When our twins were about 9 months old, we started to notice dry skin patches on Russo. They started out relatively minor and because eczema and asthma runs in my family, I decided to be pro-active in treating it. We switched to a perfume-free laundry detergent and a gentle formula bath wash.
The detergent and soap switch alone wasn’t helping enough to be noticeable and eventually, one spot on her arm developed what looked like a bug bite. Our pediatrician had us apply cortisone cream to it and even wrote a prescription for a cream.
Unfortunately, none of those things helped, and soon enough the spot had grown, swelled, and had to be lanced.
Our next visit was to the dermatologist. The dry patches around her body were increasing and though they didn’t seem to bother Russo, I just knew it couldn’t be comfortable. The doctor gave us instructions for bleach baths, and tips to keep Russo’s skin moisturized. She also wrote us prescriptions for stronger skin healing ointments that worked like a dream! Within 4 days of following the doctor’s orders, Russo’s skin had cleared by 75%.
The big question for us, though, was the maintenance of her clear skin. I didn’t want to have to apply the prescription ointments forever, but like adult skin, I knew if I wanted her skin to stay clear, I’d need to get into a routine of using moisturizers and continue to use perfume-free soaps and detergents. Our dermatologist recommended what I’m dubbing as a wonder cream for eczema-prone baby skin. This lotion is amazing! It keeps her skin moisturized without feeling greasy and tames flare-ups within a day or two of use.
The other thing we’ve discovered is that buttery soft bamboo clothing, particularly sleepers, that don’t snag or rub on any dry patches have seemed to really ease the frequency of the flare-ups. We have fallen in love with Kyte Baby sleepers, including their sleep sacks.
The combination of bamboo clothing, the use of daily moisturizer, and perfume-free products has been the saving grace in my little one’s eczema journey. Of course, our girls wear other fabrics besides bamboo, but for sleeping, when we have a choice we’ll put them in a Kyte Baby sleeper. It’s soft, keeps them cool (or snuggly warm in their sleep sacks) and as a bonus…super cute!
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