With cool, dry weather approaching, I’ve been thinking about dry skin and eczema again 😦 My son has struggled with dry, itchy patches on his skin all 3 years of his life. It always seems to clear up in the summer (when the weather is warmer and moister) only to return in the fall. I have learned to manage it best I can. Here’s what I’ve learned works for my son.
Few baths. I bathe my son once a week in the winter and twice a week in the summer.
In winter, I pour a little olive oil in the bath water. When he’s really itchy he likes Aveeno Oat Bath in his water.
I found Raw Shea Chamomile & Argan Oil Baby Eczema Soap by Shea Moisture at Target last year. I replaced my son’s regular soap with this bar soap and it has really made a difference.
After every bath I lather him up good with heavy oily lotion like Eucerine or shea butter based body butters.
Nonbath nights I apply gentle body lotion (Burt’s Bees, Babyganics, Aveeno baby lotions).
I spot check each night before putting on PJ’s and apply oil (olive or coconut) or Aquaphor to the dry spots. They usually clear up in a day or 2.
I dress him in 100% cotton pajamas. I found that synthetic blends irritated his skin when it was all lathered up.
I run an extra rinse after each load of laundry. Thank goodness my washer has an extra rinse setting!
**Please note that I am not a doctor. I am simply a mother. You should seek actual medical advice from a medical professional for any condition you are concerned about.
Do you have any tips for dealing with dry itchy skin?