I was late with Benjamin's six-month update--a month and nine days late, to be exact; but when I posted it, I had no idea I would be SO MUCH LATER with his seven-month one! It feels a little ridiculous to be working on this just days away from his first birthday; but since I took the pictures back in April when he turned seven months and since I jotted down some notes about what life was like for him back then, I might as well go ahead and finish it up. I hope the old saying "better late than never" is really true! ;-)I mentioned recently how it pained me to look back on these pictures of him. It honestly shocks me when I see pictures of his skin at its worst, but that's a good thing, I suppose, because it means that his skin looks so different now. I am continually grateful for that. But while we're on the subject of his skin, let's talk about that, shall we?
~ keeping his skin moisturized with vaseline (a creamy vaseline and regular ol' greasy vaseline),
~ keeping his skin moisturized with a special concoction that our friend Frances at church gave us,
~ keeping his skin moisturized with a different all-natural balm,
~ keeping his skin moisturized with coconut oil,
~ changing laundry detergents from the Arm & Hammer baking soda kind I buy at the store to a homemake kind I mix up and then to Shaklee detergent,
~ completely eliminating any kind of baby shampoo or bubble bath in his bath water and just using apple cider vinegar (yes, he smelled mildly like a pickle, but it was worth it if it helped him! :) we thought it did for a little while, but before long, his skin was as bad as ever),
~ using a humidifier in his room,
~ giving him allergy medicine,
~ changing my diet to eliminate dairy to see if breast milk was the culprit (that was HARD, by the way, but I was determined to do it if it would help him...at times, I thought perhaps it was making a difference, but at other times, that seemed like wishful thinking...when I would slip up and eat something with dairy in it, like birthday cake when Moriah turned 4, I would watch Benjamin closely and see if his skin got worse...I really couldn't tell much difference at all, and it certainly wasn't clearing up his skin like we were hoping...but I did lose 10 pounds by going off dairy, so that was good!...once we admitted that the dairy in the breast milk wasn't the problem, it was delightful to be able to eat dairy freely again), :)
~ feeding him soy formula for a few days (not that I think soy formula is a wonderful thing, but we were getting pretty desperate for answers and were willing to try almost anything...he did NOT like bottle-feeding, and those days were undeniably miserable for both of us...I admit that even though I wanted him to be helped more than anything, I was not-so-secretly relieved when formula wasn't the answer, and I got to nurse him again!!!), :)
~ rubbing a prescription-strength hydrocortisone on his skin.
Maybe there's more, but that's what I can think of at this moment.