eczema: Mum’s baby was so bad she was blinded

“It got so bad that her eyes swelled shut so she couldn’t see out of them.”

When Addison Anthony was born nine weeks ago, first-time mum Mikaylie Spurr was ecstatic.

Little Addison was eating and sleeping well, but within a couple of weeks Mikaylie noticed her daughter’s face had started to get what she thought were milk spots.

However, just hours after getting her six-week vaccines, she broke out in a terrifying rash.

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Little Addison was eating and sleeping well, but within a couple of weeks Mikaylie noticed a terrible rash and she couldn’t open her eyes. Image: Supplied. 

“Her eyes had swollen shut”

“It got worse over the next few days and by the end of the week, her face and neck was really red, angry and inflamed,” Mikaylie tells Kidspot.

“Her whole face was red and dry and looked like it was going to blister and it got so bad that her eyes swelled shut so she couldn’t see out of them.

“Being a first-time mum, I had no idea what it was or what to do and I was panicking.

“It was terrifying and I tried every cream under the sun to try and bring it down or soothe it, but nothing helped – some even seemed to make it worse.”

Worried, Mikaylie, from Esperance in Perth, took Addison to the baby clinic and the nurse tried to put her mind at rest, saying it was eczema – also known as dermatitis – and to leave it as it should go away on its own, but if it got worse within the next 24 hours to take her to the Emergency department.

“There was no way I could leave it,” says Mikaylie.

“It was red and scaly and had spread to her scalp. It was obvious it was bothering Addison as she was fussy. I was terrified it was getting infected, so went to the chemist for a second opinion.”

Thankfully she has found a cure and is growing into a healthy young girl. Image: Supplied. 

Instantly soothed

The pharmacist recommended a natural cream – Eczema and Psoriasis Cream and it instantly soothed Addison’s face and neck, with the red blotches disappearing before Mikaylie’s eyes.

“It was amazing to see how instantly it calmed everything down,” says Mikaylie. “I kept applying it every few hours like the pharmacist had told me to and within 24 hours you could hardly notice, and within 48 hours all traces of a rash had gone.

“I was so traumatised from the whole thing. From the first bit of rash appearing, to the nurse telling me not to do anything, to the pharmacist recommending it, I want everyone with skin issues to know about this cream.

“Addison has had a bit of cradle cap since then and I’ve used the Scalp Cream on her which cleared it up. I’m so impressed, and love that it’s all natural.”

eczema face

One in three Australian children suffer from eczema. Image: iStock

Australia’s eczema problem

One in three Australian children suffer from eczema, and the debilitating skin condition often gets worse in winter due to the cold air, pollens being blown around in the wind and dryness caused by wearing extra layers and heating.

This year COVID-19 stress has also seen outbreaks of eczema due to the constant hand-washing and overzealous use of antibacterial gel – as well as stress from the lockdown.

Dermatologist expert Craig Jones, says, “Australia has one of the highest incidences of eczema in the world, and it is only getting worse.

“It can develop for a number of reasons, including climate, lifestyle, hygiene and genetics, and can become easily infected, causing pain, inflammation and lack of sleep.”

Mr Jones suggests these 8 quick and easy tips parents can follow to help manage their children’s eczema:

  • Avoid harsh soaps, foaming agents, fragrances and preservatives in your skincare
  • Keep skin moist and apply fragrance free products straight after bathing 
  • Check your washing detergent for sulphates and other skin irritants
  • Reduce the heat of your shower and bath, as it strips your natural oils from your skin and further irritates it
  • Reduce or avoid sugar and yeast and eat oily fish, vitamin A and E rich foods and omega-3 rich foods like flaxseeds and walnuts
  • Use a probiotic that contains the lactobacillus rhamnosus strain 
  • Keep a food diary and note when flare ups occur
  • Consult with a healthcare professional to identify any environmental, dietary or other allergens that may be contributing to your skin problem

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