Well, R is my third baby and all of those "normal" sleeping questions did no apply to us. R slept when she could but she was exhausted because she woke up every single night screaming because of her eczema. After the 4 month mark of waking up about 4-5 times every night, I was at my wits end. I also had 2 other children that I needed to take care of, and I thought my body was shutting down. Me and my baby needed sleep and eczema was preventing us from doing that.
Anyways, when I found oil of oregano, I took a different approach for baths. In the eczema community, bathing in hot water is a BIG no no. It is known to dry up your skin more and irritate the skin. Well, I beg to differ. In many Asian countries, doing a half-body bath is very popular for blood circulation, getting rid of toxins, and to clear up your skin.
Despite all the websites that told me not to do a hot bath, I decided to try my method. My theory for doing the half body bath was this: I could moisturize my baby's skin by making her sweat and put on oil of oregano while her pores were open from a hot bath. Also, I thought that having her body sweat out the toxins ( since babies don't sweat much ) could help her get rid of the eczema.
I decided to try out my hot half bath theory/hypothesis and see the results. Here's what I did for 1 week every single night. The result? I never saw any eczema on her body again.
- Go into the tub with R with running warm water to get her used to the warm water temp.
- Once she was used to the warm water temp, I made the water temp hotter, enough for both of us to sweat.
- I stop the water once it covered her belly button. We were only doing a half bath, and we did not need her entire body in the water.
- I put in dead sea salt for my baths.
- We played inside the hot water for 15 minutes with toys to distract her from being hot. She didn't seem too bothered by it.
- After 15 minutes, I did not wrap her up in a towel. I carried her to the bed dripping wet and massaged oil of oregano mix for 5 minutes.
- Then, I put on the puriya cream and massaged her again for another 5 minutes.
- I got a tight onesie that covered her body and soaked it in hot water to make it warm.
- I put this onesie on immediately after I was done massaging the puriya cream onto her and had her wear it for 1 hour.
- I put a warm fleece onesie over her so that she wouldn't be too cold.
- After 1 hour, I took off all the onesies, and put on oil of oregano mix massaging it in for 5 minutes, and then puriya cream for 5 minutes.
- Put on a nice dry organic cotton onesie, breastfeed, and go to bed.
Even the first night we did this, R didn't wake up as frequently to scratch. Also, because of the long bath- she was very tired. Her body felt hydrated and she was much happier. If I had time, I probably would have done this twice a day- but it was hard for me to find time during the day.
This was her body picture before the bath ritual:
Her back was terrible. She was so itchy. You can't see very well, but her arms, legs, and front area was very bumpy and itchy too.
R's back and front 3 months later. Unfortunately, I did not take any pictures of her body immediately after she got better. But, I can tell you that it was this clear almost 2 weeks after I started her bath ritual.