Since the beginning of 2016, the son has been scratching himself like a monkey and yours truly thought that it was a natural thing for the baby to do. “He’s discovering his fingers,” so I thought. That action persisted and it got me worried because discomfort was shown all over his face. That’s when I realised that I had better do something about it lest it got worse.
Dan at 6.5kg and 60cm (4th month)
The condition did get worse and on Dan’s 4-month’s visit to the PD, the latter diagnosed him as having baby eczema. My heart sank. Why would he have eczema when the rest of the family members do not suffer from this condition? What would I have to do? I guess the panic button was activated because I knew little about this condition. Thankfully, the doc assured me that in most cases, the baby would outgrow baby eczema as he gets older. However, he did ask me to watch my diet and cut down on my consumption of eggs and dairy intake. I was perplexed because I don’t take in large quantities of eggs and dairy products? Very little. So what could be the cause?
“…No one knows for sure what causes it, but the tendency to have eczema is often inherited. So your child is more likely to have it if you or a close family member has had eczema,asthma, or allergies.
Eczema is not an allergic reaction to a substance, but allergens or irritants in the environment (such as pollen or cigarette smoke) can trigger it. Less frequently, it can be triggered by allergens in your child’s diet – or in your diet if your child is breastfeeding.
The rash can also be aggravated by heat, irritants that come in contact with the skin (like wool or the chemicals in some soaps, fragrances, lotions, and detergents), changes in temperature, and dry skin. Stress can also trigger a flare-up of eczema…”
I soon realised that I am not alone and found out that there are actually many who have this condition. The mummies’ community in Dayre is awesome and many of them offered their advice and shared their experiences. The PD had prescribed Zaricort cream (steriod) and Ceradan but after much consideration, we decided not to use steriod on Dan.
The days following the PD visit had been exasperating. Each day, I witnessed the scratching and even after applying the cream, his condition didn’t improve. Okay, I must confess that I was impatient and expect miracles to happen, like, you know, I expect the redness to disappear within a day. Obviously, that was not the case. Fellow moms have recommended products that have been effective and this exasperated mom just went out and buy and amassed a good collection of cream and oil.
The above work on different folks and I have learnt to be realistic and let each cream perform its magic on Dan and be PATIENT. Dan has very dry skin from the beginning but I have not been diligent in applying moisturiser on him, thinking that he could rough it out since he’s a boy. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!!! He’s still, after all, a baby! This second-time mother needs to be scolded!
Apart from finding out which moisturising cream works on him, I have been experimenting with different brands of baby wash on him since that could be a factor that triggers his condition. And yes, I have to watch my own diet since I’m currently his only food source. 😉
Some of the brands that are recommended (for my own reference):
:: Four Cow Farm
:: Jo Lauren (I personally like the miracle balm. It does work miracles)
:: Emu oil
:: Moo Goo (another highly recommended brand)
A month has passed and his condition has improved. The cool weather during the Chinese New Year period has been immensely helpful.Dan scratched less often and his wounds in his scalp have healed. The rashes around his neck, hands and body still exist but at least, it is not as bad as before.
The journey continues…
Since I’m lazy to write another post on his development, I will just record his 18 weeks progress in this post.
:: Loves to shriek non-stop
:: Doesn’t like to be cradled
:: Loves to turn and turn. Time to use the cot bumper.
:: Loves to use his fingers to explore all things that he sets his eyes on
:: Drools a lot, a lot!
:: Nap pattern in the morning has changed as a result
:: Feed on demand
:: Loves to be read to and chuckles in response
:: Loves it that people talk to him and he will flash his most charming smile in return