The other day, one of my favourite customers said to me that she has every eczema lotion known to man, and I said, hold on.


I’ve personally had very minor eczema as an adult, but with this baby I’ve discovered that eczema people have tremendous empathy for each other, and we are like a very exclusive club/self-help group, constantly recommending different strategies to each other. Call me anytime you feel like walking into a bar; also try tide free and an extra rinsing cycle.


The baby has eczema. It’s terrible (not that terrible in the grand scheme of things that are terrible for babies, and not even that terrible in the grand scheme of truly debilitating eczema). Every once in a while I notice a particular silence and I look over and she’s just scratching herself, her arms wrapped around her, one hand scratching the opposite arm, or those little fingers working away on her ankles. The sight of it gives me the same visceral feeling of nails on a chalkboard.


Her pediatrician prescribed some steroid cream, which we used regularly but her eczema has been so persistent that we found we were using the steroid ointment continually. So we’ve been trying all sorts of vague remedies, changing the laundry detergents, humidifier, oatmeal baths, in addition to the constant experimentation around food sensitivities and allergen food exposure therapies, teething, minor colds. While the scratching exacerbates things to a not insubstantial degree, I’m mostly opposed to socks and footed onesies and mitts because she’s well into the age of cruising and crawling and pulling and socks are slippery things and hands are necessary things for exploration and so we are left with a small apothecary of creams and ointments.


The million dollar question is which one works the best, but the only available answer is clearly none of them, since we have so many. We use the Aquaphor a lot, sometimes the Aquaphor mixed with something like an oil or a diaper rash cream with the zinc oxide. This season of life! Grateful for it all.


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February 15, 2023 — Liz Chan



Michelle said:

Oh yes. Eczema. Can’t run far from the genetics. My son had it much worst in his first year of life. It seems to have settled down now (he’s two), but as both his parents have it, he was destined to be an itchy person. I’ve heard good things about La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume. But as you know, it could just be another one that doesn’t work. Vaseline, alllll the Vaseline. (And keep an eye out for asthma and allergies as little one grows—the atopic march is real!)


Toby said:

My kid had terrible eczema, too. At one point it was so bad that the skin behind the knees was literally raw. After also collecting what felt like ALL the lotions, we found the best lotion for our kid is glycerin-based—(we use the All-Over Ointment from Tubby Todd)—it seems to lock in moisture the best. Sometimes we layer it with a second lotion if things are really dry. Good luck!


Suzanne said:

Every person is different. And you certainly have gone thru all of the possible products. Half Glaxal and half 1% cortisone is what works for me. And when the outbreak is over, continue with Glaxal, which prevents it from coming back too soon. (I’ve had eczema since I was a baby. And I’m now in my sixties. It seems that there are genetics involved. Not sure). Good luck with the little one.


Danny said:

Have you guys tried Skinfix products? Their products have always works wonders for me!


Desiree said:

I get the eczema thing, it runs in the family and as a adult… I can tell you that it can be food related as well… we found a very strong link to this as my friends cousins kids had it all over when the skin was constantly open sores…. for a person who is a mix and culture eats a lot of rice… it turns out that rice is a main food that causes outbreaks for me, another person I know has cut out chicken and that seems to work for her children… I hope you find this helpful. It’s not just environmental.
Hope your little one feels better soon

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