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I’m amazed at the healing capabilities of Vaseline. My little guy has been suffering (well not really suffering, he doesn’t even seem to notice) from dry patches of skin in the crooks of his ankles and wrists. For about a week, I tried massaging cream into the little creases on a daily basis and the dryness only seemed to get worse. So I resorted to Vaseline. I know it’s greasy and I know it’s messy, but I’d heard that it was a great moisturizer. So I lathered his little ankles with the goo and presto (after a few days and multiple applications each day), the dry skin was gone.

So, once I got beyond the grease and the mess of it all, I discovered that Vaseline really is a great moisturizer. I just kept him in sleepers so he I wasn’t be bothered by the greasy goop that lied beneath. Seeing as the Vaseline trick worked so well on his ankles, I decided to take aim it his pointer finger as well. You know, the one that he uses as a soother? And the moisturizer worked its magic once again: no more flakes, goodbye dryness, hello (semi) normal looking finger. Semi-normal, only because he continues to pacify himself with it on a regular basis.

If you had a close-up of Niko’s finger you may wonder why it has become somewhat raw and calloused. Put that way it sounds soft of painful, but he doesn’t seem to be bothered by the callous that has formed covering pretty much the whole length of his pointer finger. I try to keep it moisturized, which helps a little, but mostly he just sucks it right off.

Take a look at the picture below and multiply that snapshot many times over in one day and it results in one well worn little finger. Most babies suck a soother or maybe their thumb, but not our little guy. He’s developed quite an affinity for his index. Actually at times he gets it in there so far that he actually gags himself. It’s rare, but I’ve seen it happen a few times. Post gag reflex, he’s in the need for some self-soothing. And what’s his method of choice? Index finger, take your position please.

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