Eczema is an itchy and annoying skin condition that can appear on your child at any age. It goes beyond just dry, flaky skin, typically appearing like crusty, itchy, red patches, that are often found on the cheeks, forehead, scalp, or crevices. And with various topical steroids thrown around as a common treatment, we wanted to take a deep-dive into the effects and risks.
Let’s face it: when our little ones are uncomfortable, we’re all uncomfortable. So it’s understandable that parents will try anything to give them some relief. But are the commonly prescribed treatments really safe in the long term?
Effects of Steroids?
Steroids act as an anti-inflammatory, which reduces the redness and itching in the hopes of giving the skin time to heal and recover. But despite being a successful part of some people’s treatment plan it can leave lasting damage over time.
According to the National Eczema Association, steroids can be safe if used appropriately — but applying a high-potency corticosteroid too often, or for a long period of time, can cause the skin to eventually thin. While skin atrophy is a possible side effect that is usually not long lasting, it can lead to permanent stretch marks. So even though it may appear as if the steroid is helping heal your child’s eczema, it should not be a long-term solution.
Thankfully there are more natural alternatives if you are hesitant to go the medicinal route. California Baby’s Therapeutic Relief Eczema Cream — which is steroid-free and contains aloe vera and Certified Organic Colloidal Oatmeal, has been shown to be extremely effective in healing chapped and irritated skin. It is free of petroleum-based ingredients, synthetic fragrance, and dyes.
The Eczema Shampoo & Bodywash is free of fragrance, which has been known to irritate skin, and meets the FDA’s standards for an over-the-counter drug product to help alleviate eczema.