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Living with Eczema Book Launch

Book launch eczemaIt was very nice meeting many moms at last Saturday’s Living with Eczema book launch. Both Professor Hugo and I shared, and in case you’re worried you missed something important from Prof Hugo’s talk, here are the salient points!

1. As the child ages, the type of eczema may change (for instance, from atopic dermatitis to contact dermatitis – saliva, ingredients in skincare products) and the triggers change too (an older child is more likely to be allergic to house dust mites).

2. Avoid antibiotic cream as it is more likely to destroy weaker strains of bacteria but stronger strains prevails (oral antibiotic is also not advised)

3. Psoriasis n pigmentation are possible to be present at birth, but not eczema (thus indicating that an environmental element is present in this skin condition) > further reinforced by studies that show moisturizing a newborn baby at high risk of eczema reduces risk of AD by 50%

4. Reduce contact with allergens in the air, including eggs which are present in food court and non-circulating air. Egg protein is airborne, small and light – can even be in our dust and our mattress.

5. Recommendation to adopt an outdoor lifestyle to reduce contact with indoor allergen.

6. Untreated eczema  can lead to infection, particularly with scratching. Infected eczema after healing leads to dark scars which are permanent. Scratch lesions which persist will also reduce pigment cells, thus leading to skin discoloration. (See also eczema complications series, where many complications arise due to scratching/infection).

7. Eczema has a genetic component – 25% if both parents don’t have eczema, 60% if mom has eczema, 50% if dad has eczema.

8. In terms of food allergens in Singapore, egg is the most common, followed by milk, soy and wheat.

There is much more that is shared in the book Living with Eczema: Mom Asks, Doc Answers, watch this video to see what it covers. Furthermore, from now till 8 May 2015, Prof Hugo and I will answer any question you have from reading the book on GooglePlus, read here to find out how!

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Meet Prof Hugo and I for our Book Launch

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I would love the chance to meet you all who have been reading my blog – it feels like we have journeyed together via this blog, whether you have commented or emailed me or stayed ‘silent’ – I know you are there!

Come join Prof Hugo van Bever and I for our ‘Living with Eczema : Mom Asks, Doc Answers’ book launch, which is on

8 November 2014, Saturday, 2 to 4 pm at Jurong Regional Library

The event is free – Prof Hugo and I will each be speaking, followed by a half hour Q&A where you can ask all the questions you like! Registration is required at

Do come and join us, Prof Hugo will be giving his Doc’s Tips while I’d be sharing my Mom’s Views, look forward to seeing you!

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Speaker for Baby care Festival 2014 on Skincare

My talk 'Caring for Baby's Skin' at Singapore Expo, Babycare Festival
My talk ‘Caring for Baby’s Skin’ at Singapore Expo, Babycare Festival

Last Saturday I was invited by Bayer Healthcare to speak at the BabyCare Festival 2014, a national baby expo held in Singapore. As Bayer was introducing their nappy barrier ointment Bepanthen to parents, they invited me to share about baby skincare. I delivered a 30-minute info-packed presentation on ‘Caring for Baby’s Skin’ that covered common baby rash, shower, moisturizing, sun protection and washing/use of detergents. These topics will be shared with all of you via video next month on my blog and EczemaBlues youtube channel.

It turned out that I enjoyed the speaking engagement thoroughly and was thinking before my talk that the time spent would be worth it if I can help just one parent to care for their child’s skin (20% of children have eczema, so it may be a 1 in 5 chance that I helped!). I would love to do this more often, and discovered that after so much time learning and writing on this topic, I could speak without looking at the slides (which I didn’t really get to as the speakers were obscuring my view), good that I know the topic inside out.

For those of you who would like to invite me to speak, just drop a comment here or fill in the Contact Me form.