First thing you should do is consult your pediatrician. Infants naturally have sensitive skin and you want to make sure you don’t put any creams or ointments to further irritate babies skin. Having had 3 children with eczema, I have learned a few things to help maintain their soft and healthy epidermis.
- Bathe the babies every other day instead of everyday. The days you aren’t giving them baths, just wipe them down with a wet washcloth. I use Johnson Johnson Baby Wash® and Aquaphor Baby Wash® which is pediatrician recommended.
- After baths and wash ups make sure you moisturize the babies well (vitamin E enriched oil, baby lotion with shea and/or cocoa butter(moisturizing), and a thick emollient to keep the moisture in such as Baby Aquaphor Healing Ointment®) Natural African shea butter that works best and you don’t need to use any other oil, moisturizer or emollient.
- Moisture at least 3 times a day. Keep lotion at your diaper changing station and moisturize them after changing their diapers. I started this process when their skin became dry and now it has become a routine.
- For rashes and itchy spots I treated them with hydrocortisone ointment. This normally relieves majority of irritation.
As with many things your may see your little darlings grow out of, the same may also be with dry skin and eczema. These are just suggestions. As stated earlier, make sure you check with your pediatrician before use of any product.