Should you and your child take Probiotics?

Probiotics tablet and milk Though the answer is still uncertain, it’s leaning towards a Yes for pregnant woman to take probiotics Lactobacillus rhamnosus (LGG) in her third trimester. 1st things first, probiotics are live lactic acid bacteria that has been purported to help with food digestion, production of vitamins, prevention of infection and regulation of […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – How to Manage the Diaper Area?

Marcie Mom: I note with interest that your product Grandma Minnie’s Oil’s Well Nurturing Do-It-Oil can prevent diaper rash. What is the ingredient that prevents this rash and how it is different from the off-the-shelf diaper rash cream? Dr. Verallo-Rowell: The USDA- certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil and Monolaurin Both ingredients – no reported allergies, […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – How to Use on Sensitive Skin?

Sensitive Skin Parts of Eczema Skin Child In our previous interviews, we have learnt what to look out for in the product packaging, including understanding the list of ingredients. In this interview, we wish to focus on the use of sensitive skin products on the parts of the child which are more delicate. Marcie Mom: […]

Dr SEARS L.E.A.N. Series: Raising Healthy Kids with Healthy Diet (Part 2)

This is a fortnightly series focused on raising healthy children, following the advice on DrSearsLean.com. Marcie Mom came across Dr Sears’ Lifestyle-Exercise-Attitude-Nutrition approach for healthy families and found it to be practical and fun to follow. However, parents of eczema children may have reservation on certain healthy tips such as bringing their child for swimming […]

Dr SEARS L.E.A.N. Series: Raising Healthy Kids with Healthy Diet

Image from www.drsearslean.com This is a fortnightly series focused on raising healthy children, following the advice on DrSearsLean.com. Marcie Mom came across Dr Sears’ Lifestyle-Exercise-Attitude-Nutrition approach for healthy families and found it to be practical and fun to follow. However, parents of eczema children may have reservation on certain healthy tips such as bringing their […]

Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Suitable for Eczema Children

What does Suitable for Baby mean? MarcieMom: Suitable for Eczema Child/Infant – These are the most important keywords for a parent looking for sensitive skin products for his/her child with eczema – how much surer can it be when the product is labelled (and often prominently so) that it can be used for infant with […]

Skin Advice I’ve Learnt from Cosmopolitan (Singapore)

Yes, I’ve actually learnt some new skin-related information from reading Cosmo. In case you’re wondering whether their advice for couples is useful, yes, I think it’s well-written too. I’m just going to list down the skin advice I’ve learnt from this issue. #1 Skin around the eye is very thin, thus more prone to fine […]

One more reason not to Stress your Child

Stress is one of the more common triggers of an eczema flare-up. Studies revealed that babies, young children and teenagers all suffer from stress, and usually go unnoticed by the parents.  Stress can come from many sources, such as separation from parents in preschool, academic pressure, peer pressure, knowledge of financial or work difficulties faced […]

Is it OK to have Only One Child?

I’ve struggled with this issue and like to end 2011 with a ‘preliminary’ conclusion. So, as I always do, I research. And based on recent studies, there is no evidence supporting that the only child will fare worse than children with siblings, in fact fare better in areas of achievement and intelligence. Here’s my pros […]

Friday Feature – Eczema Q&A with Dr. B

MarcieMom (@MarcieMom) met Dr Christopher Bridgett (@ckbridgett) through Twitter – and learnt that he had a special interest of using behavioural interventions to help people with atopic eczema. DrB trained in medicine at Corpus Christi College, Oxford and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, then as a psychiatrist in Oxford. He now works in private practice in London. He […]

Block Sun, Irritate Skin of Eczema Child?

That’s something that parents seem to be very worried about and have reason to be as sunscreen lotion does contain several ingredients that are potential irritants. My baby Marcie uses Cetaphil and so far, it has worked well. But I have to confess that apart from applying before swimming, I don’t use the sunblock lotion […]

Does Your Child Keep Scratching his Eyes?

Eczema on your child’s eyelid  Frequent scratching or rubbing of eyes can be due to itchiness caused by eye allergy or infection; but for a child with eczema, it is possible that he or she has eczema on the eyelid. Though eyelid eczema is more common in adults wearing cosmetics, children can also suffer from […]

Distracting Little Fingers of Children

Are you running out of ideas to distract your child with eczema from scratching? Marcie (in photo) knows about 200 signs from Amercian Sign Language (ASL) and sometimes when she wants to scratch, I’d quickly distract her by asking her how to sign certain animals, like “Mouse”, “Monkey” or “Bird”. Most of the time, it […]

Building a Vibrant Support Group in Today’s Society

@MarcieMom met Amanda Roberts, the lady who listens and writes to close to 3,000 followers over Twitter for the Nottingham Support Group for Carers of Children with Eczema (NSGCCE) under the name @EczemaSupport. As MarcieMom has just started the support group for parents, and seeing that @EczemaSupport is so effective in engaging its followers, MarcieMom invited Amanda for a blog interview, […]

Friday Feature – Eczema Q&A with Dr. B

This was originally a series of Friday Q&As in 2012 which had since been combined into one informative post. Bedtime Routine for Eczema Kids Marcie Mom: I set up a bedtime routine of reading books, singing songs, turning off all the lights and playing baby christian songs. We also pray for good night’s sleep! How does […]

Recommend Your Baby’s Eczema Doctor (Singapore)

Many moms have asked who to recommend for their baby’s doctor – whoever we decide on, I feel that the doctor must be specialist in children and have the best interest of the child. It is also very important that we, as parents, be confident and partner with our child’s doctor. This is particularly the […]

Do Low Income Eczema Children Suffer More?

Prevalence of Eczema in Singapore SchoolchildrenWe all know the cost that goes into managing our children’s eczema, it’s not only expensive, it is also stressful for the parents. Have you wondered how much worse off you would cope if you can’t afford moisturizers, can’t afford specialist treatment, can’t afford bath oils and have to take […]

Should you be Worried about House Dust Mite (HDM) for your Eczema Child?

House dust mites are tiny insects, about 0.03mm long, look scary under a microscope but too small to be seen by us. They are definitely in our homes as house dust mites, or HDM, love room temperature (18 deg C to 26 deg C/65 to 80 deg F), humid (above 55%) homes where there are […]

Educating Babies using Sign Language at My Smart Hands

Marcie Mom at eczemablues.com catches up with Laura Berg, the founder of My Smart Hands, an international company of about 200 instructors that educates young minds using sign language. Marcie Mom interviews Laura because signing has occupied Marcie’s fingers and distracted her from scratching her eczema rash. To let readers of eczemablues.com learn more about signing, Laura […]

Will daycare help protect your eczema child from allergy and asthma?

I believe all parents with eczema children struggled with sending their children to daycare. I know I did, when I sent my baby girl Marcie to daycare when she’s 11 months old. Apart from worrying that daycare teachers can’t take care of her, given the constant scratching and attention required, I also worry that she […]