Since our sweet Meg was just a couple of months old, she has suffered with mild/moderate eczema. It began on her cheeks, and has since appeared other places for either long or short spells, before moving somewhere else on her body. For the last few months she has had a large patches on either side of her face and large red, scaly patches on her hands as well as small dry patches on her legs. My poor girl!
We knew that it could be one of many things, or indeed a couple combined, that were causing this reaction in our daughter...so we set out on a process of elimination that went on for months!
- I began to only bathe her (water only) 2-3 times per week, so as not to dry out her skin.
- Next we assessed her dietary intake. Cutting out both cow's milk and eggs (the usual suspects).
- I changed my laundry detergent to a natural one.
- I believe that vaccinations can often cause allergic reactions such as eczema and asthma in children...but seeing how Meg has never had any, we could rule this one out immediately.
- I changed her shampoo to a soap-free brand.
Nothing we did helped at all!
One thing that I constantly beat myself up over, was breast-feeding. I have struggled terribly with breast-feeding each of my children. It is something that causes me great distress, as I know it is what is best for their health and mine. I do express my milk for a time, until I'm unable to continue. So I have to acknowledge that perhaps Meg's eczema is for lack of mama's milk, and having to make-do with a far inferior substitute?
Next came the ointments! We have tried everything...no, not just a lot...I mean EVERYTHING! We have rubbed, dabbed and smeared the poor child with every lotion and potion known to man-kind! Nothing really seemed to help much, but "Aveeno" lotion did help flare-ups to appear less red.
I even used a totally natural salve that I make myself. I only use natural ingredients (beeswax, almond oil...etc) and nothing that you would expect a reaction from...but it made the eczema flare up! I was so surprised by that!
Then just recently, we have had a break-through!
I was visiting with a friend of mine who commented on Meg's skin. She asked me had I heard of Magicream...I admitted that I had. A few months earlier I had come across it on the internet, but it was expensive and to be very honest I was skeptical. My friend had a small tub that she had used on her own son and asked me to try it right then. I rubbed a small amount onto one of Meg's cheeks (which had flared up that very day) and again just before we left.
Within hours it looked less red, and over the next two days the scaly patch looked almost fully healed and stayed like that! We couldn't believe it! Brian was so impressed he asked me to check it out again online. We ordered a pot for Meg just a few days later.
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