Our Tried & Tested Eczema Treatments

*Disclaimer
These products worked for us but may not necessarily work for you, therefore please don’t take my word as a guarantee that you will see results from the same products we’ve had success with. 

I wrote a post about this same subject last year when my boy was suffering pretty terribly with his eczema. It was a side effect of his Dairy Intolerance, as well as an allergy of his that had just gotten so out of control we needed medical intervention.

He was prescribed several different steroid creams/ ointments and was referred to dermatologists who quite frankly were stumped at why it wasn’t clearing, but with lots of stress and perseverance we eventually got on top of it. The routine we have now is one we’ve had for a while and despite there being some sporadic and expected flare ups, we can usually calm it down and stop it in its tracks pretty quickly.

So for those of you out there going through this with your children, I thought I’d share the tried and tested methods we have used to successfully keep our boys eczema at bay.

Let’s start with what we wash our boy with. When we bath Matthew we use a small drop of this in the water to make bubbles, as well as using it to wash him from head to toe. We tried Dove baby products which were good, but even those would dry his skin out a bit. Child’s Farm Hair & Body Wash however, is the winner. It smells delicious and lathers beautifully on his skin and hair, leaving everything squeaky clean.

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Once he’s washed we use a combination of products. These are a mixture of the Child’s Farm Baby Moisturiser, Child’s Farm Baby Oil and Oilatum Cream. I find that the Child’s Farm products are really good generally speaking to moisturise and hydrate his skin, whereas the Oilatum is really good for using on Eczema patches for an extra layer of protection.

Finally, and not forgetting how important this part is, we use a nappy cream on Matthews bottom. He get’s quite bad flare ups in this area and given the fact that it’s covered for the biggest majority of the day with an often wet and dirty nappy, we feel it’s necessary to try and protect it. We tried a lot of different creams for this and two in particular always gave the best results. Sudocrem and Asda’s own Nappy Cream. If I’m being honest, I actually feel like they’re the same product in different packaging so being a family on a budget we opted to use the cheaper of the two.

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There you have it. Yes there are a lot of Child’s Farm products, but the proof is in the pudding and those are the ones that work. It took us a while to start seeing proper results from the things we were trying, but if I could offer any advice it would be that it generally doesn’t happen overnight. Continue to use the products on a daily basis and I’m hopeful that you will see results like we did.

These are a few photographs I took with my phone of the last flare up he had and how it was after a couple of days using this treatment method.

Hope this was helpful lovelies.

Take care,

D x

 

 

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Sensory Overload

It’s Wednesday when I’m writing this and I’m not long home from my son Matthews toddlers class. It’s a special needs group run by his Speech & Language Therapist, some Occupational Therapists and Early Childhood Assistants. He’s been there for over a year now and it’s made such a huge difference in his and our lives.

The only downside I’d say is that it’s exhausting for him.

Now, I know it’s only 60 minutes, but for the entire day after class as well as the following day he is just knackered.

Which made me think… How much effort is his little brain having to make to concentrate on what he’s doing for that hour.

We sing songs, we play with toys, we stretch and we practice basic communication skills. Nothing too strenuous. Yet my boy leaves class yawning and grumpy as if his little brain is bursting at the seams.

I’ve noticed that this has gradually become worse as he’s gotten older and after speaking to a few mummies of kids on the spectrum they agreed with me that it’s simply a case of ‘Sensory Overload’.

He tries so hard to get involved and pay attention to what’s going on in class, that his brain gets over-stimulated and works harder to “fit it all in” so to speak. As much as it pains me that one little hour a week takes so much energy from him, I’m also thankful for the class and all that its given my boy.

I know I’m not speaking for all parents of special needs kids when I say this, but I will be forever grateful for the services available to Matthew. He is lucky enough to have a team of amazing medical/ support staff who are 100% dedicated to helping him and encouraging his development. I’m aware of some parents going through the same thing who have really struggled to get the help they need, and I really do feel awful that their journey has been more of an uphill battle because of this. I wish it was the same across the board for all kids going through this.

Anyway this post has taken me the entire day to write because, well, I’m the mum of a toddler. So… I’m off to get this little boy changed and ready for bed. He’s managed to stay awake until 7.30pm but he’s fading fast so now’s my chance to make it a smooth transition from playtime to bedtime.

Take care lovelies,

D x


Doing The Happy Dance

So it’s the best day of the week… THANK GOD!

It’s been such a long week in the McCormack house. My boy has been struggling since the weekend when my hubby and I had a very rare night out with family. He stayed with my dad for a few hours which he usually loves. However with him being away from both of us and for such a long time, he really struggled to get over the change in his routine.

So we’ve had meltdowns, trouble sleeping, refusing to eat… the lot!!!

Thankfully, today he seems to be back to his usual self which I am very grateful for.

I’m looking forward to a weekend filled with family time, coffee with friends, a little self-care (in the form of a visit to the nail salon) and hopefully loads more good stuff!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, whatever your doing.


Midnight Thoughts

I’ve been lying in bed for the past couple of hours, trying to settle my very upset and out-of-character toddler, and I’ve been thinking about what lies ahead of us.

Nobody knows what the future has in store anyway, but for a mum of a medically fragile little boy on the spectrum, it’s really quite frightening.

Matthew is only 2 right now and so the full extent of his condition is very much unknown, but it doesn’t stop you thinking about the worst case scenario.

Right now he is non-verbal. He has no level of communication whatsoever, but not only that, he has no level of understanding either. He’s smart in so many ways but not when it comes to this.

What if that never changes? What does this mean for his future?

Asking this opens a massive can of worms which, if I’m being honest, I just can’t face dealing with right now.

Despite being an optimistic person, I’ve found that since Matthew was born, I’ve coped easier with convincing myself it is always the worst case scenario in everything he’s faced.

It gives me the opportunity to fully prepare for all eventualities if indeed things are at their very worst. However, on the rare occasions where it hasn’t been as bad as I initially perceived it to be, it’s been a pleasant and unexpected surprise.

I’m sure I share the same stresses and worries as every other special needs parent. It’s not an easy thing to watch your child, who you love more than life, struggle so much with the world around them. It’s heartbreaking in fact. But it’s our reality and it is just the way of it. If anything, it makes me love him even more, if that’s even possible.


Thoughts Of The Day

It’s Monday morning and I’m sitting watching Peppa Pig with my little boy. I’m exhausted… like *needing matchsticks to hold my eyes open* exhausted, despite having gone to my bed fairly early last night.

Is this the way it is now? Regardless of whether I get a good amount of sleep I’m still going to be in an undying, zombie-like state? Is this motherhood?!?!

My little boy, despite his numerous medical conditions is a really good wee boy. He very rarely cries or moans, he just does his own thing, but he NEVER stops. He’s on the go 100% of his waking hours. And I’m not exaggerating when I say that. He is just physically UNABLE to stay still for any period of time.

I wonder if this is why I’m so tired. Watching him is wearing me out. Worrying about him is wearing me out. This definitely sounds like motherhood.


Christmas Gifts for a Toddler – Clothing

I recently wrote a post dedicated to finding the best possible Christmas gifts for a sensory-seeking child, like my boy. This post is more for mummy in that it is of very little consequence to Matthew about which items of clothing he wears, other than the fact that the quality of the fabric has to be good and not itchy, as well as the labels needing to be either very small or removed completely.

So when it comes to shopping for clothes I generally only shop in a handful of places. These are reputable retailers who I’ve used time and time again, and who I’ve never had any problems with. The most frequently used is NEXT.

The quality of their clothes versus the price of them is really hard to beat. They have an array of choice, even for boys, which I’ve found to be my biggest pet peeve in other shops.

I’ve dressed Matthew in NEXT clothing since he was a baby and I am happy to say I have absolutely no complaints. From baby-grows to t-shirts, and from jumpers occasion-wear,  they just do not disappoint. So it only makes sense that this is my primary target when looking for some of his Christmas gifts.

I’ve compiled a list of items I love and will share them with you all, in the hope that if you’re lacking inspiration for your own little ones, that this will give you some ideas.

Rolling Stones Tshirt – £11

Blue Camo Pocket Crew & Joggers – £26

Charcoal Star All-In-One – £17

Long Sleeve T-Shirts 4 Pack – £15

Khaki Dungarees & Camo T-Shirt – £18

Pink Floyd T-Shirt – £10

Grey Jersey Denim Dungarees – £24

Quilted Snowsuit – £28

Multi Monkey Wellies – £10

 

So there you have it. Quite a varied choice for winter I feel, and like everything I’ve ever purchased from NEXT Kids-wear I’d imagine the quality will be brilliant and well worth the money.


The Autism Diagnosis Process – Meeting with our Community Paediatrician

I wrote previously about having our ‘Initial Assessment’ meeting with Matthews Community Paediatrician. It was a long awaited appointment where we just expected to answer lots of questions. It did in fact end up a lot more dramatic than that.

We met with Dr Lynas, a lovely older lady who has been working in this particular field for a very long time. She was sympathetic but in no way condescending about Matthews condition. This felt nice, and put us at ease really quite quickly.

We spent the first few minutes answering the obligatory (and expected) barrage of questions about Matthew behaviour, as she simultaneously took notes and watched him intently.

After about 10 minutes of doing this, she turned to us and uttered the words we didn’t think we would hear at that particular appointment. She said Matthew is “without a doubt” on the Autism Spectrum. In fact, she even went so far as to say he appears to be on the low functioning end of the spectrum.

She told us it’s just a matter of her “rubber stamping” this, but she wanted to refer us to an ‘Educational Psychologist’ as she felt it would benefit Matthew to get the process of schooling and education sorted before he turns 3. We of course welcomed this, and despite feeling like the wind had been taken out of our sails, both my husband and I felt grateful for her honesty.

After speaking briefly about how long our referral would take, she told us that we should expect the future to be very difficult, something we knew to be true anyway. She wanted us to be as prepared as possible for all of the challenges we had ahead of us. We were grateful for the extra thought, but assured her that this was a scenario we had prepared ourselves for from the moment Matthew was born.

We felt confident that we were fine with the diagnosis and leaving the appointment we were actually quite positive about things going forward.

This lasted about 3 minutes.

When we got outside I could feel the panic setting in and the colour had drained from my husbands face. Reality hit us.

It wasn’t anger or frustration. It wasn’t anxiety or depression. It was simply sadness. Sadness that our boy had to face yet another hurdle in his life.

Over that weekend, my husband and I mourned quite heavily for the life we thought our son would have. We tried to come to terms with missing out on some of the things we thought we would all enjoy together. We got all of our sadness out of our system… And then we just stopped.

We have no other children and so we really can’t compare his life to what a neurotypical child’s life would be. Everything is new to us. So we are going to use that to our advantage. We will try everything we can to make our boys life as full and as satisfying as we can. That’s all we can do.

Nobody knows what’s going to happen in the future, but my husband and I have often asked ourselves this one simple question…

“If there ever was a cure for Autism, would we want our boy to get it”?

And our answer is always the same… “No!”

Why would we ever want to change our son from the amazing, quirky, funny little boy he is? For our sake??? To make it easier for us??? It would be to make our lives better, not his. He is happy with who he is. He is happy with his life just the way it is, and we would never want to ruin any happiness he has.

We are his parents. We love him unconditionally. If the future is going to be difficult we say BRING IT ON!!!

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