My little one has eczema. When she was first born, it took up a large portion of her bottom half. Mostly her legs and bottom. It was more severe when she was younger – and there are remnants of it now behind her knees and on her ankles.
The one thing that the pediatrician did tell me is that I did an awesome job of keeping her skin moisturized. I tried enough creams so this way you wouldn’t have to! I even have some affiliate links below so that you can get the products yourself at a cool price.
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Before I start …. What is eczema???
According to the National Eczema Association : Eczema is incredibly common. Over 30 million people in America have had some form of Eczema whether it be as a child or an adult.
Some of the symptoms include:
- Dry, sensitive skin
- Red, inflamed skin
- Very bad itching
- Dark colored patches of skin
- Rough, leathery or scaly patches of skin
- Oozing or crusting
- Areas of swelling
On my daughter’s dark skin, she had dark leathery – chalky, large patches of skin. They would often get crusty in the winter. I don’t know if it was itchy for her but she was definitely uncomfortable.
I tried plenty of methods and spent a lot of money on plenty of different products until I finally found something that worked for her. Every baby is different. What I will do for you is describe the product so you can make the right choice for you and your family.
I WUVV (Love) Aquaphor. Think petroleum jelly on C-R-A-C-K. I loved to use this in the winter time for my daughter. There isn’t a smell to the stuff and sometimes it can be a little expensive, but this stuff is worth every dime. There is a lighter version for babies, but in my daughter’s case, this stuff worked just fine. This is also a good thing to have in the house period. There are other uses such as a makeup remover, a moisturizer, for rashes, diaper cream … yadda yadda. Its good stuff. The downside? You don’t particularly want to carry the bulky big tub in your diaper bag. So keep the good stuff at home unless you are headed on a long vacation.
To buy Aquaphor click here
Aveeno Baby Collection:
If I want to take something on the go if I am out for the day – I take a tube of this stuff in my diaper bag. It’s a thick cream but not too thick. It also doesn’t have a smell. It’s light enough to use on the baby’s entire skin. If your baby has an extreme case of eczema, I don’t think that this is strong enough alone.
To buy the Aveeno Eczma Cream (Travel tube) Click here
For a fussy baby – to soothe them during bath time, the last thing that you may want to do is use the Aveeno Eczema therapy oatmeal packets. Oatmeal is supposed to catch the moisture and soothe the rough patches of skin. It can get a little messy to do it because it can get clumpy.
To buy the Aveeno Bath Therapy (bath packets) click here
Does the logo on the Eucerin bottle look similar to Aquaphor? Because they are part of the same family – like cousins. Eucerin is a really thick cream. It’s a little annoying because it takes a while to rub in, but it does the job pretty well. Not my favorite – but something to buy if its on sale. I like it better in the winter on the go rather than the Aveeno. It’s also good to use in sudden flare ups if you have a fussy baby because they want to itch and scratch.
To buy the Eucerin therapy treatment click here
I’ve used this a few times and it has a light, sweet smell. If you are looking for a petroleum free alternative as well as something with more natural products (think beeswax, coconut oil, almond, aloe, buttermilk) This is the product for you. I used this when my baby got a little older. Gave me plenty of sweet smelling cuddles. It was also a great moisturizer. I like it more for her in her toddling years. Simply because her eczema isn’t as bad as it once was.
To buy Burt’s Bees Multi-Purpose Ointment click here
Shea Moisture Baby
Another WUVV. I have a Shea moisture baby – This line also has a bar soap that I swear by. With all of the natural ingredients of this line – It has worked wonders with my baby’s brown skin. This also helped a lot with the chalkiness of her skin. I don’t know how this works on a lighter skin tone – I would imagine the same – but if you have a Chocolate dipped baby like I do – definitely worth the investment. It also lasts a long time!
To Buy Shea Moisture Eczema Cream click here
The best part about eczema is that it tends to get better as the child gets older. My daughter only has a couple of patches on the back of her leg. In this case I stick more with the Aquaphor for spot treatments in the winter and Shea moisture in the summer.
Those are my picks! If there is anything else that you like to use, – please drop the product in the comments! Looking forward to reading your suggestions!