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These can be used to sooth sore skin and ease itching. There are aromatherapy versions that use things like lavender for its antiseptic purposes and beeswax. Unlike conventional emollients, aromatherapy brands often do not contain parabens and other irritants.
Stop Scratching! – Use Hypnosis
Easier said than done, but scratching makes the eczema worse. If the urge is overwhelming, rub or press on the area instead. Some people have taken up hypnosis as a means of controlling the desire to scratch. Children can do this too.
Babies can be given scratch mitts to prevent them from scratching themselves.
Evening Primrose Oil
This might help ease eczema and is worth a try. You can either take them as capsules or break the capsules and put them on food (this can help disguise them for children). If you take them every day and see no response after three months, they probably aren’t going to help.
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Joanna is a freelance health writer for The Mother magazine and Suite 101 with a column on infertility, http://infertility.suite101.com/
She is author of the book, "Breast Milk: A Natural Immunisation", and co-author of an educational resource on disabled parenting.
Reviewed March 28, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN