Sunday, 12 April 2015

Eczema in babies

In Joey's last update I mentioned that he'd been diagnosed with Eczema, I thought it might be good to do a post about it incase their are any new parents needing advice. Unfortunately, it seems I've deleted the pictures of when his skin was at his worst so this is what it looks like now and you can just about see the patches (he wouldn't stop wriggling).
Left: Arm | Right: Thigh
The symptoms started about 2 months ago when I noticed a red dry patch of skin on Joey's thigh, he didn't have any other patches and I just kept applying some baby lotion hoping it would clear up. The patch continued to get more red and looked as if it was travelling down his thigh and had popped up under his leg and in his arm creases. It didn't seem to be bothering him but nothing I was using seemed to make any difference so I took him to the doctor (not our usual doctor) and he didn't diagnose anything. He just advised I stop washing him with any bath products and prescribed some Aveeno moisturising cream. 

We used the Aveeno cream for about 2 weeks and their was no change so made an appointment with our usual doctor and straight away he said it was eczema and proscribed us with three different products:
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Zerocream emollient 
- Zerolatum Emollient bath additive
The hydrocortisone is a steroid cream which I use on Joey twice a day on the worst patches of dryness. Because it's quite a strong cream which can thin the skin you should only use a small amount. I usually apply the hydrocortisone in a morning when I'm getting him dressed and then before he gets ready for bed in the evening. The Zerocream emollient is a moisturising lotion which I apply all over Joey's body around 3 times a day, this cream is mainly just to keep his skin moisturised after the intensity of the hydrocortisone. The third lotion/potion we were prescribed is Zerolatum bath additive which is a liquid that can be put in the bath or applied to baby's damp skin.

While doing my research into eczema I came across a skin care brand called Oilatum who specialise in making products for children and adults who have dry skin/eczema issues. The products they produce are available from retailers and very similar to one or two of the products Joey has been prescribed. I had a look at their website and they have some great information about caring for babies who have dry skin and eczema, check it out here

We've been using the products for a couple of weeks now and Joey's dry patches have cleared up quite a bit which is great. I'm guessing we just continue to use the creams on him for the forseable now. Hopefully as Joey grows older maybe he'll just grow out of the eczema. One of my favourite bloggers, Jess from Lilypod & Sweetpea recently posted about how her son Jasper has also got eczema. You can check out her vlog here.

I hope this post can be of some help for parents who's babies have dry skin or eczema. If anyone has any products or tips that they could recommend that would be great.

Thanks for reading

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