Baby eczema can be prevented and retarded when you breastfeed your baby. Until he is past the age of 3 months old if he is not breastfed, he is exposed to a lot of long term health and developmental risks that leave him in a disadvantaged position. This article will talk about 5 reasons why it is good to breastfeed a baby that you are trying to keep away from eczema.
Let's talk about breastfeeding a baby that already has eczema first. If this is your situation, it is better for your baby that you breastfeed than not breastfeed. Often times, if you breastfeed, your baby will not get eczema at all, but in the event that he still does get eczema, the flares are usually not as intense as if he were not breastfed.
A popular replacement for breast milk if often a cow's milk based formula. This is a problem for your young baby as cows milk are known to be loaded with irritants, that cause eczema and other inflammation based problems to arise. Mind you, cow's milk can be used very profitably for your baby in the prevention of eczema. However the benefits are not gained by your baby drinking it. I write about these benefits, but not in this article.
When you are trying to avoid baby eczema using breastfeeding you need to know that a baby gets enzymes coated along the walls of his intestines when he is afforded the benefits of a mother's breast milk. Without this barrier irritants are easily able to cross into his blood stream and affect him in a number of different ways, eczema flaring being one of them.
Until your baby is 3 months of age, his body will not be producing enzymes to protect his body against allergies and irritants. The way that his body fights off allergies is by getting the antibodies in the milk he gets from a mother that is knowledgeable enough about his problem to know that he can be helped in this way.
When you continue to breastfeed your baby beyond the initial 3 months, you help to make his immune system stronger. He is producing some antibodies on his own, but they are still not up to the strengths where it can be said that a mother's milk is not able to assist in his development.
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Broyde McDonald is an experienced writer on the subject of Eczema Treatments .