Thursday, January 04, 2007

Keepin it real

Kate's got some nasty eczema. She's had it since she was just tiny thing. I'm not all that surprised, Jeremiah and I both are a couple of dry, dry people. I'd never been afflicted with this dreaded skin condition though, until I conceived Sarah. It's how I knew I was pregnant, actually. I noticed a small spot on my left shin had starting itching like a hardcore gambler on the way to Vegas. As soon as I subconsciously started to scratch it I thought "this is it, I'm knocked up again." I figured it would go away when I delivered but, much like the pregnancy fat, it's not only stuck around but gotten worse.

So, as I've been trying various treatments on Kate, I've tried them on myself, too. That's how I discovered that the reason Kate started crying and refusing to let me touch her with plain old lotion was that the spots she'd scratched with exceptional vigor burned when I put lotion on them.

During the past 2 years I have used the following products and behaviors in an attempt to get rid of this affliction that makes my baby itch and hurt and look a little funny:

Bathe kid only every 3rd day or so (sticky kid)
Aveeno oatmeal lotion (no noticeable results)
Aveeno lotion for dry skin and eczema (no noticeable results)
Alba Very Emollient Body Lotion (nada)
Oatmeal & Chamomile bath (home made, nice effects for a couple hours)
The first level of steroid cream (nope)
Elidel (still itchy...)
The second level of steroid cream (no difference)
Aquaphor (puleeze)
Eucerin (so greasy!)
Cetaphil (nice, but that's the stuff that started burning)
The third level of steroid cream (still afraid to put it on my kid)
Scour the internet for solutions to this problem, in response -
Wash bedsheets nearly every day (nice smelling sheets)
Put air purifier in Kate's bedroom (who knows, the white noise makes me sleepy, though)

But check this out - a few months ago I made a belly balm for my pregnant next door neighbor - the same one Sybil made for me when I was pregnant with Kate that I enjoyed so much. When I made Catherine's (my neighbor), I had some left over so I put it in a small tin and had been using it on my super dry hands until Lola got a hold of it and ate nearly all of it because she's a very bad dog! Anyhoo...I came across the nearly empty tin of it about 3 days ago and, in desperation, started applying it to Kate's arms and legs twice a day. I tried it on myself first and it didn't burn so that boded well. Three days. Her skin is nearly completely cleared up. All those lotions and potions carefully crafted (and sometimes pricey) in high tech labs by super smart (and if the CSI techs are any indication, totally hot) scientists and a combination of some oils at home and she's looking great. Well, how about that?

Here's the balm, in case you're itchy:
2oz. jojoba oil
2oz. coconut oil
2oz. shea butter
1 oz bee's wax
3 T olive oil

Melt it all together (I like to measure it all out in a Pyrex liquid measuring cup then slowly melt it in a hot water bath on the stovetop) then dump it in a container and it let it cool. Voila!

6 comments:

JoJoProVo said...

What rhymes with eczema?

Kicking N. Screaming said...

Triple X Cinema?

Delphi said...

As is so often the case, the cure was in the kitchen.

RFKeith said...

Jojo ... put "eczema" at the beginning of the phrase. End with "itch". Result? Field day! That's how the white trash rhymers do.

JoJoProVo said...

Got a visit from my eczema
and I got the itch
For a trip-X cinema take
on Lilo and Stitch
The popcorn was four dollars
Lord, and I ain't that rich
Then I spilled it on my trousers,
Abercrombie and Fitch.

This is no field day.

Kicking N. Screaming said...

A little Poem by Kate:
Eczema makes my skin itch!
I'll scratch it till I bleed,
100 goops did nothing
but that last one did succeed.

My skin is smoother now,
the inflamation is less hyper,
and this chat really beats the one
about the contents of my diaper.