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to mommies of mixed babies: a skin question

my 7 month old has what appears to be extremly dry skin. he's mixed (1/2 black, 1/2 white) and i know that black people have to moisturize more than most white people, but i lotion him with a 1/2 and 1/2 mixture of cocoa butter and baby oil several times a day and he still has slightly darker dry patches all over his body, especially his legs. i've talked to several black women about this and they said that their all black babies weren't even this dry...so im strating to think it might not be a racial issue after all, but a skin condition. any suggestions to try before taking him to the doc?

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LoriaAnn

Asked by LoriaAnn at 2:11 PM on Dec. 16, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Lord knows i cant spell..my son has eczema...SEVERLY dry skin patches on his legs...he doesnt scratch them...but ask his pedi, i got a perscription for it, some cream to use for 5 days, and it worked....also try eucerine cream....really really heavy cream that works wonders on dry skin....sorry i cant spell it!! haha but thought that would hellp! ;)
    sweetstkissez22

    Answer by sweetstkissez22 at 2:15 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • i would just go to the doc and get something from them. i cant remember the name, but it starts with a C, that i got from the doctor, it worked.
    lilianasmom1116

    Answer by lilianasmom1116 at 2:17 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • Cortizone cream will work if your baby has exzema or some skin problem like that, but be SURE to only use it for short periods of time, because using it over a longer period of time will thin the skin and damage it, making it look like an old person's skin.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:56 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • stop the baby oil. it is not good for skin. An oil you do use should be 100%. olive oil, virgin coconut oil, raw shea butter, or 100% cocoa butter. no additives, no perfumes.

    Also 100% aloe is healing and soothing.
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 3:54 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

  • Oh. by the way baby wipes are often loaded with chemicals. Use plain water with cloth wipe -- cheap baby washcloths are fine. no baby lotions, no powder. Plain water to bathe; if you must use soap use unscented, unperfumed -- castille soap with aloe/plain or oatmeal soap is soothing. Detergent residue on cloths should be avoided...use something like 7th generation delicate.
    amileegirl

    Answer by amileegirl at 4:03 PM on Dec. 16, 2009

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