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Eucerin – Medical Skin Science that Shows

Eucerin Singapore contacted me on running a charity sale on its 13,000 fans’ Facebook page to donate 20 per cent. of the sales proceeds to Singapore’s first eczema fund for low income patients (a fund that is initiated by my donation and administered by the Asthma Association). I wanted to find out more about Eucerin, […]

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Doctor Q&A Eczema Tips

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: […]

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Sensitive Skin Product Series – How many ingredients?

Marcie Mom: Given that a child with very sensitive skin/eczema can be allergic to many ingredients, it makes sense that the fewer ingredients, the less likelihood of triggering an allergic reaction. Is there an average number of ingredients a moisturizer is likely to have? Laura: There is no one average to give because different formulations […]

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

This original 9-part series published every fortnight has been condensed to one longer informative post. This series examine the DrSearsLEAN (Lifestyle-Exercise-Attitude-Nutrition) tips and privileged to have DrSears’ team to help with the tips for parents with eczema children. Healthy Kid’s Diet Tip #1: Pick Your Salad It is a fun way to learn about fruits […]

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Doctor Q&A Eczema Tips

Sensitive Skin Product Series – What Ingredient to Avoid

How to Choose Moisturizer Marcie Mom: For a parent on a tight budget (also considering long term and frequent use of moisturizers), should he/she start the child on the cheapest lotion/cream available? If not, is there certain baseline to start with, for instance, it must state ‘suitable for infant with eczema’ or not contain ‘perfume’? […]

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Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Irritant-Free

‘Perfume Free’, ‘Propylene Glycol Free’, ‘Paraben Free’, ‘Lanolin Free’, ‘Preservatives Free’, ‘Colorant Free’ – So Many ‘Frees’! Is this too much or too little? In this post, I’ve consolidated a list of irritants to avoid which include the above and also sodium lauryl sulphate, mineral oils, conventional emulsifiers and paraffin. I’ve also realized that it’s […]

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Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Ingredients

Product Label – Deciphering the Ingredients Marcie Mom: Laura, thanks again for continuing to help us make sense of the ingredient label. Many ingredients sound similar though not identical. Is there some broad classification of ingredients and how to identify what type of ingredient a certain name suggests? Is there a glossary/definition page that you […]

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101 things that Mothers with Eczema Child do Differently

28 of the 101 things that Moms with Eczema Child do Differently – After-Night Struggle

This is what my bed looks like after struggling to get baby to sleep – Lots of books, ABC music drum, ABC phone, role-playing with bear and giraffe and of course, moisturizer,  cream, steroid… This is the 28th of my “101 Things that Moms with Eczema Child Do Differently“, a tongue-in-cheek look at the many […]

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Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Ingredients & Patch Test

Product Label – Deciphering the Skincare Ingredients I’ve written in this post on how difficult it has been comparing the ingredients across products and make some sense of what they mean. For one, not all products list all their ingredients and even when they do, different companies seem to be giving the same ingredient different […]

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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 […]

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Clothing that is the Nearest Thing to a Second Skin with Anti-Microbial Properties

DermaSilk is a range of specialist garments especially suited for eczema children that MarcieMom first came across on twitter. Interested to find out how it can help parents manage their children’s eczema, MarcieMom contacted Jo Fletcher, the Operations Director of Espere  Healthcare Ltd, the company that manages the sale of DermaSilk. (2018 update: Alpretec is […]

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Support Group

First Eczema Fund in Singapore

I’ve always been passionate about helping children with eczema, particularly those from low income families. For the low income, they may not be active online and thus, may not benefit from my blog, my children book or my support group mailing group. Thus, I’ve specially designed 2012 calendars for distribution in hospitals and also make […]

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Sensitive Skin Product Series – Understanding Hypoallergenic

This is a 13-part series focused on understanding and using products for sensitive skin, an important topic given the generous amount of moisturizers that go onto the skin of a child with eczema. Dr. Vermén created the VH Rating System which is the only validated hypoallergenic rating system in the world and is used across […]

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Eczema Tips

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 […]

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Easy to Use Wet Wrapping to Keep Child’s Skin Hydrated

MarcieMom learnt online that wet wrapping is a method used to keep moisturizer/emollient on the child’s skin, particularly for children who has severe eczema and requires their skin to be kept hydrated. MarcieMom started looking for easy to use wet wrapping in Singapore and found that Tubifast Garments, a product of Mölnlycke Health Care Limited, […]

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Does Massage Help Infant Eczema?

Massage is frequently cited as beneficial and recommended in many baby guidebooks. As one of the benefits of massage is reducing stress of the child, and stress is a common eczema trigger, this post explores the benefits of massage and how it can be applied to a child with eczema. Special Guest: Paola Bassanese is […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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How much Moisturizing is Enough?

One thing that my husband and I can’t quite agree on is how much to moisturize – I like to slather huge amounts (think pressing the bottle pump vigorously, and just applying VERY liberally) while my husband prefers to pump with measured control as he feels that too much moisturizer get wasted on the clothing and […]