Natural home remedies can often be an easy and quick way to treat common ailments, and the 35-year-old Joy Evans knows this more than anyone. The mom managed to miraculously treat her baby’s eczema using her breast milk.
After she tried everything to treat her son Finlay’s long-term skin ailment, which included several GP-prescribed steroid treatments, emollient creams, and over-the-counter remedies, Joy was really desperate as nothing could get rid of the itchy red patches. Finlay has been experiencing spells of eczema since he was just six months old, and he had to be covered all the time in order to stop him from scratching them.
Joy is a breastfeeding peer support worker herself, and she decided to turn to alternative therapies and she made an organic soap she had read about online. The key ingredient is human breast milk, and she decided to go ahead with it.
Surprisingly, it totally worked! She used breast milk that was kept in her freezer, made a batch of the homemade soap, and Finlay’s eczema started to disappear within a month.
“I was a bit sceptical when I found it, but I hoped it would work. I hoped it would at least take the edge off or make him less itchy and uncomfortable.
That was my hope, just to make him more comfortable, but it exceeded all my expectations.
We just got to the point of wanting to try anything. I had some old expressed breast milk that was too old for him to drink still in the freezer and just decided to give it a go.
One day at baby group he had been stripped down to his nappy because they were doing messy play. I just looked at him and thought, ‘it’s all gone’. I was amazed.
This is the most successful thing we’ve found in treating his eczema. Nothing else we’ve tried has worked as well.” – she says.
“I think skin is very personal and it’s about finding the right thing for you. But for us it has worked. It’s cheap. The key ingredient is free, so all the better.” – she added.