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As many of you know, my child has VERY sensitive skin! We have been to the doctor many, many times and even seen a pediatric dermotologist several times.
Lately, I have had 3 or 4 moms ask me questions about what I do to keep his eczema and diaper rash under control. Both of which are constant battles because of his sensitivity.
Here are the creams/lotions/washes we use:
- Aquaphor Baby Healing Ointment Diaper Rash and Dry Skin Protectant - We use it so much that we buy the jumbo bottle. We use this with pretty much every diaper change. It helps protect the skin from the diaper and works as a preventative measure.
- A&D Ointment - at the FIRST sign of any kind of redness on his bum we start using this along with the aquaphor.
- Lotrimin - we use this when the rash moves up north from his bum
- Aquaphor Baby Gentle Wash & Shampoo Tear Free- we have tried every wash out there and this is the one we have found to be the best!!! Its gentle enough that it doesn't hurt his eyes and it doesn't smell.
- Cetaphil Fragrance Free Moisturizing Lotion - we love this lotion. I can't say enough good things about it!
I thought I would share with you all some of the tips I have learned and some of the products we love.
- The best thing you can do for eczema is to keep the skin moist!
- We do not bathe Landry every single night. We do it every other or every 3rd day. Obviously, if he is super dirty I will give him a bath, but if he doesn't need it we avoid it. Water dries out the skin, so we try not to bathe him more than necessary.
- Use warm water. I know with babies and toddlers you don't really get the water hot, but if in doubt colder is better. The heat also dries the skin out.
- Lotion, lotion, lotion! Especially after baths! That is when the skin can absorb it the most. We also lotion every night before bed and every morning when getting dressed.
- When diaper rash gets really bad, we add a little bit of baking soda to his bath water. It helps neutralize the acid in his skin. We also try to lower the acidic food he eats when it gets bad. Usually after a day that does the trick.
- We also changes diaper brands frequently. I have learned that he is not necessarily allergic to any brand of diapers, but he will break out if we use one brand for to long. So I usually buy the 100ish count of diapers and then switch to a different brand next time. We cycle through the brands before starting back with back with the first again.
- Also, I make our wipes. You can find out how here.
We have been to the doctor many times and we have prescription strength creams too.
I know what a struggle this can be for moms. There is nothing worse than watching your child scream when changing their diaper or seeing it bleed because it is so raw. There have been times when we had to put 4 or 5 different creams on him at once. There have been days when I stopped using wipes and would use a warm wash cloth instead. So mom if you're reading this YOU'RE A GOOD MOM! Please feel free to ask me any questions and I will try to answer or help the best that I can!
**I am not a doctor or an expert by any means. So please see your doctor for your specific situation. Also, I am not being paid for any of my opinions. I just love these products and know what a struggle eczema can be for a mom. However, if you work for any of these companies I will gladly accept free products :)**