A few additional notes…
Discipline can be a hard one to implement to a little toddler when they have severe eczema. I learned that Mr. Ts emotions really affected his itching. If he got upset or angry he’d get hot and sweaty, making the itch worse, and then he scratched himself angrily making a vicious cycle that didn’t help his skin or his tantrum.
I’d just like to say, be patient 🙂 I’ve tried pre-empting his tantrums to avoid them in the first place, but I’m no super woman, so not each one can be avoided. Putting on scratch sleeves mid tantrum helped, and simply put, lots of love and calm talking. His life was hard enough in my eyes without needing to discipline him too much and when he’s better and ready things will fall into place, as well as the discipline. Keep calm & be patient 🙂
We have also discovered that our son is allergic to environmental triggers, not just food triggers. These include the following:
- Horses (the dust under their hair)
- Pollen (airborne)
- Hazelnut tree, birch, and fir tree pollen
- House dust mites (their poo actually)
- Bee and wasp stings
- The skin on his hands also get extrememly irritated if they come in contact with PVA glue during arts and crafts projects in school. An alternative to this so he doesn’t feel left out is using a pritt stick, where he can hold the plastic part and glue doesn’t get on his hands.
It is at times like these that we have an oral anti histamine on board for occasional use when our sons pollen and horse allergies affect him and he can’t stop sneezing and his eyes are watering from being outside.
When out in nature…
We recently took Mr. T into the park for an autumn cycle and within 3 minutes he was a teary swollen red eyed mess with hives all over his face and he couldn’t even see. It took some detective work, but we realised that due to pollen not usually being a big trigger on the day after rain, it had to be a different reason. Fresh chestnuts/conkers were falling off the trees in the park, and a lot had fallen onto the grassy areas that had just been mown. The chestnuts on the grass had been obliterated but their little particles were now in the air all over the park flaring up Mr. T’s tree nut allergy. Luckily his breathing was still ok so an epi pen wasn’t needed, but some anti histamine, a bath, cooling face cloths and rest helped settle him again once we got home.
At age two we still had a few hurdles to conquer with Mr. T, and one of them was his hands. As you can see in the gallery, he basically looked like a normal boy provided he had the right environment around him. At one point he had approx. 20 warts on one hand, and 30 on the other, but with our herbalists treatment (see alternative therapies tab) these all disappeared. He also lost several finger nails twice from the root which was quiet uncomfortable for him. Our GP put it down to being linked with atopic eczema and recommended various treatments including those for fungal mould infections but unfortunately none of these helped.
I still have a lot to learn about the relationship between mould and eczema and asthma, but at age four, Mr. T now has significantly less problems with his hands than before. For his fourth birthday he moved into his own room, which was furthest away from the bathroom and the improvement seen in his hands and asthma are substancial. Bathrooms contain mould even if the naked eye can’t see it. Shower tiles and seals, walls behind cabinets, etc, can all contain mould. He still has dry scaly skin on his hands at times, and sometimes even sores but these are now only relative to what he touches outside his home environment and how ‘safe’ his school environment is. They get easily irrited by food, drink, (especially citrus) and outside-the-home chemicals but the move into his own room and the teamwork between myself and his school teacher and cleaner have made his hands a lot better. He spends four hours a day in his school and after meetings with the school staff, they now clean his classroom and school bathroom with non detergent products that I have supplied for them.
Very often eczema babies ‘grow’ out of eczema only to then end up with asthma. We tried our best efforts to help our son not develop this condition, but unfortunately he still ended up developing it. In 2015 at the age of 2 and a half he was prescribed a brown inhaler once a day as a preventative, and a blue one in case he needed extra help in case of a cold, allergens or similar triggers. In May 2015 he was rushed to A&E having an asthma attack at which point my husband thought we had lost him, and all asthma treatments were stepped up and an asthma action plan was put in place. Naturally as parents we were both incredibly scared and dissapointed that we couldn’t have prevented this further. We followed the advice given to us by our GP and treated our sons asthma as prescribed, and are delighted to say however that there seems to be an improvement on his asthmatic condition this year where both his brown and blue inhalers are only needed when he gets an occasional cold. A lot of this improvement is due to moving Mr. T into his own room which is further away from our bathroom than our bedroom was. Being away from the dampness and potential mould has dramatically improved his asthma and lungs. Our GP has stated that if we didn’t follow the lifestyle changes we do, then his asthma would be a lot worse than it is and he would have to be on constant medication so I am glad we can at least lessen this condition with the elimination of detergents and minimisation of mould/damp exposure, even if we could not fully prevent it.