Dealing with Baby Eczema

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!

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.

Babo Botanicals

Babo Botanicals

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

Virgin Coconut Oil

Then apply the cream….

California Baby Calendula 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

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.

Xo

Lisa O


How to Keep From Getting Sick!

It seems like everyone right now has the flu or a cold….here are a couple of tips that have kept Jack and I healthy recently!

1. Grapefruit Seed Extract

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This stuff works wonders. Very high in antiviral properties. It tastes horrible, so I HIGHLY recommend buying empty gelatin capsules and squeezing the gel into the capsule instead of drinking it in a liquid. Also, the bottle will tell you to take 3 or so drops. Don’t mind that, fill up a capsule with as much as you want. The more the better. You can do this once a day, and if you’re already sick, do it about 3 times.

2. Acerola Powder

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This stuff is vitamin C in a bioavailable food form. In other words, it is absorbed way better than any other form of vitamin C. Mix it in with a liquid and drink. It doesn’t taste bad at all! Take this once a day or more if you’re already sick.

3. Wellness Formula

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This stuff is great! Take 3 pills 3 times a day. Easy to remember, right?

4. KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN!

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We touch our face a ridiculous amount of times a day. Keep your fingers out of your mouth and keep your hands sanitized obsessively.

5. Coconut Oil

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One of the main reasons people get sick is because the inside of their noses become dry and small cracks develop. This makes it easy for airborne viruses to get into your blood stream. To keep your nose moist, put some virgin coconut oil on a Q-tip and rub in the inside of your nose during the day and before you go to bed. It is also high in antiviral and antibacterial properties!

Be Well!

Lisa O