Blogs That Offer Families Creative Ways of Dealing With Eczema
Rachel Zohn | Dec 19, 2017
If you have a child with eczema, you probably know the agony of watching her go through an itchy, angry flare-up. Many parents feel disconnected and defeated while dealing with this skin condition. Where do you turn for answers? The blogs below can help frustrated and overwhelmed families find creative and innovative ways of tackling eczema.
It’s an Itchy Little World
This web blog was created by Jennifer Roberge to share her family’s struggles with eczema, allergies and asthma. It’s An Itchy Little World focuses on understanding the skin condition better, but also finding natural and eco-friendly treatments through lifestyle changes such as diet, as well as natural products. Roberge is also the founder of The Eczema Company, an online store that sells all-natural eczema products.
Le Coin de Mel
Mel is a French expat living in the United Kingdom with her husband and their four children. She blogs about food, photography, family and her adventures with four children, two of whom have eczema. She has written about the agony of watching her baby itch and scratch to the point of bleeding skin and shares her observations on dealing with hard water and eczema-prone skin.
Mei (a.k.a., MarcieMom) began the website Eczema Blues as a resource for parents with children who have eczema. Mei’s daughter, Marcie (now in second grade), has had eczema since she was two weeks old, so Mei understands the plight of parents trying to help a child in the throes of a bad flare-up. The blog’s goal is to be both light-hearted and comprehensive.
Family Friendly Daddy Blog
Written by the self-proclaimed “manliest vegan on the internet,” Nick Shell is one of the few daddy bloggers out there taking on issues of masculinity, health, diet, fatherhood and child-rearing, as well as his own struggles with eczema and allergies. Nick talks extensively about his vegan lifestyle, which he believes has helped his sinusitis, pet allergies, sinus pressure and eczema. (Personally, he suffered from dyshidrosis, or small blisters on his hands.)
Stacy and Matthew are a working mom, stay-at-home dad family with three sons, one of whom has had eczema. They live by the motto, “Real Food. Real Talk. Real Life,” which for them also includes a paleo lifestyle. As a guest on the podcast “The Paleo View,” Stacy has discussed issues relating to eczema and kids, and how a paleo diet and clean eating has helped her son stay eczema free.
ScratchSleeves is a British-based company selling a soft cardigan-like product with mitts to help babies and children control scratching. The website also features a blog dedicated to the daily challenges of parenting a child with eczema. Recent posts include a parent’s guide for preparing for the start school, tips for finding an insect repellent, and how to find eczema-friendly baby wipes.
Chelsea is an aspiring writer, mother and wife living in Greenville, South Carolina, who blogs on a number of topics, including her often-personal account of living with children who have eczema. The family also has a Facebook page, Help Heal Landon, to increase awareness about severe eczema. In one FB post, Chelsea talks about a heartbreaking incident where her severely-flaring child faced hurtful reactions from strangers while out in public.
Leonora Bamford started My Baba to help women simplify things by cutting through the mass of information out there. The site features a number of experts and contributors who cover topics ranging from fitness and travel with children to breast feeding and fertility. One recent post breaks down natural eczema treatments while another discusses the link between eczema and food allergies in babies and children.
Beth Scott launched AD RescueWear after her son began suffering from severe eczema at six months and his doctor recommended wet and dry wrap therapy, which uses wet wraps to help keep the skin moist. The site’s online store sells undergarments, wraps and skin care products while its blog covers relevant and timely topics, such as tips on picking Halloween costumes that won’t aggravate eczema and advice for finding the right daily skin care routine for children with eczema.
Everything for Eczema
This online company was started by a mother who was looking for tried and tested products to help her children with eczema. The site includes a shop for her line of skin care products and cotton school uniforms designed for sensitive skin. The website also features a blog which covers eczema related topics, including skin infections such as Molluscum contagiosum, and tips on ways to track eczema flare-ups.