“I am still learning” …Michelangelo
Several of our kids have had eczema in their first year, and it is usually easily managed by being careful about laundry detergents, soaps, and using rich lotions designed for sensitive skin (Lubriderm fragrance-free is my favorite; Aquafor also works very well).
A couple of weeks ago on a Sunday morning I was changing Maddie and noticed that the eczema patches on her front were in need of some attention. Looking around on the changing table, I found that the lotion I usually use was missing, but I found some Burt’s Bees lotion that I thought would work just fine. Burt’s Bees…all natural, full of organic goodness. I’m sure it’ll be fine. Slather it on, finish dressing her, buckle her into the carseat, and out the door to church….
Later that morning I picked Maddie up from the church nursery and the lady who’d been taking care of her mentioned that she had changed the baby and noticed a rash on her torso. I quickly reassured her that it was just eczema.
Well. I got her home and undressed her and WOW! BRIGHT! RED! RASH! EVERYWHERE! I couldn’t understand why until I looked at the Burt’s Bees lotion that I had been so eager to use earlier that morning. Here’s a picture:
EXCEPT that Maddie has shown acute sensitivity to dairy thus far in her life. If I have too much dairy in my diet, the eczema flares badly and she gets extremely fussy.
(Earlier in her life, this sensitivity showed itself by turning her poop green instead of the regular newborn yellow…oh, sorry, you weren’t eating just then, were you?)
So…this lotion, in which milk is a key ingredient, is probably not the best choice to slather all over her. *headsmack* And I should have my mothering license suspended.