Mom E-votional : Dinner’s Served

Electronics on the Dinner Menu!

Electronics on the Dinner Menu!

We all know today’s dinner scene may look very different from the pre-tablet and smartphone age – recently, I was at breakfast with my family and niece and we each had a device. I immediately thought of all the parenting advice that I am to practice – remove electronic device, build conversation and open our world to each other during meals (vs closed up and only pals with Angry Birds, crushing candy).

But then I thought – hey, it’s also a way of connecting. It is possible that conversations can be built around how to crush candy, your best score, highest level and longest time to break one level. Why not? If it’s something that at that point works to draw people closer, it’s more than justified.

Jesus was unconventional in drawing people together – he talked to a samaritan woman at the well (John 4) and ate with tax collectors in their home (Mark 2:13). Talking about eczema draws parents of eczema kids closer too – hopefully, this blog helped in that conversation! I do pray that we all have time to enjoy our meal, with friends and family (despite it being so stressful with the eczema!).

Bible verse:

Mark 2:16 : When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

God, we thank you that you are a God who loves people, dine with us and meet us at the most unlikely place but just when we need it.

Love the People at Your Table

Eczema Support Group Sharing – Tender Skin

Eczema Support Group - Skincare session for Elderly and KidsLast Friday, the support group had a small and cozy turnout with majority of senior ladies interested in better care for their eczema skin. We learnt a few tips from Sister Wong, who shared graciously on her experience on caring for patients’ skin.

1. The skin comprises of epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue. The epidermis is the outer layer of the skin. The thickness of epidermis varies, with the thinnest on the eyelid (of 0.05mm) to the thickest at the soles and palm.

2. Some of the moisturizers aim to replenish the defective skin barrier, for instance, ceramides which make up 40-50% of stratum corneum (outermost layer of epidermis).

3. The dermis also varies in thickness, with the thinnest at the eyelid (of 0.6mm) to 3mm on the back, palm and sole. Collagen fibers make up 70% of the dermis, providing strength and toughness. The other components of dermis are elastic fibers, proteoglycans, blood vessels and sweat glands, nerve fibers and immune cells.

4. The baby skin is different in that their epidermis is 20-30% thinner than the adult. It is thus more easily penetrated by irritants as the skin barrier is not fully developed. Infant skin also absorb and lose moisture more quickly. Therefore, gentle products without irritants (see compiled list here) are a good starting point for product selection.

5. Baby skin is also less able to cope with sweat, thus more susceptible to milia/heat rash.

6. Ageing skin, like baby skin, is also thinner. It is more susceptible to blisters, tears and grazes. Its reduce moisture retention ability leads to dry skin. There is also less elasticity and shows signs of color or texture changes from sun damage.

After learning about the skin, we shared about different products and it was a heartwarming to see many of these senior ladies taking very good care and attention to their skin! Thanks to everyone who helped out and next month’s session would likely be on a Saturday, focusing more on kids. Subscribe to blog post and newsletter to be kept updated!

Mom E-votional : Making Do

Christian devotional for eczema familyRecently, we had a road trip to Malaysia with 2 other families with young children – if there’s anything we learn, it is making do. Out of 2 cars, 1 broke down; out of 6 adults, 2 had food poisoning; out of 5 children, 4 had various health problems. We improvise, accommodate as we go along and make do with what we have.

It reminded me of parenting an eczema child. A lot of time we have to make do – given that we have less sleep, more skin issues to manage and most times, little time to rest. Sometimes I feel like if I’m ‘losing out’ on time, luxury, rest, ambitions, life?! But I always remember that there is no ‘making do’ in the kingdom of God, God is able to redeem our lives, give us more than our hearts desire and even a child to Sarah at 90 years old.

Bible verse:

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen

Dear God, we may have to make do, sacrifice, forgo things that we would like to have. But nothing is in vain to You and You will bless us abundantly in ways we never expect!

With God, there is no need to Make Do.

 

EczemaBlues joining in #UBP14 Blog Party

Ultimate Blog Party 2014I’ve been participating in the ultimately blog party for two years, it’s simply a blog hop with loads of prizes and meeting new friends. Quite a few moms came to know of EczemaBlues last year, from seeing my blog on this party.

Check out the fabulous work that twin sisters @5MinutesforMom do, and join in the party!

The Blog Party I Missed and not want to Miss

Ultimate Blog Party 2013This is not an eczema related post, but in a way, it is related because joining the 2013 Ultimate Blog Party will help me to build more traffic for this blog.

As you know, I’ve been committed to helping eczema families, since this very first post in 2011. I’m still doing so 2 years from then, working with dermatologists, nutrition and parenting experts to help you better manage eczema in your family. However, there’s no use to any of this to the mom who I can’t reach out to, and in order to reach out to more, I’m learning about social media and from other moms like Susan and Janice of 5minutesformom.com, the host of this blog party that takes the twitterverse by storm every year. Last year I was late in joining, this year, I think I’m the earlier ones!

Also, it’d make my day if you find my post helpful, and share it with your friends over at your social media, or if you’re not into any of the techy/media stuff, leaving me a comment will make me happy too! As Marcie has learnt to say, ‘Thank You Very Much!’

Quick update: I’ve won PicMonkeyApp 6 months’ use via the twitter party, TU V Much!

Dermatology addressed at Rise and Shine and Carnival GIVE-AWAY

I’m one of the partner bloggers for Singapore’s Rise and Shine Expo, and the neat part of this expo is that they also address dermatology (read one of the founder’s eczema journey here).

Their expert panel includes dermatologist, Dr Audrey Tan, who has answered two dermatology questions on their site here. Below is an extract, do read Dr Audrey’s full reply:

What are the side effect of applying steroids on a baby less than 2 years old and what are other effective cures other than steroids?

Dr Audrey Tan: It is safe to use a topical steroid on your son’s skin as long as the steroid is of the potency appropriate for the degree of skin inflammation, and it is applied only on affected skin…

What kind of baby products should I use on my baby who has mild eczema problem? Are there any special ingredient I should look out for or avoid when buying products? Can my baby continue with swimming since swimming will dry out the skin?

Dr Audrey Tan: Applying a moisturizer is an important part of the daily skin care routine for your baby with mild eczema…

Rise and Shine is also holding a carnival on 3rd March 2013, Sunday, 8.30am to 12.30 pm, at The Lawn @ Marina Bay. Dr Amy Khor is the guest of honor, and there’s goodie bags, fun activities and talks relevant for kids, see below poster on how to register!

AND the FIRST TWO PEOPLE (in Singapore with valid email address) to COMMENT in this post will receive TWO Adult tickets FREE for the Carnival. The early bird ticket is worth S$8 each. Giveaway ends at 3pm this Thursday 28 Feb 2013.

Rise and Shine Carnival

Eczema Blues 2013 Resolution!

Marketing is my top priority!

1st, Happy New Year and wishing that all our children will not be itchy scratchy in 2013!

2nd, if you’ve noticed I’ve already had a busy start to the new year, so much so that I’ve missed yesterday’s post (I post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday) – I beat myself up for missing the post, not lining up enough, missing 3 out of 6 daily jogs for the past week, putting on weight (hopefully all muscles) and not loving my family enough, too much distraction with watching the Suits (Diva Universal airing Suits season 2 next Monday 8pm) and reading one too many James Patterson novels. As you sense by now, I’m distracted so I’m in need of some focus in 2013, which brings me to

3rd, my resolution for Eczema Blues in 2013. The acronym is MARKET, to remind myself that the top priority is to get more people to know about this blog, otherwise, who’s reading all the 300 posts to date, including 74 eczema cartoons! I’m getting back to basics, so Marketing 101 for me. It’d still be all about eczema, so fret not, I’m not publishing the 40 cartoons for each chapter of Exodus (bible) that I’ve drawn here (that’s another reason why I’ve been so busy!). I’ve been drawing a cartoon every Monday, and publishing posts every Wednesday and Friday. That’s way too much if I’ve to spend time to market my blog, which I am. So, I’m going to Relax while I’m alive and go easy on myself, likely just Monday and Thursday now. No worries though, I’m likely not going to be implementing Wordless Wednesday and give you some picture of Marcie or of Singapore or of my home-cooked dinner to look at.

Here’s the more important bit – as my wise pastor said in the last Sunday of 2012 sermon, we should work on ‘what not to do’ list rather than a ‘to-do’ list. I’d be kicking out what I feel is stale in this blog (and in my life!) and work on creative stuff of my own. If you didn’t know, I design Christian bookmarks that have traveled to many parts of Africa. Also, I’d definitely want to enjoy myself in this process, otherwise, you’d find me writing a burn out post by mid 2013 (as I’d written in 2012!)

THANK YOU for all your support, love everyone who’s reading this blog and share some love by dropping me a comment from time to time? Share about my blog on your facebook? Thanks!

Changing Blog Theme

Dear everyone,

My blog may look a little off these few days as I’m switching the look (i.e. wordpress theme) – Why I switch? Decided to go with Twenty Eleven theme, which is developed by the wordpress team – hoping it’d be more secure and updated with wordpress updates.

Thanks for your patience and bearing with the ‘little-off’ look while I figure how to get it looking neat.

Cheers,

Mei