My 3-year-old has eczema on his hands and feet. It seemed to be especially irritated in the dry winter weather.
He has very sensitive skin, but his hands and feet are often red and rough. I also had noticed a couple of “cradle cap” spots on his scalp.
I started using a cocktail of products to treat him.
20% of American children suffer from eczema or dermatitis, and many more have sensitive skin that reacts to unnecessary chemicals or allergens found in common skin care brands.
For Deeds, I started using Exederm Non-irritating Baby Shampoo and Exederm Flare Control Cream from the Exederm children’s line, which is highly rated by The National Eczema Association.
Exederm Children’s line of products contain:
No Color or dyes
No Sodium Laureth Sulfate
No Nut Oils
Exederm has a full line of products to help you avoid eczema triggers.
I also started using Gentle Naturals Eczema Baby Wash on Deeds, which is supposed to be added by the capful to baby’s bath. For Deeds, we use it like a shower gel.
Gentle Naturals Eczema Baby Wash contains water, aloe, Jojoba Seed Oil, Calendula and Chamomilla extract, and other gentle ingredients.
Since using the Gentle Naturals Eczema Baby Wash along with the Exederm Non-Irritating Baby Shampoo, I have seen a gradual but marked improvement in Deeds’ hands, feet, and scalp.
First the redness went away, but the skin was still rough. Gradually, I have noticed the skin softening up and starting to feel more like normal preschooler skin instead of old elephant skin.
Gentle Naturals also has a Baby Eczema Cream for use as often as needed, and a Cradle Cap Care to help remove crusty scales.
When my kids had cradle cap, I had no idea what to do for it. I tried putting normal olive oil on it to loosen the gunk, it didn’t work and they ended up losing wads of hair along with the scales coming off (ew).
Cradle Cap Care contains calendula, jojoba oil, and vitamins. This is lighter and less greasy than using actual straight cooking oil. You apply it to the head and brush it a bit to loosen the scales, then shampoo as usual.
Visit the Gentle Naturals site to download a free coupon for Gentle Naturals!
It might be winter, but protection from UV rays is still important. Dr. Elizabeth K. Hale, Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at NYU and practicing Dermatological surgeon, advises parents to apply sunscreen on themselves and their children just as they would during the summer, whether you are watching a football game or picking apples.
For sensitive littlies, the Coppertone Water Babies line has Coppertone Waterbabies Pure & Simple,which is tear free and gentle.
I had the misfortune of applying generic sunscreen to my own face and 3-year-old Jojo’s face (a few years ago)…that was the pits! As soon as our faces got wet, MY EYES! MY EYES!!! Agony!
Coppertone Kids Pure & Simple is a good option for kids and families.
Coppertone Kids Pure & Simple is tear free, gentle, oil, fragrance, and dye free, plus it contains aloe to help prevent dryness.
Be kind to your babies skin this winter!