We have come a long way as far as Cannon’s eczema is concerned. I was just looking at some video footage from a couple months ago and I cringed when I saw Cannon’s dry, red and splotchy skin. He used to itch the patches on his face and they would bleed. He often looked like he was on the wrong side of a fight.
As you can see from the pictures, it was not a good situation. We were desperate for remedies. I took advice from just about everyone including some amazing readers as well as worked with his pediatrician and we got a handle on it for now. I can’t even pinpoint what made the most difference because we tried a bunch of things at once – something worked. At one point I was looking to change my diet (because I was breastfeeding) but I ended up not changing anything in my own diet and still saw results.
Presented in no order of importance; we used infant probiotics, Cetaphil body wash, Vanicream lotion, Melaleuca oil, and Melaleuca lotion. From the pediatrician we received a mild steroid oil which we used just a few times. And through this whole process we started him on solid foods. So I look back trying to determine what solved the problem and I don’t think one of those things did it. Instead I think it was a combination of a several things.
While we were in Idaho he had a flare up after having clear skin for weeks. I’m not sure what caused it but it went away within a week.
What I find interesting is no two conditions of eczema are alike. Bennett too has eczema and the lengthy list of products we use on Cannon haven’t seemed to have any effect on Bennett. However, our salt pool seems to clear his skin right up. Once the pool closes for the season it comes back in full force only to leave again once swimming season starts. I hate to even admit it but I know they inherited my fragile and sensitive skin – poor souls. It will plague them for life!