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Parents in the Know Podcast Episode 31 – Infant Eczema
This is the 31st episode of my podcast for parents and families who want to be in the know about major parenting concerns and issues. Infant Eczema is the topic under discussion today.
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Welcome to Parents in the Know with Emily M Morgan. Today we’re going to investigate an increasingly common condition known as infant eczema, or atopic dermatitis. What it is, why it occurs, how to treat it and long term implications, the ins and outs of infant eczema, today on Parents in the Know.
My family has a history of food allergies, asthma and eczema. So when my kids came along I was prepared to see one or more of these conditions crop up. When my daughter began to catch colds as a baby, all of which went straight to her chest, I began to worry about asthma instead. Asthma was mentioned – well, their exact words were, ‘we don’t like to diagnose asthma before the age of five, but here is her mask, spacer and ventolin and we’ll keep an eye on it.’ Not words to reassure, really, although in the end they turned out to be spot on – my daughter is now three and has long since grown out of this tendency.
One thing I hadn’t really considered was eczema. I had never had dry skin, so when a red rash first appeared on my daughter’s arms, around two or three months of age, I assumed it was a reaction to a woolly jumper. It was the child health nurse who set me straight, and my doctor who confirmed it.
My daughter had infant eczema. I had never heard of it, but I quickly found out more. Fortunately she had quite a mild case, but it still meant covering her all over at least twice a day with cream, which got on her clothes and mine, and made most of her early photos interesting, with her glistening face shining out. Once I started treating her skin with paraffin cream, stopped using soap and changed my laundry detergent, things improved quickly, thought it took about a year for the condition to disappear, more or less.
My son also developed infant eczema, but this time I was on the lookout, was already using soap and detergent substitutes, and I was able to start treating it immediately, so he never got the really red rash that his sister started with. Still, his eczema has been more persistent and widespread.
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Next week on Parents in the Know, we have another great episode from our interview series. I will be introducing you to Nicole Ashby, founder of FIFO Families, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of FIFO (that’s Fly-In, Fly-Out) families across Australia.
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Probiotic treatment of infant eczema: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1365-2222.2011.03885.x/full
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