Eczema in Children

सकण्डूपिडकाश्यावालसीकढ्याविचर्च्चिका l (अ.हृ.नि. १४/१७)

Eczema, otherwise called atopic dermatitis, is a progressive skin disease.It causes dryness, redness and itching of skin. Skin of children having eczema will be more sensitive than normal people. About 1 in 10 children are affected with eczema. In Ayurveda, the symptoms seen in eczema are clearly explained as Vicharchika.

Causes of Eczema in Children

Eczema is caused by defectsin the skin tissue. Most children having eczema,lack a special protein called filaggrin in their outer skin layer. Filaggrin protects skin by acting as a strong barrier between the body and external environment. Skin deficient in filaggrinwill experience difficulty in holding water and fails to prevent bacteria and other environmental irritants.

Other factors leading to eczema includes:

  • Genetic factors
  • Environment factors
  • Hereditary
  • Associated with other allergic conditions such as asthma and allergic rhinitis 
  • Can be associated withfood allergies

Symptoms of Eczema in Children

The symptoms of eczema will be different in different individuals. It may affect different areas of the body at different times.

Important and common symptoms include:

  • Itching ranging from mild to moderate
  • Inflammation of skin
  • Bleeding on scratch
  • Sensitive and dry skin
  • Skin discoloration
  • Scaly patches of skin
  • Oozing
  • Rough and leathery skin

Ayurvedic Reference of Eczema in Children

Ayurvedic Reference of Eczema in Children

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Ayurvedic Treatment of Eczema in Children

Eczema can be treated effectively through Ayurveda. It also focuses on preventing recurrence of allergic reactions.

Internal Medicines for Eczema in Children

  • Padoladi Kashaya
  • Guluchyadi kashaya
  • Manjishtadi Kashaya
  • Panchatiktaka Kashaya
  • Aragwadhadi Kashaya 
  • Khadirarishta
  • Gandhaka rasayana
  • Manibhadra gula
  • Kaisoraguggulu gulika
  • Avipathy churna

External Medicines for Eczema in Children

  • Aragwadadi Kashaya
  • Rasottamadi lepa
  • Eladi gana churna
  • Guluchyadi kashaya 
  • Nimbadi churna
  • Triphala churna

Treatment Procedures for Eczema in Children

  • Vamana (Emesis)
  • Virechana (Purgation)
  • Kashaya Dhara (Pouring medicated liquid)
  • Raktamoksha (Blood-letting)

Single drugs for the Management of Eczema in Children

  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Nimba (Azadirachta indica)
  • Padmaka (Prunus cerasoides)
  • Sirisha (Albizia lebbeck)
  • Khadira (Acacia catechu)
  • Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  • Aragwadha (Cassia fistula)
  • Kumari (Aloe vera)
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Diet in Eczema in Children

Pathya (Do’s)

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Spinach
  • Maintain personal and environmental hygiene
  • Identify allergen and avoid exposure to it.
  • Adequate sleep
  • Drink enough quantity of water 
  • Easily digestible food
  • Vegetarian diet with less oil
  • Include fruits and vegetables in diet 

Apathya (Don’ts)

  • Cakes
  • Coffee
  • Fastfood items
  • Bakery food
  • Red chilly
  • Egg
  • Oily food
  • Ajinomoto containing food
  • Chemical-based lotion
  • Day sleep
  • Use of medicines without doctor’s prescription.

Yoga and Pranayama for Eczema in Children

Yoga asanas (postures) help to strengthen body as well as mind.  Following asanas (postures) will be beneficial in strengthening body’s immune system.

  • Vajrasan
  • Padmasana
  • Pavanamuktasana
  • Paschimothasana 
  • Savasana
  • Surya namaskar
  • Padmasana

Pranayama helps to retain the pathway of body channels and to clean them. This aids in nourishment of body cells and to heal them.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How is eczema caused?

Answer: Eczema is caused by various reasons like genetic factors, environmental changes, allergies etc.

Question: What are the common symptoms of eczema?

Answer: Eczema is manifested as itchy, discoloured, dry and oozing skin.

Question: Is Ayurvedic treatment effective in the management of eczema?

Answer: Yes. Ayurveda is quite effective in treating eczema. Internal medicines and external therapies along with body purification surely reduce symptoms and frequency of recurrence.

Question: What are the factors that trigger eczema?

Answer: There are many factors responsible for the flare-ups such as irritants and allergens.

Question: What should not be eaten if a person has eczema?

Answer: Some fruits such as citrus fruits, dairy products, eggs should not be consumed.

Question: Is Ayurvedic treatment good for eczema?

Answer: In Ayurvedic treatment, eczema is mainly treated with herbs and herbal medications. You’ll need to visit an Ayurvedic expert to get Ayurvedic treatment.

Question: Are Ayurvedic products for external application safe?

Answer: Yes, Ayurvedic products for external application are devoid of chemicals making them absolutely safe.


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  2. Kaviraj Ambikdutta Shastri Sushruta. Sushruta Samhita, edited with Ayurveda – Tattava – Sandipika Hindi commentary, Vol – 1, Chaukhambha Sanskrit Sansthan, Varanasi, Reprint – 2014, Nidan Sthan, Su.Ni. 5/5 p. 320.
  3. Siddhi Nandan Mishra. Bhaishjya Ratnavali Hindi Commentary. Varanasi; Chaukhambha Sanskrit Bharti Prakashan; 2012. P. 497.
  4. Child Health and Ayurveda, Edition 2021, by Sahil Gupta, Eczema in Children, Chapter No. 24, Page No. 103-107.

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Dr. Sahil Gupta completed his Bachelor of Ayurveda in Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.) and Master’s Degree in Health Administration (MHA) India. He is Registered Ayurvedic Doctor & Vaidya in India having Registration No. 23780. He is the CEO and founder of IAFA. After completing BAMS, Dr. Sahil Gupta started practicing Ayruveda by giving prime importance to allergic disorders management. He became the first Ayurvedic doctor to cure Food Allergies through Ayurveda. Read More About Dr. Sahil Gupta.

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