Hi I’m very new to this so apologies if I waffle on but I’m at my wits end and so frustrated and upset that I really just need advice now!
My 4 month old has always rubbed at his face and head since I can remember and so we had to swaddle him to assure he would get the sleep he needed otherwise he would just keep himself up rubbing/scratching at his head. The swaddle worked amazingly, of course he would moan at first as he couldn’t rub but eventually he settled off to sleep. As he’s reached 4 months though he’s just too old for the swaddle now and constantly breaks free which is just becoming more of a hassle than its worth.
So I ordered some scratch sleeves with the silk designed for babies with eczema etc. These keep him from scratching his face but they do not really help other than that. I’ve been to the docs and spoken to the HVs more times than I can count and these are the following things I have tried so far-
tried lots of different moisturisers (child’s farm, aveeno, even Vaseline, and currently using eucerin that has oatmeal in) the Eucerin seems to smooth the bumps and decrease redness on his face but doesn’t stop the itching. I was prescribed hydrocortisone which only helped again with his eczema not the itching :(.
tried different shampoos, childs farm, aveeno, just plain water, Dentinox cradle cap shampoo as he still has cradle cap. None of these has helped. I’m now putting coconut oil on his head which seems to help the itching for about 20 mins.
the doc now thinks that because none of the above has worked it may be a milk allergy, we put him on Aptamil Pepti and he was on that for around 3 days but still no difference to his itchy head and because the milk is much thinner he was more unsettled all night as he’s always been a hungry baby but this milk was just not keeping him full at all. He’s only ever needed 1 night feed from 1 month old but on the new milk he was doing 2/3.
I’m currently trialling Hipp Comfort as this is partially hydrolysed with no milk in but tbh it’s the same as the Pepti. We’ve just got 13 tins of prescribed nutramigen so will be starting this when the comfort has ran out. But I’ve got no hope on it as I’ve not really seen any difference with anything and the nights have seemed to got worse :(.
sorry for the essay but I’m really just not convinced anything will work at this point and I just want my baby to get some sleep as I feel so bad for him so any advice I would greatly appreciate. Thank you!!