My son is almost 8 months old, and he simply won't let his cheek heal! It started when he was 6 months old: he scratched up his cheek out of frustration (he was overstimulated and couldn't sleep). Then his cheek starts to heal... it oozes discharge, then scabs. But the scabs ITCH. He scratches the scabs until it oozes again. It's a very frustrating cycle. Me and the hubby tried mittens, Aquaphor, swaddles, everything! It's gotten to the point where we can't trust him at night. It's a horrifying moment, waking up to find that your precious little boy scratched himself up so badly during the night that the sheet underneath him is stained with blood. The first time he did that, I cried. Finally, my hubby had enough and sewed the sleeves of his jammies to its sides. It seemed a cruel idea at first, but it's the only thing that's helped. Little Connor had no problem with it, but still manages to rub his cheek against everything and anything, opening up his wounds. I don't know what to do! Has anyone been through this? Is it a phase? When will he learn the meaning behind "No!"? Parts of his cheek are healing well because of the sewed-up-jammies, but they're very TINY parts, and it's a very slow, very heart-rending process. Then there are other people. One look at my baby and they want to know 'what have you done to your baby?!'. My baby is quite clever and manages to squirm his way out of anything to scratch his cheek. He isn't allergic to anything, the scabs just itch! My hubby also wants to do studio pictures of our family, but wants to wait until his cheek heals. What to do?! Any advice will be much appreciated!