So for my long time blog readers you probably remember that Amber has eczema. When she was a little over a year old we had a really hard time with it (as you can see in the pictures above) which resulted in a few Urgent Care trips, several Drs. visits, a trip to an allergist, and a trip to a dermatologist. At first I was very upset and confused because everyone kept giving me all kinds of conflicting information. One of the best things I did was to connect with other moms who had dealt with it, and then weed through all the information by trial and error. What works for your baby’s skin might not work for someone else-but this is what works for us and I hope it helps!
Here are my Tips for dealing with Eczema!
Bathing ~ one of the biggest things I got conflicting information on was bathing. Some of the Dr.s said to bathe her every day, for a long time, then slather grease cream on her as soon as she was out. Others said bathing her daily was the worst thing to do. Ultimately I figured out that lots of baths were drying out her skin, and that she does best with only one to two baths a week. The weeks she might need more frequent baths I use oatmeal to soothe her skin. You can buy the pricey oatmeal soaks but a great alternative is to just buy the cheapest kind of rolled oats in the breakfast aisle and throw a few cups into the bath. It works just as well! If you’d rather not have your child swimming in oatmeal (it is a little slimey), We have also had good luck using Adovia Dead Sea Bath Salts. There have been studies on bleach baths for treating eczema but we never tried them out. And last but not least I always use a special non-soap cleanser. Cetaphil has worked wonders for us!
Lotion ~ I’ve found that the best thing I can do for her skin is to keep lotion on her, and lots of it! Keeping her skin hydrated helps to prevent breakouts. We’ve had the very best luck with Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream, 7.3 oz. It is really awesome! I’ve heard from other moms that Burts Bees or any hypo allergenic, all natural, high moisture lotion will work well though. When she was really broke out I used Eucerin and Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment any time after I bathed her and at bedtime. They got her way good and greasy and helped heal the breakouts quickly.
Of course you should always consult with your Dr. I still have to put Amber’s special medicated steroid creams on whenever she breaks out. If you are into more natural healing methods there is an essential oil mix that you can use for breakouts that aren’t severe. My sister-in-law made me one and it worked but only if I used it as soon as anything started to appear. For the bad stuff you’ll just need to go the steroid cream route!
Laundry ~ We ultimately narrowed down what caused Amber’s awful flair up was me using scented liquid fabric softer *once*–and it took months to repair that mistake (I felt awful!!!) Since then I don’t use any fabric softener on anything that touches her skin. Now that she’s older and outgrown it a little I use vinegar in place of fabric softener. It’s so cheap, really works, and leaves your clothes smelling clean, not like vinegar. Other options are getting the wool balls or dryer balls.
For the laundry soap these days you actually have a bunch of great options! My favorite is using this homemade laundry detergent mix. I leave out the Oxi-Clean as that’s too harsh for sensitive skin but the rest works great. I also buy already grated soap flakes so all I have to do is dump everything together, stir it, and I’m set for my laundry detergent for 6 months, it’s amazing!
I would also highly recommend both All Free & Clear and Purex Complete Free & Clear. Both do a great job of getting clothes clean while being affordable. (DON’T waste your time buying Dreft!!! This stuff is way cheaper and works so much better!)
Covering ~ When you have a baby with eczema break outs it’s so hard because scratching the area makes it worse–but it’s so super itchy they feel *compelled* to scratch it. Getting a product like the Kissaboo is a great idea! It stops kids from picking at rash areas by covering them up with a gentle and fun “boo boo” protector. (It also is great for those kids who want a band aid for every imaginary owie!)
So there you go! My top tips, I hope that they’re helpful!
What are your top tips? Do you have any questions of things I might have left out?