Thursday, November 29, 2007

Remedy for very dry skin

Hi all, Nov is almost coming to an end..and I thought of posting a quick question about any home-based remedy for very dry skin for my baby ( she is 17 months ).
Her skin gets so dry in some spots like legs,hips..she also scratches that area a lot..and because of that scabs are beginning to form.
I am using Eucerin lotion ( suggested by a friend ), but so far it does not seem to help much.

Does anyone have any advice? any ayurvedic or herbal oils etc? I am actually going to India in Dec for 6 weeks ( yay !! ), so I can get something there.

Any comments will be much appreciated. thank you all :)

14 comments:

Kodi's Mom said...

have you tried plain warm coconut oil? for my son, after a bath or shower, I wipe him well, and when the skin is still lightly moist, I apply coconut oil, insted of lotion. has helped prevent dry skin so far. the cheeks do get a little dry and patchy, and they need some extra rubbing in.
sesame oil is also a good moisturizer, but is much stickier.
some kids, I heard, are allergic to oil, if you suspect your kid might be, you'll have to find some other method.

GettingThereNow said...

I like Kodi's mom's idea. Also, you could try mixing Glycerine and rosewater (1:1). I have personally tried it and it is really effective.

Asha said...

It's probably Eczema, hope you have talked about it with her doctor. Most kids grow out of it as they grow up and for few, it gets worse.
For normal dry skin during winter we all have, I use Castor oil, works better than any lotion!

SJ said...

I used to use Eucerin till my pediatrician asked me to change to Cetaphil cream (not lotion). I massage my 2 yr old with almond oil before her bath and generously apply cetaphil cream after. Sometimes when she gets red dry patches you can use over the counter hydrocortizone (confirm with your pediatrician). I found doing this and making sure she gets moisturized 3 times a day helped a lot.
I agree with Asha, the red patches are probably a mild form of eczema.

Prats said...

I always use mustard oil. Massage the body before the bath and then use only besan instead of soap...it works wonders. I've been asked to give him cod liver capsules also to help with the skin...and it has

MeMona said...

for both my sons when they were younger olive oil worked for me.Now that they are growing (both would be 8yrs and 4yrs soon),they strongly resist any application of any kind.

Anyways warm olive oil or coconut oil is good unless baby has any reaction....also i prefer to use soap only on alternate days...hope this helps ....

IBH said...

YV, sometimes the body washes that you use on the baby could also be the reason.....i used to use a lot of Johnson's Johnson's product on Kaju but then i used to face the same issue...i switched to Aveeno and it works wonder on her skin..so try checking the wash that you use it on the kid...

also the home made remedies could be using warm coconut oil like how kodi's mom has suggested...also you could also try the following...

this one is very interesting but i tried it on kaju when i was using Johnson's and Johnson's....oatmeal...yes take few tsps of oatmeal and put it in the wamr water that the baby is going to bathe in....swish it with ur hand for some time and the oatmeal sets...this water will add moisture to your baby's bath....

also,mix milk and oatmeal in the water before baby's bath

bird's eye view said...

Glycerine and rose water is really effective and works for adults as well!

Also - put a spot of ghee in her navel right after her bath.

bird's eye view said...

Glycerine and rose water is really effective and works for adults as well!

Also - put a spot of ghee in her navel right after her bath.

Shruthi said...

Olive oil massage before bath, and repeated application of Johnson's baby cream works wonders

Kay said...

Also, apply the moisturizer within 3 mins after she's out of the bath. This traps the moisture inside the skin.

Same applies for us, adults too. :)

Kavitha said...

Make sure you dont give her a bath with very hot water. And dont pat her very dry after she has had a bath, let there be some moisture on her skin when you apply any oil or cream.

I dont use soap/wash liquid for my son everyday (except for the diaper area), I use it for his entire body only once in 2 or 3 days.

mummyjaan said...

I would second what Asha said, YV. Get her checked out for eczema, because the areas of involvement that you have mentioned are typical of the condition. And then, use plenty of moisturisers as the other commentators have said. Hope it gets better soon.

mummyjaan said...

uh, I meant 'other moms who commented', not 'commentators', *shaking head*. The things you type when you're sleepy...