Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Baby eczema

It just breaks my heart that my lil Poppet Cuk has eczema! All my life I have never suffered any skin problems. I didn't even get that many pimples. So when Salma got eczema, I was clueless on what to do. Recently, the eczema around her left elbow has gotten worse! It's all red and inflamed, and she scratches it even in her sleep. The capillaries under the skin have broken, and I can see the blood spots. Sometimes she scratches until it bleeds. This morning as I was applying the aloe vera gel on the affected area, she cried and said it hurts.

So I researched on the net and found this helpful website:

According to the website, the best natural cures for eczema are: 1) sea-salt bath 2) Aloe Vera juice 3) Calendula Cream 4) Olive Oil. So I was already doing the right thing by applying Aloe Vera gel to the eczema. But it's not enough. So I researched some more and found that California Baby makes an organic Calendula Cream! Surfed some of the online baby stores in Malaysia and found that they don't stock California Baby. So I googled, and found that delivers to Singapore! (Which is the next best thing).

So when you go to, a pop-up appears asking you if you want to view the site in a different country and currency. I selected SGD and SINGAPORE. Ok. The prices all looked pretty affordable, even after multiplying it by 2.37 (the current exchange rate to MYR). I asked my friend if I could have it delivered to her husband's office in Singapore, and she said OK. Alright! I'm all set. I can't wait to try this product. I really want to find a bath and skin regiment that works for Salma.

I've tried Cetaphil and Sebamed, but they have a sort of medicated fragrance, and it's not too nice. So now I'm trying to look for other products that are value for money. So hopefully California Baby will be the one. For those of you who are interested, also stocks Weleda, which also makes baby bath and skin care products using Calendula. However, they use this tube packaging, and in my experience with other lotions stocked in tubes, sometimes you unintentionally squeeze too much lotion out, and end up having to use a lot when you only want to use a little. With California Baby, their lotion comes in a tub (similar to Body Shop's Body Butter range.. see pics below). Which is what I like. I use Nivea face lotion for myself, which also comes in a tub, and I find that it's easy to dip your finger lightly into the lotion this way to pick up just the right amount you want to use. It lets you use how ever much you want when you want it. To me, that's value for money. And only for that reason alone, I chose to buy the California Baby Calendula Cream over the Weleda Calendula cream, even though the Weleda one was cheaper.

So hopefully, my lil girl's eczema will clear up once she uses these products. I just can't bear to hear her cry and complain, "Gagak…" (It's meant to be "Gatal", but she can't pronounce it right… 'gatal' is 'itchy' in Malay).

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  1. A friend of mine just gave a tip on how to relieve eczema. She calls it her "miracle ointment":
    "Just mix equal parts of coconut oil and almond oil and apply a couple of times a day. You should see results within a week. Inexpensive to make, and 100% natural. It works on everything from diaper rash, sunburn, scrapes, dry skin etc."

  2. The products that you promote and suggest are a bit expensive but I know it's a big help to avoid eczema for babies. Mommies should know what is good for their babies even though they will spend a dime for it. baby eczema

  3. Hi,
    My 2nd daughter has eczema since she was born. California Baby's product range is one of the best I've used (and still continuing to use) to control her eczema. If you want to buy online locally, you can try Don't worry, am not the seller but I am one of their customers.
    The price is a little bit expensive but once u see the result, u will find it's worth it.

  4. Hi there,

    I'm looking for California Baby products (bath care) in Malaysia. Any idea where I can purchase them from? I tried looking from littlegreenbuddies but I think the link is no longer active.

    Thanks in advance for your help!

  5. Hi Mas, sorry for not replying earlier! I can't find California Baby in Malaysia, and I had to order mine from Singapore...

  6. I've been using California baby product (Calendula cream, Calendula baby bath, bugs repellent spray) since 2009 for my little boy. Initially I buy on-line with littlegreenbuddies but after a while the link is no longer active. So, currently I am buying from Singapore.