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.
I ordered Stelatopia Cream Cleanser, Lipid-replenishing balm and Milky Bath oil from them and fortunately, they deliver so we did not have to go to their mall branches anymore. Ms. Sharleen gave us very helpful information about the products and which one would best suit our daughter’s condition – she also provided instructions on how to use the products. After a few days of using Stelatopia, we saw improvements on Mia’s skin and eventually the rough, red spots were minimized.
The products did not cure Mia’s eczema, because it’s not curable, it just helped us manage her skin condition and reduce flare-ups. We also figured out that heat, change in weather and her own sweat cause her skin to flare up so we try not to expose her to too much sun and heat. We still do get flare ups until now, but it is manageable. If there are spots that are stubborn we would already use Desowen as her pedia derma prescribed. We just limit the use of that cream since it is a topical steroid cream. At this point, Mia is now 3 and her eczema is not as bad anymore, so we have tried other cheaper alternatives for her daily bath cleanser and some of the products that did not cause her to flare up are Ivory’s Original soap (we buy this at SM Hypermarket in packs of 10), Vanicream and recently we tried Faith Hope Love’s Pure Soap. The moisturizer however, we still use Stelatopia’s Emollient Cream or Lipid Replenishing balm.
If you see signs of eczema on your child, you can try to research for information and products suitable for your child. When shopping for products, you can browse through the list of accepted products available on National Eczema Association (NEA) as a guide, or look for the NEA Seal of Acceptance. Getting the right product for your child is trial-and-error, so don’t get frustrated if some products won’t work for them even if it has worked for friends and family.