Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: My older daughter had eczema as a baby. I had to be very careful about what kind of laundry detergent I used to wash her clothing. Her skin didn’t get along with Dreft. Through trial and error, I discovered that Tide Free, which is fragrance and dye free, worked. Woolite also worked well.
I also had to be careful what soaps and lotions I used on her. I found California Baby Super Sensitive has worked quite well. It’s natural and fragrance free. We still use it, and my daughter is seven years old.
I had to work my way through diaper rash creams too. I found Weleda Calendula Diaper Care. That seemed to be better than anything else on her bottom.
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: My second child, who is currently six months old, suffers from severe eczema. It was hard to watch; he would scratch himself until he bled. I didn’t want to have to use topical steroids on his skin long term, so I only gave him baths about twice a week instead of daily. I also found Aveeno products to be very helpful.
Our Mommy MD Guide’s reply: Like many babies with allergies, my son suffered with eczema. I found that it was extremely important for me to keep his skin moist at all times. I used a rich emollient hypoallergenic lotion twice a day to his whole body and especially after any baths. My favorite is Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream. I would reapply during the day on his face as this was the area most prone to irritation.
Despite all of our moisturizing, in the winter I had to begin using a mild prescription steroid cream on his cheeks for a week to control increasing redness and swelling of the skin in this area. I found that using a humidifier during the winter helped to prevent future drying of his delicate skin.
—Saundra Dalton-Smith, MD, a mother of two sons ages 6 and 4, an internal medicine specialist, and the author Set Free to Live Free: Breaking Through the 7 Lies Women Tell Themselves, in Anniston, AL