Thank you guys so much for the love and support for part one of this journey. I poured my heart and soul into that and as a mom, it takes a lot to open up about our faults. I still blame myself for a lot of what we are going through and I have been shamed to no end for doing so. But I continue to share our story in hopes that someone somewhere reads this and understands that we are not to blame, but we can help our babies. So here in part 2 I will explain what we have done for Carter to help with his condition. Full disclosure, this is only what worked for us. I cannot tell you this will heal your child or even help. No child is text book and what works for one might not work for all. And please don’t come at me on ingredients. I have removed SO many things from our household and will continue to do so. I am only one person and I am learning. So if you want to educate me, please do so. But please do not shame me.
To kick it off, I think it’s important to understand they we exhausted Modern Medicine and any medications they could have given us. We tried things from dermatology, the allergist and things straight from infectious disease physicians. Nothing they did for us was working. We did numerous rounds of oral and topical steroids with NO relief what so ever. So when I tell you we stopped giving Carter what they told us to give him, I mean it. I stopped it cold turkey. The only medicine we did continue giving was Benadryl and we probably gave it maybe 4-5 more times just to give him some relief at night. Other than that, every single thing we used was either OTC or a homeopathic remedy. So if you’re going through what we have been through, maybe it’s time we stop pumping your child full of prescription medications and start trying to understand what is going on a bit more.
For Carter, we had to heal his body from the inside out. This meant a lot of things from diet and to things he was being exposed to environmentally. Our bodies are like sponges and overtime just the use of a toxic shampoo can begin to cause damage as our bodies absorb the ingredients. Since we were dealing with a rash, it was clear Carter was suffering from inflammation to a severe degree. We had to remove all foods that could possibly be triggering this. So we did a detox diet of lots of bland rice and veggies with chicken for protein and limited dairy and any type of sugary sweets. Doing this for a few days alone made a huge difference in his body. He was less swollen, less red and the rash didn’t seem to be spreading anymore. We also started a variety of different things I will explain below. A lot of these things came as suggestions from the thousands of moms on social media who heard our story and had been through the same. So honestly, all these bills we are paying to doctors who did nothing should be paid to the moms who truly helped heal my child. I wish I could thank each and every one of them, but it would take me years. But if you reached out to me to offer advice, help or prayers of any way, thank you. I might not have responded to you, but I read your message and I am thankful for you! Without you, my child would still be suffering.
Below is a list of things we did to help with Carter’s skin. As I mentioned above, please no shame comments. But if you read something that you think could be causing more damage than good, by all means leave me a comment to educate me.
I had thousands of messages on social media telling me things to do, and one of the most suggested was a gentle detox bath using Epsom salt, Bentonite Clay and Apple Cider Vinegar. So that’s exactly what we did. This recipe (1/2 cup of each ingredient) is gentle enough to give daily and was effective. We noticed the inflammation was no where near as bad right after the baths and he seemed to find relief from the rash itself right after. We did these every night for the first week and then once every 3 nights still. I also started these for myself and truly did notice a difference in the way my body started processing things.
Aveeno Baby Oatmeal bath was something else we did to try and help. We did notice help in the inflammation with this, but it did dry his skin out terribly. We still use these to this day whenever he gets a really bad diaper rash and it seems to soothe him!
Switching out all body wash, shampoo and conditioner over to the Beauty Counter baby line- We noticed the rash getting much more inflamed when we would use our regular bath time products, so I decided to make the switch over the the beauty counter line.
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream– This was the bread winner. As soon as we started using this, we noticed an immediate difference in his rash. It was like night and day! We would lather him up in this, slap on a footie PJ and he would wake up the next morning with visibly clearer skin. The active ingredients are colloidal silver and Oatmeal so those were 2 healing ingredients I would look for if your child is battling similar issues, or splurge and buy this lotion. You won’t be disappointed.
Active Skin Repair Spray– I found this on amazon after it was suggested from a friend of mine. We began spraying this on him as much as he could stand it. I don’t know if I noticed a difference in his skin, but the ingredients in it are fabulous and we will continue to use this as our “first aid spray” vs other chemical filled sprays on the market. And it’s super affordable on amazon!
Beauty Counter Baby Oil– When I tell you Carter’s face looked like alligator skin, I mean that with no exaggeration. it was AWFUL! So we started taking this and rubbing it all over his face where he was the most agitated with the dryness. It immediately helped!
Tula 24/7 Moisturizing cream– yep, I got so desperate that I started using my Heavier night cream from Tula on him. I would put this on him all throughout the day as a boost of hydration and it definitely helped. When his feet got super cracked from the dryness, I would lather this on him and then coat over it with the beauty counter protective balm right before bed and it helped SO much! **Code GREENWELL saves you 15% on this, it is an affiliate code**
TRS Spray– This was something I researched and researched and there is literally NOTHING negative about the results or the ingredients that would deter you from trying it. It is a heavy metal detox spray that slowly helps the body detox from all sorts of toxins we are exposed to. The directions are 1 spray per day for every 30 pounds (Don’t quote me) and that’s what we have done. We started this a month ago and within 30 days it has already bad a difference in not only his skin, but also his digestive health.
Probiotics- We introduced a probiotic into both Carter and addi’s diet which has made a huge difference in his gut health. We were told to look for one with at least 3 billion CFU per serving, but whatever you choose is fine! I would suggest a liquid formula for kids carter’s age though!
Diaper Rash Creams- I have used every dang diaper rash cream you can possibly think of. What worked for us is pictured above. No I don’t think the ingredients in these are the best, but honestly I had to use what worked!
Diet changes- We made lots of changes to Carter’s diet to try and help. First thing we did was cut back on dairy. We started using different “milks” like oat, coconut, almond and more. The only 2 he would drink were sweet coconut milk (Silk Brand) and the Silk 60 calorie vanilla almond milk. Anything else we tried he would refuse. We also stopped letting him have foods with added dyes, preservatives and more. We incorporated numerous organic options where possible and will continue to do this!
Going to the beach- Believe it or not, the salt water is mother natures medicine. We took carter to the beach this last week and his skin cleared up in 4 days. Seriously, no more rash! We have dry skin and still some patches of where the rash is present but not inflamed, but after our trip to the salt water, his skin looks gorgeous! So maybe consider taking your babies to the ocean?
I know this isn’t a cure all formula, but I hope that by sharing what we did to help will give some of you guys a place to start. All I can tell you, is don’t stop searching for answers. If you aren’t confident in what you’re being told, keep asking questions.
XO- Jordan Lee