Blue Eyes and I are the lucky parents of 2 girls with atopic skin.
When Blondie was 6 months old, she had a major eczema rash who kept her awaken for an entire night and left her in major discomfort for several days. She had regular eczema crisis when she was teething and guess what 3 years later Bonnie is all the same.
We have experienced several medical/paramedic advice on both sides of the Channel and here is our best of:
- Hydrate the skin. A well moisturised skin is a good barrier against any type of skin aggression. Amongst all the different creams (Cetraben, E45, Oilatum, Aveeno on the UK side, Lipîkar, Xemose, Dexeryl, Atopiclair on the French side and a lot more whose name I can’t recall right now), that we have experienced there is one that was so good that we could avoid the treatment with steroid unfortunately it can hardly be found in the UK and we have to buy it in France. I still want to mention its name hoping that one day it will be available here (it’s Exomega by Aderma). Apart from this one you can use any moisturising cream. A pediatrician told me once that it can also be good to alternate moisturising cream so that the skin does not get “used to” it. To me and my babies (apart from Exomega) they are all the same. In case of rash apply at least 4 times a day, once a day otherwise. Apply cream until it does not penetrate anymore
- Space out baths; water in our countries is not good for atopic skins. Our girls have a bath every 2 days. Make sure that no part of the body stays humid, dry them carefully with a clean towel (even a change of nappy with wipes must be dried).
- Avoid liquid soaps that often contain chemicals such as crude oil derivatives, it is best to use bar soap with natural ingredients such as Aleppo soap http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aleppo_soap or Soaps made of ass’s milk (I am talking about the animal! it can be found quite easily in France, in the UK I am not sure)
- Beware of your washing powder. Clothes, bed linen are soaked with washing chemicals and are in contact of your child skin all day/night long. You may want to try other washing powders make sure that they are hypoallergenic and without perfume. Again my best recommendation cannot be easily found in the UK. It is Le Chat Paillettes (washing powder with grated Marseille Soap). Available for the Londoners on-line at Chanteroy http://www.chanteroy-online.co.uk/detail_produit.php?cat=16&subcat=170&art=2381 (sorry website in French only you can call 02087720660). Be careful: put the powder directly in the vat and use a temperature of a minimum of 40 degrees otherwise the soap does not melt properly and you are running the risk to block your machine.
- Wash all comfort toys or teddy bears that stay in the bed on a regular basis.
- Wear Amber necklace. Blondie did not wear any, Bonny wears hers all the time even while sleeping. I have bought it by chance because I saw one at the till while I was waiting to buy a present for the birthday of one of Blondie’s classmates. At that time I was desperate to try anything to help getting rid of Bonnie’s eczema. Now I have a matter of conscience, I had the feeling that it helped but how can I be 100% sure that it is the necklace and not the rest of the treatment that we apply. Anyway considering the price (less than 15£), it is worth mentioning and worth trying. Make sure that each pearl is properly tied so that your baby won’t swallow any if the necklace breaks.
I hope this would be of any help. Of course if you have your own tips do not hesitate to let me know.
Me & The Girls