3 Natural Things That Calmed Down My Baby’s Eczema Flare (Plus Thoughts On Topical Steroids)

Our journey with baby Eczema has been a long one as I am still going through the struggle.

Actual eczema photos ahead, you’ve been warned.

My second child had severe baby Eczema that affected her entire face and scalp, inside and outside of her ears, behind her ears, chest, and belly. It was devastating. As a breastfeeding mom I felt like a total failure… I thought maybe she has developed an allergy to something I’ve eaten recently or maybe even from when I was pregnant. Before I was able to figure out how to calm down her eczema flares I was waking up every 20-30 minutes for the first 3 months that my dear daughter was home.

Baby Melanie’s skin at 8 weeks was red and swollen from Eczema.

It was either hot to the touch and inflamed with a glossy “wet” look OR not so red, super dry with flaky patches of that seemed to be “thick”… Kind of like a callus. Either way she was super itchy and didn’t sleep. She was constantly frustrated, cranky, exhausted and in pain.


I’ve seen the scary baby eczema photos online; the horrors of prescription steroid creams and ointments. I’ve read hundreds of articles (and UGH the photos) talking about the effects they have on the skin after long term use. A baby’s skin can potentially get addicted to steroids. If not careful, you can even develop something called Red Skin Syndrome aka Topical Steroid Withdrawal (TSW). This means if you stop using the steroids that are weakening the skin, you’ll have a flare 10x worse than the actual Eczema.

Talk about a rock and a hard place.

I avoided using the prescription steroids our pediatrician gave us at all costs and went straight into a more… not so freaking scary approach (by the way, you don’t have to feel guilty about using steroids for baby eczema. i’ll get more into this later in the post).

In short I’ve used lotions, plants and foods, essential oils, ointments, hydro cortisone 1% in like 4 different brands, etc. Nothing worked. I’ll add a full list of all the products I’ve used during this process another time. There are so many that this list deserves its own post.

If you’re still reading, you’re probably going through something similar and you’re looking for some miracle answer that will heal you or your baby from eczema. Sorry to say, there is no cure.

“If there is one thing to be learned from Eczema it is that every child needs custom care.”

Not all children heal the same but there are a few things that a lot of the other moms I’ve talked to agree on.

Here are the top 3 natural things that helped Melanie during her flares:

  1. Frequent Baths, lotion afterwards: For quite some time it was thought that bathing frequently was not a good option for people with eczema. But, a recent study shows that frequent baths help when you apply massive amounts of lotion or emollient afterwards. Lotions seep into the skin better after a warm bath or shower; it’s a tried and true proven fact. We use Vanicream and still have the 1 lb. tub in every corner of our house to this day.
  2. Wearing Cotton, avoid synthetic fabrics: Stick to breathable cotton maybe even organic. Polyester knit fabrics look and feel like cotton but the breath-ability is definitely different. Luckily, most infant onesies are 100% cotton but if you have a few items that are not; put them away.
  3. Go Swimming: I’ve noticed a dramatic decrease in eczema flares when we’ve been playing in the water all day. I’m still not sure if it’s just being in the water for a long time or the chlorine (because bleach baths are a thing in the Eczema world – look it up) but after a long day of swimming and plenty of lotion afterwards Melanie’s eczema would disappear for up to a few days. Making a bleach bath at home was not nearly as effective as going to a pool. We’ve also traveled near and far to natural mineral water resorts and hotels (super stinky water that smells like eggs) and this helped as well. We didn’t smell great, but Melanie was definitely less itchy.

We were always out swimming because it seemed to help Melanie with her eczema

Here is a list of things that didn’t really make a difference for us but there are tons of people who swear by these.

If you’d like more info go ahead and just Google any of it or ask in the comments:
  • Changing our detergent
  • Putting breast milk on the affected area
  • Cleaning the house and getting rid of dust, pet dander and other allergens (which means my child’s Eczema was most likely due to an internal issue not from touching something)
  • Changing moms diet if breastfeeding
  • Changing baby formula to something hypoallergenic (this is really expensive btw, but if your doctor recommends it there could be government programs that will pay for your formula, more on that another day.)
  • Bleach baths
  • Getting a some sun
  • Going to the beach (sun + salt water)
  • Wet wrapping – Melanie’s eczema was mostly on her face so this method was a little difficult for us but I can definitely see it working.
  • About a thousand dollars’ worth of lotions and oils

Here is the last thing that really, TRULY helped me (warning, it’s not natural):

The best way to get rid of Eczema for a longer period of time is (drum roll) USE THE TOPICAL STEROIDS THE DOCTOR GAVE YOU.  That’s right! That’s it. If Hydrocortisone 1% works for you stick with that, but if you need a stronger ointment and your pediatrician gives you that prescription, freaking use it! I’ve spent countless hours worrying and feeling guilty about using a prescription strength steroid on my baby but if you’re at the point where nothing is working, this bit of advice can save you!

This is the steroid ointment that was prescribed to Melanie for her Eczema. It’s been more than a year and I haven’t used half of it yet.

By the time Melanie was 4 months I wanted to give up. She was suffering so much, I was SO F’n tired and I was desperate. I’ve tried so hard, spent so much money, read a thousand blogs from all over the world for answers with no relief for my baby. Nothing I was doing was working and so one day I dabbed a little bit of PRESCRIPTION STEROID OINTMENT FROM THE OUR PEDIATRICIAN on one side of Melanie’s cheek. Within a few hours she had clear skin. It was still a little dry but regular lotion seemed to help with that.

Now, I know you might be a little disappointed at my answer here but note this:

I didn’t go overboard with the prescription, I used as little as possible. I’m talking I-barely-put-any-on type of amount. I just want you to know that if you’ve come to the point where nothing else works, you’re not alone and you don’t have to feel guilty! You are doing the best you can for your baby. Even if it means you’re not going the 100% organic +  natural route, you’re doing the best you can. You’re working your hardest. Your baby deserves relief and so do you. That being said, there IS such thing as red skin syndrome and steroid withdrawals so please PLEASE be cautious, ask your pediatrician what is the best for you and your baby.  I am just a regular mom and in no way a professional in this matter. I’m only sharing what has been working for me and my kids.

Eczema is a never ending journey…

Since then, my daughter is now turning 2 next month and we regularly use Vanicream (multiple times a day and definitely after ever bath). Vanicream seems to be the only lotion that wasn’t drying out after a few hours. Since last year Melanie’s Eczema has changed. Her flares are not anywhere near as bad as they were a year ago. The location of her Eczema patches have moved to her ankles and arms from mostly on her face and chest. Her flares RARELY get to the point where I have to use steroids. She didn’t develop any steroid withdrawals and on 90% of her days she looks like she has clear skin but does itch if I forget to put on lotion multiple times a day.

My third child is now 2 months old and has eczema flares very similar to what Melanie had a year ago. In closing, I want you to know that I know how difficult this journey is. You’re not alone, things do get better and hang in there! You can do this! As a parent we are given the endurance and strength to take on all sorts of battles for our children.

This photo was taken within the past month. She has clear skin mostly everywhere, just a small patch on her ankle and arm that you can barely see. We only use Vanicream at the moment and it’s been months since we had to use a topical steroid.

If any of the above information was useful and you are interested in purchasing Vanicream please use my Amazon links provided below! By doing this I am able to receive a small commission at absolutely no extra cost to you and I will be able to continue blogging and doing what I love to do! I am not associated to any companies and am reviewing a product that I actually own and love. Thank you in advance and have blessed day!

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Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller Review With Photos

Let’s just start off with this: I love my double stroller.

Just like any other mom, I was highly considerate about purchasing a good double stroller for my little ones. In fact, I was stunned to see the large number of strollers available in the market and it was pretty challenging for me to pick the best out of the rest. However, after a little bit of research, was able to list down a couple of products based on their features. Finally, I decided to end up with the best of the lot; Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller.

 

In this post, I wish to share the experience I had with Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller; I believe this information might become handy for moms who wonder what’s the best stroller they should purchase.

 

Positive points of Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller

First, let me emphasize the positive points I noticed about this handy double stroller.

 

  • It is easy to fold and unfold

One of the key positive points I noticed about this product is ease of use. I have seen many moms struggle a bit with the strollers when it comes to folding and unfolding. Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller, on the other hand, works perfectly. I believe its auto lock feature becomes pretty handy in order to facilitate smooth opening and closing process. NOTE: This is in fact a double stroller so it does take up a little more space in your trunk.

 

  • It is very sturdy

A very important feature I expect from my stroller is its sturdiness. No matter what fancy features all those manufactures boast, I’d never want to put my baby in a wobbling and weak stroller. Much to my delight, Baby Jogger Double Stroller comes with an exceptionally strong and sturdy structure. I think the aluminum body makes the difference; I can feel how strong it is.

 

  • Front seat can hold up to 50 pounds

I am impressed with the weight it can handle. The front seat of this Baby Jogger Double Stroller can handle up to 50 pounds and that makes me feel significantly relieved (when I put my 2-year-old in). Well, compared to UPPA Baby Stroller, Baby Jogger’s tolerance is pretty impressive; UPPA can withstand a weight of 35 pounds only.

 

  • It is a spacious stroller

The other feature I love about this product is its spaciousness in terms of storage. Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller offers enough storage space to carry all the essentials of my little one.

 

 

Negative Points

Despite all the impressive stuff, I have noticed a couple of negative points with this product.

 

  • It is expensive

This is a relatively expensive investment, I should say. However, as I believe, you get what you pay for. We spent about $900.00 on this item which includes the stroller itself, 2 toddler seats and adapter for our car seat. We have the Maxi-Cosi Mico AP Infant Car Seat in Bohemian Red which we didn’t spend money on because we kept it from our previous child. But if you need to purchase car a baby seat, you’ll be spending a little more than the price I mentioned above. (Gosh, babies are so darn expensive!)

 

  • It is heavy

Sturdy = Heavy. This product is heavier than most of the competitor products in the market. However, I believe it is heavy because of its sturdy construction. After all, I prefer sturdiness over lightweight if I am to make a choice (it is my personal opinion though). I consider it part of my daily arm toning workout.

 

  • Hard to maneuver

Maneuvering this stroller is slightly harder than I expected. Although this slight obstinacy doesn’t compromise the child’s safety and comfort, I prefer more convenient maneuvering. I’ve developed Carpal Tunnel in my right wrist and if I use this stroller for too long it’ll aggravate my condition, but this is what my husband is for, no? (Just Kidding).

 

 

Bottom-line, despite the downsides I mentioned, I am really happy about the overall performance and features of Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller. I’ve been recommending this to everyone who’s asked and they’ve been happy as well.

Do you have this stroller? Hate it or love it?

If any of the above information was useful and you are interested in purchasing this product please use my Amazon link provided below! By doing this I am able to receive a small commission at absolutely no extra cost to you and I will be able to continue blogging and doing what I love to do! I am not associated to any companies and am reviewing a product that I actually own and love. Thank you in advance and have blessed day!

View the Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller on Amazon here

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Things Every First Time Mom Should Be Asking For At Their Baby Shower

If you’re reading this you’re probably expecting a little one soon (or looking for gift ideas for someone you know) so let me start off with CONGRATS! What a blessed time in your life, so exciting, so wonderful and so… so overwhelming.

I had no idea what to expect or prepare for my first child. What I should have been doing is Pinteresting the sh*t out of the subject of childbirth, baby showers, after baby care and so on… but I didn’t feel the need to. I was being gifted left and right with tons and tons of baby products from friends and family. Crib, Blankets, books, Stroller, bassinet, formula, diapers galore.

Being pregnant with my first child at 25 I was still fairly young. None of the girlfriends around me were pregnant or had a child. Well, there were a very few but they either lived really far or I just never spoke with them.  During my pregnancy and early marriage 99% of my girls were single, hot and partying in Vegas every weekend… I would live vicariously through their Facebook photos from my laptop eating my pint of ice cream on each passing weekend. I didn’t have many places to go or people to talk to about my pregnant life and what I should be expecting. The little advice I did get was from my mom… which is great advice and all but let me be real for a minute: She was pregnant back in 1986.

Things every first time mom should be asking for at their baby shower

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of obvious “Baby Shower Gift Idea” lists out there on the internet filled with the best products for your child… but what about you? Don’t forget, NEVER FORGET to take care of yourself first. You are an amazing person giving life to another human! You deserve the splurge, you need just a moment to focus on yourself and enjoy life.

Happy mom = Happy Baby & Family. Period.

The baby essentials such as crib and stroller will be gifted to you or at least pitched in for through your registry but here’s my small list of ways you can spoil yourself (and ask your baby shower attendees to spoil you with) for your baby shower. I wish I had done these!

  1. Get your nails done and a pedicure, opt for gel. You won’t get too many chances to get your nails done often so you’d want something that would last as long as possible.
  2. Get a haircut or trim or something really easy to style. I’ve found long hair to be easier to manage than short just because I could leave the house with a messy bun on a rushed morning.
  3. Ask for gift cards to your favorite retail stores and shop your heart out for half a day after baby. Note: Don’t walk into the store until 4 months or later after baby arrives because you’ll risk trying on those skinny jeans or bikini you’ve had your eyes on and cry when they don’t fit right… Uhm, Not like it’s happened to me, Just saying.
  4. Go on a short vacation ALONE. You don’t need your boyfriend or husband or whoever, save that for the baby moon. Don’t go too far, but get far away enough just for a night or two. Swim at the hotel pool or lay out at the beach with a book but do it alone and enjoy the silence while you can.
  5. Buy a really REALLY good facial regimen set. That pregnancy glow don’t last forever!
  6. Get a gift card for Micro blading or tattooing your brows and go get them done after baby arrives and you’re done breastfeeding. I still haven’t done this, I’ll update as soon as I do.
  7. Get a maternity friendly facial or prenatal massage.
  8. House cleaning service, I promise you will wish you had someone to clean your place within the first year of having a baby. Even if it’s only one visit, having your house cleaned will take a huge load off your stress level.
  9. Ask for lots of Target, Walmart or Amazon gift cards because there are a ton of little things that you will need with a new baby. Not at the exact moment the baby arrives but somewhere down the line. Ex: medicine, lotions, diapers, formula, bottles, detergent, dish soap, toys etc.
  10. This is one that I’ve bumped into on a few Facebook mom groups and it’s one of the best post baby finds for mom: Get a boob massage. You heard me: It’s called a breast engorgement relief massage. So when breast feeding (which I hope you try to do to the best of your ability) you will most likely find yourself with clogged ducts. Suuuuper uncomfortable, painful and one of the most dreaded parts of breast feeding. Try reading more about it on Google when you get the chance. The posts I’ve read stated the price was about $50 plus tip for an hour, but it relieved the breasts and unclogged every clogged duct. Amazing~

So what do you think? Would you consider asking your baby shower attendees to gift you any of these? Are you a second, third or fourth time mom who would have loved any of the above? Let me know! If you have any other suggestions please do add in the comment section below.

Why I switched from Dr. Brown’s to MAM Anti-Colic Baby Bottles

Colic is no doubt one of the most tiring and stressful things to go through with a newborn, especially for first time parents. Both of my previous babies had Colic and to add to that, my second had pretty bad Acid Reflux. Is your baby having Colic issues? (Then my goodness, I feel for you).


 

 

It was tough. I was praying to find relief for my baby and get some extra sleep. When my baby cried and cried I held him until my arms and wrists gave out. He cried for what seemed like hours at a time so I did what any first time mom would do: Google it. It wasn’t this exact quote but I remember reading something like this-

What is Colic?

“It is suggested that wind or indigestion may be involved in colic, but the causes are largely unknown.” -medicalnewstoday.com

I ran and opened the pack of Dr. Brown’s bottles gifted to me from my baby shower. Dr. Brown’s seems to be the standard in the baby bottle world. I haven’t bumped into many moms that use otherwise and for good reason! These bottles worked! My baby boy had miraculously stopped crying after bottles and slept well over 2 hours for the first time since he came home.

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But guess what? My babies normally went through 8 formula bottles a day and washing bottles took FOR. FREAKING. EVER.

In my Dr. Brown’s package I found a tiny blue pipe cleaner, which obviously was to be used to wash the teeny tiny vent holes and tube for the bottle. At first it was alright, but try washing bottles 3-4 times a day. Every. Day. Sometimes I would skip washing bottles because my sleep and sanity were more important to me at the time then all hell would break loose when the baby woke up and I didn’t have any bottles to use. Try rushing to wash a bottle with a pipe cleaner, still half asleep at 3 AM. It sucked.

Fast forward to my third baby 6 years later and I’ve gained a lot more experience and can run on a lot less sleep (Yes mama! Things do get better and your mind and body will adjust to its new schedule. Plus dad gets a lot better at helping out too). I received a MAM Anti-Colic bottle with samples of formula from our pediatrician about a month ago and for real, I AM IN LOVE.

Why I switched from Dr. Brown’s to MAM Anti-Colic baby bottles

Where did this bottle come from? How come I hadn’t seen MAM bottles before? Where can I buy more?

Washing MAM bottles are a breeze when compared to Dr. Brown’s with no small parts that need a pipe cleaner. One thing I did notice was that the MAM bottles were wider and took up more space in my sterilizer. But check this: You take the MAM bottle apart, put some water in and put it straight into the microwave. This thing self sanitizes.*boom* I know someone out there is  laughing at me as they read this but for real, as a travelling mom this is a big win. I can now easily wash and sterilize my bottles during our RV Camping trips, at pretty much any hotel or just being over at a friends house with the baby.

The next reason I love the MAM Anti-Colic bottle is because of the shape of the nipple. It’s wide but has a unique curved shape that fits really well into baby’s mouth. No more stinky milk neck.

Last but definitely not least, the MAM bottle works really well for baby’s gas. I have yet to have any issues with colic during the use of these bottles (winning!).

One con that I’ve found is that for me, the numbers on the side of the bottles are a little bit harder to read on the MAM bottles. I have no idea why, the ounces are clearly marked but I just can’t see the water level clearly when making formula. This could just be just me tho…

I’ll wrap this up with a quick tip: This really goes for any bottle out there but buy the bigger sized 8oz bottles. You won’t use the 4oz newborn bottle for too long. But remember, the bigger bottles only come with the number 2 nipple which is for ages 2 months+. I have yet to see a them being sold in an actual retail store (I checked Walmart, Target, and Buy Buy Baby) but I found and purchased the number 1 nipples on Amazon with no issues. Also, I just wanted to add that I am no way endorsed or affiliated with MAM or their products. I’ve purchased all of my items at full price because I truly love it and would recommend this product to my closest friends and family.

So what do you think? Have you ever tried using MAM Anti-Colic bottles? Was your experience as positive as mine or do you swear by another bottle? Let me know!

If any of the above information was useful and you are interested in purchasing this product please use my Amazon link provided below! By doing this I am able to receive a small commission at absolutely no extra cost to you and I will be able to continue blogging and doing what I love to do! Thank you in advance and have blessed day!