Fermented Cod Liver Oil Cured My Baby’s Eczema

Finally!! I’ve finally discovered a cure for my baby’s Eczema!

If you knew how many things I’ve tried unsuccessfully, you’d understand my elation.

Creams. Oils. Herbs. Soaps. Diet changes. You name it.

The only thing that really helped at all up until recently was eliminating wheat from his diet. But even then the patches of eczema on the tops of his feet were still in a visibly dormant state.

If he did eat bread, crackers, or anything else that had wheat in it, the rashes got so irritated, he’s scratch them bloody if I didn’t keep him in footed pajamas to protect his feet.

One day I was talking to a friend of mine, and I mentioned Elias’ wheat allergy and corresponding eczema.

She shared that her son also had bad eczema, but her natural-minded doctor recommended taking Fermented Cod Liver Oil for the problem, and sure enough his eczema cleared up.

She said something about an Omega-3 fatty acid deficiency causing the eczema.

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I actually happened to already have some Fermented Cod Liver Oil in my fridge, so I started giving baby 1/4 tsp daily, still withholding wheat. Within just a couple of days, the rash looked better than I’d ever seen it. And by the end of two weeks, he was completely healed of eczema.

I continued giving him the supplement, but slowly began integrating wheat back into his diet. You gotta understand, this boy LOVES bread. He’d eat my homemade challah all day every day if I let him. It was terrible giving bread to all of the other children, and having to deny him.

I noticed that as long as I gave Elias the cod liver oil, he could eat bread with no breakouts. I slowly began reducing the supplement, giving it to him a couple of times a week instead of daily. We’re 5 months in now, and Elias can eat wheat with no breakouts whatsoever. And I’m only giving him the cod liver oil maybe once a week, if that.

I’m so happy he’s finally pain free, and can eat like the rest of the family!

I’ve actually been giving the fermented cod liver oil to all of the kids, myself included, every so often. It’s supposed to be super good for you.

I bought the liquid version so the kids could take it, but for adults I’d definitely recommend a capsule. The taste is HORRID. Some people don’t seem to mind as much as others, but I swear I almost puke every time I take it. Chasing it with orange juice really helps. The kids are much better about taking it than I am.

To get the kids to take their fermented cod liver oil, I first offer them a little taste of pure maple syrup on a spoon. Then I squirt the oil under their tongue (except for the baby, I just squirt it straight in his mouth). They swallow and then I quickly give them a spoonful of maple syrup to wash the taste out of their mouth. They all love it, and have never complained. Shockingly.

I bought our cod liver oil from Green Pasture. They sell flavored ones, but we got the unflavored kind just ’cause I had no idea what it would taste like. It is kinda pricey, but in our case definitely worth it. I’m wondering if Purslane would have the same effect, since it’s also really high in Omega-3 fatty acids. Another option to consider, perhaps.

Now, I’m not saying this is a cure all. I’m sure eczema is triggered by different things in different people. However, it did work miracles for us.

Have you successfully cured eczema? I’d love to hear what has worked for you!

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18 thoughts on “Fermented Cod Liver Oil Cured My Baby’s Eczema”

  1. Hi thank you so much for all the info. I have an 18 month old who suffets from really itchy bad eczema. I bought some fclo and have tried to give it him with some honey also with juice and he always puts up a fight. So im thinking of just rubbing it on his skin undernith his diaper. My question is, will he still get ALL the benefits of the cod liver oil when applied topically or would he just get some benefits but not all? Also how long does it need to be on his skin for the oil to be absorbed and how much do I need to apply on him. Thank you so much.

  2. My 9 month old has eczema and I just recently found out about fclo and want to try it. I was wondering if you just give it to him directly with a spoon or mix it in something? I’m still breastfeeding him a lot. I also recently heard that eczema babies have a problem with a leaky gut and must take probiotics, fclo, vit-D drops, and bone broth. I wonder if that’s too much or should I try one at a time. Thanks! Glad your baby is well now!

    • I used a medicine dropper to give my son the FCLO, just squirted it directly into his mouth (being careful not to shoot it to the back of the throat). You might try taking the probiotics and bone broth yourself if you’re still breastfeeding and see if that makes a difference in baby’s skin before you give it directly to him.

  3. My chiropractor told me to take Carlson cod liver fish oil in lemon flavor for a rash on my legs. She said it will taste awful and dont get it on any fabric as it will not come out. I take a teaspoonful and put it in my mouth, then immediately follow with a gulp of juice. swish the 2 together in my mouth and swallow. I would think any strong juice would cover the flavor. it is not awful at all this way.

  4. Hello. Wanted to comment that we are new to FCLO and have only tried the Cinnamon Tingle in a gel format. My 3 children are very willing to eat this and prefer it frozen. In the morning that I’m going to offer it to them, I put in teaspoons and put in freezer. Just an idea. Blessings.

  5. While not in favor of ‘pickiness’ with food, I have a bit of an opinion on cod liver oil.
    First off – I love fish – fresh fish like sushi, fermented fish, dried fish, organs of fish, nothing turns me off. Of course regular fish – fried, smoked, baked is something that I love also.
    I also hate the term ‘foodie’, but won’t argue with anyone who says I am one even though it implies things that I think are kind of dumb – like the person who says, “my deli down the street makes the best potato salad with fresh rosemary” and sometimes, those people refer to themselves as ‘foodies’. I make my own potato salad, thank you.
    I am not, was not a mom who would make my kid eat cod liver oil. It is nasty tasting beyond reproach, and I am not a picky person and find those who are very annoying.
    Really super old fashioned, shall we say ancient? A remedy during a time when fish products for eating were very rare unless you lived by the sea or a good lake or river, and some folks never had fish, and when they did it was some horrible preperation hence an generation of people who ‘hate fish’, but don’t know why other than the fact that they never had it prepared properly. Oils were still used as a heat/light source and cod liver oil was kind of a luxury by product.
    In this day and age, I think our access to better nutrients trumps giving ourselves or our kids such a foul substance when there are much more accessible ways to get Omega fats rather than cod liver oil.
    The ‘fermented’ part kind of bugs me too, as much as I like fermented stuff. Fish sauce is fermented and I love that, but it’s the whole fish including the liver…. going on an ADD rant sorry.
    As for the kid with Eczema – good for him and mom, but for forcing your kid to eat CLO followed by a sweet chaser seems weird to me.
    They make gummie vitamins with plenty of Omega acids that don’t taste like a fish-fart.

  6. I have to try this. My son has had eczema since he was an infant, he’s 13 now. Only for my son it is on his eyelids and in his ear canals. The only things that we can get are prescriptions because of it being near his eyes. The prescription works, but if I don’t give it to him 3 times a day everyday, he flares up big time and it is worse. Hard to give it to him when he goes away for camp for weeks on end in the summer. This might be easier for him to take at camp. The stuff his doctor gave him makes his eyes all shiny and sticky and people notice.

  7. For babies, I’ve also heard that they can absorb it through the skin, so you might try that. I think that CLO was the original active ingredient in diaper cream way back when.

  8. I gag if I take the unflavored too, but the cinnamon tingle isn’t bad. I think it’s significantly cheaper to go with liquid versus the capsules. So, you might want to give it a try!

  9. We take FCLO in our house too. I started giving it to my 5 1/2 year old son when he was about a year old. He’s always been great about taking it. I give him vitamins right after, followed by a Yummy Earth lollipop. A little bribery never hurts. 🙂 He even squirts it into his mouth all by himself now.

    My 2 1/2 year old got it daily from the time he was 3 months old in his raw milk baby formula. When he went off the formula, for some reason I didn’t think to give it to him. By the time I tried again, he would run away from me! 🙂 It took a few weeks to get him used to it again, but now he’s settled into the vitamin, lollipop routine as well.

    I still remember the first (and only!) time I tried it. YUCK!!! I felt nauseous for the rest of the day. I take capsules now.

    I think it’s great for the immune system too. We’ve run out a few times before I reordered, and my boys always seem to get sick when that happens. Not major illness, but colds and low grade fevers. I try really hard not to run out now.

    So happy to hear it’s helping your little guy. It’s good stuff.

  10. I wonder if Green Pastures beauty balm would have the same effect? My 2 year old has Eczema break outs in the winter really bad & I don’t think he drink the liquid. Have you tried the balm?


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