Eczema: That Flare Up Though

If any of you suffer from eczema or have kids that suffer from eczema, you know the struggle. When Rook first started flaring up he was about 3-4 months old. I had no idea what was causing it, but I was convinced that it was food allergies, and food allergies alone! Now that I’m a smidgen wiser about eczema and what it is, I’ve realized that there are many things that may aggravate his symptoms, but they are not necessarily the cause. I mean, if we’re being honest, he’s genetically destined to have it. The hubs had eczema as a child, Rook is half Korean (it’s apparently common in asian people), and his Mom is an autoimmune disease dispenser…so ya…no surprise!

The one food group I’ve noticed to cause flare ups is definitely dairy. Rook is now 10 months old and I thought I’d experiment by giving him cheese and seeing what happens. Well, the picture you see above is what happens. Never again!

For now, our routine is 1-2 baths a week with water and Kiss My Face olive oil soap. We buy ours at Whole Foods but you can get it online or at most health stores. We also like to use Aveeno eczema therapy and basically anything from the CeraVe line. I’m working with a new brand/skin care routine but I want to make sure I have good results before I share, so stay tuned!



What’s In My Baby’s Mouth?

“But seriously, what is in your mouth Rook?” I can’t count how many times I’ve asked him this question. When he was a few months younger, it was more of a panicked question followed with fingers down his mouth trying to remove whatever disgusting object I’d left on my floor and consequently allowed my baby to eat. Now that he’s a bit older there’s a little less panic and a little more “meh” followed by a shrug of the shoulders. But what I’m worried about now are the things hiding disgusting amounts of mysterious mold and rust and what they could possibly be doing to his body.


Do you know what I’m talking about? I literally had no idea to even look for this kind of crap until my husband took apart Rook’s rubber ducky and discovered a garden of potential diseases! (Just kidding, I don’t know if you can catch diseases from this sort of thing, but I don’t want to find out!)


Look at him, so innocent! He has no idea the secrets that rubber ducky holds!


This is the crap I found inside! After I gagged and rinsed, I immediately started cleaning it and stopped in my tracks so that I could blog about it :p  So it was slightly worse before this picture was taken.

Do yourselves a favor and check all those rubber, water smuggling toys. Ew!