My son had to struggle with red itchy skin as a newborn.
When he was four months old, his eczema got so bad he had weeping blisters on his chest.
He was also covered in red hives when I took him to a private London dermatologist, and for around $400, we finally had a plan that seemed to work.
Now new research suggests I could have spent $4.45 at my local supermarket to help prevent my son from developing eczema in the first place.
I’m kicking myself now because my grandmother told me about Vaseline.
US researchers found that moisturising newborns with petrolatum-based emollients until they were six months old had a 50 per cent chance of preventing eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis).
Parents in the study gave high-risk eczema newborns a full-body rub at least once a day within three weeks of birth for six months.