Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Does your baby have chapped skin?

My daughter's incredibly chubby cheeks frequently get in her way, leaving them highly susceptible to irritation.  She has sensitive skin, seems to be allergic to everything, and her poor cheeks are always red and dry.

I have been applying Aquaphor Healing Ointment, from Eucerin, to the affected areas 4 to 5 times a day.  This has helped keep her cheeks moisturized, but the irritation is always there.  The Aquaphor makes it better but doesn't completely rid the problem.  At our check-up the other day, our pediatrician noticed the redness and suggested hydrocortizone cream.

I would have never thought to use hydrocortizone on my baby's face and was weary of it at first.  However, after just a tiny, little dab on each cheek, her face has completely cleared up!  I will continue to use the Aquaphor after baths and before bed to prevent the dryness from returning, but the hydrocortizone was a great tip.  I only had to use it once and barely put any on her not-so-little cheeks.  Give it a try if your kid has dry skin.  It might help!   : )

Oh, and for all of my pregnant friends out there, register for Aquaphor.  It's a little expensive but has many uses.  It seems like you can get free samples at a lot of baby related stores.  The Aquaphor samples are small but last a long time.  Keep your eyes peeled for the freebies!  

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