My daughter inherited a lot of things from both my husband and I. Some of them are great! Others…not so much. One of the not so great things that she inherited from my husband is his eczema. When she was a tiny baby (just a few months old,) her skin was great! A little dry but nothing that caused us concern. However, a few months ago she started to get a rash on her neck, followed by super red and dry patches on her face and back. We knew right then, she had eczema. So I did some research and came up with this easy 5 step guide that literally has cured her eczema and she has her soft baby skin once again!
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Step 1: Change your laundry detergent
The first step is to switch your laundry detergent. You may not realize how much of the detergent will soak into your baby’s clothes and then rubs off on their skin throughout the day. You want to find something that is free of dyes and perfumes and is also hypoallergenic. We use Arm & Hammer Sensitive Skin and LOVE it.
Step 2: Wash with a gentle, fragrance-free soap
The second step is to use fragrance-free baby soap. I had a hard time finding one that I felt comfortable putting on my baby’s skin but Dove created an amazing product. Their Baby Dove Tip to Toe Sensitive Moisture Wash is not only fragrance-free but it is also free of dyes, parabens, phthalates, and sulfates. Mommy win!
Step 3: Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
We all know how important moisturizing is when you have dry skin, especially eczema but there are SO many choices when it comes to moisturizing. I always try to find the most natural products I can for everyone in my family because I feel that less is more! So for this step, I simply use unrefined coconut oil. I like using unrefined coconut oil for two reasons. One, it has all the natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories still in it because it has not been under high amounts of heat for the refining process. Two, it smells, DELICIOUS. My daughter smells like a Caribbean vacation after every bath. All we do is after her bath, we towel dry her off, and then rub the coconut oil all over her body. If she has any dry patches we just put a little extra on those spots. She loves helping rub the oil on her belly. So cute!
Step 4: Lock in that moisture
This fourth step I feel is the key to the cure. After covering her body with coconut oil, we lock in the moisture from the oil with another moisturizer. We have tried MANY lotions and we found the thicker the better. However, we also wanted it to be able to spread easily as well as be fragrance-free and with as few chemicals as possible. After trying many different moisturizers we stumbled on, Vanicream Moisturizing Skin Cream. We love it because it is fragrance-free, not sticky, and to top it all off, it is free of dyes, lanolin, parabens, and formaldehyde! My husband even uses it! I promise you, you will love it too.
Step 5: Moisturize again!
The final step is something you may not have thought about because it doesn’t directly go on the skin. Not only is it important to moisturize your baby’s skin, but it is also important to have them sleep in a moisturized environment. This is easy and simple to do with a humidifier. We like to use the Crane Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier. Using a humidifier every night in their bedroom gets rid of any dry air and the moisture in the air from it will seep into their skin while they are sleeping. Plus, it is beneficial for their immune system to sleep with a humidifier at night. Sounds like a win, win to me!
I hope these 5 steps will help your baby as much as they helped mine. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below. Best of luck!