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7 Reasons to Try a Baby to Toddler Sleep Sack (Guest Post)

For Eczema and More: The Benefits of a Baby to Toddler Sleep Sack

From insomnia and restlessness to hair pulling and scratching from eczema or allergies, sleep sacks for toddlers and babies are one of the most simple and effective ways to help your child get great sleep with none of the hassle. Often overlooked, sleep sacks provide a safe, secure, and easy-to-use option for any parent who wants to ensure that their child gets deep, healing sleep night after night. They are available in sizes for infants up to toddlers and some even come in expandable sizes to grow with your child. Sleep sacks deliver a whole array of benefits, and we’re going to explore some of them with you today!

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Psoriasis is Much More Than a Skin Disease (Guest Post)

We haven’t featured much about psoriasis on our blog to date, but I’d like that to change. The condition is very similar to eczema, both physically and psychologically. so I hope today’s post will be both educational and inspiring for everyone. I love that the Skin Impressions campaign is helping those with chronic skin conditions to feel comfortable in their skin again.

- Jennifer Read more

How to Wet Wrap Eczema in 6 Easy Info-Graphic Steps!

Have you tried wet wrap therapy for eczema? It provides great relief for babies, children, and adults.

Wet wrapping decreases staph bacteria on the skin, reduces redness and inflammation, hydrates the skin, and lessons itching – all of which can lead to more restful sleep for the whole family! And results can usually be seen without the use of medication – all you need is a bath, wet wrapping clothing, and a good balm or cream. I like to recommend this one, our family’s favorite.

AD RescueWear makes wet wrapping a breeze, so you’ll be more likely to stick with it and see results quicker.

The info-graphic below shows you just how easy it is. Have you tried this method? It really works. Tell us how you wet wrap eczema!

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Coping with Eczema? Read These Tips for Emotional Health (Guest post)

Eczema can really get you down – whether you have eczema yourself or you’re a caregiver for someone who has this skin condition. Either way, it’s not easy dealing with the daily emotional and physical stress that eczema brings. After a long journey of battling eczema physically, today Abby shares her advice for coping with eczema emotionally. So get ready to relate to this piece, big time.

-Jennifer

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How Quickly They Forget or Choose to Forget the Hard Times

One of things I worry most about with Tristan’s eczema is, will he look back on his toddler years (when his eczema was the worst) with fear in his eyes?

  • Will he remember the countless nights he spent writhing in itchy agony in his bed as my husband and I took turns holding him and trying to calm his irritated skin and restless mind?
  • Will he remember his hysterical pleas to skip just one bath or how it felt when the cool bath water burned his broken skin as he screamed and lashed out?
  • Will he remember my husband and I holding him down as we slathered on cream multiple times a day, every day, each time the stinging and his tears were relentless?
  • Will he remember seeing mommy cry all those times?

At 4.5 years old, I’m very relieved to say that Tristan doesn’t remember how itchy he used to be or how severe his head-to-toe eczema actually was.

Happy Eczema Free Days

A happy Tristan and a tear-less mom enjoying these eczema managed days.

Just a few months after he turned 3 we FINALLY got a handle on his eczema. (You can read about our family’s battle with eczema here. Or you can view our various Eczema Trials for all the details.) That was just a little over one year ago.  He has memories from around that time, just nothing to do with his eczema. For that I am grateful. I’m guessing this is an example of selective memory at it’s finest.

If you’re dealing with the emotional and physical stresses of eczema today, hang in there. Things will improve. Just stick with your intuition and be an advocate for your child, like this mom.

If all this talk about the challenges of dealing with severe eczema has got you down, take a minute to enjoy a laugh at our eczema spoof “Stuff Eczema Mamas Say.” I’m sure you can relate….and please try to look past my horrible acting skills.

Quilted: A Poem About Living With Atopic Dermatitis

I found this poem at The Online Journal of Community and Person-Centered Dermatology and wanted to share it with you. It so accurately describes our lives, as parents, helping our children cope with atopic dermatitis and severe eczema. If you are an adult suffering from AD or eczema, you surely can relate as well. This poem will show you how hard your parents fought for you, how they tried everything, how they wouldn’t give up on you and a better quality of life, and how much they love and adore you.

Quilted

by Luu, Clara

Clara Luu’s poem is the most eloquent description of  severe atopic dermatitis ( often called S.A.D.)  that I have come across in a long dermatological career.  If you read it, you don’t need all the textbooks or review articles.  It speaks to what we are trying to do with the OJCPCD.

Persistent scratches ripping through the tranquility of the night,
and bedsheets dusty with flaked skin,
mingled with dried blood in the mornings.
Her skin stained with the purple sting of potassium permanganate,
burning from the relentless scorch of tea tree oil, smothered in topical corticosteroids.
Bandaged to retain moisture. Unbandaged to promote air flow.

A blur of diagnoses and “diagnoses” paraded by,
convictions by professionals and well-meaning relatives:
“No heat, no chlorine, no sunshine, no pollen. No butter, no wheat, no potato chips, no fat, no chocolate, no seafood, no meat, no sugar, no salt!”
Too much American food.  oxidized oils, pesticides, hormones-those damn Oreos, all to blame.
“This doesn’t appear to be a food allergy, but we can run some tests…”
“You see, the American doctors don’t study this. This is a question of inner body balance…”
A question of hotness and coldness of the body, toxicity, mystery, cortisone creams.
And a vicious cycle of irritation, scratching,
broken skin, infection, itchiness,
crying, scolding, shouting, scratching…

And the mingling of voices of authority spilled over the reddened cracks in her skin
and filled her heart with guilt and inadequacy.
“You are the only one who knows your body. Only you can know what to do for yourself-”
And the bitterness of her condition was accentuated with the bitterness of soups and broths and reductions,
darkly resplendent with Chinese medicinal herbs, kernels, stalks, and shoots.

Later, with disappointment and failures came desperation
Cycling through past attempts, various diets.  The doctors’ echoes weren’t very much help-
the relief provided through the prescribed creams and ointments was ephemeral.
Though some knowledge provided comfort – like the dreaded skin prick testing – her back gridded into a 5×7 rectangle and stabbed thirty-five times to reveal her body’s weaknesses towards watermelon, shrimp, milk, Kentucky bluegrass,
timothy hay, walnuts, chicken, turkey, sea bass, lobster, dust, mold, and cockroaches -
Her skin still burned and flared, cracked and red and dry and unforgiving, betraying her.

I’ve watched the parade of well-meaning people walking in and out of her life: smiling
pediatricians, puzzled dermatologists, vehement relatives. No one is to blame.

I’ve watched her sneak Oreos away from the pantry, stealing bites of childhood innocence;
shopping for turtlenecks; being tormented by other children
for the ragged appearance of her skin.

Watched my father drive three hours to the only Costco that stocked unscented Keri Soothing Dry Skin Formula and return home with thirty cases of three bottles each
(which by the way, also didn’t work).
And I’ve watched her grow up and out of her skin,
which still bears the scars and rough patches of struggles and treatments,
up and out of reticence, sensitivity, resentment, confusion, worthlessness.
Rising above the motley patchwork of voices to wholeness.

Author Bio:  Clara Luu was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She is currently a sophomore at Stanford University, studying Human Biology and living an exciting pre-med life. “Quilted” is drawn from a composite of household dermatological experiences from her childhood. This piece written for the “Becoming a Doctor” medical humanities seminar taught by Professor Larry Zaroff. It exemplifies the key motifs motivating Clara to pursue a career in medicine: the mutifaceted aspects of wellness, the importance of culturally sensitive medicine, the strong role of family in the healing process, and the mysteries of some medical conditions that are the catalyst for exploration, discovery, and compassion.

Surprise Sale – Day 21

To celebrate eczema awareness month in the US, The Eczema Company is offering a daily SURPRISE SALE item.  Each day a new sale item will be announced, but the sale will only be valid until 11:59pm the same day.

No more secrets! The coupon code for each daily sale item will be announced here first, but then we’ll share the love elsewhere too. After all, everyone loves a good sale. Make sure you’re subscribed to this blog, so you’re in the know as soon as a new sale is announced!

Today’s daily surprise sale is…

Guava Mitts – Save 50% off these adorable scratch mittens for babies (up to 22lbs.) with reversible modern prints. A velcro strap keeps these mittens on your little Houdinis. Sleep in peace knowing your little one’s hands are secure from scratching.

Use the following coupon code at checkout to take advantage of this one day surprise sale.

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And remember to feel good about your purchase, $1 from every sale in October will be donated to the National Eczema Association!

Surprise Sale Day 10

To celebrate eczema awareness month in the US, The Eczema Company is offering a daily SURPRISE SALE item.  Each day a new sale item will be announced, but the sale will only be valid until 11:59pm the same day.

No more secrets! The coupon code for each daily sale item will be announced here first, but then we’ll share the love elsewhere too. After all, everyone loves a good sale. Make sure you’re subscribed to this blog, so you’re in the know as soon as a new sale is announced!

Today’s daily surprise sale is…

Kumfy Cotton’s Tops (opening and closed mittens) – Save 20% off the retail price of $27.95. Don’t forget about our bulk discount, which applies when you buy two pairs of pants (15% off) and three or more pairs of pants (30% off) – this coupon code can be applied on top of that!

Parents love these soft cotton tops to prevent little fingers from scratching. The open mitten style can be flipped open to let fingers free or can be folded closed. Available in sizes up to 7/8, they can help big kids find some scratch relief as well. The closed mitten style is available in sizes up to 4T. And of course they coordinate really well with Kumfy Cotton pants and onesies. Ideal for babies with eczema or children with habitual scratching due to autism.

Kumfy Cotton garments are made from Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified safe cotton.

Use the following coupon code at checkout to take advantage of this one day secret sale.

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And remember to feel good about your purchase, $1 from every sale in October will be donated to the National Eczema Association!

Daily Surprise Sale – Day 6

To celebrate eczema awareness month in the US, The Eczema Company is offering a daily SURPRISE SALE item.  Each day a new sale item will be announced, but the sale will only be valid until 11:59pm the same day.

No more secrets! The coupon code for each daily sale item will be announced here first, but then we’ll share the love elsewhere too. After all, everyone loves a good sale. Make sure you’re subscribed to this blog, so you’re in the know as soon as a new sale is announced!

Today’s daily surprise sale is…

Kumfy Cotton’s Pants with Feet – Save 20% off the retail price of $27.95. Don’t forget about our bulk discount, which applies when you buy two pairs of pants (15% off) and three or more pairs of pants (30% off) – this coupon code can be applied on top of that!

What’s so great about these pants? They have covered toes to keep little fingers from scratching feet or pulling up pant legs to get to those itchy spots behind the knees or on the ankles. The are available in sizes up to 7/8, so they can help big kids find some scratch relief as well. And of course they coordinate really well with Kumfy Cotton tops with opening or closed mittens and the long sleeve mittened body suits. Ideal for babies with eczema or children with habitual scratching due to autism.

Kumfy Cotton garments are made from Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified safe cotton.

Use the following coupon code at checkout to take advantage of this one day secret sale.

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And remember to feel good about your purchase, $1 from every sale in October will be donated to the National Eczema Association!

Eczema Awareness Month (USA) & Secret Sale Day 1

October is eczema awareness month in the United States.  In Canada it will be celebrated in November (more to come on that next month).

In October, $1 from every sale will be donated to National Eczema Association.

So, let’s spread as much eczema awareness as possible in the US in October!  But how? Here are a few ideas:

  • Speak to your child’s school or class to educate them about the myths and truths about eczema.
  • Form a support group in your area, the National Eczema Association can help.
  • Raise funds and donate them to help a family get to National Jewish Hospital’s Atopic Clinic or donate money or time to a local support group.
  • Buy from The Eczema Company! During the month of October, $1 from every sale will be donated to National Eczema Association.

A SECRET SALE!

To celebrate eczema awareness month, The Eczema Company is offering a daily SECRET SALE item.  Each day a new sale item will be announced, but the sale will only be valid until 11:59pm the same day.

What’s so secret about it? The coupon code for each secret sale item will be announced only on this blog, not promoted anywhere else. Make sure you’re subscribed to this blog, so you’re in the know as soon as a new sale is announced!

And to kick start this promotion…

Today’s secret sale is for ScratchMeNots! Save 50% off the retail price of $24.95. Keep little fingers from scratching with these mittens adored by parents everywhere. Try one if you haven’t before or stock up on the next sizes you’ll need for your growing child.

Use the following coupon code at checkout to take advantage of this one day secret sale.

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And remember to feel good about your purchase, $1 from every sale will be donated to the National Eczema Association!

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