Change of seasons bring with it hay fever for Kylan and myself and eczema for Arden which I know affects a lot of people at this time of year too.
Arden struggled a lot as a baby with eczema. He was actually riddled in it from head to toe before I figured out his triggers. I am all for modern medicine when needed but I got extremely frustrated when I was constantly prescribed steroid creams from the doctors to treat it when nobody would help me figure out how to actually prevent it from coming back again.
I took it upon myself to do my own research. I eliminated things from my diet and soon found that he struggled to process dairy which seemed to be his main trigger. Whilst that helped clear up the really raw inflamed skin he still was left with small flare ups. I discovered that most eczema issues stem from our gut health. Knowing this began trying to heal his gut by giving him specific probiotics for eczema as well as foods that are beneficial for gut health such as slippery elm. Another key factor to helping keep it under control was keeping the skin hydrated and moisturised. Again I was never happy with the creams the doctors threw at me so I started looking around for alternative options. Thats when I found the Aveeno Baby Dermexa moisturising cream and I added this to our bed time routine to keep his skin soft and moisturised.
Fast forward 4 years and we still have the same processes in place. He has luckily grown out of the dairy intolerance but his eczema still flares up around the change in seasons. Every day he has his probiotics along with his other vitamins, I make kombucha, or ‘fizzy drink’ as he likes to call it which he loves and it helps aid gut health and then between seasons when his skin starts to get dry and patchy I start using the Aveeno Dermexa Moisturising Cream again on him every day to moisturise and help relieve his dry, itchy skin.
I was contacted by Aveeno about working together and of course I said yes. I have been using their product on Arden for 4 years now and it works a charm so I was more than happy to share my experience with you all about it.
A few weeks ago I noticed the backs of his knees getting patchy. I began using the Aveeno Dermexa Moisturising Cream on him every day again and making sure I wasn’t forgetting about his probiotics and within a couple weeks the raw patches are almost completely gone and his skin is soft and no longer itchy!
I know that there are lots of people out there struggling with eczema. The biggest thing is obviously trying to find the trigger but I hope that the other tips I have shared in this post help give you a bit of relief and help prevent any future flare ups getting to the point where you need to reach for the steroid creams.
Thanks for reading