Tuesday, September 21, 2010

What's that on your back?

Around age 2 our older son started developing a rash on his upper back. I thought oh great, what the heck is this and why is it appearing out of no where? My husband and I thought that since the weather was cold at the time and he was scratching his skin that we needed to put more lotion on him. We also tried switching laundry detergent, bath soap and shampoo and that didn't work either. Finally when this random rash looked like it was starting to take over his back and wasn't going away we scheduled a consultation with a Dermatologist who explained he had eczema. What the heck is that I thought? How do we make it go away?

Web MD defines eczema as "Eczema is term for a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated.The most common type of eczema is known as atopic dermatitis, or atopic eczema. Atopic refers to a group of diseases with an often inherited tendency to develop other allergic conditions, such as asthma and hay fever.
According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, the prevalence of atopic eczema is increasing and affects 9 to 30% of the U.S. population. It is particularly common in young children and infants. While many infants who develop the condition outgrow it by their second birthday, some people continue to experience symptoms on and off throughout life. With proper treatment, the disease can be controlled in the majority of sufferers."

Thankfully my son got treatment for his eczema with a topical steroid cream and changing our bath soap and laundry detergent. We now use all Free and Clear laundry detergent. If your child has sensitive skin issues you need to try this! http://www.all-laundry.com/#/freeclear/

Most recently we have come across an awesome product for bath time in the form of Johnson's Natural Head-to-Toe Foaming Baby Wash! Now that we have two kids my husband and I have started to scrutinize our product choices even more than ever. This particular product contains no: Parabens, Dyes, Animal Byproducts, Silicones, Lanolin, Paraffin, Petrolatum, Phthalates and Essential Oils. It comes it a cool bottle that is easy to use and smells great! Most importantly, it hasn't bothered either of our boys sensitive skin. http://www.johnsonsbaby.com/natural?utm_source=BabyCenter&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=eden

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