Where it all began
In the early months of 2013 our little four month old boy, Mr. T, had been diagnosed with severe infantile eczema and had numerous suspected food allergies. His eczema was so bad that at one point the only part of normal skin on his body was his bum and his chin. The rest was scaly, sore, dry, and in some areas with open and infected sores. His cradle cap went from his eyebrows right to the back of his head. His eczema was worse in areas where he sweated (elbows, knees, underarms) and where he was scratching (calves, belly) and also on his cheeks.
He couldn’t sleep at night as he was so itchy and uncomfortable and spent day & night trying to scratch and rub himself. He was vomiting so much due to his allergies that even our public health nurse was horrified, but we would have to go through a whole process before we knew exactly what he was allergic to. He was exhausted, irritated and angry at never being able to sit still or lie down and relax, and having a sore belly all the time. The only time he seemed to relax was when he had a warm bath, and for that ten minutes he would bliss out and nearly fall asleep.
All through this he still managed to be a sweet little baby that smiled whenever he could and had a budding character just waiting to come out.
We were desperate, exhausted, and searching for someone to help our sick little boy. The only options that our doctor had was steroids and antibiotics, we knew that couldn’t be a long term solution, and their side effects were not welcome. We were told the usual – that babies grow out of it, but the fact the doctors knew so little about eczema, and had so little means of curing it made us realise there must be more we could do. Eczema babies often turn into kids with asthma, another condition we wanted to see if we could prevent. We didn’t want to wait years until he grew out of it and watch him suffer along the way or be covered in creams and lotions that were only masking the symptoms instead of addressing the cause.. Other avenues would surely find answers to the hundreds of questions and fears we had.
Finally, one night while trailing the internet for any clues, I stumbled upon two websites that have changed our lives. These websites are the story of how two mothers solved their babys eczema naturally, and learned a lot along the way. They had me in tears of desperation and joy the first night reading them. We were at the start of a steep learning curve .
I thank their authors, A.J. and Andrea from the bottom of my heart. Where would we be without them.
Before you begin
If you have a baby or child suffering from eczema or asthma then I would highly recommend reading them especially the ‘solve eczema’ one as this has the most relevant information. Understanding this website is the prologue to our experience, and to reading this site, as I could not relay all the information in them here myself. It would be too long, and also it is A.J. that did all the research and has all the knowledge. I simply learned what I needed from her site, and followed it up with our own experience to make our Mr. T’s life better.
So please, before you start any actions, read ‘solve eczema’ at least. It will change yours and your babies life for the better.
Now, four years on, we have a healthy, happy boy, who when you look at him looks just like an average little cheeky toddler. Granted, there is still the lifestyle change we went through to make it happen that we have to upkeep, but I can proudly say that we, Tom and I, along with help of brilliant friends, family, and therapists have made our Mr. T the way he is today.
I would like to share our findings with you, after all it is on a site like this that we first learned about how we could help our son. Every case of infantile eczema is so unique and personal, what works for one may not work for another, but maybe, just maybe, there might be an idea here that could help you if you are in the same boat we were.
The way we have managed to conquer Mr. T’s conditions may not work for your child, but there is certainly a lot more to eczema than we all first thought. Keeping an open mind, using common sense, and being willing to put in the hard work will pay off in the end. Also, trial and error of experimenting with different products and buying from different retailers can be expensive so maybe a pointer in the right direction could save you a few bob.
Here I also need to state that I am not a doctor. I am studying an advanced course in Nutrition Therapy, (how to heal your body down to a cellular level with food) in my own time but I have no medical qualifications. We relied on medical advice given by professionals in both western medicine and holistic therapies & practicioners, and of course – common sense. If at any stage I was in doubt about anything I went to our GP. Though some methods of treatment we undertook may not have been categorised under ‘modern western medicine’, I would not have attempted anything if my GP had advised me against it.
Under no circumstances should you put your childs life in danger, or experiment with anything if you do not know what you are doing. Every child is different, and reacts differently to different methods of treatment. What works for us may not work for you, but I live in hope that maybe this site can help someone. A parent in the same situation as we were, helpless, at our wits end, and searching for any ideas that could help and ease our little boys anger and suffering.
Thank you to everyone for reading and sharing this. I really appreciate it, and please, spread the word. We can only keep trying to combat this, and our little ones need our help. They need us to widen our perspectives past what doctors just diagnose as ‘incurable infantile eczema’. I now know there are triggers for eczema. Environmental pollution and chemicals are so much a part of every day life in industrialised western society, and it is here where most cases of eczema lie, and they are always increasing.
Thank you also to those people that have been there for us. The first three years of his life were an incredibly difficult time, physically and emotionally. Now, he’s nearly five years old, and life has gotten more focused on normality rather than survival. The lifestyle changes we have made have been integrated into our everyday lives, and our focus is to try enjoy each other more and be thankful that we have come this far. Words, certainly in writing, cannot express how thankful I am to those that helped me still remain on two feet to this day, especially Tom and my mum. Thank you for helping me stay strong. xxxxxx