I have great long lasting memories of my first year as a mother, but I did go through few bumps along the way and one of them was learning how to handle and control my baby’s skin eczema. Me and my husband have no history of allergies so that was a whole new territory for us. Eczema, for you that may not know, is the irritation of the skin. American Academy of Dermatology explains that “when you have eczema, your immune system kind of goes crazy. So that makes your skin overreact to something and get all itchy and rashy”. Fortunately, there are a lot of things you can do from home to help minimize it.
First, the most important thing to do is to try to find and/or eliminate everything that triggers or makes eczema worsen it. Such things* as:
- Dry Skin
- Climate And Sweating
- House dust mites
- Some chemicals (like cleaning, laundry products)
- Hot Water
- Certain type of fabrics (in clothing, sheets, etc)
- Detergents, soaps, and shampoos
- Food sensitivities
- Dry Air
- Drool and Saliva
Try eliminating and working on one at a time, that way it will be easier to find out which one will have a better outcome.
I found from my experience that it is very important to avoid dry skin, so I made sure my baby’s skin maintained its hydration and therefore barrier function as well. The following are few natural products that are great to use as moisturizer. Please note that is very important to talk with your doctor first, as everyone is different and what works for one may not work for another:
- Coconut Oil
- Sunflower Oil
- Topical Vitamin B12
- Petroleum jelly
What I did to help my baby’s eczema improve:
When my baby was first diagnosed with eczema by his pediatrician, he was prescribed Hydrocortisone. I was not comfortable using steroids cream on my 5 months old baby, especially after our nurse told us to have extra careful using it because it could leave blemishes on my babies skin (although rare but it could happen). At first, I decided not to use on him but his skin was not improving, and with the hot weather making it worst, I did end up using the Hidrocortisone a few times. Well, I didn’t see any improvements either, so then I started to look around my apartment to find out what could’ve been that was making the eczema worst and not better. I changed detergent (again, and again), I started washing his clothes on warm/hot water instead of cold, I stopped using anything with strong smell around the house such as candles or perfumes, I was vacuuming the apartment once or twice a day, and his bath was lukewarm water only. And still nothing!
We then decided to try the Eczema Bath Therapy , together with the Eczema Therapy Moisturizer Wash, the Eczema Therapy Moisturizer and the Eczema Therapy Night Balm . In addition, we also installed a shower head filter and used coconut oil as well. We were so amazed how fast his skin improved! It took a lot of trial and error but we found what works and never looked back! I think the great results were definitely a combination of multiple things. Even to this day, we use the Eczema Therapy body wash and moisturizer as it is very important to maintain the skin always moisturized for us, as my son’s skin tends to be on the dry side.
Here is a picture when his eczema was kicking out butts:
We are beyond relieved and happy his skin got so much better and not close to that anymore!
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Have an awesome rest of the week!!!