Silver Baby

Immune To Rash, Eczema & Allergy

Silver Baby - HealthylivinG magazine

Silver Baby - HealthylivinG magazine

In the 19th century the occurrence of Ophthalmia neonatorum, a conjunctivitis of the eye that occurs during delivery, reached epidemic proportions in maternity wards of Europe and Canada. Blindness resulted at alarming rates.

The nemeses were Neisseria gonorrhoeae or Chlamydia trachomatis, against which nothing seemed to work—until Carl Siegmund Franz Credé, director of the Berlin School of Midwives discovered that silver killed both.

Credé introduced use of silver nitrate eye drops. The silver, he knew from historic use, seemed to be a potent antimicrobial. He used a 2% silver nitrate solution and treated 1,160 newborns with it over three years in the early 1880s. Only two developed the disease. “Credé’s prophylaxis” became standard practice. Yet its powerful influence continues in medicine with uses in catheters, stents and dressings as well as topical burn antibiotics.

Four Actions

Both bio-active silver hydrosol and homeopathic gel have demonstrated four modes of action:
• Reduce minor pain quickly and remove sting from skin irritation
• Calm minor inflammation, reducing the swelling, redness and heat that accompany skin wounds
• Keep minor infection at bay to allow rapid closure
• Stimulate regeneration, enabling faster renewal of new cells

Diaper Rash

Silver’s use for babies certainly corresponds with diapers and rashes, which almost all newborns get. The usual practice is petroleum jelly, an oil-based product that seals and cuts off oxygen. Other gels and ointments contain impure additives that can harm vernix, the naturally occurring biofilm on the skin of newborns. Bioactive silver hydrosol can be sprayed lightly on inflamed tissue.

Bacterium and fungus infections almost always are present. If untreated, these crust with infection. Silver kills staph and streptococcus germs, the usual culprits. Silver kills harmful bacteria and fungi without resistance. One of the things we know about silver is that it is a versatile antimicrobial. It stops infectious microbes in their tracks by attacking the oxygen-metabolizing enzymes and essentially suffocating them. Spray on skin to cool and for relieving discomfort. If necessary, homeopathic gel may be applied after hydrosol dries for a further soothing effect. This may be repeated every few hours. If you suspect staph bacteria, homeopathic Hepar sulfur calcarea can be given orally as well for accelerated recovery.

Baby Care

• Do not bathe in water that is too hot, as this strips skin of protective oils. Some practitioners say oatmeal soaking products reduce itchy skin.
• Dress in cotton, loose fit.
• Use fragrance-free mild laundry soap.
• Avoid triclosan-based products around baby and use mild soap.
• Apply a baby-safe moisturizer while skin is still little wet.

Allergies And Eczema

Skin irritations can result in red crusty patches, alarming parents. These are often caused by loss of moisture or incipient tendency to allergy.

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 15 million people in the United States have symptoms of atopic dermatitis. Although it is commonly referred to as “eczema,” a general term for several types of inflammation of the skin, atopic dermatitis is part of a group of diseases where there is often an inherited tendency to cause other allergic conditions. Atopic dermatitis may develop at any age but most often begins in infancy. Symptoms of atopic dermatitis vary, but the most common include dry, itchy skin and rashes on the face, inside the elbows and behind the knees, and on the hands and feet. Babies affected are prone to skin infections due to the “itch-scratch cycle” where the skin becomes raw from outbreaks and scratching, leaving it vulnerable to secondary infections caused by bacteria, fungi, or viruses. Be sure that the baby is only consuming foods free of pesticides, additives, colorings and artificial flavorings.

Currently, the most common allopathic remediation method is to apply a topical corticosteriod cream to relieve itching and inflammation, and hopefully stop the itchscratch cycle and reduce the risk of secondary infection. If secondary infection does occur, antibiotic or antifungal medications are often prescribed. The limitation of these methods of treatments is painfully evident, especially for those struggling to manage their own outbreaks or in young children.

As an alternative to messy creams or prescription medications, silver, long known for its antimicrobial properties is showing promise in studies examining its role in dermatitis.

A study in June 2005 British Journal of Dermatology found silver has both antimicrobial and antiinflammatory properties when applied to cases of allergic contact dermatitis. After four days of treatment with 1% nanocrystalline silver cream, researchers observed significant reductions of swelling, redness and inflammation.

Silver hydrosol can be used to help relieve allergyrelated inflammation, and help to alleviate symptoms by simply applying it to the affected tissue. The silver ions will begin working to reduce inflammation upon contact. There are several ways to apply silver hydrosol, depending on symptoms. A bio-active hydrosol solution with 10 parts per million oligodynamic silver ions can be found in dropper, spray and nasal inhaler forms.

As with all conditions, prompt attention and appropriate treatment makes all the difference.

Milot J. [Ophthalmia neonatorum of the newborn and its treatments in Canadian medical publications: 1872-1985]. Can Bull Med Hist. 2008;25(2):499-514.
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