Eczema Research News – Does Homeopathy work?

This is part of a quarterly round-up of some of the recent eczema-related studies, so that we can be aware of possible treatments and their efficacy (and I can also keep myself updated with the latest eczema research!) Today’s topic is on Homeopathy, does it Work? Firstly, I have to say I haven’t tried homeopathy […]

TCM Series – Understanding Eczema from TCM’s Perspective

For this TCM Series, I’ve the privilege of interviewing TCM Physician Lau Kiew Teck of Raffles Medical Group, Raffles Chinese Medicine Clinic, whose special interests include respiratory conditions, dermatology, pediatrics, diabetes and digestive system disorders. Refer to the first part of this interview here and the second part here. Understanding Herbal Bath & Cream MarcieMom: I read that herbal […]

TCM Series – Understanding Eczema from TCM’s Perspective

For this TCM Series, I’ve the privilege of interviewing TCM Physician Lau Kiew Teck of Raffles Medical Group, Raffles Chinese Medicine Clinic, whose special interests include respiratory conditions, dermatology, pediatrics, diabetes and digestive system disorders. Refer to the first part of this interview here. Herbal Medicine & its Compounds & Prescription Herbs such as Flos Lonicerae (Jingyinhua), […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Series – Understanding Eczema from TCM’s Perspective

Many parents have asked me “What about TCM?” while others have suggested that I explore TCM as an eczema treatment option for my child. I’ve looked into TCM briefly in this archive post, but felt I didn’t know enough to evaluate it. For this TCM Series, I’ve the privilege of interviewing TCM Physician Lau Kiew […]

Combined Approach Series – Stress, Attitude and Habit Reversal

4 post series, starting with this post on Combined Approach Eczema Topical Treatment Habitual Scratching Elimination Stress, Attitude and Habit Reversal 3 Levels of Eczema Treatment In the manual ‘Atopic Skin Disease’, three levels of treatment are stated, namely: 1. Emollient Therapy 2. Steroid 3. Habit reversal It is advised in your manual that steroid should […]

Combined Approach Series – Eliminate Habitual Scratching

4 post series, starting with this post on Combined Approach Eczema Topical Treatment Habitual Scratching Elimination Stress, Attitude and Habit Reversal Development of a Nervous Habit I read in your manual ‘Atopic Skin Disease’ of how a nervous habit develops, namely: 1. Normal initial specific response to an injury (or itch) 2. Increased frequency by […]

Combined Approach Series – Topical Treatment

4 post series, starting with introduction to Combined Approach Eczema Topical Treatment Habitual Scratching Elimination Stress, Attitude and Habit Reversal Explaining Topical Treatment – Moisturizer The Combined Approach includes topical treatment using emollient and steroid. Moisturizing is a HUGE part of topical treatment, as emollients both lubricate and moisturize. Dr Bridgett’s advice on moisturizing is […]

Combined Approach Series – Habit Reversal

  This is a 4 post series centered on ‘The Combined Approach’ that is explained in the ‘Atopic Skin Disease’, a manual for practitioners authored by Christopher Bridgett, Peter Noren and Richard Staughton (copy of book viewable by joining here). The Combined Approach uses habit reversal to stop habitual scratching in atopic eczema. Dr Christopher…

Do you dare to let your eczema child try a bleach bath?

Published in May 2009 Pediatrics Journal was the findings of a bleach bath study conducted on 31 children, aged 6 to 17 months, with moderate to severe eczema. The children had staph (see this post to learn about staph), which is a very resilient bacteria on the skin that can cause infection. Half the children […]

Alternative treatment – TCM for child eczema

You may have been asked by your friend to explore TCM (“Traditional Chinese Medicine”) treatment for your child and wonder if it is viable. I wondered the same and read whatever I could online on it. The information is sparse and prescriptions seem to differ based on the TCM doctor’s interpretation of your child’s condition […]

Is it what you ate? How Pregnancy diet affect eczema in baby

“OH NO, could it be what I ate?” This was what went through my mind when I first read that pregnancy diet could increase the chance of my baby getting eczema (and my baby girl Marcie has eczema since two weeks old). I am not writing this post to put more guilt and blame into […]

Alternative treatment – Udder Cream as Moisturizer for Eczema

Lately, I came across a recommendation by a mom that using udder cream has helped with her child’s eczema. Udders are mammary glands and the care and hygiene of the udders are important in milking. Udder creams are developed to soothe the chapped skin of the udder, prevent infection and irritation during milking. Somewhere along […]

Alternative treatment – Does Manuka Honey help with eczema?

When my baby Marcie got hand-food-and- mouth disease, my brother introduced me to Manuka Honey as it supposedly can help to reduce the ulcers in the mouth. After doing a google search, I am surprised to find that there are many links relating to how manuka honey can help with eczema. Being curious, I did […]

Is partially hydrolysed milk worth the money?

Partially hydrolyzed milk formula, such as Enfalac HA and NAN HA, was recommended to my baby girl Marcie when her eczema was diagnosed by the paediatrician at one month old. It was a nightmare getting her to drink the less tasty milk formula and each bottle feed dropped from 85ml to 20ml! It seemed to […]

Alternative treatment – Stemtech AFA, is it safe for your baby?

Recently, one mom recommended Stemtech AFA and out of curiosity, I decided to google and see what this product is. My personal view is to stick to moisturizing for eczema and consult a specialist for your child. Given that there is no cure nor quick fix for eczema, I will not give my child any […]