Aubrey, as a baby, was my no-problem child. She slept well, ate well, and the only real hiccup we had was a run of craddle cap. But overall, nothing to make my mama heart hurt for her. When Luke was born, it was very different. He didn’t sleep well. He didn’t like dairy, and he soon had lots of rashes covering his legs. Removing dairy from my diet helped, and the rashes didn’t seem to bother him. But as time went on, they didn’t really fully disappear. I would send photos to my friend and she would tell me it looked like he had eczema. I tried my super moisturizing lotion, coconut oil, and that petroleum jelly type stuff that’s supposed to help the skin.
Time passed and eventually, he got older, more mobile, and more aware of himself. I can’t exactly remember when, but he soon started scratching at his legs. Obviously, this was really bothering him and we upped our game based on our pediatrician’s recommendations and used a 2% hydroctorisone cream that I had to help. It did help, never cured it. We tried changing his soap, but that blasted rash never went away. He typically had them on the tops of his feet, ankles, and every now and then behind his knees.
Last summer we also realized he had huge flare-ups after being exposed to grass. Do you realize how difficult it is to keep a kid off grass? Luke started walking at 10 1/2 months. He turned 1 in June. As you can figure, he was either ending up in dirt or grass when we played outside.
Keeping shoes on a toddler is almost impossible. Jon and I decided to start dressing him in pants & socks to help act as a barrier to the grass since it made his rashes worst. But SoCal summers are brutal and that wasn’t much of a solution long term. Last month, I was on Pinterest and came across a pin that wasn’t really eye-catching. It had a tiny photo graphic and a description talking about an eczema cream. I have no idea what made me even stop to see it, but I did, I clicked it, and I was brought to the website of Cheryl Lee MD.
I read through her site and discovered she’s a dermatologist that saw a need and started creating lotions that were safe to use on her family, including her babies. Talk about a mom working hard to find a resolution! She is also a world renowned Eczema Expert. Cheryl Lee D. Eberting, M.D., is a board certified dermatologist and past clinical research fellow of the Dermatology Branch, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health and has practiced for 14 years. She has individuals from as far away as Cambodia coming to see her. I emailed to find out more about the kit and was happy to receive one to try on Luke.
Hard to see and can’t get any closer to this very active child. This is a before of his eczema. It runs along the top by his toes and in between on the left foot and across the top on the right.
The 3 lotions work together and in a very particular order. Red and Purple are used first when the skin is super inflamed. Right now, that’s how we treat Luke. After his night bath it’s applied, and in the morning when he wakes up. Once the inflammation lessens, you then move to using the green with Purple on top 2-4 times a day. Once the skin is normal (meaning, the rough patches are gone), you just maintain with the green lotion.
I noticed a huge improvement in a very short amount of time. After the 3rd application I could see the redness disappear. The skin, itself, was still scratchy & rough. We have only so far been on the first step as I’m typically the only one to apply the lotions to Luke. So if he wakes up and either my mom or Jon grab him, they don’t really apply it and then I forget until much later in the day.
With winter amongst us, the weather is super dry. I’m grateful that he’s in footie pjs at night because it helps to stop the scratching he does when he’s first falling asleep or when he first wakes up. During the day, I notice he is more inclined to scratch at some of the scabby parts of his skin.
Now, I know the cost is a lot. And I wouldn’t endorse it if I didn’t feel that it truly helped Luke out. They were very generous to provide one Ultimate Eczema Kit to one of my readers via the Rafflecopter Widget below. But, if you’re anxious to find relief, I’ve worked with Cheryl Lee MD to provide a discount on your first kit with them. When you’re checking out, enter MELISSA15 (case sensitive) to save 15% off. A little goes a long way with this kit. And the great thing is once you have a handle on the eczema, you can maintain with just the green lotion. Yay! The coupon expires January 15, 2015 so don’t put this off!
I would try to capture an after to see the improvement – but you mamas out there know how this age results in a lot of running and very little sitting. We’d have blurry feet all over the place!
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If you have used Cheryl Lee MD skincare before, would love to hear your experience!
Thank you Bryce and Dr. Eberting for helping this mama find a solution for something we’ve been challenged with for over a year!