Battling Eczema: A Family Affair

“Wow, that looks terrible!” The doctor started to say, looking at my brother’s exposed stomach, that was covered in red patches, scabs, and puss.  My older brother Eugene and I had decide to take matters into our own hand and take our younger eight year old brother to the doctor our selves.  His rashes were just completely out of control and nothing thatmy parents were doing was helping him.

His rashes began very early on, when he was about six months old.  My parents had no idea what these patchy rashes were or where they had come from.  We had struggled with them ever since.

What started off as little patches began to formulate to bigger patches.  It would appear seasonally, and around the folds of his skin, and had gotten my parents attention from the beginning.  They went to the doctor’s who had confirmed that indeed these patches looked like eczema, and prescribed cortisone cream.  Since they had never seen or heard of eczema before, they didn’t know how big of an ordeal it would be. My parents started using the prescribed cream with much caution, being very uncomfortable with it because it had steroids in it.  More so than treating the rashes, they wanted to prevent them from resurfacing.  My poor brother went through all sorts of preventative methods that my parents had tried, including homeopathic medicine, diets, hypnosis, even a trip to the dead-sea, but the patchy rashes continued to come back, and what was worse, the older he got, the less control they had over them, since my brother would scratch at them whenever they would appear. By the time he was eight years old my brother was being wrapped like a mummy to bed to prevent him from scratching.  His stomach especially was a problem.  My parents had no real direction or answers on how to battle eczema, and had given up going to the doctors.

And so, my older brother and I had snuck him off to see a doctor hoping that we can find something to help control the eczema.  The doctor prescribed cortisone yet again.  “Unfortunately there is not much else that will help, especially because he’s spread an infection in the area from all the scratching”.  It was awful to look at his stomach, and he himself was not happy about it either.

The doctor then had a chat with him and told him to  be a bit more responsible with it, and try to control his scratching urges.  We were once again back to square one. To treat the really bad outbreaks, we had to resort to using the cortisone cream, but in the meanwhile I started trying to help my brother with some easy solutions to prevent the outbreaks in the first place.  These easy solutions included restricting any perfume based soaps from ever touching his skin, getting him to bathe or shower every time he would have a bad scratching temptation, or put ice around the area.

My brother’s eczema was something that everyone in my family had suffered from and lived with right along with him.  It was a real ordeal for him in his daily life.  He had to be wrapped to go to bed, he even wore wraps around his body during the day sometimes.  He didn’t feel comfortable going swimming and exposing his stomach to anyone, and did not like discussing his eczema either.

With time however, eventually, the eczema sort of stopped coming on as strongly.  He was lucky that there were no scars left behind from all the scratching that he had done, and with age, had gained control over his rashes whenever they would come back.

As my brother had grown into his teenage hood, his eczema for me was like a forgotten dream.

And then I had Alyssa.  A few months later, I almost had a melt down when I noticed the very same patches of red rashes being formed on her skin.  I made an appointment to see the doctor right away, there was no way I wanted to go through this again.  The doctor didn’t seem concerned at all.  She prescribed yet again, more cortisone cream.  Was there no other solution?

My husband found a more natural substance cream, that had no steroids in it, which I had started to use at once.  I didn’t bother with the cortisone and stuck with putting on the cream every time I felt the eczema patches forming on her skin.   Just as well, our battle to control eczema continues as I noticed my one year old daughter Emma’s skin begin to break out too, but now I know what I’m in for.   I have now incorporated a daily routine with my kids to always check their skin after they’ve had their baths, to look for any potential patches forming, and to put cream around those patches so that they don’t spread or continue to form.  Neither one of my girls have ever experienced anything remotely close to what my brother had, and I hope that we can keep their eczema as much under control as possible so that they never do.

Dealing with bad eczema outbreaks is a very tough battle, that sometimes can affect the whole entire family, as was in our case.  Despite with how hard eczema has been on my brother, it appears that eczema is a very common and typical skin condition that lots of young children obtain.  In some cases, it can be a difficult fight, but for the most part it can be kept under control.  For us, monitoring their skin daily and using natural based solution creams has been very helpful in preventing major outbreaks and keeping the eczema under control.  What are some things that have worked for you and your family?

 

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About Malvina Beker

Malvina Beker is a Mom, a teacher, a writer, and a sociologist. She has a Masters degree in Sociology, a Bachelor of Education, and a background in child psychology and development. She has taught high school Family Studies, Parenting and Music courses, and has research experience through interviewing as well as surveys. She is a mother of two little girls that inspire her the most, and is always excited to share and exchange experiences and opinions with others.
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6 Responses to Battling Eczema: A Family Affair

  1. Majda Ficko says:

    Hello Malvina,
    Have you heard about a product called Baby Butz cream? Don’t let the name fool you…its an all-natural skin cream that has shown amazing results for baby eczema. It is licensed with an (NPN) as a Natural Health Product from Health Canada. How safe and effective is Baby Butz cream?…it is used in Canadian Hospitals by Neonatal nurses in the NICU wards for preemie babies and Pediatricians are handing out samples to their patients. Testimonials from Doctors, Nurses and moms can be found at http://www.babybutz.com

  2. Carol Boyle says:

    I know what you are going through! I don’t want this to seem salesy, but I work with the doctors who created ProActiv and they have an awesome skincare regimen to help with sensitive skin concerns like this. I have customers, both children and adults, who struggle with rosacia, eczema, and other skin conditions. They are using Rodan + Fields Dermatologists SOOTHE regimen and the results have been amazing! It really does work! For most, results are noticeable after the first use, if not first week. The active ingredients are Allantoin 0.5% and Dimethicone 2.9%. Visit my website, Click on “Products” and then click on “Real Results” to see a video of before and after photos with real people! https://carolboyle.myrandf.com Best wishes to your and your daughter.
    Carol

  3. Susan says:

    Feel free to contact me regarding what we have successfully done to rid people of
    eczema and rashes.

  4. Sarah Antos says:

    Malvina thank you for reaching out to the Linkedin community. I understand how devastating eczema can be and even more when your children are suffering from it. My husband is the only member of our family that has eczema and I am treating his two ways which is internally and externally. He is on our Lifepak Nano product which is a pharmaceutical grade comprehensive supplement with anti-inflammatory ingredients. I also have him on our body care products to calm the skin which are soap free and a high antioxidant body cream. He is off all steroids and doing quite well. He has been to several physicians trying to find out if this is systemic from foods or allergic reaction to external factors. I would recommend our G3 supplement for your child. It is juice that adults and children love and contains 4 super fruits all high in antioxidants. Between the internal and external approach hopefully we can help to solve his problem.
    Feel free to contact me at my personal email. s.antos@comcast.net
    I can provide details – clinicals, pdfs, for those wanting more. Our slogan is “all of the good and none of the bad”
    Sarah Antos
    Nu Skin Executive

  5. Hi Malvina,
    my son also had eczema, he is now 9 and its under control. These are some things that really helped us:
    avoiding synthetic clothing, cotton is best.
    avoiding soap, bubble bath and only using natural based cleanser, shampoo, sunscreen etc.
    keeping his body hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and giving him essential fatty acids such as fish oil/coconut oil.
    I actually had to change the brand of nappies i was using as well, they were making it worse.
    also be careful with which creams you put on it. one of the creams the doctor gave me was stinging him, first i thought he was overreacting, so put some on my eczema and it stung really bad! turns out it had propylene glycol in it – side effect: skin irritant.
    sorry I’ve gone on a bit, hope it helps good luck with your girls. :)

  6. Susan says:

    My company has a natural lotion that is formulated to deal with eczema with amazing results and amazingly priced. Please let me know if you want more information on it.

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