If you wet wrap your child’s eczema-affected skin you may like to try applying the Manuka honey as the moisturising layer. Alternatively, you could try applying just before their bedtime story when hopefully they will keep still long enough for the honey to provide benefit. If you’re treating your little one’s hands or arms you could apply the honey at bedtime, cover with a set of ScratchSleeves and then rinse it off in the morning. Top tip: Warming the honey slightly before you apply it will make it easier to spread and less likely to drag on the skin as you apply it.
If you just can’t face the stickiness, there are a number of creams available which include Manuka honey. However, as with all un-regulated skincare products, do check the packaging to make sure that the honey appears at or near the top of the ingredients list to be sure that the cream contains enough to be beneficial. Or you can make your own cream using 1 part beeswax to 10 parts coconut oil and 10 parts honey. Melt the beeswax, add the coconut oil and melt that too. Stir in the honey and whisk until the cream is smooth. Feeding your child Manuka honey is less likely to be a problem! You could try spreading on toast or bread, adding to their yoghurt or topping their cereal. Fortunately, honey is relatively free of adverse effects so most parents of children with eczema will be able to try it out to see if it helps.
You should be aware that application of honey to the skin has been known to lead to a slight sting but this wears off very quickly. Allergy to honey is rare but be aware that there could be an allergic reaction to either pollen or bee proteins in honey. Plus, don’t over-use as excessive application of honey may lead to dehydration of tissues. While there’s little scientific evidence that Manuka honey is an effective treatment for eczema in children, our conclusion is that Manuka honey is certainly worth a try. If it doesn’t work at least you can enjoy eating it – it’s delicious! Traditional and Modern Uses of Natural Honey in Human Diseases: A Review. Topical application of natural honey, beeswax and olive oil mixture for atopic dermatitis or psoriasis: partially controlled, single-blinded study. Al-Waili NS, Complementary Therapies in Medicine 2003; 11 ( 4 ): 226–234 Potential pathway of anti-inflammatory effect by New Zealand honey. Tomblin V, Ferguson LR, Han DY, Murray P, Schlothauer R. 2014 Mar 5;7:149-58 A randomised controlled trial of topical Kanuka honey for the treatment of eczema. J Fingleton, C Helm,C Tofield,M Weatherall, R Beasley. 2014 Jan; 5(1) Can honey fight superbugs like MRSA? Here at ScratchSleeves, we don’t just share our experiences of bringing up an eczema child (and favourite allergy-friendly recipes), we also manufacture and sell our unique stay-on scratch mitts for itchy babies, toddlers and children. We now stock sizes from 0-12 years in a range of colours. Here at ScratchSleeves, we aim to bring you trustworthy and accurate information. We collaborate with qualified dermatologists and doctors as well as drawing on peer-reviewed medical studies and our own experience as parents. All medical content is reviewed by a dermatologist or appropriate doctor prior to publication to ensure completeness, accuracy and appropriate use of medical language. Reviewer details can be found at the bottom of each reviewed post and also on our ‘Meet The Team’ page. All scientific research referred to in our blog is found in peer-reviewed publications. All the eczema related medical articles we refer to are included in the GREAT database (Global Resource of Eczema Trials) managed by the ‘Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology’ at the University of Nottingham. This database brings together information on all randomised control trials and systematic reviews of eczema treatments. Trials are identified using a highly sensitive, comprehensive search strategy that is compatible with standard Cochrane methodology. Cochrane is internationally recognised as the highest standard in evidence-based health care. Links to the publications we refer to are listed at the bottom of each article.
The original editorial information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified healthcare practitioners regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it in because of anything you have read on the ScratchSleeves blog. Is Honey the Secret to Clear Skin if You Have Eczema? Honey has been used as a therapeutic treatment for millennia, and now some say it can help clear up eczema patches. It’s become increasingly thought of as a skin savior, and it’s even been said to help patients struggling with eczema.
There’s officially no cure for eczema, the skin condition that makes skin red and itchy, according to the Mayo Clinic. There are, however, plenty of treatments, including moisturizers, prescription medications, and a host of alternative options, like honey.