According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, eczema is now the most common skin problem treated by pediatric dermatologists. About 65 percent of patients develop symptoms before age 1, and about 90 percent of them develop symptoms before age 5. As the founder of a natural and organic skin care line, I've also noticed increasing concern about the condition from customers over the last 15 years or so.
So why has eczema become such a common problem? The skin condition is actually a symptom of our increasingly toxic environments. Eczema presents itself as classic dermatitis, a generic term used for skin irritation, but, in fact, many see it is an autoimmune disease—a sign of an immune system in overdrive. As babies' systems are still developing, it makes sense that they would be more affected by eczema.
Typically, dermatologists prescribe topical steroids to treat eczema since it's an immediate solution that puts parents at ease. But eczema is a chronic issue, and topical steroids and cortisol are temporary fixes. Not only that, they can damage and thin the skin permanently with repeated long-term use.
Here are my recommendations to get and keep eczema under control the natural way: