Ancora Imparo

“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:

Aw, isn’t it cute? Look at that little cow!

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.

4 Responses to “Ancora Imparo”

  1. Amy

    Ugh! Several of my kids have food allergies, so I totally understand! I don’t always remember to check ingredients of lotions, etc. Hugs to both of you!


  2. Sarah

    Our children have had no food allergies at this point (except gas when I would eat onions and nurse them). But when Carter was about 8 months old I broke out the "good" Aveeno oatmeal bubble bath as a treat one day and he immediately broke out in awful hives. We stear away from the expensive stuff and stick to J & J which probably has worse stuff in it. Who knows!


  3. Joy

    Wow, that’s quite the reaction to such a cute lotion!Alex had a months-long rash until I switched diaper brands. Duh! Why didn’t I think of that sooner?


  4. Amy

    Crazy how sensitive they can be! Daniel still gets little bumps on his torso if I don’t wash his clothes with 1/2 cup of white vinegar. I love Aquaphor and Eucerin lotion. Keep up the blogging – so fun to read and keep caught up with you guys!!!


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