Supplements and Diet
The skin is an organ and like any organ in the body it benefits from good nutrition.
Essential oils and fats can be helpful, feeding the skin from the inside and making it less prone to breakouts. Flaxseed oil, fish oils, evening primrose oil, are commonly taken by women and a breastfeeding mum will pass benefits from these supplements in her milk to her child. Older children may benefit from appropriate supplementation and there are some fish oils now available which are for children from 6 months onwards.
Calcium is also a very important regulator in the body and is vital for skin to function properly. If your child is sensitive to dairy products it’s really important to ensure they are still getting enough calcium in their diet.
Cutting down dairy products if they are problematic may help, as can avoiding processed food and choosing organic where possible.
Good bacteria in the body is important too. It helps in the gut with digestion and on the skin it helps balance growth of yeasts and bad bacteria. However evidence for the use of probiotics (helpful bacteria) in treating eczema is mixed. A mum can safely take probiotics and pass the benefits onto her child, and an older baby toddler can have live yogurt. Your healthcare professional may be able to advise whether they think there may be any benefit to your child from a suitable probiotic supplement.