|March 24, 2012||Posted by Mabel under Eczema, Just Noah, Parenthood|
It’s not fun to deal with problems in children and eczema is one of them. Noah’s lovely unblemished skin started disappearing in February and now one month later, as you can see in the picture above, it is not a pretty sight.
The doctor gave us a prescription for a balm but it contains liquid parrafin and vaseline which I’m not keen on using as they aren’t all that natural to begin with. So I went out and bought a calendula balm which was made up of 85% calendula infused oil (sunflower oil), shea butter, chamomile, cocoa butter and Vitamin E as a preservative. While the rash started to heal, pimples appeared instead. So I switched to a cream I made up at home using shea butter and calendula-infused sunflower and sweet almond oil and put him on it for two days. The dry skin got better but the pimple situation got worse. He started getting pimples in places where there was smooth skin!!!!!!!!!!!!! Someone alerted me about sweet almond oil being a possible allergen so after reading and researching, I discovered that people can be allergic to sweet almond oil AND shea butter because they are classified as tree nuts and fall under “nuts” in the allergen list. Gah.
I decided to reformulate my cream but after more research, I discovered that a lot of butters out there are based on nuts and I was left with either cocoa butter or mango butter. I have them in stock but the trouble is that he could be allergic to either one of them. So my current option now is to go single ingredient – something I should have done from the start. I’ll be infusing some calendula in either organic sunflower oil or organic olive oil. In the meantime, I’m discontinuing use of both the calendula balm and his homemade cream just to confirm if it is the shea butter in either one of the items. I’ll also have to stop either nuts of any sort, eg pistachios, macadamic, almonds and so forth.
I salute mothers out there who have to deal with this – I knew it was hard but knowing is very different from actually experiencing it. I do hope that the paed will suggest something when I see her on Wednesday – an allergen test or something would help shed light on what is bothering him. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the silver lining that comes along with this – him sleeping well, eating well and just being a happy baby. Thankgoodness! I don’t think I would be able to cope this well if he was fussing and crying all the time!