Baby skin is interesting skin. Both of my sons had baby “acne” and cradle cap about one-two months after they were born. I wasn’t sure the exact cause of each but was told it had something to do with my hormones going through their bodies. I applied breast milk to the acne and that seemed to help some and eventually it cleared up entirely.
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But my first son, who is now a little over 2 ½ years old, continues to have eczema issues. When he was a few months old it started as patches of skin behind his knees and the back of his arms and none of the natural treatments I tried – manuka honey with pure shea butter and coconut oil only made it worst – worked. So I went down an Internet rabbit hole and this is how I’ve been treating his skin, with fantastic results! Every now and again his skin will have an eczema eruption, but for the most part it’s stayed pretty clear.
- Gentle Bodywash and Shampoo. The key to treating eczema-prone skin is to use products that are fragrance-free, with few if any chemicals or additives. This bodywash and shampoo is excellent and I’ve used it exclusively on his skin. I also make sure that the temperature of the water is lukewarm – if the water is too hot it will dry out their skin even more.
- Baby Eczema Body Cream. I love this lotion and use it daily on his skin and slather on extra amounts on patches that are problematic (the back of his knees are an area that acts up). This is affordable and gets the job done.
- Water Filter. I recently installed a water filter to our shower head to offset the effects of hard water on my hair, and I’ve definitely noticed a change in our son’s skin since I use that water to give him his baths. Apparently, this filter is great for eczema-prone skin as well!
The key to treating eczema is consistency. I did a lot of trial and error in treating my baby's skin and these products and approach was the only thing that worked. Good luck!