Oh the annoyance that is Eczema!!! Both Jenna and Carter have this annoying and frustrating condition. We are yet to see if Tamsin gets it too but fingers crossed as she is showing no signs and both the other 2 already had at her age!
I am constantly being asked which creams we use to control it so decided to write it all down!!
Jenna suffered so badly and after a year of trying numerous different emollients and steroid combinations we decided to pay privately to see a consultant! Ahhhh… the sound of angels… or just one; wearing a stethoscope and bearing a prescription!!!
Firstly Jenna had a huge staph infection on her skin which needed to be cleared up with antibiotics and some special antibacterial bath wash. Next 2 new creams were added to her growing list of medications. and HALLEBLOOMINGLUJA!!! Within 3 days, her bleeding, red, raw and itchy skin was no longer! Seriously she was like a different child – she started sleeping through again, without the need for antihistamine to do it.
Obviously whenever she get sick she gets a flare up but just one or 2 applications of her creams (mometasone (Elocon) – for her body, and pimecrolimus (Elidel) – for her face) she pretty much clears up!
We have also recently been given a new emollient to try Double Base Gel – it is really smooth and gets absorbed quickly which is great for maintenance treatment. We also love the Cetaphil ointment which feels brilliant and smooth – however you can’t get it in the big tubes and my GP doesn’t want to prescribe in on the NHS for some reason!
We also use the Oilatum shampoo which is great and bath additive however I don’t think this really helps! We use Dermol to wash the kids with – it’s an antibacterial cream which is good for keeping the staph numbers down on the kids skin.
It’s been an itchy, scratchy, annoying road but I think we finally have our answers! We have also realised that certain foods seem to set off a local reaction of the skin so we avoid anything to acidic – tomato sauce, oranges etc. The change of seasons also seems to set them off… especially the transition to winter and colder weather which really annoys their faces – a good dose of emollient before setting out usually helps, and chapstick!
Anyone else got other suggestions or stories about your experience!?!?