Tonight, Olivia went to bed without her bath.
Since she was born, I have had the same nighttime routine for Olivia. Even on Christmas Eve when we came home after midnight, I turned off the lights in the bathroom, and by the glow of the hallway light, gave her a quick bath.
I was afraid to stray from this one set parenting schedule I have. I am not a schedule kind of person. But this one I do, every night. Without fail. The routine may sometimes start late, but it always looks the same. (The only night in Olivia’s life she has missed her bath and bedtime routine was when we drove to our cabin and arrived at 1am.)
But a month or so ago, Olivia developed some eczema on the back of her legs and arms – the parts that sit most in the water. While I use little to no soap in her baths, I think perhaps I shouldn’t bathe her every night – at least for awhile. I am putting cream on her. But other than that, I am at a loss of what to do.
The strange thing is it seems to have started when she started eating “real” food. The first patch was an actual sore rash on her leg and it was the night after she ate “real” peas with a tiny bit of green beans and broccoli that Susan had pureed. Up until then I had been giving her store baby food. I am still feeding her “real” food – pureed veggies like peas, squash, etc. – cause I can’t imagine HOW that could be doing it.
As well, I feed her rice pablum and barley pablum. But she had been eating those for over a month before the rashes appeared. She is solely breast fed and hasn’t had any formula.
Since it isn’t a really bad rash, I had just been waiting to see if it improved. But it doesn’t seem to be going away. Next week, I will probably take her to see the doctor though, just to ask her opinion.
But I know you all are VERY wise. So give it to me girls – what do I do for a baby with eczema?