Babies, kids and eczema help

My son suffered with extreme eczema from birth to about 3yrs. I myself suffer with occasional eczema, and have naturally dry, sensitive skin. Luckily my son now (at 4.5yrs) has happy healthy skin, with just the occasional eczema flare-up I attribute this to a few regular habits such as improved diet and daily massage with a skin oil.
Below I have put together some tips that could help you that have worked really well for us…

Dylan and Gramps

Creams & Massage:
I personally use my soothe-me Super Baby Oil massaged into his legs and arms daily (the actual massage helps his immune system and to improve skin quality), for the really dry patches I use my Dry skin fix. For older children and adults with mild eczema on the face I recommend the Happy Skin Cream, that has beautiful Lavender and Chamomile in.
Massage! Easy to over look this but massage helps the body eliminate toxins. This in return will help the skin to function better, eczema could be the body struggling to rid itself of toxins. So regular massage helps to encourage the lymphatic system to work. It also encourages the fibroblast cells to work, they help with the production of collagen. Therefore boosting skin health and strength. Exfoliation is also a benefit that comes from massage, sloughing off dead skincells, helping reveal new skin.

Green People and Organic Babies are great too, Aveeno cream has been recommended to me by other mums although it is not actually natural, it has some ingredients that I found may irritate,  I did not find it to work for my son. Do try to avoid using creams with petroleum, mineral oils, Methylisothiazolinone (MI), Oxybenzone, Parabens, Sodium lauryl sulfates and paraffin  in as they can irritate skin further, by their nature they just sit on the skin, blocking its natural function, preventing elimination of toxins though the skin.

Bathing:
I chose to not use any washing detergents or baby baths until my baby was over 3 months but its up to you. You can try those laundry balls. Then when I did i made sure they were SLS, Paraben and Pertrochemical free. Earth friendly Baby and Green People are good.
DEAD SEA SALT/NATURAL SEA SALT  –  Adding this to the bath water on its own or with 2 drops of Lavender Essential oil (babies over 6 months) can be very healing and soothing.
For adults and larger kids (over 10yrs)  you can make body scrubs by mixing Grapeseed oil with sea salt or gently rub dampened handfulls or salt over the skin.
Try adding a organic oil to the bath and using it to massage the skin after a bath. Try Safflower (Thistle oil), Sunflower or Sweet Almond. For babies over 3 months you could add Essential oils of Chamomile and Lavender (2 drops Lav 1 drop Cham to 30ml of oil – double this for adults).

Clothes Washing Powders:
Things that really help us both are using a gentle washing up liquid and washing powder like ECOVER and you can try double rinsing washing. Watch out for sudden skin rashes that may occur when you change powders, and try changing. I have heard DREFT is good too but have not used it myself.

Steroids is there ever a place for them?
Generally I try to avoid these as they can push the problem back into the body. But dont rule them out as they can be useful if you have a severe or prolonged outbreak, they can help get it back under control. Then go back to the natural methods (EFCORTELAN is designed for the face so is more gentle).

Hydration & Diet:
It is vital to ensure the sufferer is getting enough fluids, warm water is good (although quite boring!), you can add some freshly squeezed Lemon, pear juice and apple are better than orange. I suggest avoiding to much milk* and dairy also refined sugars, tomato based foods could be irritating. Alkaline foods are recommended, if you can try to have 70% alkaline to 30% acid foods each day. (Not that easy tho as I love chocolate!). * My son is on Pepti Cow and Gate perscription milk that has the dairy proteins broken down, it helps his skin and helped his reflux when he was younger.

Probiotics & Gut Health:
Gut health has been linked with Eczema and other atopic diseases, so it could help to give your child some probiotics and to take them if you are breastfeeding.  I have posted on this before read here. (Further reading here by expert Leonard Smith MD)

Homeopathy:
Most definitely worth a try! You also need to stick with it.

Herbs:
Milk thistle complex is thought to help the liver (NOT FOR BABIES THO!), and good Probiotix can help the gut become more healthy and therefore leads to healthy skin.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
I AM NOT A DOCTOR THESE ARE JUST TIPS THAT WORKED FOR ME. Please visit your medical practitioner for medical advice.

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Kids Cookery School

This week my son had an amazing cookery demonstration from a mobile cookery school. My son is 4 and at reception class in school, he came home with a delicious pizza that he made during the lesson and tales of eating tasty chocolate pancakes. This is such a great idea so I wanted to share it…

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What is the Kids Cookery School?

The Kids’ Cookery School’s mission is to give every child and teenager in the UK a unique and fun cooking experience in order to help them make informed choices about food and an understanding around health and diet.

Started in 2000, the charity has worked with over 32,000 children, young people and families across London, many of whom may have severe physical and learning disabilities, behavioral problems or been excluded from mainstream education.

To find out more information visit their website here

Contact Details

107 Gunnersbury Lane
Acton
London
W3 8HQ

Tel: 020 8992 8882
Fax: 020 8992 7770

Email: info@thekidscookeryschool.co.uk

Chilblain remedies and help – what works?

From rubbing in the juice of onions or raw potato slices to lemon juice, there are some pretty silly sounding remedies for Chilblains.

Firstly the best thing to do is to keep your wee toes and fingers warm, wear warm socks, merino wool ones are great as they are not itchy. Simple things like leg warmers help to by warming the blood at the ankles, wear in and out doors. Pair them up with wrist warmers. When you do go out in the cold wear thick soled shoes/boots to keep you up away from the cold ground, make sure they are not tight so not to restrict the circulation any further.
In bed wear the warm sock as bare skin next to a hot water bottle is best avoided. Keep then out of extremes of hot and cold, so you may need to keep you feet out of the bath if a hot one. (Best temperature is body temperature).

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Crochet leg wamers by Jewellery Bijou on Folksy – “Unique fashion for unique people”

Secondly Drink fresh ginger and lemon tea. Eat circulation-enhancing ingredients like chilli, ginger, garlic, onion, thyme and turmeric. Avoid to much alcohol.

Thirdly you can also try these simple home remedies that I made for my sister and they worked really well.
Chilblain Cream – Take 30ml (about a heaped table spoon) of a plain fairly thick unscented cream (preferably a natural one of course). Mix in well these 4 Essential oils: 4 drops of Lemon, 3 drops of Geranium oil, 3 of Marjoram and 2 of Ginger. To use the cream, massage it into effected areas twice a day, perhaps once early evening and then just before bed, followed by your warm socks! Massage will help to as it will boost the circulation.
Salt & oil soak –  Get a 60ml jar, and some natural salt, I used fine Himalayan salt which is known for its therapeutic properties, to detox and heal, also helps improve circulation. You can use dead sea salt or any other natural salt (not table salt as it has had its good bit stripped out!).
Add the salt to the 60ml jar until it is 3/4 full. Then pour in organic Sesame oil until it just covers the salt, (you could also use Sunflower or Olive if you already have those in your kitchen). Then add the same essential oils as the cream: 8 drops of Lemon, 6 drops of Geranium oil, 6 of Marjoram and 4 of Ginger. Mix well (I put lid on jar tightly and shook it). Then top up with more salt if the oil level is above the salt. You could also try adding 1/2 a teaspoon of turmeric powder to this remedy.
To use this chilblain remedy, its best used in the bath. Run a body temperature bath or keep you feet up out of the bath, perhaps rest them on the taps. Scoop about a tea spoon amount from the jar and gently pat and spread it over the chilblain area. Leave to soak into the area for about 5 mins, then wash of gently with body temperature water. Try to do this once a day for a week to see results.

For a home Herbal Remedy and further ideas on how to prevent Chilblains and details on Raynaud’s disease clearly outlined here Body & Soul website

warm-your-sole chilblain remedies

I also found this ready made natural remedy that looks great available online:
Warm your Sole by Body Essentials
contains antiseptic qualities to soothe and comfort skin.

Marjoram is also analgesic and fungicidal.
Ginger warms the area and is known to improve circulation while providing analgesic and anti-bacterial elements.
Geranium acts as an antiseptic and deodoriser. It is non-toxic, non-irritating and generally non-sensitising oil.
Lemon stimulates the white blood corpuscles, strengthening the body’s defence mechanism.

Hidden Gem of a Heath Shop in Westfield Stratford!

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Happy Happy Joy Joy!

I looooove mooching about in health shops and to my delight I found a brilliant one in Westfield, Stratford.

How unexpected to find this quiet little haven in that big ‘ol shopping mal.

‘As Nature Intended Shop’ have a great range of natural remedies from vitamins to skincare. A lovely range of natural mineral make up including INIKA’s range. They also have health foods and yummie herbal teas. They also have branches in Chiswick, Ealing and Balham.

The shop assistant was so friendly and very helpful, she even gave me free samples of PAI natural creams for free, I didnt even ask! So I left with a load of natural goodies and a big smile. Yay to the Health shop find in the bowels of Westfield (Stratford).
To find it you go to the Lower ground floor level and its tucked away in the corner SEE MAP HERE

Dyslexia Training Workshop, East London 11th Feb!

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Does your child have dyslexia, if you live in East London there are some workshops run by the ‘Ministry of Stories.
There is one this coming Monday.

10:30am Monday February 11th, 2013

“In partnership with the Helen Arkell Centre, we will be running a special workshop for previously trained writing mentors in how to work with dyslexic students.  The workshop which will last 2.5 hours is free, but the number of places is limited.  Please register as soon as possible to reserve a place. Click here for workshop link

More about the Ministry of Stories – We are an organisation dedicated to the creation of stories by a new storytelling generation.

Fire your imagination, have a look around and get involved. (They are always looking for Volunteers)

“The Ministry of Stories is a creative writing and mentoring centre for young people in east London. We use storytelling to inspire young people aged 8-18, in the belief that writing unleashes their imaginations and builds confidence, self-respect and communication.

Nick Hornby, Lucy Macnab and Ben Payne founded the Ministry of Stories in 2010. In its first year, over 3000 young people took part in our volunteer-led workshops and writing projects. Our inspiration came from the writer Dave Eggers and educator Ninive Calegari, who opened a shop for pirates and writing centre called 826 Valencia in San Francisco.

To find us, you’ll need to go through Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, Purveyor of Quality Goods for Monsters of Every Kind…”

The Ministry of Stories
159 Hoxton Street
London N1 6PJ

T: 0207 729 4159

We are what we do!

we-are-what-we-doI just stumbled across this great sounding company and wanted to share more about them, this is from their website  – “We Are What We Do is a not-for-profit behaviour change company that creates ways for millions of people to do more small, good things.

We make stuff that people want to buy or use and which have positive behaviours built in, aiming to reach massive audiences and help address major social and environmental issues.

At the heart of our work is the understanding that telling people what to do doesn’t work. So our creations are things people simply like, which incidentally help them to do more.”

General Inquiries

Rebecka Mustajarvi
info@wearewhatwedo.org
+44 (0)20 7148 7666
71 St John Street
London
EC1M 4NJ
United Kingdom