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It’s not secret that Sophia suffers from bouts of contact dermatitis, also referred to as Eczema. I’ve talked about her flare ups quite often on the blog and quite a few different methods that we’ve tried over the past 3.5 years to control and cure it.
One thing that I haven’t had the chance to share lately is the fact that Sophia was recently diagnosed with a dairy allergy, confirmed by a blood test. She had always suffered from a couple of problems [I may go into more details at a later date] and I finally chose to see a specialist to determine the cause. After 3.5 years of being a milk and cheese-loving little girl, she gave it up. It’s been a bit of a tough road, but the fact that she no longer suffers makes it quite a bit easier on all of us.
One hope that I had was by eliminating dairy in her diet, her eczema would be gone too. And it was for a month or so, but then she had a flare up that has lasted almost 2 months now. It will flare up tremendously then almost disappear only to re-appear the next day. Tough part is, it’s on her face so I have to be super careful about what products I try with her.
Once Sophia was diagnosed, I began conversing through email with Jennifer, the owner of The Eczema Company. Not only does she own a website and store all around Eczema but she’s a bit of an expert, just from her experiences of being a parent of a child with severe eczema.
She provided advice for me, on Sophia’s flare ups as well as Moreaya’s since she’s recently starting to have some eczema as well.
She sent us two new products to try – an Argan Oil Soap to help prevent flare ups and the Emily balm to help soothe irritated and dry skin once the flare ups start showing. Let’s have a look at the soap first!
I am totally loving this soap, for the girls and myself! I love that it lathers in a cloth like a regular soap, so I can see it when I use it, but that it’s so gentle for their little skin.
After talking with Jennifer from The Eczema Company, I’m pretty sure that Moreaya’s flareups have actually come from trying a scented body wash that she got for Christmas. It’s a mainstream brand that contains who knows what, really. I dumped it in the trash and Moreaya’s skin has been totally restored back to it’s smooth and delicate baby skin that it should be, after starting to use the Argan Oil Soap.
I’ve mainly been using the Emily Balm on Sophia, but did rub it on Moreaya’s back until her dry skin had been eliminated. The balm has an olive oil and beeswax base and get this – you can pronounce all of the ingredients. You always know that’s a good sign!
I’ve been rubbing a generous amount on Sophia’s nose before bed and nap times, as well as when she wakes up and after baths. Her skin has been looking better, but we still haven’t gotten rid of the eczema altogether yet.
A dear friend commented on the blog a few months ago that you can treat eczema, but there’s a reason that it’s occurring and this is where I feel like we’re at for Sophia. I was truly hopeful that eliminating dairy would eliminate it, but it still seems like their is something in her world causing the flare ups. So, we’ve decided to continue to see a doctor to try to find the source. Until then, we’ll be using these two products in our line of defense!
If you have a little one that suffers from eczema or dry skin, I highly highly suggest contacting Jennifer at The Eczema Company. That’s my favorite part about her store – the customer service. She cares deeply about her customers and wants to truly serve them with the best advice and products. All of the products she carries are ones that she’s tried and tested personally!
Although The Eczema Company is located in Canada, they offer shipping to residents worldwide and Free Shipping on orders over $75 to the US and Canada.
Have a look around The Eczema Company and tell me a product that they sell you’d like to try!