Mother whose toddler was born with eczema so severe he couldn’t sleep or go out in the sun claims a ‘miracle’ £6.99 cream has transformed his skin
- Louise Evans, 34, from Leeds, was desperate for treatment for Alfred, now three
- Boy suffered so badly he was unable to go out in the sun and slept in bandages
- Considered using strong steroid creams not recommended for young children
- Mum turned to using Epaderm, a ‘miracle’ £6.99 emollient for treating eczema
A tot born with eczema so severe he couldn’t go out in the sun is now sleeping easy and enjoying life – after his mum discovered a miracle £6.99 remedy.
Louise Evans, 34, from Leeds, said son Alfred, now three, suffered so badly from the skin complaint that she and husband Craig, 37, were forced to put the youngster to bed in full body bandages.
Teacher Louise and lecturer Craig were left stressing over whether to resort to strong steroid creams – not recommended for youngsters – to help their son, who was plagued by nasty rashes and red flare ups over his mouth, legs, chest and back.
But the mum-of-one found a life-changing solution when a parent recommended Epaderm, a £6.99 emollient for treating eczema, which she claims has totally transformed the child’s skin.
Alfred Evans, now three, from Leeds, suffered so badly from eczema he was unable to go out in the sun (pictured left) and had to sleep in bandages, however his skin was transformed by a miracle treatment (pictured right)
By the time Alfred was one, he had tried countless creams recommended by GPs, but his skin condition had not improved
‘He was a couple of months old when we realised something wasn’t right’, said Louise.
‘Neither of us have eczema and there’s no history of it in the family so it came as a bit of a shock.
‘I was breastfeeding and everyone tells you that you will release all these amazing nutrients and that your baby will be perfect and really fit, but my boy was falling apart.
‘It was a really hot summer when he was born so he would get prickly heat, big red flare ups and he would get a nasty rash in those lovely baby creases that you get on a bigger baby.
Alfred’s mum revealed that the condition would cause ‘nasty rashes’ in those ‘lovely baby creases that you get on a bigger baby’ if it was too hot in the summer
Now, although the tot has to be careful with things like swimming and baths, his skin has improved drastically
‘He would cry and have restless nights.
‘We used to have to put full body bandages under his pyjamas to keep the cream on his skin and he would have to wear great big flesh-coloured jelly plasters on his face to help the creams work as effectively as possible.
‘He couldn’t wear sun cream because that had far too many chemicals in for his skin, so in the summer we just had to avoid going out in the sun or keep him in the shade.
Running out of options, Louise felt the only option was to turn to a steroid cream, protopic, which is not recommended for children under two
‘It must have been sore for him, there were times when it got infected and the skin would crack and weep and he would need a course of antibiotics.’
By the time Alfred was one, he had tried countless creams recommended by GPs but his skin condition had not improved and he was left complaining about the ‘spiky’ lotions which hurt his skin.
Running out of options, Louise felt her only option was to turn to a steroid cream, protopic, which is not recommended for children under two and should not be used on the face.
Teacher Louise Evans, 34, from Leeds, (pictured left) was recommended the treatment from one of the parents at the school where she worked
She told that the condition was a ‘bit of a shock’ as there is no history of the ailment in the family
But the family were recommended a ‘miracle’ alternative in December 2017 when the parent of one of Louise’s students, also suffering with a skin condition, suggested the emollient Epaderm.
Louise said: ‘I soon realised that the GP doesn’t necessarily have too much dermatological experience so they were recommending emollients and telling us to try it for a couple of weeks and to come back if it wasn’t working.
‘But we were seeing a different GP each time and they all had their different recommendations of what to try.
‘We tried so many creams and there were some which were quite fragranced that reacted with his skin.
Louise turned to several GPs, all of whom had a different treatment ideas for the suffering toddler
‘He would call them spiky creams and got quite adamant about not wanting certain ones on his skin.
‘Eventually I was recommended to try steroids or protopic – I found it really stressful because protopic shouldn’t be used on children younger than two and steroid cream shouldn’t for more than a week or on the face, so I was really anxious about what to do.
‘Then a mum of one of the children I support recommended Epaderm – she said it was the best cream she had used and now I would sell it to absolutely everyone.’
Epaderm is suitable for all ages and free from fragrance, colouring and sodium lauryl sulphate
She went on: ‘Alfred is great now. We still have to be careful with things like swimming and baths drying his skin out and he might not ever be able to have bubble baths – he’s very jealous if he sees me having one!
‘But his flare ups are so much rarer now, his sleep is no longer affected by dry, itchy skin and he doesn’t complain about the spiky creams!
‘It has been a long time since any flare ups have become inflamed or infected too – Epaderm has proven to be something of a miracle.’
As well as treating Alfred’s dry itchy skin, Epaderm acted as a barrier against dribbling, sweat behind the knees and nappy rash which previously perpetuated his need for strong creams.
Epaderm was developed by dermatologists for the management of dry skin conditions and is suitable for all ages and free from fragrance, colouring and sodium lauryl sulphate.
Epaderm is available from Boots and Superdrug and retails at £6.99 for 150g.
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