Homeopathy assesses each child as unique - and, treats them individually based on their distinctive or characteristic symptoms.
Atopic dermatitis or eczema is one of the most common disorders in children. The word, eczema, comes from a Greek term that means ‘to boil, or flow out.’ The definition is used for a group of skin conditions that show a pattern - redness, itching, serum-filled blisters, crusting and scaling.
Atopic eczema is possibly the best known form, followed by contact eczema which is the name given to some forms of eczema that occur as a result of contact with irritants or allergens in the environment.
• In the early years or infancy, the eczema rash often starts on the face with eruptions and discharge. The distribution is uncertain and it may sometimes spare the napkin area
• As the child grows, the eczema may affect the knees, elbows, wrists and ankles, while the skin becomes increasingly thickened, dry and excoriated. This is called ‘lichenification’ (leathery surface).
Studies suggest that 65-70 per cent of cases present before the age of six months. This is reported to rise to 85-90 per cent before age five. Atopy, or ‘personalised’ allergy, is evidenced to affect three per cent of infants. It has a tendency to persist for several years.
Causes of Eczema
People with eczema often report of a family history of either this condition or other allergic conditions such as allergic rhinitis (nasal allergy) or asthma.
Researchers at the University of Bristol, UK, suggest there are certain small nerve fibres in the skin that transmit ‘itch’ signals to the spinal cord and, thereafter, to the brain. It is likely that a flaw in these nerve fibres and chemical signals (neurotransmitters) that they contain, may be related to eczema and its extreme itching.
There are three types of eczema that affect children, the most common being irritant eczema (nappy rash). It affects nearly all babies to some extent. The trigger is urine and faeces. These are an annoyance to the skin when left in contact for long periods. Atopic eczema seldom affects the nappy area. It most often appears in the skin folds around the elbows, or behind the knees. Seborrhoeic eczema does not itch. It is often associated with greasy yellow scales on the scalp (‘cradle cap’).
Effects of Eczema
Eczema is a common problem - it accounts for 15 per cent of medical consultations. Its effects are not just physical. It psychologically affects, not just the affected individual, but also family, friends and others.
Healing With Homeopathy
Homeopathy recognises each child as a unique entity and, unlike the allopathic approach, that treats all childhood conditions similarly, homeopathy understands that what causes the eczematic distress of one child, may not be the reason for another child’s seemingly similar condition.
Homeopathy assesses each child and treats them individually, based on their unique, characteristic presenting and latent symptoms.
A study on a group of eczema patients, published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, reported that homeopathy was as effective as standard conventional treatments in the short-term and more effective than them in the long-term.
A six-year study of patient outcomes at the Bristol Homeopathic Hospital, UK, found that 82 per cent of eczema patients under age 16 said they felt either ‘better’ or ‘much better’ with homeopathic treatment.