National Eczema Association – Preschool for Eczema Child

Finding the right preschool for your eczema child can be a challenge – you wonder about whether the teachers have the time to ‘monitor’ and help to control your child’s scratching, and you worry about possible triggers at the preschool. National Eczema Association – Eczema Warriors For the past two blog posts, I have shared […]

National Eczema Association – 8 Survival Tips for Caring for Baby

It is difficult to care for an eczema baby, therefore when National Eczema Association asked me to share my journey, I gladly shared my 8 survival tips below. National Eczema Association – Eczema Warriors As I shared in the previous post on my first article with National Eczema Association, the NEA is doing a great […]

National Eczema Association – Raising Awareness and Providing Support

Eczema Warriors on National Eczema Association For many of us, reading a story shared by a fellow eczema sufferer or parent can be just the thing we need to carry us through the day. Eczema can be an isolating experience, when others around you will not be able to identify with the constant itch, the […]

Eczema News – Gene Mutation Identified

Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have identified a gene mutation called CARD11 that led to atopic dermatitis/ eczema. Their findings were recently published in Nature Genetics (June 2017)1. Gene sequencing was performed for 8 individuals from 4 families, and the researchers found that although each family had a distinct mutation […]

Independent trial showed No Significant Benefit of Silk Clothing for Eczema kids

An eczema study1 published in April 2017 showed that there was little evidence of clinical or economic benefit of using silk garments in addition to standard care, compared with standard care alone, in children with moderate to severe eczema. As always, the team of researchers from the University of Nottingham in the U.K had taken on […]

Skin Defences against Staph Bacteria – Q&A with Dr Donald Davidson

I came across this study “IL-1 beta-induced protection of keratinocytes against Staphylococcus aureus-secreted proteases is mediated by human beta defensin 21” where the researchers studied how the skin protected itself against staphylococcus aureus (“staph bacteria”). This research is important because staph bacteria is known to colonize atopic dermatitis skin, and in doing so, have resulted […]

Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Children (II) – Q&A with Dr Steve Xu

This is a continuation of last week’s interview with Dr Steve Xu MD MSc where we discussed contact dermatitis, the differences between irritant and contact dermatitis, the top 10 pediatric contact allergens in personal hygiene products and practical consideration of when to suspect contact dermatitis in a child. On ‘Bland’ Skincare Products MarcieMom: I’ve emphasized […]

Allergic Contact Dermatitis in Children (I) – Q&A with Dr Steve Xu

Eczema is a skin condition with many parts to the puzzle – it is linked to hereditary skin condition, allergens (food, inhaled, contact and airborne), environmental factors (heat, humidity), bacteria colonization on skin (and how gut microbiome may affect allergic conditions), lifestyle factors (stress, hormonal change) and also suspected to be linked with diet/ water. […]

Topical Corticosteroid Withdrawal – Q&A with Prof Hugo

In March 2015, the National Eczema Association (NEA, in US) published a study on steroid addiction in patients with atopic dermatitis. This was by members of its task force, who looked into the evidence regarding steroid withdrawal as many eczema sufferers were asking about the steroid addiction syndrome, along with many cautioning and enquiring on […]

Eczema Blues Google Collections

For the past 6 months, I’ve been receiving emails on where to find certain information and this prompted me to create Google Collections for your ease of reference, under my Google Plus Profile You can continue to find information on this blog, using Search button on the right top Topics under menu bar drop-down list […]

New Sail for Marcie’s Family

Dear Mommies, Daddies and Friends of this Blog, This is the time I waved goodbye to you (at least for 2016) as I’ve decided to stop updating this blog with 3 posts a week. There are 859 posts on this blog for the past 5 years, with the first blog post in January 2011. Marcie […]

Unscramble Words for Good Eczema Skincare

Click pdf for printout as well as the answer sheet. Check out the many videos on good skincare Sun Protection for Kids I How to Shower Baby I How to Moisturize.

Surfactant Skincare Series – Impact on Eczema Skin

This week, we’re looking at the research surrounding Surfactants on Atopic Dermatitis. First a recap of eczema skin and its ‘compromised’ characteristics that warrant special care during skin cleansing. The defective skin barrier in atopic dermatitis makes it: –    Increased skin permeability –    Increased transepidermal water loss –    Increased bacterial colonization –    Reduced antimicrobial peptides […]

I Am Kate cartoon – Life has got to be Different

Seriously, this is philosophically difficult. We teach our kids to have routine yet sometimes, if everything everyday is the same, does it get pointless? Follow Kate here.

Word Search for Eczema Kids – Things Bad for Skin

Print out the pdf and go through with your child what’s bad for eczema skin! Type in the word into the search box in this blog and read through the posts to learn more.

Surfactant Skincare Series – Impact on Skin

This month, we’re looking at surfactants – the chemical agents in cleansing products. It is important because while surfactants play an important cleansing function, they also potentially cause skin irritation. Last two weeks, we have understood: Different groups of surfactants and their functions – Anionic, Cationic, Amphoteric and Non-ionic surfactants What to Look out for when […]

I Am Kate cartoon – No Escape from Targets

Mark, the husband, is going to be featured more prominently in this year I Am Kate cartoon, but no, never to replace the wife. Follow their marriage and life here.

Crossword for Eczema Kids – I Can Shower!

Across 1. Should I pat myself completely dry after shower? 3. What temperature water should I not use during shower? 6. How many minutes after shower should I moisturize? (Ideally: It’s immediate, but dermatologist’s rule is (how many) minutes) 8. What item should I not use on my skin to wash myself? 11. How many […]

Surfactant Skincare series – Cleansing Baby Skin

Last week, we briefly looked at the different types of surfactants and understand their functions. This week, we’re looking deeper into baby skin and the research around cleansing baby skin. Baby Skin Structural Vulnerabilities In the Skin Fact series, we’ve discussed much about baby skin structural differences. Below is a recap of certain baby skin characteristics […]

Eczema Support Group Friday Lunch on Children Skincare

Happy New Year and look forward to this year’s first session on the topic of Skincare for Kids. Skincare for young children is important as they are able to understand skincare, and have to take care of their own skin for those who are schooling. Young children may also resist moisturizing and parents have to […]