Does your baby suffer from eczema? With the many benefits of hemp seed oil, it could help relieve your babies symptoms. Read on if you would like to know how.
Is Hemp Seed Oil Safe for Babies?
One question that is asked a lot about hemp foods is – are they safe for babies? First and foremost the answer is YES, but I will shed some light on why this magnificent superfood is so special. Hemp foods can help reduce the symptoms of eczema in infants, while also offering vital nutrients in their early stages of development. Specifically hemp seed oil for baby eczema.
While bubs immune system develops and strengthens, they are defenceless against chemicals, artificial additives, and airborne illnesses alike.
Hemp Foods Explained
Hemp foods come from the seeds of the hemp plant. Not to be mistaken for marijuana (the mind-altering brother of the hemp plant). Hemp is a completely harmless plant-based food that is FREE of THC, which is the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.
Hemp seeds, for the most part, are processed into three main categories of food.
- Cold pressed hemp seed oil – An extraction of the whole seed cold pressed into a green nutty tasting oil. High in Omega fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Fantastic for skin care treatment and a powerful anti-inflammatory.
- Hemp hearts (hulled seeds) – The soft tasty heart of the hemp seed de-hulled form the whole seeds outer casing. High in valuable fibre, plant based protein, and minerals. Hemp also contains Vitamin D, which is great for vegan mums in assisting the absorption of iron and zinc.
- Hemp Protein – A seed cake that remains after the cold pressing of hemp seeds to create hemp seed oil. The seed cake is dried and milled to create a protein powder, boasts a full branched chain amino acid profile, is high in fibre, and also contains albumin and edestin.
Hemp Oil – Eczema Treatment For Babies
Topical – Using hemp seed oil for baby eczema, is a great 100% natural baby skin care. Hemp seed oil has no known side effects linked to its topical use. The raw plant-based oil has an important omega 6 fatty acid called GLA (gamma linolenic acid), which absorbs deep into the cells to reduce inflammation, itching, redness associated with eczema, acne, and psoriasis. Read more
Supplement – Eczema and similar inflammatory skin conditions are often related to underlying immune issues, genetics, and outside allergens to chemicals or certain foods. In some cases with infant eczema, it could simply be a case of the immune system adjusting to the outside world, and other nutrients being delivered through breastfeeding. Taking hemp as a supplement in some form whether it be hemp seed oil, hemp seeds, or hemp protein while breastfeeding, is a great way to increase the nutrient delivery to bubs. The essential fatty acids, and antioxidants will help the little ones develop a stronger immune system to help them fight off any foreign nasties.
Hemp foods are safe to incorporate for toddlers on solid foods, just be sure to introduce them in small amounts as the nutrient density and fibre, could upset their little tummies. Always be aware to test a food on the lips topically regardless of the origin. This is important because even the healthiest foods can create a histamine reaction to an under developed immune system.
Hemp Seed Oil vs Baby 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.
Hemp seed oil has an immediate and soothing reaction to eczema, psoriasis, and even baby eczema. Whether you use hemp seed oil coupled with a steroid cream or as a replacement, it is safe to use for a long-term treatment.