Baby Eczema and Flu Shot for infants
Q. I have a few questions about the flu shot for my 6 month old, and questions about the best way to treat eczema. I don’t like the idea of my doctor telling me that I should get my son the flu shot I have never taken it before and don’t plan to. I believe since I’m nursing and taken lots of probiotics that should be enough. Tell me what you think. Also my son has really bad eczema. What should I do? Do you sell products for baby eczema? (Steroid free of course).
A. To address your questions about your baby’s eczema, I am including weblinks of some products I would recommend for you to try with him.
- Calendula Baby Cream – use topically to soothe the skin
- Calendula Cream Bath – use for bathing; Avoid harsh detergents, soaps, colors/dyes, fragrances, chemical additives such as paraben preservatives or foaming agents such as SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
- DriCelle Vega Pregnessence (child) – this is an essential fatty acid (EFA’s) for infants until the age of 12 months, give 1/2 a teaspoon (1.5g) taken daily up to 12 months of age. Add to formula milk or expressed breast milk AFTER warming and stir until dissolved. A deficiency of EFA’s can make babies more susceptible to ezcema. This EFA blend is more specific to brain development, and may not have a big impact in clearing eczema. I would also recommend adding 1/2 tsp of Cod Liver Oil a day as well. This will help reduce inflammation and provide Vitamin A & D, necessary for immune health and development.
- HLC Neonate Probiotic – Would recommend adding daily to help his intestinal health, and immune response. It is now acknowledged that imbalances in the flora of the neonate may significantly increase the risk of childhood allergy and susceptibility to infectious disease. Here is the recommended dosage:
Bottle Fed Babies: Mix apx 1/16 tsp into baby bottle (half of 1/8 tsp) once or twice a day.
Breast Fed Babies: Press clean finger into powder and have baby suckle finger. Or use a tiny plastic spoon (i.e. used at the ice cream/gelato store for flavor tasting). These fit perfectly into the Neonate bottle and then into their tiny mouth, and easily smears onto their tongue. Then follow it with a little breast milk, or let them mash it around their mouth with saliva. They may not even notice they have that tiny bit of powder in their mouth (it tastes slightly sweet). Approximately 33 mg (1 billion viable cells) will naturally adhere to the end of your finger (rough dosage idea). Repeat three times daily.
I would also recommend food allergy testing to see what foods he may be allergic to, or if you are already giving him cow’s milk to discontinue until after the age of 1 years old, as eczema can be triggered by food allergies, as well as chemicals in soaps and clothing. Be sure to wash clothing and bedding with perfume free detergents, and wash before wearing.
As far as giving a flu shot, I cannot really advise you one way or the other, as it seems to be a personal decision. Though the flu shot, seems to be pretty controversial, and not free of potential negative reactions from immuno-compromised infants and individuals. However, if it were me, I would give the products I’ve recommended to help his developing immune system. In addition I would recommending adding this coconut oil based ingredient to applesauce daily to help immune function:
Monolaurin – open 1 capsule and mix with food.
You can use Monolaurin too, just use about 4 times as much for yourself or other adults. Thanks for your email and your continued business. Please let me know if I can be of further help!