April 2013: Down here in the Southern Hemisphere the seasons are changing and we are moving into the cooler weather. For some of us that means more flares and for others a break from them. Whatever the weather the message stays the same-moisturise, moisturise and moisturise some more.
The aim of this site is to gather eczema related information in a central location and make it available to those caring for children with eczema.
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So, first things first-DON'T PANIC. Help is here, you are not alone. Get yourself a cuppa, sit down and have a browse around this site and the many other sites on eczema and allergy.
The Bad News- Some believe that there is no cure
for eczema. As parents we search to find the elusive one “thing” that causes
eczema or the one treatment
that will make it go away. This search is often in vain and a waste of energy.
Eczema seems to be
many things to many families and not all of them the same. My experience of
living with an itchy kid is that there are good periods and not so good periods.
These periods may be hours, weeks or months. The vital thing is parents must never blame themselves
for the not so good, the bad and even the down right horrendous periods.
Sometimes no matter what you do, the eczema will flare, infection will start and
your child will scratch and not sleep at night. Take it in your stride and
don’t add unfounded guilt to your parenting and caring load.
The Good News- Eczema can be managed and some
kids will grow out of it. Getting familiar with eczema and what eczema means for
your child takes some time and is a journey. You can’t know it all at
once. Each situation, each flare helps you better understand your child’s
eczema. Each good and bad period will give you new information for next time.
Eventually you will find yourself an expert in what eczema is for your family.
You will spot trouble on the horizon and head it off at the pass or lessen its
effects. The good periods will be longer. You will spend more time in
maintenance mode and less time in full red alert, battle mode. And yes! you will
become less stressed each time you spot your child having a sneaky scratch. You
will find ways to make eczema a part of your family’s life and not the focus.