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the eric update - day 284: bag balm - it's not just for cows.

it's a little hard to tell from this photo, but odin has developed quite a case of chapped cheeks. the effect is particularly pronounced after sleeping; we suspect that he's producing large amounts of drool which is a by product of teething and that's irritating his skin. he exacerbates the irritation by rolling over on his stomach while he's sleeping, scooting all over his bed and rubbing his already irritated skin against the sheets.

originally created to help sooth irritated udders ( udder=bag ), generations of vermonters have been soothing their own non-bovine skin with the salve. so far, a bit bag balm applied liberally appears to be keeping things relatively under control. i guess it's fair to say that it works as well or perhaps a little better than any of the other remedies we've tried ( and we've tried almost everything that's easily available ), but it's not a cure by any means.

it anyone has any suggestions for what's worked for them we'd be mighty obliged.

oh, and if it's not apparent, odin is trying to figure out how to take the lid off the can of bag balm.

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4/14/2005 11:08:00 PM 7 comments

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I've squinted at the large version of the photo and can't tell if you really need this advice, but make sure it's not actually eczema. He could be allergic to something new he's eating, mom's eating, or detergent. We've been having that problem with our little guy; turns out he's allergic to dairy. No more ice cream for me. sniffle.

By Anonymous Lilly, at 12:41 AM  

Magdalena has those chronic chapped cheeks. I usually just make sure to put lotion on her face when I put it on her body at night. Also when they are really chapped, we use Burts Bees Skin Cream. During the winter and during major teething issue type stuff, I would put it on her at night before bed and first thing in the morning.

I'm betting that it is most likely just a chubby cheek kinda thing. Good luck! :)

By Blogger Suzanne, at 1:05 PM  

I was also going to mention that you should make sure its not eczema. Does it itch? That would be a good indicator. My daughter Holland has/had terrible eczema on her face and really dry skin. So far I like using Burt's Bees Buttermilk lotion for sensitive skin after her bath, then I just discovered Teeny Faces Mosturizing Stick by Gerber and LOVE IT.

By Blogger Billie, at 2:44 PM  

we're pretty sure it's not eczema, but we could be wrong since we we're not dermatologists and don't even play one on t.v.

we're big fans of burts bees skin cream, but in this particular case it doesn't seem to be doing the trick ( but thanks for the suggestion! ).

the moisturizing stick gets rave reviews - thanks for the recommendation. we'll have to hunt some down. it's always good to have a variety of salves in one's arsenal.

By Blogger e3, at 4:39 PM  

Aquaphor is great too! Our little one does very well with it when he has chapped cheeks.

By Anonymous lilibet, at 6:53 PM  

I have to second the Teeny Faces it is the best stuff. Our daughter has drooled since day one and this stuff makes such a difference. If I were more religious about putting it on her before bedtimes I am sure she would not have red cheeks.

By Blogger Sandi, at 10:27 PM  

Hi Eric and Kris and Odin
We like using Lansinoh-the world's purest lanolin-as they claim. It's not just for boobs! We put it on our lips and around our noses when they are chapped. Works wonders. Good luck with the move!

By Blogger barbandmark, at 8:43 PM  

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