3/4 teaspoon daily or use as directed by the pediatrician. May be mixed in infant formula, milk, water, juice or sprinkled on food such as yogurt, apple sauce or cereal.
Other Ingredients: Contains no fillers ingredients, artificial colors or preservatives.
Warnings/Caution: As with any dietary supplement, consult your healthcare practitioner before using this product, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, anticipate surgery, take medication on a regular basis or are otherwise under medical supervision.
Here’s a short back story of my little one’s eczema:
My youngest was born vaginal birth no complications. A day after he was born I noticed his cheeks, chin, forehead were really red and looked irritated. I asked the nurses, and the doctors said it’s nothing concerning and redness happens after a child is born and will fade. I, of course, didn’t think anything of it. But it never faded it just got more red, more irritating, was in his legs, hands, and body. I was very concerned! As the months turned to a year it was eczema that was taking over his body. Another thing that I saw was an occurrence was whenever he ate certain food or drank milk his eczema had a bad reaction. I tried every medication the pediatrician recommended it was either temporary or didn’t work. Then it was time to see the dermatologist which in return tried different medications as to a toddler’s age there isn’t much. Finally, it was time for the allergist which I learned what he was allergic to, and how eczema had something to do with the gut.
Just a little insight:
What are the most common food to aggravate or cause eczema?
Now it all makes perfect sense! Besides the point, let me get to the review of the probiotic and they’ll be a part 2 to this post coming up. Refrigerated probiotics can be slightly more expensive than their off-the-shelf counterparts, but they’re also more effective. Remember to take it slow at first and gradually build-up to the recommended dose. This allows your child’s digestive system to get used to the probiotics and not cause any discomfort. You can mix your child’s probiotics with water, juice, milk, yogurt, or any of your child’s other favorite foods (be sure not to mix the probiotics in warm/hot foods or liquids, or you will risk killing the healthy bacteria and rendering your probiotics useless). This product works great for all my kids. I have seen that my kids experienced fewer problems with eczema, especially with flare-ups, even there allergies have subsided, and a complete reduction in digestive problems as a result of taking Raw Probiotics Kids by Garden of Life. I thought It’ll be a while for me to see any difference or results but it was noticeable right away! I’ve been using this probiotic on my youngest child for his eczema for about 2 weeks and I’m not trying to hype this up, it dried up eczema and his face is clearing up with no flare-ups! He’s not itchy or red. His eczema on his body, on his legs, and his arms are completely gone! This has been a lifesaver and godsend to my kids. Given the size of the packaging and the amount of product that you get, It’s a bit pricey. I have no problem with the price, I think that the probiotic blends are worth it.
Are you a sufferer of eczema? Have you tried probiotics to help with eczema? I’d love to hear!
Until next time,