First off, let me start by saying I’m learning as I go what works and what doesn’t. Feel free to leave your own advice and suggestions below.

We have tried many fragrance free lotions.  What I have learned from the allergist–the thicker the better–this traps the moisture in the skin.  Our favorite is Vanicream.  We also have seen results from Aquafor.  

Stick to fewer baths or shorter bath time as well as using lukewarm water.  Hot water tends to try out the skin.  I am one who LOVES hot showers and notices how itchy my skin can get.  I use oil daily on my legs because the hot water strips the oil out creating the itch.

Anything that touches or used on the skin should be fragrance free and free of any dyes.  This includes lotions, soaps, perfumes, and laundry detergent (no dryer sheets).  We have learned to wash all new clothing before wearing or using them for the first time. Our favorite detergent, Tide Free & Gentle     and lotion, Aveeno Baby Body Wash.

Following meals, wash skin around mouth immediately.  This seems like common sense, but having a little one who finishes and is ready to play without washing up seems to be the norm in our house.  This goes for the rest of the body as well, fingers, bottom, feet, ankles.  Any area of the body where food can get trapped too–neck, arm and leg rolls if you have a chunker.

Flare-ups can also result from anxiety or in a 2 year old’s case, tantrums.  Usually during my son’s meltdowns he face gets all red and blotchy–prevention by sticking to routines or calming him as I start to see the situation escalating seems to be our only prevention at this point.

KEEP UP ON IT!  Just because it’s clear does not mean it is gone forever.  Continue to follow those steps even with clear skin to prevent breakouts–especially during the drier months of the year!

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