My twin girls are scratching their faces, I need help!

Safaa - posted on 01/03/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My twin girls are now nine-week-old and they started scratching their faces! Jasmina scratched her face today and drew little blood and it broke my heart to see her cry and see those scratches on her beautiful face. I am very worried that she will keep scratching her face and cause permanent damage. Any advice on what to do to prevent this? And please what can I put on her scratches to heal without leaving any marks on her face? Thank you. Safaa

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Nicole - posted on 02/10/2009

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Oh gosh I have the same problem... I been putting socks on my (2month old) son's hands to prevent him from scratching. I clip his nails but he still is able to scratch... he really digs his hands into face... I am not sure of if his is itchy or if that is just a habbit he does.  I thought he just had dried skin because his face looked red, patchy and rough. I been tried vaseline (but I heard that clogs the pores on face), & I have tried baby lotion but the moisture doesn't seem to last long. I will have to ask the doctor if its really bad dried skin or eczma. I almost cried when I saw deep scratches on his face where it looked like it drew a little blood. I am wondering what do I put on his face to heal the scratch marks? Is there neosporin for babies or something like it?

Holly Stanaford - posted on 01/03/2009

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Hi there! Is it that they are scratching when they are mad or because they are itchy? I found little cotton gloves-- they are in the infant section. If it is because they are itchy I use Arbonne ABC products. They are more gentle and safe than Johnson's products. They do not have any chemicals or anesthetic in them. Also I use the skin conditioning oil on my whole family including the baby. It is pure safe and heals...

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Julie - posted on 02/10/2009

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I use "the invisible glove" available most chemists. 100% natural, good for small babies. Lots of uses. Great for nappy rash too. Check out www.ellenjay.com.au

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I'm not sure how common they are in the US, but in the UK we have popular "scratch mitts", little cotton mittens that go over their hands. Sometimes they fall off/are taken off, so it is common to cut into them and put stronger elastic or ribbon in to tie them on.



Socks is also a good idea.



We can also buy sleepsuits (are they called that in the US? I'm having a mind block - the all-in-one suits they sleep in, normally with poppers up the front and between the legs) that have foldover mittens on the arms. You could do this yourself with a little spare piece of fabric and some thread.

Jessica - posted on 01/04/2009

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i have to cut my daughters nails everyday!!! or else she scratches herself at night and draws blood too.

Claire - posted on 01/04/2009

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Hi Safaa, My daughter did this, as she had ezcema. I made sure I put aloe vera moisturiser on her face, relived itching and healed the scratches. I also made sure my daughter wore little mittens, especially at night, when she was that age. I even made sure I got pyjamas / baby gros with the bits that fold over to cover the hands. Hope it helps:-)

Tina - posted on 01/04/2009

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They sell (Babies R Us) baby mittens that you could put over their hands to prevent them from scratching. If you can't fine them, try putting socks over their hands.



Good Luck.

Connie - posted on 01/03/2009

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Baby mittens or gloves always fell off, I went as far as to put socks on my baby's hands. It looked crazy but it was for his own safety. And clip the nails often with baby clippers. My 3rd childs nails grow twice as fast as my other 2 children's.

Caron - posted on 01/03/2009

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I put lanolin on my babies' faces when they had a scratch. Just squeeze some out and roll it in your fingers a bit to soften it up - then apply to skin. This is usually sold with the breastfeeding supplies. I also did not buy special mittens... just put a pair of socks on their hands.

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