I finally succumbed and took the baby into the doctor about his face rash. I had tried everything and nothing was even making a dent. We switched formulas, tried lotions, oils, more and less baths, etc. But by Tuesday, one side of his face was just raw. It was gut wrenching to look at. So I broke down and called the doctor.
Turns out, Little Man has a very severe case of eczema. And it's very itchy, apparently. (poor, poor baby!) He has been suffering from this horrible itchy rash for weeks now! And I thought it was just baby acne. (Could I smack my own hands with a rod?) I feel just terrible about it.
The doctor recommended I slather his face with... vaseline. (I know- ewwww) Now he's got a slimey head. After a couple days of doing this, I saw a dramatic difference, though- like night and day. I really hope this clears up before Sunday so I can skip a day of vaselining my son's head and dress him up all handsome to show him off.
I found some rather unorthodox ideas for treating eczema and thought I'd share those as well:
- A study published in the May 2009 issue of Pediatrics tested treatments on kids with eczema ages 6 months to 17 years. They found that soaking for five to ten minutes twice a week in a diluted bleach bath (1/2 cup bleach per full standard-size tub) was five times more effective at treating eczema than plain water (used by the placebo group). The improvement was so dramatic that researchers stopped the study early to allow children in the placebo group to get relief with the method. (this tops the list of the weirdest things I've found to treat eczema)
- Many experts now believe that daily bathing can be helpful for babies with eczema. Just don't make the water too warm, because very warm water dries out the skin faster than lukewarm water.
- "I recommend emollients for children of all ages," says Michael Smith, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics in the division of dermatology at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. Smith suggests trying an emollient for a short period of time to see whether it makes a difference and continuing it if it does. (Aquaphor and Cetaphil are emollients or anything with the ingredients: ceramides, glycerol, urea and lactic acid)
So of course, I will be trying all of those. (except the bleach soak, because he's too young for that) And probably spending the farm on whatever is labeled both "baby" and "eczema." Anyone have any inside-secret-treatments?