Here you will find reviews of books and other literature we parents have read in our search to better understand the eczema and allergy world. We hope it may help you in your search.
The Eczema Solution
The author is an environmental
scientist. She has had Atopic eczema all her life.
In the book the author explaines the programme and each chapter is set out as if the reader were attending a clinic “appointment” The programme uses a three level approach; Emollients, Steroids and Habit Reversal (stopping the scratching!)
This book made a lot of sense to me. The
only issue for me is the programme seems to be used for adult patients and a
method for children is not mentioned. Never the less I adapted the habit
reversal techniques for my 31/2 year old with good effect. It gave us another
tool to use in trying to interupt the itch scratch cycle.
The book has a friendly, positive, supportive voice. The language and terminology are clear and easily understood. It is a relatively quick read.
Eczema in Childhood.The Facts.
The author is a consultant paediatric
dermatologist at the Hospital for Sick Children Great Ormond Street, London. He
is also involved in research into the causes and treatments of eczema.
This book is written for parents of
effected children. It explains what is currently known about the causes and
treatments of eczema. It details both traditional and complimentary therapies.
The book is very comprehensive. It has
the usual chapters on normal skin and
eczematosis skin, what atopy is, causes and treatments. It also has chapters on
skin infections, other problems in children with eczema, immunisations, living
with an eczema child, what your child needs to consider when planning education
and their career and looks at the idea of eczema and heredity. As well as other
It contains colour photographs of severe
eczema, different types of eczema and infected eczema. There is a lot of
information in this book and I tended to dip into it and read chapters that
interested me first rather than read cover to cover. Having said that it would
be best to start with the first four chapters of skin structure, eczema, atopy
and atopic eczema before going on to eczema conditions.
I found the chapter “Living with an Eczematous Child” helpful, refreshingly honest and practical in light of the fact it is written by a medical expert. The author seems to have a good understanding of the stresses of living with a child with eczema. The language is clear and the chapters are divided into manageable chunks.
Eczema-Free for life
This is my first book that I have
read about Eczema and to be honest I
have been impressed to the extent that I purchased another book on Eczema
(which wasn’t any good but that is another book review)
The author, Adnan, teaches dermatology at Duke University and has extensive experience with dealing with eczema both with children andadults. The book starts with a very good layman’s explanation of the physiology of skin and how eczema skin differs from normal skin; apparently those with eczema have up to 20 defective chromosomes. He outlines why those who suffer from eczema get the itch with their immune system overreacting by misinterpreting messages. The book also looks at daily skin care routine; environment factors; caring for yourself or a child (with eczema); and lastly a good summary of current research on Eczema with some insight into future therapies.
The highlight for me was the
physiology of skin that I found sointeresting that I have been pushing this
information onto my workcolleges as if my life depends upon it. It however has
been useful as it does give you some understanding on what you are trying to do
with the different treatments. The chapter on research was particularly
beneficial as it proves information on which treatments have been found
to be or not to be effective. It ,however, also shows how muchis unknown about
eczema treatments. For example, did you know that it hasn’t
been proven that creams and ointments actually work? It however has been assumed
that it is a given, but it doesn’t help that no research has gone into
evaluating the most effect cream or ointment (there are about 30 different type
of creams and ointments that doctors can prescribe).
If you were going to read one book
on Eczema pick this one.
(Priscilla Burgess is a
Food Solutions-Eczema Recipes and
Advice to Provide Relief
This book is divided into the following
Although the information in this book covers people of all ages with eczema , I found the recipes were adult focused and I'm not sure many kids would find them to their tastes. Otherwise, good clear information that is worth a look especially the section on complimentary treatments.
Anne Kennedy lives in Auckland, New Zealand. She is a screenwriter and reviewer. She has published a novella, two novels and many short fictions. She has won two awards, the BZN Katherine Mansfield Short Stroy Award and the ICI Award. She was also a Literary Fellow at the University of Auckland.
Wow-what can I say! This book of poems describes the life of a mother caring for a child with eczema in all its facets. So many bells rang for me when reading these works. Kennedy has distilled every emotion of the eczema journey into the simple language of her poems. A bit of dark humour peeps out amongst the sadness and frustrations.
The book should be read from front to
back rather than dipping in and out at radom places as it follows the chronology
of her life as an eczema mum. The poem "I Am (2)" had me crying with
it's all too familiar description of a typical night in my house. Here is one
verse from "I Am (2)"