13 years ago, the plunket nurse looked at me and said the words I just didn’t want to hear.
“It looks like your son has Eczema”
As a sleep deprived, first time Mum, with a life long history of Eczema, this was like a knife in the heart.
I mean….I could cope (just) with my life sentence of Eczema. But the thought of my beloved son going through what I had been through just seemed brutal.
In a zombie state of sleep deprivation and overwhelm, I truly didn’t know what to do.
My mind raced.
I knew I didn’t want to go down the steroid route, but at the same time, here was this little baby with the backs of his legs scratched red raw, uncomfortable, bleeding and itchy.
I would do anything to make him feel more comfortable.
The Doctor, whilst sympathetic, prescribed steroids, pinetarsol and a lot of icky moisturisers with all sorts of nasties in them.
At a low point, I turned to the steroid creams.
I didn’t want to, but it just seemed inhumane to not ‘do anything’.
I knew in my heart, that this wasn’t the answer.
I’d spent years using steroid creams, and knew how this steroid cycle worked. Supress the symptoms, and use stronger and stronger steroid creams.
So the steroid creams went back in the cupboard and in my slightly sleep deprived, zombie state, I thought what can I do?
1) Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise – I started using an all natural moisturising balm.
2) Probiotics – Gave him a good quality probiotic powder.
3) Took out any high allergen foods - eggs, dairy, gluten all went.
4) Cotton clothes only
5) Made sure he never got too hot
6) Patted his skin dry after a tepid bath
7) Gave him Omega 3 Fish Oil
I’m pleased to say that from the age of about two, his skin was completely clear, and he now has the most beautiful skin.
To all the new parents out there given the ‘eczema’ diagnosis…my heart goes out to you. It can seem so overwhelming as we try and navigate what to do, and why our little bub has this skin condition.
The good news is that many babies grow out of Eczema.
If we can support the body by keeping the high allergen foods for when the gut is better developed, giving the gut good bacteria, and using natural moisturisers, we are well on our way to establishing a good environment for the body to heal.
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