Seriously, what do you use for eczema?
My 4-year-old has his father's patches of super-super sensitive skin in the winters (even though we hardly had a winter, this year). Although you look at those patches and want to slather them with some sort of soothing lotion, absolutely everything irritates them, or makes them burn! I rarely even use soap, when bathing him in the winter. I've looked at or tried SO many different kinds of unscented, hypoallergenic, organic, all-natural creams and they all seem equally bad. Every one contains alcohol, somewhere in the list of ingredients. I can't see how that could help.
Today, I had to just burst out laughing. My MIL and Mom are always bringing over new creams, quietly suspecting that I'm not taking proper care of their grandson. Surely, if I were lathering him up with lotion, he wouldn't have this eczema. What kind of mother am I? I'm not sure either of them are able to read the fine print in labels anymore, they just seem to be impressed by the advertising. Today, Mom stopped by just to drop off "Gentle Naturals Fragrance Free Baby Eczema Cream with Aloe, Calendula & Vitamins". Wow, what a great name! And it had a GREEN LEAF on the front of the box! (Because it was important to Gentle Naturals to give us not just the plastic tube, but a cardboard box, as well!)
Don't worry, I wasn't sarcastic about it to my Mom. But after she left, I read the ingredients. First three? Petrolatum, aloe juice and stearyl alcohol! The calendula was at the bottom of the list, just before the isopropylparaben, isobutylparaben, just plain butylparaben and the all-important benzalkonium chloride. For a BABY.
Do you suppose they thought if they called it "Gentle Naturals Fragrance Free Baby Eczema Cream with Petrolatum, Aloe & Alcohol, Plus Various Estrogen Mimics and an Anti-microbial That's Hell on Sensitive Skin" that no one would buy it? Hmmmm....