Posts Tagged ‘eczema’

Help for Baby Eczema

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

baby eczemaMy skin is a bit sensitive, my oldest son’s is quite a bit sensitive, but my baby … my baby has eczema. I should be able to handle this, no problem, right? I have three kids. But no. Eczema, at least for me, has been a whole new animal.

It started before we even met our son. He’s adopted, and came from his baby home with a little tube of prescription ointment for a small spot on his chin. Language barriers didn’t fully explain at the time, but we soon learned it was a little eczema patch.

I can’t complain, as I have mom friends whose children have battled very serious cases of eczema, but I still hate to think my son has any discomfort from anything that I can help with.

Things that can help? Well, some laundry detergents can aggravate the condition. Generally, avoiding fragranced laundry detergents and softeners helps many people with eczema. Additionally, you need to be careful with soaps and lotions you are using. We are really liking a baby wash from Shea moisture right now, but sticking to the more natural brands in general is a good bet. African black soap is also good for many with eczema. After bathing, I always apply a moisturizer (your climate and your child’s skin type will help you decide, coconut or shea butter can be nice, or you may want a heavier ointment for more of a barrier like the one from Episencial).

You may even be able to use a bit of what you use for a diaper cream for patches or as a moisturizer; we have some from Earth Mama Angel Baby and CJs that seems to reduce inflammation, and I have another friend that uses Aquaphor on both her babies’ bums and eczema patches (Aquaphor is petroleum based, FYI).

Some families have success with making diet changes. A friend whose boys battled very serious eczema has had very good results cutting gluten from their diet. Making diet changes can be difficult, but consulting with your doctor or a dietician may help if other remedies have failed.

And finally, don’t hesitate to see your doctor. Eczema can be just a small patch of rough skin, but it can escalate into far worse (and even skin infections if your child is scratching). They can help you with diagnosis and prescribe steroid creams or other treatments if needed.

Meaghan Howard is a stay-at-home mom to three little boys, a ton of pets (both family pets and foster pets), and wife to a very patient husband.


Ways to Combat Baby Eczema

Monday, January 19th, 2015

Ways to Combat Baby EczemaWe all believe we have the prettiest baby. I know I believe my two children are the most precious kids out there. My daughter has my complexion and has always had mostly clear skin. My son Levi is all boy. We’ve dealt with cradle cap, severe dry, sensitive skin, and now baby eczema.

Eczema is the medical term for severely dry, sensitive skin. Many babies, as well as adults suffer from this condition. When my baby boy Levi started having patchy, flaky skin, I just thought I wasn’t using enough lotion. It turns out the lovely smelling lotions I was using to keep him smelling great were just irritating his skin more. Eczema typically looks like dry, scaly skin or red, irritated bumps. According to Babycenter, about 20% of babies and young children suffer from this condition and it is likely inherited.

How to treat it:

The best thing to do is to keep the moisture coming! The important thing with baby lotions is that you choose something that is free of common irritants, dyes, and perfumes. I have been using Lubriderm and Aquafor lotion on Levi. You can also try moisturizers from California Baby or Earth Mama Angel Baby.

It’s also important to eliminate the irritating products from your baby’s routine. Being careful about soaps, lotions, and even laundry detergents can help combat baby eczema. Try using a laundry detergent like Allen’s Natural Detergent. A safe bath soap to use is Episencial. It is also recommended to not use fabric softener in your laundry. Taking these precautions will help your little one be comfortable in their skin.

It’s important to not limit bathing while trying to combat eczema. Frequent bathing can actually help.

Allowing your child’s skin to breathe and stay cool in fabrics like cotton can also help, and don’t discount the importance of exploring dietary causes. An elimination diet can help identify foods you may be eating that are causing eczema in your baby. Common offenders include eggs and dairy.

With Levi, I knew something was up because he kept scratching like crazy. Eczema can be itchy, so be sure to try to keep scratching at bay. Using baby mittens or allowing your child to sleep on soft sheets can help here.

If your baby’s eczema is still persistent after trying these remedies, talk to your pediatrician. Ours recommended a topical steroid cream for Levi. So far, it is really helping. Remember, you are supermom. You can combat baby eczema with a few changes and a lot of love.

Karyn Meyerhoff is a mom of two in northeast Indiana. She loves her little Levi, flaky skin and all.




The Benefits of Hazelwood Necklaces

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Much like the amber teething necklace, hazelwood is gaining popularity amongst caregivers looking for alternatives to medication for a variety of health concerns. Many believe that hazelwood necklaces have the potential to improve conditions which are caused by excess acidity in the body, including eczema, colic, arthritis, migraines, constipation, heartburn, acid reflux, ulcers and even teething pain, by helping to neutralize acid in the body.

In order for the hazelwood to create an alkaline environment it has to have direct contact with the skin. When the wood rests on the skin the hazelwood will naturally oxidize and reduce the overall acidity in the body over time. Since the necklaces “absorb” acidity until saturation, their lifespans vary depending on the person and their particular level of acidity.

To reap the benefits of the hazelwood, it should be worn against the skin for as long as possible during the day. The more hazelwood that comes into contact with the skin, the better the potential to relieve particular health concerns. It is not recommended that babies under the age of 3 wear necklaces while unsupervised or while sleeping  so to prolong wearing time you can double wrap the necklace around the ankle and keep it secure under a snug fitting sock to hold it in place next to the skin.

Unlike an amber necklace, hazelwood can be kept on in the shower since water helps keep the wood moist, allowing it to be more absorbable. However, water with chlorine can alter the lifespan and efficacy of the hazelwood and should always be taken off before swimming.

The best way to monitor the lifespan of your necklace is to keep an eye on your symptoms. If you begin to notice any of your symptoms returning, even slightly, you should consider a replacement. Also check the ends of the wood beads to see if the middle of the wood (not the outer bark) has started to darken, if it has, its ability to absorb acidity is diminished and its time to pick out a new one.

When choosing your necklace, focus on ones with fewer stone beads and more hazelwood since its benefits are increased depending on how much is touching the skin. To determine the right size, you should be able to slip two fingers between the necklace and the baby’s neck and the necklace should never be long enough to allow baby to bring it to the mouth.

Jacqueline Banks is a certified Holistic Health Counselor focused on nutrition and green living strategies. She works with women in all stages of motherhood, from mothers struggling with conception, through pregnancy, lactation and beyond to ensure the best health and nutrition for both mother and baby. Visit her blog and website at

Sunday Funday Giveaway: CJ Butter – Vegan Formula

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Looking for a diaper rash cream that is compatible with cloth diapering? Look NO further! CJ’s BUTTer is completely safe to use with your cloth diapers. Unlike most diaper rash creams, CJ’s BUTTer will NOT cause repelling or staining on your cloth diapers. Plus it easily washes out with hot water and detergent/soap. The ingredient list of the vegan formula is short and sweet; shea butter, cocoa butter and sesame oil. Hooray for a skin care product containing words you are familiar with and can actually pronounce! Additionally it is free of any animal products or by-products making this vegan extra happy! 🙂

CJ’s BUTTer is more than just a diaper rash cream though. Other uses include dry or chapped skin, eczema, or as a nipple cream for breastfeeding mamas. Mamas and babies alike can enjoy the soothing comfort and delicious scents of CJ’s BUTTer. Want to know more? Then be sure to check back here tomorrow! I will post a video review sharing my thoughts on this product and tips for using it.

Interested in winning a FREE 4oz jar of CJ’s BUTTer Vegan Formula? Enter this week’s giveaway below! The winner will be announced on Sunday, July 15.


Sunday Funday Giveaway: Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention

Monday, December 19th, 2011

My 10 month old had his first diaper rash last week. Not exactly a happy milestone, but luckily I had a jar of Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention cream that a friend recently gave to me. After one application and a little fresh air his diaper rash was completely gone! What a seriously great product! Not only is Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy & Prevention cream super effective at clearing up diaper rash, it also has many other uses such as soothing sunburn, eliminating dry, cracked skin, and even healing eczema breakouts.

Grandma El’s is made with ingredients that are gentle on baby’s most delicate parts, yet powerfully effective. Active ingredients include: Anti-oxidant Natural Vitamin E, Balsam of Peru, Salicylic  Acid, Yellow Petrolatum, and Insecticide-free Anhydrous Lanolin. These ingredients work together to both protect the skin from coming in contact with moisture (which is primarily what causes diaper rash) and to remedy painful, red, itchy, irritated skin.

Does your baby suffer from diaper rash? Are you interested in trying this product to heal their bottom AND prevent future rashes from occurring? Then be sure to enter this week’s giveaway to win a 3.75 oz. Jar of Grandma El’s Diaper Rash Remedy and Prevention!