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How to Treat Eczema in Young Children the Natural Way

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Is your baby covered with puffy red dots? Did the doctor use the dreaded word ECZEMA at your last well-child visit?

I usually restrain myself from using bad language on this blog…but in the words of Ned Flanders, “Son of a Diddly!” (You can unplug your baby’s ears now. I’m finished.)

Two of my three princesses have struggled with bouts of the red-dots-of-death.  It’s heart wrenching pulverizing to watch them itch themselves bloody. So when my friend Danielle mentioned how to treat eczema with hazelwood!  I was almost desperate enough to set aside my skeptical nature and figure out how to treat eczema without a single ointment or cream.

Almost. 

So instead of diving straight in, I went to my new friends at Hazelaid (you know of amber teething necklace fame) and asked if they would donate some necklaces for our amazing readers to test. We gave our volunteers a hazelwood baby necklace, instructions, and 3-weeks to log their results.

My skeptical-self was shocked. Just check out these before and after photos below.

Fellow Skeptics:  I only receive these three sets of before/after photos. There aren’t any other before/after photos that I’m holding back because these were “more impressive.” These were all that came in.  Trying to hold down a squirming baby can test any parents photography skills!

The Hazelwood vs. Eczema
Survey Results

Three weeks after receiving their instructions, we touched based with our testers to see what they thought. All of the testers had babies who had moderate to severe eczema issues. 75% of our testers said they would recommend giving the hazelwood necklaces a try and thought it was worth the purchase.

“Within only a day of her wearing the necklace her skin felt a lot smoother and the red spots started fading. Unfortunately her skin still broke out in rashes when she was exposed to perfumes, but it healed up much faster! The biggest plus was her skin felt so much softer! Before she had always had rough/dry skin.”

“The necklace fit well and I never had any issues with it getting caught on things. I love the release mechanism it has to insure the necklace comes off if it does get caught or pulled. It was very easy to take care of and it looks super cute.”

“The necklace was very impressive. It looks like a necklace for girls to wear around and for boys it’s subtle enough that it won’t bring undue attention if it is unwanted. It feels very smooth without extra bumps that will not irritate baby’s skin more. I’m very impressed with this product.”

How to Treat Eczema Naturally…
Your Magic Spell Revealed

So what in the what is going on here?

I’ll let Hazelaid use the big words:

Hazelwood appears to work by creating a more alkaline environment in your body through direct contact with your skin, which may help to prevent and remedy many of the symptoms caused by acidosis (being too acidic) and by reducing free-radicals by having a high antioxidant effect through your pores.*  It is believed that the wood absorbs excess acidity from your body until a balanced PH is reached.

They have to say “appears to” because not many peer-review scientific studies have been done on this. And by “not many” I mean one. This one.  (Still…one is better than none! Especially if it’s supportive!) That said, the whole “balancing a body’s PH level for optimal health” thing is a popular theory/method in the Healthy-Living Universe.  Even Elle Macpherson admitted to carrying PH-testers around in her purse.

Obviously, just because some celebrity pees on a PH stick every day doesn’t actually mean anything.  It’s just an interesting tidbit I stumbled on this morning while procrastinating working really REALLY hard.

The photo here

, provided by Hazelaid, compares a new hazelwood necklace with one that has been worn and soaked up excess acid from the body.  (Fascinating, isn’t it!)

Unlike the baltic amber teething necklaces, which can be passed down for generations, hazelwood necklaces actually need to be replaced when they get to this blackened state or they stop being effective.

The More You Know…

For some reason, I feel like my “safety first” talk should be a PSA announcement.

*cue rainbow, celebrity-I-don’t-recognize-looking-serious, and somber soundtrack*

Whenever you are putting a necklace on a small baby or child, it’s smart to triple check a few safety precautions.

  • Wear the necklace under clothing.
  • At night, transfer the necklace to the foot and wrap it around several times as an anklet.
  • Double check your baby’s neck measurements before purchasing. Too big is just as dangerous as too small – you want just right.
  • Make sure you purchase a necklace with a safety mechanism. Hazelaid’s safety automatically opens the necklace if it is pulled or tugged.

Why Are the Beads Not Individually Knotted?

I did have one reviewer who expressed concern over the fact that the beads are not individually knotted like they are with the amber teething necklaces. I wrote to Brian at Hazelaid and asked him for his thoughts, since I thought she had a really good point.  Why weren’t they individually knotted?

Here was his helpful response:

The hazelwood necklaces aren’t knotted because they’re on nylon-coated steel wire (which can’t break but then also can’t be knotted).  The beads won’t ever come off though because of the crimps on the wire where the loop is formed. If the safety is triggered (loop pulls open) then the clasp detaches on one side but all the parts stay together, even the clasp.

Should You Try A Hazelwood Necklace?

Like I mentioned above, 75% of our recipients thought the hazelwood necklaces were worth purchasing.


How to Get the Most Out Of Your Necklace

Hazelwood needs to be regularly hydrated to stay effective, so you’ll need to make sure it gets wet every other day. You’ll also want to wear it 24/7 for at least 3 weeks before determining whether it’s helping or not. Hazelaid warns that for some people, who have a lot more acidic build-up inside, it may take longer.  Be patient!

Dietary Changes Can Also Help

Besides using the necklace consistently, you may also find a few dietary changes can have a big impact on your baby’s eczema. Eczema is often triggered by food allergies.  (For my kids it was eggs.) For this reason, many doctors will recommend breastfeeding moms ditch the dairy for a few months.  Or, if you’re using formula, perhaps take a peek at a hypoallergenic formula.

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Hazelaid agreed to sponsor this post and give away multiple hazelwood necklaces for my readers to test and report back on.  All comment reviews and opinions are from either myself or my readers.

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