(Video) Quick Guide on Allergy Test for Kids

This is the fifth of baby skincare series, focusing on Allergy Testing. The previous four videos were on Common Baby Rash I Sun Protection for Kids I How to Shower Baby I How to Moisturize. I NEED YOUR SUPPORT, do subscribe to my EczemaBlues channel here. As I’m just starting out, and camera-shy, the video is my voice over slides that I prepared. Do share your comments pleeease on how I can improve them.

Firstly, understand that eczema is also known as atopic dermatitis, inferring that there is an atopy ie hypersensitivity to allergen involved. However, not all eczema children will have an allergy, for instance, my child is tested negative to the common allergens.

For most parents then, it makes sense to find out the allergens involved in your child’s eczema, eliminate/avoid these triggers, so that your child’s skin can heal (versus constantly being provoked to skin inflammation). There are two common allergy tests,

1. Skin Prick Test – this is recommended as it is fast, accurate and low cost, it’s not scary and my daughter didn’t cry at all when she had it at 7 month old. Many parents are worried about how many allergens the child has to be pricked with, but this worry is undue as there are few common food, environment allergens that most kids react to and thus only these need to be tested. Read more on SPT here.

2. Blood IgE test – this is usually recommended for babies without clear patch of skin or unable to go without antihistamine (which is necessary to abstain for a week before the SPT). Read more on allergy test here.

The allergy test is done during consultation and parents should not be afraid to ask your doctor the next course of action and how you’d expect your child’s skin to be within the next few weeks of prescription and allergen avoidance. Don’t be shy!

Do watch the video for more details and as always, appreciate you sharing your experience. Also what other videos would you like to see, do leave me a comment!

(Video) How to Moisturize Baby Sensitive Skin

This is the fourth of baby skincare series, focusing on shower. The previous three videos were on Common Baby Rash I Sun Protection for Kids I How to Shower Baby. I NEED YOUR SUPPORT, do subscribe to my EczemaBlues channel here. As I’m just starting out, and camera-shy, the video is my voice over slides that I prepared. Do share your comments pleeease on how I can improve them.

Firstly, for babies with normal skin, it may not be that critical to moisturize (but good practice since baby’s skin is thinner and more susceptible to moisture loss). However, for babies with dry skin or eczema, moisturizing has been studied to reduce the need for topical medication and lessen the severity of eczema.

Many parents ask what is the best moisturizer to buy? In short, there isn’t a best one in terms of formulation but one that your child likes and within your budget to use generously. The functions of  moisturizer deal with maximizing moisture for the skin while acting as additional protective layer. Choosing a moisturizer that is without the top irritants is a wiser purchase than starting with the cheapest (and leading to irritated skin).

How to moisturize is also covered in the video, and the main thing to remember is always right after shower. For expert tips on reading skincare product label and moisturizing, click on the links.

Do watch the video for more details and as always, appreciate you sharing your experience, thank you!

Video Photo Credit: lupinoduck via Compfight cc

(Video) How to Shower Eczema Baby – More or Less?

This is the third of baby skincare series, focusing on shower. The previous two videos were on Common Baby Rash and Sun Protection for Kids. I NEED YOUR SUPPORT, do subscribe to my EczemaBlues channel here. As I’m just starting out, and camera-shy, the video is my voice over slides that I prepared. Do share your comments pleeease on how I can improve them.

Now on how to shower your baby, the foremost is to recognize that your baby’s skin is different from adult skin – it is thinner and more susceptible to loss of natural oil and moisture. Also, babies (despite all their poop and pee) are not ‘dirty’ and showering can be limited to once in 1-2 days, depending on the weather, humidity and sweat.

Showering is drying to the skin, as it is akin to washing off the protective layers of skin cells and therefore, long and hot shower is to be avoided. For babies with eczema, it is MOST important to moisturize right after shower. As to what shower to use, it can be non-fragrance bath oil, colloidal oatmeal bath and for babies who are bathed in a tub, it’s good practice to shower the hair after bathing the baby so that he/she won’t be soaking in used shampoo. For more expert tips on how to bathe your baby, check out the tag link ‘bath’.

Do watch the video for more details and as always, appreciate you sharing your experience, thank you!

(Video) Sun Protection for Kids – Sun Good or Bad?

This is the second of baby skincare series, which kickstart last week with Common Baby Rash.  I NEED YOUR SUPPORT, do subscribe to my EczemaBlues channel here. As I’m just starting out, and camera-shy, the video is my voice over slides that I prepared. Do share your comments pleeease on how I can improve them.

Now on sun protection, it is sadly not uncommon to see young babies being strolled into the hot sun and this is definitely NOT recommended as it is bad on so many levels, for the skin and also for the baby’s eyes which let in more harmful UV rays than adult’s.

To start with, the baby’s skin has less pigment cells and thus more vulnerable to the UV rays which penetrate and damage skin cells – resulting in sunburn and possibly, skin cancer over prolonged exposure. It is therefore important to take sun protection measures, and this ‘sunscreen’ tag link provides many expert tips on how to do so, including the choice of physical blockers for sunscreen and ingredients to avoid.

There is also much controversy on the benefit of sun for Vitamin D, BUT only 10-15 minutes is sufficient (the fairer the skin, the less time) and any longer sun exposure beyond that contributes to skin damage. Moreover, those with eczema flare-ups should avoid the sun as it can worsen the skin inflammation. Photo-therapy has to be prescribed (mainly for adults) and not the same as sun-tanning.

Do watch the video for more details and as always, appreciate you sharing your experience, thank you!

Video’s photo credit: photon bomb via Compfight cc

(Video) Common Baby Rash – Ok or Not?

First of all, I’m starting to incorporate videos into my blog, so that parents who are busy or who likes to view videos on Youtube can access to the vast skincare, nutrition and parenting tips for eczema families! I NEED YOUR SUPPORT, do subscribe to my EczemaBlues channel here. As I’m just starting out, and camera-shy, the video is my voice over slides that I prepared. Do share your comments pleeease on how I can improve them.

So, this video is part of baby skincare series, where the first thing to do is to recognize if the baby rash is one of those common ones which you needn’t be worried about, or eczema (which you have to be). Common baby rash are:

Baby acne – due to hormones and will clear on its own

Milia – due to trapped skin and will disappear on its own

No specific treatment needed for above, only gently cleanse the baby’s skin.

Heat rash – due to clogged pores as baby’s sweat glands are underdeveloped and occlusion from thick clothes and blanket can trigger the heat rash. Choose light clothing and don’t over-wrap the baby! Baby’s skin is not able to regulate body temperature as well as adult’s.

The other common rash is cradle cap, where you can find more in link here.

Diaper rash is also another common rash, which is a form of irritant contact dermatitis. Air the baby’s bottom, gentle cleanse it and choose a non-fragrance barrier cream.

Eczema is one of the common  baby rash (affects 20% of children) which is NOT OK to leave untreated, particularly if your child’s eczema is more than mild. I made the mistake of not recognizing it, and on hindsight, I ought to have known as my baby was twitching and trying to rub her face on the pillow.

Do watch the video for more details and a transcript is also included (in case you want to tune out my voice!). This is my very first skincare video, appreciate your comment, good and bad! Thank you!

Healthcare and Patient Experience – #MedX hangout (video)

Gathering of Patients, Doctors, Educators and Tech in Stanford MedX Google Hangout - Privilege to be part of the panel

Gathering of Patients, Doctors, Educators and Tech in Stanford MedX Google Hangout – Privilege to be part of the panel (click on image to view video!)

It is truly humbling and a privilege to be part of healthcare initiatives, and in this Google Hangout with Stanford Medicine X, we discussed topics on:

Current challenges in healthcare facing the Asia region

Patient experience in Asia

Self-tracking of health by patients in Asia and whether it is helpful and how it can be used to facilitate discussion with physician

Movement towards participatory medicine, meaning the patients’ inputs, experience on what works or observations are considered by doctors

Interesting conversation as the panel of guests comes from different backgrounds, from patient caregiver (me, @MarcieMom), doctor who is active in supporting rare disease (@wmclaxton), experts in education (@Jmarooth) and devices to track health (@crayonlions). While the Google hangout was ongoing, a vibrant twitter conversation with #MedX was being moderated by @HugoOC with @DrStevenTucker joining in, and of course, thank you to @Afternoonnapper @StanfordMedX for organizing this and pouring energy into what they believe will improve healthcare.

MedX Singapore Panel

Inspired by the efforts of many in healthcare, I’ve created a playlist ‘Healthcare in Asia’ on at Youtube and will be adding more videos I find that would be relevant for us in this part of the world! Leave a comment if you’ve a recommendation for the playlist!

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