Ask #SkinishMom – How to Distract my Kid from Scratching Eczema?

To the #SkinishMom: Help! My kid won’t stop scratching and it’s getting impossible to keep him from it. Any ideas? One tired mom I know! It does get impossible sometimes to stop scratching, many times I feel like I’ve run out of eyes to watch out for it, ears to listen for it and saliva […]

Eczema Research News – Do Antihistamines work?

This is part of a quarterly round-up of some of the recent eczema-related studies, so that we can be aware of possible treatments and their efficacy (and I can also keep myself updated with the latest eczema research!) Today’s topic is on Antihistamines, do they Work? I’ve read in forums that some patients swear it […]

Women Itch and Scratch Differently from Men

This study is published in June 2013 British Journal of Dermatology and I think it wasn’t reported as much as many are reporting the link between antibiotics and babies developing eczema. But I do think this study is interesting: 1. Study is on “Gender differences in chronic pruritus: women present different morbidity, more scratch lesions […]

Parenting Tips for Eczema Children – Distracting from Scratching

For the past week, I took to Twitter to ask parenting experts their tips to distract eczema children from scratching. Why? Because I realized that close to 2 years after this post – Saying (or Shouting) Stop Scratching to your Eczema Child, communicating effectively (other than shouting stop scratching) remains a difficult task for many […]

SOMEONE manages TWO kids!

This is a new series focused on personal journey with eczema while managing a certain aspect of life. Today, we have Jennifer Roberge, whose eldest son Tristan has had eczema from three-month old and shares how she manages taking care of him while having another child. Jennifer is a blogger at It’s an Itchy Little […]

SOMEONE managing Bedtime for Eczema Child

This is a eries focused on personal journey with eczema while managing a certain aspect of life. Today, we have Vida Lok, whose 4 year-old son has had eczema since he was a few months old and shares how she manages bedtime for her son. Vida blogs at MommyLok on her three children and book […]

Best of 2012 MarcieMom Eczema Twitter Tips – On the Emotional side of things..

For those of you who follow me on twitter (my twitter handle, ie twitter name is @MarcieMom), you would know that I tweet an eczema tip daily. For every wednesday of this final month of 2012, I’m celebrating and sharing the best of 2012 eczema twitter tips with you… via a blog post. It’s a […]

Combined Approach Series – Stress, Attitude and Habit Reversal

4 post series, starting with this post on Combined Approach Eczema Topical Treatment Habitual Scratching Elimination Stress, Attitude and Habit Reversal 3 Levels of Eczema Treatment In the manual ‘Atopic Skin Disease’, three levels of treatment are stated, namely: 1. Emollient Therapy 2. Steroid 3. Habit reversal It is advised in your manual that steroid should […]

Combined Approach Series – Eliminate Habitual Scratching

4 post series, starting with this post on Combined Approach Eczema Topical Treatment Habitual Scratching Elimination Stress, Attitude and Habit Reversal Development of a Nervous Habit I read in your manual ‘Atopic Skin Disease’ of how a nervous habit develops, namely: 1. Normal initial specific response to an injury (or itch) 2. Increased frequency by […]

Combined Approach Series – Topical Treatment

4 post series, starting with introduction to Combined Approach Eczema Topical Treatment Habitual Scratching Elimination Stress, Attitude and Habit Reversal Explaining Topical Treatment – Moisturizer The Combined Approach includes topical treatment using emollient and steroid. Moisturizing is a HUGE part of topical treatment, as emollients both lubricate and moisturize. Dr Bridgett’s advice on moisturizing is […]

Combined Approach Series – Habit Reversal

  This is a 4 post series centered on ‘The Combined Approach’ that is explained in the ‘Atopic Skin Disease’, a manual for practitioners authored by Christopher Bridgett, Peter Noren and Richard Staughton (copy of book viewable by joining here). The Combined Approach uses habit reversal to stop habitual scratching in atopic eczema. Dr Christopher…

Friday Q&A with Sue Atkins – Discipline for Eczema Children

This was originally a Friday Q&A for 5 weeks which is now combined into one informative post. As parenting children with eczema brings unique challenges, such as scratching (till bloody) when being disciplined, MarcieMom invited Sue to help with some thorny parenting issues that parents may face with their eczema kids. Do you still carry […]

38 of the 101 things that Moms with Eczema Child do Differently – IPad saves the Dinner

  This is the 38th of my “101 Things that Moms with Eczema Child Do Differently“, a tongue-in-cheek look at the many unique situations that we face. For more cartoons, click here to view.

Is IPad a Good Diversion from Scratching?

My hubby got me an IPad recently, so that I can tweet at night while still making sure that Marcie doesn’t scratch in bed (I’m @MarcieMom!). As expected (going by how the kids are hoarding the display Ipad in stores), Marcie loves the IPad and intuitively can swipe, squeeze (to zoom out) and stretch (to […]

32 of the 101 things that Moms with Eczema Child do Differently – Tantrum Scratching

This is the 32nd of my “101 Things that Moms with Eczema Child Do Differently“, a tongue-in-cheek look at the many unique situations that we face. For more cartoons, click here to view.

31 of the 101 things that Moms with Eczema Child do Differently – Car Ride

This is the 31st of my “101 Things that Moms with Eczema Child Do Differently“, a tongue-in-cheek look at the many unique situations that we face. For more cartoons, click here to view.

26 of the 101 things that Moms with Eczema Child do Differently – Why Fold Clothes

This is the 26th of my “101 Things that Moms with Eczema Child Do Differently“, a tongue-in-cheek look at the many unique situations that we face. For more cartoons, click here to view.

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 […]

Eczema meets Chickenpox

My girl, two year old, just passed the 14 days medical certificate required for chickenpox. With some sanity finally restored in the house, I could post a short account of what happened. Before the 1st Day of Chickenpox Actually, her pre-school already had a round of toddlers getting chickenpox and the teachers thought Marcie’s tiny […]

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 […]