Since nothing super remarkable has happened this week (summary: a lot of rocking on hands and knees, and a lot of getting into things that shouldn’t be gotten into), I’m going to take the opportunity to answer what is, I’m sure, an oft-Googled question. Guys, let’s get this VIRAL! Not because I really care about my blog exploding or not, but because I really really could have used this advice back when we were struggling and itchy. So. Here it is, the first post in a series that I’ll call Momming 101: How to Banish Eczema and Cradle Cap Forevarrrrr.
Eczema Lifesaver: Aveeno Eczema Therapy products
So here’s the story on this. For as long as I can remember Ambrose suffered from dry, patchy skin. I’m not exactly sure when it started, but it was there — and it needed to be treated as soon as he figured out how to scratch himself. Yikes! Poor guy.
Unfortunately, nothing we tried worked. I had dreams of him smelling like Burt’s Bees baby lotion, but nope. If anything that made it worse. I slathered on allll the Aquaphor and Eucerin, and even tried coconut oil. The patches were still there. Oh, what I would have given to have had a baby with that beautifully soft, milky skin babies have!
Finally, at Ambrose’s 6-month well visit, the pediatrician recommended the Aveeno Eczema Therapy line and recommended that we “aggressively moisturize” by using the body wash every night in the bath (contrary to all the advice I’d read about not bathing too much), following it up with the thick night lotion, and then using the lighter day lotion after every diaper change. We went straight from the pediatrician’s to the store to buy it.
The lotion does cost a pretty penny but it works, and quickly, too. (And let’s be honest. When your kid is literally scratching himself raw you don’t mind paying $20 for some lotion.) I’m gonna say Ambrose’s eczema was already starting to clear up in two to three days. And okay — all this happened shortly after we moved from Las Vegas (read: desert) to lower Alabama. But when all the lotions and creams ran out and I got lax about the aggressiveness of our moisturizing this past month, the dry patches started to return. They disappeared as soon as I started the night cream again. I’m a believer. Try it out. You will be too.
Cradle Cap Lifesaver: Aquaphor (the gross thick version)
Aah, cradle cap. I have a personal theory that lots of hair makes it extra difficult to get rid of, because no matter what I did — again — the cradle cap just wouldn’t go away. (And, to add to the theory, it went away on the portions of his scalp where his hair fell out around 4 months.) And again, I tried alllll the things. Special shampoo (smells good, I still use it, doesn’t do nothin’ for cradle cap), olive oil, coconut oil, scrubby brushes to loosen the dead skin…nope. 6 months, it was still around. 9 months, I think, and it was still around then. I forget what the pediatrician told us to do but it didn’t work.
Finally, I got the recommendation from a mom friend whose son was due the day before Ambrose. Aquaphor! All this time, and the solution was right in the medicine cabinet with the other cast-off baby lotions and creams I’d accumulated.
It was awful, and it took exactly two applications to banish forever. I greased up Ambrose’s head like he was a second-rate used car salesman and rubbed it in. I tried my best to shampoo it out, but it still left a greasy reside that stayed around for three days (and three baths). But it worked! I did the second application about a week later, when I noticed the flakes weren’t all gone, and I haven’t had to do it since.
So there you have it! Two very easy solutions to two very common baby skin problems. If you’ve found this post in desperation and actually try my recommendations, I’d love to hear how they work for you.