Two days after starting a new skin routine for H, and I am really blown away by his overall improvement. His skin is smoother all over as opposed to his stomach and back feeling like sand paper all of the time. His scalp doesn’t have a film of white dry skin on the top anymore (I always thought it was like cradle-cappyness coming back to visit, but was just dry skin). He isn’t itching his body as much. I can’t say for sure because I’m not with him 100% of the day, but I feel that he’s itching at least 50% less. He hasn’t itched his crotch yet. I know he probably will eventually, but hasn’t just yet. Today was the first day that I even used the “body Rx ointment” (mometasone furoate cream 0.1%) – a tiny dab on 1 ankle and 1 wrist and randomly 1 hip. That might sound like a lot, but that’s really nothing, his skin looks overall really great.
So what exactly did I change?:
Diaper cream – stopped using Triple Paste, started using Max. Strength Desitin from the can. Must be from the can because it lets you apply thicker creamier layers that you never thought would be imaginable – I just put it all over his crotch, not his bum. Downside: it’s stinky and hard to get off your hands.
Cut down on wipes. The dermatologist suggested that I stop using wipes all together and just use a warm wash cloth with water, and Cetaphil if he needs some good cleaning. Obviously that’s a harder thing to do when he’s in daycare, but I’ve cut back at home and the doctor thought that was a good place to start.
Body wash – stopped using California Baby and started using a bar of Dove Sensitive soap on H’s body and Aveeno Baby Wash and Shampoo in his hair. This area alone made a surprisingly big difference.
Moisturizer – stopped using Hydrolatum and Aquaphor and started using Aveeno Eczema Therapy moisturizer. It’s so much thinner compared to the paste consistency of Hydrolatum, but it works surprisingly well.
Prescriptions – stopped using triamcinolone acetonide ointment 0.1% on eczema or itchy flares. Just started today using mometasone furoate cream 0.1% (body) and have not yet needed to use hydrocortisone butyrate cream 0.1% (groin/face).
The funny part to me is that all of the changes that I made are all much cheaper…
Triple Paste ($25.99), California Baby Wash ($25), Wipes ($35/month or so), Hydrolatum ($18), Aquaphor ($20) = $124
Desitin ($20), Dove Sensitive Skin Bar ($2), Aveeno Shampoo ($14) Less Wipes ($15/month), Cetaphil ($10), Aveeno Eczema Therapy Moisturizer ($14) = $75
When you compare how long certain things last too or the fluid oz. or whatever, the divide gets even greater. The Aveeno shampoo is a huge bottle that will easily last at least 3 months if not 5. The Cetaphil is something that I don’t need to use all of the time and probably will use very little since he’s at school most of the time. It’s just interesting.
I remember when I thought that you just like bath a child – soap, shampoo, put in pajamas and put them into bed. I was so wrong about just about everything.