Moisturize. Moisturize. Moisturize.
A recent article published in Singapore Straits Times on 13 Jan 2011 is about how a mother tried many ways to relieve her 5-year old son from the eczema itch. Apparently, after reading this article, many other parents wrote in offering to help with their own remedies.
I can fully understand how desperate one can be, trying to find a cure to eczema. But there is no cure and trying many remedies including ‘alternative treatment’ only creates stress and disappointment. I only stick to one advice that I got from NUH’s Prof Hugo Van Bever (Head and Senior Consultant, Paediatric Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology Services) – Moisturize. Moisturising will keep the skin from drying which often leads to itch. In his words, ‘You can’t moisturize too much’.
For baby Marcie, I use Physiogel AI cream when the itch/ rashes from scratching gets quite bad, at other times, I use Physiogel lotion on her face while QV lotion on the rest of her body. Physiogel AI is the most effective so far, but it is very expensive, cost about S$38 for a 50ml tube. It is easier to use lotion over cream for my baby Marcie as it is much faster to apply, given that Marcie keeps fidgeting when I moisturise her.
If you are living in Singapore, you can use baby bonus card to pay for Physiogel AI cream at GP clinic if your baby visited the doctor and obtained AI cream for prescription. That means the government foot half the bill!
I will research and compare the moisturisers for eczema but meantime, do not stress yourself with trying too many treatments for your child. Just stick to moisturising.