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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Can coconut oil help with eczema?

    For a baby. Applied externally and also taken orally by a baby.

    Also can coconut oil help a baby by passing it through breast feeding?
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  • The role of the Eczema Association of Australasia Inc (EAA) is to be a supportive body for eczema sufferers and carers, to increase public awareness … View Profile

    Coconut oil should be used with caution on baby skin - oils can burn sensitive skin very easily. It is probably better to use a product with coconut oil added as an ingredient. There is no evidence that taking coconut oil orally can assist with skin problems. The best products to use for sensitive skins are those specifically designed to hydrate and heal - they are usually stocked on the hypoallergenic shelves at your local Pharmacy and there is evidence that taking a probiotic orally can be helpful as an aid to heal skin.

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    Vivienne Savill

    Naturopath, Registered Nurse

    Specializing in the natural treatment of skin disorders, I get great satisfaction from treating clients with skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, rosacea, scabies, tinea … View Profile

    Coconut oil will add a moisturizing effect at best. It will not address the underlying causes of eczema. The skin needs healing agents that address the problems in infection, fluid loss, broken skin barrier etc. so look for a cream with these properties if moisturizing isn't effective. Eczema itself is part of the atopy family of health problems i.e related to allergy and conditions such as asthma, rhinitis/hay fever, sinusitis. It is therefore wise to get the eczema causes corrected appropriately otherwise your baby is likely to develop these other allergy related disorders as they grow older.

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