Something very common in babies and children is eczema. What is eczema? It is basically inflammation of the skin. It looks like little pink or red patches that are dry and sometimes itchy. It can be caused by a large number of things: allergies, pet dander, fabric, soaps, climate, etc. Most kids outgrow it in adulthood, but if you’re like me, I was obsessing about Pearl’s few little dry patches on her back, trying desperately to fix them.
Some kid with eczema, NOT pearl!
Here are the things I used, and they WORKED within a week. Her little dry patches are completely gone! The first thing I did was switch her bath soap to something fragrance free with calendula in it. Calendula is a flower that is considered to have anti-inflammatory properties, and in my opinion, works great. I found “Babo Botanicals” brand on Amazon, and I love it. Here is a link to buy it.
The next thing we need to do is replenish the moisture the skin lost during the bath. A great way to do this is to apply virgin coconut oil to your baby’s body, followed by a calendula cream. Here are my two favorite brands:
Virgin Coconut Oil
Then apply the cream….
California Baby Calendula Cream
Click HERE for a link to buy the California Baby Cream
Note: Something else that I did (I’m not sure if it worked, but I’m sure it couldn’t hurt), is add THIS oatmeal bath to her bath water. It is soothing to the skin. My only complaint is that the jar lasted only like, a week and a half :/
Oat and Milky Bath
Tip: If your newborn baby has cradle cap (also a form of dermatitis), apply a bunch of Coconut Oil, let it sit for a bit, and then brush the head in a circular motion with a super soft baby brush. You can repeat this daily.