Eight years ago, Coco came to us as a mystery. Up until her birth, her adoption was closed. Before we met all 5 lbs 7 oz of her, we only knew she was part Hispanic, part Native American, and part Caucasian.
She was born about a week after her due date with dry, wrinkled, peeling skin. That’s when we started using Aveeno baby products: gentle, fragrance-free, with effective ingredients.
Eventually, her outer layer of skin peeled off, but her skin conditions persisted. Around 2-4 months she came down with Infant Eczema, Atopic Dermatitis.
Since we didn’t know much about her family history of allergies, eczema, or asthma, we experimented until we found a routine that seemed to keep her symptoms in check.
Her nails had to be trimmed short, especially when she was too little to understand the damage scratching could cause. Her baths needed to be warm, never hot, and we stopped bathing her every day.
Over the years she’s had fewer and less extreme flare-ups. We learned that the heat of Arizona summers could cause an outburst, but since we moved to Utah, we also became familiar with winter rash. Now we apply Eczema Therapy Moisturizing Cream at least once or twice daily and always immediately after a bath when her skin is still moist.
Luckily, we were also introduced to a convenient routine of oatmeal baths with Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment, Hydrocortisone Anti-Inch Cream, and richer Eczema Therapy Itch Relief Balm for behind her knees, elbows, and under her chin. It’s no wonder Aveeno is the #1 dermatologist recommended over-the-counter eczema moisturizer brand in the US.
The rest of the family also benefits from Coco’s Eczema awareness. Since we became disciplined about lotioning Coco regularly, the rest of the family adopted the habit with Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion as well.
Lotioning the family after baths and before bed has become a ritual we all look forward to. Because snuggles are even more decadent with silky, soft skin.
This post is sponsored by Aveeno
Nada Manley says
I love Aveeno and have been using it since I was a girl. My dad would bring home packets of the oatmeal bath home from the office, and it was so good at soothing everything!
She is beautiful, and this is a great post, except for one thing.
“part Hispanic, part Native American, and part Caucasian”
How do you define “Hispanic”? South European people (like the Spanish) are Caucasian, Native South American people are Native American. What do you think there is more in Hispanic people that makes it necessary for you to mention it?
Her grandmother is half Mexican, half Native American. This is how her family described themselves, so it’s the description we adopted for her. We’ve spent some time researching her ancestors from each region, and we have been inspired by their individual stories. The semantics may not be correct, but I believe that she should honor and learn from each group that she descended from. It’s a beautiful heritage that she can be proud of. And really the only reason I mention it is to highlight that she has completely different genetics than me or my husband or other three children, and I had no experience dealing with it.