Amy's Eczema Story

Today we are sharing Amy Ruiz's story of her journey to help her little one, Lincoln, with eczema. The post below was originally published on Amy's blog, Grace & Glenn. A huge thank you to Amy for sharing her story with us! 

Lincoln was born with the most perfect, soft, newborn skin. My favorite first memory is snuggling up with him in the hospital, skin to skin, and rubbing my cheek against his. Within the first month, he developed baby acne. It was all over his face, the top of his head, and then eventually traveled to his chest. Once the acne seemed to clear up, he developed patches of dry skin. I didn't think it would get any worse and I just continued to use the baby lotion I had. I was using Johnson & Johnson products as well as Aveeno baby products. This didn't seem to help his skin out at all and if anything, his skin looked worse after. Lincoln's pediatrician confirmed that it was eczema and suggested we use Aquaphor. 

The patches were so rough and none of the lotions that I was using were working. The eczema had even started to spread to his legs and his hands at this point. 
I was desperate, so I was trying all of the advice that people were giving me. I would try not bathing him as often and just moisturize him with Aquaphor like the doctor told me to. This just made Lincoln's skin feel really dried out and it was so red that I knew it was uncomfortable for him. Then, I was told to soak him in Aveeno Baby Eczema Therapy Soothing Bath Treatment and use Eucerin Baby Eczema or CeraVe. This didn't make any difference. Then I got advice from a mom who has multiple kids with eczema. This is when I started soaking him in the bath three times a day for 15-20 minutes at a time. 
After the bath, I would lather him up with Aquaphor and then put footie pajamas on him to seal in the moisture. This was the hardest thing that I did in this journey. I could feel my patience being tested multiple times a day just trying to get my baby's eczema under control. His skin seemed to only get worse with everything that I tried that was meant to make it better. 
This is when I decided that I needed to contact the doctor again about his skin. The doctor prescribed a steroid ointment and told me to come back in two weeks if his skin had not cleared up. I ordered the prescription and waited for it in the mail. (Because I wasn't going to drag three kids to the pharmacy if I didn't need to). That same day, I decided to buy one last product... Tubby Todd. I patiently waited for both the prescription and the Tubby Todd order to come in the mail. I was so happy when Tubby Todd arrived first. I took pictures of Lincoln's skin that day to see if this product would make even the slightest difference.  
You can even see the Tubby Todd in the corner of this picture! I was ready to find something that would work!
I bathed Lincoln with the Hair and Body Wash and then lathered him up with the Everyday Lotion. I used the All Over Ointment for the really bad spots on his stomach, chest, and legs. I was basically hoping for a miracle at this point. I checked on his legs just a few hours after using Tubby Todd and I was surprised to see that the spots had faded significantly.
I was still thinking that this was too good to be true. I didn't think that a single product could make any difference on his skin after weeks of trying everything that was suggested to me. That same day, I put the Dream Cream all over him, used the All Over Ointment once again on the bad spots, and put footie pajamas on him and we went to bed. The next morning I was shocked to see that his skin was completely clear! I could still see some small spots where his eczema was severe, but overall, his skin was like new. It just continued to improve as the day went on and I continued to use the lotion and the All Over Ointment on him. I still didn't believe it and thought for sure that his eczema would have another flare up, but it hasn't. He also developed cradle cap the same day that Tubby Todd came in the mail. I used some of the All Over Ointment to cover the cradle cap spots and left it on his head for a couple minutes. Then I just used a comb and it all came out! I was amazed because it took weeks for my daughter's cradle cap to clear up when she had it as a baby.
I now wish that I had tried Tubby Todd from day one. I was hesitant to initially buy Tubby Todd because of the price. I didn't think that I needed to spend a lot of money on my baby's skin and thought he would be fine with just using Johnson and Johnson or Aveeno products. He clearly needed something that was gentle for his sensitive skin. 
Tubby Todd products are all natural and I love that you can find a list of the ingredients on their website. They also have a guarantee that if your child has a skin reaction to their product, they will refund your money if you send the product back. This helped me make the decision to at least try the product since I had nothing to lose. 

I get asked all the time what Tubby Todd products someone should buy if they are going to try it and I can't give a one product answer. I used the four products discussed earlier to get these specific results. It was the switch to using only all natural products on his skin that made the difference. I like to compare it to a diet. You can't expect to see amazing results if you are eating healthy all day long and then eating cake and ice cream every night. If you are looking to only buy a couple of products to start out, I would recommend buying the hair and body wash, the dream cream, and the all over ointment. The biggest difference between the everyday lotion and the dream cream is the thickness of the lotion. The dream cream has a thicker consistency so if you are looking for a creamier lotion, then this is the perfect choice. 

I purchased the Basics Bundle which has six products in it. I felt like this was a good option for trying out the product line. I use the All Over Ointment daily and also purchased the three pack of travel tubes to keep with me at all times. I use it on his face if it gets a little chapped from drool or the cold. I use it on his hands if they get a little dry and I never have to worry about him getting sick if the tiniest bit gets in his mouth from constantly chewing on his hands (although you obviously don't want them putting anything in their mouth, it sometimes happens). I also love the fact that the All Over Ointment can be used on a diaper rash and it is cloth diaper safe. We are making the transition to cloth diapers soon so it is nice to know that I can continue to use this on his little bum. 

Thank you Amy! If you are interested in ordering Tubby Todd to try on your little one, head to Amy's blog, and receive a 10% off coupon code through her referral link at the bottom of her post. 

J

I have seen horror story pictures online of babies with worse eczema than that of my son. But his is definitely the worst I have ever seen in real life. We are working diligently to get at the root of the problem, and maintain hope that it is possible. However, it is necessary to give him and ourselves some relief from this problem.

For us, the All Over Ointment works EQUALLY as well as the 2.5% strength steroid cream prescribed to us. Actually, it works better. Complete healing of an area takes a couple of days longer with Tubby Todd BUT this slowness is actually reassuring. With the steroid cream, there lives a constant fear in the back of my head that I am going to come home from work and some unknown trigger will have caused an explosion of eczema to break its way through the immunosupressing steroids. With the All Over Ointment, healing is slower, but flare ups do not return the second you stop using it (as is our experience with hydrocortisone). If we stop using the tubby todd, the return of the eczema is also slow, which means it is manageable and we can pre-empt its seriousness. This is important for maintaining a level of calm when dealing with this, instead the extreme ups and downs of using the steroids (“The eczema is cured!” one day, and “Our lives have been consumed” the next).

Of course, one of the most frustrating aspects of eczema is that everyone’s experience is so different. One person’s fix is another’s red herring. But it is worth the money to try this. Plus, we spend much less on this one lotion than the combination of things we were using before. And our dresser top and medicine cabinet does not look like it belongs to insane people anymore. Try it for three or four days and my guess is you will see a big difference.

Angie

Hi, Shelley, I hope you don’t mind me responding to your comment. My 9 yr old son has had really bad eczema flare ups since when have moved near Charlotte, NC. I spent months trying to understand what the problem was. I read how horribly irritating chlorine water can be to someone with sensitive skin, so we got a shower filter. That helped it for some time- almost a year. But, last October it flared again. It’s never been this bad. I am taking him to a biofeedback dr in a few days to learn if he has any parasites or unhealthy gut bacteria. I will tell you that I know from sure, when my son has dairy at all- he flares. I’ve taken gluten and dairy from his diet, since those are the most inflammatory foods for the gut. I received Tubby Todd all over ointment 4 days ago, and I have to admit- I am stunned at how improved his skin is! I’m not sure if it’s meant for large areas of the body, but that’s how I’m using it, and it has truly made a marked difference in 3 full days of usage. This is the only product that has ever done that for him. And I’ve spent a ton and made my own home remedies to try to give him some relief. My advice would be to just try the all over ointment!! It’s so worth it.

Shelley

Hi there! Thank you for sharing your story. My 7-month old son also has bad eczema and we were forced to use steroid oil to clear up his chest as it got very inflamed. I just ordered the Tubby Todd bundle with the 6 products and look forward to trying it! My sons eczema has started to come back after using the steroid oil and I’m hoping it doesn’t continue to get bad. I am wondering if you looked at the cause of your little guys eczema (what he is eating, his environment, etc.). I am struggling to find the root cause of my sons and would love to hear your experience with that.

Melissa

Hi,
My 4 month old son also has eczema and have tried all the products out there. nothing is working. Do you need to use all three products or can get away using the all over ointment? Your feedback is appreciated.