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But that is just fine with me since it is indicative of the fight I have waged (and am winning!!!!!  Eczema sufferers read on!) against my son’s eczema since seeing his sweet, pale skin turn wretched shades of red….

Can you see what happened to his baby white skin?  Do you see the angry red strip across the back of his neck?  It looks like I put a piece of duct tape on him and then ripped it off….  After the doctor told us on Thursday it was eczema, I have to admit I was bewildered.  But I was blessed to get advice from so many people.  We started using the steroid cream as recommended by our pediatrician…but Coop would scream in pain as I tried to apply it (note:  when I called to inquire about this….I was told it may burn some since the skin is open…hence the screams of agony) 

But then….On Friday, I received an email from a friend, Chaney (if you think I loved her before….just you wait!!)  She sweetly reminded me that she is a nurse and does have some first hand experience with this condition.  Boy, does she ever!  Her daughter was 6 months old when the eczema first appeared…and it was more than 4 months ( plus a pediatrician and 3 dermatologists) until her daughter’s condition was under control.  But since then (over a year) little Paige has been great. 


Forgive the slightly blurry picture, but Coop is excited…he keeps yelling, “my boo-boos are gone!” And he is right.  Just look at his beautiful skin (the red on the right side of his tummy is his birthmark).

Now…here’s what I did….this advice came from a pediatric dermatologist.  It was given to Chaney for her daughter, but I was desperate to help Coop (and avoid using the painful steroid cream if at all possible)  The dermatologist prefers a ‘holistic’ approach.

1) Give your eczmea suffering child a bath 3-4 times a day for about 5 minutes at a time.  Fill the tub with water and add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of white vinegar or household bleach (admittedly the bleach freaked me out, but apparently the Dr. said when it is diluted with that much water – the whole tub- it is like swimming in a pool)  Still…I chose the vinegar.  Use Cetaphil soap to wash them.  Don’t use anything with fragrance.

2) As soon as you get them out…quickly pat them dry and slather them with Vaseline petroleum jelly.  Yep, cover their little bodies….layer it on, lube them up…it will trap the moisture in.  Then get them dressed.

I gave Coop 4 baths yesterday.  By the time his final one rolled around before bed, the eczema was all but GONE.

I also switched to ALL Free and Clear laundry detergent and Bounce Free and Clear Dryer Sheets.  I washed Coop’s sheets and ours and am working on everything else.

I didn’t even get to all the additional suggestions, but here they are:

3) Purchase old-school mineral oil.  Use small cotton squares to apply mineral oil to the affected areas throughout the day

4) If the face or genitals are affected, use zinc oxide (not a product with zinc, but actual 100% Zinc oxide)

5) Use the steroid cream once a day if necessary.  Apply only to raised, red areas.  Don’t use for more than two weeks at a time.  Take a maximum of a 2 week holiday from the cream and start again if needed.

Good Heavens…I think that is it.

I’m clearly not a doctor…but I’m just sayin’…I love me some Chaney!  Not only has this remarkable girl helped to deliver both my babies…she has now saved me the agony of MONTHS of trial and error.

Thank you, my friend!

PS…don’t you all forget about our Toddler/Baby T-shirt Contest!


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I am shiny and clear.  At least that is what one friend told me today.  As an early birthday present, she made me a bracelet. It has all clear beads with one seashell (a shout-out to the California girl in me).  So, she made this gift with the idea that I am ‘shiny and clear’ floating around in her head.

 I have been described with a number o adjectives in my life, but ‘Shiny’ and ‘Clear’ have never been used.  And I love it.  I would love to think that I shine, even if it is just a little.  And ‘clear’….it sounds so clean and fresh.  I love this as well. 

 I hope that it means I am a good friend and enjoyable to be around.

Wow!  Are girlfriends ever important?  I am reminded on a daily basis, just how beautiful it is to be surrounded by women who love and cherish you, who recongize your strengths and weaknesses, who talk you through challenges.  Who tell you when you need to ‘shape up’ and who tell you when you are Shiny and Clear.

This is my goal…I’m adding it to my list of resolutions….I want to always be described by these two little words: Shiny and Clear.  In fact, I want to celebrate it!  Thank you, Elizabeth.

And I’m going to teach my kids to be the same.

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