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Natural health remedies for kids spots & skin rashes

 
It can sometimes be a little unnerving as parents to discover a sudden outbreak of spots or a skin rash on your kids’ skin. However having even a few natural health remedies to hand can help make your job a little easier and ease the symptoms whilst you work out what’s causing the problem.
It can sometimes be a little unnerving as parents to discover a sudden outbreak of spots or a skin rash on your kids’ skin.

However having even a few natural health remedies to hand can help make your job a little easier and ease the symptoms whilst you work out what’s causing the problem.
 

6 causes of kids spots & skin rashes


Here are some of the most common causes of kids spots and skin rashes.

However if you are in doubt, it is always advisable to take your child to your GP for a more in-depth diagnosis.
 

1. Infections


Viral infections: such as measles, chickenpox, rubella, slap cheek, roseola, hand foot and mouth, etc.

Post-viral infections: often children can present with a benign rash or spots after being unwell.

Bacterial infections: such as impetigo (school sores), scarlet fever, etc.

Fungal infections: ringworm, athlete’s foot, candida/thrush etc.

Other causes: such as mites (scabies).
 

2. Contact Dermatitis


Contact dermatitis can be caused by anything at all; plants, clothing, etc.
 

3. Eczema


Eczema can have various forms, from spotty to rashy, dry to weepy.
 

4. Food sensitivities


Food sensitivities or food intolerances can sometimes trigger skin reactions.


5. Reactions to medicines or substances ingested


This may happen when your child is taking antibiotics or other drugs, certain preservatives, etc.
 

6. Nappy rash


The combination of wees and poos can be especially potent for irritating and breaking down the skin in the nappy area and causing nappy rash.

It is essential to treat this swiftly, especially if there is a risk or possibility of infection.
 

How herbal medicines can help


Once you've determined the cause of the spots or skin rash, then look to see which natural remedy will work best to help.

Topical (on top of the skin) herbal preparations are of huge benefit when it comes to kids’ spots and rashes.

Here are some you might like to try:
 

Burdock

Traditionally used for soothing itchy skin and promoting healing of skin conditions.
 

Calendula

Nature’s skin healer! Helps to fight infection, nourish the skin and promote tissue repair.
 

Chamomile

Soothes irritation and speeds tissue healing.
 

Kawakawa

This distinctive native shrub has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and has been used traditionally for all manner of skin complaints.
 

Koromiko

Astringent and antimicrobial, traditionally used for sores, ulcers and impetigo.
 

Manuka Essential Oil

A powerful antimicrobial that can be used straight or diluted as a lotion for support of fungal, bacterial and viral infections.


Poroporo

A wonderful native herb that acts like a natural steroid, reducing inflammation.
 

Other natural remedies to try

 
  • In the bath, home remedies to soothe an itch include Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, or Rolled Oats.
 
  • Internally, herbal medicines such as Echinacea Root can help to support the immune system to fight off infection.
 
  • If the cause is a reactivity, herbs such as Baical Skullcap and Rehmannia may be of use.
 
  • And if your child needs extra calming, don’t forget liquid organic Chamomile preparations to soothe a frazzled itchy scratchy nervous system.
 
  • Herbal medicine can also assist with improving healing times, reducing irritation and redness and promoting tissue repair.
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Source: This article was kindly shared by Kiwiherb – Effective Natural Family Healthcare. Proudly New Zealand Made.
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