EczemaBlues started as a blog by Mei aka MarcieMom, with the mission to turn eczema blues to bliss. It is inspired by Marcie who had eczema from two weeks old, and discovering how difficult it was to find helpful information for parents, MarcieMom set out to build a practical yet lighthearted blog that would be a parent’s companion.
We share science-based information from expert interviews and research studies, digesting eczema knowledge for you. We also feature heartfelt sharing from other eczema families & devotionals because just knowing you are not alone helps. Plus there’s funny stuff like cartoons and a satirical column to help parents get through the day.
A few questions frequently posed to MarcieMom:
Why Eczema Blues?
Having eczema is no joke – Marcie’s Dad has it and his mother and brother also have eczema. I was a first time mom, who just relocated back to Singapore and alone at home most of the time. Marcie was a baby who scratched her scalp with blood-stained fingernails (even before other babies know that they have fingers). That was certainly NO JOKE.
I think of those days as the “dark times”. I questioned God “Why make a small baby suffer from severe itch? Is it to mold me? Is it for a bigger purpose?” Nothing makes sense. Few people understand how severe eczema is and how helpless the parents are, often offering ‘miracle solutions’ when there are none.
What I needed most then was confiding in someone. Someone who would understand, affirm that I was doing everything right and that the stress I faced was real. This blog aims to be that companion. Hopefully by visiting this blog, a little feeling of blissfulness can keep you from feeling blue.
How is Marcie now?
Marcie’s eczema is under control now at 11-year old but she has developed habitual scratching and skin picking habits. On and off, she gets various types of rashes and skin infections and continues to have dry skin. We are thankful that the days of sudden full body flare-ups are over.
Who was taking care of baby Marcie?
My spouse and I, and with God’s blessings, the infant care teachers when I started work. Sending Marcie to infant care at 11-month old was a tough decision. The first 3 weeks were tough with blood stained collars and even a ‘hole’ in her scalp. But once Marcie adapted to the environment and started playing with friends, she didn’t even have to wear mittens. Marcie later attended preschool Columbia Academy.
How long has this blog been running?
This blog started in January 2011. There are over 850 posts published, covering topics that are helpful for parents with eczema children. I took a break from Feb 2016 because I didn’t want to post for the sake of posting (as the blog had in-depth posts on all relevant topics). Fast forward to 2021, I am surprised that mothers are still not getting the help to care for their eczema child. And I’m looking into ways this blog can be of help. Please let me know what is one area you need help with in the support group page.
What products are you using for Marcie’s dry eczema skin?
We really believe in holistic treatment. From occasional topical prescriptions, to moisturizers, swimming, antimicrobial cleanser, shampoo (for occasional scalp eczema treatment), sunscreen (to prevent eczema flares under sun), dry wrap and making the effort for exercise and healthy diet. We share our experiences with each product we come across here.
More about Marcie’s Mom?
I feel strange publishing my life on the web and this blog is more personal than I have ever been online. When I started this blog in 2011, I was very resistant to social media and selling anything on this blog. However, now in 2021 and with the experience of the covid-19 pandemic, I find that we really need community. I would also like to be appreciated and rewarded for all the time and money that go into maintaining this blog. If you are able to, do consider buying me a coffee 😘 & you may see some paid collaborations going forward.
I enjoy designing and cartooning. It is a blessing that 10,000 of my bookmarks have been sent to Africa for missions and my cartoons have been included in a few church bulletins. I have also illustrated children book “A to Z Animals are not Scratching!” and co-authored a book “Living with Eczema : Mom Asks, Doc Answers”. My latest interest is in journaling.
I also love our Singapore library and often borrowed baby sign language videos for Marcie when she’s young to distract her from scratching. My favorite drink is latte and it’s burning a hole in my pocket after it’s warmed my stomach.