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Your Stories / Re: Plaques
« Last post by carlitamay84 on July 12, 2015, 11:50:32 AM »
Hi we are getting on just fine thank you. I took lots of information from here and other places and finally I've either got it under control or he is growing out of it?
The plaques have gone flat and have left hyper pigmentation but I'm hoping with more moisturising and perhaps some vitamin E they will soon fade.
I have switched the whole family to SURCARE non bio.
He just turned one years old 1st June and I made sure everyone bought him organic cotton clothes or at least clothes that are 100% cotton. I made sure to wash everything before he wore it (even though it meant taking the loving iron shape out of them, hehe I can't iron as it is let alone tiny baby clothes lol).
I finally found a moisturiser that works for him which is double base it sinks in nicely but I still alternate with Aveeno as this leaves his skin so soft and smooth.
He always used to cry when I would take him out the bath after 10 minutes and I came to realise that the bath was the most relief he would get so now he stays in the bath up to 30 minutes and if the water gets too cold I have to top it up because he really loves being in there.
We had a hospital appointment at one one point as the GP was very alarmed at his raised lesions so reffered us to a hospital who gave us extra strength steroids and have now referred us to a dermatologist but we are still waiting for a dermatology appointment and we are still waiting for his allergy appointment *sigh* but I'm just glad his skin is looking and feeling so much better and I no longer cry or get upset when looking at my baby's skin :)
However I do wonder if the summer has anything to do with his skin getting better? As some say it gets better in summer but some say worse? I don't know. Just hope it doesn't go back to huge lumps all over again :/
Sorry for the loooong text. Thank you and everyone on here for so much information. It's a brilliant source of info.
Your Stories / Re: Plaques
« Last post by Andrea on July 09, 2015, 08:13:21 PM »
Hello Carley,   

I'm so sorry I didn't get back to you...   I'm a little toddler frazzled and am struggling to keep on top of anything at the moment.   

I spoke to Lindsey, she wasn't confident about recommending anything without seeing the skin but she did tell me the Hope's intensive relief cream is suitable for eczema and psoriasis. 

I'm just wondering how you are getting on?    I'm so sorry for not getting back to you sooner...   my 3rd baby is now 17mths is a wreckless high speed bundle of chaos and I now spend most of my days keeping him out of trouble.   
Your Stories / Re: Plaques
« Last post by carlitamay84 on May 19, 2015, 06:58:13 PM »
Hi thank you for this. The GP's I have seen have all just flat out said 'it's baby eczema he will grow out of it here have some more steroids on repeat prescription' the more I complain the bigger the steroid percentage gets. He is now on a potent level of steroids but it still does nothing and I don't want to go back for even more.  I'd rather just keep him comfortable and moisturised.

I bought him scratch sleeves but he already has 8 teeth so ripped them to shreds biting at them every night. It kinda of made me and my husband laugh but at the same time annoyed because they are not cheap.

Please feel free to talk to Lindsey I would appreciate it very much.
Your Stories / Re: Plaques
« Last post by Andrea on May 19, 2015, 03:47:45 PM »
Thanks for replying Carly,  what has your Dr said about them?  Normally the kinds of eczema that can cause skin plaques are less common in infants, it sounds good that they are shrinking.  

It sounds similar to this   I have known it in Adults but not in very small children that's why I wondered what your Dr had said about it.  Would you mind if I asked Lindsey Miller on your behalf?   She is the Hope's relief rep for the UK, and is also a herbalist there is some information on her here

I know hopes relief is recommended for most skin complaints and safe for small children, I would just like to ask her if she has any more information or advise for you.  
Your Stories / Re: Plaques
« Last post by carlitamay84 on May 18, 2015, 11:03:39 AM »

Well my son is black.

The plaques look darker than his skin. They are mostly on his back, chest and belly. One completely covers his nipple.

The are hard, dry and have what look like tiny dots/bumps inside each patch.

However since writing this post I have been bathing him in his cradle cap shampoo which has saylic acid, coconut oil and coal tar in it. And moisturising him straight after with his Aveeno.

The plaques seem to be shrinking and some are now flat whereas before they were raised. The Aveeno also makes them very soft and smooth.

But I'm just worried about his nipple and his lower back were the plaques are biggest. I don't want to continue the potent steroid he was prescribed as it doesn't seem to be doing anything anyway.

Any other suggestions or knowledge about this would be great I don't want him to scar :(
Your Stories / Re: Plaques
« Last post by Andrea on May 18, 2015, 10:52:17 AM »
Hello Carley,

Where are the Plaques?   Are they hard and dry?  Or Inflamed?  Weepy?

Welcome / Re: Hello everyone, newly published author mummy here :)
« Last post by Andrea on May 18, 2015, 10:42:16 AM »
Hello and welcome!

Congratulations on your book too.   Sorry to hear about your littlest having sore skin, I hope you can pick up some tips. x
Welcome / Hello everyone, newly published author mummy here :)
« Last post by carlitamay84 on May 14, 2015, 02:01:07 PM »
hi only just figured this out and seen the introduce yourself page lol

I am Carley I have 2 beautiful children. A 7y/o daughter and soon to be 1 y/o son.
I work from home. I'm a recently published author on Amazon if you want to check out my book it's titled Fool Me THRICE. I am now starting a new project from home in the way of skincare products for pityriasis rosea which I suffered from twice and made a successful blog about surviving it. You can check that out too if you like at
I am here for my little bubba who has terrible baby eczema that I wish to soothe if not cure until he grows out of it...if he does.

Nice to meet you all.

Looking forward to making some connections xx
Your Stories / Plaques
« Last post by carlitamay84 on May 14, 2015, 01:35:09 PM »
hi I'm Carley and have been battling my sons eczema since 5months. He will be 12 months in two weeks time and we are still awaiting an appointment at St Mary for a dermatologist and allergy testing appointment.

My question is this:

Is there anything other than steroids that could work on eczema patches once they become hard plaques?
I've managed to control his flares up with a mixture of emu oil, aveeno Shea butter products and emollients in the bath but I can't seems to get rid of the plaques that have formed.

Strong steroids have stopped them getting bigger I think?

But me moisturising him has at least controlled the itch and softened them and I'm now wondering are they going to scar? Some are the size of two pence pieces :(
                Dealing with sensitive baby skin
By Lindsey Miller, Medical herbalist and skin advisor,
Mahi Naturals (UK distributor for Hope’s Relief)

What is eczema and what causes it?
Eczema is a noncontagious chronic itchy skin condition. The skin may be inflamed and red. Lesions can appear dry at times but also often weepy, encrusted and scaly.
It is very common in young children and up to one in five will suffer from it. Eczema can often start in the first six months of life and may last into childhood, adolescence and sometimes adulthood. There is no ‘cure’ for eczema but it can often be effectively managed with periods of abstinence.
Eczema can be triggered by a number of factors. For instance, it is often worse in winter months when the air is dry and skin is exposed to the fluctuation of cold wind chill temperatures outdoors, and dry central heating inside. It can also be worsened by other factors such as; topical exposure to irritating substances (laundry detergents, topical detergents, air fresheners, fabrics such as wool etc) or allergic triggers (ie diet, pet hair, dust mites-carpets etc). In young infants, saliva from drooling may cause additional irritation, particularly to area around the mouth, cheeks, chin and neck.

How does a baby’s skin differ from our own, and what do we need to bear in mind when choosing skincare products?
Children are developing at a rapid rate, their delicate skin is more vulnerable to the effects of toxic chemicals and they are less able to detoxify than adults. Try to avoid harmful chemicals, some common ones include: sodium lauryl sulphate /sodium laureth sulphate, parabens-(methyl, ethyl, propyl, isopropyl), perfumes, artificial colours, mineral oils and petrochemicals.

What to do if your child is suffering from eczema:
Don’t over wash and avoid using too much detergent. Some experts suggest it is better to bath a baby only once or twice a week instead of every day and ‘top and tail’ the rest of the time, (ie. Clean bottoms, faces and hands as needed). Use plain warm water and a small amount of very mild soap or soap-free cleansing bar if needed.
Bin your toxic baby wipes. Look at the packaging of your wipes and you will find that many contain harmful ingredients ie; alcohol, perfume and surfactants! If you have to use them when out and about pick those that are non-chlorine bleached, unscented and alcohol-free offering a more natural alternative or simply use a cotton wash cloth and soap-free cleansing bar.
Be aware of washing powders and fabrics, washing powders should be non-biological. Avoid fabric softeners (and anything strongly perfumed). Cotton clothing and bedding keep the skin cool and allow it to breathe, whereas synthetic fabrics and wool can irritate.
Try to limit children from scratching. Easier said than done, especially at night when this can sometimes get worse. Scratching damages the skin further resulting in exacerbation and further skin trauma. The hands are one of the worst vectors of bacteria so touching and scratching can introduce bacteria into vulnerable skin! Using a natural cotton babygrow and hand mittens or a cotton ‘onesie’ for older children, as well as keeping nails clean and short may be useful.
Identify any food triggers In about 10% of cases, food is the main trigger of eczema in children, yet food may be one of the causes or exacerbating factors in about 30% of children with eczema. Even those who are affected by diet will still need to have a good skincare routine to help heal the eczema and stop it getting worse with an itch-scratch-itch cycle. Common food triggers to look out for include: Dairy - cow’s milk, cheese, eggs, soya, wheat, fish, nuts. Solanceae or deadly nightshade family - potatoes, aubergines, cucumbers, tomatoes and peppers. I have often found orange juice can also make skin conditions worse! N.B. it is important for children to have a healthy balanced diet, if a food is suspected contact your Doctor or seek professional advice before beginning an elimination diet.

Choose the best natural products and look after the skin
Hope’s Relief is Australia’s number one natural skincare range for eczema, psoriasis and dry itchy skin conditions. Developed over the last 35 years the range is 100% safe, even for newborn infants and children of all ages. It is free from sodium laurel sulphates, parabens, coal tar, artificial colours and fragrances and contains no mineral oils or petrochemicals.

Its key active ingredients include:

•   Organic Manuka Honey UMF10+
A superior Medical Grade honey (used in clinical trials for wounds, hospital dressings). It is very anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, wound healing and anti-inflammatory.

•   Gotu Kola
A traditional herbal medicine containing triterpenoids, which studies have shown may help heal and strengthen skin and increase blood supply to the affected area. Also activates collagen to help strengthen the skin.

•   Aloe Vera
Helps to cool and moisturise damaged skin. It also includes vitamins, enzymes, minerals and amino acids, which provide anti-inflammatory benefits and can help support skin healing.

•   Organic Calendula
A wonderful botanical, this helps reduces inflammation and supports new tissue growth promoting healing and the repair of damaged skin.

•   Licorice Root
Anti-allergic and anti- inflammatory, licorice is often regarded as nature’s hydrocortisone. Licorice promotes healing and contains antioxidants, phytochemicals and magnesium.

We have case studies we can share, which demonstrate the healing power of Hope’s Relief.

The Hope’s Relief range includes: Intensive Dry Skin Rescue Cream, Shampoo, Conditioner, Soap-Free Cleansing Bar, Hydrating Body Lotion, Goats Milk Body Wash and Goats Milk Soap. For more information visit

Lindsey Miller BSc. (Hons) Health Sciences & (Herbal Medicine) MCPP,  Biography.

Medical herbalist Lindsey Miller from Hope’s Relief, Australia’s #1 natural skincare range for eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis is educated to Degree level BSc. (Hons) Health Sciences & (Herbal Medicine) and has had over 6 years of practitioner experience and 6 years’ experience within the natural products industry.

Lindsey has wealth of healthcare knowledge and first-hand experience on what really works. Lindsey has been a featured health expert for various publications, online and on radio, her success stories using herbal medicine have also been featured on BBC News Website.

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