This is what my sweet Paxton looked like over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was pitiful. He was covered head to toe, his feet bleed, and I could tell he was in pain.
I decided to make an appointment with a pediatric dermatoligist. We had been prescribed a 2.5% Hydrocortisone ointment by the peditrician but it was not working. The dermatologist (nurse practioner) prescribed Desonide Lotion .05% and this medication cleared up most of the Eczema over the first night. We have not completely figured out what triggers an outbreak, but we are narrowing the list. In the meantime, many changes have been made. We cover him in Eucerin at each diaper changing. Our clothes are now washed in Dreft or TideFree as well. No candles. No dryer sheets. No perfume or cologne. All cotten pajamas, no fleece or flannel. No footed pjs. A humidifier during all naps and at night. And babies with Eczema tend to be hot natured so it was suggested we put a fan on him at night.
The nurse practioner told us Eczema would probably be a part of Paxton's life until age 8 or 9. Having Eczema puts him at a higher risk for allergies and asthma, so we will watch that as he ages. If, however, overly dry skin is the only health issue we have in his lifetime I will take it!
And as you can see he doesnt seem to be much bothered by the situation...this is Pax waiting to see the doctor.