Can I use hemp seed oil for baby eczema?
What is hemp seed oil?
Hemp oil is a seed oil extracted from the seeds of the industrial hemp plant. It is a cold pressed raw oil that is a nutritional supplement, as well as a natural skin care product. Hemp oil or hemp seed oil is often mistaken for the therapeutic CBD oil. We have another article here that explains the difference between the two. We also describe the health benefits of hemp seed oil.
Will it get my baby high?
Hemp seed oil contains no THC Tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound that is found in marijuana. Therefore, it will not get your baby high making hemp seed oil safe for babies skin.
Can you use CBD oil for eczema in babies?
Although not readily available in Australia, CBD oil is a very effective anti-inflammatory that could be used to treat a wide range of inflammatory conditions both internally and externally, unfortunately though little research on the topical effects of CBD oil for eczema in babies has been carried out, and there are concerns that there could be an issue with development of the infants endocannabinoid system but in and out of the whom.
Hemp seed oil for baby eczema.
Is hemp seed oil safe for babies skin? This is a question we get asked regularly, and the answer is YES! Hemp seed oil is a natural source of plant-based omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids which work wonders for a whole host skin conditions including Eczema, psoriasis, and nappy rash.
What is the best natural remedy for baby Eczema?
Hemp seed oil is a great ingredient that can be added to body washes, balms, and butters. As far as fast, cheap, and effective remedies go, plain old hemp seed oil is the perfect natural remedy. When using Hemp seed oil for baby eczema, it is best applied directly to the skin, it absorbs fast, works quickly, and is a drying oil that won’t stick around and leave an oily residue. Mums often add a couple of tablespoons directly to a lukewarm bath so the whole body is covered easily.
What to know about making a hemp cream for baby Eczema.
If you are thinking of making your own hemp cream for baby eczema, there are a few things that need to be considered, hemp seed oil is loaded with polyunsaturated fats that are very sensitive to heat, light, and moisture. Unless hemp seed oil is preserved correctly and stored in a cool dark environment it will go rancid and be rendered useless. Therefore, we recommend storing it and using it in its rawest form unless it is properly preserved and emulsified.
We have created a nappy bag safe hemp oil and vitamin E roller for infants, which is an easy way to apply it on the run for those shopping centre visits, and car boot nappy changes.
Why is it so effective for skin conditions?
Hemp seed oil contains an anti-inflammatory fatty acid called omega 6 GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) This fatty acid works quickly and effectively to reduce inflamed areas on a cellular level. It is a very similar consistency to our very own blood lipids and absorbs quickly into the cell wall to help reduce the inflamed area. Hemp seed oil also has naturally occurring vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that also helps the skin repair, and maintains elasticity.
Hemp seed oil vs steroid cream
Depending on the severity of eczema your baby is experiencing, sometimes there is no option to use a topical steroid cream to relieve symptoms and stop the suffering. Just make sure if this is the case, that you try to limit the long-term use, as there are many side effects to long-term topical steroid use.
How is eczema prevented in Children?
Eczema and psoriasis can be present for many reasons.
- Reactions to formula
- Reactions to Mums breast milk depending on her diet
- Environmental factors including dust, pet hair, and chemicals
- Gut health
- Cesarean birth
Eczema and psoriasis are an inflammatory immune response which is quite common whilst an infant is developing an immune system, and adjusting to new foods and surroundings. Often it is a temporary adjustment to their new surroundings, but sometimes there can be other underlying factors including inherited allergies.
The best option is to avoid as many unnatural products as possible within an infant’s diet and skincare regime, and always be aware of what is in the products you are using. After all, if you wouldn’t put it on your skin would you put it on your babies skin?