When Mia was 5 months old, we started seeing red rashes on the joints and folds of her skin. We initially thought that it was just plain rashes that would eventually go away by constantly drying the area and applying lotion – unfortunately it did not. Our good pedia, Dr. Imelda Luna, noticed the rashes too during one of our well-baby check-ups and mentioned that Mia might have eczema. It did not a surprise us since my family has history of allergies, and Michael has eczema as well. Mika now is showing signs of eczema – dry, rough, red spots on her back and constant scratching of her head and face.
Eczema or atopic dermatitis is surprisingly common, according to WebMD, it affects 10% – 15% of children and fortunately, most kids will outgrow this skin condition (keeping my fingers crossed for my kids). Our pedia said eczema is more common with children whose parents have histories of allergies, asthma and eczema. She recommended that we observe what triggers it and change the products that we use on Mia so not to worsen her rashes. I was using the normal Mustela Dermo-Cleansing wash and Hydra Bebe Lotion for Mia at that time but we immediately researched for products that are best for kids with eczema. We initially tried Cetaphil as a cleanser, since it was one of the more widely-known gentle cleanser, but unfortunately Mia’s rashes persisted. We also tried Aveeno baby, Dove baby, but those did not work also. Mia’s red dry spots got worse and by then I’ve then contacted Ms. Sharleen of Mustela Ph, and she recommended that we try the Stelatopia line of Mustela….