My poor baby boy has some pretty awful eczema. His stomach is covered in aggravated red patches. He arms and legs are covered in rough, scaly skin. His face and head have been completely taken over by cradle cap (which also manifests at rough, scaly skin that flakes constantly). The poor boy is just plagued by dry, dry skin.
At his three month appointment the doctor assured me it was just eczema caused by severely dry skin. She suggested I slather him up with something 3-4 times a day to keep his skin hydrated, but she didn’t really have a suggestion of what I might use. I said I was using shea butter (100%, raw, nothing else added) and it seemed to have helped his cradle cap but wasn’t making much difference on the rest of his body. She said to keep using it, just use it more frequently.
The thing is, I really don’t think it’s going to be enough. I’ve read testimonials all over the internet saying that shea butter is AMAZING for eczema and I had high hopes that it would help my son’s rash but it doesn’t seem to be touching it. Neither does coconut oil, or a balm made out of both. Nothing natural seems to be working.
A friend’s friend recommended CeraVe (her son also has very bad eczema), so I picked up some of that. It seems to have helped a little; the rash on his stomach seems less aggravated than it was, but it’s definitely still there. I’m continuing to use it three times a day but I don’t think it’s going to clear it up completely. Perhaps nothing will.
I hate that my poor boy’s body is covered in this stuff. It looks so painful. It clearly itches, he’s constantly breaking his own skin on his head and face, making himself bleed. I put him down to sleep tonight with newborn mittens on his hands, otherwise he’ll wake up with a face that looks like it got in a fight with our bitch of a cat.
I will admit, I wanted to use only natural ingredients on my son’s skin. I have done a lot of research on what natural butters and oils best combat the dryness that causes eczema. I had such high hopes that shea butter or coconut oil would help, but they don’t seem to be making much difference. So now I’m ready to turn to some of the more intense creams, you know, the ones with ingredients I can’t pronounce.
So here is where I ask you, dear readers, what you recommend. Have any of you dealt with stubborn eczema? What worked/works for you? Right now I’m doing the following:
– using only unscented, super sensitive laundry detergent
– washing him with California Baby Super Sensitive Shampoo every night
– rubbing unscented baby oil all over his body before I give him a bath
– slathering his entire head and face in shea butter 3x/day
– slathering his body with CeraVe 3x/day
– slathering his body with a shea butter/coconut oil balm before bed
– using Aveeno oatmeal bath 1-2x/week (I can’t really afford to use it more frequently–that shit is expensive)
Do you have any lotions or treatments you recommend? Is there anything else I can be doing to make this better. Babies are supposed to have super soft skin; my poor boy’s skins is scaly red rash. It makes me sad.