If you're looking for a good baby eczema lotion, this is the post for you.
Both of my babies had horrible eczema, especially my second, and I FINALLY found a eczema routine that cleared him right up.
Sharing what worked for us in today's blog post!
Oh eczema...how I loathe thee.
Both of my boys have it. My toddler had it super bad behind his knees and my baby had it all over. He was actually almost unrecognizable.
That first photo makes me so sad, cause he's scratching his little scalp, which was covered with cradle cap, and I can see all the eczema patches on his body that must've been so itchy.
His hair was falling out. You can even see scratch marks on his cheek where he had gotten himself.
I was keeping his hands covered with socks at night but sometimes he was able to pull them off or randomly scratch himself during the day when I wasn't paying attention.
It was a nightmare.
Which lotion is best for baby eczema?
I researched high and low everything there is to know about eczema. And everyone had a baby eczema lotion that was the only lotion that worked for their baby or toddler.
I came to a quick conclusion that there are several ways to get rid of eczema, but you just have to find the right baby eczema lotion for yourbaby. And for us, that was Cetaphil.
For my toddler, I had been using Aquaphor every day to no avail for months. Aquaphor just sort of kept it the same, not worse but not better (although we did keep using it on top of the Cetaphil because it helped to keep him from scratching himself so bad).
He was starting to scratch it so bad that there would be blood on the sheets when he'd wake up from a nap. Once we started using Cetaphil and putting it on every few hours, it cleared up within days.
For my baby, same story. I was using Aquaphor and had also tried Gentle Natural's Baby Eczema cream. His eczema was just getting worse by the day.
His cheeks were actually weepy and the patches were quickly spreading over his entire body.
I started with the Cetaphil twice a day and didn't notice a drastic change until I started putting it on almost hourly (this is the key). Once I started putting it on every hour or two at the most, it was gone in about a week.
How do you moisturize cradle cap?
My baby's cradle cap seemed to worsen and flare up at the same time the eczema did.
I would use one of these just mentioned and let it sit on his head and then comb it off (not the shampoos, they were a different process). Yet by morning, the cradle cap was back, all oozing and gross.
Once I started getting the eczema under control, I said screw this cradle cap torture routine we do every night, I'm just going to put unrefined, virgin coconut oil (this one is my favorite) on his head every day all day, like with the Cetaphil, and it was gone within a week as well.
Our Daily Eczema Routine
1. Cetaphil hourly if eczema tries to get crazy. I stop it in it's tracks now.
2. A bath every night and baby/toddler lotioned up with Cetaphil within minutes from being removed from water to lock in moisture.
4. Coconut oil on scalp hourly only if cradle cap is present. If scalp is clear, I may just dab some on after his bath as a preventative but I skip it a lot of days.
5. All Free & Clear laundry detergent and about a cup of vinegar in the rinse cycle to get off any remaining soap residue. I want to make my own detergent soon but for now this is working for us.
So, that my friends is how I keep my kids' eczema and cradle cap under control and at bay. I'd love to hear from other moms who have dealt with this what works for them.
If nothing has worked for you so far, hopefully some of these tips can help.
Jessica Dimas is the author of the book "Sacred Self-Care for the Highly Sensitive Mom."