Having a child who suffers from eczema, I know how desperate parents sometimes get to find anything affordable to soothe their child's itching. What I have seen and heard on many occasions is other parents suggesting they slather their kids' skin with petroleum jelly or even mineral oil.
GRRRRRRRRR! PEOPLE, PLEASE STOP SMOTHERING YOUR CHILD'S SKIN!
Slathering this crap on the skin may make it look moisturized, but you are actually smothering their skin and preventing it from healing. Petroleum jelly and mineral oil do nothing to add moisture and instead form a barrier on the outer surface of the skin preventing moisture from entering the layers underneath. The bottom layers of the skin remain dry and itchy while the top layer only LOOKS moisturized.
"I'm not spending all that money for lotion!" Well you don't have to! Everyone has their own opinion of what they'll spend on skincare and there are plenty of options on the market. Not satisfied with what's out there...then research and MAKE YOUR OWN...I did ;).
Here are some other tips that I can attest to personally and have helped tremendously with my daughter's skin:
1. Don't towel dry after showering or bathing! Allow the skin to absorb as much water as possible. Use hands to remove excess, dripping water.
2. Apply moisturizer to your child's skin immediately after bath. Do not attempt to apply moisturizer to dry, itchy skin. For maximum results, re moisten skin with water before applying moisturizer if necessary.
3. Use a shea butter or oil based moisturizer. (Our Whipped Body Butter was created especially for my daughter's eczema and she still uses it today.)
4. READ YOUR PRODUCT LABELS! Stay away from products containing alcohols, petroleum jelly, mineral oil and synthetic fragrances that may further irritate the skin.
Hope this helps,