I've exhausted the usual suspects in terms of lotions and creams and ointments. Not only are none of them
working, many of them have actually made it worse.
I decided to try and make up a batch of breastmilk lotion to see if that helped. It is a magic cure for so many other rashes and ailments that I figured it was worth a shot.
When I put this on his face for the first time, he smiled and giggled. Usually, when I put anything on the eczema he screams and rubs his cheeks. I'm sure that it was hurting or at least stung. This lotion didn't sting at all, and he actually gets excited when I get the jar out of the fridge now. Within a few hours of the first application, it started to clear up, and one of his cheeks is almost healed completely after just a couple of days.
There are a lot of other ingredients that you could add to this recipe if you wanted, depending on the sensitivity level of the person intending to use it. Knowing he's prone to allergies (and that I have a history of skin allergies in particular), I opted not to add anything beyond the basic ingredients.
This recipe could absolutely be used by anyone suffering from eczema, not just the little ones. It does thicken quite a bit in the fridge, so when you use it, just scoop out a teeny bit and warm it up between your hands before applying.
Here's the receipe!
Breastmilk Eczema Baby Lotion
- 1 tbsp beeswax
- 2 ounces jojoba oil
- 3 ounces breastmilk
Melt the beeswax in a double boiler, then stir in the oil. Do not boil. Whisk the milk in, a little at a time. It will thicken very quickly, and you want to whisk constantly to make sure everything combines together well. Pour into containers and store in the fridge.
I used small mason jars, and expect that we'll use it all up long before it would have any chance to go bad.