When you have a kid with an atopic skin condition, it is not easy to care for him or her.
Jamie is born with eczema and as he is growing up, it gets worse. This year in particular, after his chicken pox. His skin heals very slow and he develops rashes and itchiness all over his body.
He does not have any doctor or specialist to consult and look after his condition. Usually we just go to our normal GP for medicine and cream when he developed infection or skin rashes got worse.
Early this month, he developed a serious eczema; rashes all over his body. Some parts of body were covered with scratch marks due to him scratching. A friend recommended us to consult a dermatologist in Normah Hospital.
So I took him to the hospital one Monday morning but the dermatologist was only available in the afternoon. Since we were there and it was a long drive, I was advised to see a pediatrician.
So we went to the pediatrics department to see a pediatrician. The doctor diagnosed him with 'serious eczema but not infected'. He also advised for an allergy blood test to determine his allergy.
Thank God that Jamie was a brave boy, he went through his first blood taking without problem. We haven't know the result as it will only be known when we see the doctor next month.
And we went home with all the medicine and cream. In our next visit, doctor recommended us to use this new moisturising cream and taking an oral medicine for 2 weeks!! He would finish his medicine course by this weekend!!
Some TLC tips I learnt from the doctor:
- Use Aquacream in his bath. PH balance shampoo for his hair.
- After bath, do not wipe dry. Dab the towel to dry him.
- Apply moisturiser all over his body. If there is any rashes, apply oilment after skin is dry from applying moisturiser.
- Do not use warm water to bathe him. Mildly cold is better.
- Skin is very sensitive and eczema is genetic. Sensitive to any external trigger such as heat, dust, sweat, cold etc
- Wear 100% cotton. Shoes to be made from fabric, not rubber or plastic material.
- Drink more fluid and fruits as eczema kids tend to unable to retain water in their body.
- Washing machine could cause of skin allergy so washing your washine machine at least once a month.
- Use hypoallergenic detergent to wash the laundry.
- Early care is a prevention as serious and uncared eczema could lead to other complication in their lives such as asthma and skin disease etc.
Hope these tips are useful for parents with eczema children.
One week after the first visit