Looking Forward to 2017

With eczema and food allergies

Well that was an interesting year, wasn’t it? Like many of you we’re glad to be through it mostly, and looking forward to a happy and healthy 2017.

However, there has been some good news this last year for families affected by eczema and food allergies, so I thought it would be nice to do a quick round-up of the big ones, in the interests of celebration and optimism.

Eczema treatments

In the field of eczema, we have some exciting new treatments in the pipeline, that we hope might become available and be good for some of us over the coming years; along with some very interesting research projects:

Research

Scarring

And for anyone with severe scarring, this looks amazing.  Perhaps it’s not something that will ever be used in our arena, but the development itself, in which someone’s own skin’s stem cells are used to rebuild skin fills me with hope.

Food allergies

And on the food allergies side, we have new research too:

It feels like an exciting time with real breakthroughs being made in both the field of eczema treatment and in the food allergy arena, and we’re hoping 2017 is as fruitful.

As ever, we hope to be picking up on the big stories throughout the coming year and keeping you up to date with all the new changes in research and development on eczema and food allergies.  Please do share your stories and experiences with us too.

In the meantime, I hope you have a happy and scratch-free 2017.

 

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Financial Stresses on families with eczema and allergies

There are financial stresses on us all, and right now is probably the worst time to think about them; while we’re all planning Christmas – presents and celebrations, pantomimes, and open houses. It all adds up and can become excruciatingly expensive.

But for families with any sort of condition or illness to cope with, the normal, day-to-day expenses can be significantly greater than for the rest of us.

I thank my stars that our experience of both eczema and allergies are relatively minor compared to what some families suffer and yet the costs associated with the girls’ conditions do pile up. We can’t scrimp on treatments or choose not to do them until the next month, because it puts their health at risk.

There have been times when we have had to decide to focus on getting well and healing at the cost of something we would really love to have or do.  We are very lucky that for us, it has never meant resorting to borrowing or food banks, but I know that for many that is the case.

Before I had my children, it just wasn’t something I considered or factored in. I guess few people ‘expect’ to have a child with a condition like eczema.

I would estimate that we spend at least £500 a year on treatments, clothes, creams, and therapies.  It would be more if we tried everything that we thought might help, such as salt therapy, allergy testing and trips to Avene.

And of course, I own an eczema shop, so have access to some testers and lots of good information.

I know many families that simply don’t have the money for extras and are completely reliant on GP’s to prescribe all treatments.

Here are just a few of the extras that we budget for:

  • Creams – the ones that work for us are not available on prescription
  • Bamboo and Pure cotton clothing, and bedding
  • Allergy-free mattresses and pillows or dust mite covers
  • Specialist vacuum cleaners, that get the dust mites
  • Natural detergents for washing clothes
  • Extra electricity – air drying clothes in summer is no good if suffer from airborne allergies
  • Having a water softener installed
  • Chemical and allergen-free shampoos, conditioners, soaps, cleaning products,
  • Work days lost from nursery/school ringing you because child is unwell/itchy

What have we missed?  How do you do it?  Do you put aside something each month or just deal with it as it comes up?

I would love to hear how other families manage it.

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Managing Eczema and Allergies at Christmas.

Most of us are absolutely used to the everyday differences that eczema or allergies can bring to family life.  But it’s very tricky at Christmas time to manage it all, for lots of reasons.  We might be away from our own home, and creature comforts.  There may be new environmental hazards that we can’t control.  We don’t have every treatment or potion right at hand.

We have also had to manage parties and events where children (and adults) are affected by other allergies than those that we are familiar with.  So, I thought it would be useful to put together a Christmas checklist of all the things we should check before hosting a family Christmas.  Useful for visitors and hosts alike I hope.

Get Togethers

  • If there are severe food allergies, it’s worth warning everyone in advance – for instance a short note to everyone explaining the allergy and its severity along with any absolute MUSTS, such as please don’t eat peanuts before our event
  • If you are hosting someone with food allergies, find out what is and what’s not okay – people are usually very happy to bring their own food if there’s something that wont suit them, but hang back from doing so as it can be embarrassing.
  • It may be that although someone can’t eat something, it’s okay for them to be in a room with it.  But this needs checking as it will depend on the severity of the allergy.
  • Is there a pet allergy?  Will family/friends mind shutting the pet in a separate part of the house for the duration of the visit?

Gifts

I appreciate that this is a hard one, as no-one wants to appear grabby, but I know that our family not only want to give gifts to the girls, they want them to be good ones that they will enjoy, so they do appreciate a little guidance.

  • Avoid anything but natural fibres if you are buying clothes or textiles for people affected by eczema or skin allergies.
  • Don’t buy perfumes, soaps, cosmetics, bubble baths, face paints or lip-balms for people with eczema.
  • Clays and crafts can also be allergens – these are probably worth just checking with the parent.
  • Foods, especially high sugar or very processed food are often not good for children with eczema and very difficult for a parent to take away.
  • Avoid selection boxes, chocolate boxes or chocolate ornaments for people with food allergies – any sniff of a nut in there for someone with a nut allergy, and their Christmas is all over.

Decorations

We all love to make our house ‘Christmassy’ but this can be a minefield for someone with severe allergies.  Be careful with:

  • Natural table decorations which may include nuts seeds and other allergens.  I know some us are even allergic to pine…
  • Check before using plug in perfumes or diffusers
  • Check before using any sprayable decoration, such as window ‘snow’.

Just in case

  • Make sure your medical kit is well stocked and includes an antihistamine
  • Double check that you’ve packed 2 epipens.

Image detailing the things you might want to consider if hosting or attending a party where there's an eczema or allergy sufferer

 

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Eczema hands and weaning a baby

A post for Everything for Eczema from Healthy Little Frugals

Eczema has always been part of my life, though its intensity has varied a lot over the years. When I was a child, my hands, knees and arms were badly affected, and I can still remember not being allowed anywhere near a sandpit because of my bandaged hands. I was lucky that most of my symptoms had eased up significantly by the time I started school, and apart from the occasional outbreak, I could keep my eczema largely at bay without using steroid creams.

During my first pregnancy, my skin was as good as can be and I had hardly any eczema related symptoms. A few months’ post- birth, however, it was a very different story. Whether it was a change in hormones, a sudden new reaction to certain foods (my diet had not changed), or just bad luck, the skin inside both my palms became extremely dry and itchy. It happened overnight. I tried to manage with a range of over the counter moisturisers, but with no effect.

I started to dread washing my hands (which, with a new baby, seems to happen every 3 minutes approximately), as they were raw, sore and my movements were restricted by painful cracks. Simple things such as opening all my fingers at the same time brought blood to my hands and tears to my eyes. In the initial baby haze, I was too caught up in my baby and being a new mum to take my skin problems seriously, and rather optimistically I assumed that things would somehow get better by themselves.

As those with children will know, the amount of hand washing you do with a precious new baby in your life is unprecedented. There are countless nappy changes, bath time, and the general ‘every germ is out there to get your baby’ paranoia, where washing your hands becomes the main weapon for protecting their innocent little immune systems.

With all that in mind, my eczema was just about manageable until we reached the 6-month mark, and a new adventure into early parenthood began: weaning and solid foods.

I don’t need to tell anyone who suffers from eczema just how painful it is to handle certain foods (citrus fruits, onions, tomatoes), combined with the added dryness from the over-cautious hand washing, when you already have highly irritated skin. Holding a burning hot piece of coal in the palm of your hand is the closest I can come to describing it, and to then repeat this ‘experience’ countless times every day.

weaning with eczema, an image of a mother and child's hands and the Everything for Eczema logo.

Not only was I preparing different snacks and meals for my baby about 5-6 times a day, but I was also careful that every piece of food I gave her was as clean as can be, on an equally sparkling clean plate, with her own hands being washed all the time as well. Unsurprisingly, all this additional exposure to food and water meant that the skin on my hands went from bad to worse.

One of my first points of contact was my GP; however, I didn’t find the advice I was given particularly helpful. After taking one quick look at my hands, I was given some Aveeno samples and sent on my way.

On my second trip the doctors, this time with a different and more understanding GP, I was prescribed a mild steroid cream. Even though I didn’t want to use it, largely out of fear that some steroid components might filter through to baby through breastfeeding, I gave in, and luckily for me, the cream did its job very quickly.

Once my skin had improved, I tried to find ways to prevent the problem from coming back. Finding a (non-steroid) cream that was suitable for breastfeeding and had restorative ingredients became a game changer.

I started with a GP prescribed hand moisturiser that, despite smelling rather unpleasant, was brilliant. I have since done a lot more research, and come across many products online that for me, are a lot more effective than most big-branded creams from supermarkets and drug stores.

What has also been very useful to me was to purchase some gloves for everyday use at home. Whilst this might sound a little strange, I highly recommend them to anyone with sore hands, as I noticed a huge improvement shortly after using both latex and cotton gloves.

The latex gloves are pretty much exclusively for use in the kitchen, as they act as a second layer of skin, under which you can apply your moisturiser, and then get on with it – chopping, cooking, and cleaning without exposing your skin to water and food.

They also have the added benefit of making you feel a bit like a surgeon! I know not everyone can use latex as it can be an allergen, but if you can, I would strongly recommend them.

The cotton gloves helped overnight. I would wear them over a thick layer of moisturiser which would give my sore hands some precious time to heal.

These little life-hacks made a huge difference for me, and I made sure that after baby number 2, I made most from my new eczema knowledge and paid more attention to my skin from the start. We are nine months into life with a (weaned!) baby and toddler, and so far, my skin seems to hold up well.

B x

Healthy Little Frugals

Healthy Family Cooking on a Budget – eat well, spend little, be healthy!

 

 

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The Christmas gifts that keep on giving (gifts for an eczema or allergy child)

Present ideas for an eczema or allergy child

It’s that time of year again when all my relatives are asking what the girls want for Christmas.  I would love to pretend that all they want is family and world peace and that we don’t really get into the orgy of consumerism that is Christmas in this country, but the reality is somewhat different.

Perfumes and lipbalm

Miss T from Everything for eczema with an eczema flare up caused by a nylon sleep mask.  A sore, red rash under her eyes.

Miss T – the youngest of the EfE clan, has just turned 9 and is beginning to be more interested in perfume and pretties.  She’s an outdoorsy, sciency kid, and loves nothing more than making her own concoctions with petals and a pestle and mortar, and would adore a stash of natural oils and waxes to make her own perfume and lip balm.

She would also love a replacement sleep mask, after I had to take away the one she was using, due to a recent eczema flare up across her eyes.  I’m still not sure if it was simply the nylon or the soap powder it had been washed in (she had bought it from a charity shop).

Natural fibres

But if she has a sleep mask, it must be silk or bamboo and its likely she would be allergic to natural oils in a lip balm set too (I am).  Even grinding up grass and leaves can set her allergies off in the summer although I’m not so mean as to stop all potion making generally.

Christmas can be a bit of a minefield for us, as well-meaning family love to give gorgeous, much wanted pressies to the girls, which they simply cannot have.

Previously confiscated Christmas gifts include

  • A box of quality street – Russian roulette in our house where we have a severe nut allergy
  • Face paints – Nightmare
  • Nickel jewellery
  • Dress up polyester
  • Bubble bath and ‘beauty’ products
  • Bath crayons and playdoh
  • Polyester nighties and pyjamas – often with branded pictures that they would love

Eczema & allergy flare-up risks

I am the Grinch. Snatching these goodies away.  I’ve tried letting family and friends know that some things just aren’t OK – but it’s not easy to do this without causing offense.  I’m sticking to my guns this year though.  Two nights in polyester nightie can mean a month of sleepless nights in our house and don’t get me started on face paints…

Your tips on a happy eczema & allergy Christmas

How do you manage Christmas?  Are you prescriptive about gifts, detailing exactly the thing the children want?  Do you take your own food to family gatherings?  Please share your hints and tips for making it work for you.  We would love to hear from you.

 

 

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Ten signs of an eczema family

There are a few ways I can now sleuth-out an eczema family at school, before I see any tell-tale physical signs.

This is just a bit of fun really, but got me thinking about what else I could add.  Please do add yours to the list too?Spotting fellow eczema families - they don't wear man made fibres.  An image of a sock

  • EVERY single label has been cut out of your children’s clothing.
  • You only wear natural fibres – you’ve spent hundreds of hours searching for 100% cotton socks!
  • You ask for your child to be sat away from the radiator in winter and away from the open window in summer.
  • Your bathroom is stacked full of tubs of cream.
  • Even the word ‘summer’ fills you with dread.
  • Your fridge is full of oat milk, rice milk, coconut milk….anything but dairy.
  • You know how to say nuts/eggs/dairy in ten different languages.
  • You carry a HUGE bag around everywhere – epipen, antihistamine, eczema balm –  tick.
  • You can hear your child scratching through three rooms with all the doors shut.
  • Steam comes out of your ears when you’re asked for the tenth time that day if you’ve ever tried goat’s milk.

 

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Autumn with Eczema

We woke this morning to drizzle, and it’s still raining at nearly eleven o clock.  Depressing, right?  Not for us.  We look forward to the cooler nights and the coming of Autumn is always a celebration at Everything for Eczema HQ.

The girls are back at school.  Loving seeing their friends and confronting the new challenges that school

Our Soothe eczema pyjamas - for children and adults too

brings.  Just as importantly, I’m confident that their new teachers are all up to speed on their various allergies and a care plan is in place.

Hot and sticky evenings are an eczema-mum’s nemesis, as hot and sticky means no sleep for Miss T.  Which also means no sleep for me.  I’ve tried keeping the windows open at night through the summer but it just meant that the itching and sneezing starts even earlier as the pollen floats in on the morning breeze.

And as we all know, the heat increases the itch. Which for many of us means we scratch more and so the cycle begins. So summer nights can be a bit ARRGGGHHHH.

Anyway, I’m glad it’s getting cooler now and I’m looking forward to the fireworks next weekend and baked tatties that come with Autumn.  And putting on those PJs too!

I love the change of seasons, but each one brings a different challenge when you have eczema and allergies.

Is your eczema improved in the sun – I appreciate there are many families who welcome it? Like much of this eczema stuff – it’s different for everyone.  But for us, (without being ungrateful, because it was an excellent one), we’re kind of glad that summers out.

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Is your shampoo making your eczema worse?

We often hear from adults with eczema who are looking for a shampoo that doesn’t irritate their itchy, sensitive scalps.  Perhaps not surprising when the back of a shampoo bottle often reads like a chemical soup of unpronounceable ingredients.  Which is why we love the website Dandruff Deconstructed which was set up by Chris whose eczema first appeared as an adult.  Here he tell us what to look out for when shopping for hair care products…

Chris from Dandruff Deconstructed

It wasn’t until my adult life that I developed eczema.  I’ve had trouble with my skin for as long as I can remember unfortunately but eczema didn’t rear its ugly head until my 30s.  However when it did arrive, it arrived with a bang.  I’d developed atopic eczema and my first outbreak was very severe.  My fingers and toes blistered so badly it looked like I’d dipped them in hot oil.

Unfortunately my first dermatologist wasn’t the best and said it’s “eczema or psoriasis or something like that”.  These weren’t enlightened times.

As it turns out I suffer from two forms of eczema; atopic eczema and seborrheic dermatitis.  I also suffer from rosacea but it took over a decade for all three to be diagnosed.  It was during these times of uncertainty that I decided to take matters into my own hands.  I knew that my skin products were having an impact, particularly shampoos, and I started to study the ingredients.  Before this I had been relying on labels such a Fragrance Free, Natural/Organic, Hypoallergenic, Dermatologist Tested or Gentle. Unfortunately all of these phrases are marketing nonsense.  Fragrance Free might just mean that there is no perceptible smell because masking agents have been used to hide it.   Natural ingredients can be just as harmful and irritable as artificial ones.  Hypoallergenic means absolutely nothing!  Dermatologist Tested means nothing at all unless the dermatologist is a good guy.  Gentle is a meaningless description – what is it or the ingredients gentle at?

So unfortunately I couldn’t rely on the headline marketing messages.  As a result, I started to compile a list of the known allergens and irritants commonly found in my shampoos and the results have been staggering.   I have found over 100 ingredients that are known contact allergens or irritants.  I’ve listed them all on a dandruff shampoo review site called Dandruff Deconstructed

Dry, itchy scalp

For every shampoo we’ll scan for these ingredients and warn our readers what allergens the shampoo contains.  Recently we added a search function whereby readers can search for shampoos that are free from particular allergens they may be sensitive to.

 

Over 100 allergens is a lot to digest and so if I were to recommend allergens and irritants to particularly watch out for then I’d go for the following:

Fragrances

There are over 2500 different types of chemicals that can go into creating a fragrance.  Rather unhelpfully the manufacturers will often list just “perfume”.  Meaning in many cases we are unaware what effect the fragrance will have.  The EU now insists that 26 chemicals must be listed separately because they can cause such bad allergic reactions in folk.  Linalool and Limonene are two fragrances to particularly watch for from that list as they are so common.

Sulfates

The sulfates will help give your shampoo or shower gel a dense, luxurious foam.  They are also very good cleaners too.   They are often added to toothpastes.  And engine cleaners.  Unfortunately they will often strip your skin of all it’s natural oils leading to dry skin, and in some cases cause an allergic reaction.  A lot of manufacturers nowadays will label if the product is SLS free (meaning it is free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – the harshest of the sulfates).  However the manufacturers will often replace them with Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS) and/or Ammonium Laureth Sulfate (ALES).  These are typically considered less harmful than SLS but they’re still pretty harsh ingredients.  Try to find sulfate free shampoos if you think these are causing a reaction.

Formaldehyde Releasers

To help preserve our products, manufacturers will often add formaldehyde releasing chemicals.  Yes, the stuff used to preserve corpses.  Needless to say it’s a pretty harsh preservative and will cause a reaction in some of us.  Unfortunately there’s a few of these to watch out for but the three most common in my experience are Quaternium-15, DMDM Hydantoin and Imidurea.

Cocamidopropyl Betaine

This ingredient is in almost all bottles these days.  The American Contact Dermatitis Society named this the Allergen of the Year in 2004.  It’s extremely tough to find a shampoo or shower gel without it at the moment.

Kathon CG

An unpronounceable chemical called Methylisothiazolinone won Contact Allergen of the Year in 2013.  The manufacturers often add this with the equally unpronounceable Methylchloroisothiazolinone.  Combined they are called Kathon GC. Kathon CG caused major headlines in the UK in 2013 for causing, and I quote, an “epidemic of contact dermatitis cases”. The European Cosmetics Trade Association told its members to remove MI from skin products. A number of manufacturers have already promised to remove this from all products but not all have yet.

Alcohols

There are two types of alcohols added to a shampoo.  Some are actually beneficial and some are bad.  The bad ones are called short chain alcohols and will dry your skin in most cases and cause can cause allergic reactions.  The two most common of these are probably Ethyl Alcohol and Ethanol.  Some manufacturers will label their products as alcohol free.  They are probably your best bet if you’re worried about this one.

What's actually in your shampoo?

This isn’t a definitive list by any means.  This is a complex and sometimes controversial area but my take home would be, we need to be incredibly vigilant as to what we are putting on our skin.

 

 

 

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A Naturopathic approach to treating eczema.

Today we hear from Dr Duong, a naturopathic doctor whose experience of growing up with eczema has led her to look at a more natural way of treating skin conditions.

Dr Duong

When I was around 4 years old, I started to experience eczema as red, angry,weepy, flakey, rashes around my body.  I was very self-conscious of these rashes and they were so painful, especially when I scratched till my skin broke open.  I cringe now thinking about going into water, the chlorinated pools and even the ocean.  It seemed like me and my environment didn’t mix and I wondered why I had to suffer so severely while all the other kids had clear skin, could wear short-sleeved shirts, and could play without a care.

My life with eczema also included frustrating visits to the dermatologist
office where I received different cortisone creams each time, all carrying with them
the false hope of relief and a solution to my skin condition.  When it was time for me
to choose a career, I knew I had the compassionate heart to care for others as a
doctor, but the idea of pushing pills and suppressing symptoms didn’t resonate with
me. Then, I found naturopathic medicine and I knew the foundation of this
approach would fuel my passion to help others and treat the cause of disease.   I
could also be myself because I believed in what I was doing and I could teach others
by the clarity of my own experience.  It was in medical school I learned the
knowledge and tools to treat eczema as multi-faceted condition.   This is what I call
the 5 pillars of treating inflammatory skin conditions and here they are!

Dr. Duong’s 5 Pillars of Treating Eczema:

1. Nutrition – eating the most nutrient dense foods to nourish the body and mind, including juicing, cultured foods, and an anti-inflammatory diet.  Eating lots of vegetables and fruits gives your body the proper building blocks to heal and regenerate.

Choose nutrient dense foods

2. Detoxification and Therapeutic exercise – movement that promotes the
detoxification of the lymphatic system and liver congestion.  The lymphatic
system is often discounted, but this the seat of your immune system with
white blood cells and lymphocytes needing to move in order to keep your
body healthy and disease free.  Your liver is also one of the most important
organs for detoxification.  If the liver is overburdened by the toxicity from
the environment and processed food as well as the negative thoughts that we
think, the body will utilize the skin to eliminate toxic waste.  This manifests
as inflammatory skin conditions, including eczema.

3. Microbial terrain – clearing the overgrowth of yeast, fungus and other
pathogenic bacteria and rebuilding the intestinal tract with healthy bacteria.
Many sufferers of eczema and other skin conditions have a condition called
leaky gut, where the integrity of the intestinal tract has become
compromised and normal assimilation of nutrients does not occur.  This
allows yeast, fungus and other pathogenic bacteria to become overgrown and
cause more toxic burden to the body, which again tries to leave through the
skin as eczema.

4. Emotional health – becoming clear and complete with past issues,
traumas, guilt, shame and cultivating a positive, kind, and generous attitude
towards life.  Your emotional health is greatly tied to the condition of your
body so making sure that the relationship to yourself and the relationship
with others is positive and healthy.


5. Rest and Relaxation – the importance of sleep, meditation, yoga, qi gong,
and enjoying your time.  Often time, children and adults with eczema are
agitated, they want to itch and scratch and the physical and emotional toll of
the skin condition is very exhausting.  By healing the body through the 5
pillars, our skin heals, there’s less agitation and deep rest can be achieved
through sleep and during our everyday activities.

Dr Duong

Dr. Amy Duong completed her Naturopathic Doctorate at
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona,
where she also learned Acupuncture.  She offers general
naturopathic care with a special focus on skin disorders including eczema, acne and psoriasis as well as anxiety, depression, digestive concerns and general wellness.  Currently, Dr. Duong has her home base in Connecticut where she sees many lovely patients of all ages with common skin conditions and other medical concerns in her naturopathic medical practice.  She also shares her expertise with people across the
country and overseas through phone and Skype consultations.  Visit www.naturalskindr.com for more information on her approach to skin care.

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Eczema clothing for the whole family…

When Emily told us that her sleep was being disturbed by both her husband and her daughter’s scratching we decided to send over some of gorgeous eczema clothing to see if we could help the whole family get a better nights sleep….

Elianah and her daddy in their eczema clothing.

My daughter Elianah loves to dance. To her toy piano, her daddy’s guitar playing, music at baby groups, the coffee grinder, washing machine and even the toilet flush! She will hear a beat in anything and simply can’t help herself, swaying from side to side, bopping up and down, clapping her hands and nodding her head as she goes. All this makes for tiring work, and at baby groups my content, dancing little girl quickly becomes overheated, scratching and frustrated. The change is sudden. Friends that know Elianah, help me try and distract her little hands. Other mums at groups look sorry her. These times usually end with me stripping off her layers to cool her down, grabbing wet towels from the bathroom and wrapping them around her arms. The party inevitably ending in tears.

There’s another scenario that often plays out in my home. My husband will be getting ready to go to work and will often ask me, “Was it a bad night last night?” Now, you would think with a 13 month baby, he was referring to the number of night feeds or wake ups we had. Rather, his skin burning as he goes through his cream routine in the morning, he is wondering how much damage was caused by scratching the previous night.

As an adult, in the daytime he can exercise more self control than our daughter, and stop himself scratching or use strategies to distract himself. However, the night is more vulnerable for eczema sufferers.

So, when I received some clothing by Everything for Eczema for my husband and daughter, I felt genuine relief and gratitude. That might sound over the top but it takes a real empathy for living with eczema, a true understanding of the frustration and pain it can bring, to design practical clothing for those who suffer in their itchy little worlds.

Mittens flipped closed to stop scratching.

For my daughter, the flip mitten bodysuit was perfect for the singing and dancing time at baby group this week. During the morning, she had worn the suit with the sleeves folded back, showing off the pretty design. Then, when her fingers got the itch, I simply pulled the sleeves over the top of her hands. The outer layer is silk, so although the vest is quite a thick cotton, she was immediately cooled down. As the sleeves are quick and fuss free to fold over or back, once Elianah was distracted by the music again, I could give her her hands back.

Mittens open!

When I get her from her nap times during the day, her first instinct is to have a good scratch of her head and up her arms. Being able to leave the mittens folded over her hands meant we avoided the post wake up scratching frenzy. By the time we had got downstairs to her toys, I was able to fold back the mittens and give her a book to occupy her hands.

 

 

My husband is our daughter’s comrade in their eczema battle. They know what it means to feel physically uncomfortable in their own skin. Little things make such a big difference. After a few nights of wearing the SOOTHE Bamboo pyjamas, both my husband and I have noticed a difference.

flip mittens to prevent night-time scratching

For me, I now only have one person breaking my sleep, while my husband hasn’t had to ask me what kind of night he had. The fold over mittens were immediately useful keeping his hands free from scratching without feeling trapped. However, the enclosed feet were a feature he was more impressed by. Toenails, apparently,are a handy accomplice in scratching the itch at nighttime. Although my husband only uses 100% cotton clothing, his normal pyjamas still leave his feet free to scratch. The bamboo fabric of these pyjamas were even more soothing and soft to the skin than cotton.

Eczema pyjamas with enclosed feet

The attention to detail in the design of both these products, including labels on the outside, easily adaptable mittens, and the carefully chosen fabrics, have really made a difference. My daughter has been able to dance and clap quite contentedly, and my husband’s sleep has been significantly helped. Finding the right clothing for eczema sufferers not only soothes skin and relieves an itch, but for us, can give a good night’s sleep, allow a little girl to play with her friends, and give a mother and wife a well needed rest from anxiety and ease to her family’s eczema care routine. In a phrase… Highly recommend.

 

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